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Monday, February 27th 2012

(Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

The time has finally come! Both the cans of Sierra Nevada's legendary IPA and their hop-heavy Torpedo have landed on shelves. We had a tough time deciding which one to open and review first so we figured we'd do them both in one sitting. Both cans look great and the brewery did a great job transferring those iconic labels to their can designs. We've got a feeling that a lot of these cans are going to be sold as the weather warms up. Cheers!

From the Sierra Nevada site:

"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."

Here we go...


Pour - dark auburn in appreance with some orange and reddish hues and big, frothy white head that sticks inside the glass like crazy glue. Absolutely fantastic looking beer coming out of the can and certainly flatters our plain can-shaped glass.

Aroma - spicy and floral with some sweet citrusy notes along with some raw sugar and burnt caramel aromas. Plenty of pine and tropical fruits as well. Quite aromatic and certainly appealing enough to make you want to stick your face to the glass and take a big sip.


Taste - malty sweetness hits the tongue first before the wave of bitter hoppiness, citrus and fruits like mango and pineapple assualt the palate. Smooth and balanced with a lasting tropical fruit flavor on the tongue and a friendly amount of bitterness. Sierra definitely did the right thing when they kept Torpedo and got rid of the other IPA they were brewing for awhile. This is a great beer.


Overall - Torpedo may be heavy on hops but it won't sink your palate like some of the double IPAs out there. With 65 IBUs and a solid malty backbone this is a balanced IPA with some serious drinkability installed. Pint cans are being sold in four-packs which is just about perfect. 


Note - the name "Torpedo" refers to the device Sierra Nevada uses to dry hop this and other beers.

"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." - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company



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Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Two-row pale and Crystal
Hops: Magnum, Citra, Cystal
ABV: 7.2%
IBUs: 65
Date: February 27th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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