Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA
You probably heard about Sierra Nevada Brewing opening a new brewery in Mills River, NC. Right? To celebrate, they decided to modify their usual "Beer Camp" beer pack and create a one-of-a-kind mixed 12 pack made with 12 collaboration beers. And to top that 12-pack, they created a traveling beer festival they call Beer Camp Across America, currently underway. I swear, I was one week off from making this Saturday's Philly event! Alas, I'll be flying in to PHL on August 9th to head for drier ground in OCNJ (you guys know what I mean right?)
Anyway, if you want to participate, you better be an East Coaster or someone willing to hit up their last three events in Portland, Philadelphia or Mills River (all this weekend!) Tonight I'm drinking the actual "Beer Invitation" that Sierra Nevada sent to over 2800 breweries to participate in their most local festival. Yep, a 24 oz bomber of Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA was sent to each, and apparently a LOT accepted!
The bottle says they invited every craft brewery "to make this the largest craft beer celebration in history"! There's even a "Summer 2014" commemorative badge--not sure if it will ever eclipse that Summer of "69" but you never know. The back of the bottle lists the events and how to get tickets. 8.5% alcohol.
Citrus and pine aroma with a light fruitiness, not very powerful though. Orange malty sweet flavors start. Spicy, piney, lightly floral hops poke their way through next and actually take you all the way to the finish, where you will taste a little alcohol. Very simple beer.
Great body and nice carbonation. But this is a little sweet and I want more fresh, bright, citrusy, aggressive hops and bitterness, especially from this brewery and this style of beer. After all, I love me some Estate Homegrown Ale! Anyway, best invitation to an event in history, especially with 2800 or more going out! I need friends like that! You probably won't get another crack at this one, so check it out!