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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

9,526 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,526
Reviews: 2,708
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 228
Gots: 1,655 | 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 BZero007
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked up some up from the Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA

Poured from a bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip.
The brew is a very nice copper color with hints of amber to it. The head forms with ease and release allot of good smells. The aroma of this brew is nice, refreshing, and strong. The smell is nothing new but is strong. Taste was good the hops were up front and present and supported by the sweet malt in the back ground. This brew drank light and alcohol level was barely felt or present. This particular brew for me was good nothing was out of the ball park and nothing was average. A tasty brew that I will have again.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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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%

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3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Genuine
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - The pour resulted in a nice 2 finger off white/brownish head that sits on top of what reminds me of a pumpkin ale orange body. Very pleasant to the eyes.

S - lots of malt with a citrus kick

t - lots of citrus. Not as hoppy as I expected but it does have some nice bitter characteristics to it, which cleans the pallet. I'm finding this one to be very refreshing.

M - Very smooth, easy to go down and have another.

D - I could have a few of these without second though. Very delicious and beer that I'll keep coming back to.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Popping bottle open, I can smell a very welcoming aroma of citrus pine hops backed by sweet malted barley. Took one sip and can taste the sweet caramel malt then the hops came in and wowed it. Palate/body is medium/maybe a little thin.

Then proceeded to pour into tulip glass. Down the center, without tilting, this way you get maximum head. Nice cloudy dark-orange/light amber copper typical IPA color, topped off with big, creamy head that lasts for a few minutes. Leaves behind good lacing, sticking to the glass.

WOW!! I love. Perfect balance of hops and malt. Another outstanding ale from the great Sierra Nevada. It's a hophead's delight.

Photo of lawlerj
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - nice hazy amber w/ an off white head, about two finger. I noticed that the head dissipated very quickly. About 3/4 of the way through my glass, there is sporadic lacing - not much, but pretty standard for this style.

S - the first thing on the nose for me is the malt sweetness, followed by big hops. I like this a lot - it smells like it will be very well balanced, even w/ the heavy hop aroma.

T - strong bitter hops on the front end, mild malt flavor in the middle and a nice crisp fruity finish. Definitely citrus and pine flavor mixed in with the hops, and even some apple notes on the finish. A very nice IPA - it has strong hops but balanced very nicely.

M - crisp, nice carbonation. Doesn't stand in the way of the flavor.

D - I keep coming back to how well balanced this beer is. It does a nice job of having complex flavors and making them all work in harmony. Too often I've found IPA's to be very heavy on the hop bitterness, which I like, as long it has a good malt backbone to balance that bitterness. This hits the spot in that regard and is quite nice.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of --Dom--
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I think of what makes a great beer. I think of a few things. Is it available? Is it affordable? Does it check all my boxes? Torpedo meets those standards, and then some. I couldn't care less about an amazing beer being brewed half a world away that I'd have to move heaven and earth just to taste. Give me a beer that is big on ABV, massive on taste, and always $7.99 at the grocer down the street. Checking my boxes? Big hoppiness-check... good malty backbone-check... high ABV-check..... low price-check.... God bless whoever makes this beer because I honestly can't imagine a life of beer-advocacy without it. Don't you ever stop making this SN, it's as American as apple pie, except apple pie doesn't get me drunk, but Torpedo does. God bless America, and Sierra Nevada.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of VictorWisc
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Torpedo is one of the most reviewed beers on BA (almost 5700 at last cont) with outstanding ratings. Between local prices dropping beyond belief and ridiculously hot weather, this seemed to be a good opportunity to do a long trial with a 12-pack over several days. Given the official BA review granting it a near-DIPA status, I expected much.

I got a 12-pack with date code 144--that would make it exactly 50 days old today and I've been trying it for the past three days. Sampling involved trying it at different temperatures with/without food, plus an extra store sample from a different batch.

Pours easily out of the bottle without incident. Cold and lightly chilled (38F and 45F), there is almost no head. Warmer (50F and 60F) pours with a finger's-worth of off-white unstructured head. Clear, completely translucent, dark copper color, substantial lacing.

High-ester hop aroma hits you as the bottle cap is popped off, slightly muted once poured in a glass, but still has substantial hop presence. Very floral, mint, licorice, light tobacco note, straw. On aroma alone, would have rated it a 5, with a slight deduction for appearance. But moving on to taste proved difficult.

The first sample was mildly chilled--store-chilled 12-pack, 30 minute drive home, plus a few more minutes for incidentals (about 45F). The first taste is a sharp, strong hop hit. I was expecting hops, but the aroma promised a lot more--on first impression, the taste seemed one-dimensional, bitter, but with no floral or citrus notes. Warmer pours proved better. At 60F, the taste opened up with floral and resinous features, light orange notes, some grass and lots of fairly pleasant bitterness. Not a lot of complexity--expected more, given the variety and composition of hops. No discernible malt flavors despite color suggesting otherwise. Finish still bitter, becoming somewhat boozy and malty sweet, before yielding to off-sour note on the tongue (decomposing residual sugar).

Light-to-medium body, with alcohol more felt than tasted. Light carbonation that quickly disappears but leaves enough effervescence to be pleasant on the tongue. Pretty good mouthfeel, actually, fairly smooth, not quite dry.

Significant variation from the alternate sample (store tasting). The date code on 12-pack was 144, at store tasting--126. Somewhat less floral, but more complex, earthy notes, with less bitterness and smoother finish. It's possible that those extra 18 days made a difference, dulling the hops and rounding out the malt. Don't know. Also could be different storage conditions, different temperatures, etc. Bottom line is that I can't make a final determination from a single 12-pack alone.

This was not quite the benchmark I expected, but a nice every-day IPA, especially given the price. Not sure how long this is going to stay here, but SN 12-packs cost less per bottle, right now, than full cases of Sam Adams, Harpoon and Smuttynose, which are all local (and this one is clearly better than Harpoon IPA, but not in the same league as DIPAs). The high ABV and high bitterness make it an easy one-and-done selection (no session beer this is). But that is really all I can say about it. In a way, it mirrors my reflections on the basic SNPA which I've always found competent but boring. Torpedo is definitely not boring, but it's not a top contender either.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,526 ratings.