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

Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America)Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America)
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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America)Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America)
Notes: 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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/29/14; drank 7/16/14 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale yellow color.

HUGE bright white head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Fresh bread & mild urine nose.

Thin mouthfeel with a sharp carbonation bite.

Mild bread notes, hints of urine & a crisp hop bite finish. Drinkable but hardly an argument for the style.

Oct 31, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Jan 27, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

Jun 28, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

May 18, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Apr 08, 2015
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SaltofOH from Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Apr 05, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev 0%
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

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Torpedo Pilsner (With Firestone Walker)

Feb 20, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Feb 20, 2015
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Feb 20, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Feb 05, 2015
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jan 19, 2015
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Jan 11, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jan 10, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jan 10, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jan 05, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/23...BCAA 6/12...pours bright gold, see through, foamy layer atop. Fruity citrus nose, floral too. Clean hop forward flavor, good body, earthy bitter hop back. Bright and gritty together. Lemon pops out. Very good.

Dec 06, 2014
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 5.25.14

L - Pale yellow with clarity, carbonation bubbles, and an impressive amount of head and sticky lace left on the glass

S - German pilsner malts dominate. Wheat

T - A hoppy pilsner for sure. Huge wheat malty backbone, but floral and citrus flavors shine trough.

F - Light bodied and carbonated

O - The pilsner style is pretty low on my beer pecking order, but add some tasty floral hops into the equation and I dig it. Very good

Dec 05, 2014
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: A clear, light yellow with a half finger head that turns to tiny bubbles.

S: Lemons, oranges, fresh, light.

T: A nice blend of wheat and hops. Crisp and refreshing. Low bitterness. More citrus-y than bitter.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: My last of the Beer Camp box. I was a bit hesitant to try this for the hop content. But it was pleasantly tasty. A great summer beer that can be enjoyed any time.

Dec 01, 2014
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confer from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good example of an underrated style. This is a great everyday beer, too bad I only got two in the Beer Camp case.
A- Pale yellow with a big fluffy pure white head.
S- Smooth lemony smell
T - Just like it should be. Fruity start and little hop bite in the finish.
O- Nearly right on for all attributes for a Czech Pils

Nov 26, 2014
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ClePaul from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 12/20

Overall 77/100

Just very meh. It's very average, nothing great, nothing terrible. I would expect much more from a Firestone Walker/SN beer.

Nov 09, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear golden colored body.
The aroma is biscuits, grains, toasted malt and lemon.
The taste is moderately bitter with a touch of honey sweetness and a dry bitter finish. Great balance and flavor.
The texture is light and crisp.

Oct 25, 2014
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Oct 24, 2014
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 - 3.75)

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 - 3.50)

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+

Oct 20, 2014
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lazy8 from California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Oct 19, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Oct 18, 2014
Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1300 ratings