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

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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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 tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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 the southern hemisphere's finest hops for a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style." Brewed in the style of a Czech Pilsner. Available in 12 oz. bottles within the Beer Camp 2014 variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam pearl white head over a mildly hazy straw yellow body with moderate flecked sediment and very light to no visible carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Cracker and pale malt meets a touch of biscuity caramel and an earthy, spicy, grassy and soft fruit hop profile with a moderate bitterness. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Cracker and caramel grain malt body up front with a moderate sweetness is complimented with hop notes of earthy spice, dried fruit, floral and grassy hops with a moderate bitterness. The balance is fairly even with a more pronounced body and sweetness from the malt profile than is common for the style. The more unique hop notes of fruit and floral essence call to attention the heightened body, complimenting it well. Despite the variations to the malt body and hop profile of this beer, it does not detract far from the expected malt and hop flavor range, as it drinks clean and somewhat dry like a Pilsner would. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, slick and modestly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crispness on the finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is mildly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is soft and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I found this pilsner uncharacteristically balanced in favor of the malt, with a decent malt body and sweetness to counter the expected level of bitterness from the hops. This generates a milder dryness without dragging down the drinkability. As for the hops themselves, they fit the style well but I did not find them too different from the hops used in traditional Czech Pilsner beers, providing a touch more sweetened fruit and floral notes to effectively compliment the enhanced body and call it out. Overall I was pleased with this entry in the Beer Camp series, and found it well done and fairly unique for the style. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Torpedo Pilsner (With Firestone Walker)

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This hoppy lager features intense fruity and floral notes from fresh New Zealand hops balanced against a crisp and clean malt body."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Co."; "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 the southern hemisphere's finest hops for a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced a slow, steady pour so as to not rouse any lees that may have settled onto the punt during my bottle's stint in my reefer. Naturally, this did not allow for the formation of any head, so I again employed the bartender's trick and wound up with a finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Yellow (SRM = 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose reminded me more of a German Pilsner with its biscuity malt presence alongside of the hops. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was definitely hop-forward with a grassy, lemony flavor accompanied by the biscuit maltiness to add up to something that reminded me of lemon biscotti. Mmmm. I had one of these on draft this past summer and I remember it being highly refreshing. I really enjoy crisp, clean Czech Pilsners on hot summer days and this really fit the bill that time. Finish was dry, clean and highly refreshing. Last pour: cloudy, malt more pronounced, still quite dry.

Photo of Mitchster
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed with Pils malt and acidulated malt. Bittered with Southern Cross, Pacific. Finished with Motueka, Southern Cross
OG=12P, FG=1.8P, 5.2% ABV, 45 IBUs

Pours out to a slightly hazy very pale straw golden, forming a rocky bone white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing. Briskly carbonated, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is wonderful...a very crisp and clean fermentation that lets the husk of the pils malt shine through, with a delicate hop nose. Slightly bready. The mouthfeel is amazing. Crisp, exceptionally clean, lightly dry in the finish, light bodied. The taste is wonderful as well...delicate pils malt, an exceptionally well balanced firm bitterness with sits beautifully with the malt body. Saltine cracker malt note, delicately grassy.

This is one of the very finest Czech style pilseners I've ever had. It's an exceptional example of the style, up there with my other favorite pils (Mama's Little Yella, Lagunitas, Blue paddle, Summit). I would buy cases and cases of this and have it as a staple in my fridge if it were available in my area.

Photo of rudedude985
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Firestone. Taste crisp and fresh.

Photo of cletusdog
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fooditems
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwhancher
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow character with some tiny suspended particles present. Bottle conditioned? Smells of floral hops with nice sweet grainy pils malt. Some underlying fruitiness like strawberries. Clean Pilsner tastes with crisp bitter finish. Very clean tasting. Light and very drinkable. Nicely done beer. Not a standout in last summer's beer camp variety case, but a very well executed beer nonetheless.

Photo of brywhite
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +2.4%
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 -6.5%
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 +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSSG
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +1.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 +8.4%

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