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Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

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.
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Photo of CJNAPS
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wasn't enough flavor in it for me.

Photo of hosehead83
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow-gold in color with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Pale malt, fruity hop note
Taste-Crisp, pale malt, floral fruity hops, hint of lemon. Overall nice hop bite, crisp and refreshing.

Photo of brewale4me
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I expected a more hoppy beer. Still a good beer.

Photo of Yancey82
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSSG
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, frothy, white head that has great persistence and laces readily. Floral, grassy hope aroma is absolutely amazing. Chill hazed straw color. Starts with a startling hop bitterness. Bright notes of citrus build into a high-medium hop bitterness that starts to take on notes of citrus rind. The citrus rind lingers with notes of pine into the finish.

This is interesting. It smells like heaven, but it's really hoppy and bitter. Not a great take on a Pils, but an interesting experience.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow gold. Head is fluffy and bright-white. Drops to a small cap and collar in relatively short order. Some splotches and streaks of lacing. Decent retention leaves the cap for the duration.

Smell: Slightly sweet pale malt sweetness. Solid bread dough with some crackery elements. Pilsner malts add some very mild malt spiciness. Hops push some floral edges with a grassy element. Tons of Sierra Nevada lager yeast. Some earthy notes. Yeast is mildly fluffy with a ton of bread dough. Vague spicy esters. Some general citrus and pine.

Taste: Light and slightly sweet. Bready pale malts with some serious biscuity elements. Slightly toasted bread. Floral in good measure. Slightly earthy with some grass. Yeast drops some small spicy esters along with a very mild general fruitiness. Solid pilsner malt base. Yeast is fluffy. Some pine bitterness with a hint of citrus. Clean profile with a touch of wheat.

Mouhfeel: Light pushing medium body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and easy sip.

Overall: Mission accomplished.

Carries the touch of both breweries. It's easy drinking and subtle. Hops give it a little life and work well with the yeast.

Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear light yellow (piss looking) color with a very foamy 1-1/2 finger bright white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good spotty foam lace and a thick foamy layer on top – a strong looking head for a pilsner.

Smells of lemon zest, biscuit, vegetables, citrus hops, dry grass, some pine and earthy peat moss notes; somehow it manages to smell like a fresh spring day even though the hops were not as potent as I expected.

Tastes of a wheat bread kind of sweetness up front, with lemon, flowers, dry grass, hay, cracked wheat, pine cone, tea leaf, earthy notes, metallic hints like copper, and hoppy spices that produce a mild bitterness and dry your mouth. It seems very grainy at moments but then cuts back to citrus or grassy spices and is quite easy to drink with a lot of muted flavors that seem so interconnected that you can’t differentiate them. Easy to drink, it was light and crisp but not as hoppy as I expected yet still a real nice pilsner with above average flavor for the style.

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 1/5/15, with apologies for apparently abandoning most of the Beer Camp beers in the back of my fridge

A: Pours clear, straw to pale yellow - above-average sized, bright white head that leaves sheets of lacing

S: Sierra Nevada lager yeast and some interesting floral hops - clean, bready, lightly spicy pilsner malts and some yeasty aromas - some fruity and floral hops, with some citrus and pine - lightly grassy - big bread dough aroma at the base

T: Crisp and clean - citrus and some lemon, with some leafy, grassy hoppiness - minimal bitterness - nice malt profile with some pilsner malts, light bread, bread dough, wheat, and grains - finishes mostly clean with some grass and more bread dough

M: Medium to light body, nicely carbonated, crisp

O: This will inspire me to finally review the others...

Figures. This is probably the all-around best thing I've had from the Beer Camp mix pack. Hoppy lagers are becoming quite popular (which is a fun trend), but hoppy iterations of Czech pils have not caught on. Yet.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Pretty good... very light in color almost like a white ale... good smell, it's a hoppy pilsner... interesting spin and not bad.

Photo of Jdra
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Brewndruid
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of stwok21
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of erushing
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beersnake1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of One1Asterisk
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/23...BCAA 6/12...pours bright gold, see through, foamy layer atop. Fruity citrus nose, floral too. Clean hop forward flavor, good body, earthy bitter hop back. Bright and gritty together. Lemon pops out. Very good.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 5.25.14

L - Pale yellow with clarity, carbonation bubbles, and an impressive amount of head and sticky lace left on the glass

S - German pilsner malts dominate. Wheat

T - A hoppy pilsner for sure. Huge wheat malty backbone, but floral and citrus flavors shine trough.

F - Light bodied and carbonated

O - The pilsner style is pretty low on my beer pecking order, but add some tasty floral hops into the equation and I dig it. Very good

Photo of mdlb44
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: A clear, light yellow with a half finger head that turns to tiny bubbles.

S: Lemons, oranges, fresh, light.

T: A nice blend of wheat and hops. Crisp and refreshing. Low bitterness. More citrus-y than bitter.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: My last of the Beer Camp box. I was a bit hesitant to try this for the hop content. But it was pleasantly tasty. A great summer beer that can be enjoyed any time.

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Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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