Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Summary

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.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA Review

This beer pours as a very hazy deep golden colour with a light bubbly head. The initial aromas are very strong alcohols and a deep rich malt body that fills the air with pungent smokey hops but these are soon overtaken by big, bold citrus and piney hop aromas. There is also with clear notes of warm bread and marmalade. The taste is a big bold and hoppy affair with grapefruit, citrus and piney flavours at the forefront but with enough malt backbone and sweet caramel flavours to provide a sustained balance.  Bitter hops abound in the punchy drier flavours of pine resin and apricot in the warming hoppy aftertaste. Finish is once again hop bound as resins give a citrus/pine resin burst of dried apricot, marmalade, barley twists.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
  • Appearance: Bronzed, Amber, Dominant
  • Smell: Bold, Citrus, Pine
  • Taste: Punchy, Pine Resin, Apricot
  • Feel: Full Bodied, complex mix of tastes
4.4

Summary

Overall: The taste is large, bold and American hopped with grapefruit, citrus and piney flavours at the forefront but with enough malt strength and sweet caramel flavours to provide the right balance of taste and carbonation.

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