Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My second review of one of Sierra Nevada's brews, I’m expecting good things.
Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA pours a really nice golden amber color and the head forms just like I expected from an IPA. The bouquet is pretty strong, giving off all of the piney, floral, (slight) citrus notes I was looking for. The head dies off into a rim of bubbles and leaves very sporadic lacing around the edge of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are almost nil, so I can see this sweetening up as I let it sit for a bit, which is something I've come to enjoy in Pale Ales.
Looking down into the amber depths of my glass I take my first sip and lo and behold! I got exactly what I paid for! Torpedo, in taste, is a notably floral IPA (though this taste could mostly be the herbs they apparently use as well) that allows you to focus on the bitter notes before you’re brought the delicate sweet taste of very light caramel malts.
As far as mouthfeel is concerned, well, Sierra Nevada has created the very typical IPA in that sense. You’ve got a crisp taste which is complimented by a clear, crisp beer that doesn’t give you too much bite from carbonation or (any from) alcohol.
What I like about this beer the most, besides it being a good example of a drinkable IPA, is that it isn’t too carbonated and as I had hoped, this minimal carbonation allows you to really taste the malt sweetness—something I’ve only recently become attuned to.
The skinny of it goes like this:
A: Really, really nice amber, golden color with a good finger-and-a-half head that leaves almost no lace.
S: Smell is great, smells like hopps and some faint grassy aromas.
T: You’ve got a typical IPA with a neat flourish. The subtle, sweet malty note makes this brew stand out a bit and makes it a pleasure to drink!
M: Mouthfeel’s good, lightly carbonated, crisp, clear, could drink these a while without becoming overwhelmed.
O: Sierra Nevada has kept their own pace making a somewhat less distinct beer with maximum drinkability, and I really think that’s the point.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 19:58:54 | More by mayorwalda
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