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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9,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,232
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,314 | 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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Photo of loupap
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of suspect
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear copper color comes from the standard stubby Sierra Nevada bottle. Aggressive pour yields a 3 finger white fluffy head. Steady stream of tiny bubbles pour upwards to freedom at the top of the glass. Lacing was nice and retained as the glass emptied.

S: Strong pine aroma here with some fruitiness to it. Not as hop-forward as a double-ipa but definitely more hop presence than a typical American IPA.

T: Very nice flavor. A well balanced bitterness that dances on my tastebuds balanced ever so slightly at the end by sweet malt presence. Very piney hops in this one, not as much citrus here as in the nose.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Bitterness yields to a dry finish that gets dryer as you progress through the glass.

O: This could very well be my go-to when I need to bring a six-pack to a party. Decent ABV at 7.2, has all of the hop characteristics I appreciate about an IPA and cheap enough to warrant a rotation spot in the fridge.

Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Rated this as a 3.5 from previously enjoying it a couple of years back. On closer inspection, I recently bought a sixer and sat down for a more detailed examination. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter. Packaged 8/1. Nice and fresh. @ fingers of white head on top of a nice, hazy copper brew. Orange and lemon on the nose, a bit of the resiny, piny note, and the nice characteristic SN fresh smell. Nice pine on the tastebuds, good balanced bitterness overall. Medium body, nice carbonation throughout enjoying the glass, and a nice clean aftertaste. Overall, this is a truly solid IPA. It will definitely find its way back to my fridge.

Photo of SCanthony
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of whallgren
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fellowrs
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BigGold
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BryanK
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of bcrossan
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cnally
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden reddish color on the beer. great lacing from the leftover head.

big malt. big hop. sweet and sugary scents.

the hops dominate the flavor. huge hop head on the flavor. deep malt flavor on the aftertaste.

dry feel, choking but delicious.

easy to love, dry to drink. I think it is a great example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kdivers
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of balinor
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PintOHops
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a lite golden/amber with a big frothy head, head retention is excellent, and leaves some patchy lacing. Has medium-high carbonation, it really just looks like a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. Smells of ultra dry, earthy, pungent hops! Super dry herbal, citrus notes tingle the senses, some grapes, hint of raisins, some fruity pineapple & grapefruit, basically like champagne dryness! Subtle grains & malt manage to break through the powerful & dominate hop profile, a little to dry & alcoholic overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of pungent & herbal hops, very dry and citrus like, lots of pine, followed by fruity pineapple, grapefruit flavors, not to strong though. Some sweet malty notes sneak in towards the finish, and quickly snap away with a load of alcoholic, dry bitterness, not to much complexity here, just very dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent with some bite of carbonation on the tongue, a little smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I wasn't impressed with this one, it's dry & herbal in the smell, as well as the tastes, with no complexity or even some mild sweetness to balance it out. The intense herbal notes in the smell & tastes make it seem very fresh, that's about it, wasn't to great to me, or exciting. It tastes more like an amped up Pale Ale, or strong Ale, rather than an IPA, which was really something that through me off. All in all not bad, but I think Id rather just stick with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I think that has more balance & complexity, and is certainly more drinkable.

Photo of fostachild
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dbrag
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peers a deep golden amber, solid two finger creamy head, plenty of carbonation rising up from the bottom in almost a vortex style. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Nice pine aroma, a bit of fruityness in there. I don't deeply smell that much citrusy, but it just brings a little sweetness to the nose. Smells good and earthy.

T - Just a very full taste. On the first drink, I taste an abundance of those whole-cone hops. Quite piney, again, that citrusy fruit I feel is hidden deep within the taste just to balance out the bitterness of those hops. There's a ton of flavor in this.

M - Very thick mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation in this one. After taste leaves the mouth somewhat dry with just a bit of stickiness.

D - Remarkably drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well and this goes down very smooth for the amount of hops and fullness.

Overall - Sierra Nevada knows IPAs, and this is no different. Just a very full beer. This may be my new 'go-to' IPA.

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: 2 finger off-white head on top of a clear, apricot colored beer. Fine bubbles head for the surface.
S: Hops. Pine, citrus and peach. A hint of malt in the background.
T: The first sip tastes like a semi-dry white wine which gives way to a dry citrus taste. The finish is a bready malt sweetness.
M: Very soft, smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is barely noticed

Photo of Jeeb
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Joel12
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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