Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this beer several times and this is the first time I've had it in a while so I figured I'd review it.
Poured into a tulip.
Pours a brilliant dark orange, very clear. Nice frothy white head that built up nicely about 1.5" or better. Letting it settle down to a thick crown, leaving perfect sticky lacing on the glass.
Smells wayyy better than I remember! Maybe a super fresh case? Very very bright floral, piney, fruity dank hops. Smells like high quality marijuana almost. Very potent and addicting to smell. Amazing aromatics flying outta this thick crown of head settles on top this beer. Hints of mango, maybe pineapple? All the characteristics of the complex Citra hops and Cascades. Don't really pick out much malt notes other than maybe some slight caramel notes that keep this smelling like a beer and not a bag of hops. Very pleasing.
First sip punches ya with the same as it smells. Very aromatic. Gets the sinuses overwhelmed with hop glory. Hophead dream. Follows with a strong intense but very clean bitter. It's the kind of bitter that a true IPA lover craves and appreciates. To get the best flavor outta this beer or any good beer especially hoppy ones is to drink them at the right temp. This beer was straight off my porch so it was right around 50-55 degrees F. Could taste so many different flavors. The malt is there jus enough to keep all that hop kick in check. Balanced enough but still way hop forward.
Mouthfeel is on point for the style. Nice carbonation. Smooth but enough carb to keep the bright flavor popping out. Creamy finish and leaves the palate clean with a little hop oil left behind.
Drinkability is pretty good considering the pretty big ABV and big time bitterness. It's a beer that the flavor keeps ya wanting more. After a few you'll be pretty good feeling.
Better IPA's out there? Absolutely, but you'll pay a whole lot more for them. This beer you get way more than what you pay for and that makes this beer a top world class IPA in my books. It contends with the baddest cuz it is one of the baddest. Love that it's basically the same price as their amazing Pale Ale but way more of a beer. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 02:57:25 | More by BigDoug
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