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RATINGS: 3509   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.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sdj5 (10) - , New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
The second best IPA Ive ever had. The bitterness and hop flavor definitely dominate. Just letting the beer sit on your tongue produces a fantastic sensation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
I left the beer out a few minutes before I poured it to keep it from any potential chill haze, and because Im trying to warm up (see what I did there?) to the whole drinking beer at a more "professional" temperature rather than straight from the icy depths of my ridiculously well-insulated fridge. I have found that drinking a cool beer versus a cold beer really makes a difference in everything from which aromas are stronger in the nose to which flavors are more obvious on my tongue and even to how the mouthfeel is affected. Its very interesting scientific stuff, so Ill just stick to the basics. Poured into my nonick (I cant help but read that as "no neck," which makes no sense) it glowed a sweet potato/pumpkin pie orange with brown sugar shadows. The liquid was mostly clear with a faint bit of a slow, translucent haze that was suspended just above the bottom of the glass to just below the soapy head. Oh the head, lets talk about it for a minute: gorgeously fluffy and a creamy pearl color that looked just divine floating above the amber liquid, much like a heaping dollop of home-made whipped cream sitting atop a fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is only 10 months away folks, cant be too prepared! When I first poured it, the foam reached a good 5-finger thickness before gradually melting into 3 and holding with fantastic retention for a long while before fading into thick patches of sticky lacing that left the glass dirty. Its like a love poem of lace. The nose was a lot lighter than I initially anticipated, as with many IPAs its pretty obvious what youre smelling right from the first whiff, but with the Torpedo, it was way more mild and didnt threaten to burn my nose with bitterness. Grapefruit rind and lemon zest were at the front line, closely followed by an odd creamy tangerine, which I definitely wasnt sure of. There were plenty of herbal hops, including some faint pine needles, but an obvious light crystal malt kept the whole encounter sweet and even added a welcome touch of caramel to the scent. Finally in my mouth after furious note-taking, I was genuinely surprised by the first flavor to hit my tongue. Lightly toasted malts strolled across my taste buds with grapefruit pith on one arm, herbal piney notes on the other, and a light lemon zest trailing closely behind. Its still a little hard for me to believe that the malts were so prevalent and the hops hardly held a bitter knife to my mouth. Carrying a medium body with nice, rounded carbonation made it creamier and heavier than it appeared, but I would much rather have a beer that holds some weight than have one thats watery and thin. There was a short lingering hoppy bitterness and light caramel sweetness right at the end, but the bitter throughout the beer was actually relatively mellow, making it really easy to drink. I would probably recommend this IPA to someone whos not sure if they like IPAs or not and needs something to ease them into it. It was a very good beer, one that I will most likely pick up in the future as a filler for a day Im not reviewing or if Im out and want something simple to start the evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Pours slightly hazy orange, thin white head. Aroma has notes of pine, big fruity citrus, some caramel. Taste is some nice bitter pine, leading into sweet citrus, flows nicely into the caramel middle, transitioning back into pine and bitter at the end. A nice flow of tastes from this one, but it arrives and leaves too quickly. A good, refreshing beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle, into a straight wall, cool but not cold. Orange copper body, shows mild haze but still shimmers in the light, almost oily looking. Fine, intermittent bubbles gives it life, the head a mere shadow of white atop, no legs. Big, bright, herbal, weedy and citric hop nose, heaps of tickling spice, fresh baked apple-teacake comes to mind, rose petals and pine needles. The aroma is quite potent, really tickles the olfatories but does keep a sense of freshness to it. In the mouth well pronounced pine, pineapple and passionfruit flavours dominate. Good, solid toasted malt and crystal base, earthy, herbal back, quite raw and tight like the hops are still floating in it. Assertively bitter but in check, a lot of juicy fruit floats about the mouth. A hint of camphor and Turkish delight in the swallow which drops off quickly and quite dry, the alcohol not evident. Residual pineyness and sucked toothpick flavours keep it dry until the next sip. Reasonably light in body, well rounded and smooth in mouthfeel. Just got better as it warmed, the flavour really fuses together. Dangerously refreshing stuff. (35,5cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
There is a strong malty, hoppiness in the aroma that is quite appealing. The head is fluffy and white, but dissipates in no time to a mere few millimeters along the top. Tendrils of the white are left on the glass. The substance of the brew is the expected amber. The taste is comprised of as much malt as it does hops. It is bold and even, lacking only in that certain something that sets it apart from brilliance. A solid and most enjoyable brew, it lands on the palate with its bitter hops backed by a demure amount of carbonation. The aftertaste remains balanced between malts and hops, demanding another swig. Enjoyable to the last sip, if not lacking a definitive hook.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prokroustis (741) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2011 Amber, with a big rocky head. Spicy, grassy, somewhat sweet and a lot citric aroma. Nice easy drinking with medium carbonation, grapefruit and other fruits along with a dry bitter finish make it an excellent IPA. (8/4/8/4/18) Dark amber body with a small white head. Exceptional hoppy aroma with pine, grapefruit and some caramel. Full body, heavy bitter and dry flavour. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ambcompte (47) - SPAIN - JAN 30, 2011
Una IPA que passa molt i molt b. Amarg del lupul, per no molt agressiu, floral, tremenda. A repetir.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ExpendableHero (889) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Copper colored beer with a decent, white head. Strong pine aromas, you can tell this will be nice, and hoppy. Tastes of very distinguished pine/spruce. Big floral hops here as well. Your typical IPA with a stronger than average hop kick. Bitter finish, solid beer in this style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkBrewski (3) - USA - JAN 29, 2011 does not count
floral, orange, clear, frothy head, very bitter, medium body, Great IPA!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kalervo (1026) - FINLAND - JAN 28, 2011
Very good beer. Nice bitterness combined to enjoyable amount of malty taste.


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