Just back from football and rehydrating with this beer. Now I like Sierra Nevada’s regular pale ale – it’s one of the beers that kicked off the US craft beer revolution in the early 1980s, and it’s still a best seller – but it’s a tiny bit tame in comparison with the new wave US IPAs.
Step forward their Torpedo Extra IPA. It’s the pale ale, turbocharged with more hops, but not it’s unbalanced. They’ve been making it since 2009, and it’s priced the same as the pale ale, at £1.99. And the good news is that you can buy it in Tesco. Never before has so much flavour been available for so little, to so many. [Perhaps with the exception of Tesco Finest Double American IPA, made by Brewdog, and also £1.99 at Tesco.]
Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
7.2% alcohol. Lively, fresh, full-flavoured and complex with notes of pine, herbs, hops, grapefruit and some sweet maltiness. Citrus flavours balance out the sweet malty, toffee notes on the palate, and there’s a long, warm, spicy hoppy finish. Top stuff: intense but balanced. 9/10