Hoptinite | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This deconstructed version of our classic Torpedo Extra IPA has rich notes of tropical and citrus fruits, along with a savory, earthy balance.

Added by scottfrie on 12-30-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 50
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, dirt, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a medium to dark gold color, crystal clear with nice head retention and thick lacing.

S - Tropical fruit and bright citrus. Overall, a little faint.

T - Tropical fruit, floral, and light perfume presence. After awhile the finish starts to build into a slightly sweet, floral, sugary mouth coating.

M - Thick, full and almost creamy-like body.

O - I think I prefer Torpedo in it's original state.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from brewery. 7.2% ABV, 65 IBU.

A: Pours a clear caramel amber with lemon highlights beneath a large, dense, off-white head. Good head retention with sticky patches of lace left down the glass.
S: Sweet exotic fruits, tropical fruit nectars, orange rind and a touch of pine. Very sweet and fruity smelling with bitter undertones. I get hints of biscuit malts as well.
T: Pinier than the nose suggested with more citrus as well. Orange rind, tangerine nectar and grapefruit juice dominate with caramel and biscuit malts beneath. I get pine sap in the finish and orange rind in the aftertaste. I'm not really getting any of the tropical fruits from the nose, but the beer still has a good sweetness to it from the malt.
M: Medium body, drying mouthfeel, solid bitterness, with fizzy carbonation. Lots of citrus pith and refreshing hops.
O: A great easy drinking citrus bomb. Similar to Torpedo in flavor but the nose is much more tropical. I'd drink this again if it were ever mass produced. Cheers.

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Photo of popery
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer Revolution. Pours a medium amber, a bit darker than I've grown to expect for IPAs. Somewhat hazy. Smallish head. Fine bubbles. Nice lacing. Aroma is a bit tropical with some pine/spruce. Not enough hop aroma, though. Good dose of caramel sweetness. Smells a bit stale, though. Taste is caramel malt with that same tropical-pine hop flavor. It's ok. Just nothing special. Too much malt sweetness, too little hop flavor. The taste is sorta dulled down. Carbonation is a bit low. Feels a bit too heavy. This is a decent beer, but sn has done much better work in the style.

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Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Described as a "deconstructed" version of Torpedo. Brewed with wet hops from the Willamette Valley. Had on tap at the nice new Chico beer bar called "The Handle Bar".

Pours a lighter gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are of citrus, tropical fruits, also so floral notes. Smells nice and fresh.

Taste comes off to me as a bit of a "Torpedo Light", but not in a bad way. Lighter body, cracker sweetness, some hard candies, and light caramel. Finish is crisp, slightly earthy, with bitter pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but it works well here, nicely carbonated.

Overall, a nice somewhat "lighter IPA". I enjoyed my glass quite a bit. Would be a nice summer offering, especially if they dialed back the ABV a bit.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep gold with a smallish head(could be poorly curated glassware, I had it at bar that is not renown for its craft program). On the nose I get tropical fruits, pine, and a slightly ashy, smokey hint that is very alluring. There is also a rather dank quality to the nose that comes through as it warms up. The flavor is pine and dank first, with an odd hint of bubblegum in the background. I would almost believe there is Belgian yeast in the mix, but the flavor is not strong enough for that. The mouthfeel is thick and coating, but never syrupy or unctuous. Really awesome new offering from Sierra Nevada. I would definitely go for it again.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Kinda herbal earthy notes come out first, then tropical fruit, light citrus, maybe a hint of melon, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit with a little lemon and lime, tropical fruit, passion fruit, a peach and melon, pine, herbal earthy dankness, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I wish the herbal notes were a bit lighter, but this is still a solid IPA.

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Photo of Absolut
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured on tap 8-9-15 at the Blue Palms Anniversary Party

a solid beer, but I was expecting more.

taste was more malty than usual from SN. a bit of citrus and bitterness came through, but much more mild than expected.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light golden color, clear.

Smell: Light citrus, hops.

Taste: Mild citrus flavors, mild hops and overall very light.

Feel: Light, crisp.

Overall: Easy drinking, mild IPA.

Decent IPA. Very light tasting and mild hops for a 7.2 percent. Poured into a pint glass on tap. Description is supposed to be the deconstructed Torpedo and I can see that but I needed more flavor. Citrus was mild if it was more bigger or even hops like Torpedo this would be greater.

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Photo of audiojon
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't a huge fan of this one. I'm a big IPA fan, but this just wasn't well balanced. All I picked up was bittering hops, and not much else. Had at a Sierra Nevada takeover night, and this was probably my least favorite of everything I tried. I dig Torpedo, generally, so I'm not sure what they did to this to make me dislike it.

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Hoptinite from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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