Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
On tap at American Flatbread. A good Ipa and drinkable good bitternes. The c-hop in the aroma, the foam on a darker colour.Works for me.Nice balance, with each aspect working. Representative American IPA. Not Celebration.Carbonation could have been mre perfect and could have been served not as cold, but hey this ain't SR fault.
05-16-2008 22:02:25 | More by Sammy
3.15/5 rDev -24.3%
A - Pours a clear pale orange color with a chunky 1 inch head that fades to a small 1/2 inch cap. Most excellent lacing all the way down the glass.
S - Smells of fragrant pine/citrus hops. I get no other smell from this beer.
T - Tastes of fragrant pine/citrus hops only. Very hoppy.
M - Somewahat flat and this one left an acid/oil quality in my mouth from what I can assume are the hops.
D - Fair drinkability. I wouldn't buy this one again, but I might have another at a restaurant or a BBQ.
05-08-2010 04:46:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
G: Poured into an imperial pint glass.
A: Beautiful cherry-amber beer with a creamy white head. The head is maybe two fingers thick with plenty of bubbles. A little bit of visible carbonation. Great lacing.
S: Strong. Sweetness and hops galore.
T: Lots of hops, although it definitely has a solid backbone to it as well. Generic citrus without any one fruit-type flavor dominating others. Quite balanced.
M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. No real taste of alcohol--goes down smooth.
D: Definitely drinkable, although not as much so as SN Pale Ale, or as much so as some of the truly great IPA's.
03-23-2009 20:49:27 | More by Thorpe429
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but for the most part left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as lacy rings down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very hoppy and is filled with piney flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness; it also has some hints of caramel malts. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness from the hops does not overpower your palate.
06-08-2011 01:23:27 | More by metter98
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"
--Admiral David G. Farragut (and Tom Petty)
Radiant pumpkin with bumblebee yellow borders. The liquid looks good and the crown looks great. The foam is a beautiful shade of pastel orange-tinted pearl and has a rich, milkshake creamy texture. There's a ton of gorgeous lace as well.
The aroma is solid without being special. Keeping in mind that IPA noses are all about the hops, this brew uses an rather unconventional combination of Magnum, Crystal and Citra (a new variety). It's a little citrusy and is also herbal and faintly funky. In the end, I much prefer the Chinook, Cascade and Centennial excellence of Celebration Ale. Having said that, I understand Sierra Nevada's need to change things up a bit.
Torpedo Extra IPA is wonderful beer that manages to distinguish itself from the rest of the brewery's lineup. Compared to Celebration, Torpedo is less caramel malty, less hoppy, less deliciously hoppy (personal opinion) and slightly stronger with respect to ABV. Although I'm not blown away, quality IPAs aren't easy to come by in this state, so we'll take what we can get.
The malt tastes modestly toasted and borderline caramel-like. Again, hop flavor doesn't stand out because none of those three hops are among my favorites. A little grapefruit zest (from Citra, presumably) helps. Pine makes a brief appearance, as does an herbaceousness that I can take or leave.
The mouthfeel is pure Sierra Nevada, which the same as saying pure quality. It's at least medium for the style and is full of rounded edges. I like a little rawness in some IPAs, but this one has either too much malt or not enough hops to get there. Perfect carbonation... as always.
I'm amazed that Torpedo Extra IPA is the first year-round IPA in the long, storied history of Sierra Nevada Brewing. I would have much preferred year-round Celebration Ale, but then anxiously anticipating that iconic brew and then tasting it change over the next few months is half the fun. Bottom line: this is a solid addition to SN's lineup that I'll come back too now and again.
03-31-2009 13:09:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy head; great retention and plenty of lace
Smell: Pink grapefruit; incredibly sweet and floral
Taste: The sweet and tart flavors of pink grapefruit battle one another to a crescendo by mid-palate; and then contrast with one another as the flavor goes into a lengthy fade; although I was rooting for a bit more attenuation, the sweet flavors wind up persisting long after the bitter ones have faded
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Although the residual sweetness limits the drinkability, this is one fine entry into the world of the West Coast IPA for a neophyte; and not a bad refresher for one who has tasted more than their fair share
04-30-2009 23:22:16 | More by brentk56
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Had the pleasure of being able to finally try this one at Barley's last night. I had been tracking this one down forever. Went upstairs and got a glass on tap right away!
Appearance - The pour was nice, your typical IPA pour with a deep brownish amber, with great clarity. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top of the glass throughout the session, letting me know this one was definitely not going to be dull in anyway. A nice two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.
Smell - The aroma was rich with pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. Still though, this was a solid IPA, with a classic west coast aroma.
Taste - The flavor was spot on, and exactly what I had been looking for. The first flavor to hit my mouth was a deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well. Virtually no alcohol present, so I cannot imagine this one as coming off too terribly strong, it was a nice solid IPA. Some nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitter, with the long lasting taste of pine coming through quite nicely.
Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this came off very smooth, and at the same time, quite refreshing and light. I really enjoyed how nicely this all came together here as it was quite lively and crisp and really the nice way to start an afternoon.
Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. Crisp, clean and with fresh hop bite, I could have continued to drink this one all day long. Every sip left the mouth dry, and left you waiting for one more.
Overall this was definitely as good as I wanted it to be. The most solid offering yet form Sierra Nevada it really was very well done. Too bad this is not a regular item, as this would be fantastic to have on a regular basis.
05-13-2008 10:13:42 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
You can imagine the delight on my face as I saw this beer on the shelves of the Lexington-local Liquor Barn. Of course I'm rushing home to drink this beer. Now that I've had a few... too many, I'm going to attempt my review...
The pour gives me something that lands somewhere between the standard SN Pale ale and the Celebration ale. The color is deeply golden, but not quite amber. Not brilliantly clear, but glowing. Good head formation retains well throughout the session and leaves memories of lacing on the glass. A standard Sierra Nevada look.
Very citrusy in the nose with orange rinds, ruby-red grapefruits, pineapples, and maybe a pine cone or three. Sweet ginger-bread malts blend with caramel for a grahm cracker crustiness that leads to a well attenuated yeasty and cracker-like flavor.
The feel is supurb. Aside from a slight nail-polish-like taste and feel, the alcohols are well hidded, leading to a dry finish that accomodates the resiny hops well. Highly attenuated for a very palatable, clean, refreshing citrus finish.
Do IPA's taste better? Sure. But do they finish as well? Doubtful. Does the drinkability fare as well? Doubtful. This is a beer where the mouthfeel and palatability fares even better than the signature-quality taste. Thumbprints of Sierra Nevada are all over this beer... keep up the good.. (er) great work!
02-12-2009 05:06:50 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus hops with a nice clean bitter finish with some dry caramel malt. Hops are easily discernable but well balanced with great overall drinking factor. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing extreme about this one but very well balanced and easily drinkable.
05-03-2009 02:57:38 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +1%
A: The pour is a beautiful amber color with a nice fluffy white head.
S: A huge hop aroma to this beer. Lots of citrus and pine, with just a touch of malt.
T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls a bit short of the nose. Good grapefruit and pine flavors providing bitterness with some sweet caramel malt.
M: Medium body with substantial carbonation.
D: This is a nice standby IPA that is quite affordable as well as good tasting.
06-27-2009 17:23:42 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.
Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but that's just me. Overall, it's a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA.
03-08-2009 18:00:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours dark clear amber with a lovely thick white pillowy head.
Clean and pure grapefruit hop nose, very inviting and with hints of sweet lemon in the nose.
Nice creamy mouthfeel of lemon-pine resin hops. A creamy hop flavor and not the "hop bomb" otherwise expected but very nice and clearly a drink of quality. Very drinkable and an all around pleasant quality IPA that shows just the right amount of bitterness. Pure hop grapefruit flavors, character and finish.
I don't mind extreme hops (which this is just short of) but this is very nice in a readily available and very well priced hoppy beer.
05-25-2009 23:28:46 | More by GRG1313
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
The beer is moderately carbonated with a single finger head. As other have noted it maintains its head through most of the The mouthfeel is a little more bitter than other Extra IPAs I have experienced however is not overwhelming. Full bodied. The aroma is what you would from an Extra IPA' you can sense the bitterness before you even taste. The taste is spicy and sharp.
06-25-2011 19:28:46 | More by kylehay2004
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color. The head was big white and sticky. The smell of the beer had a great nose full of hop aromas. The taste of this beer was also very hoppy, with some elements of pine and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a damn good brew from Sierra Nevada, there are only a handful that I enjoy more from them.
07-07-2011 00:55:23 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass.
02-17-2009 13:35:04 | More by oberon
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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