Sierra Nevada – Torpedo

Tasting: August 30, 2011
Style: IPA (Extra)

I have enjoyed this beer many times. It’s what I call a “yard stick” beer – one worthy to compare to other IPAs. Interestingly, I haven’t had one since I’ve been writing this blog. The last one I can recall drinking was at my fantasy football draft last year. It’ll be interesting to see if my opinion of this beer has changed after having over one hundred-forty different labels since my last Torpedo.

The label calls it an “extra” IPA is – I’m not sure exactly what that is, but going to assume that it would be somewhere between an IPA and a double/imperial IPA . The ABV at 7.2% –would certainly put it squarely between an IPA and an imperial – so maybe “extra” is an appropriate moniker.

This is really a picture perfect pour – cloudy rust color with beautiful lingering head. The label advertises this one as having citrus, pine and herbal qualities. I only get some citrus (in the form of orange/tangerine) on the nose, but certainly, this trio of flavor comes through in my first few sips. Funny, I remember this as a crazy hop bomb – and not to say this isn’t hop forward – but not as potent as I remember. This one is certainly complex – and a real pleasant light/medium bodied drink. I still love it as much as I remember and will continue to compare to others. This is certainly worthy of 90 points.

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