Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Fusion_Pirate:
4.7/5 rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured vigorously from a cold 16oz can into a weizen glass, Torpedo Extra IPA yielded a massive 2 and 1/2 fingers of rich, cream-colored head which died very gradually, leaving extensive, elaborate lacing on the glass with almost glue-like retention. The color is a dark, opaque almost rusty burnt orange. One of the best-looking beers I've ever seen!
S: A fruity, robust magnum hop scent hits your olfactories immediately, along with notes of pine needles and a faint caramel malt back end. What a righteous smell...
T: A true marriage of bitter, citrus hops and caramel-candy maltiness with a vaguely boozy finish. Balance is the theme of the day here...carbonation is extremely mild, barely tickling the tongue as a functional vehicle for the hop/malt dynamic duo to do their thang. Poetry in motion!
M: Although mild in carbonation and very balanced in flavor, that tiny bit of lingering booziness tends to cause of a bit of 'tongue jumping' that accumulates gradually as you drink the beer. Hell, I don't even know if it's a good or bad thing...it just 'is'.
O: Torpedo Extra IPA blew my sensory doors off...while it's not quite the smorgasbord of perfection that their 'Hoptimum' Imperial IPA is (not a fair comparison, after all), it's probably in my "Top Five" when it comes to medium gravity, moderate microbrewed IPAs.
A little over halfway through this beer and my weekend has improved immeasurably because of it. Thank You, Sierra Nevada!
Serving type: can
09-09-2012 17:37:05 | More by Fusion_Pirate
More User Reviews:
4.66/5 rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Quite a nice IPA from the brewmasters at Sierra Nevada, this beer is fruity and complex with the right amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the beer. The Torpedo pours a very nice copper-gold and foams quite nicely, leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is good, and brings the expected citrus, grass and piney notes that one would expect from an IPA; it's delicate but quite fragrant.
Taste is excellent as well; a nice kick in the mouth at first as the grapefruit and oily pine notes hit, which is underscored with plenty of astringent and bitter qualities; as the beer warms in the mouth, it releases more of its profile, and the sweet, sticky, bready barley lingers along with the hops. Mouthfeel isn't bad at all; it's crisp and refreshing, but definitely warrants sipping and enjoying over slamming down like some other pale ales I've had.
So, what can I say? It's a good IPA, tastes great, and does exactly what it needs to do; gives a nice buzz and helps balance out a meal.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 03:51:19 | More by Caj1
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,043 ratings.