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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

Torpedo Pilsner is a hop-forward take on the crisp classic lager. We and the folks at Firestone Walker share a passion for New Zealand hop varietals, so we loaded our legendary Hop Torpedo with southern hemisphere hops for a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style.

Just down the road from us in California’s Central Coast wine country, this rock star brewery has earned “Mid-size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup four times. Like us, Firestone is passionate about hops. Their skill with the ingredient shines in their Pale Series and elsewhere in a long beer lineup driven by a premier brewing team.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marcmywords (2) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2014 does not count
Best Pilsner I've tasted yet! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Straw, perfect clarity. Grassy, sauv blanc, restrained fruitiness, grainy malt support. What an awesome pils, this one HAS to be put in 6 packs in the future.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Nearly perfect. This is what hoppy lagers should aspire to. Fruity as all hell, drinks like a delicious glass of water on a hot day, nice level of bitterness, not sweet in the slightest but doesn’t have that palate-wrecking bite. Just awesome stuff. Give me more Nelson Sauv Pils, or whatever this is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
944play (401) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Draft at Sprenger’s. Near clear pale gold with fluffy head and copious lace. Enticing, noble, herbaceous, refined nose. Minty pancakes taste; sounds weird but is insanely great. Brilliantly slaking, dry, clean palate with plenty of carbonation sizzle. A mic-drop beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3175) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Poured with a thick long-lasting off-white head and some lace. ARoma is yeast lemon hop malt spice. Color is a clear pale yellow. Carbonic tang and hop bitter do dominate although it's actually fairly well-balanced ; classic Pilsner flavor with just enough hops. Perfect palate. Great drinking beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12 oz bottle from the Beer Camp Across America variety pack. Pours clear straw gold with a large fluffy white head with excellent retention, leaving a little lace. Aroma is grainy, bready, earthy, grassy, floral. Taste is so crisp and refreshing; it’s candy sweet and finishes with a lingering bitterness; a hint of tartness comes out after it warms a bit. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy, body medium. Excellent Pilsner!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Not a ton in the aroma other than some crispness. Looks okay. The is quite tasty. A definite floral and fruitiness to it with a crisp bite and a fairly dry finish. A top notch pilsener.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
I wasn’t expecting this to be remotely to style due to the NZ hops but it is much closer than I thought--not that being off style is necessarily a bad thing. This is a perfectly clear yellow beer w/ a long-lived head of fine bubbles. Its nose is big and full w/ loads of grassy noble-type hops and a bready malt character as well. There is just the faintest bit of sweetness which brings out some slight notes of citrus and tropical fruit from the hops. This is a medium bodied beer w/ creamy, fine carbonation. It finishes w/ a firm, lingering bitterness, a touch of bread dough, just a slight twinge of fruitiness and maybe just a hint of mineral character from the water. I expected to like this beer but didn’t expect it to be quite so good as it is. It is subtle and complex w/ malt, hops, water and yeast all making their own identifiable contribution. This is absolutely a world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2014 Beer Camp Across America Tour, mixed 12pk. 12oz bottle. Light grey label. Pours clear, yellow. Thin white ring. Smells like a well hopped Czech Pils. Straw/hay, bready notes, well hopped. Tastes of straw, bread, grass hops, hints of fruit from hops. Clean, very sessionable, chewy and delicious. (4145)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. I LOVE good pilsners! This is a beautiful pour ... slightly hazy, yellow, giant Germanic pile of white foam. Tight and lemon-citric edge on this, with a great Hessian biscuit base. I love it! More beer knurds to expand their appreciate for the beauty of pilsners. (#5625, 8/21/2014)

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