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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Avg:
4.11
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21.41%
 
 
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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: 2,854 | Ratings: 10,651
Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - 4.5 –
Pours almost an amber color with a giant off white head. Lots of lateral lacing.
Smell – 4.25-
Smells mildly hoppy (not getting any real citrus smell) with a more apparent malt background.
Taste – 4.25 –
Straight up dank hop bitterness. Lovin it. Almost a sour malt flavor.
Feel- 4 –
Medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth with a nice warm alcohol feel to it.
Overall- 4.25 – The extra hoppiness adds a great bitterness that isn't citrusy. Good smells and good feel. Would drink again.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Amber color with a big frothy white head that sits around
S: Pine and citrus but lots of pine
T: Pine juicy grapefruit and a hint of caramel
F: perfectly carbonated and ready to go
O: If you get fresh Torpedo it is a perfect beer

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear amber, sudsy yellowish white head is coarse and pillowy and retains as thick suds.

Smells of biscuit malt, honey, and fresh citrusy hops.

Taste is biscuit malt, maple, caramel, piney and floral hops, and a papery malt and woody hop finish.

Medium body with fluffy carbonation.

Solid IPA, good aroma, pretty pour. Flavor could stand to have a little more richness on the malty side. Bready notes are a little stale feeling. The hops balance fine. Not very fruity which is fine, but perhaps surprising for a west coast brewery. Drinks heavy. Overall solid and worth trying.

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Photo of DaveH99
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to beers. Mostly just drink straight from the bottle but when poured it has a deep amber color, thick head that leaves nice lacing on the glass , very appealing smell with citrus/fruit notes and tastes great in just about any setting. Might be strong for some but it is a great all around beer.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Classic glass presentation with cloudy amber-orange color and ample white capped top.

Smell: Hops and pine; A hint of something fruity; pineapple?

Taste: Although there's the slightest hint of malt upfront, overall this one's a
bit overly one-dimensional for my taste; Heavy citrus that builds on the palate.

Feel: well balanced.

Overall: Wanted to like this one, but for anyone who wants/needs a little malt/sweet
pushback in their single/double IPA's, this one comes up short. Can't recommend
SN's 2016 Big Foot Barleywine enough though, if you want a beer that offers sweet
and bitter in the same glass.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this ipa is great.. taste is primarily grape fruit and pine but neither is too extreme on the finish with some nice citrus notes added in. ( orange peel, lemon)
Since the primary flavors are pine and grape Fruit this beer is best nice and cold.

A primarily grapefruit ipa is not something I would go for usually over a more citrus ipa but this is balanced incredibly.

If you feel the same way and have had some pretty bitter grape fruit Ipa's give this a shot and you'll see what I mean.

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Photo of gee0001
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Would I buy it again: Yes! Great beer!
Head: Thick, off-white head filled with medium size bubbles and a crisp carbonated sound when poured. Good lace and thick pillowy head that lasts.
Look: Yellow-amber color is inviting.
Smell: Smells a bit earthy, citrusy, and malty.
Taste: Wonderful bitter taste (but not too much). Citrus and pine. Woodsy hops.
Mouth Feel: Smooth like melted caramel and thick on the palate. Great feeling beer that goes down smoothly. Such and easy drinker I missed my first bottle and had to have two (darn it!)

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World-class IPA--bitter, but not over-the-top, and with feet in both the "piney/resinous" and "citrus" schools of thought. The 7.2% ABV is a bit of an ass-kicker, but what do you expect from a beer called "Torpedo" and described as an "Extra IPA".

Amber colour, leaning almost reddish; Huge puffy head, great lacing. Lots of pine, herbs, dankness, citrus peel, fruit pith, biscuity malt. . . . Slobberingly good, and the taste delivers the same profile. Light-ish body, gentle alcohol warmth, medium carbonation.

What a beer. What a lovely all-around beer.

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

Look : Amber beauty.
Smell : Piney, citrus (grapefruit)
Taste : Piney, citrus (grapefruit), great lingering bitterness.
Feel : Soft but firm.
Overall : My favorite bottled so far.

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Photo of Squire123
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Looks hazy at first until you realize that's just the depth of the rich amber color. Like bottled late afternoon sunlight. Rich, small bead white cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Earthy, spicy hops, rich malt core, good interplay between the two.

Taste: Tasty hops announce the entry like a trumpet voluntary. Rich caramel malts follow with hops sailing above the solid malt structure. This is good stuff. Finish is is the reverse with hops away followed by rounded rich malt. It's 7.2 % ABV, you mean I can have only one? Aw, man.

Texture: As full as one could ask.

Overall: Someone is on their game here, the hop mixture used is beautifully balanced. The malt core is sufficient to counter the hops and the whole just works so well together. I thought the high hop level might be a bit off putting . . . I was wrong.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, murky deep orange. The white foamy head features tight bubbles, with strong retention. The glass is smothered in lacing after each sip. Minor notes of citrus, and pine hops. Smells rather quaint. Citrus and tropical hops make up an easy-going, but hoppy flavor profile. Mouth feel is border line DIPA territory, with plenty of body, and yet feels more like a thick, filling IPA. Overall, a fantastic brew that warrants any beer drinker's attention. Simplistic, and easy drink make this a beer for most any occasion.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of StephenM
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is amber-orange, clear
Aroma piney, citrus,herbal
Taste is hop-forward, malt, sweet bread, finishes citrus- bitter
Mouthfeel is hop-oil with clean finsh

Overall very enjoyable, refreshing

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Photo of NavyVet1959
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly, I stumbled across a 12-pack this one at Wal-Mart one evening and decided to give it a try. I liked it well enough to order a 15.5 gal keg of it for my kegerator. It takes me about 6 months to finish a keg, so I guess it says something that I liked it well enough to drink it for the next 6 months. Shiner makes a Wicked Ram IPA and this is definitely better than it. A bit more expensive though, worth it.

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Photo of JDazzle95
4.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorite IPA's. Very hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. Has a nice hoppy aroma with very slight citrus notes to it. The taste is very hoppy, one of the hoppier beers I've tasted. Overall this a great beer for anybody who loves a nice hoppy beer.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured hazy copper with 1 in fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing. Scent was piney hops, though a bit reduced compared to the bold flavor. Flavor why heavy on the hops, primarily pine/bitter hops. Nice balanced malt flavor to round the beer out. Heavy carbonation pairs well with the high bitterness.

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Photo of rDeKoch
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is delicious but very distinct. It's noticeably bitter with an undeniable pine taste. It's awfully good, but perhaps a little to distinct for me to drink all the time. It tastes like someone figured out how to bottle Northern California. BTW, it keeps growing on me.

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Photo of portwood
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell: tobacco, malty, caramel, pine resin. Taste: bitter citrus, light carbonation, zesty. Finish: grapefruit rind, very dry, dominant bitterness. (bottled 01/06/16)

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big American IPA. Nice color, about Amber in color. White head. The smell, as expected is hops. The flavor again is exactly what you'd expect, NW style hops all the way. A little too heavy for me to drink all night, but a real quality IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Not a long lasting head, diminished quickly and left the beer looking a bit flat. Nice copper color, almost like a red ale. An earthy aroma is predominant with this beer. The same is with the flavor. The hops flavor is a mix of pine and spice. Rich malty sweetness is in the finish, along with some pine bitterness. A very unique and flavorful IPA overall.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper mixed in with some dark orange make out this liquid, excellent clarity in the product, solid 3/4" white head. Aroma was plenty of c hops, says there is citra I believe, but sparingly used.

Taste hits some bitter notes, Simcoe and Magnums, Cascade in everything SN. Plenty heavy hop usage and solid bitterness, malt bill is nothing to sneeze at either, they got plenty of earthy notes, melange of toffee and caramel, unsweetened all around.

Great price, great consistency, high turnover, almost always fresh.

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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 jmd1978
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great copper color with a finger of creamy head. Nose a bit floral with notes of caramel and malt. Taste is piney hop forward with floral notes along with orange peel, resin and sweet malts. Drying finish along with nice lacing in the glass. A very good IPA that's malty enough to balance the hoppyness so all can enjoy.

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

Excellent example of west coast IPA.
Pours a light copper with copious off white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit.
Pine and orange/grapefruit pit predominate - bitter sweet with a fair amount of astringency and a palate cleansing finish. Soapy, medium bodied texture, hoppy bitter twang endures, but not unpleasant.

Great price point for this high quality IPA - and excellent representative of the style. Not my cup of tea, but I recognize its merits and would recommend to those seeking a pine predominant IPA

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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 mnj21655
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear copper in color with a finger of very light khaki head. Aroma is decidedly malty with a heavy emphasis on caramel malts. The taste has a solid and prominent hop bitterness, the caramel malts and again present and there isn't much in the way of hop flavor. Al the hop additions seem to have been very early in the boil. Decent mouthfeelwith a light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer but I don't feel it fits what I would call the exceptionally broad category of American IPA. Hops are definitely the focus here but it's in a buttering capacity rather the aromas and flavors the label would have you believe.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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