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

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 79 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014)
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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pale gold, frothy foam, fingers width of head. Drippy lace around the edges. Thin veil across the surface. Bright clarity, pretty nice looking.

Clean lager yeast hits the nose first, along with a crackery pilsner malt aroma.

Taste is snappy and crisp with a light yet firm hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Crackery malt, light grassy hop taste. Light feel, easy drinking. Overall well put together, something I'd drink again.

emerge077, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy straw color, with one finger of fluffy white head. Aroma was grassy, with a bit of grainy, wheaty smell. Taste was light malt up front with a nice noble hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was light, with some nice carbonation that combined with the hop bitterness to give it a really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a nice pilsner.

timontheroad, Yesterday at 04:57 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Speed_Racer9, Tuesday at 04:04 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

JTomczak, Tuesday at 03:37 AM
Photo of lucasj82
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

lucasj82, Monday at 05:34 PM
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev +3%

Type: 12-oz.bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $25.99 for the variety Beer Camp Across America 12-pack
Purchased: Oct. 17, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2014
Misc.: Collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Company; Packaged May 29, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.

Poured yellow, golden, straw, hazy color with three fingers of creamy white rocky head. Cleared up as it went down. Saw some bubbles coming up at different parts of the glass, but nothing crazy. Good sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled boozy corn malts up front, immediately followed by hoppy pilsner notes. Grassy hops, Kix cereal or Corn Pops, sourdough bread, honey, peppery spices, herbal hops, New Zealand spices and light floral hops. More pilsner than hoppy, but pretty nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted a lot like the nose. Still more pilsner than anything else, but more bitter than the smell. Sharp corn cereal (Kix and Corn Pops), grassy hops, sourdough bread, hay, honey wheat, New Zealand hops, faint floral hops, herbal notes and slight citrus zest. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. Got better as it went down as the beginning was a bit rough. (Feel - 3.63)

I was all over the place on this one. Initially I wasn’t a fan, but it grew on me a bit as it went down. Definitely more pilsner than hoppy. (Overall - 3.75)

3.79 | 85 | B+

BucannonXC5, Monday at 04:27 AM
Photo of bret717
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bret717, Monday at 03:57 AM
Photo of lazy8
4/5  rDev +8.7%

12 Oz bottle poured into point glass.
Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. Medium carbonation lasts throughout the pour.

Slight grass/straw smell and mild hop aroma.

Malt flavor followed by hops at the finish with a mild hop aftertaste.

Creamy mouth feel.

Overall, a very good pils.

lazy8, Oct 19, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

brewskis, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of BeerNW
4/5  rDev +8.7%

BeerNW, Oct 19, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

andy1701, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blah blah blah, don't like collaborations, this should be amazing as SN should make a good hoppy pilsner and do it right, and New Zealand hops are lovely, but we'll see.

Pours a decent creamy smaller head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy messy lacing though, very clear golden pilsner color with a minor hazy sediment laden.

Nose actually starts nicely, starting with a good pilsner, toasty straw, toasted grassy malts, not quite husky but nice heavy straw, with a mild grassy leafy like hop in the background, little earthy like, very floral from both malts and especially hops, very noble like, and a little lemony note, lemongrass even. Later, mostly as it warms, a little earthy New Zealand terroir like note and faint fruity aromas.

Taste brings more pilsner out front, toasty straw, lots of straw and toasty grainy malts, a little bready and husky, grassy as well. Then hops, big spicy grassy and floral hops, a little flowery floral, with mild New Zealand earthy terroir like note, as well as a little lemony note, and a big cereal with the little lemon cereal. Fair but med like bitterness, faint fruity note, not a big New Zealand hop pop or fruitiness, mostly earthy grassy leafy and floral. Finish is dry, mild to fair bitterness, big grassy noble like hop with some earthy undertones and a little floral note, mild straw and cereal as well lingering, as well as a little minerality from the lagered mineral water.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little lager softness.

Overall not bad actually, better than I expected, especially from the average. Nice pilsner with good hoppy notes, mostly noble like, but not much for New Zealand. Then again kiwi hops started from German/Euro noble hops that did their own awesome thing in New Zealand, so I could see all the noble characters in there. Pretty enjoyable.

jlindros, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bmac093, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ToddThompson, Oct 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

nilesschmidt, Oct 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

therubicon, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jpd7374, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

barneysdad, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

T-34-85, Oct 11, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Rukasu, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

420Rick, Oct 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

beernads, Oct 08, 2014
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Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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