alexanderj (3530) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
thedm (5612) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!!
haukur (1711) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
KyotoLefty (9125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Wombata (618) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored with nice white head and fine lacing as the drink progresses. Aroma is piney, floral hops, light citrus with some red fruit undertones. Flavor has more toffee malt but still has ample grapefruit, lemon hops with an easy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is articulated with fine bubbles, becoming soft and pleasing late in the drink. Very nice and worth another purchase.