ATOMIC TORPEDO, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

AtomicTorpedo12ozBottle_2021Another from the Hoppy Sampler 12 pack. From their website: Atomic Torpedo is our East Coast–West Coast hop collision, unleashing the joint power of two styles: juicy East Coast IPAs and dank West Coast IPAs. Fused in this Double IPA, their hop favors span lush fruit, sticky pine, and floral tones. It’s our classic IPA transformed—soft yet assertive, approachable yet atomic.

B – I taste orange, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple, along with pine and a light grass like taste. Malts evoke notes of toasted biscuit with a touch of caramel. Fairly balanced finish.

A – it has a dark amber color with a decent white head.

D – Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Drinks smooth before a mostly dry finish. The alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.

A – alcohol content is 8.2%

S – to me, this smells like floral hops, grapefruit, pine, and malt. The pine oil hops hit up first.

S –  Imperial West Coast IPA

Overall, I would give it a score of 78 out of 100. It was a nice refreshing IPA.

I found something else interesting on their website that I was not aware of.

Dry hopping is a way to give beer more flavor and aroma, not more bitterness. A traditional method is filling nylon sacks with hops and suspending them in fermentation tanks. But sometimes we’d remove those sacks—even weeks later—and they’d be dry in the middle! With the Hop Torpedo, we maximize every hop. Beer circulates out of a fermenter, flows through the column of hops, and back into the tank. By adjusting the time, temperature and speed of circulation, we can control the aromas and flavors in a finished beer.


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