Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dfitch81:
4/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is Sierra Nevada's first addition to their lineup of perennially available bottled beers since, oh, the dawn of creation. My expectations are high: I have great respect for Sierra Nevada and particularly for their Celebration Ale. The problem with Celebration Ale has always been that it is one of the best bottled IPAs (one that I would gladly make a staple) but it is only available for about a third of every year. So I'm looking to Torpedo to be the beer I want when I can't have Celebration. I do not expect Torpedo to BE Celebration: it is hopped using a different technique, albeit one that the brewers at SN developed in an attempt to brew their Celebration Ale more economically. So, how did Torpedo turn out?
Quite good. Hop flavors are very pronounced, as in Celebration. The difference is that piney notes are far more assertive here than in Celebration, where the hops' grapefruitiness predominates. This is not to say that the pine has blotted out the grapefruit; rather, the pine goes center-stage early in the taste and mellows to grapefruit and some herbal spiciness. My personal preference is usually for the more dominant grapefruitiness exhibited by Celebration, but the nice thing about Torpedo is that the pine and grapefruit both get a chance to shine. In many hoppy beers the hop profile falls more heavily on one side or the other - pine or grapefruit. Here there is balance. Very nice.
I'd have to say that this beer's only real downside is the high ABV, which at 7.2% makes it less sessionable. All in all, though, I say the brewers deserve a pat on the back. Torpedo is truly a worthy addition to the Sierra Nevada stable.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2009 01:32:39 | More by dfitch81
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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.
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