Kavu (2817) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2015 Pours golden brown with a medium head. Aroma is fruity with quite strong hops. There is some fruityness in the flavor too but mostly it?s just hops covering everything. A bit too much hops for my taste, but I?m sure hop enthusiasts can really enjoy this. Quite drinkable nevertheless.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just had this tonight on-tap at Bocktown. Served in a pint glass.
Body was a rich amber hue that was somewhat cloudy. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Served with a 2 finger head which had great retention and left lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell and taste were similar. A big presence of citrus hops with a hint of piny hops and a sweet caramel malt back bone. The initial flavor is rich in citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. These two characters balance nicely. The finish at first seemed to be very clean non-existent but as I drank more the piny hop flavor and slight bitterness became more evident.
The mouthfeel was decent. Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Smooth but not particularly rich in hop oils.
Overall I really liked this beer and I will have it again. It does not stand out as a superior IPA but it is a very good one. This was a nice treat to have out here in Pittsburgh being that it is only available on-tap.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-08-2008 02:50:47
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a good size cream coloured head. Plenty of lacing. Huge up front citrus grassy hop aromas. Some malt sweetness but mainly hops. Fantastic aroma. Taste shows some biscutiy malt balanced by plenty of hop bitterness. Finsih is quite bitter. Overall a very well balanced beer and definately a new favourite.
GregClow (2973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trip to Buffalo. OK, hereís the thing - I drank this while watching some TV tonight, and while I absolutely loved the hell out of it, I didnít bother taking any notes. It was just a tasty, hoppy, lovely beer, and as soon as I finished it, I wanted another bottle or three. If you need to know more, there are plenty of more detailed reviews before mine...
seuinoz (156) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
overall a very refreshing IPA
Amber in color has nice lacing
cracked open bottle and the hops just hit me.
doesnít taste like it is 7.2%
very smooth and tasty.
i HIGHLY recommend this IPA
Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a lightly hazed dark copper with a cream colored head that retains as a medium cap. Aroma of gummi bears, pineapple, maybe guava or mango as well. Very tropical, with some underlying caramel in there as well and maybe a bit of pine. Flavor is pretty simple really, which is a disappointing departure from the complexities displayed in the aroma. Light caramel to begin with which is supported for a split second by some nice tropical juicy hop, but this quickly drops off to an overly piny and incredibly bitter finish. Itís so bitter in fact that it reminds me of when I have inadvertently gotten some bug spray in my mouth during the summer months. Quite nostalgic, but unwelcome in this instance. Really dry as well. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is perfect. I donít believe this is a very fresh bottle, so perhaps the split second of juicy hops would be more prevalent in a fresher sample, but it was still a decent beer overall.
Sigmund (5695) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
350 ml bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 7.2%. Deep golden to orange colour, big off-white head. Lovely aroma of citrussy, herbal and piney American hops, hints of caramel too. Intense flavour of hops, piney and grapefruity notes, distinct bitterness, but I can live with it. Some malty sweetness too. Not bad!
Hermod (4043) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Alko. Poured amber color with a white head. Atoma is nicely hoppy with som fruity notes. Flavor is citrus and grapefruit, very hoppy. Nice bitter finish, hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. Dry aftertaste. Probably the best IPA I have tried so far.
OldMrCrow (2143) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yep, this beer is so Sierra Nevada, lovely balance, classic c-hop profile. Itís no prima donna; itís a beer that just drinks real nice without demanding the sort of attention and appreciation that some of the bigger beer-geek offerings require --- or at least request.
Up against the world-beating west coast IPAs -- Pliny, Sculpin -- itís not as leafy and fruity; definitely the c-hop story driving things here. Nor does it have the rich caramel malt flavors of Celebration (though it drinks like a malts-toned-down Celebration). But I really like it; props to SN for another great beer.
Chad9976 (1386) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Is it possible for a brewery to underestimate their popularity or reputation or their own craftsmanship? Iím sure the folks at Sierra Nevada know how well respected they are among the beer geeks of the world, and even the Joe and Jane Six Packs for that matter. However, I canít help but think they might have sold themselves short when they launched their Torpedo Extra IPA earlier in 2009.
This is a beer that has been so well-received itís extremely difficult to find in most beer stores. Even my beer store, which boasts over 1,100 beers from around the globe, is not able to acquire more than two cases per week. After finally getting my hands on some I can see why. This is a beer that could seriously contend for the title of the best American India Pale Ale.
APPEARANCE AND AROMA
This beer pours to a clear shade of copper, like a newly-minted penny. There is some carbonation noticeable but the bubbles rise very slowly. I didnít notice any sediment, although other beer drinkers have reportedly encountered some. The head is a perfectly-proportioned, off-white, thick foamy layer which lasts throughout the course of the drink and leaves generous lacing on the glass from top to bottom.
The aroma is a very enticing scent of pine and citrus. I notice some orange, specifically, but otherwise I detect a general sweetness to the nose.
When I think of a perfect IPA, a palate such as Torpedo Extra IPA is exactly what I have in mind. Itís a great hybrid of East and West Coast styles. I find Western IPAs tend to have a resin-like, very piney component to their flavor and are more sweet and dry, whereas beers of the Eastern variety are more citrus-flavored, tart and crisp. Somehow this beer manages to contain elements of both (although Iíd say it leans a little towards the west).
There is a strong hop presence to be tasted here with a very bitter back end. In fact, the finish might be just a bit too dry for some, but I enjoyed it. The initial taste is sweet with notes of resin Ė giving the beer a sticky palate (literally). It doesnít quite crackle like a more tart beer would, but the sweetness itself is extremely satisfying and very inviting. Itís actually rather tangy, maybe even a little watery, but itís ultimately pleasing to the palate and thatís what matters most, right?
The problem with promoting a beer as being very bitter is it can turn off the novice beer drinker. Thatís a shame because very bitter beers are actually some of the easiest to drink and Iíd say thatís certainly true of Torpedo. The mouthfeel is only a little thicker than your average brew, but itís soft and gentle on the palate and finishes mostly clean. The aftertaste, although mild, is indeed bitter, but itís also hoppy like the palate itself and I have no problem with that.
I inititally thought this beer was an imperial style, but at 7.2% ABV, Sierra Nevadaís ďExtra IPAĒ lives up to its name perfectly. Itís a little bit heavier than average, but not quite as obese as the really big boys. The alcohol is masked extremely well in both the flavor and the weight as the beer does not overwhelm or fill you up easily. Itís rare a beer of this high ABV could work so well as a session drink.
They say good things come to those who wait, and on that note Iíd say Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA definitely did not disappoint. Itís everything I look for in a great IPA and it has a lot of unique qualities to it as well. If this could become as popular as Sierra Nevadaís flagship Pale Ale there could be a new wave of hop appreciation sweeping the country!
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