887: Torpedo Extra IPA

Name: Torpedo Extra IPA
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Chico, California
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.20%
First Brewed: 2009
Price: $1.15

Tasting Notes
Very bright nose, green aromas of grass and hay with lemony overtones. A soft caramel malt up front, then hops. Bitterness dominates, but is refined, not tarry. A clean bitter finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

Today is national IPA day! Good thing… because I love a good IPA. We only had one in the fridge and it was the Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada. I have had this before, and what I remember is the big calorie count. I can’t recall the hops or the bitterness… but from what I am reading, it is loaded with both. I mean, the “extra” came from somewhere. Let’s celebrate national IPA day with… an IPA!

In the Glass: It looks like an IPA in the glass. It might even be darker than I expected, but still has that golden appeal that a nice IPA brings. It has a decent lace, too and produces a thick, white head.

Nose: Holy hops does that smell good. This beer is just loaded with hops. The tasting notes talked about a lemony overtone… and I am not getting that. The Citra hops is what would produce that, but all I am smelling right now is hops, hops, and more hops! Also, isn’t it cool that there is an IPA day? This beer is being served ice cold, and I can imagine that would help it create a more crisp, bitter flavor.

Flavor: The flavor is boring at first, and then the hops kick in. But they don’t really do much. They don’t kick in the way I expect them to. For this to be an “extra” IPA I was expecting a lot more. Sure, there are hops and there is some subtle bitterness, but man… what a let down. I expected more from such a good brewery. Maybe that’s why it’s so cheap.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is malty at first (boring, really) and then the hops kick in and almost numb the tongue as you swallow. The best part about this beer is the aftertaste. But we will get to that. The burp is nice, though.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is dry, and provides the most bitterness that you experience along the way. When a beer is an “extra” IPA, I immediately think double IPA or imperial IPA. Man, what a let down. Oh, speaking of IPAs… my buddy Mike Bravo ordered one of those last week. The server told him it was an Indiana Pale Ale. Yeah. Servers should know better. I hope he loses his job! Not Bravo, the server!

Well Sierra Nevada, I am upset with this one. You could have and should have done SO much more. I have had basic IPAs that have more hops and more bitterness than this. Try again!!!

Torpedo Extra IPA – The bottle says: “Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Well, today we are having an IPA in celebration of IPA Day.  While I like IPAs, I kind of have to be in the mood for them.  Ricky loves them, so he tends to drink a lot of them.  To me a lot of IPAs can taste the same, so I can get tired of them pretty easily.  But, Ricky says the one tonight is good, so I’m going to hope that I like it.  We’ll see.  Funny story – a friend of ours that was in town visiting recently was staying at a hotel here and overheard the bartender tell someone that IPA stood for “Indiana Pale Ale”.  Um, nope.  Wrong answer.  As someone that grew up in Indiana, IPA definitely does not stand for Indiana Pale Ale.  (In case you’re uninformed, it stands for India Pale Ale.  The more you know.)

The beer tonight poured into the glass without much head.  The color is very orangey.  It’s not transparent, and looks kind of thick in the glass.  There’s not a lot of smell to it, but what I do get from it smells a bit hoppy and spicy, as expected from an IPA.  Let’s see what it tastes like.

The first taste from this beer actually tastes like an orange to me.  It has almost a fruity taste at first, then quickly settles back into the typical IPA hoppy taste.  I like the fruit up front, it’s not what I really expected and something I don’t normally get from an IPA.  There is definitely a long-lasting hoppy, spicy aftertaste though, which, if you’re drinking an IPA, is what you are looking for.  While this beer isn’t the best IPA I’ve had, it’s a pretty good one, and definitely one I’d buy again if I was in the mood for an IPA.

Rating: 4/5

886 bottles of beer on the wall…

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