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January 6, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Picmonkey

Torpedo Extra IPA


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico, California

Style: Extra IPA

Alcohol: 7.2%

IBUs: 65

Serving style: 12-ounce bottles

Availability: Year-round

Appearance:  “It’s a deep golden color, almost orange, and has a creamy white, two-finger head.”

Aroma:   “Big pine and some citrus, backed by a whiff of sweet malt.”

Taste:   “Powerful hoppy personality, but it’s surprisingly not overly-bitter. It’s citrussy with some pineapple and banana notes. This is reminiscent of the old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but bigger and hoppier. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and I could drink another couple of these . . . but maybe I shouldn’t.”

Food Affinity:   “I’d serve this with a spicy green curry or something with coconut milk and spicy chiles that would balance the Torpedo’s ‘bigness’.”


     --Guest reviewer George Carpenter is a civil engineer

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