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RATINGS: 2926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 70   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.


IslandHaole's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, - JUN 27, 2012
Had this in CA on my last visit in early May then found it in bombers at one of the many ABC stores in Waikiki, had a few each night I was there! A slightly hazy deep gold color with a beige head. Plenty of hops up front, rather predictable west coast grapefruit peel and pine tar flavors, caramel and toffee, a bit doughy, a nice solid brew from SN.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (636) - Lille, FRANCE - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle from Saveur-biere.com - Color: nice clear amber beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice hoppy nose really sweet with caramel notes. Taste: high hoppy taste really floral any grassy. Nice caramel balance. Aftertaste: high bitterness and caramel notes. Really nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ippopotamo36 (170) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle in Belgrade/Serbia. I was together with markoijelena and we have had few solid west coast IPAs few days before. I drunk this beer over two years ago in FLA and I remember it much hoppier and bitter; with Marko we assumed the bottle was not fresh anymore. A consultation with luttonm revealed that the bottle was ok and the beer was meant for a wide distribution which foresees long time for transportation, import/export and selling. The beer therefore is not meant to be drunk fresh. Pours a clear orange/ golden colour, white foamy head which leaves a bubbling surface. Nose of yeast and caramel malts and not much of that hops it claims. Mouth is balanced and malty and very good if you don't expect t an hoppy strike. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebeer (42) - - SEP 20, 2014
Of course IPAs are one of my favorite beer styles...anyways...I enjoyed this brew very much....there is only one word that describes this beer best: "balance" - it is just about the right balance....

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SVD (577) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle at home, Dark orange beer with a medium head, aroma is malty and hops, taste is bitter, bit fruity. OK beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (730) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2014
Couleur légèrement ambrée, mousse qui disparait. Nez houblonné fruité-sucré-fruits rouges-citron pas courant. Gout houblonné fruité, fruits rouges, notes épices et menthe, avec petite amertume épicée en fin de bouche. Pas courant comme arome mais pas mal. Corps un huileux leger très désaltérant.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vjohans (53) - SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
Fruity citrus aroma, a stiky taste sweet taste with a little bit of fuityness. Nice bitterness, intense carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
From a six pack. Pours out a coppery gold. Makes a thick, peachy-orangey head. Aroma is of yeast and fresh hops. Tastes of hops, sugar, and caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aidzy (8) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
Pours a dark copper, burnt orange with a decent head. Grassy aromas apparant lolling back to pine. My first beer all day, ive had this one before so have been really frothing for it, you can imagine. Floral notes on the palate, very hoppy initially. The malt backbone provides a creamy hearty flavour eventually ending in the traditional bitterness. I love this beer, well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjohnny (374) - - SEP 12, 2014
Sweetish pine aroma with a good malty backdrop. Pours a clear amber honey gold with a relatively thick foamy head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Medium bodied. Smooth until the finish which has a little bit of an edge. Piney resiny but still very well balanced with a hint of sweetness. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SzopPiwosz (149) - - SEP 10, 2014
Zapach z butelki: Żywiczno-tropikalny. Piana: Kremowa, drobno- i średniopęcherzykowa. Średnio obfita, oblepia ładnie szkło. Kolor: Bursztynowe opalizujące. Zapach: Średnio intensywny chmielowy. Dość złożona tropikalność, dominują mango, ananas, białe winogrona. Pojawia się nuta kartonu i stęchlizny, a także przypalonego mleka. Po ogrzaniu dochodzą "kompotowe" estry oraz sosnowa żywica. Smak: Spora podbudowa, zdecydowany, owocowy, kwaśno-słodki. Specyficzna nuta ciasteczkowo-waniliowa. Tekstura: Dość lekkie, oleiste. Nasycenie: Średnie. Goryczka: Wysoka, grejpfrutowa. Średnio zalegająca. Pijalność: Wysoka. Piwo ewidentnie dotknięte skazą starości. Szkoda - bo nie wiadomo na ile surowo je osądzać. Z jednej strony można się spodziewać, że świeższe było lepsze. Z drugiej - browar daje aż 3(!) lata przydatności do spożycia, czyli zbyt wiele jak na mocno chmielone, aromatyczne piwo. Wydaje mi się, że skoro Sierra Nevada przedstawia swoje piwo jako "best before" surowa ocena jest tutaj na miejscu. Zatem - zapach zdecydowanie rozczarował. Dużo sobie obiecywałem, czytając czym jest Hop Torpedo, natomiast efekt taki sobie. Jednoznacznie należy przyznać, że sumarycznie aromat jest przyjemny, jednak nie powala, ani intensywnością, ani swoim profilem. Piwo jednak broni się smakiem. Spora słodycz przełamana jest zarówno ciekawą owocowością, jak i bardzo miłą goryczką - wysoką, ale dosyć krótko zalegającą jak na ten jej poziom. Warto sięgnąć po to piwo, jednak należy rozejrzeć się za świeższym egzemplarzem, niż mój.


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