I didn’t get through it as quick as I wanted to but I finally made it through the last 6 beers of the Beer Camp Across America variety pack.
I started the second half of the pack with was the Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues collaboration, CANfusion Rye Bock. Aroma has some nice hops and citrus. Beer has a nice citrusy taste with a nice balance of spice and malt. This is a beer I was impressed with. Oskar Blues is a brewery that I’ve started to be exposed to more lately, so it was nice to see that this one came through.
Electric Ray IPL which was brewed with Ballast point was the next beer That I had. This one was really good. As a long time fan of both breweries this is one that I had been looking forward to from the first time I read about this mix pack. Being a lager this one is a lighter bodied beer and not to malty. Hops come through nice in the aroma and the taste, more piney than fruity. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
The Bell’s Brewing collaboration, Maillard’s Odyssey, was a beer that wasn’t one that stood out to me when I was reading about this variety pack. After tasting it though I feel like this is one of the better beers in the pack. Nice dark beer with lots of flavor. Didn’t have much expectations on this one because the only beer I’ve had from Bell’s was Hopslam, which is an amazing beer, but not the same type of style.
Another brewery that I wasn’t familiar with was New Glarus. I didn’t know what to expect from their beer, There and Back: English Style Bitter. Overall I think this beer was decent. Didn’t find it to be spectacular or a stand out of the group. I would not turn this beer down, but it wouldn’t be one that I seek out if it were to become available again.
Tater Ridge: Scotch ale, brewed with members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance was another beer that was good, but not great. The beer had a toasty flavor with hits of fruits and hops that gave it a dry finish.
I closed out the Beer Camp Across America variety pack with the Victory collaboration, Alt Route: altbier. Not a bad beer, but not one of the strongest. Easy to drink, pretty well balanced, but not the typical style I’d go for.
After completing this Beer Camp Across America I think that the 12 pack was fun. There was a lot of hype building this up and as a fan of craft beer I wasn’t let down, but I also didn’t get 12 amazing beers. There were no bad beers in this pack, but for the price that you pay you do expect a little more. I think that because the breweries involved with this project put out suck amazing beers the public may have expected a little more than was possible. These were one off beers that a team of breweries came together to brew with a deadline to put out this variety pack. The beers that we are used to from Sierra Nevada, Russian River, Ballast Point and all the other great breweries represented here are beers that they had time to fine tune and perfect before they put them out for us to purchase.
If a back like this comes out again I am sure I’ll seek it out for the experience of trying so many beers from breweries that I enjoy.