Saturday, 13 August 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Basics: This is a 350ml bottle and is 7.2% by alcohol volume. There’s Pale, and Crystal malt in there, along with Magnum and some Crystal hops. The name refers to their unique Torpedo dry-hopping system which combines Magnum, Crystal, and Citra to deliver 65 IBUs.
It poured clear amber with a generous off-white head. The aroma was strong and gave off malted bread, citrus and floral hops.
Taste: Strong initial flavours of tropical fruit and some light citrus and an unmistakable pine texture. A sweet malt backbone just peeks through to give some balance to the powerful hops and masks the alcohol perfectly.
Finish: Long and lingering dry hop blast.
Conclusion: Plenty of bold flavours here, but carefully balanced to create a very enjoyable and easy drinking strong IPA.