Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point “Electric Ray” India Pale Lager (IPL): I really enjoy Ballast Point. They make some amazing beer, my favorite being Victory at Sea. I’m not a huge fan of lagers, but some of these new IPLs have been pretty impressive. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, piney notes in the nose with undertones of breadiness. Slight spiciness on the palate with a caramel-malt base. Medium bodied with a carbonated, bitter finish. Just a hint of stickiness. Very palatable and another surprise out of the box. I wasn’t expecting to like this one as much, which seems to be the running trend. All the beers I had high hopes for have been alright, and all the beers I wanted to try but wasn’t pumped for have been pretty stellar. Hopefully this doesn’t ring true for the Ninkasi collab, Double Latte. I’m looking forward to that one the most and saving it for the end.
Of course Ballast Point would continue their aquatic naming scheme with this beer, Electric Ray. Funny enough, the scientific name of the Electric Ray is Torpedo Californica, paying homage to both the home state of Ballast Point and the hop varietal primarily used in this beer; Torpedo.

Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point “Electric Ray” India Pale Lager (IPL): I really enjoy Ballast Point. They make some amazing beer, my favorite being Victory at Sea. I’m not a huge fan of lagers, but some of these new IPLs have been pretty impressive. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, piney notes in the nose with undertones of breadiness. Slight spiciness on the palate with a caramel-malt base. Medium bodied with a carbonated, bitter finish. Just a hint of stickiness. Very palatable and another surprise out of the box. I wasn’t expecting to like this one as much, which seems to be the running trend. All the beers I had high hopes for have been alright, and all the beers I wanted to try but wasn’t pumped for have been pretty stellar. Hopefully this doesn’t ring true for the Ninkasi collab, Double Latte. I’m looking forward to that one the most and saving it for the end.

Of course Ballast Point would continue their aquatic naming scheme with this beer, Electric Ray. Funny enough, the scientific name of the Electric Ray is Torpedo Californica, paying homage to both the home state of Ballast Point and the hop varietal primarily used in this beer; Torpedo.

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Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker “Torpedo Pilsner” Hoppy Pilsner: Another one of the beers I didn’t have much anticipation for in the Beer Camp box. Pilsners aren’t a style I generally gravitate towards. I started my beer journey drinking them and I think I both burned myself out on them and my palate evolved. The aroma has notes of hay and light tropical, floral hops with spicy, bready undertones reminiscent of Saaz. Lemon zestiness. Spiciness intensifies on the palate with a bready backbone. Crisp, floral, hoppy, bitter finish; like a lemongrass. Medium-minus body with moderate carbonation. Fairly palatable, but nothing surprising. Reminds me of Summerfest.

Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker “Torpedo Pilsner” Hoppy Pilsner: Another one of the beers I didn’t have much anticipation for in the Beer Camp box. Pilsners aren’t a style I generally gravitate towards. I started my beer journey drinking them and I think I both burned myself out on them and my palate evolved. The aroma has notes of hay and light tropical, floral hops with spicy, bready undertones reminiscent of Saaz. Lemon zestiness. Spiciness intensifies on the palate with a bready backbone. Crisp, floral, hoppy, bitter finish; like a lemongrass. Medium-minus body with moderate carbonation. Fairly palatable, but nothing surprising. Reminds me of Summerfest.

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Sierra Nevada / Oskar Blues “CANfusion” Rye Bock: I really like Oskar Blues, but I didn’t have much anticipation for this beer (not to be confused with expectation). Really interesting tropical fruity hop and rye aroma; grapefruit / guava / passionfruit. Slightly syrupy. The palate isn’t too far off from the nose with plenty of tropical hoppiness with a caramel malt / rye backbone. Plenty of spice characteristic. Medium body with a lively mouthfeel. Highly palatable. Probably my favorite from the box yet.

Sierra Nevada / Oskar Blues “CANfusion” Rye Bock: I really like Oskar Blues, but I didn’t have much anticipation for this beer (not to be confused with expectation). Really interesting tropical fruity hop and rye aroma; grapefruit / guava / passionfruit. Slightly syrupy. The palate isn’t too far off from the nose with plenty of tropical hoppiness with a caramel malt / rye backbone. Plenty of spice characteristic. Medium body with a lively mouthfeel. Highly palatable. Probably my favorite from the box yet.

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Sierra Nevada / New Glarus “There and Back” English-Style Bitter: Not sure if I’ve ever had an English Bitter before. This is a new experience. I’m getting kind of a nutty aroma with bready, toffee notes and citrus zest undertones. Slightly grassy / herbal. On the palate, it’s almost like I’m tasting red-apple skins with more of that bready, toffee character and a helpful amount of bitterness. Citrus and malty backbone. Medium-minus body with a lively mouthfeel. Palatable, but I can’t say this is my favorite from the box. Definitely well-executed, though.

Sierra Nevada / New Glarus “There and Back” English-Style Bitter: Not sure if I’ve ever had an English Bitter before. This is a new experience. I’m getting kind of a nutty aroma with bready, toffee notes and citrus zest undertones. Slightly grassy / herbal. On the palate, it’s almost like I’m tasting red-apple skins with more of that bready, toffee character and a helpful amount of bitterness. Citrus and malty backbone. Medium-minus body with a lively mouthfeel. Palatable, but I can’t say this is my favorite from the box. Definitely well-executed, though.

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Sierra Nevada / Asheville Brewers Alliance “Tater Ridge” Scottish Ale: One of the more unique beers in the Beer Camp box, this one is brewed with sweet potatoes. Caramel malt aroma with almost a Munich or Vienna malt characteristic with a biscuity, amber profile. Slightly sweet. On the palate I get a lot of the biscuit and caramel malt with a handful of bitter citrus hops to balance. Toasty and peaty. Slightly sweet on the palate, which may contribute to the addition of the sweet potatoes, but otherwise I don’t taste sweet potatoes. No doubt that it does have an affect on the overall profile of the beer, though. Medium-minus body with moderate carbonation and head retention. I appreciate this beer a lot more than a younger me would have. Very palatable.

Sierra Nevada / Asheville Brewers Alliance “Tater Ridge” Scottish Ale: One of the more unique beers in the Beer Camp box, this one is brewed with sweet potatoes. Caramel malt aroma with almost a Munich or Vienna malt characteristic with a biscuity, amber profile. Slightly sweet. On the palate I get a lot of the biscuit and caramel malt with a handful of bitter citrus hops to balance. Toasty and peaty. Slightly sweet on the palate, which may contribute to the addition of the sweet potatoes, but otherwise I don’t taste sweet potatoes. No doubt that it does have an affect on the overall profile of the beer, though. Medium-minus body with moderate carbonation and head retention. I appreciate this beer a lot more than a younger me would have. Very palatable.

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As wonderful as international beer trading is, the postage costs are bloody terrifying. It’s well worth checking it out as early as possible to avoid disappointment :)" - stormyskiesahead

Lol @ you guys" -beeritual

Oh, I know. It would be ridiculous. Just shipping domestic can be upwards of $30. I can’t imagine what international would be. The trade would have to be stellar for me to consider it.

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S/O to beeritual for the rad trade. You always make good boxes for me. Hope you like yours and it arrives safely.
Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout (to include in a tasting flight with Prairie Bomb! and the Evil Twin / Prairie collaboration Bible Belt
Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout Imperial Stout (two more bottles for the cellar, giving me a total of three)
Founders Porter
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Founders Red’s Rye IPA
Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir Imperial Stout
Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! Imperial Stout (three more bottles on top of the two I still have)

S/O to beeritual for the rad trade. You always make good boxes for me. Hope you like yours and it arrives safely.

  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout (to include in a tasting flight with Prairie Bomb! and the Evil Twin / Prairie collaboration Bible Belt
  • Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout Imperial Stout (two more bottles for the cellar, giving me a total of three)
  • Founders Porter
  • Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
  • Founders Red’s Rye IPA
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir Imperial Stout
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! Imperial Stout (three more bottles on top of the two I still have)

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