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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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8,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,618
Reviews: 2,584
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 166
Gots: 980 | 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 DeFaz
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an IPA that has great hop flavor while also being balanced. I think some who will try this "extra IPA" will be disappointed because of the balance--they are looking for a very dry and bitter beer with a lot of bite, and this won't deliver. But this is a great IPA because of the complexity of the hops, which leave a somewhat sweet floral and pine taste. No, the ABV isn't very high and the bitterness isn't either, but it's a nice, powerful beer that isn't lopsided. This beer showcases the hops without burning the palate with unchecked hops. The pour is great--a good sized head with very nice retention. I liked the nose for its floral and citrus aromas, which were also present in the taste. And the mouthfeel is spot on--not too bitter, and a thickness and carbonation that are good. Overall, I feel fortunate to find such a high quality beer at a reasonable price. It won't please the IPA fans looking for the boldest, hoppiest brew, but it is likely to satisfy those who recognize that an IPA isn't just about how many hops you can throw in there--it's about complexity, balance, and nuance.

DeFaz, Oct 02, 2013
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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - There's never a disappointing Torpedo pour -- tawny, clear amber body with a thick frothy, pearl head that retains oh so well. Lacing stands so well throughout the entire glass.
S - While not as pronounced as I wish this could be, there is some hop bouquet to enjoy
T - Citrus hop bombardment right from the beginning! I realize this is an IPA, but for an IPA, its hop profile is so balanced, with a little trending forward. Some resiny, piny character, but mostly citrus, grapefruit, some toffee, lighter malts with a touch of caramel. Some sweet character in there, likely a lil' SG left on the hyrdrometer, but it is oh so balanced. Hops shine through, with just enough malt backbone to propel the bitterness forward.
M - This is the epitome of quaffable, sessionable IPA's. Hands down. Just enough of a body to balance and retain the spicy bitterness from the hops, but never too much. I could quaff and quaff and quaff this all the live long day.
O - This is probably one of my favorite session beers. It's balanced, not dry, not heavy in body nor light. It's that go-to trustee that I know will not disappoint.

StrongAleSkeptic, Sep 27, 2013
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,618 ratings.