otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Polished copper with orange and amber highlights, the light reflects her beauteous visage. A fluffy white head quickly recedes into a blanket of pockmarked puffs that linger for the whole show. A vigorous swirl explodes into a massive outbreak of lace as her nose reaches out and slaps me in the face. I was paying attention, I swear. Grass and leaves atop a damp forest floor, fauna and flowers and crushed pine needles melting into one earthy piney presence which leads directly into grapefruit, waxy citric skin, tangelos, and tangerines. Lemon and lime zest tickles as brown dry spices, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks, mingle with a continuous undercurrent of fresh honey. Eager to savor my first quaff, I lick my lips and drink deep of her glistening bounty. She is immediately mouth-coating and sweet, but quickly fades to bitter and dry, sending tingles up and down the top of my tongue. Her sweetness resides solidly in the front and back of her palate, while the middle is left wide-open for an assault of grass, pine needles, and grapefruit. Her finish isnít long, surprisingly, with only faint lingering wisps of honey and spice. My Sierra Nevada Torpedo is highly refreshing with each sup easily bringing me back for another. She is uses her west-coast hops and malts with skill and grace that I would partially attribute to almost 3 decades of brewing finesse. As I see the end looming upon the horizon, a steady backdrop of dry, bittering citric skins linger in the center of my palate after her juicy and sweetly spiced palate moves on. Simple and yet complex at the same time, one thing I do understand is that my Torpedo is gone, gone, gone.
Bravo, Sierra Nevada. Once more you have proven your brewing prowess and have livened up your long-standing portfolio with a stellar Imperial IPA. Her refreshingly drinkability in the face of massive west coast hops serves to further prove that there is nothing to fear in flavor but fear itself. I look forward to enjoying Torpedo for many more decades to come.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another damn solid beer from SN. Moving, it was absurdly hot and humid, and this beer is bracingly bitter, cold and delicious. Strong pine flavor, excellent aroma, very full flavor, complex, yet not overwhelming. Like Celebration itís just an excellent IPA.
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good beer if you like hops. Some will say itís too hoppy, but come on, itís Sierra Nevada and itís going to be hoppy!
solsticebrew (61) - USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, Honolulu. A musky hop aroma, a beautiful smell. An orange-ish amber color with lively, fine bubbles. What a wonderful flavor. Full of greatness with a hint of sweet and o so much hoppy goodness that is an ultimate balance. It looks great, smells great, tastes great - it is great. Thank you SV for putting out a good beer
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear copper with a white head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel, malt, grass. Taste is malty sweet and piney hopped. Finish is bitter. Body is average, and carbonation is average. Overall, a decent IPA. My bottle may not have been the freshest. Would like to try on tap or in a fresher bottle.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - AUG 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms. Karlstad. Pours a copper color with a nice white lasting head. Aroma is hoppy with pine, grass, grapefruit, but also caramel and toffee. Flavour is pretty sweet and caramely/toffeeish at first, but then the piny, grassy, grapefruity flavours kicks in a nice balance. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness. Mediumbodied mouthfeel, carbonation is medium and quite refreshing. A nice beer in my opinion, it was a bit cold at first so I was a bit dissapointed but after it warmed it became really nice. A good IPA which I will buy again.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
chico, you people never stop blowing my mind. another great beer from the people who bring us the best widely available brews on the planet. we all know what IPAs taste like. this is a good one.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a nice medium copper, with a head that essentially lasted through the entire drink. The head was so thick and so long-lasting, that it actually hindered the aroma a little bit, holding some the citrusy hops under wraps. The flavors coming through in the palate were indicative of a top-quality job of brewing and craftsmanship. Smooth hop bitterness, complex hop flavor, and a decent background of malt. The only improvement I could have seen were be to have had a little more body. Overall, a very nice IPA.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper color with frothy head...tons of spice and hops in the nose...flavor is full of hops, but sorta on the bitter side
pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $1.49 Excellent.