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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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2,755 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,755
Hads: 10,147
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 286
Gots: 2,330 | FT: 4
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:
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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Reviews: 2,755 | Hads: 10,147
Photo of jonziefle
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber, with a hint of brown. Two-finger slightly off-white bubbly/foamy head. Decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: smells of appealing hops balance with a nice malt back. Fruity, citrusy hops, with some pine. The hops are less descript and seem to just darken up the nose a bit, adding some sweetness as well. There is also a slight off smell as well, kind of like rubber or soap?

Taste: The taste is very well balanced. The hops provide a nice flavor, but nothing too intense. Little bit of a bite to start, and they taste dark than they smell. Kind of a generic hop taste, though; no one flavor stands out. The malts are also there to give it a nice body and some sweetness. The off smell also presents itself here as a slight off taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. Some bit up front, but noting too notable. Pretty smooth. A little syrupy at times.

Drinkability: A good, but not overally special IPA. Good balanced smell and flavor, but nothing sticks out too much. It does look beautiful though, one of the best. Not a bad one to try. Definitely something I’ll keep drinking, but there are better choices.

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Photo of garuda
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick off-white head that has good retention, and good lacing down the glass.

S - Nothing pungent, but a nice combo of citrusy and pine hops with a sweet, bready malt undertone.

T - A little spicy at first, then bready malts, with a very bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin finish/aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves some hop oils in the mouth after the finish. Lingering, bitter aftertaste.

D - Nice well-rounded IPA, but nothing spectacular. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of hayes31
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Geat smell and taste from this beer. Its appearance isn't anything special, but that doesn't really matter with a beer this flavorful. You can really taste a pine-ish tone to it with just the right amount of bitterness to complement it. The only downside to the beer is, for me, it's a little too strong to drink more than 2 or 3 in a row. But with a higher ABV, who needs that?

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint pour: very hazy, copper/ cider colored body, rich-looking. Typical white ringed head that seems to show nice sticking to the glass.
Smells of pine and malt. Subtle.
Taste follows the nose, but this is all about a citrus blast of bitterness in the way of apple/ pine. Astringency here in the biting finish is something I recall from the prior time I tried Torpedo years ago. It's still there, and it's kept me from trying it ever since until now. Let me check the bottle date just to be sure of freshness...
Dated 4 months ago. Not super fresh, but certainly new enough to get accurate impressions. This beer bites hard with the citrus. I normally don't mind aggressive IPAs, but this one just takes that direction using a taste that doesn't please my palette as much as it's imperial version does, for example. Too much sharp citric acid bite overtaking even the pine, and the sweet malts seem to remain far apart from that. Curious. I will revisit this down the road nonetheless. I certainly love Hoptimum. I would expect to feel similar toward this. Different acetaldehyde factor between the two, for certain. Interesting.

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Photo of Omnium
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange color, two finger head, medium lacing.
S - Very earthy, floral and herbal hops, spices, lots of pine, malts
T - You get the bitterness right off the bat, some of the spice and more earthy flavors, definitely has a strong malt backbone as well, but there's plenty of hop punch to go around.
M - Moderate, a fuller feeling IPA, with the IBU's tingling the mouth.
O - As much as I do like most SN brews, I really never could love this beer, its a decent IPA, nothing worth calling "extra" about though. For a run of the mill IPA, there's better out there, but its by no means bad.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized can care of Kegatron, thanks again Heath! Poured into a standard pint glass this brew appears a perfectly clear, polished color of copper. Sitting atop is more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap maintains with solid retention that slowly fades leaving a webbing of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh and herbal with hoppy notes of pine and resins. There is a bit of mineral character running through the nose coupled with a bit of alcohol sting. Across the back this brew is a bit cheesy with notes of sulfur and yeast. As it warms up, it gets a little vegetative with more of a focus on the leafy aspects of the hops. Not a bad thing, but overall not my favorite aroma that hops impart.

The taste is surprisingly toasty with plenty of malt backbone. A bit of toffee-like sweetness sits on the tongue before the resinous bite of hops comes into play with a flavor of herbs and pine. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of mineral component that blends into some sulfur/yeast/cheesy notes that while not bad is a bit distracting. As it warms up, the focus shifts to a flavor that is vegetative just like the aroma indicated but is accented by a slight spicy touch that keeps things interesting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For slightly more than 7% abv, the alcohol is really felt here with a warmth down the throat but it works to blend into the rest of the character. I am a fan of sierra nevada and most of their offerings but for some reason I just wasn't feeling this brew tonight. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to give this a try Heath, perhaps I need to give this one another go sometime.

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Photo of te4ch
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and tastes like liquid earwax. But, I liked it. It's like eating really dark chocolate. Very hoppy, dry, got a bite, better tasting cold, but not freezing. A bit thick, kinda sticks to your mouth and tongue, coats it in various flavors of grapefruit, tobacco, earwax, citrus, dark chocolate, hops.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into taster tulip.
Nice thick foamy head and great hop and pine aroma. The hops really dominate the nose.
Taste is just ok for me. Its a bit too bitter and over hopped without any balance. Its aggresive for sure, and while it likely tastes exactly how is was brewed to, its just not for me.
The american hops really dominate and its way better than hop stupid, but I'd rather have a sierra nevada pale ale over this any day.

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Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm hosting a tasting at work for International IPA Day so I might as well rate a beer. This one pours a bright and clean copper in color with a white lacing around the glass. It poured light to medium in body. It smells of sweet pine sap, sweet caramel malts, is very dry and very resinous. The flavors are very dry and resinous. The hops flavors are sticky and again, very dry. It is one of the pinier IPAs I've had. It gives me pretty bad cotton mouth, which I don't prefer. Overall it's a good IPA I just don't care for how dry it is.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco, CA (from notes).

My first IPA of my NoCal trip, and probably the most mundane. As noted by other reviewers, solid citrus profile within the hop taste. You can definitely tell from even a blind tasting that Sierra Nevada made this. Their signature taste is good though!

Nothing too spectacular here, wasn't blown away by the hops like I prefer in an IPA, might have to re-evaluate on a future trip.

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Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear orangeish gold with a nice foamy white head that sticks for a bit before receding. It leaves some decent lacing.

It has a nice aroma. There is a heightened hop presence here over say an SNPA. There are nice herbal pine and citrus accents along with some subtle sweetness.

The taste has the signature SN yeast and malt flavors with some piney bitter hops to go along. I have always found SN ales to have a bit of a solely bitter taste, it isn't a hoppy bitterness, just straight up bitter flavor.

It is a decent take on the IPA, nice bitterness level though not really out of balance with the strong malt presence.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours an even honey colored amber with a thick, oily, khaki head that faded into a greasy film that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of fresh grapefruit and pint with a hint of sticky caramel and bready crust beneath.
T: Bitter flavors of pine resin, grapefruit pith, orange zest and bread crust. The finish has just a tiny bit of sweet caramel covered fruits, and the aftertaste is bitter and lingering.
M: Medium body, resin-esque mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, and the carbonation is tingly and tight. Alcohol is hidden but the beer has a pretty good dose of pine and grapefruit bitterness all around.
O: Not my favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries. It’s good, just not my favorite bitterness combination. I’ll stick to Celebration and their Pale Ale.

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Photo of mtlasley
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Won't be able to hit the bottle shop til tomorrow and I didn't want to break into the cellar so I picked up a six pack close to home.

Appearance: Torpedo hits the glass and produced a strong, brownish red amber color. A gorgeous white, two-finger head stood tall and sudsy. Quite the eye appeal.

Smell: Hops are of course the strongest scent. Slightly lime like with a hint of grapefruit. The malt backbone is there and has a great sweetness that balances everything out.

Taste: Although the malt stands tall in the scent, it lets the hops do the work on the tongue. Powerful bittering that can only be described as "hoppy". The flavor never strays into too aromatic or too bitter and it constantly invites another taste.

Mouthfeel: Torpedo doesn't exactly live up to it's name in the mouthfeel department. It's slightly sticky but the carbonation carries it well and it goes down quite refreshingly.

Overall: Another hit from the boys in Chico. As a hop fan, it's a great session. And at 7% I don't feel as guilty drinking 4 of them as I do when I'm putting Hoptimums down. A tasty everyday drinking brew.

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Photo of ScottyC
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty clear, nice orangy-tan.

Smell: Acidic -- smells like pumpkin. Nice, full aroma.

Taste: The first taste hits you with a lot of hops, but then mellows out at the end to a nice aftertaste. As you drink it, the bite doesn't hit you as much. Does compromise on taste.

Drinkability: A little harsh in the offset, but gets better.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Torpedo is a clear copper with an off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is hoppy, resinous, earthy and dank, with flora and citrus notes coming to the fore as it warmed up a bit from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is assertive. Peppery bite to the hops and a firm bitterness, some oily fusels. Also a bit of a bready aftertaste, but mainly a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamily carbonated, medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability is OK, but it's not really my style of big IPA. I prefer more floral and citrus notes, smoother and less bite. A bit of a disappointment after the accolades and hype it's been receiving. Still, the high ABV is well hidden, and the price is good. I actually had two bottles in a row, both pulled from the fridge at once, as I wrote this review.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a golden copper one finger fluffy light tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dank hops, grapefruit, light mango, and some light caramel. Taste has some sweetness with mango, dank hops, pine, and light caramel. The finish has light bitterness, but could use more. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of klewis
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden with a moderate, frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Piney and resiny hops. Not much else, but still nice.

T: Citrus hop flavors up front followed by earthy tones. Leans heavily on the bitter end of the spectrum.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty average for the style.

D: Not outstanding, but tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold-amber, some particles, good head.

Smell: Nice hoppy mix, citrus, pine, some floral qualities.

Taste: Moderately bitter citrus that lasts and lasts. A little bit of sweetness gives some balance.

Drinkability: Somewhat hard to find, a little strong for more than a couple.

Finally got to try the SN Torpedo. I have a feeling this might be a little better on tap, but still was a quality IPA. I thought it might be a little more bitter than it was, but still pretty good.

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Photo of powellmg
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a foamy white head. Very slight haze from (I'm guessing) suspended yeast. Woodsy, spicy hops aroma but fairly subdued for an IPA. Bitter, piny taste with toasted malt for balance. Very slight alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid and well-balanced but not extraordinary IPA.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge off-white head that dissipates slowly. Very long lasting sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of "wort". A little mix of malt and hops.
Earthy / piney hops, toasted malts. Not a lot of complexity. Nice balance leaning toward hops. Not very sweet at all.
Medium bodied beer with a crisp slightly dry texture. Moderate carbonation.
Pretty good drinkability. I prefer a little more sweetness and citrusy hops.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-ScottR

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass.

A: beautiful orange. a finger of thick, frothy, off-white foam that lingers. not quite clear. tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S: piney hops, citrus fruit, herbal/floral.

T: overwhelming hops up front coat the palate. herbal, citrus notes. nice malt. alcohol is completely concealed despite slightly above average abv.

M: well carbonated, medium bodied, good.

O: i've had it a million times. great warm weather beer. characteristic sierra nevada hop profile turned up a bit. at 7.20% abv, it gets the job done.

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Photo of Squelch
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with creamy white head. Nice lacing. crystal clear

Smell: Lacking. Needs more aroma hops.

Taste: Hoppy. Unbalanced but I like it that way. hops are a slight bit harsh, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. tingly from the carbonation. medium bodied. Nice

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. Very nice

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Photo of turbine2475
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep honey/brown color with a small one finger head that disipated slowly into a good lace.

S - Touches of pine and some semi sweet hops. Not really too much here.

T - Lots of orange and grapfruit peel in the taste. Earthy malt comes behind it to balance the confused hops. Not bad. Confused in this cases adds to the complexity.

M - Murky mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Good grapefruit after taste.

D - Not bad. Does not have the "sameness" in aftertase that some of the other SN brews share. Truely takes on a life of its own, and is a welcome change of pace.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A yellow-orange beer with a short and quickly disappearing white head. Soft carbonation.

Aroma is mostly herbal, mild citrus and soft malt. It has some faint notes of diesel that thankfully disappear after a few swirls.

The flavor is pine, herbal, earthy, mild tropical from Citra and soft malt. The bitterness is low-medium for an IPA with a short sustain.

Overall, this is a decent IPA and a good value. The ABV is well hidden. The bitterness is not extreme or too soft. There is nothing really objectionable here, but I can't say great things about it.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/14/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an amber brownish colored body, fizzy and clear. Huge head, thick and creamy looking, foamy. Very lasting too. Sweet bitter hop aroma. Some pine but not off-putting. Softish mouthfeel. Good piney dry taste. Some grapefruit. Makes me want another, drying. Somewhat sweet, bitter aftertaste. Very tasty. Very balanced taste, just enough hoppiness.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.