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RATINGS: 3457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2009
From a bottle poured amber with a good amount of head. Nice strong hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (7862) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
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.

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 (3539) - 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 (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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 (148) - 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.


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