I’ve made it half way though the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Pack. I had originally bought the 24 pack at Costco but ended up splitting the pack with a friend. This made the mix pack much cheaper(just under 20 bucks), and I was left with 1 of each beer instead of 2.
I picked the first 6 beers at random:
The first beer I tried was Double Latte. This is the beer the was brewed in collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company. Lots of coffee in the aroma of this beer. The coffee is upfront in the taste with lots of milk chocolate following it. This beer is a great start to the Beer Camp mix pack. I’m a big fan of both Sierra Nevada and Ninkasi so I was glad that this beer was as good as it was. I just wish this is one that wasn’t just a one off beer. I think this would be a good seller if they brewed it again.
I paired Torpedo Pilsner, the Firestone Walker collaboration beer, with some mahi mahi and bacon wrapped asparagus. This hoppy pilsner went well with the meal. Torpedo Pilsner was a good combo of pilsner malts and just a touch of extra hops. Good beer, nothing too fancy, would drink it again, but not one I’d seek out on its own.
The next beer I tried was Myron’s Walk, brewed with Allagash Brewing Company. This is a Belgian Pale Ale. I’m not a big fan of Belgian beers, but this one was refreshing. Extra hops helped with the flavor. I picked up a hint of the coriander, but its nothing that is extremely noticeable. I don’t know if I would have know it was in there if it hadn’t said it on the label. Not a bad beer, but again, not really a style I’d seek out normally.
The fourth beer from the pack that I tried is the beer I was looking forward to the most, Chico King, a pale ale brewed with 3 Floyds. I hate to say this, but I was very disappointed in this beer. It could have been from having such high expectations, but something was missing in t his beer. Much more malt in the flavor than hops. A Sierra Nevada Pale Ale would be my choice over this beer, both in flavor and cost. The beer is drinkable, but when you are expecting something big it falls short. Only being 4 beers into the 12 different beers I was getting a little disappointed, but still looking forward to trying the rest.
The next beer I tried was the Russian River collaboration, Yvan the Great. This one is a Belgian Style Blonde. Belgian yeasts and spices coming through on this one. Not really my thing, but not a bad beer. Might have appreciated it more if I was into Belgian styles. Would have liked a big double IPA from Sierra Nevada and Russian River, but I know there is more to these two breweries than just putting out great hoppy beers.
The 6th beer I tried was the Cigar City collaboration beer, Yonder Bock, a tropical maibock. So far this is my favorite Beer Camp Across America beer. The aromas of this beer are filled with fruity hops. These aromas come through in the taste as well. Nice medium bodied beer that is not too malty. This is one that I would buy on a regular basis if it were available. This beer is close to the quality you would expect from Cigar City or Sierra Nevada. And as you would expect from Cigar City, this one came canned.
Based on the 6 beers that I’ve had so far I think the Beer Camp Across America pack is slightly over priced, but is enjoyable if you are a fan of craft beer. You are paying a bit for the novelty of these collaborations, but I can only assume that the cost of producing and packaging a mix pack with 12 different one off beers is a lot higher than most variety packs. I should be through the final 6 beers of the pack by next week and will put a review of those 6 beers and my final overall thoughts of the mix pack.