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

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BA SCORE
3.68/5
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1,297 Ratings
Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America)Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
1,297
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
92
Trade:
1
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Consumed in late 2014. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear pale straw color. Forms a big white fluffy head with average retention atop fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malts with just a touch of sulfurous quality. Light hop oils. Not much else that I can find, and a light aroma overall.

T: A pretty standard pilsner. Light pilsner malts, two-row malts. Minimal sulfur (though there is a touch) and the expected clean lager flavors. Light resin and floral hops, like a small pine shrub, , plus a crisp lemon rind citrus. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: A light body with almost no alcohol presence. More carbonation sensation than the appearance suggested.

O: Drinkable, and reasonably tasty for style. But nothing to excite me nor anything that I'd look for again.

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Photo of Hazen
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Warren2621
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is grainy malts, pilsener yeast and mild spiciness. The flavor is citrus, light tropical fruit, fruit, mildly grainy malts and a long and mild/medium bitterness in the finish.

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fx20736
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow, tall stiff white head with gobs of lacing. Aroma dominated by lemon zest and sugar cookies. Taste is sharply bitter with lemon zest. Mouthfeel is very soft. Doesn't seem very Pilsner like.

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3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LehighAce06
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Hellpop65
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, bright golden hue, under milky white head.

Aroma: Beautiful floral notes, nice hoppiness. Ah…

Taste: Big hop attack right off the bat, pierces the palate pleasingly. Clean, lean-bodied. Bittersweet bite fades off after a while, but never quite quits. Fruitiness grows and grows, starting citric, turning tropical.
Hopheads, here's a lager to love.

What do they say on the label? This: "This hoppy lager features intense fruity and floral notes from fresh New Zealand hops balanced against a crisp and clean malt body." Also, this: "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 varietals, so we loaded our legendary Hop Torpedo with the southern hemisphere's finest hops or a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style."

So, there you go.

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

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

Photo of SaltofOH
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a standard pint glass. Forgot to check the date, but it was within a month of purchase. Drank on 10-25-2014.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with thick, 2 fingers white rocky head.

Aroma: Clean, floral/slightly soapy; light maltiness.

Taste: Nothing, then soapy/floral bitter. Lavender? Like eating soap. Not too bitter on the finish for a Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Good, mid-to-light; lighter carbonation than expected.

Overall: Better as it warms. Extremely light & floral. Would not buy a sixer of this.

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3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devin305
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkyyNapalm
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,297 ratings
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