Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from the big bomber into a shaker pint. A standard sort of pour yields about an inch of a slightly tan colored froth. This settles down into a frosty lace that's just a bit clingy. (The wake of some indistinct subsurface projectile can be seen rippling beneath the waves). The beer is hazy, and a pale reddish-golden in color. The beer is quite beautiful, with a unique color.
Lots of piney and citrusy hops on the nose, which would make me hesitate on that first sip- if I didn't know any better. The first sip or two is a citrus and pine needle hop bomb, but as the tongue habituates, a rich, somewhat biscuity malt taste manages to come through. The bitterness lingers and is balanced out in the aftertaste by malty burps. The mouth feel is full enough to stand out.
I'm not a hophead but I like this brew. I also like the extra large bomber- good to fill with my homebrew, and a bargain compared to most of the other ammo in the tubes.
Note: after partaking of a bit more of this, my initial impression was perhaps a bit high, so I modified my score. I will say that the hop happiness can be wearing on the palate if you're not a hopeless hophead. I still rate it pretty damn high for the style. Moral of the story: savor brew a little more, THEN run yer damn mouth (or pen, or whatever).
08-24-2013 04:38:47 | More by archyquaffer
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
What a treat Torpedo IPA is! Some reviewers here at the Beer Advocate describe Torpedo as quite hoppy, but I disagree. I'd describe it as very nicely balanced, although yes, there is a hop-forward quality to it. But the hints of pineapple, orange, and apricot tend to moderate what would otherwise be a somewhat aggressive hoppiness. The overall experience is very pleasant, making Torpedo a delightful kaleidoscope of flavors. The first time I had it, I was wowed - and still am.
08-21-2013 19:00:03 | More by Isoruku
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,414 ratings.