Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by HopHed:
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
APPEARANCE: A beautiful, deep, bright amber color, bordering orange, with a small white to off white head with nice lacing.
AROMA: The first thing out of the gate is the freshest smell of hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's that distinct grapefruit bordering on pine scent that is so common, and wonderful, in IPA. Only, in the Torpedo is more concentrated and stronger from the time you pop the cap to the last sip.
FLAVOR: This beer has a distinct and noticeable hop character, and the Magnum Hop really comes through. The malt is perfectly balanced, in my opinion, to keep the harshness of the hops subdued. Don't get me wrong, though, this is all about the bitterness of the hops. While not huge, by some standards, the 7.2 ABV is hidden very well by the layers of flavor. The most noticeable are the grapefruit (rind), pine, a slight almost black pepper notes. Also I noticed, especially when it started to near room temp, an odd almost fruit character about this beer. After researching the Citra Hop used in the beer, I am guessing that this is where the fruity notes come from.
MOUTH FEEL: A medium-bodied beer, but extremely well balanced. It's on the higher side of carbonation, which I think helps really coat your mouth with the beautiful taste of this hop bomb. I think the best part is how the taste lingers on the palate long after you've swallowed.
NOTES: Sierra Nevada is known for their use of American Whole Cone Hops. I think this amplifies the fresh, dare I say almost dank, smell and taste of hops in this beer. I had this wonderful 7.2% ABV poured from a bottle into a pint glass, and straight from the bottle. This could easily be my go to summer beer, with as crisp and fresh as it is. I could, once again, see the 7.2% making it tough to really session this beer, but it is the kind of beer you need while working on a laptop from a hammock... Which is what I'm doing right now! Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2009 21:14:07 | More by HopHed
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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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