Finally gonna start rolling out my reviews of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America collaboration 12 pack! Yes, I will be reviewing all 12 beers in the pack and will do my best to get them up as quick as I can (I am almost done drinking and taking notes on them all). Gonna start things off with the collab between Sierra and Florida’s Cigar City, which was definitely one of the beers in the pack I was most excited for. It is a summer time twist on the German style lager adding in of course some of Cigar City’s favorite hops including those Experimental hops they are always eager to try out. Yonder Bock comes in at 7.7% ABV and 45 IBUs.
Appearance: Deep amber, ruby red color with a nice 1 thick 1 finger head. Real nice lacing on this one and nice clarity in the beer. Really an awesome color I definitely found myself looking at this beer quite a bit as I drank it down.
Nose: Get that nice lager yeast smell up front with some tropical fruit aromas definitely can get some mango and passionfruit like the notes on this beer suggest. Can definitely pick out the nice maltiness of this beer in the nose as well some caramel and bready malt notes.
Taste/Mouth: Very malt forward with good caramel flavors but with a good bite from the bitterness of the hops adding to the flavor and body of this beer. Medium carbonation helps lend to this beers really nice full mouthfeel. It finishes really clean. Really incredibly drinkable beer and refreshing. Unique take on the style, the tropical hop notes definitely play well with the maltiness of the beer.
Availability/Price: As with all of the Beer Camp Collabs this is a one time only deal. Price of 12 pack was around $28.
Overall: This lived up to my expectations, really unique and well executed collaboration from these two breweries. One of the first times I have really loved a beer featuring the Calypso hop. Would love to have this again if possible in the future if not I am certainly glad I got to have it and glad it is the beer I chose to kick off the 12 pack with. Without a doubt one of the best in the pack.