I have been waiting for the Beer Camp Across America 12 pack since I wrote about it in early April of this year! I thought the idea of a 12 pack with 10 bottles and 2 cans was a grand idea. When I picked it up from the local liquor store I was looking forward to each and every one. I started out with the Chico King Pale Ale, I thought it fitting since the Sierra Nevada brewery is located in Chico California. It was also where the Beer Camp Across America Tour originated on its trip heading toward Mills River North Carolina, which is its final destination on August 3rd, 2014.
"Chico King is a regal yet raucous take on the pale ale that both our breweries adore. It features a complex malt body from the use of an undermodified malt, which leads to a complex and nutty malt flavor, and a bright fruit-forward blend of Mosaic, El Dorado and Calypso hop varietals. Chico King is a beer fit for royalty."
At first pour you will notice the amber color with an notable head, if you don't try to pour it down the side of the glass like a lot of us do at times to prevent overflow. There is a malty aroma with plenty of hoppy fruity goodness when you first breath in the beer. It has a crisp initial sip and then you feel the carbonation, there is a bite to this beer but is does have a smooth finish also. My overall impression is that it is a solid pale ale and both Sierra Nevada and 3 Floyd's should be proud of this offering. The one drawback to this 12 pack was the price, it was $28, but in my opinion it is looking like it may be well worth the cost. Great work so far guys, I look forward to the next 11 beers. See you next Tuesday with TBD!
Referenced from Sierra Nevada.