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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 98: Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
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Sierra NevadaTorpedo IPA

Pours a slightly cloudy amber. Head is beige-ish, medium-sized and rather frothy.

First sip: A lot of hops up front that almost but not quite hides a sweet malt. There is a tiny touch of citrus lurking in the background. Medium mouth-feel with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue, and quite astringent. The bitter hops after-taste goes on and on... and on...

...and on...

This is the second beer that made me go WAH! HOPS! but it's not as intense as Urquell. A little too much hops for my taste and not a brew I would sit down for a session with, but it would kill a hot curry. The beer burp is nice.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
7.2% alc/vol
355ml bottle

Sierra NevadaTorpedo IPA

Same Again, sir? Um, no. I'll have another Pale, though.

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geeez.... I'd love to know how you're getting Sierra Nevada beers in Oz, when heck I can't even get em in Canada!


We're funny here, not as much selection in beers .. at least at the local liquor store as one would like. To get a good selection, you gotta go somewhere like Maxwell's in Halifax (yes, we will do a night at Maxwell's tasting menu if you come visit us!).

I think part of the problem is that Canadians are so accustomed to having what they think is decent mass brewed beer (compared to our poor american cousins) they don't entirely appreciate that there is more out there. And while we have a nice mirco brew beer pretty much everywhere locally - you can only get em locally. So while I can get Upper Canada in Ontario, I can't get it here, and same for Qidi Vidi, can't get that in Ontario. And Ambrose (brewed by real Monks in Quebec) can only be had in La Belle Province.

Still..... we will do some serious beering when you come here and we'll introduce you to the best of Canadian brews *grins*

mmmm Canadian beer. I did not find any on this quest.

I gotta list of about 20 to get ya started....

St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - grown men have wept for not being about to get it outside of Quebec and Nova Scotia
Cracked Canoe
Pumphouse - SOB (Special Old Bitters)
Qidi Vidi - Ice - best lawnmower beer ever
Clancey's Amber Ale
Garrison Irish Red
Qidi Vidi - 1892
Big Rock Grasshopper
Sleeman Original
Keith's India Pale Ale
Upper Canada Dark Ale
(do you like Wheat beers? This might be a good time to throw in an UC Wheat)
Blance D'Chambly
Okanagan Springs
Propeller Honey Wheat
Propeller Porter
Pumphouse Blueberry Ale
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale
Creemore Springs urBock

It is unfortunate that a lot of Canadian micro breweries, and small independent operators have been eaten up by larger conglomerates, fortunately most of them are at least still allowed to operate fairly independently, with original recipes and brewing methods and the added advantage of a larger distribution network.

Edited at 2011-10-04 12:39 pm (UTC)

They make a LOT of good things. ;9

Torpedo's one of my favorite IPAs :) It's definitely not for everybody though. I'm a big fan of hops. I love Torpedo's mouth feel, the oils from the hops just stick around. I completely agree that it would go great with a curry!

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