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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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2,812 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,812
Hads: 10,422
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 314
Gots: 2,619 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle. 7.2% ABV, OG=17.3p, FG=4.2p, Brewed with Two-row Pale, & Crystal malts. Hopped with magnum for bittering, finished with Magnum and Crystal, and dry hopped with Magnum, Crystal, and Citra. 65 IBU.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a tall off-white head with superior retention and nice thick sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The nose can be had at an armful...full of juicy green hops with a background malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and a bone dry finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma, followed by a medium bitterness, which although potent is relatively smooth compared to other IPA's. The finish is very long and as the malt diffuses, one is left with a bone dry hop bitterness lingering on the tongue.

A decent IPA. I like the way it is initially balanced with the malt sweetness, but I don't care for how it ends in the grapefruit pith bitterness. Not quite a sessionable IPA for my tastes, although it's a good beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind tasting of four IIPAs, with Pisgah Vortex, Sebago Full Throttle, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Derek's homebrew - this one knocked out the Vortex and went on to win the whole shebang (though I preferred the homebrew).

Orange pour with a generous white head, good retention and lace. Strong c-hop aroma, but nicely balanced by a firm maltiness. Almost perfumed flavour, with grapefruit and flowers, though at its heart there's a chewy breadiness. The flavours aren't as amped up as you would expect with a double IPA, but more intense than a regular IPA, so I'd suggest this is an IPA and a half. Full and slick mouthfeel helps out a lot.

A nice not IPA, not quite IIPA.

Cheers Shawn.

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Photo of GuitarmanST
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First time trying this beer-
A. Copper.. Amber.. Crystal clear appearance, Wow Amazing clarity, with more of a, Fruity- Aroma than a basic Citrus.
For a supposed potent*ipa* I expected a huge blast, but it is light refreshing yet surprising

T. Sweeter IPA, nothing too extreme, Dry finish on the tongue with an exceptional mouth feel.

If you are a Fan of IPAs... try it, I am fully enjoying this- The price is right and a great change of pace with more of a Quality brew * ipa* then there base Pale ale.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a small persistent head.
Aroma shows lots of juicy and resinous hops, with pineapple, nectarine, pear and pine. Behind this is a fair helping of crystal malt giving nice caramel notes to balance the hops.
More fruity and resinous hops are present as flavours, along with a big malty kick of caramel. Quite an aggressive hoppy finish follows through, lasting for quite some time, bringing this back in American IPA territory.
Carbonation is too high which, when combined with the strong bitterness, makes quite a harsh finish.

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Photo of Arnie2709
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice Amber Color with a good strong head.
Good lacing
Smell is grassy, citrusy and piney. Holy Cascade!
First taste is great. a very nice balance between light an caramel malts with a smack in the face from hops, hops and more hops.
flavor lingers a good 5 to ten minutes after first drink. very good beer. smell and taste move to more hop and earthy notes as it warms.

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Photo of Moose90
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 24oz bottle, dated "05/23/15 19:37" tasted on 07/19/15

A — Pours a real deep amber color, with a tinge of ruby red to it. There is an off white colored head on top of the beer that is quickly forming, very tall. It then fades to about a one finger head on top of the beer, leaving behind nice and consistent lacing.

S — Smells of caramel and a sweet malt foundation. Though there is a piney and bitter hop character that comes across.

T — Tastes of bitter and piney hops, slightly peppery, herbal, grassy and fresh. Leads to a slightly sweet malt undertone.

M — Medium bodied beer, though it tends on the light side of medium. It's got a nice and balanced carbonation level to it and is quite smooth.

O — Always consistent and great. It always reminds me of pine and the forest for some reason. If this gets put in cans we're in trouble, hello camping beer!

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Photo of patmcd
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pale orange color, with a full head that laced
Intense floral notes on the note, with hints of citrus and some serious pine.

With all the amount of crazy-hopped IPAs on the market now, this was a welcoming non-overpowering flavor, the hops were just right. However, I found that the flavor had too much emphases on pine and grass. On the back-pallete there seemed to be a hint of sweet caramel.

It was a little hot and jumpy, maybe slightly over-carbonated for my mouth, but still was very drinkable in terms of hoppiness and ABV.

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Photo of KajII
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker]

Poured a reddish-orange that was a bit hazy with a medium sized off white rocky head that had very nice retention which allowed for some fair lacing. The aroma had a heavy dose of hops, a light grain malt and a horse blanket yeast scent with a nice citrus note that stood out rather well. It tasted moderately bitter of hops in the beginning and finished with a nice pronounced malty-bitter flavor that had a nice hint of citrus at the end, with the flavor only lasting a short time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with a very nice carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA that had a well balanced hop-citrus flavor working for it. I have to say I kind of enjoyed this one and I am not even a hop lover.

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Photo of socon67
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Good Life, Massapequa NY

A - Amber color, and shiny. Tan foam is a good inch high and stays around. Lacing is a nice sticky ring pattern onthe glass.

S - Sweet smell of fresh fruit, and a fragrant scent of fresh hoppy goodness.

T - Subtle sweet flavor or tropical fruit gives to a blended flavor of fresh oily hops.

M - Medium bodied IPA that is rich in the finish, but still pretty easy to drink.

O - A solid representation from SN. I still like their pale ale the best, but this is a beer you won't regret getting your hands on.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to oversized DFH snifter.

A: Amber rusty brown color pretty clear, big thick rich head that takes its time to fade

N: Some piney hops, a strange tangy yeasty nose, some dark crystal malts, touch of citrus, little biscuit,

T: Starts with some dark crystal malts, piney hops, slight tangy yeasty taste, a little soapy, very bitter and spicey high alpha hops (maybe chinook, magnum, nugget, something like that) as well as a slight foral centennial, amarilla, cascade type, some nice malty bread taste adds a good flavor, the hops build as it goes, a slight warming alcohol also builds

M: Pretty frothy and sticky, kinda thick

F: Lots of piney spicey hops, pretty juicy. Finishes pretty dry as well. A slight sawdust also seems to come out at the end. The lingering hop bitterness stays for 30 seconds or so, drinkability isn't the greatest.

Final thoughts: AN interesting beer. At first I thought it may have been old, with the strange tangy yeastiness, but the hops shined right through giving it an interesting quality. Lots of bitter hops, good malt base, strange extras like yeast, saw dust, etc. Its also pretty juicy. It's a slow drinker.

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Photo of TEXTONE
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 120z bottle with freshness date in to a pint glass. Beautiful white frothy head on this beer also has nice head retention and lacing. The body is clear, and clean with a pure copper color. The smell of this beer is grapefruit/citrus hops and sweet malts does not come off over hoped. Taste is sweet malt flavor right away, followed by citric flavor with a bitter feel in the back of the mouth. Full mouthfeel, nice and clean, goes down smooth with a bitter back end. Overall this beer has good malt and hop flavors with an astringent and bitter aftertaste. There is a lot of talk about this being the same or close to Celebration Ale but it is not. I prefer Celebration Ale due to the hop profile. Torpedo does sport a 7.2 ABV and is a good addition to S.N. line. I enjoyed this beer and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of PappinAce
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured rather gently into a pint glass. Mid-sized head dissipated into a ring after about a minute. The overall appearance of the rest of it was fantastic though; a beautiful golden orange, sort of amber color. Held up to the light it's almost opaque.

Smell: Strong piney hop smell all over the nose, with a hint of orange and citrus.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, with strong citrusy flavors accompanying it; reminds me of a mellowed down Stone Ruination. In addition to the lemon I'm getting a strong grapefruit flavor as well. The malt is pretty well hidden, shows up just a little bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: The hops have a kick to them, and hop around on the tongue at the beginning. The alcohol flavor is well hidden, so it's rather drinkable if you like hops and bitterness. Not for me. Not my favorite beer.

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Photo of hockeymatt
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured I would do this as my first review. I am not an expert yet, so don't review my review too harsh.

Okay, I wanted to do this as a first review because it's a beer that sticks out in my mind. I will start out with what I like: It has a very citrus taste to it. Very clearly stronger than your average beer. Leaves a slightly bitter citrus aftertaste that for some reason I really enjoy. The smell and taste both have a hint of pear, but the aftertaste really leaves you feeling like you just took a big bite out of a pear. Very pleasant. Would be an excellent beer to have alongside a savory meal, I imagine.

Neutral: It pours, looks, and smells very run of the mill. Once you taste it you see it's very much not run of the mill, though it may not be for everyone. If you don't like bitter beers, you may not like this one.

Negative: Not a lot to say, but I will mention that is a very characteristic beer, I think your Average Joe will either love it or hate it. It would not be something I would stock at a party unless you know the participants have already tried it or a similar drink and enjoyed it.

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Photo of Hockeyabe
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Deep Gold. A 2 finger off white colored head with a hint of lacing.

S: Citrus, perhaps mango , and a hint of pine.

T: This is very well balanced, the hops want to dominate, and the malts keep them in check. It is not as musty as other beers of this style.

M: This is a dry beer, with only mild carbonation.

D: Sierra Nevada Torpedo weighs in at 7.2, and it does not do anything to lighten its impact. It is Very well balanced, and a nice way to open an evening. I would not likely have more than 2 glasses in a session.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of suspect
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear copper color comes from the standard stubby Sierra Nevada bottle. Aggressive pour yields a 3 finger white fluffy head. Steady stream of tiny bubbles pour upwards to freedom at the top of the glass. Lacing was nice and retained as the glass emptied.

S: Strong pine aroma here with some fruitiness to it. Not as hop-forward as a double-ipa but definitely more hop presence than a typical American IPA.

T: Very nice flavor. A well balanced bitterness that dances on my tastebuds balanced ever so slightly at the end by sweet malt presence. Very piney hops in this one, not as much citrus here as in the nose.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Bitterness yields to a dry finish that gets dryer as you progress through the glass.

O: This could very well be my go-to when I need to bring a six-pack to a party. Decent ABV at 7.2, has all of the hop characteristics I appreciate about an IPA and cheap enough to warrant a rotation spot in the fridge.

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Photo of harrymel
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled: 107421349; March 15, 2011

A: Pours burnt orange ale with excellent clarity and a two finger peanut head which falls over a couple minutes to leave a broken quilt of the same. cobweb lacing.

S: Plenty of hops up front. Nice resiny, piney hops that SN is well known for. Some hints of citrus rinds. Healthy malt backbone for support.

T: Malty and hoppy. Pine, resin, grapefruit. Biter and nice. Hints of metallic flavors.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium lo carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Good brew. I have always preferred this to their flagship. Such a nice beer, and even better fresher.

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Photo of stawn
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a fingers worth of head into a pint glass
S - Smells of typical "C" hops. Not as much aroma as I expected.

T - Taste is light sweet with medium malt backbone. Actually more mellow than I anticipated.

M - This is a sleeper IIPA. Tastes like a single. Much bigger IIPA's out there.

D - This would be a good into if you have never had an IIPA and want to get a sliver of what they taste like.

Overall I was expecting more.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cooperstown Pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head

S: Nice hop character in the scent with a small amount of pine also present

T: Very enjoyable taste, high hop character with the addition of pine makes it a delicious brew to drink with a very strong taste

M: Very nice tingle, hope and pine notes really awaken the mouth and leave a nice taste right on the back of the tongue

D: Possibly a bit too "heavy" of a taste, not that its a thick brew by any means. Still a very nice drinking brew

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste that warms from the inside on a chilly fall day

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Photo of jpiper
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel amber, with a 1cm white head atop a half bottle pour. Reduces quickly to a thin bubbly layer.

The smell is a touch medicinal, with sweet malt. Smells strongly of pine.

It's quite bitter - maybe moreso than the Dogfish Head 60 minute. Plenty of pine on the palate as well.

Nice, smooth, and clean. Well carbonated.

Decently drinkable. Maybe a bit too bitter. Low enough ABV to not slow you down too much.

Not a bad beer. I'll see how the full 6-pack sits with me. I'd go for Bell's Two Hearted any day of the week for a year-round IPA.

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Photo of Maction
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/gold colored ale, it has a small but dense cream-colored head that leaves rings after every sip.

S: I smell sweet pine, perhaps some hard candy, a very pleasant aroma.

T: Bitter astringent at first, almost perfume-y, then a brief saltine cracker tasting middle, and dry but resinous finish.

M: This feels weighty, slightly viscous, with prickly carbonation, and slightly sticky finish.

D: This is not balanced but pretty well put together. The first bottle went quickly, but I didn't immediately crave more.

Notes: I was a little surprised this wasn't a DIPA, from the aggressive hop character.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A glowing sunset orange sits well in the glass topped off by a sturdy 1 finger marshmellow head that was buff in color. Clarity was good, revealing a rapid presence of micro-bubble jet streams.

S: A touch of grassiness is experienced upfront, soon followed by a perfumy mixture of oranges, flowery citrus, and some faint grapefruit. The strength is rather reserved here per style. There is some sweetly toasted caramel grains peeking through underneath but is the hops that play the main role.

T: Spicy citrus and dry toasted caramel grains come to play on the open. Semi-dry grapefruit is fairly dominant with some grassy nature and flowery citrus that is both dry and assertive in delivery. Some lemon peels, piney interests also come through with a spicy bite of citrus on the swallow. The malting as with on the nose, comes off a bit thin taking a back seat to the hops and hardly offering any support or structure to the drink, almost to the point of being a non variable. Grassy-citrus alcohol tones warm you in the end with a flowery coating on the tongue.

M: The mouthful is warming with a good deal of citrus and grass being offered. The alcohol is also generous in nature with a medium carbonation bringing some crispness to the overall delivery. A flowery bite, dry and bitter of pine and conifer notes leaves with good intentions on the tongue.

D: Fairly bitter on the take, not as smooth or refined as their traditional pale providing a bit more hops and edginess intended for limited servings. will definitly fill your hop fix.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of rocky chunky batter-like tan head... Lots of moderate paced carbonation slightly accelerates as it rises to the top... A rich dense golden copper color...

S - Solid hoppy aroma... Quite pleasant without being overpowering... Overall quite piney, but some subtle sweet citrus notes... Faint malt backbone... Slightly floral...

T - An interesting mix of hoppiness... Perhaps it's the new citra hops, a variety that I'm not too familiar with... Some watery sweet citrus... Faint herbal notes... Bready notes with a mild caramel presence...

M - On the thin side of medium bodied... Lots of carbonation, though it only packs a modest bite... Slightly creamy... Mildly chalky... Astringent aftertaste... Overall, surprisingly smooth...

D - A solid and slightly above average IPA... I prefer to the SNs Celebration Ale... A refined a sophisticated sipper of an IPA, but I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting...

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle after work and poured it into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color with two fingers of sticky off white head that dissipates over the course of the beer but lasts throughout. Although when it is first poured the head looks stick this brew leaves frothy lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrusy hops with undertones of pine, grapefruit, caramel malts and bread.

Not as strongly hopped as I was expecting but overall the taste is similar to the smell with piney hops up front with citrus, sweet malts, and bready undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I was expecting it to be dryer then it was. This is somewhat disappointing because all of my favorite IPA's have that crisp dryness that this beer lacks.

This is a drinkable and affordable brew. A solid IPA by a great company in Sierra Nevada. This isn't my favorite IPA, but it is still pretty good, and pretty affordable.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Normal, nothing too crazy, more copper than amber.

S. Again, normal, nothing too crazy, maybe a hint of sweetness.

T/M. Taste is moderate to heavy, peppery with bite, pretty damn good for a Sierra, I've always loved Sierra, it was a beautiful stepping stone into craft brewing, and this makes me feel young again, exciting flavor and taste, waaay more hops than malt.

Overall. Not too shabby sierra, still manage to hang with the big dogs considering they paved the way for west coast APA/IPA .

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Photo of DanielBeard
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with a foamy head. This beer is heavy and a little oily, with aggressive hoppy bitterness. The citrusy malts help balance it, but it's not something I would pair with most food. However, it's good for what it is: an American IPA with a little "extra".

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.