Two Sergeants Bangalore Torpedo IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on May 11, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Two Sergeants Brewing
- Origin: Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CA
- Rated On: May 11, 2015
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.7%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml can pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of puffy, rocky, and silkily foamy ecru head, which leaves some random sticky and streaky cloudy lace around the glass as it takes its sweet ol’ time to recede.
It smells of fairly sweet caramel malt, further biscuity toffee notes, watery pine resin, sharp, yet muddled citrus rind, and more musty, earthy, and leafy hop bitterness. The taste is a better balance of sweet and tangy – nougaty caramel malt, hard toffee, acrid pine needle, reduced orange and white grapefruit peel extract, and yet more leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The bubbles are quite active and supportive in their frothy meanderings, the body kind of on the lean side of middleweight, and mostly smooth, that big hop bitterness hard to keep at bay forever. It finishes off-dry, a tumultuous street battle of caramel malt and complex hoppiness raging on.
A pleasantly engaging and worthwhile first venture for Two Sergeants (it sure doesn’t taste like Tool Shed’s IPA, in a distinguishing, rather than superior manner, so, um, good!), the saucy IPA bitterness ramped right up, without forgoing the malt countermeasures. In fact, both, as mentioned, assault the palate with a war of attrition, one that is welcomed by this civilian, without a fight.