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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:49 pm

Been drinking Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale recently. Triple hopped and only 14 bucks a 12 case. The liquor store I hit today was out, but had their Torpedo Extra IPA instead. Great stuff. Also triple hopped.

I think the extra means higher alcohol content.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Postby gargantua » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:35 pm

Interestingly, Miller has been marketing their beer as "triple hops brewed". I guess it means something different to them than it does to you and me.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:35 pm

No matter what Miller says, lagers can't be compared to ales. A world of different.

Just my not-so-humble opinion.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Postby LLUrbanUnderachiever » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:44 pm

Nearly every beer made is at least "double" or "triple" -hops brewed. Hops added near the beginning and middle of the boil will add mostly bitterness but the aromatics are volatile and will be vaporized by the end. Hops added at the very end contribute the bouquet but don't have the time to add much bitterness to the wort. Beers like Dogfish Head's 60 and 90 Minute IPAs have a dose of hops added every minute for that many minutes.

All that said, "extra IPAs" generally refer to more aggressive hopping, though they usually bump the malting and, in turn, the alcohol content to the 6-8% range to compensate for the extra bitterness.

SN Torpedo and Ale Asylum's Ballistic are both great examples of this 'tweener style.
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