20th Street Crystal | 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: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by flexabull on 12-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by flexabull:
Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The server at Sierra Nevada said this is the base beer for Torpedo with a single estate grown hop, Crystal.

Pours a bright gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some citrus, earthiness, and pine. Certainly similar to Torpedo, but a bit different.

Taste is sweet up front, notes of hard candies, and sugary oranges. Finish has a nice bite of hop bitterness that cuts the sweetness nicely. Notes of grapefruit, earthiness, pine, and resin. It is a definitely a sweeter take on Torpedo, but it's balanced well with the hops.

Mouthfeel is very good. Smooth, full, with spot on carbonation.

Overall, another winner from Sierra Nevada. Very nice spin on Torpedo.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks the requisite Sierra Nevada part, it is a rich gold and amber colored liquid, with almost 3/4" of white head at the top of it.

Good savory and spicy woody and strong pine notes in the aroma. More of both in the taste. Citrus accompanies the pine in the flavor. This really is similar to torpedo, but it has more of a wood and pine thing going for it with the 100% crystal hops. The strange thing was, the spice of the magnum hop was still here, so I dunno, maybe crystal hops are really close to what magnum, simcoe and citrus do, because this one was great that it was like torpedo, but also good, for the slight difference from torpedo (not as abrasive without the simcoe I think, a little sweeter).

Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker gold, darker colored than most pale ales, which I guess is a little bit of Sierra Nevada's thing looking back. Pretty, full inch of white head. Lots of pine aroma.

Taste, comes off like another one of their beers, but maybe this is a single hop version. Like they swapped hops from Torpedo or Celebration. Nothing groundbreaking, just another good hoppy ipa from Sierra Nevada. Pine, not uber bitterness, some sweet caramel malt, not heavy.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler (purchased the previous day) poured into SN imperial pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear light amber color with three fingers of dense, sticky, vanilla colored head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film. The head retention on this was incredible and a huge fresh hopped head stuck around through the whole glass. Streaky patches of sticky lace were left down the walls.
S: Tangerines, light notes of grapefruit rind, and herbal spices. Not a citrus bomb. Mild overall.
T: Bready malt up front with undertones of grapefruit pith and pine resin. I get notes of spicy, herbal, and earthy hops as well with a touch of sweet nectar (pineapple?) in the finish. The aftertaste is full of long lingering bitter citrus pith.
M: Medium body, slick and drying mouthfeel, refreshing and clean carbonation, very easy to drink crisp mouthfeel.
O: I prefer this to Torpedo and would consider this a damn near perfect IPA. It’s incredibly drinkable with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, scrubbing bitterness that isn’t overpowering, and integrated citrus, pine and bready malt flavors.

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Photo of BigLittleHokis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking professional beer here, the color of Torpedo, rich gold and amber colored, almost a full 7/8" of head on the beer. Citrus hops, pine and grapefruit, what a shock.

Very similar to Torpedo, but with slutty Chrystal Carver (Osborne/every dude in Lovelock) hops. I dunno, I think you still need the simcoe and citra hops to make this work. Chrystal hops are something you take home from the bar at 2am, but not really what you want to make a final product with.

Worth checking out, but after one time, you're pretty much done with it and ready to move on to something far more respectable.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

20th Street Crystal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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