Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
3.92 | pDev: 9.18%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015)Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015)
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/5/15; drank 2/27/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque light orange appearance.

Big off-white head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap & faint honey in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mild honey & pine flavors up front; a crisp, clean finish. A nice session brew.

Apr 09, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes you see someone else reviewing an older beer you've had dozens of times and you're like, "oh shit, whaddup, I need to do a review of that one still. Here we are. Pours a light golden yellow color with proper professional clarity that Sierra Nevada brings consistently. Aroma is citrusy hops and lager yeast, albeit not a very pungent one.

Taste is a prickly hop and carbonated affair, nice lightly toasted pale malt, maybe even golden promise here. Toasty. Mouth feel delivers on the lager aspect and is dry and crisp to boot. This is a definite upgrade for my tastes compared to their Summerfest lager. Its just hoppier and better, with a bit more of a punch. I dunno why this isn't year round, its straightforward just as the label says. So what if you said one time only, this shit should be available in 12 packs and cases, every year.

Dec 04, 2018
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

January 31st, 2015 - I *love* the Beer Camp boxes that appear from time to time at Costco, unceremoniously piled in with the other huge crates of beer, but clearly a gem in the crowd. Once home, I try them in order, which meant for this box beginning with the Beer Camp lager. Pouring a deep amber with a frothy off-white head it could be mistaken for an IPA, and even the aroma lends to the disguise, giving off notes of dankness and a little bit of body odor, but also the freshness of mineral water, like Perrier. The flavor is sweeter with a good, clean palate, with a nice, crisp hoppy taste. The sweeter side feels a little phoned in but its not cloying.

Oct 21, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "2015 Beer Camp Hoppy Lager"
12 fl. oz. bottle, "PKGD 01/02/15 1309" and sampled on 01/31/15

Notes: "55 IBUs" Golden body beneath a standard sized head of white. Aroma is hoppy, citrusy, herbal, and a touch spicy over a delicate malt base. The flavor adds-in some leafy and tea-like character which seems quite English, as well as traditional yeasty fruitiness that includes apple. The citrusy hops express grapefruit and orange, and they're followed by grassiness and spice in the finish. The biscuity and gently honeyish malt acts as a springboard for the hops, balancing but never stepping forward. Interesting to be sure, I'm amazed at the variety of hop flavors. For anyone who enjoys hoppy flavors but not the bitterness of IPAs, this is it!

Oct 12, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light gold beer with a small retained head. Some malt presence on the smell and a little IPA kick on the flavor but a relatively tame beer. Medium bodied, a little bandaid/phenol presence everywhere. Alcohol hidden very well! Cheers.

Jun 21, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice refreshing but boring after a while and I keep going back to ales & stouts.

I find IPLs and hoppy lagers hard to discern, but this is one of the better ones along with Carton Sit Down Son and others.

A) Pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger white head with minimal retention and lacing.

S) Sweet malt, bridged by light bright hops, crisp and clean.

T) Much sweet malt with biscuit, with a leafy, grassy bitterness, and finishes crisp and clean, but perhaps boring.

M) Medium bodied and crisp

O) Drinks like a light beer, but packs a punch like an IPA.

Jun 19, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger, dense, fluffy, off white head that sticks around for quite a while. Thin hanging rings of lacing as well. Smell is citrus, floral, lager yeast, and some doughy malt. Taste is similar, but much more malty than the smell. Feel is light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall solid, but not great. Much prefer the IPLs by Jack's Abby.

Jun 15, 2016
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A20sp from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a pilsner glass, poured from a 12 oz bottle. 42F 7%ABV

L:- Orange/Golden, with a light amount of bubbles. Very translucent, almost transparent. Decent head which lasts around a minute.
S:- Smells like pot (lol). Prominent hops with a touch of citrus (lemon, grapefruit?). Makes sense for a “hoppy lager. Nice smell to my “American born nose.”
T:- More than a bit hoppy, but not like eating/using the actual hop bud (has a slight grassiness, but doesn’t; overpower). Has a slight and crisp citrus overtone. A bit fruity overall, but doesn’t dominate the beer.
F:- A nice light to medium body, with a bit of carbonation. Has a hop/acidy like feel that doesn’t linger to long on the palette. Different and a good alternative to my usual Czech pilsner, mainly due to the prominent, yet not overpowering hop flavor. I can’t taste the alcohol at 7% which is always a good sign in beer.

:- A nice mild taste, more along the lines of a “stronger” pilsner style. Would most definitely enjoy again.

(Copy from previous May 30, 2016 post under "2016 Tropical IPA." Oops, was new to the site.)

Jun 13, 2016
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange hue. Nice lace. Lots of small sediment. Smell is delightful. Massive honey and some fruit (maybe apricot). Definite alcoholic taste as it goes down. Taste is hard to pick out. Some citrus and nice carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Jun 11, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. Some honey sweetness right off the bat, clear orange golden with slight skin of an off white head. Malt also shines through, nice slick mouth feel. Lots of emphasis on the sweet grains, masking the elevated ABV.

Jun 02, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright and light orange. An off-white head with fair retention sits atop at 1 1/2 fingers in thickness. Lacing is great initially. Citrus, orange, and resin hop notes accentuate a summer like aroma. Flavor profile encompasses oranges, citrus, and resin and pine hop notes. The flavor profile lasts a fair while. Mouth feel is sticky, medium-thick, and very fun to drink. Overall, it's a sublime beer. The hop notes are subdued, and yet still present. A wonderful beer for those who want to try out more hops, but don't want to dive into a standard IPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jun 02, 2016
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morimech from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a finger of dense head. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of dank hops, citrus, pine, and grainy malt. The flavor has a bit of a floral and fruity note and I wonder where that came from. Notes of citrus and pine as well. A bit sweet and quite high bitterness. Slight note of alcohol in the finish. Bigger body than you get with a typical pale lager. Nice carbonation.

May 31, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to shaker glass. Deep amber color to it with a decent head, maybe a finger or so. Smell was very faint, a little bit of the hops coming through so a touch citrusy. Taste was similar, not bold at all just a little taste of the hops, a little citrus before some bitterness that did linger but not terribly long. Body is moderate, light carbonation. Easily drinkable, nothing remarkable about it but certainly wouldn't turn down another.

May 23, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold colour. The smell is almost nothing but malt. Tastes malty with a bit of bitterness. Very generic lager taste, not much on the hop.

Apr 25, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra did it again with their seasonal limited beer camp. Fruity and not too overpowering that makes this beer a good choice for the fridge for when friends show up. Cheers go get some and be prepared to hear your friends say what is this beer it's really good

Apr 12, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, grapefruity after-taste. Bronze color with small white head. Smells of hops and grapefruit rind. I can't tell if I'm tasting a strong alcohol flavor or if the hops and the citrus are playing tricks with my tastebuds. Frothy feel going down with subtle changes to the palate during the aftertaste. Citrus rings true throughout.

Apr 01, 2016
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Kazahkstan from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz. into IPA glass. Formed a one finger head with moderate lacing.
Look: Nearly transparent but dark yellow, small prominent head with good glass lacing as you drink it down.
Smell: Slight maltiness, a touch of the piney hops, and prominent citrus scent.
Taste: Bitter with slight alcohol taste, then strong citrus leading into sour bitterness, reminiscent of grapefruit. Bitter aftertaste.
Feel: Moderate carbonation with heavy bitterness left on tongue after drinking

Mar 14, 2016
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Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Slightly darker yellow, with a small white head.

S: Very tropical with a slight malt profile to it. Has a lot a citrus and fruity smells to it.

T: Also very tropical taste to it, oranges, mangos, bananas, and other tropical fruit.

F: Highly carbonated beer.

O: Also quite a nice beer from SN.

Mar 11, 2016
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willic from Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apperance: bright orange, nice visible carbonation!
Aroma: citrus, bright, fresh green hops
Taste: grapefruit zest, clean, citrus brilliant hop character
Mouthfeel: refreshing with nice, bright carbonation balanced with acidity and hop character
Overall: WOW! Sierra Nevada hit a home run!

Feb 24, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to plastic cup, drank 2nd from rhe bottle at Deans housewarming party. Smooth citrusy Ipa. Lots of grapefruit and mango. Dry hoppyness, hint of ash. Feel is lively. My type of IPA.

Feb 21, 2016
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vikinggary28 from California

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to glass mug. Dark golden colour with off white head and nice lacing. Hoppy aroma does not smell like a lager. Taste is similar to the aroma, it feels like an ale. Very well done. Prost!

Feb 08, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, floral hops. Taste is lemon zest, hops, some malts and a bit of floral notes, alcohol not pronounced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Feb 02, 2016
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BWED from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Golden orange. Clear. Head is white, a little delicate and sticky. Retention okay. Lacing is nice.

S- Pungent cascade, pine and citrus. Malt is light and toasty. A little grassy.

T- Not so hoppy in flavor, as I'm sure they took advantage of dry hopping here.

M- Medium body, slight bitterness, but it doesn't linger.

O- Seems to be just an American hop varietal Pils, instead of the traditional noble hops. Mild flavors, pleasant.

Nov 20, 2015
TAHEETNA from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I rarely drink lagers any more, but this is not your average lager. I really enjoyed this beer when it was available. The "hoppyness" flavor, and characteristics seemed to mask the the typical "lager" traits of harshness. "Beer Camp" is in a class between Lager and (America) IPA. It was built on a Lager recipe, with IPA ingredients. Quality hops are definitely the game changer. I could drink this beer happily on regular basis. Great flavor, good buzz, without a bad aftertaste. So far this for me, this has been the best outcome from the "Beer Camp" collaboration. This was genius. Quick brew + quality ingredients = Great beer. Simple and effective with "Killer" results. I was a Sierra Nevada disciple for over fifteen years. Time after time their creativity brings me back, with outstanding libations. I may wander a bit from Sierra Nevada to try different beers, but I always seem come back to Sierra Nevada.

Nov 17, 2015
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a pint glass. Pours orange with hints of yellow with a tiny head. Smells of citrus and floral hops. Tastes of citrus and floral hops with hints of sweet barley. Beer is light bodied and drinkable, but heavily carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

Nov 13, 2015
Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1797 ratings