Brew Review: Sierra Nevada Hoppy Lager

by Kelli H. on February 10, 2015

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Beer: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2015 Hoppy Lager
Date: 1-24-15
Location: Chico, CA
Type: India Pale Lager
Price: $8.99/6-pack
Availability: One time only — limited!
Alcohol: 7%
IBU: 55

“Last summer we teamed up with San Diego’s Ballast Point for a hop-head twist on a crisp lager. We remixed this encore which is loaded with whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo to deliver a bold aroma backed by smooth malt flavor” – Sierra Nevada

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Appearance: Golden, clear, small bubbles rising from only the middle, little head retention.

Aroma: Hoppy! Yeast, citrus

Body & Texture: hop bite up front, crisp, light bodied, very easy to drink

Aftertaste: The hops disapate to a more normal lager flavor of yeast and malt

“This hop-heavy beer combines intense citrus and floral hop flavors with the clean, classic malt body of a hearty blonde lager for a crisp but aggressive take on the India Style Pale Lager”. – Sierra Nevada

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Overall Impression:

I am so impressed with this beer! When David’s friend Kyle gave David a 6 pack to bring home, he opened one up and I could immediately smell the hops radiating from it. Which is definitely not something you expect from a lager. I used to laugh at lager drinkers because I’m a loyal IPA drinker. If it’s not an IPA it’s a saison for me. So, when I smelled his hoppy lager I knew I had to take a sip. After one sip I was sold on this beer. Since then I’ve had a few of these myself. 

Let’s just say I LOVE this beer. I never really thought I’d say that about a lager but this is my type of lager. The aroma is great, the color is spot on, and the taste, oh man, the taste is amazing. This beer is at pretty much every store right now. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. You definitely don’t want to miss this one. My only complaint about this beer is that Sierra Nevada is stating that it’s a one-time only beer which makes me incredibly sad. I love how easy this beer is to drink, and I could picture myself drinking it all year round. I’ll be sad when I stop seeing it being sold. I suppose I need to stock up. You should too! Believe me, even if you’re not a lager fan, you’ll still enjoy this beer. Cheers to an amazing lager! 

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run February 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

love these photos. glad you like the beer, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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David W. February 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

This is without a doubt going to be the most upsetting beer to let go of when they stop selling it. I love this beer. It’s just so enjoyable on every level to drink, and I really wish they would consider keeping it around! Luckily, they just released Hop Hunter, which is also incredible.

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Jane February 11, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I’ve wanted to try this and you are selling it up!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Nice pour shot! ๐Ÿ™‚

This one sounds delicious and I love how fun the label is. I feel like I should bring it camping or something, haha!

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sonia the mexigarian February 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

I bought this last night. You wouldn’t believe the stares I go. lol. Such beautiful color to it. Nice photos! I can’t wait to give this a try!! I’m thinking Eric will have to open one up and let me sniff and sip a little.

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Kelli H. February 12, 2015 at 11:33 am

Ahhh! What torture! You’re a great wife buying your hubs beer while you can’t drink. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop February 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

What a fun review! Must be great to do the taste testing!

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Tiff February 13, 2015 at 9:46 am

I want this. Like, I really want this. It sounds great, though I think I’d especially enjoy it in sunny weather, preferably on a patio somewhere.

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Rose February 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for reviewing this. I keep seeing it in the store, but I’ve been hesitant to buy it because it’s a lager. Not a style I usually drink. Your write up makes it sounds great, though. I’ll have to give it a shot.

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Kelli H. February 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I hope you like it! I honestly think it’s one of the best lager’s I’ve had. ๐Ÿ™‚

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