Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
From Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Why did it take so long to introduce a year-round IPA? The brewery has spent years experimenting, searching for a way to highlight bold flavors without resorting to hop extracts or pellets. Sierra Nevada has brewed with 100% whole-cone hops for 29 years with the belief that it makes a better, more natural tasting beer. Whole-cone hops offer subtle flavors and complexities that are unavailable in processed form. Rather than sacrifice flavor, they invented a way to do it better.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA – 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. 7.2% abv, Purchased at Albertsons in Monrovia CA.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a small head that eventually fades away. The beer leaves spotty lacing.
Aroma: Piney hops and a little bit of citrus rind.
Taste: A big mouthful of pine and citrus, mostly tart grapefruit and some caramel notes as well. As it warmed, I found some drier malts as well.
Mouthfeel: Thick, almost cloying.
Overall: Solid as a rock. Balanced, hoppy, malty, and hearty.