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717. Sierra Nevada / Ashville Brewers Alliance Tater Ridge

Tater RidgeContinuing to make my way through the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. Over the past few months the 12-pack has been go to when I don’t have a growler or a fresh IPA/pale ale to go to, however that does not happen very often. I may finally finish them off later this week.

Tater Ridge is collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance and the bottle description states “Scottish Ale brewed with Sweet Potatoes”, which sounds interesting. It pours a very deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with no discernible hop character (not that I was expecting any from a Scottish Ale).

Taste is interesting with a sweet dark fruit (or maybe vegetable). This beer continues to develop as it warms. Another decent beer from this 12-pack but still not that exciting.
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.

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716. Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point Electric Ray IPL

Sierra Nevada Ballast Point Electric RayThis is my favorite beer so far from the Beer Camp 12-pack. An India Pale Lager from Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point, both of California.

Electric Ray pours a nice clear orange with a single finger white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some citrus hops and a light sweetness. Taste pretty much follows the nose with some pine thrown in and a nice bitterness in the finish.

So far this is the only beer from the 12-pack that I would buy again. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

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715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

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692. Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker Torpedo Pilsner

Sierra Nevada Firestone Walker Torpedo PilsnerMy third beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp twelve pack and its another sold beer but still nothing spectacular. This one is brewed with Firestone Walker another California brewery. From what I have heard their Pivo Pils is one of the best available but the Torpedo Pilsner doesn’t compare. 

It looks like a pilsner should with a nice gold color and a thin white head. Aroma is slightly spicy and earthy with a bit of yeast. Overall a nice start and the taste continues with a solid floral, lemon hop profile and a nice clean finish. I’m not sure what this one is missing but I would prefer Pepperell Pils to this one which is probably a good thing since I can get Banded Horn’s beer easily and this one may never be produced again. 

Three beers in and I have enjoyed each one but there has not been one that I would want to drink again.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV

Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Torpedo Pilsner ditches the traditional German “noble” hops and heads south of the equator for
inspiration. With a traditional golden malt body, this “kiwi” pils features intense fruity and floral New Zealand-grown Motueka and Southern Cross hops, making this an alternate and delicious take on the classic pilsner.

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691. Sierra Nevada / Russian River Yvan the Great

Sierra Nevada Russian River Yvan the GreatRussian River makes some great beer including some of the most sought after IPAs and sours; Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, the list goes on and on. Because of this list I was a bit disappointed when I saw the beer included in the Sierra Nevada twelve pack was a Belgian Blonde. 

Pale gold with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of yeast, clove and a bit of lemon. Taste is the best part of this beer with a strong Belgian start and a slightly hoppy lemon finish. Well carbonated very clean finish make this one super easy to drink.

Similar to the last beer I was glad to have tried it but not sure I would want to drink it again. 
Pros:
 Drinkable

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive.

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690. Sierra Nevada / Cigar City Yonder Bock

Cigar City Sierra Nevada Yonder BockI am a little late getting to the Beer Camp 12-pack from Sierra Nevada. I purchased it when it was released and stuck it in the fridge at work until last week when I finally had the time to open it. The 12-pack includes 12 different beers that were brewed at Sierra Nevada’s facility in Chico, The list of breweries involved is a who’s who of craft beer across America.

My first beer is the Yonder Bock from Sierra Nevada and Cigar City. The can describes this as a tropical maibock which sounded very interesting. An aggressive pour leaves a nice copper colored beer with a single finger off white head. Aroma is mostly malt with some hints of fruit. Nothing too crazy happening in either the appearance or aroma. 

Taste improves on this a little with a well balanced mix of those sweet malts in the beginning with a subtle tropical fruit finish. A solid beer but honestly glad there was only one included as I doubt I would seek this beer out again. 
Pros:
 well balanced

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Yonder Bock is a summery twist on the robust blonde bock. Its silky, semi-sweet malt body is bolstered by a blend of new and experimental hops that impart bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit.

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684. Sierra Nevada Brewing West Coast DIPA

Sierra Nevada Beer CampSierra Nevada came up with a great idea for the summer of 2014, a 7 stop brewfest which included a visit to Portland, Maine. To kick things off they sent a bottle of this beer to every brewery in the country inviting them to attend the brewfest. Shortly after this they released the bomber through normal distribution along with a 12-pack of collaboration beers which I will get to later. 

Since this was a double IPA I figured I better drink it fresh so it was the first of the beers I opened. The appearance might be the best part of this beer with a nice orange color and thick white head. Aroma has some floral and spicy hops, not nearly as big as I had hoped for a double IPA. Taste follows with a nice earthy, spicy, floral hop flavor that I associate almost exclusively with Sierra Nevada beers. 

The beer has a fair amount of booze but is still pretty drinkable. Overall not a bad beer but I was really hoping for more, still worth the $5 price tag. 
Pros:
 Appearance

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA clocks in at 8.5% ABV and features five hop varieties, two of which went into Sierra Nevada’s “Hop Torpedo” dry-hopping device and impart hints of grapefruit and a floral note that recalls orange blossom. A light malt body and dry finish complement the bold hop profile.

Brewed as an invite for the 2014 Beer Camp Across America tour. http://beercamp.sierranevada.com 

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674. Dogfish Head Rhizing Bines

Dogfish Head Rhizing BinesThis is actually a collaboration beer that Dogfish Head did with Sierra Nevada. I wasn’t even sure what style of beer this was when I opened it was pleasantly surprised to find a nice double IPA.

Color is a beautiful deep orange with a very thick white head. It looked as good in person as it does in this picture. The aroma was primarily flowery hops but there was a bit of citrus in there. Taste was very well balanced for a double IPA with plenty of citrus, flower and herbal hops. Mouthfeel had a nice creaminess to it similar to Jai Alai from Cigar City in this regard.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer and would happily buy another.
Pros:
 Well balanced and creamy mouthfeel
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Deepening our bond with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., forged with the 2009 collaboration Life & Limb, we’ve brewed an East-meets-West Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines.

“We had a lot of fun brewing the original dark and roasty Life & Limb in Chico with the Grossmans and Sierra Nevada’s extended family,” says Dogfish Head President and Founder Sam Calagione. “We are very proud of the way that beer turned out. Now it’s our turn to repay that hospitality and brew a very hop-centric IPA in Milton with our pals from Chico, incorporating innovative ingredients and techniques from both breweries.”

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673. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Sierra Nevada KellerweisGrabbed this one as part of a mixed six pack at Beer Cellar Portsmouth and had been lingering in my beer fridge for a while. Decided to open on a hot summer afternoon and I was glad I did.

Pours a bit clearer than I would like but I may have failed to swirl the bottom of the bottle to get the remnants as you should with a hefeweizen. Other than lot I love the coloring a the slight white head. Aroma is a spicy banana bread and quite nice. Taste follows and adds a bit of clove.

Overall a nice hefeweizen which is a style of beer that I really enjoy during the summer. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew.

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564. Sierra Nevada Nawhal

Sierra Nevada NarwhalThis is another one that has been kicking around the cellar for some time as this is the 2012 version of Narwhal from Sierra Nevada. I grabbed a 4-pack last year so still have 3 boxed away in the cellar for future consumption.

Appearance is totally black with one of the darkest heads I have seen on a beer. Aroma has lots of rich maltiness that leans more towards chocolate than coffee which is what I prefer. Taste is really where this one excels with loads of roasted malts, again mostly chocolate with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Also a fair amount of alcohol which is to be expected from a RIS.

Overall a very nice beer from Sierra Nevada and I am already looking forward to opening bottles again in the coming years to see how it develops. 
Pros:
Rich chocolate malts
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.

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