Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker Beer Camp Torpedo Pilsner



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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 Californias 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Poured into flute glass from bottle a golden color with plenty of co2 and a nice pure white head. Head thins and a curtain of lace on glass. Aroma is grainy, cracker like with a floral note. Taste starts grainy, hay, grass and fades to grain and lemon. Bitterness picks up in finish. A nice bitey pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1563) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2016
July 30th, 2014 - Like summers long past, I am steeped in summer camp culture without actually attending summer camp, this time through the projecting power of Sierra Nevadas Beer Camp. I love these boxes. They explore, innovate and provide enough volume for a party, or a slow month of sipping bottle-by-bottle. And I start the new seasons batch with the Torpedo Pilsener. Light straw in color, it is pale, as if frightened or traumatized by the experience of the pour, which pushes up a low, mottled head, not unlike apple juice. The smell is deep and sweet, with a little corn, but mostly that intense star that comes from pushing ones head into a bin of crystal malt and inhaling. The body is sudsy, semi-sweet up front, and then revs up a little to deliver a clear, crystal malt and mineral water flavor, which lasts all the way through to the aftertaste. It is a good start to the box, and a nice way to finish July.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1386) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
12 oz bottle from old notes. Pours a hazy golden color and topped by a small head of off white foam that settles quickly into a thin film. The aroma shows notes of citrus fruit, floral and grassy hops, clean grains, and a bready and biscuit malt backbone. The flavor follows suit with a touch of citrus, clean grains, yeast, and biscuit malts with floral and grassy hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied with ample carbonation that leads to a clean, dry, and bitter finish. Solid Pilsner and another solid offering from the pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (7046) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2015
(Bottle, 0.355 l, at laitis, 20150613, thanks) The beer poured pale golden and nearly clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had grass and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were grass, malts, grain and bittterness. Aftertate was hoppy and btiter. A harsh hoppy lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1548) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2015
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours hazy dark straw yellow with medium creamy white head. Aroma is light malt with big fresh lemon notes on the back. Taste is clean light malt, rich wheat-like notes, then dry herbaceous peppery hop flavors on the finish. Pretty much as advertised, a rich and hoppy take on the lager. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (7174) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2015
355ml bottle @laitis, thanks. Hazy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Fruity, citrus, straw and malts in aroma. Grainy, some grassy elements, sweetish taste. Soft plus carbonation. Its something.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (15569) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2015
355ml bottle - thanks VastActiv!
Fruity sweet perfumey hop aroma. Pale, brief head. Simple sweet malty body. Flat palate, a bit slick. Pretty dull lager. You can tell its made from some of the right ingredients for beer though. But definitely not an example of a crisp style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Grassy straw and hops in both flavor and aroma. Light and refreshing for a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6474) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle at Laitis, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, grain, hops and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2015
2014 mix pack, golden yellow color, nice aroma of bitter honey and floral, grassy hop and bitter flavors, good finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy yellow color with a large creamy-soapy yellow-white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was tart, citric and dryish with almost chalk. The flavor was dry, tart and chalky with lemon, zest and faint perfume. Medium length finish. Light to medium body. Ok.

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