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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

8,531 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,531
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 944 | FT: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jscheuf, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Date code is 0111. About 2 months from bottling.

Pours a copper color with a billowing white head off a straight pour. This one took a lot of time to pour, but produced a tight, thick head and a good amount of lively bubbles.

The nose has moderate to high level of hoppiness, with fruity and pine aromas making up the classic AIPA character. The citrus aspect reminds me of lemon and grapefruit, while grass and pine makes up the plant-like side. This has a good aroma, but more strength and maybe some less traditional IPA aromas would have taken it to the next level.

There is some moderate caramel sweetness up front and a high level of bitterness in the back. Even with the high quality sweetness, the overall character is dry, with the hops helping that cause. Grass and pine flavors come through in the hop flavor, with a bit of an herbal bite on the back.

With a straight pour, I knocked out a lot of carbonation, but was still left with a lively mouthfeel on top of a medium body. This has good drinkability for such a high strength IPA. The only thing this beer does great is hitting the style spot on. I enjoyed this and will have it again, but if given the chance I'd probably pick a different IPA.

jeffthecheff, May 26, 2010
Photo of grayburn
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Sierra Nevada is a brewery that is really starting to grow on me. The torpedo pours a nice golden color with heavy frothy head and some nice retention and lacing. Impressive.
The smell is like a rainbow of hops, with each getting a little time in the limelight. The taste follows suit directly so I shall just merge the two categories together. There is some pine, citrus, mint, flowers, all backed up with just enough malt. Excellent hop profile on this beer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and big at the same time like a good ipa. carbonation is strong, holding up to the alcohol and the hops at the same time.
Torpedo is pretty easy to drink, smooth and very well rounded.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dbrelsfo, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Pours a hazy copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Light amount of citrus (orange and grapefruit) with earthy hops.

T - Lots of citrus, mostly orange peel and grapefruit with a heavy dose of piney hops. There is a light amount of malt balancing things out. Finish is earthy bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A classic West Coast IPA. Such a consistently good IPA.

TreyIsWilson, Sep 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Jstark5150, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SamN
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

A- Darker IPA, very orange and amber. Sort of one-off colored, not a pretty or brilliant as I would've liked to see. Some mild haze clouds the visibility. I see some faint visible carbonation but not much at all. Head is somewhat rocky. Very light tan and kind of soapy looking, not a real dense head. Spotty lacing is left coming down, patches more than strands.

S- While certainly showcasing the intense citrus fruits possible in dry-hopping, the nose is not overwhelmingly hop happy. There is a definite malt presence here, a sweetness to the citrus, a certain caramel layered in this. Certainly sweeter and more robust with a woody solidness in it. This is a firm aroma and very enjoyable, although I do fund myself wishing it was slightly stronger.

T- Yikes, these hops are trampling all over my mouth. Rough, sharp, uncouth hops run roughshod over my palette in the initial sips. Strong acidic bitterness seems to give way to mellow caramel and oaky malt. Digging through the flavor reveals sweet grapefruit and some peanut butter. There is a great malt presence in this beer, a mellow sweetness to counteract the aggressive hops profile. Interesting divergence of flavors in the finish.

M- Medium body, rather full feeling beer, this is a mouthful. Not to much carbonation at all, which is good.

D- I was surprised by the rich malty sweetness found in this AIPA. While still strong in flavor and alcohol, a bottle or two of this would make a rewarding afternoon tipple.

SamN, Mar 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

KolbMarley, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Patches826, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a pint glass with a dark orange honey color. This beer has an awesome looking off-white head that seems to last forever, with tons of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells fantastic. Lots of pine with a little apricot in the middle mixed with some citrus/grapfruit. Ends nice, crisp, and clean. wow. hoppy. There's a lot of citric hops in the taste. With very little sweetness in the middle. Pine flavors pull throw towards the end, giving it a bitter aftertaste. It has a semi creamy light bodied mouthfeel, with a pretty high amount of carbonation. This is an excellent IPA. If i need a hop fix in the future I will keep this beer in mind. Can't beat it at 7.99 a six pack. I love SN price points. Quality beer at reasonable prices. The only reason this beers drinkability is a little low is because of the slightly higher than average ABV. But an evening at home with out the need to drive anywhere, this beer can easily become a session.

depechemode1983, Nov 29, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Pours a lighter orange-amber color with a creamy head that falls to a nice covering of frothy foam. Decent lacing patterns, though nothing exceptional.

S: Very intriguing and complex. There's a solid malt bill here of bready, caramel, and pepper like aromas. Citrus and floral hop aromas are the primary focal point, however. A solid aroma, worthy of a 4.5 if it was a bit bolder.

T&M: Great flavor. Big flavors of citrus and floral hops are met nicely with a peppery, bready malt flavor that really provides a great backdrop. The finish is drying and more piney and herbal, with a reprise of dry maltiness. It's complex, yet clean. A well crafted beer, like most other SN offerings I've sampled. Body is medium and strongly carbonated, also fairly resinous and sticky. Definitely to style, but not uber-sticky or worthy of the higher score.

D: This is a big-ish IPA, so it's not REALLY drinkable, but still quite good. It's about darn time SN put out an American IPA--and this one is great. Definitely a good one to sip on and enjoy.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Leftofthedial, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jmw4437, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

zestd, Mar 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

jbarletto, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

420Rick, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tvghost, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

edhizdeid, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This pours a very deep ruby color, especially for an IPA. The head is frothy an substantial.
Fresh flower garden smell is strong and hoppy.
This IPA has notes of bitter/hops up front hints of citrus and pine.
This wonder taste stays with me for several seconds after drinking.
Very smooth for it's strength and hop flavor.

ThaBobfather, Apr 14, 2009
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4.16/5  rDev 0%

A - Powerful, strong looking brew. Dark amber w/ an orange-ish tint in the light. Smallish head, but stayed for a while. Sediemtn from the head sticks to the glass.

S - WOW. Grew a little extra nose hair. Lot's going on. Typical IPA hoppiness, but stronger. Pine, mint, dankness.

T - Very strong IPA taste, and all of it quality. VERY strong. Not much of the subtly sweetness I notice in many IPAs here. Not a bad thing, I suppose. Very little malt noticeable. Mostly hops and a touch of mint.

O - An excellent powerful IPA. I highly recommend.

stella77artois, Jun 03, 2013
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,531 ratings.