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

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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Lager - American
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Ratings:
1,798
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 17, 2021
Added:
Jan 03, 2015
Wants:
  56
Gots:
  726
SCORE
88
Very Good
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3.09 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 17, 2021
 
2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
 
3.87 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
 
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 11, 2018
 
1.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BenHoppy from Michigan

For a hoppy lager, doesn't get better than this.

Nov 18, 2017
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3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GarrettB from Colorado

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
 
4 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Jun 29, 2017
 
3.75 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Apr 18, 2017
 
3.8 by elle_belles17 from District of Columbia on Mar 21, 2017
 
5 by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan on Dec 13, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.1 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Aug 17, 2016
 
4.13 by dag1991 from Ohio on Jul 17, 2016
 
2.17 by stashcraft08 from Indiana on Jun 30, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HotDogBikeRide from Texas

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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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Act25 from New Jersey

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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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CNoj012 from New York

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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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by A20sp from Indiana

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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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TeamMathis from West Virginia

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
 
3.93 by Moose88 from Georgia on Jun 11, 2016
 
3.96 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington on Jun 07, 2016
 
3.81 by ClePaul from Ohio on Jun 05, 2016
 
4.27 by Chef_Paul from Florida on Jun 05, 2016
 
3.74 by ledouge from Virginia on Jun 04, 2016
 
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
 
4.25 by mflamar from New York on Jun 03, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

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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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by morimech from Minnesota

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
 
3.93 by aufie from Texas on May 31, 2016
 
4.04 by videofrog from Texas on May 30, 2016
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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TriggerFingers from California

Tasted like the name suggests. A hoppy Sierra Nevada lager. I got it as a mix a six deal. Tasty, but not memorable.

May 29, 2016
 
3.77 by hermit990 from Illinois on May 28, 2016
 
3.79 by bobtaylor0414 from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2016
 
3.89 by WVbeergeek from West Virginia on May 25, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Riff from Virginia

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
 
3.74 by CBrodbeck from Florida on May 22, 2016
Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1798 ratings