Barrel Aged Torpedo
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Barrel Aged TorpedoBarrel Aged Torpedo
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #679
Ranked #4,781
4.24 | pDev: 6.37%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Barrel Aged TorpedoBarrel Aged Torpedo
Notes: Torpedo IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. This is not what I expected - as other reviewers have noted, there is very little actual bourbon flavor here. It's more a hint of smooth vanilla and oak on top of the base beer. An interesting beer that I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of teromous
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle I have says "Celebrating 10 years" and "ALC. 8.6% BY VOL." I do not see a bottle date.

Appearance: The body is a dark copper with good clarity and small hints of golden-brown. It has a short white head with good retention.

Aroma: At first a bit of pine comes through, then wet wood and alcohol. There is a light aroma of vanilla and brown sugar.

Taste: Up front there is a pleasant pine flavor with a touch of grapefruit right at the front of the tongue. This is quickly replaced by a mellow vanilla and oak wood flavor. It slowly finishes with a strong pine and mild mint character that is mixed with a wet wood flavor. The overall flavor profile is very forest-like. It tastes perfect.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth with a bit of raspy carbonation and and a strong hoppy bitterness. There is a light tannin character on the mouth but it doesn't feel dry.

Overall: It's a fantastic tasting beer that does both the base beer and the barrel it was aged in justice. I really recommend it and it is worth picking up. I'd buy it again.

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a tenth anniversary release in large format, in bourbon barrels, apart from the other listing here on BA where it was done in rye barrels, says right on the label. its a unique beer for this style, in that its still hops before barrel, likely dry hopped after the barrel treatment. they were smart to keep the base beer recognizable, and thats what i like best about it, not too much whiskey to take this out of big west coast ipa range, it still is that. the barrels adds more wood than anything, some honey and vanilla character but not whiskey driven to me, its still hops first, maybe a touch less bitter than usual in a torpedo (of which i am proud to say i have consumed my fair share and then some!). some light bourbon aroma, but more malty and woody leading up to the hops in the taste. its maybe richer, maybe more complex, but its ultimately another expression of the iconic base beer, and while some might find that less appealing, i love it! torpedo with some wood, torpedo with a little extra heat, torpedo with complementary woodiness and richness, its great! lots of bubbles from the bottle, a fancy presentation, and a staying power on the palate that has me appreciating it half an hour after the last sip. nice mess around here, i always worry when someone plays with a classic, but this really works. i see bourbon as better than rye for this one, but id like to try that edition too if it still exists. sierra nevada has such an underrated barrel program for how legendary the brewery is...

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with a thick couple inches of very dense light tan creamy head. The head slowly faded into a lasting thick fuzzy film that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: Citrus is juicy and noticeable, torpedo C-hops are full of citrus peel and grass, bourbon barrel is faint but noticeable. Not hot at all. Hints of peach, stone fruits, and vanilla as well.
T: Follows the nose. Finish is full of vanilla and mild caramel. Bourbon barrel adds nice dimension and is not hot. Lingering citrus pith in the finish is bitter. Peach and stone fruits in the finish. Bourbon is mildly spicy and full of caramel and vanilla. Citrus lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Medium full body, slick and oily hop resin mouthfeel, bitter and tingly bubbly carbonation.
O: Really enjoyable. An improvement on the original in my opinion.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is always an interesting style and one that is surely hard to pull off. From the few BA beers I have had from Sierra Nevada, they tend to go a bit too light on the barrel for me. The hop notes are amazing and the way the hops shine in the nose with a bit of barrel is quite interesting. More barrel comes through as it warms. In my opinion, if you do this style, it makes more sense to let the barrel shine and let the hops play second fiddle

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Barrel Aged Torpedo from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 42 ratings