Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. This beer is one of the four styles to come in their Beer Camp 12 pack. I've had the other three, and really enjoyed Weizenbock and California Common, while not feeling the love with their Juniper Black Ale.
Malty bread aroma with some citrus and spice. Nice. Well hello! This beer reminds me A LOT of their Torpedo Extra IPA which I love. I had one just last night. Tons of pine along with a healthy dose of lemon and grapefruit citrus. Quite hoppy and bitter. At the same time, a zippy tang and spice take little nips at your palate. The 8.5% alcohol is clearly noticeable and pushes the envelope all the way to the maximum unannoying volume. Actually, it did go over a few times and give just hints of some band aid medicinal flavors before the cops were called in.
Let's just say that a little more malt balance would have been nice, just a teensy little bit. The alcohol also does double duty and dries out the beer considerably. Funny how alcohol and dry always seem to go together, quite the oxymoron.(BTW, any jokes from here on out are no fault of my own). The bigger alcohol and the increased dryness are the only things I see different from fraternal twin Torpedo. One twin is always a little bigger and one twin is always a little more annoying. Nice body and carbonation. Excellent beer though I guess I still prefer Torpedo in the end. Check it ou!
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