Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 7,021 | Reviews: 2,479 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Pahn:
3.95/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
16oz can into Duvel tulip. "2040721:04" printed on the bottom of the can, and the box said something like "best by 9/12" (threw it away already). The beer just came out in cans, so it's obviously fresh.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few spots of lacing. Pours an almost translucent gold and leaves small, irregular lacing.
Smell: Greenhouse-y pungency, orange, some melon, and a lot of herbal aroma. Very fresh smelling, but not very bold. Gets more assertive with time and warmth.
Smells good enough that you're doing yourself a mild disservice if you drink it out of the can.
Taste: Herbal hops, some pine, with a toasted grain finish. Mild bitterness, clean finish. Smooth overall impression. A little citrus and tropical fruit, but mainly a very pleasant interplay of herbal, woodsy hops and pale malt. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Neither dry nor sticky. Occasional wateriness (not juicy but *watery*) is the only overt flaw in an otherwise excellently crafted beer.
Overall: Great beer, great price. Particularly happy about it coming in cans; this beer needs to be shielded from light and oxygen as much as possible, as freshness increases the enjoyment exponentially.
As a sidenote, I really like the "softness" of the bitterness, belying the sort of "every beer punches you in the face," reputation that Sierra Nevada occasionally seems to have (perhaps due to SNPA being so many people's first exposure to beer other than macro lagers or sweet Belgians). Despite the bravado in the beer's description, its delicate flavor balance is the real story here.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2012 01:26:49 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One of my favorite IPAs. This one of the more dry IPAs out there. Some IPAs can be slightly sweet but not this one. This is definitely a grown mans beer. The flavor last long after the sip. Highly recommended for experienced beer drinkers. Amateurs stay away.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 02:33:56 | More by yardkl
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,021 ratings.