Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Here's a big one for me from them old boys at Sierra Nevada - big because up until now I've been a Torpedo Extra IPA virgin and big because I know that I'm in for one hell of a ride - no need to descale my tongue of that 4.3% Ruddles County then...
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Clear copper bodied (I'm really running out of adjectives to describe 'amber' but who cares?) with what was once a proud white head but is now an even prouder minimal lacing - prouder because you know this beer is going to be a 7.2 ABV hop slap in the face.
S: Bitter bitter orange and pine hops assail the nose fairly lighter than expected but nonetheless with welcome arms wide open crying "Hooops!". The rest of the aroma is candi sugar water. Not bad, not great; no doubt a deceptive aroma for what lies ahead.
T: As expected this concoction is all about tripping the hop fantastic - a real hop lovers brew here. The hop characters are as diverse as the characters in a Robert Altman film; we have Sir Pine (the fourth Duke of Resinton), Madam Marmalade (of the prodigious Citrus line), Lord Tea-Leaf Tannin (part-time Sinonese adventurer) and the earthy (and seductive!) Eartha Kitt - also known as "Catwoman". Aside from the bold and varied hops there is a faint and sweet malt base at play here, thankfully though it doesn't distract from those fantastic hops. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this brew is the restraint of the bitterness. Yes it is bitter but not all-the-others American IPA bitter, well done Sierra Nevada. Would I be as bold to say dry even? Yes, yes I would.
M: Medium bodied with an oily but well balanced (i.e. light) carbonation.
D: Aside from the better than average aroma this is a damn, damn fine IPA, damn fine (in case the first two 'damns' weren't enough... and the extra 'fine' too). Expensive if you live in Real-beer-hater-land, aka Australia, but well worth the price in my opinion. If you love hops, and your nickname on Beeradvocate is "doktorhops" (that is one hell of an exclusive criteria) then this beer is for you.
Food match: I would savour and enjoy this excellent ale on its own if I were you. However if I weren't you and you were you and I was recommending something for you who I wasn't; then this beer would pair well with bold cheeses, dark meats and spicy food, but I am you and I'm telling you to "Shut up and enjoy this ale on its own", there.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 09:32:33 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
4.69/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Another great IPA that I think everyone should try it smelled great,wasn't hard to go down and didn't leave that horrible bitter aftertaste in your mouth when your done drinking it. Just wish I would have poured it In a glass rather than straight from the bottle but other than that it was great
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 02:17:13 | More by Epetrena
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,059 ratings.