ajd6c8 (70) - USA - FEB 16, 2011
Extraordinarily well balanced with a ton of fresh hops, malt, and citrus. Not the most potent IPA or the moat flashy, but this is probably SN’s second most "well rounded" beer in terms of potency (alcohol and hops) and drinkability (1st is Celebration IMO). Really nice beer. Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle 350ml @ homeBricks (1126) - Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2011
[Trade by Dedollewaitor] Pours clear dark golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, bread and fruity hops. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with a dry finish.. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2012 From Bottle: Average smell, good appearance. A good IPA. Nothing unusual or different then a typical IPA
Draft a year later: Much improved aroma.. smelled like someone dropped an orange in it. A very good IPA. Finhead (1762) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
A hazy, reddish-copper pour with an off-white head. It has a mild pine aroma. The medium body has lively carbonation and a silky texture. The taste is lightly sweet at first, but quickly reaches a moderate bitterness that remains through the finish. MacBoost (1898) - Victor, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2011
This is a good IPA, just not as good as Lagunitas Maximus. In fact, this isn’t even remotely the best beer offered by this brewery. This is probably the 4th or 5th best beer Sierra Nevada makes. All in all though, a solid IPA that does not wow me like some other offerings.
sdj5 (10) - , New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
The second best IPA I’ve ever had. The bitterness and hop flavor definitely dominate. Just letting the beer sit on your tongue produces a fantastic sensation. 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 I’m 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. It’s very interesting scientific stuff, so I’ll just stick to the basics.
Poured into my nonick (I can’t 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, let’s 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, can’t 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. It’s like a love poem of lace.
The nose was a lot lighter than I initially anticipated, as with many IPAs it’s pretty obvious what you’re smelling right from the first whiff, but with the Torpedo, it was way more mild and didn’t 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 wasn’t 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. It’s 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 that’s 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 who’s 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 I’m not reviewing or if I’m out and want something simple to start the evening. arminjewell (9672) - 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. ALLOVATE (3015) - 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) 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.