Sierra Nevada Brewing has brought back the Beer Camp Across America variety pack, collecting 31 respected craft brewers around the country to collaborate on 6 different beers. Somehow I missed out on 2014’s offerings, I was able to sit down and taste all six beers this year. Please read along as I share my tasting notes and thoughts on each beer, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised that they all had their own character and didn’t just taste like a tweaked Sierra Nevada beer.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Sweet Sunny South Southern Table Beer – with Austin Beerworks, Bayou Teche, Creature Comforts, Funky Buddha, and Wicked Weed – 4.9% abv.
The south holds strong to its traditional flavors–tea, honey-sweet peaches, and corn grits–so we looked at those culinary cues for this southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea, and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping.
Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a slight haze and no head.
Aroma: Flowery perfume,freshly peeled orange, fruity Belgian yeast.
Taste: Fruity belgian yeast, fresh juicy pear, mild spicy hops for a slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Relatively full for 4.9%.
Overall: Pretty dank for a little beer like this.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA – with Bale Breaker, Barley Brown’s, Black Raven, Melvin, and Odell.
The city of Moxee, WA, is in the heart of the Yakima Valley hop growing region and this Imperial Session IPA—a style contradiction—honors the Pacific Northwest’s hop-bomb heritage. Moxee-Moron features hops in the mash, the kettle, the Hop Torpedo, and the fermenter for ultra-complex hop aromas and flavors in an ironically named package. Brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, and experimental hops. 7.5% abv.
Appearance: Pours a clear copper orange with no head.
Aroma: Lemon/tangerine essence, light sage, honey dew.
Taste: A cohesive blend of new generation hops. All the citrus fruit with fairly mild bitterness at first. Light toasty malt with a classic sierra Nevada hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied average carbonation.
Overall: This is a great beer. Tons of aroma and flavor without the classic hop bitterness we are used to with Sierra Nevada beers.
Family Values showcases the cooperation and kinship of Midwestern brewers. It features largely Midwestern-grown ingredients: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, and cocoa nibs from Illinois as well as Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown malt. This is our centrally located collaboration celebrating the best of the Midwest. 8.5% abv.
Appearance: Pours nearly black with a fluffy head thats falls to zip.
Aroma: Toasty and lightly roasted malt, burnt sugar, apple/honey dew fruity esters, bubble gum.
Taste: Herbal hops, toasty malt, burnt sugar, toasted walnut.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation.
Overall: For a style of beer I wouldn’t normally go after, and haven’t enjoyed in the past, this was perfectly executed and really tasty.
West Latitude combines our Californian Left Coast love of fruity hops with a touch of Hawaiian “aloha” from the addition of hibiscus flowers, all anchored by robust malts and spicy rye. This session beer is light in body but looms large, like the long shadows of a westward setting sun. Brewed with Centennial, Citra, Comet, and Mosaic
Appearance: Pours dark red. After the pour the head flattens to a ring of white around the edges.
Aroma: Red apple skins, rye malt, molasses cookies, fresh hops.
Taste: Spicy malt, grapefruit like hops. Finishes with long bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation, a hair astringent.
Overall: A fairly tasty beer, not my favorite in the bunch.
Pat-Rye-Ot is an “old-meets-new” take on a pale ale by brewers all located in the original 13 colonies. It features rye and apples, which were among the first ingredients used by American brewers in the colonies, alongside bold American hops—hallmarks of our modern craft beer “revolution.” Brewed with Cluster and Experimental hops.
Appearance: Pours a hazy dull amber orange with a dense white head that retains forever.
Aroma: Tangerine,lemon, dank bud. Lots of all those things. Simcoe and lemon peel.
Taste: Spicy malt and small yet punchy hop bite, citrus pith, medium bitterness. Like sucking on a rye beer soaked hop cone.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, juicy.
Overall: This and the Moxee-Moron have been the standouts thus far. This is awesome.
This stout hails from the land of sun, sand, and surf and proves that beach beer doesn’t have to be light and delicate. Stout of the Union is rich, roasty, and full of deep malt flavor, creating a union of like-minded brewers together through beer.
Appearance: Deep brown with a khaki head that falls to a 1/8″ cap.
Aroma: Black forrest cake, wood smoke, herbal American hops.
Taste: Black coffee, dark chocolate, burnt roasted malt. spicy herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, prickly carb.
Overall: A damn perfect stout from some of the best brewers in the world. It’s funny to
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