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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: 10,417
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 312
Gots: 2,616 | 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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Reviews: 2,812 | Hads: 10,417
Photo of Jsteez
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 4-pack of pint cans and poured one into an American pint glass.

A-Dark golden translucent orange with a two-finger head that dissipated into a white frothy/bubbly head. The head remained on the beer throughout the duration of consumption. Low carbonation. Excellent presentation.

S-Grainy, floral, citrus, heavy hops, pine, and hints of grapefruit. The smell was not as strong as the taste.

T-Floral notes,bready,grapefruit, very high hops, pine, and grains. Hints of sweet malt. Complex flavor and a very balanced taste. The aftertaste was dry, bitter, and black peppery. Nice warming effects from the 7.2% ABV. Quite refreshing for a high alcohol IPA brew.

M-Balanced and medium-bodied. Too complex to really distinguish everything about this. It was just smooth going down.

Overall, this is one of the best IPA's I have had. Nicely balanced flavor and aromas. This is a must have if you like IPA's. You will not be disappointed. It is one those types of beers you have to drink a couple of times in order to identify all the rich ingredients.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will freely admit that I rarely drink IPAs because they are too hoppy for my tastes under most circumstances. But with this high a rating, this beer deserved a chance.

Pours a clear, bright orange/amber with a full 1 1/2" of light tan head. Fairly creamy though nowhere near a tap drawn Guinness quality. After the initial settling, the retention on the remaining 1/2" is truly amazing. A very nice lacing, though a bit scattered, remains.
Smell is well-balanced with notes of wood, floral, citrus with lighter notes of citrus and evergreen and a faint malt and yeast in the back.
Taste is a nice mix of malt and hops, lighter citrus and some woody resin. Balance is good and for an IPA I would consider this pretty complex. After warming some alcohol presence is seen.
Medium bodied, fairly high effervescence, dry finish with a woody/resin/citrus aftertaste. This is a really good IPA and a pretty good beer overall, in fact, this is better than their Pale Ale by a good amount. And less hoppy.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is about perfect. The appearance is of a copper that is really light for IPA. The pour creates a slow building liquid/head effect. It takes at least three pours to finish. The head just wont go away. The thickness of the head that rises past the lip of the glass is, the impenetrable wall that cant be defeated. Juicy notes of sweet hops and a good malt backbone. Each pour leaves plenty of residue in the head. Alcohol on the palate is virtually non-existent. Will nail you when your not looking though. Each pour will bring on a different take on this beer. I taste more flavors as i continue to drink. Lacing is excellent and invites you with its mural. This IPA is a lot smoother that its little brother SNPA. The beer itself is a lot better in my opinion. Can easily drink a copious amount of this beer.

Awesome beer!

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Photo of rev3rb
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Line Up Front: This is a great american extra IPA with the floral and resin aromas and a good bitter taste.

Decanted a 12oz bottle in a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Nice dark copper color with good head pour and lacing around the glass when drinking.

Aroma: Great floral and resin hop aromas.

Taste: It is a full bodied extra IPA with medium to heavy bitterness expected in an extra IPA

Palate: It has a medium body with average carbonation and a bitter finish.

Overall: This beer is a house favorite IPA that goes great with spicy food whether chinese or indian. It also goes great with a good burger or pizza. If you like IPAs and haven’t tried this, then find yourself a six pack and enjoy.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber with a light white head that gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Peppery hops nose, Cascade hops, bready malts. A slight hint of fruit. Apricot?

T - Hops right out of the gate. Pine, pepper, and a citrus thread throughout. Wide spectrum. There is a malt element that keeps this very drinkable. Bready but not biscuity and dry.

M - Light but chewy.

O - Really great and amazingly drinkable for a 7.2% abv. IPA.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice amber color with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a sort of sweet aroma, not a very powerful smell, hard to make a distinction. Has a nice crisp finish. Overall, a decent IPA

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The awesome dry hopping technique used to create this IPA is from Sierra Nevada's hop torpedo. The hop torpedo is a cylindrical device that controls the hop contact. Normal dry hopping is inefficient because placing hops in a bag hides much of the hoppy goodness it the center away from direct contact from the beer. A quick search yielded this pic of the hop torpedo. More hop, less cost: everyone is hop happy.

Thick creamy off white head that continues to grow from the strong effervescent bubbles flowing up in the afternoon sun. Overflowing with grapefruit, citrus, a bit of lemon and clean, assertive spice in the nose. Sweet biscuit caramel notes support the Magnumb, Crystal and Citra hop combination. The promise of hops in the nose is fulfilled with a strong bite that spreads along the tongue. 7.2% alcohol points to a fairly large malt bill and it shows in the mouthfeel. Alcohol hotness is slightly apparent. Excellent IPA and it's a bit over the top for the style--which is perfect for me.

If you have any inclination to savor hops, try this beer. I love the 16 oz tallboy bans, but the packaging was terribly inconvenient. Hard to carry and no obvious way to hold on to it. A minor issue but not great marketing. Take home the awkward four pack and enjoy.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2012/06/torpedo-sierra-nevada-brewing-chico-ca.html

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I am enjoying this beer. I bought three and finished the first one about 20 minutes ago. Just popped the second and time for a review.. I really enjoyed the first... so I expect some good things here.

The head here just like the first was very aggressive.. three fingers + with not a very aggressive pour. Lost of structure and excellent retention.. The Lacing is just insane.. All over the glass. Beer is a reddish amber with perfect clarity. Slight carbonation is visible. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is fantastic. Fresh and just a blast of fresh hops. Mostly citrus and juicy.... Slight spice as well.

What a well balanced IPA. I really love this. Certainly showcases the hops as it should, but with enough of a malt backbone. Starts more citrus/grapefruit.. The middle has some nice grain flavors and spice... Then finishes with a bit of pine.. A little of everything. Works very well.

Mouth feel is bright, fresh and medium bodied.

Totally drinkable and refreshing. This is that you think of when you try to picture a fresh/bold American IPA...

Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My old standby, the Neil St. Piccadilly, had this in ample quantities looming enticingly at the front display. That's a slam dunk for this guy.

A finger of durable white froth tops a clear golden-brown body in the Yankees pint glass; nice durability and dense lacing leave me quite impressed. Abundant floral, citrusy hops accost the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon over roasted caramel malt. Rich, complex taste, almost but not quite as malty as it is hopped. Caramel and milk chocolate nicely complement the bold hop content, with Magnum and Crystal supplying fine bitterness with floral citrus. This is excellent IPA, without a doubt.

I was initially iffy about giving the mouthfeel this high a score. My initial sense was that the malt submerged the resiny, chewy hop texture that I love so much. Yet the more I enjoyed Torpedo, the more restrained the malt in fact is, with hops dominating the second half of Torpedo.

Yet again, Sierra Nevada has impressed me with a bold, flavorful beer. Yet again, SN has provided a beer that will be on my radar for future appearances. IPA lovers should revere Torpedo.


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Photo of laketang
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy orange with a tan/white head

I get malty must in a good way. no real pine or citrus.

its got some carbonated pizzaz, I could chew this, sweet and a bitter feel mix.

full mouthfeel. with a lingering bitterness.

I know this beer has been reviewed to death, and i'll say too that its awesome.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 13oz tulip. Bottle is around forty days old. It is a beautiful orange red, a nice one inch sticky white head. Lacing everywhere, that sticks around the whole time. Smell is strong pine, grapefruit, and some pineapple. Taste is the same, plenty of carbonation and a great mouthfeel, on the heavier side. Very drinkable. This is one of the best IPAs and for a great price. Also easy to find and you can see how old it is. Sierra Nevada does it all the time, greatest mass produced brewery.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange/copper body, little in carbonation streams, topped by three fingers plus of fluffy sticky white bubbles.

Assertive juicy citrus aroma, backed by pine.

A solid stream of malt flows directly up the center of the tongue, paintng a guideline for juicy citrus as it engulfs the mouth. Drys after the swallow.

Firm solid mouthfeel. Wonderfully drinkable.

It won't replace Celebration, but the wait will be a bit easier now.

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Photo of car2052
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice burnt orange with slight haze and a 1 finger off-white head. Visible carbonation.
S: The most present notes are pine and grapefruit, with hints of blueberry, mandarin orange, and bready malts.
T: Bold grapefruit and other citrus flavors from the hops hit the tongue first. Resiny, piney, hop oils linger on through the palette. A body of malt adds slight balance to the hoppy flavors, and lets the alcohol become more and more present. However, it is balanced more towards the hoppy side. A lasting bitterness carries into the finish, leaving a mild aftertaste.
M: Medium-bodied. Crisp, refreshing flavors and lasting hop potency. Nice carbonation tingles the tongue.
O: This has become one of the most popular IPAs in America and it certainly deserves that honor. I "judge" other IPAs in comparison to this. It has tremendous flavor and an instantly recognizable name that has proven popular to many.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a hazy copper color, with a foamy white head. The aroma of the beer smells of sweet malt, citrus and piney hops. In the taste there is a sweet bitterness right away, and ends sweet with just the right balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High expectations for this one... Clear copper with a dense head of chunky, sticky foam. Nose is pungent pine and tangerines, and a bit of honey. Solidly bitter, but not overwhelming. Hops have a bit of a raw edge - pine more than citrus. Well balanced sweetness and a medium body. Very drinkable. Warms up to a bit of a grain in the nose and a whiff of alcohol, a bit more citrus flavour and a smoother body.

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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hop hazed, golden colour with a nice, fluffy, light tan head. Great.

Resinous, piney hops with additional notes of citrus and overripe fruit. Yum.

Great, full flavoured IPA with lots of fruity and piney hop character. Really bright flavours with exceptional bitterness.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

Yum, yum, yum. If I lived in the US, this would be my go to IPA (or at least one of them).

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into narrow pint glass. Dark crystal clear gold with a lively head that dissipated leaving lovely thick lacing. Smell is all hops but it's tempered a bit with some sweetness, maybe mint or something. Tasted followed; hoppy but tempered. Crisp and clean, delicious.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber/blonde into a goblet. Medium white head.

S: hops, pine and citrus, including grapefruit and pineapple.

T: hoppy but not overpowering. Nice citrus flavor with a hint of caramel and malt.

M: slight bitter aftertaste and dry finish, but in this case that's a good thing.

My local shop sometimes puts a 6er of Torpedo on special for $7.49, a steal for a beer this good. I'm no hipster trying to be cool plugging an IPA, just a middle-aged midwest dad who has yet to find a better IPA. Sierra Nevada deserves all the credit they get for this one.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the better IPA's I've ever had and I didnt expect that. I love SN but didnt expect so much quality in a mass produced beer. Usually drink from a pint glass golden copper in color with 2 finger white, creamy head. Amazing retention and perfect lacing. A great looking beer! Smell was good, mainly the citrusy hops but a slight dry malt smell as well. Taste is great as well. A very citrusy, almost grapefruit taste with some dry malt, then you get a nice bitter hop kick on the back of the tounge. Not too malty, but a good balance though heavier on the hop side as you would expect. A creamy but light mouthfeel, slighly oily feeling leftover on your tounge and a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall an amazingly drinkable beer. I love everything about it and cannot thank SN enough for bringing this beer to us!

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Photo of Thomson805
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, piney, citrusy and smooth. Simple but delicious. Feels and tastes like a middle ground between ipa and double ipa. Best part is, it's even affordable!

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Photo of mverosky
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Came out a hazy orange with about a half inch off white head.

Smell: You can smell a little grapefruit but with orange really coming in. Could smell a little bit of Pine as well.

Taste: First came a good grapefruit flavor and then some Pine, came off a little bitter at the end.

Feel: Very lightly carbonated and went down very smooth.

Overall: I really liked this beer, one of the better IPA's that I have had. This wouldn't be a beer that I would recommend having a friend that is new to IPA's try. Had a great flavor and is a beer I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of pschul4
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this a million times but never reviewed it.

A- Pours a wonderful golden hue with a couple fingers of off white head that pull back to a nice ring of lace.

S- This has always been what I thought was the weakest part of the brew but when it's this good all around being the worst part is not a terrible thing. Faint hop scent that doesn't get stronger even when I practically dip my nose in it.

T- Boom! Remember all those hops you couldn't smell? They ambush your palate and make it beg for mercy. Huge fruity/piney flavors. Malt? We don't need no stinkin malt!

M- This beer is so smooth I ask it for pick up lines

O- I will buy this until the day I die, long live Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of iRoy
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Oh, those sweet sweet hops. Great smells, pours a cloudy golden hue. Dig the smell, smells sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth for a brew with an above average ABV. I dig it, only had 1 bottle but I would definitely try it again. Sierra Nevada is pretty awesome, this is probably my favorite beer thus far by them.

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Photo of slassy
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden honey, small tan head, which dissipates quickly.

S: 50% pine 50% hops. Amazing smelling.

T: Tastes almost exactly as it smells...strong pine notes followed quickly by a surge of hops, which dominate the aftertaste. Some bready flavors too.

M: Pretty carbonated, medium thickness. Goes down very smooth regardless.

O: They weren't kidding about extra, this thing is a punch in the face. 16 oz can is almost a bit overwhelming...who the hell am I kidding, it's fantastic.

Serving type: can into a pint glass

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Photo of masonacoats
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popping my review cherry tonight with a great one!

A- Served from a bottle into a local bar's pint glass (the kind you take home from "pint night"). Pours a beautiful light copper with a half finger off-white head. Little to moderate lacing. Good head retention.

S- Wonderful assault of hops (mostly the floral, grapefruit variety) followed by rather strong bready malt. I'm still smelling the bottle 2 hours later as I write this review. Really outstanding!

T- As expected from the nose, although the hops are much more well-rounded and form a more cohesive hop profile. Bitterness is rather low for an "Extra IPA." The malt is also as expected, with a little caramel malt being detected in addition to the bread backbone.

M- Medium to heavy body with rather low carbonation. Slightly sticky. Very good.

O- This is probably my 2nd favorite IPA behind Ninkasi's Total Domination. A very good one, with better smell and drinkability. Pick this one up, you won't be disappointed.

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