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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Sightings

JanPrimus Feb 7, 2009 10:28 AM

I am eagerly awaiting the new year round offering from Sierra Nevada here in Michigan. Has anyone seen it in the wild yet away from the brewery?

If so where are you at in the US?

Also what do you think? I see Beer Advocate has it in the "A" range so far...do the chowhounds agree?

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    Whisper Feb 7, 2009 10:43 AM

    It's been available for a few weeks here in Las Vegas, at every store who carries the SN beers, and that's pretty much everywhere. If you don't have it yet you should shortly.

    As for what I think of it: Hopheads will love it. It's a typical SN brew, solid and smooth but with an even bigger hop profile than their other offerings. I'm not much of a hophead myself, and prefer their ESB seasonal beer, of which the '09 batch came out at the same time as Torpedo. I feel it's a better balanced brew, and even smoother than the Torpedo. That said, I do feel Torpedo is one of the better all around hoppy brews out there, especially compared to some of the over the top hop bombs that are out there. Also, as with most SN beers it's priced very reasonably so you get a pretty nice bang for your buck.

    Once you finally get a chance to try some please report back and let us know what you think. Cheers!

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      triggs73 Feb 7, 2009 11:59 AM

      I just bought some the other day. I live in CT. Great IPA...very balanced..more so than the DFH 60MIn. Agreed with the fair pricing. $8 for a six.

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      1. re: triggs73
        Chinon00 Feb 7, 2009 01:24 PM

        Could you please describe what makes it more balanced than DFH60?


        1. re: Chinon00
          Bobfrmia Feb 8, 2009 07:31 PM

          I would not call it more balanced than DFH60. I think it has a much more pronounced hop profile.

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            triggs73 Feb 9, 2009 12:49 PM

            You think so and great!...I thought that DFH had more bitterness on the finish and the Torpedo was solid from beginning to end. Not overly bitter, not overly hoppy. I'm actually drinking one right now, 4:45PM @ room temp. Great nose, dry finish. Now I think that DFH has a more pronounced nose. Oops...ok there is the bitterness...and probably some of my lunch. Always hits on the way back up!

          2. re: Chinon00
            Kenji Feb 9, 2009 01:46 PM

            You weren't asking me, but I'd say the malt peeks through more in the Torpedo than it does in the 60 Minute. They're both fine IPAs, though.

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              triggs73 Feb 9, 2009 02:24 PM

              Thank you...and agreed

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            LStaff Feb 20, 2009 07:25 AM

            To offer a counterpoint, I think Torpedo was too sweet and gets too cloying after it warms up a bit. Needs a little more bitterness/roughness to ride out the sweet malt and sweet/fruity hop flavor imo. Could use a bit more hop aroma for my liking as well.

          4. JonParker Feb 7, 2009 03:00 PM

            I'm finding it easily enough in Maryland. I'm an admitted fan of hops, and think it's quite good. If I was doing a BA review, I'd call it B+ or A-. Well worth seeking out.

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              Saddleoflamb Feb 7, 2009 04:35 PM

              SN has another real winner in its Torpedo IPA....it is available sporadically around the Triangle region of NC.
              It is a Hop Heads dream.......I don't believe SN woould have introduced Torpedo as a year round if it felt this wasn't a real competitor with all the Hop Beasts on the market.
              For the price point of $8.99 a six ($7.99 on sale ) this will replace the SN Pale Ale as my mainstay brew.........I love Bell's Two Hearted, Stone IPA, but the price point for the comparable quality can't be beat........I wouldn't conscience purchasing a Stone Ruination for $15.99 a six now that Torpedo is here.......possibly even the Bell's Hopslam at $16.99,,well worth trying but prohibitive.....I am no where near well versed in the nuance of breaking down the subtle differences (or not so subtle) of the variety of hop flavor profiles, but I can say that I feel this offering will garner much acclaim as it's availability stabilizes troughout the country.

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              1. re: Saddleoflamb
                LStaff Feb 20, 2009 07:27 AM

                Well, I would classify myself as a hop head and its no dream to me. As far as hops are considered, Celebration is still king in their lineup to me.

              2. ted Feb 7, 2009 07:59 PM

                Got it here in GA. It's some really good chit.

                1. mrgrotto Feb 8, 2009 09:37 AM

                  My store in Cambridge, MA got some in last Thurs. (Feb. 5).

                  1. The Professor Feb 8, 2009 04:02 PM

                    Haven't seen it in NJ yet, but Bigfoot has arrived, 12.99/sixpack

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                      Kenji Feb 9, 2009 01:49 PM

                      To my mind, Torpedo is a flawless IPA. I love the perfumy hops - and, moreover, it's got some delicious malt flavors. I like it even better than the excellent seasonal IPA made from English malts & hops that SN had released occasionally a few years back.

                      Now if only they would bring back their beautiful pale bock.

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                      1. re: Kenji
                        Jim Dorsch Feb 9, 2009 02:59 PM

                        I haven't had SN Pale Bock in many years, but I still remember it.

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                          Kenji Feb 9, 2009 03:26 PM

                          It was an amazing, delectable brew with exotic, almost ethereal hop aromas and flavors. If it were still around (I'm told the draft version of it still turns up on occasion in places like the Toronado), I'd rank it among my top-five favorite beers.

                      2. JonParker Feb 14, 2009 08:44 AM

                        I've been drinking this pretty steadily for a week now, and I really like it. This is a damned good beer, and the price is excellent. I can see this being a regular beer over the summer.

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                          chuckl Feb 14, 2009 10:15 AM

                          We have it in the Bay Area, and it's quite good, not over the top hoppy like some of the beers at this week's SF Beer event. Actually, i like the balance. I thought Pliny the Younger was too hoppy, and I like hops

                          1. JanPrimus Feb 15, 2009 06:08 AM

                            We finally got it her in the Detroit area..

                            I can also she this becoming a regular keep in the fridge beer!

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                              thebeerinme Feb 16, 2009 04:00 AM

                              Hello everyone,
                              I found my first S.N. Torpedo at a supermarket in Covington, LA.
                              Haven't tried them yet, but looking forward to it! Cheers.

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                                Td61 Feb 21, 2009 08:58 AM

                                I'm from Ct. And just drank my first one.
                                A beautiful, rich double I.P.A.
                                Worth every penny!

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                                  mortarNpestle Feb 24, 2009 04:22 PM

                                  Picked some up in Los Angeles last weekend. I think its really delicious.

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                                    KC612 Feb 26, 2009 07:31 AM

                                    They have it in S. Mpls. I finished my first six pack yesterday. Very good! Reminds me a little of the Surly Furious.

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                                      planojim Feb 26, 2009 12:58 PM

                                      Bought some here in Dallas TX on Feb 24...Mr G's.

                                      Good stuff.

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                                        Little T. Mar 9, 2009 07:47 PM

                                        Yep, had it a few weeks ago in the Tampa bay area. $6.99 a six pack :=)

                                        Another very nice offering from the folks over @ Sierra Nevada.

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                                          thizzcore Apr 13, 2009 01:44 PM

                                          im actually 20 minutes away from the brewery..although torpedo isnt my favorite if you guys/gals get a chance try there crystal wheat its delicious..what types do you get around you guys? just wondering sierra nevada has a nice selection

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                                          1. re: thizzcore
                                            Kenji Apr 16, 2009 01:46 PM

                                            Crystal Wheat is very good, but it is a *totally* different style than Torpedo.

                                            I get all of the year-round SN brews (except Torpedo, which is sold out around here), plus Anniversary (which I'm not crazy about), Celebration, Bigfoot, and Summerfest. Since moving to the Boston area, I have rarely encountered the light, refreshing Crystal Wheat.

                                          2. JonParker Jun 30, 2009 01:05 PM

                                            Last week I was in Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD, one of the best beer stores in the state. I mentioned that I was wanting some Torpedo, and a store employee told me that they're restricted to three cases a month per store everywhere in the state. They sell out almost immediately, and they won't sell anyone more than one six pack.

                                            It may be a year around beer out west, but it's extremely rare around here.

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                                            1. re: JonParker
                                              Jim Dorsch Jun 30, 2009 02:38 PM

                                              IIRC our Sierra Nevada rep in NoVA said Torpedo would be in regular supply in the fall.

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                                                JessKidden Jun 30, 2009 03:31 PM

                                                Yeah, a Sierra Nevada employee who posts regularly on Beer Advocate noted that sales far exceeded their expectations and as a result shortages will occur because they won't have enough of the whole hops (they don't use pellets) varieties used in the Torpedo until the fall harvest. http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/19...

                                                I haven't seen any in NJ since that initial release in the Spring - until last week, when I spotted some on the bottom shelf in the cooler of a store with a pretty good selection for the area. (Only the caps were easily visible, due to the angle of the shelf.) Depressed to find that it was from that initial shipment, so I passed on it.

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                                              MattInNJ Jun 30, 2009 01:11 PM

                                              Bought a six pack 2 weeks ago in NJ. It is a pretty darn good beer. Will be picking up another soon.

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                                                chrismurphy92 Jul 2, 2009 12:35 PM

                                                Found some at SuperTarget is Odessa (Just north of Tampa, FL) yesterday. First I have seen around here.
                                                I like it.

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