Apparently Sierra Nevada is releasing its formerly seasonal Torpedo Extra IPA on a year-round basis beginning Jan. 15th, 2009. (Check out TheBeerInMe.com for the article.)
Personally, and I know I'm in the minority here, I'm not a huge fan of Sierra Nevada. I know, I know, how could I possibly not love such a wonderful craft brewery, hop-masters that they are? Well, I tell you, I'm not aversed to hoppy brews. In fact, some of my favorite brews have a strong hop backbone (i.e. Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, Flying Dog Double Pale, Great Divide St. Bridget's Porter, etc.). But good beer -- for me, at least -- is all about balance. Almost every beer I've had from Sierra is hop-heavy without the supporting malt. I keep expecting Dogfish Head-caliber balance from these highly-rated IPAs, and I keep getting tons of citrusy hops and only mediocre malt weight.
So I'm not shaking in my boots about this one, especially considering it's a spin-off of the Celebration which I disliked more than usual. But I'll try anything once. Who knows? I might love this one and change my mind about SN. Here's hoping, right?
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I "wrote" and posted the story on SN Torpedo. I don't claim to be a great SN fan either, but it is their sheer size and market penetration that makes anything they do noteworthy. As I mentioned in my article, they simply dominate the landscape around here, and are on tap in just about every establishment in Northern California.
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