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In honor of St Patricks Day it looks like SN has changed its Pale Ale packaging to emerald green.......or a greener, more vibrant green at least......does anyone know why?.......is it to make it more distinct /or different than the Torpedo packaging ( of which I still have not seen 12 packs)......and while inquiring about SN....what about their blasphemeous new lightly hopped weiss?......At least I think their new year round is a weiss.....has anyone tried it yet?
As I was opening their newer colored 12 pack I happened to notice a date......2/9/09.....I am assuming this is the brew/packaging date......I do not think I noticed this before on their 12 packs........
Anyhow, I like the new color and love Torpedo.........having drank it / tried it for the past months or so ....However I have reconsidered it as not necessarily my everyday brew, as I initially thought it might be.......I love it , but their Pale Ale is still the mainstay...
Thanks for any insights.....

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  1. Haven't seen the new Pale Ale color yet, but I know the Porter label is being changed from baby blue to brown.

    Can't wait to try the new Kellerweis. One of my favorite beers is the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and if the new SN is anywhere near that one I'll be very happy.

    1. Yeah- those are packaging dates. The cases, and I assume the twelve-packs, have a 'easy to read' one, but the labels also have a Julian code on the lower right hand side in a small black rectangle. Try to consume them under three months if you can (I usually have to grab stuff from the bottom of the pile of cases or the back of the cooler, but it's worth the extra bit of effort.)

      From what I've read about the new Kellerweiss there doesn't seem to be anything blasphemous about it, in fact it will be the only unfiltered bottled beer in their lineup (the others are bottle conditioned but are filteted beforehand.)

      By me the Torpedo is a steal at around $8/sixer, and I can't say I've gotten tired of it yet. My 'everyday' offering by SN is their Stout, fwiw.

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      1. re: TongoRad

        Haven't gotten tired of the Torpedo......because it is not as readily available as a year round should be......vendor has been out of stock often here in NC........, however having tasted it for the past several months it won't be an everyday beer for me.....initially was enthralled ......particularly at its price point as compared to Stone IPA, Bell's Two Hearted.......I love the Torpedo and think it is a shining example as to why I think SN is the KING of the Macro /Micro's......Torpedo just has to much assertiveness going on to make it an everyday beer for me.......

        1. re: Saddleoflamb

          >Torpedo just has to much assertiveness going on to make it an everyday beer for me.......

          Just goes to show you how subjective taste is. Torpedo just doesn't have enough assertiveness going on to make it an everyday beer for me. ;-) I get tired of it after one bottle - a little too sweet in the finish for it to be drinkable imo.

          1. re: LStaff

            Interesting...the thing I LIKE about Torpedo is the malt balance in there. After so many years of drinking beers with the hops so up front, this one is a gem with a good dose of hops and a perfect balance with he malt.
            Or so my taste buds tell me.
            Individual results will vary. :-)

        2. re: TongoRad

          I gave a second look on your take....., why would they give a Julian code plus a regular package date.........?.....Is the Julian a "best buy/sell buy" date...?
          I meant blasphemous due to an unusual lack of hops in an SN offering.
          Thanks

          1. re: Saddleoflamb

            I just looked at my previous post and there seems to be some poor wording on my part. I should have made it clearer that the bottles only have the Julian code, I assume because it takes up less room on the label, and it translates to the same date stamped on the case. In both cases it is the date of when it was packaged.

            1. re: TongoRad

              Julian date has previously been printed on the outside of the 12 pack and case boxes as well.