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RATINGS: 3173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Torpedo is an assertive American IPA deep reddish-gold in color, with a smooth and bready malt presence and over-the-top hop aromas. The beer has a solid bitterness and a massive hop flavor, yet remains easy drinking with a pleasant dry finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
syton98 (44) - USA - SEP 13, 2009
A very nice IPA. Close to a double or imperial IPA but not quite there. Pours coppery witha decent head. Aroma is kinda a mix of pine and earthen - plesant. Taste is nice and dominated with hops, as it should be. It is balance which allows you to enjoy the beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle; poured an orange-copper color with a medium off white head. Some lacing there. Looked like rust, in a good way. Aroma wasn’t too assertive; mostly earth and citrus. Flavor also wasn’t quite up to my expectations, especially with all the good IPAs out there. Pretty well balanced, but more bitterness than flavor provided by the hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5084) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 13, 2009
transparent uncarbonated golden colored body. The mouth feel wwas tingly from start to finish. The flavor contained notes of deep complex hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GlenVargas (144) - Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottles of Torpedo are always ending up in my hand--probably because Sierra Nevada has such wide distribution now. I guess if your options are limited to, like, Milwakee’s Best, Mickey’s or a Sierra Nevada product, you could do worse than Torpedo. However, Torpedo is still just another overly hoppy, but otherwise boring, lesser of X-number of evils in aisle 15 at Safeway. Heave-ho.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle from Regional. Pours a nice orangey amber with a smooth off white head. Hoppy aroma, very nice pine and grapefruit citrus. Dominating hops. Ahh yes, resiny hops. Your classic American hop grapefruit flavour, with pine, sweet malt backing it up and a rather large bitterness which rounds it all out. This is a pleasure to drink, I think I’ll buy a 6 pack next time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear, effervescent copper-orange color; very, very light tan head with strong retention and clinging, medium-bubbled lacing; attractive. Solid amounts of oranges, citrus hops, and bright, crystallized candy sugar in the aroma; very pleasant, very bitter, and very nicely dry. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: perfect levels of carbonation, a load of dense, juicy, oily citrus and orange hops upfront, and even a slight creaminess and breadiness coming through; this, quite simply, feels wonderful to drink: the bitterness is more than adequate, but it never comes off as astringent, as overly drying, as anything abrasive; dense, dry citrus with juicy orange at the core; just a beautifully composed IPA. Honestly, I feel I’ve either been overlooking some of these SN beers for far too long, or there have simply been a surplus of great new beers coming out of Chico. Great stuff. Lengthy, dry and nicely bitter finish, with citrus and oranges, followed by toasty and bready softness at the far end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 SLIGHT WHITE HEAD, RUSTED CLOUDY GOLDEN BEER. HEAVLY HOPPED FLAVOR WITH LITTLE AROMA RICH IN THE BITTERNESS LIGHT ON THE CITRUS WITH A NICE HINT OF APRICOT, ALTHOUGH IT IS VERY DRY IT IS STILL QUITE REFRESHING AND SUPRISINGLY QUITE DELICIOUS. OVER TIME THIS HAS BECOME ONE OF MY TOP THREE GO TO BEERS, ITS EASY TO FIND INEXPENSIVE AND VERY GOOD!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2009
bottled. Tall head which quickly dissapeared. Very floral and fruity aroma. Hoppy ofcourse, with delicate pine notes along with citrus. Medium hopbite to what I had imagined. This was consumed after a very hot day, and it was frightenly refreshing considering the abv. Nice stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7453) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle. Tall, off-white head. Piney hop aroma; very fruity, with a touch of malt. Floral, grassy hop flavor, citrus and pine, balanced malt. Very peppery and fruity, with nice flavor and decent balance. Nice stuff, with very subtle, flavorful hopping.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (489) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
Color: Brown, orange Aroma: Elegant (rather than just powerful and resinous) floral, citrus/grapefruit and grapefruit rind, musty note, fresh, uncut grass Flavor: Starts with fruity malt, then comes the spicy, ripe orange and bitter grapefruit/rind, and finishes with a lingering fruity malt and hop bitterness. Comment: Outstanding. Superb quality malt is well balanced with the bittering & aromatic hops. Instructive to compare this to Caldera’s IPA. I’d eagerly drink another of these!


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