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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,076 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,076
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 141
Gots: 694 | FT: 1
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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, excellent suds

SMELL: Mint, marmalade, biscuits, faint caramel, blonde tobacco, ripe pear, clean esters

TASTE: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness, citric rind, leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, kumquats, papaya, herbal, drying finish

SN pretty much nailed it with this one, some say this is now the benchmark for the style ... if so that would be setting it pretty high.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:35:06 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

What's interesting about Sierra Nevada is that up until this year, they were probably one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round India Pale Ale (IPA). However, around three years ago, there was buzz on the internetz that Sierra Nevada was dabbling with a new way of infusing hops into beer. Soon, a concoction named "Torpedo" began to rear its foam at select locations and events. In late 2008, Sierra Nevada announced that they'd be launching a year-round IPA called "Torpedo Extra IPA," and revealed the process:

"The name itself comes from a device called the 'hop torpedo' that was conceived, designed and developed at the brewery. The result is a revolutionary method of dry-hopping that harnesses the vital hop oils and resins that lead to an unusually flavorful and aromatic beer featuring the full, nuanced range of spicy complexity that hops have to offer."

They also use 100-percent American hops and multiple varieties--each of which impart unique characters. Let's load this one and give it a shot--yeah, that was bad.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a thick and hop-induced, creamy, off-white foam head with a lace that sticks and stays along the glass. Big hops in the nose. Floral with some grapefruit rind and pepper in the back. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a firm, round and semi-full body. A bit chewy and juicy at times. Fruity (a bit tropical) with citrus (mostly rind, some grapefruit), semisweet apple (Red Delicious comes to mind) and some herbal notes (soft and pleasant). Then bitter. Dry and acidic with an aspirin edge. Building layers of hops on the palate with each sip. Fresh, green hops. Pine. Resin. Spice. Hint of soap (happens with highly hopped beers). Palate turns gritty and leafy with an ashy finish. Biscuity malt. Hay. Bone dry. More-ish.

Torpedo is a dry and robust IPA that waves confidently at the Double IPA with a ton of hop presence and 7.2-percent ABV, but remains an American IPA with its artful use of hops that brings big, but balanced, flavors, and subsequent drinkability. We love it. Released in January 2009 in six-packs and hopefully available until the end of days.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:45:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a very faint haze. two fingers of head with a great lace down the glass that is characteristic of Sierra Nevada's beers

Smell: Hops upfront; piney and earthy

Taste: Hop bitterness that crescendos into a great piney hop flavor with a slight resin finish. There is a good malt backbone but is overshadowed in the hop flavor

Mouthfeel: full flavored and medium carbonation

Overall: This is a very solid IPA with a hop flavor profile that I really like. Its full of flavor but not too extreme. Overall can be considered a more intense version of the signature pale ale that really showcases the torpedo hopping device.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,076 ratings.