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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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2,813 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,813
Hads: 10,424
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 313
Gots: 2,622 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 Cannibalgasm
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a bronzish amber color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Retention is great as it takes a while to settle into a thin bubbly layer atop the beer. Lacing is also prominent and beautiful.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and herbal hops.

T: Sweet malts, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, pine, tropical fruits, and resiny earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation, creamy crisp dry finish.

O: Torpedo is an amazing brew and true classic. It is easily one of the best readily available IPA's and has a constant spot in my (every day beer) rotation.

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Photo of renatopi
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living on the other side of the planet from California, I most likely didn't have this beer as fresh as it's supposed to be.
Judging by other reviews I missed out on most of the citrus/pine aroma. It tasted more like English style IPAs rather than American, bitter but not fruity and flowery.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely amber color with a white head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell is very herby with pine and grass coming through strong. The taste was excellent with a lot of great hop flavors mixing well with the sweeter malt on the finish. Exceptionally clean finish and highly refreshing. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at my local Stein's Liquor. The bottled on dates states that it's two months old. Poured right from the fridge into a perfect pint glass.

L: Pours a rich amber with about an inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a long time and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Pine and grapefruit hop notes and caramel malt in the nose, though they are not particularly assertive. Just a bit of pineapple/tropical fruit in the mix. There's more malt coming through than I was expecting--this is a pretty complex bouquet.

T: Somewhat sweet caramel malt at the outset, but there's a tartness from the hops that kicks in almost immediately. The pine and grapefruit rind hop notes begin at the front and build throughout the taste. The middle is characterized by the pine and citrus hop flavor, though the malt underside is still assertive. There's also a bit more of that pineapple and tropical fruit coming through. There's a bit of earthiness in the mix, as well. The back end has more of the pine hops, more tart than outright bitter and still a nice malt presence to keep things from being overly bitter--there's actually a bit of sweet fruitiness to the close. This has a very well-balanced flavor.

F: Spot-on for this style: Medium bodied, creamy in the middle but still with plenty of brightness on the palate. Very nicely-carbonated, fairly clean-finishing, but leaving you with just enough stick and bitter.

O: This beer is probably my standard--along with Bell's Two Hearted--by which to measure all other American IPAs. This one does everything right, from the look, to the taste, to the feel. I do wish that the bouquet was a little more assertive, but it's hard to complain about a beer that drinks this well. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Hellvira355
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer. What can I say about this beautifully forged creation of the Norse God Ullr... well for starters it's basically a bottled version of what an orgasm feels like. The bright bronze glow that emits from a glass of this liquid ecstasy is reminiscent of the victorious glowing halls of Valhalla. The cathedral-like web of the head brings a feeling of distinct victory to any who attempt to consume such a piece of art. When one attempts to put their nose to such a prestigious pour, he buckles at the knees and bows in sheer fear it will offend this triumphant nasal display of pine and hoppy-love. If you haven't passed out by way of ecstatic cardiac arrest by this point, you're in for a pleasant surprise when the cold, sexy, nectar pours down your tonge like an Icelandic waterfall.. in which you will reach Shangri-La because now you've reached enlightenment and are no longer a Norse Warrior, but a spirit who's reached taste bud Nirvana.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty IPA.This IPA has a wonderful hop flavor with citrus and pine overtones that last sip after sip. It drinks very smooth with a bitter aftertaste. Sierra Nevada's top of the line beer.

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Photo of running3dogs
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Old Bay 6th Annual Mai Fest mug. Clear orange-copper hue with an off-white head and scattered lace. Scents of grapefruity citrus and damp pine needles grow more complex on the palate as tropical and herbal flavors emerge. Smooth and creamy—perfectly carbonated for a 7.2% beer. Some alcohol harshness mars the finish for me. But who cares after a sip or two?

This was one of the first Citra-hopped beers I tasted, back in 2007. The flavor is not as startling as it once was, but I still appreciate the workmanship.

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Photo of Grogsky
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think this is a good example of the American IPA boom. Very similar to most IPA's I've had in the USA. Overall, it goes too strong like most American IPA style beers.

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Photo of Thomson805
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, piney, citrusy and smooth. Simple but delicious. Feels and tastes like a middle ground between ipa and double ipa. Best part is, it's even affordable!

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Photo of Nickholland
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I big IPA bordering on a double. Lots of pine/grassy hops in the nose. Taste is peppery/spiced hops with just a hint of caramel malt, not really any sweetness at all and finishes quite bitter (in a good way) and clean. A nice creamy mouthfeel, it reminds me a little of their Celebration Ale. Well done again SN.

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Photo of Myotus
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 19Dec14) into a Mikasa ale glass. Pours with a finger worth of off-white foam that dissipates to half a fingers worth within 30 seconds. Amber in color. Mild bubbles. Has an amazing balance of citrus, floral, pine, and malt aromas with none of them overtaking the other in strength. Initial taste is strong with floral flavors that combine with mild malt flavors. Strong pine flavors and mild citrus flavors enter shortly after as the intial floral and malt flavors persist to create an explosive symphony of deliciousness. Medium-bodied with a crisp finish that leaves the mouth dry. Sierra Nevada has once again created a work of art.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Did a fairly vigorous pour. Poured a beautiful amber orange color with a fluffy 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Fairly sweet and malty aroma. Various tropical scents present as well as that of peach. Sweeter than was expecting for the beer.

T - Lived up to and exceeded expectations. Related to the aroma, the taste is fairly sweet and mild; not too bitter. A blend of various fruity flavors are vaguely present, accompanied by a pleasant sweet malt flavor finishing up with a peppery and spiced taste. Vague sweet aftertaste present.

M - Incredible feeling beer. Very smooth, creamy and drinkable. Medium bodied and average to little carbonation. Semi-dry aftertaste though really not that present.

O - An amazing beer brought to you by SN that wow'd me. Very drinkable and incredible mouth-feel. Nothing sharply distinguishable or sticking out to me in the taste but overall delicious and awesome beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish-orange. A two finger, white head. Smells a wonderful combination of citrus hops and malt balance. The citrus ranges into the candied fruit smell. Very nice! Very clean bitter hop taste with a nice kick of the citrus in the end. A honey-lemon pokes through. Crisp and balanced taste with enough bitter hanging around to make it great. There is also a minimal funk to make things more interesting. Piney resin also up the nose slightly. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber with a moderately poised creamy off-white head. Lacing is moderate to high. Initially I get caramel malts scents intermingled with piney aroma hops and dark fruit scents. This one rushes at your palate with substantial bittering hops from start to finish. Caramel malts peak through from time to time on the taste, but the bittering hops dominate. Mouthfeel is moderate, not too heavy on the palate and a good amount of carbonation. Overall a good brew, staying true to the American IPA style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I heard this was good.

Appearance : Colossal off-white-to-almost-grey cap, 3 fingers tall, staying pretty steady at this point (about 2 minutes since the pour). Where it has receded, it leaves its mark like a serial killer or hieroglyphic to show where it once was. The body is iced tea colored - hazy is the word, reminds me of Evans short-lived Hazy drum heads line. 90% opaque from here.

Aroma : Peach pit and flesh - in that order, tropical melon rind, cantaloupe, and upon deep inhalation some dirt and faint armpit/urine going on but not too strongly. Grapefruit can be nosed as well. Largely a fruity and tropical IPA aroma. Points!

Taste : Now granted, I am not a fan of IPA's (although my fridge has at least 12 different kinds - one of each for review), but this one is damn respectable. Right off the cuff it's not too strong; it gives you a second to take a breath through your nose, and then once you're ready, it hits you with strong dark fruits - plum, raisin...and also light honeydew, melon, elderberry. The hop character is slightly dirty, but sharp and cutting at the same time. On the wide stereo of your mouth it ends light, crisp and fruity, and towards the center of your tongue it's dirty and bitter - almost trashy but not bad - in the finish.

Mouthfeel : Super sharp and stabbing carbonation, like fireants in your mouth. That quickly subsides to a melting creaminess that coats the palate and slides down like foam. Nicely done, SN.

Overall : Again, not a fan of IPA's. But this one is pretty awesome.

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Photo of brianwsnyder
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's kind of halfway between regular IPAs and double IPAs. Very good! This is definitely a go-to beer for me now. Good price, too: $9.99 for a six at Wegmans.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It has that signature IPA hops flavor, but somehow doesn't beat you into submission with its bitterness. The most drinkable IPA I've come across, without losing what makes it what it is.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/orange color.
I can smell alcohol, carmel/sugar
Taste Eagle Brand Milk?/carmel/pastry
Nice and creamy feel
As long as I can get it, it will be in the beer box.

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Photo of DCP
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite American IPA, money.
Gets you drunk quickly if you like high-volume good hops.
2 22 oz. of these are great in cold weather, I mean, and warm too.
Drink it.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Clear, bright-gold with about 1 1/2" of pillowy off-white head that recedes nice & slow. Retention is good, lacing is just great.

S: Not getting much aroma here. Some piney, resinous hop notes. A little graham-cracker malt, faint spiciness. I'll say that the hop-character on the nose is enticing, though.

T: Oily hoppage. Brilliantly bitter throughout, balanced just right by some semi-burly crackery malt. Just a touch floral. There's a bit of grapefruit present, but this palate doesn't really read to me as fruity. Finishes bitter with a trace of pepper & lemongrass.

M: Ideally suited to this flavor profile. On the heavy side of medium-bodied with solid carb & a slickness all around. Very drinkable, maybe too much so.

O: This has been & remains a classic. I'd easily rank it among the best IPAs of it's era & it still has a leg up on a lot of the new additions to the bloated IPA market.

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Photo of davidnrobyn
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly world-class beer, and I can't believe I can get it for $2.49 a 24-oz bottle!!! The maltiness, hoppiness, and overall greatness of this beer can't be exaggerated.

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Photo of 911CROFT
2.92/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

350ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.00 for a single bottle.

Pours a semi opaque, shiny dark orange/ copper body with lovely reddish pink tinges that show through when held to the light. A thin off white head made of large soapy bubbles quickly forms to two fingers in height and later condenses to a thicker foam upon a short rest. It leaves excellent lacing all the way down the glass, even towards the bottom when the head has been reduced to a thin white cap.

Powerful citrusy hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit is the main scent but also noticeable are marmalade, pine and floral notes. It has a medium bodied feel with a very slight oily consistency. Small bubbles rise quickly from the bottom of the glass to give a lively carbonation that playfully foams up with a light swill around the mouth. The initial taste hints at a slightly sweet, fruity malt that doesn’t last long enough before handing over to more dominant dry bitter hops. Pine and citrus fruit pith are the main overriding flavours after this point. To my tastes, once these have kicked in, they are all that is left. The finish is a little too bitter, it has a slight astringency but not so much that it leaves the palate dry, in fact it is quite crisp and refreshing. At 7.2% the alcohol is well hidden, perhaps it was just masked by the bitterness but my bottle went down quite easily.

Overall I found the further I got down the glass, the more I liked the beer. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had a stronger malt backbone, or if the hops came in a little later. I will probably look to revisit this one in the future if I develop a greater taste for more hop forward or bitter styles.

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Photo of jorgmike
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maple like/ dark golden color, amber tint

S: Hoppy with a citrus scent, a little grapefruit in there as well

T: Smooth taste with that extra hoppy/bitter feel. Hint of grapefruit like the smell, the tail end of the beer is sweet, and is not extremely carbonated.

M: Medium-bodied, not extremely carbonated

O: Loved this beer even though I am not an avid IPA drinker. With an IBU of 65, it was a great level of bitterness that accented a great flavored beer. Definitely recommend to others!

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: nice shade of almost a dark orange. Almost looks unfiltered but you can see through it. Smell: citrus, fruit, hops, pine. Taste: amazing! Very fruity with just enough hopiness to prove that it is an IPA. Feel: perfect, just the right amount of carbonation and not too heavy/ light. Also has a wonderful aftertaste but it doesn't linger very long. Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had! I would Recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys Good beer.

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Photo of mjmay12
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a favorite. It seems to appear at places that don't have any good craft beer. It will do in a pinch, but would choose many others before this IPA.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,813 ratings.