Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
I'm new to expanding my horizons beyond macros (only cause I'm cheap). SN beers are always cheaper where I live than any other craft available so why not give it a try. It exceeded my expectations. Will definitely will be a familiar face in my fridge from now on. To pass on this would be to pass on an excellent IPA experience. This is gonna sound weird but I'm not a huge fan of the SN Pale Ale (that's blasphemy to some people I know LOL) and this to me taste so much better.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2013 20:32:11 | More by Khoolkat
4.01/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Torpedo is one of the most reviewed beers on BA (almost 5700 at last cont) with outstanding ratings. Between local prices dropping beyond belief and ridiculously hot weather, this seemed to be a good opportunity to do a long trial with a 12-pack over several days. Given the official BA review granting it a near-DIPA status, I expected much.
I got a 12-pack with date code 144--that would make it exactly 50 days old today and I've been trying it for the past three days. Sampling involved trying it at different temperatures with/without food, plus an extra store sample from a different batch.
Pours easily out of the bottle without incident. Cold and lightly chilled (38F and 45F), there is almost no head. Warmer (50F and 60F) pours with a finger's-worth of off-white unstructured head. Clear, completely translucent, dark copper color, substantial lacing.
High-ester hop aroma hits you as the bottle cap is popped off, slightly muted once poured in a glass, but still has substantial hop presence. Very floral, mint, licorice, light tobacco note, straw. On aroma alone, would have rated it a 5, with a slight deduction for appearance. But moving on to taste proved difficult.
The first sample was mildly chilled--store-chilled 12-pack, 30 minute drive home, plus a few more minutes for incidentals (about 45F). The first taste is a sharp, strong hop hit. I was expecting hops, but the aroma promised a lot more--on first impression, the taste seemed one-dimensional, bitter, but with no floral or citrus notes. Warmer pours proved better. At 60F, the taste opened up with floral and resinous features, light orange notes, some grass and lots of fairly pleasant bitterness. Not a lot of complexity--expected more, given the variety and composition of hops. No discernible malt flavors despite color suggesting otherwise. Finish still bitter, becoming somewhat boozy and malty sweet, before yielding to off-sour note on the tongue (decomposing residual sugar).
Light-to-medium body, with alcohol more felt than tasted. Light carbonation that quickly disappears but leaves enough effervescence to be pleasant on the tongue. Pretty good mouthfeel, actually, fairly smooth, not quite dry.
Significant variation from the alternate sample (store tasting). The date code on 12-pack was 144, at store tasting--126. Somewhat less floral, but more complex, earthy notes, with less bitterness and smoother finish. It's possible that those extra 18 days made a difference, dulling the hops and rounding out the malt. Don't know. Also could be different storage conditions, different temperatures, etc. Bottom line is that I can't make a final determination from a single 12-pack alone.
This was not quite the benchmark I expected, but a nice every-day IPA, especially given the price. Not sure how long this is going to stay here, but SN 12-packs cost less per bottle, right now, than full cases of Sam Adams, Harpoon and Smuttynose, which are all local (and this one is clearly better than Harpoon IPA, but not in the same league as DIPAs). The high ABV and high bitterness make it an easy one-and-done selection (no session beer this is). But that is really all I can say about it. In a way, it mirrors my reflections on the basic SNPA which I've always found competent but boring. Torpedo is definitely not boring, but it's not a top contender either.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2013 03:37:34 | More by VictorWisc
4.66/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
What can I say? I love this beer.
It's bold and has a great hoppy front with smooth malt finish. Very floral and crisp and appealing to the nose and the tongue. Wonderful color, great balance with the bitterness and the malt taste.
I made the mistake of cooking with this beer and the food I made took a horrible taste from it, a great beer like this must be drank, not used for cooking.
Serving type: can
07-11-2013 07:53:28 | More by Fl1pzomg
4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Huge on hops - a big bold IPA, nice and crisp, with the hops made to shine.
a light malt background, with the dominant flavours and aroma being pine, citrus, floral, grapefruit.
An excellent drinking beer, which is a go to beer if you want a strong, bold and crisp IPA
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2013 02:21:55 | More by admiral
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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