Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a standard pint glass from a very cold 12oz bottle.
A. A light amber that tinges almost orange hues around the edges of the glass. The head fluffs up quite nicely if the bottle is fresh, but dissipates down to nothing relatively quickly. Lots of effervescence is present in both appearance and mouthfeel. Its a pretty one, all right.
S. Grapefruit rind, pine needles, vaguely jasmine-like floral notes, and a back end of mango chutney! However, I cannot smell the malt at all until the glass was allowed to warm for a bit. This was probably my fault, as the bottle was unusually cold to begin with. Also, the malt scent probably was being partially masked behind so much fresh hop scent.
T,M. What you smell is what you get for hop flavor, except for the mango. I'm a little disappointed that the mango smell didn't quite translate as well into flavor notes as all the other hops characteristics did. If I were in charge at Sierra Nevada, I would have slightly increased the amount of Citra relative to the crystal and magnum. But than I am partial to citrus-y IPAS and YMMV, whatever. DO NOT SERVE TOO COLD LIKE I DID. At first it tasted way too astringent. An one-trick pony, if you will. Five minutes of warming to room temp in the glass and everything snaps into perfect balance as the malt appears and provides the baseline that anchors the furious guitar solos on your tongue that the hops make with a context that makes sense.
Overall a very crisp, refreshing IPA that hides its ABV surprisingly well and showcases many of the different aspects of flavor that hops can do all within the same beer. And balances them well against each other. This IPA is one of the 'old standbys' I try to maintain a regular supply of in my fridge.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2011 19:06:40 | More by WastingFreetime
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4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz brown bottle with pry-off cap poured into 8oz Saint Arnold tour glass.
Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a very faint haze. two fingers of head with a great lace down the glass that is characteristic of Sierra Nevada's beers
Smell: Hops upfront; piney and earthy
Taste: Hop bitterness that crescendos into a great piney hop flavor with a slight resin finish. There is a good malt backbone but is overshadowed in the hop flavor
Mouthfeel: full flavored and medium carbonation
Overall: This is a very solid IPA with a hop flavor profile that I really like. Its full of flavor but not too extreme. Overall can be considered a more intense version of the signature pale ale that really showcases the torpedo hopping device.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2014 00:27:28 | More by Tuck_leepulin
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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