Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Mixed 12 Pack

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Mixed 12 Pack, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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As soon as I got my hands on a few of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Mixed 12 Packs, I immediately called dibs on writing the reviews. How could I pass up an opportunity like this, 12 beers with 13 (counting Sierra Nevada) of the best breweries in the country, what’s not to love? Luckily my fellow bloggers were fairly busy and acquiesced without much guff. So here we go, without further ado, the mega review of this fantastic mixed 12 pack.

 

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Yvan The Great – Belgian Style Blonde – Russian River

Pale straw color, clear and effervescent, smooth medium white head. Belgian yeast aromas, lightly sweet and dry smell. Mild but present hop bitterness, I wouldn’t guess the IBU’s were as high as they are (50), faintly sweet taste with a light Belgian farmhouse spiciness. Citrusy and bright, medium dry with a light but satisfying mouthfeel. I’d happily buy a six pack of this.

 

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Alt Route – Altbier – Victory

Medium amber red color, fleeting light tan head that leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Sweet malty toffee aroma with a little bit of lemon. Light on the tongue with a mild citrus hop flavor and a lingering back of the tongue sweetness accentuated by a decent bit of American hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel that sticks around. Not as sweet as I would have expected but a very pleasant and tasty beer.

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Myron’s Walk – Belgian Style Pale Ale – Allagash

Light golden, slightly hazy color with a pillowy off white head. Strong Belgian yeast aroma with lemony citrus esters. The coriander certainly comes through in the nose. Spicy and lightly fruity, yet surprisingly not overly dry. Very Belgian, but the quickly fading hop notes give it a mouthfeel and finishing flavor more reminiscent of a lighter tripel than a Belgian pale. The hops are present and distinctly American with pine and citrus flavors, but they fall off into a pleasant neutral finish. Another I’d be happy to have in the fridge on a regular basis.

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Chico King – Pale Ale – 3 Floyds

Rich, deep golden color, lingering thin off white head. Surprisingly malt forward nose, lightly hoppy but definitely more East Coast than West. The malt and hops hit your tongue simultaneously, very balanced but milder than I expected. Piney hops at first, though as the beer warms, the citrus comes out more. Medium mouthfeel, along the lines of an English IPA. Honestly a little underwhelming, though by no means a bad beer.

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Yonder Bock – Tropical Maibock – Cigar City

Golden amber color, I swear I saw a hint of red/pink while pouring. Pillowy light tan head. Pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruits dominate the aroma with a malty lager bite showing through at the end. Smooth caramel with a very tropical hop note that finishes sweet and fruity and lingers on the back of your tongue. Tastes very Southern Hemisphere to me, though it appears the 3 hop varieties noted on the can all have Pacific Northwest origins. The 7.7% ABV is hidden well.

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Double Latte – Coffee Milk Stout – Ninkasi

Dark brown but not completely opaque, some light sneaks through the corners. Medium brown head that settles down to a nice thin layer. Medium coffee nose with a bit of chocolate. Surprisingly mild coffee flavor over a nice fat lactose mouthfeel and bittersweet chocolate. As the beer warmed the coffee really started intensifying. The 60 IBUs are muted, as is the 7.6% ABV. Very balanced and leaves a nice tingly coffee afterthought. I’m a big coffee beer fan and this one hits the spot, somewhere between Vanilla Oatis and Breakfast Stout. Smooth and smarmy.

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Tater Ridge – Scottish Ale – Asheville Brewers Alliance

Deep ruby brown, medium lingering light tan head. Scottish heather and peat in the aroma, slightly sweet undertones. Nice mild Scotch ale flavor, the sweet potato really balances things out and makes this super drinkable. Medium sweetness, almost no hop aroma or flavor but there is a hint of east coast hop bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a surprisingly dry finish. A bit smoother than the typical wee heavy, solid all around.

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Electric Ray – India Pale Lager – Ballast Point

Clean pale gold with a quickly dissipating off white head. Strong American hop nose complemented by a light lager sweetness. Surprisingly round flavor, not as sharp as an IPA but the hops still make themselves known. The floral and citrus hop flavors fade quickly into a nice clean American lager flavor. Malty sweetness, not overly dry with a nice mouthfeel that sticks around. Very American and very balanced.

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CANfusion – Rye Bock – Oskar Blues

Light copper color with a thick light tan head. Malty nose, hints of rye but not overly strong in the smell. Bolder rye flavors but not too dominant, very well balanced with the malty bock backbone. The rye sticks around all the way through the taste. One of the mellower Oskar Blues beers I’ve had, not particularly hoppy, finishing with a light lasting sweetness. Nice medium mouthfeel with lower carbonation. One of the best lagers I’ve had in a good while.

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There And Back – English Bitter – New Glarus

Lightly hazy golden orange with a quickly fading off white head. Spicy citrus hop aroma, hints of Maris Otter maltiness. Clean initial hop bite that fades quickly into an English malt flavor. Distinctly American hoppiness with hints of lime, orange, and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel that fades into a dry finish that is very fitting for the beer.

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Maillard’s Odyssey – Imperial Dark Ale – Bell’s

I have to start by complimenting the name, Maillard reactions were one of the first nerdy brewing things I learned about and still have a special place in my heart. Darker than I expected, deep brown with orange hints coming through at the edges. Medium pillowy dark tan head, good lacing on the glass. Tied with Electric Ray for the strongest beer of the pack at 8.5%. Sweet dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate in the nose. Rich, thick mouthfeel that hits immediately on the first sip. The coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor with dark fruits and light hop bitterness coming shortly behind. The chocolate lasts for a surprisingly long time, the flavor coats the tongue and holds on tight. I’d personally place this squarely in the imperial stout category and it gets high marks from me, quite a tasty brew.

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Torpedo Pilsener – Hoppy Pilsener – Firestone Walker

Pale straw color with the brilliant clarity typical of a proper Pilsener Bright white head that falls quickly to a thin layer. Rich tropical fruits in the nose, the Southern Hemisphere hops are apparent. A bit of crisp pilsener aroma sneaks through. Fruity flavor, but not overly so. Reminds me of a sip of Pivo after chewing some Juicy Fruit. Tropical and citrusy, notes of passion fruit and fragrant summer flowers. Obviously a west coast pilsener but with some wonderful deviations. Surprisingly thick mouthfeel, not as dry as I would expect. Tastes like summer vacation in a glass.

So there you have it, 12 beers with 12 distinctly different personalities. I loved some and hated none, I picked these packs up at $17.99 each and I feel that is an absolute bargain given the variety and provenance of these brews. I can whole heartedly recommend this pack to any beer drinker, new or experienced, young or old, it doesn’t matter, you’ll find something to love.  Skål.

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