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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

8,078 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,078
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 141
Gots: 695 | 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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ghetto90007

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into an elegant glass that I picked up at Crate and Barrel - sort of a cross between a chalice and a goblet? I'm not sure how to categorize it but it's a great glass for a quality IPA or a DIPA.

Pours a nice, clear orange-copper color, slightly off-white head. One thing Sierra Nevada does well is build a nice head into their beers. This is very similar to their Pale Ale in having a resilient head that is there until the last sip. The lacing on this puppy is epic - leaving something akin to tree rings around the glass, memorializing each succulent sip. Swirling the liquid produces a new flurry of carbonation at the surface, replenishing portions of the sticky head. Danged good looking beer - worthy of a 5.0.

Hoppy nose, with bitter grapefruit coming through strongest. There are some floral notes, a bit of graininess and some other bitter citrus notes.

Herbal bitterness mixes in with the grapefruit rind - no grapefruit itself, just the rind. Someone mentioned some apple flavors to me, and I can taste that after it was mentioned. Bitter finish of pine resin and a bit of dryness. Describing the flavors doesn't quite give justice to the balance of flavors Sierra Nevada pulls off. A well done brew.

Clearly well-carbonated, but remarkably creamy and smooth. Not a light-ish beer by any measure - this is moderate bodied, but not heavy.

Good, drinkable beer. Affordable, too - I picked up a 12 pack of the stuff at Ralphs for $15. I have a feeling this will be a go-to this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:06:15 | More by ghetto90007
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,078 ratings.