Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Gilgemesh:
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured strong down the center in my new Duvel Green Tulip. Thanks Mel. A nice pillowy off-white head that faded to about 1/2 inch and stayed. Lovely lacing and clarity, but what else do you expect from SN. The nose is not as strong as I would expect with an IPA, but I get notes of pine and citrus mixed with a bit of crystally malt. Good carbonation leads into a lite malt moment before the hops slam you. This beer is named Torpedo for a reason. The crisp bitterness doesn't sneak up, it announces itself with a ping and swoops in on you. This is a clean crisp brew with a nice bitter finish. Strong all the way through. I'd like to see a bit more in the nose, but that is being a bit picky. I'm glad I have a case.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2009 23:48:54 | More by Gilgemesh
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3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pint pour: very hazy, copper/ cider colored body, rich-looking. Typical white ringed head that seems to show nice sticking to the glass.
Smells of pine and malt. Subtle.
Tate follows the nose, but this is all about a citrus blast of bitterness in the way of apple/ pine. Astringency here in the biting finish is something I recall from the prior time I tried Torpedo years ago. It's still there, and it's kept me from trying it ever since until now. Let me check the bottle date just to be sure of freshness...
Dated 4 months ago. Not super fresh, but certainly new enough to get accurate impressions. This beer bites hard with the citrus. I normally don't mind aggressive IPAs, but this one just takes that direction using a taste that doesn't please my palette as much as it's imperial version does, for example. Too much sharp citric acid bite overtaking even the pine, and the sweet malts seem to remain far apart from that. Curious. I will revisit this down the road nonetheless. I certainly love Hoptimum. I would expect to feel similar toward this. Different acetaldehyde factor between the two, for certain. Interesting.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 18:58:15 | More by TBoneJones
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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