Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 7,038 | Reviews: 2,479 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by RppIII:
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- Poured a lackluster pale copper tea with a vigorous lively two fingered head that fades to a thin coating. Lacing is exceptional bringing back fond memories of past beer.
Smell- Not nearly the intense hop nose I had expected from this brew. A very sweet quality to this beer is present and almost as poignant as the citrus and fruit essence from the hops. A woody note presents itself in conjunction with a slight whiff of phenols reminding me of fine Scotch whisky.
Taste- Not as sweet as the nose would have lead me to believe but still enough malty sweetness to provide good contrast against the hop profile. A strong bite of bitter earth tones plays in contrast to a sweet grapefruit and citrus. A wood, vanilla flavour accents the sweet malt to create a very pleasing taste.
Mouthfeel- Aesthetically very pleasing with a medium body, crisp clean carbonation, and a slight drying effect.
Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, balanced, with a strong malt backbone. Sierra Nevada has a characteristic flavour to every beer they brew and this beer most certainly has that flavour.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2010 00:15:03 | More by RppIII
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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 7,038 ratings.