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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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6-pack from Belmont Station here in Portland..

- Great dark amber color, like a slightly aged copper penny. Light off-white head w/ a tiny bit of lacing. Not foggy, but clear.

- I was expecting a bigger, more citrus-like smell... but didn't get that. Slight sour and bitter hop notes, and a bit of caramel malt. Smells like the ESB.

- To me it tastes like their ESB as well... sweet, malty, caramel.. and a punch of bitterness. Taste is rather strong n' sweet.. but to me not really like an IPA.

- Decent carbonation.. but a bit too much.. a bit chewy... leaves me grating my teeth. Somewhat dry.

- Good in flavor, but not too drinkable.. a bit too rich for an easily drinkable IPA. All my favorite IPA's can really go down in quantity if desired.

Overall I am not impressed with this one... going out of my way to get it.. kind of wish I saved the extra $9 on my $100 shopping spree. Summit hops? Tasted that hop a lot more in Widmers Drifter.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - amber color, three finger head. Soap bubbles on the lacing but it does stick around well.

s - hops explosion. I get a little sulfur underneath, too.

t - no surprise - grapefruit and hops. The bitterness starts light but grows until the first inhale after a swallow. Then it just mellows out. Some lower throat warming.

m - medium body with some mouth coating. Great light yet prickly carbonation.

Okay, the recent forum posts tempted me to try this one. Most said that they generally disliked their first 1-2 glasses but then grew to appreciate it as the night went on. I'm not a big hops guy so I didn't get the six-pack to try out that theory but I did let the bottle warm up quite a bit before pouring so I can taste things more clearly.

d - As not much of a hops fan, this is decent. Even from one glass I think I can see the draw on liking this more as the night goes on. As with anything, the taste becomes less intense as you consume more of it in a short session. I don't know that I would session the stuff but I think it would be a reasonable option for pitchers shared with hop-loving friends. It warms nicely too - no big alcohol hits develop on the nose and the good mouthfeel works at warmed temps. I have to rate this in-category and say that as a well-hopped beer I like it.

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Photo of jgap
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to matt for this one! Pours a deep amber with tons of frothy, white head. Smell is sweet grapefruit, with a hint of toffee and some earthy notes. Taste is slightly malty up front. Smooth toffee which is quickly interrupted by the hops. Strong grapefruit, earthy notes and some slight pepper. The aftertaste is a lingering crisp hoppiness. Very good beer!

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/09/09.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with an inch of soft beige foam. The head receded slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piny hops and hints of malt. A bit tame, but still smells good.

Taste starts with sweet caramel and biscuit-like malt flavor. That is followed by plenty of bitter citrus and piny hops. Some grapefruit flavor as well. The taste is well balanced between the sweetness up front and the bitter finish.

Feel is smooth with ample carbonation. It's medium-bodied and leaves some stickiness around the mouth. Drinkability is decent, but it's too heavy to be sessionable.

Overall, a very solid beer. This is one of my favorite beers from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of slk22
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber with a nice cream colored head having a hint of amber. Head retention is good and very inviting. Aroma is a bit understated, but pleasant. Citrus notes of orange, lemon, and pine are obvious. Taste is stronger than the aroma, beginning with the sweetness of the expected lemon and orange citrus. The sweetness is followed by more acidic grapefruit leading into a pleasant pine bitterness, strong, but not puckering. Well-balanced. Moderate carbonation is present and mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Overall, a very tasty and refreshing beer. I will definitely have this one again. Not overly complex, but solid and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, effervescent dark copper, with a fluffy one finger off-white head that sticks around awhile, actually getting bigger and denser as the glass wore on. Interesting.

Nose is soft and citrusy, a bit piney. Not very bold.

Taste is clean and citrusy. Clean citrusy hops with a piney astringency sit on top of a mildly sweet, not-quite-biscuity malt note. As the beer warms, the sweet turns a bit caramelly, and the citrus melds with the sweetness to get a bit more pronounced. Clean but fairly astringent at the same time, if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, sharp, with a medium-full mouthfeel that's just a bit oily.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear copper with a creamy ecru head.

S - Grapefruit, piny resin.

T - Delicious. The frontend is a little spicy, faint white pepper hoppiness that mellows with some sweetness, takes on a citrus quality that sticks with it through the finish.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Notes - Extremely solid beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of wchesak
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Put in a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout snifter

A- brownish red body, with a fingers worth of tan tinted cream head

S- lots of grapefruit with a slight pine smell in the back

T- nice bitterness all over the place, certainly powerful enough to know this is an IPA, the malt is so far in the background, but then again that is where it should be

M- decently carbonated, can pick up the oiliness brought on my the hops

D- could certainly have a few of these in a night, maybe not as much as the S.N. pale ale which is more balance, but it is just great overall

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Photo of grayburn
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of latercol
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a orangeish reddish color. Nice tight head. good lacing

I smell grapefruit mostly. Smells great could be a little more in your face though.

taste is crisp and citrusy and very thirst quenching too:)

Mouthfeel is smooth with some hop oils noticable on the finish

Drinkibility is high for an IPA. Overall a really good IPA and considering the price this is one I will get again:)

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a fluffy, light tan head that lingers for quite some time. Piney, floral hoppiness in the nose. Taste is oily, piney hops with a nice balance of malt to keep the hoppiness from being over the top. Medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. I didn't really feel that this was similar to Celebration, it has it's own unique character - I like it and welcome it as a new year round choice.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper body with a two-finger off-white head with amazing retention staying around the entire drink. Leaves a perfect sheet of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smells strongly of hops and pine with some small traces of caramel maltiness.

T: Very heavy on the hop side. Strong hops with hints of citrus and strong pine almost completely mask the small caramel flavor of the malts. Very dry bitter finish. The alcohol kicks in and out throughout the drink starting from the 3rd sip to the last...it seems to be some weird affair of SN pale ales.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, decently carbonated and oily. The drinkability goes down a bit due to the lack of balance, but still very good. I'm sure that if SN put this in a bomber and released it once a year it's rating would make it on the top 100.

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

Poured into New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: big fluffy white head, that leaves some big lacing. Has a nice dark amber color. Looks almost like honey.

Smell: There are a lot of subtitles in this drink. Nice piney notes, and some very nice citrus notes. There are also some nice sweet berry notes. Almost like white grapes. Very nice nose.

Taste: Taste is a bouquet of citrus. Lemon juice, orange zest, grapefruit. There is a very pleasant sweet undertone to this. Like the white grape in the nose it has the same bright sweetness in the taste. The malts are very subtle but, are very very nice.

Mouth: Medium bodied, a light/bright carbonation. Leaves the mouth just a little thick. Pretty good.

Drink: For being slightly higher in ABV, and moderately bitter, very drinkable. One of my top IPAs so far in my book.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is highly hoppy - citric & resinous with floral notes. Smells quite good.

Pours a rich caramel color, fair clarity, nice lasting head. Looks good.

Crisp body with soft toasty malt and lots of hop. Excellent IPA. It's not over-the-top hoppy, but it's got a kick. The malt is just present enough to provide a solid ground without stealing the show. Tastes good.

Nicely done guys, thanks.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new SN beer in the Texas area. I poured this into a wide chalice. It has a very nice bright copper color, with a modest head. The aroma is appropriately hoppy, but surprisingly not cascades like all of SN's other beers. It has a nice earthy, resinous scent. Very nice flavor, with loads of hops to the taste, like new-mown hay or turned earth... perfect springy hop flavor. The malt is crisp and biscuit-like, and provides a nice balance. Not too heavy-bodied, and eminently drinkable.

A nice addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup. When I first had SN PA, about 20 years ago, it was the hoppiest thing I had ever drunk. Today, though it seems rather bland. This IPA isn't as far out there as some others, but it's a darned good-drinking one.

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Photo of hero27
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear, light amber. Strong head of eggshell colored froth.
Aroma of slight grapefruit & some light crystal malt.
Surprisingly strong malt presence..with heavy tones of caramel & burnt malt in each sip. Good citrus flavor, with plenty of orange & lemon zest mixed with the herbal hoppiness.
The flavor profile is almost middle-ground between Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale & their Celebration Ale.
Overall, an enjoyable IPA from the boys in Chico, California.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic. Had this on-tap May 30, 2008 at Bukowski's in Boston (Cambridge). This review contrasts previous review.

Crystal clear amber hue with a think and extremely dense one finger head. The head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a strong wall of lacing. Webby rings of lacing coat the glass.

The hop aroma, as I recall from my on-tap review, are very light, and somewhat surprisingly light now that I've heard more about the beer. Toasty malts with some leafy and slightly spicy hops.

The beer from the bottle seems to carry more hop flavor than it did on-tap, but not much more. The torpedo process really captures the hop flavor to keep it inline with the amount of bitterness. You can almost feel the hop oils.

A very drinkable hoppy beer. The on-tap version seemed to be slightly lighter, more like your average AIPA. This one definitely is loaded with the grapefruit citrus flavors. Highly recommended, in bottle, or on-tap.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clarity that is consistent with the Sierra Nevada line. Deep amber color with a caramel-frosting colored head - think carrot cake in color. Big fluffy head made a big bubblers. Significant lacing.

S - Like sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Big, bright, pure hop smell. Wonderfully floral and bitter. Perfect is a word that comes to mind. Just what I'm looking for when I reach for an American IPA.

T - Wonderfully balanced while still packing a punch. Big hop flavor - banana, grapefruit, flowers are all present. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness that is very pleasant - none of that puckerface action sometimes associated with an IPA. A paramount example of the style.

MF/D - Very drinkable, especially conisdering the alcohol content. Delightfully interesting mouthfeel.

I can't reccomend this beer enough. Another great offering from SN that will please any fan of the style. Try this out immediately!

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a little bit of a head.

Smell is grassy. Piney hops dominate with just a bit of citrus in there as well.

Taste is more of the same. Piney hops. Sweet with just enough bite.

Overall, this is of course a tasty beer, because it is the pale ale with more hops.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but that's just me. Overall, it's a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally for just over $9 a sixpack including tax.

This pours a very bright clear gold colour with about an inch of foam.

The smell is very hoppy with pine and citrus being well represented. Heck, I even get a decent caramel malt presence after more sniffing. I'm hoping that the malt is more assertive in the taste than the smell as I'm just in the mod for a balanced IPA.

The taste has big hop flavours up front with lots of citrus and grass, pine as well though more noticeable to me in the smell, and...yep...sandwiched in between I can defintely taste a good malt backbone that culminates about mid palate and just before the finish. The finish itself is hop dominated but there's still a smidgeon of malt there and it cuts into the bitterness nicely.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is also medium but just saying that doesn't put it in proper perspective. Let me just say for the category, it's excellent.

Drinkability? Very tasty, unintrusive alcohol, nice mouthfeel, easy drinking...I think this is a terrific IPA that begged over and over for another sip. Sierra Nevada hit another home run with this one!

Edit: I found that the local Albertson's carries it for $7.86 a sixer....what a fantastic bargain!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Appearence is a hazy amber with a thick white heading Lacing is decent leaves some legs behind.

Smell is ridiculous. One of the finest aroma's you can find in a beer. Citrus , piney , malty , bready , grassy, anything and everything is thrown into this.

Taste is a bit of an overkill for me.Heavy caramel malts and a very earthy tasting beer. An awesome sting of citrus hops in the end.

Mouthfeel very wet not heavily carbonated but definitely there. I can't believe I will say this but seems like it has perfect balance.

Drinkability is very high at 7.2% Can't really see myself drinking more than a few.

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Photo of kmeves
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a smallish head and no lacing. The aroma is medium sweet with citrus, pine, grassy and sweet grainy malt. The flavor is heavy piney fruity bitterness and caramel sweet malt. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. The finish is dry and more bitter than initially. I had high hopes for this one based on what I had read but it doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of cnally
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy flour and sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft citrus. Moderate bitter flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration.

Very good brew.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.