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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

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: 2,847 | Ratings: 10,606
Photo of Beerwitched
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich-Brown/ Red-copper (medium tan), decent head. Good consistent presentation.

Hops and citrus flavours in the appealing aroma.

Good strong taste with rich, chocolate and hoppy notes with a citrus tang, yet balanced and not too zesty.

Decent mouthfeel even though I don't usually palate citrus notes.

I will definitely be coming back for more of this! Drank four pints over the course of an evening visit to the pub and was a highlight of proceedings!

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Photo of turnerk3
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a gorgeous dark golden color with an exquisite, half-inch head that admirably embraces the glass. Truly an impeccable first impression.

S: An paramount hop essence floods the nose well before the first sip. Upon a more in-depth observation reveals an underlying malt sweetness. However, the extensive citrusy odor from the hops is still a little overwhelming.

T: Almost identical to the smell, but this is where the malt sweetness combines perfectly with the hoppy bitterness. Perfectly balanced and undeniably delicious.

M: The malt sweetness makes it appear to be quite smooth initially, but this is quickly removed by the sticky, bitterness of the hops.

O: When I think "IPA," I think Sierra Nevada Torpedo. This brew perfectly defines American IPAs, and the gratification of knowing it is readily available at an impeccable price makes it the perfect choice. Definitely worthy of a try!

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer.

A: Dark golden reddish color.

S: Hops hops and more hops.

T: What I think a IPA should taste like. Tastes even better as you drink more (bottles).

M: It does not feel like a rather strong beer.

O: I love this beer.

Comments: My options are probably way too subjective as this is the beer that got me into beer.

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Photo of Pdh32
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a consistently well balanced, well hopped beer. It's my first choice wherever I go. It's not so hoppy that it tastes like I've bitten into a pine tree, but the taste and drinkability is outstanding. Some beers can fluctuate with taste. I know exactly what to expect with a torpedo and ask for it by name at each establishment.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

EXTRA EXTRA! This IPA is fantastic, enjoying with some mild buffalo wings, perfect compliment for the food. Smells fantastic. I want to bathe in this brew! Not really, that's gross.

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: nice shade of almost a dark orange. Almost looks unfiltered but you can see through it. Smell: citrus, fruit, hops, pine. Taste: amazing! Very fruity with just enough hopiness to prove that it is an IPA. Feel: perfect, just the right amount of carbonation and not too heavy/ light. Also has a wonderful aftertaste but it doesn't linger very long. Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had! I would Recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys Good beer.

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Photo of jdizzel
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is by far my favorite ipa right now for the price 8.70 a sixer
a-great color all around looked deceiving as i could smell it sitting a foot away
s-very piney evergreen like totaly creative craft here
t-doesnt really matter what other beer you had before this one so powerful
m-taste of fresh evergreen on my palate i love this beer
d-although i could drink a whole sixer and would love to but i might not be able to do that cause the alchohal
solid beer from sierra nevada but we should expect that im so glad they made this year round

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.85/5  rDev +18%

Head is frothy, off-white with good retention; body is clear and deep gold; leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is very pleasant with lots of fresh pine, lemon-lime, and eventually a touch of graham cracker. Well-rounded flavor is comprised of pine, lime, earthy bitterness. Hop flavor is bold but not soapy or astringent, and some light malt sweetness contributes balance and complexity. Soft carbonation, medium body, slight carbonic bite.

Very smooth, quaffable, and balanced. The hop qualities are bold but stop short of overwhelming, and the supporting roles are gentle and harmonic. A very solid and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber, clear. Head builds into a finger and a half of tight, light tan foam. Head falls quickly leaving decent lacing.
Aromas hit me first with the piney, grapefruit hoppiness. Sweet lingers out back.
Taste again with a huge hop hit with the pine and grapefruit shouldering in the door, following the initial blast a warm, bitter caramel tones bring up the rear.
Its a lovely feeling ale, with low carbonation and a medium dry end.

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Photo of RollTide05
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love how this beer is so readily available in the states. I must say that this is right up there with all of the best IPA's I've ever had. The hops are very complex and loaded with citrus and pine flavors. I think that torpedo hop thingy that they use to infuse the hops makes a big difference. You can really taste ALL of the hops. The malt and hops are absolutely perfectly balanced as well.

I absolutely cannot fathom why anyone would buy a six pack of Coors, Bud, or Miller for $6.99-$7.99 when you can buy a six pack of the Torpedo IPA for $8.99-$9.99. One of the best beers I've ever had...seriously.

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Photo of ajmerickson
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to beer. What an IPA should be: crisp, refreshing, flavor that lingers. The pine character of the beer does not overpower the citrus, leaving a complex yet smooth taste. One of the best around.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Writing this review after a long day and a nice workout playing ultimate frisbee. Didn't even pour it in a glass, just straight into my belly. This is definitely my kind of IPA. Smell is incredible, can definitely detect the citrusy hops. Taste is incredible. Plenty of hops in this one to keep me satisfied. Goes down very easy. At 7% a 6 pack of this could be dangerous.

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Photo of Jerdmier
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great IPA. Pours very well but is missing a good staying head.The little bit of head I got from the initial pour was a nice light caramel color. Lacing also lacks staying power. Has a good fruity hops taste with a strong hops aftertaste. This is definitely a beer I can sit down to and make a night of. May be a little heavy in the hops for a new person trying IPA for the first time. Save it for the more serious IPA drinker.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I'm drinking it straight from the bottle, so I can't speak to the actual appearance of the beer. The bottle is pretty good, hence the 4.

Smell: Sweet and refreshing. Very complex. Allow the beer to get fairly warm before smelling it and tasting it for best results.

Taste: This is a sweet beer with strong bittering hops. The sweetness is almost like what you would get from a good apple cider. Hops are bitter and not really floral at all.

Mouthfeel: Perfect.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer, best drank on the warm side.

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Photo of Hopamaniac
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went looking for a hoppy brew but not so hoppy as my local favorite brew from cigar city here in Tampa...jai alai. This beer is a go to for a drinkable hoppy beer that has a nice finish. I have also been drinking hoptimum brew but the high avb gives the taste a kick in the finish. This beer is a daily drinker and easy to down more than just a couple. I hope I can find it on tap here in clearwater fla given that I prefer my beers out of kegs. This beer is a winner in my book!

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Photo of itfitz
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow -- can you say "over-hopped"? This Extra IPA goes overboard with the hop aroma and flavor, nearly negating any malty tones in the beer. But is that a bad thing? Not in this case.

The bitter citrus hops are like a depth charge and combined with a moderate carbonation -- it's an all-hands-on-deck experience that makes one of the best commercially-available beers. This isn't an IPA for landlubbers; its in-your-face experience and high alcohol (7.2%) will take you to Davey Jones' Locker rather quickly if you're not careful.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemless wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Orangish amber, very white head some lacing.

s: Great American hop bouquet, tons of cascade scent, but some malt comes through as well, surprising for a aggressively dry hopped IPA .

t: Bitter but very balanced, the malt doesn't disappear. This is a very hoppy beer, but not an all out hop bomb.

m: Nicely medium bodied, not as thin as some in the style, but not heavy at all, very drinkable beer.

o: This is my go to for availability and price in the style. I'll happily drink this every day of the week. Not the best IPA I've ever tasted, but pretty damn close and very available.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw this stuff for the first time yesterday.
It has a dark amber color and smells wonderful.
The most noticable feature is a hint of grapefruit. A perfect balance of sweet and sour for me.
For a beer with a 7.2 alky content, it is very well hidden.
Too bad that some beer lovers from years gone by never had the chance to try this one....

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This honestly looks very much like the standard SNPA, and that's not a bad thing. This might be a shade darker, but its still that vibrant golden-flax hue with a big fluffy white head and tons of foamy lace.

S - Oh my God. Hops, glorious hops! This is a hop forward nose that balances some of the juiciest hop notes that I've sniffed in a long time. The pine forest SN DNA is definitely detectable, but this adds more complexity than the standard APA version. Fresh, juicy, slightly fruity, and very sappy... this smells wonderful.

T - Even better than the nose, the flavors EXPLODE with fresh hop oils. The word "juicy" keeps flashing across my brain. This is like diving into a green hop filled wine press with bare feet and stomping around like a baptist preacher. Can I get a witness!

M - Medium bodied and FRESH. This is thirst quenching and highly carbonated, and all of those suds really help keep it lively and active in the mouth. It's almost electric with zingy hop flavors and zesty carbonation. This is as fresh tasting as ice-cold freshly squeezed OJ.

D - Perfect. One of the most well rounded (for a hop bomb that is) and drinkable brews that I've had in a long time. I tried one of these out at The Brewhaus and I'm sold. I'm going to pick up a large quantity of this stuff to keep around the house. This would be a perfect outdoorsy grillin' out sort of session brew. The hops would stand up to some spicy brats, and its dangerously gulp-able. Another impressive creation from Sierra Nevada... and I would have expected nothing less from the west coast masters of hop.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack from the local grocery store.

Poured into a pint glass

a- it pours a nice golden amber. darker than expected and with a nice 1.5 inch head

s-the smells of the pine and the citrus really come out here and it really just makes you excited to drink the beer

t-the taste is unbelievable. such a clean balance and its incredibly smooth. I love how the hoppy bitterness just melts away in your mouth.

m-there might not be another beer that makes me want to say "ahhh" more its just so clean and the flavors all linger for a second as the beer interacts with the entire palate. This is a complete beer

o-whatever the torpedoing is exactly is working. It's insane to think that this beer is 7.5% and the smoothness of the beer just makes you want to turn it into a session. Damn good stuff from sierra nevada. I am a believer

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Photo of greengorilla
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass.

It was orangish in color with a thick head and good lacing.

The smell was of floral hops and pine.

The taste was great with the hops dominating yet not overpowering the malt.

The mouthfeel was very smooth.

Overall this is a great drinkable beer that I will drink again routinely.

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Photo of BBeagle73
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first go round with this beer,great taste,not quite as good as good as Dog Fish Head 90 minute,but smoother flavor than 21st amendment Brew Free or Die,will defiantly drink again.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber/honey colored with thick foamy head. There is excellent lacing on the side of the glass. Strong citrus and floral smell. You can smell the higher alcohol content as well. Smooth malty taste. You don't get the hoppy bite until the end. More of a piney, resin like hop. Smooth bitter after taste at the end. A very, very well balanced beer. Excellent!

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/22/14 Drinking 02/01/15

Drinking from a bottle. Can't see through the beautiful dark bottle. Cannot recall if a reddish hue or amberish. By looking at another review someone says medium amber. Nice smoke when opened.

Smell first comes out like a piney marijuana. Shortly fades with subtle notes of pine and slightly sweet from malt. maybe a slight grapefruit hint. Very lovely. Pepper and flora are noted as well.

Taste still piney like eating a forest. Still subtly sweet. It coats the tongue nicely and lingers. This it the right amount of hopness, solid bitter; bready sweet combines for a true IPA treat.

Mouth is slightly creamy thats the slightest watered (just a little so you are not chewy, its not bad). Bubbly carb, definitely from yeast which is nice.

Along with Alaska Brewing Co. IPA and Ruination form Stone, this is one of my new favorite IPAs. Not for new "better beer" drinkers. Not a gateway, needs some mild experience with other crafts.

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Photo of after5
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not really an IPA fan and the beer nerd at my store just raved about this beer when it hit my market.

6 six from Cool Spring Wine and Liquor and then I found myself picking up a case on my next visit.

These over hopped beer I thought would mask any real flavor in the beer. I was so wrong and found myself craving that taste time and time again.

It was like the Harvest Wet Hop but on overdrive.

Let's hope this beer sticks around if they can afford to keep making this beer.

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