Tropical Torpedo

American IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Tropical Torpedo, an American IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Tropical Torpedo is an American IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The IPA pours a crystal-clear golden orange and is topped by a generous cap of rocky white foam that shows modest retention. Abundant lace clings to the sides following the reduction. A soapy collar rounds the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is faint and musty at first but thankfully, as the beer warms, sweet notes mango and guava take over.

Flavor

The palate begins with tangerine and mellow pine atop a base of biscuit. A tangy bite of grapefruit and orange peel is followed by a hoppy blend of herb and lemon. The bitterness lingers through the finish and is mellowed by a flash of sweet pineapple.

Mouthfeel

The feel is relatively smooth and a little chewy with a body that’s a shade over medium. Its carbonation is moderate and the finish is dry and astringent.

Overall

Its aroma is lovely but a bit too faint. The palate has a nice malt backbone but is still quite hoppy with its mix of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Its feel is a little thick but with its dry bitterness, this brew is still easily crushed. The Tropical Torpedo is a solid but not necessarily spectacular offering from Sierra Nevada.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Tropical Torpedo IPA: spicy Szechwan beef, jerk chicken, Thai green tofu curry, aged Monterey Jack cheese, Asiago; sweets of key lime pie, and kiwi trifle.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.