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

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 88 | 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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Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
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4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pilsner glass. PKGD 052914 in Chico.

Appearance: Pours a light yellow golden body with a thick bright white head and very active carbonation. Looks great!

Smell: Wonderful pilsner malt aroma offset by light floral hops. Slightly grassy and soapy.

Taste: Crisp German pilsner taste without the earthy herbal bitterness. Delicious pilsner malt again brought to balance by primarily floral hops. The hops do not come off as tropical as I would have expected from New Zealand hops. Reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Imperial Pilsner from the beer camp pack a year or two back.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light. Dry as a German pilsner should be - spot on. No strong aftertaste.

Overall: I love this and expected this to be one of my favorites out of the variety pack. I just wish Sierra Nevada would produce something like this year round. It would be my go to.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +3%

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3.36/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my pilsner glass this beer was a light gold color. There was a medium-sized white head and a little bit of lace.

Very fragrant. Mostly floral, but also a fresh, outdoors type of aroma.

Hop forward. Grapefruit up front, then some floral notes, ending with more citrus. Great taste.

A crisp, refreshing beer. I would drink this anytime.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cereal malts and floral noble hops with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a lot of noble hop bitterness in the finish with some slight metallic notes. Some fruit comes out in the middle as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy pils. A little too sweet and metallic.

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev +8.4%

I thought this one was pretty good, not sure why so many low reviews. Its not as good as an authentic pilsner but its close. Beer is extremely clear and light with a nice Czech hoppiness to it. Finish is a little harsh but not bad.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear light gold with good sized white head and okay lacing.

Smell: Very balanced mix of apple, citrus and tropical notes. Slight hay and straw in the background. Smells good but a trifle mild.

Taste: Some of the typical Pilsner notes of apple, straw and pepper but augmented by citrus and tropical notes. Everything is integrated together nicely and nothing stands out too much. Hoppy but the bitterness is more in check than some traditional German or Czech Pilsners.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Seems more Czech-like here or even like a Helles. Dry finish.

Overall: Nice take on a Pilsner. Despite the unique hops, it is very balanced and refreshing overall. Ultimately, not that different from other very solid Czech Pils. This may disappoint some, but I am fine with that.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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