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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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Reviews by lancecenter:
Photo of lancecenter
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear, golden amber. Three fingers of head. Really good lacing.

S - Lots of hops with some citrus and piney notes. Excellent and strong.

T - Bitter, piney hops.

M - The mouthfeel is very underwhelming. A little watery and not enough carbonation.

O - I feel this is kind of average for IPA's. It's possible I got a bad batch because the mouthfeel on this one just was not there.

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Photo of danny2209
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never rate beers. I like to drink them. I drink all the fancy ones people like to call the best beers in the world. KBS, Pliny, etc. This, to me, is the best beer in the world. This has the hops that every IPA strives for. More importantly you don't have to pay 22.99 for a 4 pack if you're lucky to get there at the right time. You don't have to show up on a Tuesday morning and whisper "george the animal steel likes butterscotch crumpets". This beer is $7.99 a sixer at Wegmans. Wegmans isn't exactly known for their bargains. 6 stars. 6 I say!

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle bought while in Vermont, don't know about how fresh it is..

A: Pours quite darker than expected from an IPA. It is amber, almost translucent, light tan color head, very creamy head too. There is a good amount of retention and lacing.

S: This is a very balanced, typically called east coast style IPA. There is a good amount of ripe pineapple juice in this, as well as mango. But, there is also a good, solid, amount of biscuit and caramel malts. Seems quite sweet.

T: The taste confirmed what I smelled. But, this is quite a bit more bitter than expected with a strong orange peel and pine (typical west coast though) like attack right at the front. Then, the pineapple and mango are still there, a bit subdued than in the smell. You still get a good amount of caramel and cookie dough.

M: On the heavier side of medium feel, not too sticky. Carbonation is lively.

O: This is very drinkable and solid. I admit that I suppose the bottle is around 3-4 months old after the tasting, so I admit I may not have the full, correct experience that this beer can offer (I adjust my score accordingly). Still, this is a solid brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of HoppyADK
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

This is my GO TO beer. When I can't find something new and I want Hoppy - TORPEDO. A great beer

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass.

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Wes-Cat
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hilariously, this was my first ever IPA, and I learned a lot from it. You can find Torpedo in hella places, from a Bodega in Brooklyn to upscale supermarkets to (odds are) wherever you happen to live. And it isn't expensive. My first take on this was that the smell, look, and feel were interesting, but it tasted like drinking pine tree juice. However, now that I've become much more accustomed to drinking IPAs, I think it's balanced: it tastes citrusy and floral (like a pine tree), but in a tasty way. It ends a bit bitter, but not overly so. This beer is proof that good things don't necessarily have to come with a 20 dollar price tag or overly hopped. I think there are many brewing companies that could take a hint from this.

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Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic. I've had it in several states and several situations but it never disappoints. Time for a review.

Look: Looks like an IPA; classic deep amber color, nice slightly off-white head, and great carbonation. Absolutely beautiful in the glass, especially when the sun shines through it leaving rays of dancing amber light like flames on the table.

Smell: Full on piney hops, strong peach, and mango with caramely malts.

Taste: Again, classic IPA taste. The bitterness is piney and resilient. Timeless, if you will. The malt body provides a solid beat like John Bonham and John Paul Jones working together.

Feel: Full body with just the right amount of coating. There is mild astringency on the back of the tongue.

Overall: The classic and perfect IPA. I'd like to call it a starter IPA but I've seen people run screaming after one sip back to their light beer. More for me, I guess. And there will be more because this one is the Coca-Cola of IPAs.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Massive foamy head. Clear reddish/Amber. Excellent sticky lace retention.
Smell- Sweetness from the citrus. There is also a perfumy and floral tone.
Taste- Mostly hops forward and rather intense at times. The bitterness is medium to high; the piny hops predominate. Floral, soapy, herbal and tobacco like. However, as he drink warms, some of the citrus/grapefruit fruitiness comes out. Very subdued bready malt backbone, however, this one is mostly about the hops.
Feel- Medium bodied, smooth and drinkable. The palate is mostly dry. The alcohol is practically untraceable.
Overall- Hoppy, dry and bitter, but with a light citrus sweetness that prevents it from overwhelming the palate. If you are a hops head, this one is pretty good. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of schiltl
2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It will work In a pinch

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Photo of Arksa_Apocrypha
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA with possibly the best price point for product ratio. A tad skunky perhaps but when I want to scratch my IPA itch, a liter of this does the job often.
Thin head but good lacing. Great mouth feel. Taste/smell is mostly piney, with as others state many subtle undertones. Not too bitter unless uninitiated to IPA's.

Take away line..."Hoppy like a bunny"

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Photo of davidnrobyn
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly world-class beer, and I can't believe I can get it for $2.49 a 24-oz bottle!!! The maltiness, hoppiness, and overall greatness of this beer can't be exaggerated.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA and served in a pint glass. The beer has a burnt orange-light brown appearance with good head retention (started out with a big head but dissipated) and patchy lacing on the sides. Really absorbing aromas of fresh, grassy hops mixed with spiced bread and ripe citrus fruits. Taste pretty much follows the smell with more of that ripe citrusness showing and a sharp touch of those hops. Great body to this drink; generally smooth with a solid carbonation. Overall, this is a great IPA.

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Photo of Stout7
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seems to me the going rate for an "augmented" or double IPA these days is around $10-$12/six. I just found this at $10, which is great, but having regular SV right next to it made no sense to me. Put is this way: SV P/A is the SV Lite of this much better beer.

Someone below uses the term "white grapefruit flesh" and that is right on. Big bit bite of the grapefruit, nice malt wave, and pine on the finish.

I would venture to say if English bitter is not your taste, this beer may not be for you.

From what I can see, this should be SV's flagship beer. At $10, it's a steel; at $12, try Stone, Victory, or Double Bastard instead.

Paired with Szechuan chicken stir fry, very nice with hot peppers.

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Photo of papaglide
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

L - Beautiful dark copper with a fluffy, diminishing finger width head.

S - little bready with some some slight citrus

T - some grapefruit at first, a little sweetness along with a touch more citrus followed by a touch more grapefruit. Dry finish.

F- crisp with a small chewiness to it

O - this beer is love in a can. Seriously, it really is.

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Photo of vincentmass
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not over the top hoppy. though i dont know what "extra" ipa means. otherwise beautifully well rounded. i might just go pour one more tonight.

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Photo of KenSkyHopper
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything you have read about this beer is absolutely true. It is amazingly delicious. Pleasantly dry and hoppy, a little smokey, floral, umami. It's like drinking a fine liquid cigar. There are many higher priced ipas that would fall to their knees and pay homage to this benchmark of what an IPA should be. Beautiful sticky liquid lacing my glass maintaining a nice head and lingers on the tongue like the best morning cup of coffee. Robust, toasty, rich, not too heavy. This is the best beer I have ever had. Very drinkable...I can drink all six without palate fatigue. I love this beer.

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Photo of oregonduck
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So different than the typical west coast IPA. So much more balanced. Not the typical grapefruit flavors of most IPA's. Initially sweet & malt forward with a little bitterness at the end. If there were any criticism it would be that this could be a little too sweet. But overall solid and a go to IPA. Easy to drink. I give Sierra Nevada credit for having their own style and not just following the trend of overly bitter and unbalanced IPA's.

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Photo of MACrist
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Poured into a Nonic pint glass aggressively. Two inch, creamy tan head. Small bubbles streaming up glass. Beautiful thick lacing down glass.
AROMA: Not a crazy amount of hop aroma, but the pine and grapefruit come through nicely. I do get the herbal quality along with it.
TASTE: Big Pine and grapefruit rind up front. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness, lingering but mild bitterness. You get some sweet malt, so it is not just hop water.
MOUTHFEEL: Not under carbonated, nor over carbonated... Perfect. Medium light body. 7.2 abv and easy to chug....careful.
This is a good old standby IPA. Easy to get, and easy to like. If you love those pine and grapefruit qualities with some nice balance from the sweet malts, you'll probably dig this one.
Edit: Bumping this one up a little, bottled on 12/17/15 drinking on 1/15/16. This beer is so readily available to most people, there is no reason to buy it with almost any age on it. And when it's fresh, it really is a good IPA. Speak up to your local retailer and tell them: no more of this 3 month or older Torpedo!

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Photo of October
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange body, prodigious carbonation, perfect clarity. The head deserves its own paragraph, but in a sentence, off-white, velvety, building itself into a mountain of smooth isohumulone alpha-acids and protein chains, dense, creamy, bitter, and utterly beautiful. The nose is intense with the bitterness of the usual orange peel, grapefruit, and pine notes, with some sweeter pineapple and apricot notes, faint malt. Taste favors the fruit, but gives more reign to the bready caramel malt than the nose does, yet remains dry. Medium body, crisp carbonation.
It's got plenty of diverse hop notes, just enough mature malt to balance it out, and the right refreshing body to tie it all together. An everyday gem.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can you drink a meadow? Can you drink a pine tree? Maybe not, but you can drink Torpedo. The aroma is matched by a fresh flavor. None of the fruity esters run wild here. It's pure mountain ale, if such a thing could exist. This ale is like what Coors claimed to be.

The color is a medium-amber. The head suds up well and retains, lacing to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is a strong point. A strong execution of dry-hopping makes itself known in an aroma that contains a hint of mountain pine forest. It's an aroma that is fully consistent with the Sierra Nevada theme of mountain beer. If you could brew in a piney forest, from a piney forest, it seems like this aroma is what you would get. It doesn't fade out or dissipate while you're enjoying it (I'm looking at you admittedly subtle Total Domination). It doesn't make your eyes water with excess and require decanting like a fine wine (I'm looking at you Rebel). Open, pour and drink.

The taste is totally consistent with the aroma. It's not harsh at all. It's a refreshing ale that seems to revel in its aesthetic. There's no bland toast feeling here, as with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's loaded with citric flavor. While the IBU is elevated, it's fully supported by the experience and seems appropriate. As with several powerhouse IPAs, eating cheese or another such dish with the ale can amp the experience up to 11 and avoid experiencing too much bitterness.

The feel is solid. It's appropriate. It doesn't feel watery at all. Nor is it heavy. Really, I was too busy enjoying my metaphorical hike through the mountains to notice the feel at all, even while trying. That tells me it is consistent and right for the ale.

Sierra Nevada has an aim - an ultimate aesthetic. They never have stopped trying in all these years to capture it more fully. It's right there in the graphics on the bottle. It's what all that Coors advertising was going on about (shamelessly, since Coors is swill). Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is just a rough draft, although it does have a remarkable note of mountain freshness in the finish. In Torpedo, that single remarkable note in Pale Ale is more fully realized.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a clear, light copper color with a really nice, white, thick head that lingers on and on leaving great lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Nose is a little weak for me but I do get a little pineyness from some hops. Maybe some earthiness as well just the nose was really weak and hard to make out.

Taste really makes up for the smell. Really bold, hops flavor with pine, and earthy hops taking center stage. I get a little bit of the malts that attempt to balance it out but the hops are just too much for them to counter weigh.

Mouthfeel has a decent fullness to it. Not too much though, it is just about where you want it to be for such a powerful beer.

Overall, this is a good beer just a little too much for my taste. I tend to prefer an IPA that is well balanced or a little to the malty side of balanced. This one is the other side of the spectrum from that. I would buy it again but only if I had the hankering for a screaming dose of hop bitterness.

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, and big piney hops.

T - There is a citrus peel and piney hops right upfront. Once the citrus fades the bitterness kicks in. The bitterness is aggressive and lasts through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel.

O - This is one big bad DIPA. Lots of piney hops and aggressive bitterness.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.