Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Location: Chico, CA
Style: IPA
Brewery Website
Rating: B+

Up for review today is the Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada. As the name implies, this is a big India Pale Ale, weighing in at 7.2% ABV. The Torpedo is reddish amber in color, with quite a bit of fine bubbles rising. The head is 1-finger thick, clumpy and ivory in color. On the nose there are citrus and herbal notes as well as the aroma of fresh pine needles all attributable to the hops. In addition some bread notes from the malt are also present on the nose.

On the palate there is a fair bit of malt up front before the hops take over. There are citrus and pine notes as well as a resinous, deep bitter hop bite. Flavors of salt and bread are also notable. On the finish, the bitter hops flavors slowly fade, leaving a lingering bready malt flavor. The Torpedo is medium bodied with a fair amount of astringency.

The Torpedo Extra IPA has a powerful bitter hop flavor, with aromatic hops notes and bready malt playing backup. If you like bitter beer, the Torpedo is right up your alley. Well-recommended for the hopheads out there.

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