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Beer of the Weekend #825: Tropical Torpedo

Wow — it’s been a long time since I posted a beer review! After my two-week abstinence and the conference in Minneapolis, it feels good to be back after a three-week hiatus.

I was in the Des Moines area for the last couple days and planned to fill my growler at Barn Town, the new brewery in West Des Moines. It didn’t happen. (I still need to try two other West Des Moines breweries, Twisted Vine and Fox. I think an extended trip to the DSM metro for liquid research would be worthwhile.) With an empty growler, I returned to IC and bought a sixer of Tropical Torpedo, brewed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California.


The color is hazy, golden amber. An overly vigorous straight pour (I’m out of practice) produces one and a half fingers of dense, buttery, bubble-spotted, beige head. The aroma is tropical and hoppy with scents of passionfruit, grapefruit, light kiwi, and light mango. The back label mentions papaya, but I can’t vouch for that because I’m not familiar with papa…

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