Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo IPA


Fill date: 6/18/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong tropical fruit aroma, especially of pineapple (likely due to the Mosaic hops). Assorted other fruits, along with noticeable pink grapefruit and orange. Fruity character is akin to the pith rather than any kind of juicy note. Base malt is standard pale in nature with just the faintest implication of sweetness. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber to pale orange hue (7-9 SRM). Slightly hazy body. Large eggshell froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Delivers as marketed with a tropical fruit palette with discernible pineapple and grapefruit flavors immediately. All flavors are moderate to moderately-strong; akin to fruit pith with a slight dry character rather than anything sweet and juicy. Bitterness is evident immediately with a gentle hop bite at the apex and lingering dry bitterness in the aftertaste with a slight resin taste and danker bitterness. Malt base is clean and pale with just a hint of honey-like character and sweetness. Otherwise, attenuation seems to be rather high. Alcohol exists as a background note only. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: More than medium body with less than medium carbonation. Smooth texture and somewhat refreshing while in the mouth. Feels a tad lighter than 6.7% ABV, though still easily drinkable in a 16oz can. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Another IPA that exemplifies the guidelines well. Not quite as novel as others, but still a satisfying choice. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

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