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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,232 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 7232
Reviews: 2494
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the brewery ... Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006)
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Groomsy

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic. According to the code on the label, this was bottled on March 3rd. Yay, freshness!

Appearance: Heck yes, perfect pour! The beer is a copper/orange color with hints of gold an amber. Very clear body with some carbonation and a little bit of sediment in suspension topped by a towering frothy, ivory 3-finger head which sticks around for a long time, fading to a half-finger cap of foam and leaves great lacing behind.

Smell: Very solid. Lots of citrus notes (like most of SN's beers) with floral and pine scents accented the powerful tropical fruit, all backed by a pinch of pale malt sweetness. Appetizing. Mostly hoppy, but enough balance in there to make me eager. Citrus notes grow more pronounced as the beer warms

Taste: The malt profile of this beer, although smells like pale malts, is slightly toasted and bready and hits the front of the palate. This is followed by a big flash of grapefruit zest, some more citrus notes (orange/lemon?), a pinch of floral hops, and a nice closing note of pine flavors shadowed by a toasty biscuit flavor of malts. The first half is "brighter" than the second half with the flashes of flavors, but the earthiness and herbal notes in the finish are very well-done. Even for a fairly hoppy beer, this is still extremely balanced. Full flavor, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, low carbonation kick. Smooth and dreamy on the palate. Big lingering flavors of pine and grass in the finish, maybe just a hint of alcohol warming accompanied by a drying finish that grows as the beer warms, but it doesn't leave you totally parched. Medium body overall, if slightly more watery than what I expected; but well-rounded and goes down very smoothly, which is very different from other IPA's I've had.

Overall: A darn good IPA, I would go so far to say that this is the benchmark American IPA and is the standard of the style. Maybe not an IPA for beginners, but this is great. Definitely check it out if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:44:00 | More by Groomsy
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,232 ratings.