Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at WBF. Very solid IPA, just wasnt all that impressed. Might as well have juiced it up a bit and made it an IIPA. Still, refreshing and has some very nice hop character.
kurtzj (11) - Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served in a shaker at Austin Flying Saucer. One finger head over golden body. Not much aroma. A sweet caramel hint to the aftertaste. Medium carbonation.
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo unleashes a hop explosion as you take a healthy sip. Clear and orange with a foamy, cream colored head, this IPA will test your hops tolerance. In other words, besides the subtle apple flavor that lurks beneath the surface, drinking this beer essentially amounts to eating the hops that were put into the recipe itself. The bitter flower takes center stage here leaving room for little else. Otherwise, Torpedo is heavy in the carbonation department producing a buzzy mouth-feel. The ending is the best part: smooth and dry.
NJJereme (385) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a light off-white head. Nice lacing. Nice lingering froth. Pine and citrus notes predominate. Nice crispness, bitter, but not overly so. Light to medium bodied. Very refreshing.
warfield (17) - Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
whoa, what do we have here...a SN Pale on steroids? crikey, i think we hit the jackpot! what dynamite colour. classic SN caramel, citrus aroma and wonderful hop. cascade anyone? same yeast strain as the Pale Ale...the legend itself! what a terrific brew!
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber copper color, decent half inch of thick off white head, visible active carbonation. Aroma dominated by sharp, bitter citrusy hops, notes of grapefruit and some lemons. Somewhat typical SN Chop nose. Flavor shows a healthy dose of sharp citric bitterness, sharp grapefruit and lemons, some light notes of pine and grass. Muted caramel sweetness. Palate is crisp and even with a cry lightly bitter finish. Decent, solid IPA, though no real unique qualities.
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus hops with a nice clean bitter finish with some dry caramel malt. Hops are easily discernable but well balanced with great overall drinking factor. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing extreme about this one but very well balanced and easily drinkable.
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not a big fan of the "hop bombs" but this one I enjoyed. Citrus and floral aroma coming from the orange-hued liquid topped with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing on the sides. Enough sweetness in the malt to balance the substantial hop presence. I liked the smoothness of the hops- they weren’t not sharp or bitter. A nice combination of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Left a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Very nice. (BTW, amazed this is 7.2%- can’t tell at all.)
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours a nice clear orange-amber in color with a small whitish head that fades quickly. Aroma is all about the hops... citrus, some pine and quite pronounced. Flavor is, given the dominating hop aroma, surprising well balanced. Hops still dominate the flavor profile, but there is a significant malt presence that evens everything out. Finishes with a short, dry hoppy bitterness. This is really good and very drinkable beer!
ghawener (1555) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Bought in San Diego and sent to El Salvador, part of the IPA samples series with ramenen. This one followed the great Ballast Point and was a great complement to the afternoon. Well crafted and balanced beer, big bold and powerful yet easy to drink en enjoy, just what we needed before the Ribeye!