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

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1,194 Ratings
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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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Reviews by portia99:
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3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale, straw golden color with excellent clarity and a thick finger of fluffy white head the lingers for a minute or so and leaves behind some nice webby lacing on the glass.

S - Grainy malt base, somewhat earthy, a bit of grassiness, a touch herbal and even a bit minty too.

T - Clean hop bitterness, grassy hop flavor, dry cereal grain malt base, hints of sweetness.

M - Medium body with a lowish/mid-level carbonation that manages just a bit of a tingle. Very soft feeling in the mouth, lingering hop bitterness although not particularly intense.

O - Overall, not bad but I would challenge the hoppy pilsner description a bit. Hops are there for sure, but this even pales in comparison to a good German pilsner for hop character. Misses the really crisp hop bitterness of a pilsner. Mouthfeel is pretty much right on though for the style.

portia99, Aug 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

oberon, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DanGeo, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Tiernan, Jul 21, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

woodchipper, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

freshflesh, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

warnerry, Jul 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

KevinV_85, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

barhoc11, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

77apm, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JakerLou, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

megamass, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Guinnsslvr, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

aquazr1, Jul 12, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev 0%

JC333, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

bsp77, Jul 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Justin8mypants, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ccurrid, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jul 19, 2014
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Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.