Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
Re review! Now that I've seen the field, so to say, I'm going back to give the old stand by a review.
A: Pours a dense, opaque copper/orange. Two fingers of slightly darker than khaki head. Retention = stellar. Lacing = stellar. Hard to get a gauge on the carbonation. Looks moderate, but there's quite a bit of particulant in the suspension. Looks like we're bottle (can) conditioned here.
S: Big monster caramel malt. Massive pine needle and grapefruit pulp presence noted as well. The malt is dominant, though. Bit of...cinnamon? Nutmeg maybe? Not sure. Definitely a dessert spice in there. Combined with the breadiness of the yeast, leads me to believe this beer may be sweet.
T: And it is, for about 2/10's of a second. Hops take over the malt fairly quickly. Grapefruit, pine...a lot of evergreen in this one, actually. Malt presence isn't completely subdued and you get a bit of husky graininess. Still, the piney quality seems to dominate here. Floral, borderline astringent bitterness on the end. Finishes fairly dry, but there is some malt sweetness intermingled.
M: Huge bodied. Quite the opposite of the leaner, crisper bodied IPA's I prefer. That's purely subjective, though. The massive body works with the pine and evergreen dominant hops.
O: A damn good IPA. Fuller in body than my liking, but that's a stylistic preference and not a knock on the beer's overall quality. This is my first choice for camping beer. Seriously, I can't think of any other beer I would rather camp with than this. Perhaps it's genius marketing, or the brewers at Sierra Nevada managed to capture the awesome scent of a pine forest in a pint glass, but I will forever link camping with this beer. Prost.
12-07-2011 07:35:34 | More by McStagger
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
A: First off there is so much action going on in my SA perfect pint glass. Lots of small bubbled carbonation coming up from all sides. 2+ fingers of off white head that's extremely rocky on top. Nice lacing. The color is a nice burnt caramel with exceptional clarity. This beer looks amazing!
S: Whoa... lots of really dank hops. Some citrus notes but really I'm getting that full cone dankness. Nice caramel malts are providing a good counterpoint to the aroma.
T: Lots of bitterness hits me up front. There's a great citrus quality to it. When I really chew on it I get tons of that bitterness. However when I sip on it I get a really nice bready/caramel maltiness. There actually is a really good balance in this beer. What I'm left with on the finish is a really great spiciness from the hops.
M: Medium - light body. Great carbonation carries this beer. The hop oils are very easy to identify too.
O: Worth the praise it gets as being an excellent single IPA. I'd place it somewhere in between a 4.0 and a 4.5 overall. Love the spicy and citric qualities in this beer. I'm sure this will be a regular.
12-06-2011 06:04:43 | More by tony223366
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,274 ratings.