Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA (Nevada, USA)
‘At Sierra Nevada we take hops seriously’.
That they do. Sierra Nevada remains at the pointy end of North American beer production, the beers mainstream, but still as seriously made as ever. In an Australian context, you could probably compare Sierra Nevada to Little Creatures, although Sierra Nevada have 20 years head-start.
I personally first tasted a Sierra Nevada on a visit to San Francisco a decade ago. I had another reminder back in 2010 when I was last in San Fran and pined for more local supplies. Thankfully the beer gods heard me (I think Ninkasi will do) and much of the range – including some of the special releases – can now be easily found in Australia, which makes me very very happy.
This Extra IPA is dry hopped and super powerful, a big, thumping bitter brew that almost falls into astringency thanks to those resinous hops. It’s perhaps a little uncompromising to really love but if you’re looking for impact this is impressive (and quite long). A single beer only proposition but not without enjoyment.
Would I buy it again? Only if the Pale Ale wasn’t available. Still enjoyable.