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The Southern Gent


Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Raise Your Pints crew, today is the day that the state of Mississippi is allowed to legally sell beer that can reach an ABV of 10%. Over the next couple of weeks, I plan on revisiting reviews from the new beers we are getting and trying as many of the new ones as possible. We will start out with the one I’m looking the most forward to having around all the time, Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

Click the picture to go to the review from this time last year. It was when I was first starting out the blog and my tastes were very different, but I still love this beer today. I you can find the canned version like the one above, go that route instead of the bottles.


Pours black with a thick tan head. Roasted malts, molasses, and a little chocolatey yeast. Roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and heavy cream. Nice smooth roasted malt flavor lingers on the aftertaste. It’s got a nice thin drinkability that a beer with this much flavor usually doesn’t have. It goes down very easy and makes you want more. The low alcohol volume helps to quash the heavy feel a lot of stouts have, but the size of the bottle helps make up for the lack of buzz a 12oz pour would have. Just a good, drinkable stout at a good price. 4/5


Wye Valley Brewery

Stoke Lacy, England

4.6% ABV

Pours a deep with a big cream colored head. Smells of sweet pine tar with a faint malt smell. Sticky, resinous piney hops up front with some sweet caramel malts in the middle finished off with a touch of citrus hops. Aftertaste is very oily pine with a dry finish. Wow. If you like an in your face hop bomb, this bad boy is it. It is not for the faint of heart though. This is Torpedo times 5. It is just another excellent beer by Sierra. These folks just don’t make a bad beer. 5/5


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Chico, CA

10.4% ABV

Pours a hazy copper with a big white head. Citrus hops up front, sweet malts, and some piney hops on the end. Nice sweet pine flavor, pineapple, sweet malts, and ends with a nice bitter pine. Leaves a sweet citrus hop aftertaste. This one is just plain good. I had it the other night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Florence, AL on tap and it was just as good. Oddly enough, I think I like the bottled version a little better. It seems to be a little more balanced. This is a good mid-level IPA and keeps you hooked all the way til the end. It is one that I wish we could get here because I’d keep my fridge stocked all the time. 4/5

Terrapin Beer Company

Athens, GA

7.3% ABV

Pours a light copper color with a thick white head. Piney hops with some grapefruit. Sour grapefruit up front with a little piney hops and a touch of bready malt. This one is bitter as hell up front and fades to a decent sweet finish. I’m having to choke this one down. I like a good bitter bomb, but this one is almost too much. It’s bitter to a point that it is almost too much. I know people who swear by this one, but this is just a bad beer. Maybe I got one that was infected or something. I really wanted to like this one since it’s a regional brewery, but just couldn’t. 2/5


Good People Brewing Company

Birmingham, AL

7.2% ABV

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thick white head. Smells of sweet grapefruit and pine. Sweet citrus up front, pine in the middle, backed up with some orange zest, and finishes with a sweet malt. It finishes with a sweet citrus hop aftertaste. Pretty interesting IPA. It’s nothing like what I’ve grown used to and it’s a good thing. The smell and the taste on this one are spot on. It balances itself perfectly and is extremely drinkable. Definitely one that you need try. It’s a very different IPA in all the right ways. It is so drinkable that you can guzzle it and the alcohol starts to show up before you know what hit you.   4/5


SweetWater Brewing Company

Atlanta, GA

6.3% ABV