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Friday, January 29, 2016

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA

88 BA score on Beer Advocate. 94 overall and 91 style scores on RateBeer.


Fruit-forward hops take this IPA to the tropics.

Beer Camp is the ultimate brewing experience. We invite beer fans into our brewery nearly every week to design their own beer and then we bring it to life. Each spring, we’ll feature one of our favorite collaborations from the previous year. This year’s selection features intensely aromatic hop varietals rich with the flavors of the tropics. We use Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops to create bright fruit-forward flavors of mango, papaya and bitter orange.

ALCOHOL CONTENT  6.7% by volume
ENDING GRAVITY  3.0° plato

YEAST  Ale yeast
FINISHING HOPS  Mosaic, Citra, Comet, El Dorado
MALTS  Two-row Pale, Munich, Honey

Picked up a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA today at Savor Pint. $8.99 for a 6 pack.

I tend to ignore Sierra Nevada beers. Mainly because I tend to seem them everywhere. But I do tend to seek out their Beer Camp beers. Probably due to the fact that they are limited beers. I know I can get the year round beers anytime I want them. Limited beers aren't the same way. Plus this one is an IPA. Everyone knows that the only beer style that matters is an IPA.

Whereas PBR is not worth having anytime of the year.

PBR drinkers do belong to a special team.

And they live on a special street.

Also wear special clothes.

And for some reason they love Jeff Jarrett. Don't know why. Jeff Jarrett was never anything special. Never amounted to much in the WWF/WWE. To be a big shot, he had to go to a wrestling league that was run by him and his father - TNA.

PBR drinkers live on a very specific diet.

Further proof that PBR drinkers are buttheads.

Savor Pint had one lonely 6 pack of this left when I was in earlier. The price also helped me decide to get it. $8.99 for a beer from a decent brewery. I was actually hoping that I would find some Pineapple Sculpin from Ballast Point. No such luck today.

When I first found out about Beer Camp beers a few years ago, I became somewhat obsessed with trying as many of them as I could get my hands on. Even if it is a style that I'm not exactly the biggest fan of. The way I figure it, I may come across a certain beer in a style that I don't like and actually like it. When I first started drinking, the thought of drinking an IPA just disgusted me. Years later, would not conceive of drinking anything else.

With a name of Tropical IPA and a midrange IBU of 55, I figured I would like this Beer Camp beer. Beers with an IBU starting the 50s are where they start to get interesting. Anything lower would be like drinking tapwater. Bud Light doesn't even have a double digit IBU. What sense does that make? A beer with no flavor? Worthless.

Poured into a Great Divide glass. Did too much of a hard pour. Head was a little too big. But at least it is a decent head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma does seem have some nice citrus. Tangerine seems to be the more dominant citrus aroma. Maybe a touch of grapefruit. Tiny bit of pine.

I thought the taste would follow the aroma. For me, the taste is more bitter than citrusy. There is some citrus to it. Much like the aroma, tangerine is a bit more dominant in the citrus. Seems like bitterness is actually the dominant thing. It overpowers everything else. Some malt is there, but it doesn't last long. For a beer named Tropical IPA, I was hoping for more citrus. Not that I am complaining about the bitterness. Do love that part. But I was a bit disappointed in this one. Rated it 3/75 out of 5 on Untappd. It is still worth trying.

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale

84 BA Score on Beer Advocate. 62 overall and 87 style scores on RateBeer.

STYLE: Ale FOOD PAIRING: Dessert, Doughnuts

TASTING NOTES: The Collision of Crazies continues by combining the two best inventions on planet earth: beer and doughnuts. This ale was inspired by the Voodoo Mango Tango doughnut and handcrafted at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon, by Brewmaster John Maier.


750ml painted bottle / 13.5° Plato / 5.3% ABV / 20 IBU / 71 AA / 15° L

Recently picked up a bottle from World Market for $11.99. Don't know why I bought it. Don't really like the other Voodoo Doughnut beers but I am compelled to try them.

The first one I tried was the Bacon Maple Ale. I love bacon. The beer is something I don't not love. Couldn't even finish the whole bottle.

The lemon chiffon crueller ale smelled just like lemon pledge. Tasted like it as well. Another drain pour.

Pretzrl, Raspberry and Chocolate ale beer. Best thing I could say about it is, it did smell a bit like pretzels. Had to let it warm up a bit to get the raspberry to come out.

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana ale. Yep, another drain pour.

One thing they all have in common?

All are better than PBR.

PBR swillers have children that turn out like this.

They also get confused by pudding.

As with the other beers in the Voodoo Doughnut line, Mango Astronaut comes in a painted pink bottle. Because the first color I think of when it comes to doughnuts is pink. At least the color is eye catching. 

Poured into a 16 ounce glass. Really nice head. Barely any lacing. Aroma is of candied mango. Smell is a tad too sweet for my liking. Sweet beers aren't exactly my favorite thing in the world. Not much else in the smell. Taste is just like the aroma - candied mango. Maybe just a touch of orange. Does have a slightly odd aftertaste to me. Hard to describe other than odd. Not odd in a good way either. Probably the best of the Voodoo Doughnut line I've tried. Could only rate it 3.25 out of 5 on Untappd.

Current reading:

The Hat in the Ring Gang by Charles Woolley.

It's about the 94th Aero Squadron in World War 1. Probably the units most famous member?

Eddie Rickenbacker.

Eddie Rickenbacker is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.

From the National Museum of the United States Air Force:

Medal of Honor Exhibit.