Friday, March 25, 2011

Sierra Nevada – Torpedo

I have had a number of the offerings from Sierra Nevada and I have been very satisfied by the beers from this brewery.  I tried Sierra Nevada’s IPA named Torpedo (7.2% ABV and 65 IBU) again this week as was again very satisfied.  Sierra Nevada calls Torpedo an “Extra IPA”, probably because of the extra hopping completed during the brewing of this beer; it is called Torpedo because of the shape of the device used during dry-hopping.  This one pours gold and just slightly amber with a nice head.  Very nice citrus aroma and tastes very good with an emphasis on the citrus / pine hop bitterness. Sierra Nevada describes Torpedo as “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.”  This is a very good description of Torpedo and I like the extra information about the time, effort and brewing process.  Torpedo is another very good beer from Sierra Nevada.

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