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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,033 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,033
Reviews: 2,539
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 677 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006)
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-27-2013 23:41:28 | More by Dougwillhike
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint. Bottled on 133rd day (May 13) of 2011.

A: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit with a bit of mango, tiny whiff of pine.

T: Pure grapefruit up front and through the finish. Mango/peach in the middle and pine on the end. Dry overall, but the sweetness swells a bit in the middle. The pine notes have a cumulative effect and dominate after the first few sips into the glass. Still, the flavor has a clean quality that is nice. Further into the glass, a dry biscuit flavor comes forth.

M: Light and slightly astringent, a bit soda-like.

O: Solid, tasty and worth revisiting. If you like your IPA on the dry side, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 23:38:28 | More by AmericanGothic
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RWACKO

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-07-2013 22:43:02 | More by RWACKO
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TequilaTom

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-20-2012 21:31:56 | More by TequilaTom
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twizzbeatz

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-07-2012 00:29:06 | More by twizzbeatz
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-06-2013 02:30:30 | More by Bjlps
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-18-2013 15:05:46 | More by jbarletto
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper colored with a small off white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Light smell of hops, more pine than grapefruit. Not much else in the aroma.

T- A little malty at first for an IPA, then the hops kick in. Again, more of a piney / grassy hop than a grapefruit one, but they were the right choice. Grapefruit would have overwhelmed the malt and the best aspect of this beer is the interplay between the malt and the hops.

M- Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation. Finish is clean and crisp with no oily hop aftertaste.

D- Easy to put this one down, the 7.2% ABV is well hidden.

Would have like a little more flavor, but this is an interesting take on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 04:06:56 | More by ToddT
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-26-2012 03:12:18 | More by jawneyt
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TychoNDC

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2013 01:49:22 | More by TychoNDC
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chossboss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

03-10-2014 06:05:20 | More by chossboss
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice coppery amber in between light and dark with a foamy off white head leaving a persistant bubbly froth as it fades and nice thick oily curtains.

The aroma is of grassy hops with citrus and piney resinous tones evident. Not an in your face scent but nice and clean.

The taste is wonderfully balanced between strong hops tasting of the aforementioned lemony orange citrus and piney resin, and a nice lightly sweet malt base. Finish is nicely bitter in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a bit slick with moderate carbonation that does prickle the tongue a bit.

Drinkabilty is very good as the balance is exceptional, flavors are complex but not overwhelming. An artfully constructed IPA and a welcome addition to SN's full time line up.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:23:45 | More by BlackBearForge
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-12-2012 01:24:47 | More by splendidsplinter
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BigBarley

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Foamy, white head that recedes to about half a finger ring. Deep, amber orange color, that allows distorted light through. Looks strong!

S - Piney feel dominates. Like smelling a forest of hops and pine trees? Mild malty sweetness underneath, hints of floral hoppiness. Not extremely strong, but fairly pleasant

T - Lots of piney hops and bitter backing hit at the front. Very faint malt sweetness supporting. Aftertaste is a little unpleasant, as it tastes like a bad mesh of the pine and bitter notes. Still, very intense, hoppy flavor, with that signature sierra nevada pine presence. Very unique flavor, accenting a different combination of hop flavors than the standard imperial IPA. I prefer it after having a chance to warm, as it balances a little better and brings out more of the subtle citrus and floral notes that are hidden at first by the piney forest explosion. Interesting to say the least. I can see how some people could love this beer like a child. I personally don't prefer it over a few choice IPAs, but I do love how unique the flavor is, even if the aftertaste sort of cheapens the experience.

M - I will say, this beer feels amazng. Perfect balance between a thick ale and a refreshing hoppy beverage. Carbonation isn't extreme, but it does glaze enjoyable on the tongue without coming on flat. Feels good going in and drinks fairly smooth considering the volume of flavor.

O - I enjoy this beer to an extent. And I can easily see how someone with a slightly different taste could go nuts over this beer. The only detractors are the aftertaste (which is like mild bile, unfortunately) and the lack of a strong smell. The smell itself is wonderful, but if it only came through a little stronger I'd have given it an easy 5. I do, however, recommend this to any hophead looking for something a little different that still satisfies the thirst for bitter

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 17:04:07 | More by BigBarley
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6demonbag

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-16-2012 02:46:52 | More by 6demonbag
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-30-2012 15:23:00 | More by wakajawaka76
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drinkAK

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-04-2013 18:17:46 | More by drinkAK
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ronin926

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-20-2013 04:44:39 | More by ronin926
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cavemanlawyer1999

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-09-2014 20:30:16 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-15-2014 04:56:28 | More by Beervana
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-12-2013 23:16:46 | More by woodchipper
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-13-2012 21:28:43 | More by Pensfan0782
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radiofish

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-10-2013 04:47:59 | More by radiofish
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waston

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-28-2013 04:09:54 | More by waston
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jkd03c

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-12-2013 00:09:10 | More by jkd03c
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,033 ratings.