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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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9,513 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,513
Reviews: 2,705
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 227
Gots: 1,646 | 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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The awesome dry hopping technique used to create this IPA is from Sierra Nevada's hop torpedo. The hop torpedo is a cylindrical device that controls the hop contact. Normal dry hopping is inefficient because placing hops in a bag hides much of the hoppy goodness it the center away from direct contact from the beer. A quick search yielded this pic of the hop torpedo. More hop, less cost: everyone is hop happy.

Thick creamy off white head that continues to grow from the strong effervescent bubbles flowing up in the afternoon sun. Overflowing with grapefruit, citrus, a bit of lemon and clean, assertive spice in the nose. Sweet biscuit caramel notes support the Magnumb, Crystal and Citra hop combination. The promise of hops in the nose is fulfilled with a strong bite that spreads along the tongue. 7.2% alcohol points to a fairly large malt bill and it shows in the mouthfeel. Alcohol hotness is slightly apparent. Excellent IPA and it's a bit over the top for the style--which is perfect for me.

If you have any inclination to savor hops, try this beer. I love the 16 oz tallboy bans, but the packaging was terribly inconvenient. Hard to carry and no obvious way to hold on to it. A minor issue but not great marketing. Take home the awkward four pack and enjoy.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2012/06/torpedo-sierra-nevada-brewing-chico-ca.html

Photo of unclejimbay
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/2/2010 Educated Update...
I flounder once again to decide this is still a very enjoyable IPA but notably a bold piney hopped version. Easily accessible, always a good price, notably bitter, and a well hidden abv. I have decided this is a more pine forward IPA example, especially after brewing a few more citrus oriented homebrewed IPAs at home.

Okay it's official and my palate is changing, either I am less sesitive to pine, or I have just sold out to Sierra. I officially declare Torpedo to have much more hop citrus aroma and taste than my newb palate could initially handle. I have come around to enjoy Torpedo as my go to hop fix @ 6.99 a six pack. I have found it to have similiar taste as SNPA, but just a bit more body, abv, hops and malt sweetness. Overall I love it, and I would edit my review to now claim it's equally citrus as it is pine on the hop profile. In short, the most accesible, best priced, consistent , and always available IPA in my area. $6.99 on sale, $8.99 most other days. A showcase IPA from a flagship American brewer, hat's off the Sierra for a welcomed suprise new offering.

original 7/16/09 review;
A soild 4.5 across all catergories. Almost a DIPA if you will. This one is a bit to piney for my hop preference, otherwise I would have given it a 5 on taste and drinkability. Regardless... this is a fine example of an extremly intense palate scraper by the talented SN Team!

A 4.5 with a good 2 finger head, excellent head retention, orange/copper/amber in color with a smei hazy clarity.
S 4.5 Bold aroma with hop dominant profile. Some citrus is present but overwhelmed by the 100 decibel pine notes! This one screams pine notes, it's a forest of an extreme compostion of an intensely pine-sapped symphony...
T 4.5 Solid malt backbone is bulldozed by the same momentum of hop aroma... Omptimus Pine duels with some Superior Citrus in this show... which may be exiciting if you like this type of outcome... I mostly prefer citrus to win the duel and prefer pine mostly in my floor cleaners, but this battle is worth showing up to...
MF 4.5 Medium body, high carbo...
D 4.5 see my summary above...

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NeverSettle
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful billowy white head. A nice copper color, beautiful ipa. It also leaves a nice lacing.

S-The hops are very present. Smells piney and spicy. It has a much more spicy/peppery smell to me than any other ipa I've tried.

T-Hoppy, spicey like the nose. Citrussy, but to me it is the spice that stands out. I also noticed some pear in the finish. The alcohol is slightly present.

M-Slightly carbonated, not too thick, just about perfect.

D-This is one highly drinkable ipa. I was expecting it to be much heavier. The 7.2% alcohol might hinder this from being a true session beer, but it is very easy drinking.

Overall, this is one great ipa. It is deffinitely is better than I expected and worth the hype. I highly recommend trying this beer.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a trip down to Vermont at the Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

A: Beautiful copper with a sufficient frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of pine, with grapefruit and honey tones that follow.

T: Primarily pine hops upfront with grapefruit and a sweet malty (honey-like) quality, and finishes nice and dry. Very well balanced.

M: Moderate carbonation. Again, well balanced when it comes to the viscosity. Bitter finish lingers in the mouth a little (but not a bad thing in this case).

D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink this all night long. Very well rounded IPA.

Photo of NickSMpls
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of parris
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color, thick, creamy head, medium-high carbonation.

Sweet hop aroma, could be dry hopped, maybe a little peppery.

Taste is kind of plain, no malt, tons of bitter, lingering bitter after taste. I love IPAs, but this seems to have no balance, and nothing special, maybe even a bit watery. Little bit of alcohol taste too.

Mouthfeel is a bit papery, slightly oily.

The wateryness makes it pretty drinkable though, "tastes meh! less filling!"

I like Sierra Nevada just as much as the next guy, and I've heard nothing but good for Torpedo. As an IPA I guess this is pretty good by-the-books, but to me, it's pretty forgettable.

I'll definitely finish it tho.

Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper burnt orange. Nice off white head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Robust hop smell, fruity, lemon zest, floral.

T - Full bodied american IPA. Huge juicy hops up front balanced by a semi sweet, but bitter finish.

O - This did not disappoint after the highly acclaimed reviews. Full flavored, huge floral smell, nice hop profile. This brew gets it done - A must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sachie23
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gabedivision
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a perfect pour pint glass.

A- Nice medium amber color with a fluffy white cloud for a head that stays with the beer through most of the glass.

S- Solid mix of strong citrusy hops and strong malts. Plays much like an English IPA.

T- Fresh hoppy goodness, lots of floral and fruity tastes, with a sweet turning to strong bitter finish.

M- Well bodied IPA, with a nice dry finish from the bittery hops.

D- Extremely drinkable beer, this beer goes down so smooth and tasty. Pretty inexpensive as well. All in all a very well rounded IPA that really hits the spot.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,513 ratings.