Pours clear with a half glass of billowing, off-white foam. Retention is good with the top drying and thickening as it recedes. Lacing begins from the get go: dry and sticky.
Aroma is hop forward as can be expected from the name. Spice, earth, and that pungent hop aroma that is distinctly Crystal send out the beacon for the olfactory. Citra hops lends a citrus profile that compliments.
Taste is a bit sweet up front but that is the extent of the malt presence. Hops once again are the star: spice and grassy flavors abound while there is a citrus background that might even bring ever slow light pine. Light bitterness that slowly builds throughout.
Mouth feel is almost non-existent if it wasn't for a zesty, full carbonation that carries the beer.
This is a nice IPA and what you come to expect from Sierra Nevada. It doesn't break any barriers but it has a nice mix of hops, is crisp, and definitely refreshing. The ultra light body makes it a great summer beer. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 20:35:57
Tasted: Monday, May 14, 2012
$1.50 for 12 oz. bottle
One fine body…
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavor highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.
Around here, we take hops pretty seriously, which is why we weren’t satisfied with the standard method of dry hopping for our first year-round IPA. We spent years tinkering, tasting, and tweaking ways to get the biggest and best hop flavors and aromas into our beer.
Our persistence has paid off. Our obsession with harnessing huge hop flavor led to the development of what we call the hop torpedo, a revolutionary method of dry-hopping designed, built, and debuted here at the brewery. Our torpedo is a sleek, stainless-steel piece of hardware that delivers more pure hop aroma than any method of dry-hopping we’ve ever seen. Like all our beers, Torpedo Extra IPA uses only the best whole-cone hops possible making this delicious ale worth the wait.