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SN Torpedo
« on: January 27, 2010, 12:59:44 PM »
Good beer, just not great.  Has a nice balance of maltiness and bitterness, but seems to be missing something in the hop flavor and aroma department.  It has the Chinook flavor coming through and a little bit of citrus, but it's just not quite there for me.  Very drinkable though, but I think the Celebration Ale is better.
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 04:27:39 PM »
I want to try this beer in all of it's West Coast glory.  ;D
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 04:49:29 PM »
I want to try this beer in all of it's West Coast glory.  ;D

In the IPA Superbowl of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, I don't think Torpedo would even be in the playoffs, Bluesman - they have a talented team, but just can't represent.
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010, 05:01:15 PM »
In the IPA Superbowl of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, I don't think Torpedo would even be in the playoffs, Bluesman - they have a talented team, but just can't represent.
+1.  Nice metaphor.

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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010, 06:55:58 PM »
I want to try this beer in all of it's West Coast glory.  ;D

In the IPA Superbowl of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, I don't think Torpedo would even be in the playoffs, Bluesman - they have a talented team, but just can't represent.

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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2010, 10:13:22 AM »
I'm with bluesman and think it's pure hop glory fresh from the source. It'd make the playoffs in my fantasy beer league!  :P
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2010, 10:24:19 AM »
no way (and I am a HUGE Sierra Nevada fan)

The standard IPAs from these guys all blow out Torpedo:

Racer 5
Stone
Avery
Alesmith
Alpine
Ballast Point

That's the playoff 6...again Torpedo has a 9-7 record, but not enough to get the playoff bid.

And BTW - I think bluesman is more poking at WC than being serious since he and I had that debate (WC is sooo much better than East).  Tupac over Biggie, etc...
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2010, 10:29:36 AM »
no way (and I am a HUGE Sierra Nevada fan)

The standard IPAs from these guys all blow out Torpedo:

Racer 5
Stone
Avery
Alesmith
Alpine
Ballast Point

That's the playoff 6...again Torpedo has a 9-7 record, but not enough to get the playoff bid.

And BTW - I think bluesman is more poking at WC than being serious since he and I had that debate (WC is sooo much better than East).  Tupac over Biggie, etc...

OK, so maybe a bench sub for a freshness injury?  ???  ;D
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2010, 10:48:28 AM »
I like Stone IPA just as much as I like DFH 60. I am an IPA kinda guy. Lots of hops and the fresher the better.

I am also a fan of more balance than the standard in my IPA's, more mouthfeel, some crystal malt. I think the yeast is a big player as well. But the hops are the showcase hands down.
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2010, 11:19:51 AM »
Torpedo was drinking really good at the first part of September, at the brewery.

The Racer 5 at Rear Republic was watery - but I had started out with a Racer X!  ;D
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2010, 12:51:54 PM »
Good beer, just not great.  Has a nice balance of maltiness and bitterness, but seems to be missing something in the hop flavor and aroma department.  It has the Chinook flavor coming through and a little bit of citrus, but it's just not quite there for me.  Very drinkable though, but I think the Celebration Ale is better.

Where are you coming up with Chinook flavor?  According to the SN website, there is no Chinook.

I was surprised to see SN was using Magnum for dry hopping.  I'd never considered using Magnum in that application myself.

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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2010, 02:11:20 PM »
I've tried dry hopping with Magnum and was less than impressed with my results.  Just didn't seem to be much there in the way of aroma.
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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2010, 01:16:24 AM »
SN Torpedo Extra IPA uses CITRA hops, among others. 

I personally love it compared to SN Celebration Ale which I perceive to be spicier.

When it first came out--Torpedo was the bomb!  The hops were so fresh-tasting. 
Yet, like all the SN beers--there seems to be some variability throughout the seasons. 
One wonders if the recipe has been changed compared to the original release version.

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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2010, 08:49:49 AM »
I like SN beers typically but I do Not like Torpedo... its "okay" I guess but it just isn't in the same class as the rest of their beers.  jmo...

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Re: SN Torpedo
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2010, 09:57:41 PM »
I like SN beers typically but I do Not like Torpedo... its "okay" I guess but it just isn't in the same class as the rest of their beers.  jmo...
That's funny, I feel the exact opposite!  I like SN and will drink it if it's there, but I had Torpedo for the first time last week and loved it.  I used to drink a lot of porters and stouts and wasn't really impressed with both those offerings from SN.
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