Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Torpedo

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  1. ben4unc

    ben4unc Initiate (176) Feb 28, 2013 North Carolina

    Now this looks interesting! Spent 3 months in Rye Whiskey barrels with fresh Citra added. 8.6% Cant wait to try this one. (Cound not find on SN website - saw this on a beer store FB page in South Carolina).


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  2. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,350) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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  3. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (256) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    BA IPAs are typically not my favorite but this sounds interesting.
     
  4. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (752) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Rather see a plain old oak aged IPA, I like those

    Enjoy
     
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  5. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,019) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Foothills did some BA Hoppyum many years ago, brewery only. Imo it was damn good, really heavy on the bourbon like really heavy. I’d love to see that Torpedo but probably not here, and if it shows it’ll be 4 months old already. Is it just here that the distribution network sucks?
     
  6. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,161) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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  7. strohme2

    strohme2 Meyvn (1,295) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    There are some recent Untappd check-ins of this beer from SN Chico taproom. @nc41 I bet it'll be at the Mills River location at some point.

    I had a BA Hoptimum in 2016 and I recall that it was fantastic. Lots of barrel, vanilla and sweet citrus.
     
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  8. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (357) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Bourbon and IPA... anyone else fell hungover just reading about this?
     
  9. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,913) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    According to the rear label, the "Celebrating 10th Anniversary" line refers to Torpedo being first brewed in 2010.
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  10. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,019) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I’m 4 hours plus from Asheville unfortunately, maybe more being Mills River is further out than Asheville.
     
  11. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California

    This is the current label (listing and OP). 2013 was painted bottle with all gold ink.
    These were packaged in November 2019.
     
  12. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (330) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Torpedo is only 10 yrs old?
     
  13. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Surprisingly even to us, it ages great... Don't forget it was in a barrel for almost a year. :wink:

    I had the 2013 version at least 6 months after packaging and it was still good.

    When our barrel team originally proposed a barrel-aged IPA to Dresler and the team, we cringed... Only to be proven wrong. It's tasty. :astonished:
     
  14. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (39) Dec 5, 2019

    This to me would be no different that aging lasagna in a barrel of mayonnaise.

    The beer industry seems determined to strengthen the relationship between beer and whisky and I could not be further from caring.
     
  15. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Always love the comments prior to even giving it a shot (pun intended). Like I said, we had the same opinion until we tried it. :wink:

    It was Whiskey in this case.
     
  16. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Just checked... They have cases at the Mills River brewery.
     
  17. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (39) Dec 5, 2019

    I'm a regular SN consumer...but this is a hard no on concept alone.
     
  18. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,141) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Cough, BS.

    Maybe as a packaged offering. I know I had it on draft prior to 2008.
     
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  19. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,381) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It was available across the US in bottles in early 2009. It was available on draft in previous incarnations while they developed the recipe for a few years before that. It looks like this recent barrel aged version was brewed and put into barrels roughly 10 years after those first Torpedo bottles came out.
     
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  20. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California

    I'll buy you one. :slight_smile:
     
  21. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (39) Dec 5, 2019

    you're on!
     
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  22. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California


    First packaged in 2009. Our release of the bottled BA Torpedo was about 4 months late, which is par for the course at times. :slight_smile:

    On draught in 2007, very limited and then again in 2008. The popularity forced us to package it in 2009... Oh, the good old days.
     
  23. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (145) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    *long, drawn out groan
     
  24. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (449) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    I had the 2013 release at the Torpedo Room and didn’t care for it but I bought this one anyway just to try. 20 bucks.
     
  25. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (135) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    Could be worse...Could have Jager-esque inspired spices thrown in.
     
  26. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,104) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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  27. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (124) Jan 8, 2012 Kentucky

    "Some look at things as they are and ask why. I look at things as they could be and ask 'Why Not?'"
     
  28. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (449) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    I’m drinking it right now. It’s not a bad beer but you have to like bitter beer as it’s extremely bitter. The flavor is like a pina colada, tropical hops and coconut with some wet oak flavor in there too.
     
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  29. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (256) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Probably would be a pass for me then, as I grow tired of too bitter very quickly.

    I just can't get into IPA/BA stuff, I was not a fan of Dankwood and going the other way I love Jamison Stout Caskmates but didn't like the Jamison IPA nearly as much.

    And speaking of Dankwood a store near me has a four pack on the shelf collecting dust, bottled 04/2018. I'll be honest, a part of me is curious about how it aged but at the price too risky.
     
  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Whoa! I am not anti-whiskey and beer but "20 bucks"?:grimacing:

    Hard pass for me.:flushed:

    Non-cheers to this pricing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:slight_frown:
     
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  31. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (135) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    C'mon Jack, live a little. I doubt 20 bucks is going to spiral you into financial ruin, take that chance, drink that beer. You've spent more on less, we all have :wink:
     
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  32. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    A very hard no here.

    Spend your money the way you want.
     
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  33. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (576) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    Hard pass
     
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  34. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    You are a wise man!

    Cheers to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  35. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (449) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    Same price as their other corked and caged 750’s, BA Narwhal and Bigfoot. Spending 20 one time to try a beer doesn’t bother me but it won’t be a repeat purchase.
     
  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I will choose to not buy those beers either.

    Cheers!
     
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  37. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,990) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    But the BA Narwhal is coming out in cans, or so I've read. :wink:
     
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  38. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (449) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    It is. I like that beer, I buy it in the bottles every year and I’ll buy it in the cans this year too.
     
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  39. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (39) Dec 5, 2019

    Last night I ate my words. This beer is damn good. One to savor and contemplate.

    Would love to see it in 4-packs one day.
     
  40. Marklaker

    Marklaker Zealot (562) Jun 5, 2014 Florida

    A hot mess. They shelved Redankulous, my favorite Imperial Red, and gave us Dankwood instead. The Lenape's got a better deal for Manhattan.
     
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