Friday, February 12, 2016

Beer Camp Tropical IPA (review)

Beer Review #95

It is the middle of February and as some of the coldest weather of the season bears down on the Northeastern USA I'm sipping a beer that bills itself as a 'Spring Seasonal," but such is the climate of the American craft beer market these days. Fall seasonal and Pumpkin beers invade shelves in August, long before pumpkins are ready to be picked here in Northeast Pennsylvania. By the time Thanksgiving finally does arrive, the Christmas beers and 'winter warmers' have taken over. I guess it should come as no surprise that beers with a 'spring' marketing slant now arrive in January and February.

The spring seasonal in question today is 2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA from the ever dependable Sierra Nevada. You have to go all the way back to Hop Torpedo Extra IPA (Review #31) to find my most recent Sierra Nevada review, however their Celebration IPA (Review #18) and Hop Hunter (Review #20) are among my favorite examples of the style from the early days of my craft beer adventures.

According to Sierra Nevada: "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." 

For more information on Beer Camp be sure to click the link

So about this 2016 Band Camp Tropical IPA... Its a surprisingly pale, clear orange beer with a frothy head of lingering white foam and fine bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass between drinks. That's all well and good, but the aroma is where it's at. Mango and papaya are most prevalent, with a touch of grapefruit and subdued pine. Despite the pale complexion, this IPA suffers from no lack of flavor. The tropical notes are still there, on the pallet, but the pine element which was more subtle on the nose steps forward some, and a lingering dry bitterness follows at the back of the throat. Drink a couple and some malts will begin to reveal themselves as the taste-buds numb.

Musical Pairing: Enemies of Reality by Nevermore

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)
Waverly Discount Beverage (Waverly)
Soprano's Italian Market (Waverly)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)

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