TET (1808) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper brown beer with medium beige head. Aroma is lighter than I expected, but still it is complex: fruits, pine forest, some grass and citrus fruits. Flavour is strongly bitter, dry, pine needles, even resin and in the end flavour is again very bitter and after long end there are hint of fruits again. Nicely slippery and pleasant to drink. Torpedo fullfills need of hops, strong and brutal, but some freshness and fruitfull would be great.
ladnewton (1500) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
350ml bottle at home on 22nd December 2009. Pours gold with thick white head. Sweetish malt initially before a sharp burst of dry, herby intense hoppiness. Intense bitterness in the finish with some citric fruity notes; very dry finish with evaporating sensation in the mouth.
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma complex, predominately hops as one would expect in an IPA. Resin, grass, citrus, faintly woody. Brilliant clear amber, with persistent pillowy off-white head. Much sticky lacing. Taste is medium sweet, over an underlying heavy (but not harsh) bitterness. Full body, oily texture, sticky, thick feel. Soft carbonation, yet 1/4 inch head remains halfway down the glass. Pleasantly lingering bitter finish. Overall, very satisfying with unexpected aspects, such as the fullness of body and restrained citrus quality. Good differences, which makes trying new brews so rewarding!
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another well made IPA from the west coast. Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale would in most cases be an IPA, so this Torpedo takes its pale ale and bitters it up a bit and coppers the appearance. You all know what to expect from Sierra Nevada..
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (handpump) at the White Horse American Beer Festival, July 2009. Mid amber colour. Sweetish hop aroma. More fat sweet hops in the flavour. Some underlying bitterness so not too blowsy. Finish is bittersweet with a quite astringent aftertaste. Worked well on cask.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper colour with a rocky off white head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of pineapple, passionfruit and nose tickleing citrus. Flavour is more maltforward with Sierras standard profile + allot of sweet and fruity hop notes. Ends on a balanced but bitter note. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sticky. From decent to good depending on freshness.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange colored with little yellow head, cloudy appearance. Pine and flowers come up with lemon and some soapy note. Medium bodied. Flavor is also piny with peach and some flowers, aftertaste gets strongly bitter with pine still lasting, somehow soapy palate.
emagana (38) - Fillmore, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Pours a brown/copper color. aroma of citrus crushed leaves. taste wonderful full of pine notes and a long lingering hop flavor. Sierra Nevada’s new way of making an IPA. great job
mikkopen (880) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
350 ml bottle. Slightly hazy amber colour, medium-sized white head that leaves a little lacing. Lovely aroma of grapefruit & other citrus fruits and floral hops. Caramel-malty, dryish flavour with a strong and long, bitter finish of pine, citrus fruits and hops. Delicious.
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lovely pale amber color, with a nice white head. Nose is fresh with grape fruit and malts as the dominant features. Flavor is very nicely balanced. The fruity hops are certainly the dominating force, but they compliment the malty body in a splendid way. All in all a very nice brew (as is usually the case with this brewer).