Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — Chico, CA
- Style: IPA
- Bitterness: 65 IBU
- ABV: 7.2%
- OG: 17.3P
- Malts: Two-row pale & Crystal
- Bittering: Magnum
- Finishing: Magnum & Crystal
- Dry Hopping: Magnum, Crystal & Citra
- Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: “Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops." — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: Sierra Nevada calls this an "Extra" IPA. Perhaps that's another name for Imperial. This is a relatively new beer in their lineup. It was just added in early 2009, and it's the first time they've offered an IPA on a year-round basis. They utilize whole cone hops, and developed a special device called a "hop torpedo" that is used in the dry hopping process. On an unrelated note, I have a new tasting glass—check it out below. I retired my old one, which was actually a juice glass. I do own real beer mugs, but I like to use a smaller glass for tasting because it allows the beer to warm up faster—revealing different flavors that are not noticeable when cold.
The tasting: Color is golden straw and hazy with a white head. Hops are very big in aroma and flavor. I don't taste the citrus, as Sierra Nevada mentions in their descriptions, but I do taste a LOT of the pine (even though I have never eaten a pine tree before). It's nicely balanced as I can taste some malts in the background. Body is light to medium.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again. I'll add this to my list of go-to IPAs. I like that it has a very strong flavor, but it's not just hops. If you're not a big fan of hops, you might want to look elsewhere.
Have you had Torpedo or any other good IPAs lately? I'd appreciate the recommendations!