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

very good
314 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015)Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015)

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Fetusonfire on 01-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 314 | Ratings: 1,789
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

 774 characters

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

 233 characters

Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

 571 characters

Photo of CNoj012
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

 397 characters

Photo of A20sp
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.)

 1,116 characters

Photo of TeamMathis
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 232 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

 230 characters

Photo of THSdrummer
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 593 characters

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 399 characters

Photo of Riff
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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.

 455 characters

Photo of NilocRellim
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

 151 characters

Photo of SSIangler
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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

 261 characters

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

 334 characters

Photo of Kazahkstan
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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

 479 characters

Photo of Trosevear
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 299 characters

Photo of willic
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

 289 characters

Photo of q33jeff
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

 194 characters

Photo of vikinggary28
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

 211 characters

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

 266 characters

Photo of BWED
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

 475 characters

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 924 characters

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 264 characters

Photo of OlaB
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light orange and clear ,visible carbs

Smell: Citrus and fresh hops are overwhelming

Taste: a very fruity taste, the hop taste are very clear , bitterness are not overwhelming

Feel: Very refreshing , medium carbs it have kind of a dry finish in the mouth,

Overall: Not at bad beer at all , was very refreshing taste and the hops made this beer very drinkable .I am exited to try the other products from Sierra Nevada

 428 characters

Photo of HotBeerJosh
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites as it is readily available in most of the states I visit (Virginia, KY). 7% ABV is not too much and not too little if you plan on drinking a few.

 173 characters

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a 12 oz bottle for International Beer Day. I like SN Pale Ale, so this seemed to be right up my alley.

Poured into a Spiegelau glass, because it seemed close to an IPA.

A- Hazy yellow-orange with a good finger or two of head and lacing that stuck throughout.
S- I got very strong notes of citrus, apple, grape...very fruity.
T- Also starts out very fruity, some bitterness but ends smooth and malty...a.k.a catches up to you quick.
M- Definitely drinks like a lager but has the strength/bite of an IPA.
O- My first "Imperial Pilsner" and probably not my last. The 7% ABV catches up to you, but a very drinkable brew from SN.

 632 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Beer Camp: Hoppy Lager (2015) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,789 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.