triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear reddish-gold. This white head that lasts. Citrusy hop aroma. Some malt sweetness hidden in the hop bitterness. Medium-light bodied. Bitterness lingers. I am not tasting the hops due to the bitterness, but I do like this IPA.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Amber orange with a foamy, off-white head. Great head retention.
Aroma: Lighter than expected I got some pine notes but had a hard time getting much else. A bit too cold perhaps.
Taste: Big pine hop notes and good malt sweetness to even everything out. Not overly sweet mind you, just enough to help keep things drinkable. Nice herbal and citrus notes. This one has great balance!
Palate: Medium-high carbonation with a medium-rich mouthfeel and a long, bitter finish. Just the way it should be!
Overall: This one has scary drinkability. Definitely worth seeking out if you haven’t had it yet!
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured amber with a good amount of head. Nice strong hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
Plovmand (7862) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2016 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Stockholm. Amber body with a thick off white head. Grassy hops in aroma with fruity and piney notes. Very piney flavour with lots of citrus, fruit and caramel notes. You can taste the alcohol as well. Creamy texture.
Tasted again at home. Bottle from Netto. Same appearance as above. Grassy and caramel like overall. Good bitterness but quite one dimensional.
syton98 (44) - USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
alexanderj (3539) - 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 (5668) - 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.