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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 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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Photo of Iceman77
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber color with two fingers of head which recedes fairly quickly to a soapy surface film with clingy lace. The first thing that hit me on the aroma was the scent of grapefruit, the overall aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. The flavor of course is big hops mirroring the aroma, with a nice bite of bitterness. I personally found the mouthfeel a little on the dry/bitter side, but not in a terrible way. Not quite a session brew like their classic pale ale, but you could def have a few in a sitting. Great to see Sierra Nevada coming through with a bigger brew like this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/20/2009. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a 2 inch frothy off-white head after a vigorous pour. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops. Obviously, it tastes hoppy. The taste is the same as the aroma, pine and citrusy hops. It's a good, hoppy brew with a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation with a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. It's a good overall brew, I'd buy this again for sure.

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

pours a copper/orange color with a3/4 inch head that settles quickly then great lacing to the finish ..very nice..then the smell wow! pine right away then citrus and herb smells some tropical fruit and you smell the hops i know this might be good.. then the taste its outstanding. crisp pine notes floral accents and bittersweet hops with a little malt finish mmmm this is a good IPA..the mouthfeel is everything you would expect from an IPA.. also very easy to drink at 7.2 abv..this is an outstanding IPA i highly recommend it if you like crisp hop forward floral IPAS

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Photo of erikm25
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent gold and sharp copper with burnt reddish hues. This one is pure crispness as it sits in the glass. No haze at all through the body. The head, like every SN I have tried, is a pillowing mass of fluffy bubbles. Retention is very strong and long lasting all the way to the grave. Sprial lacing around the glass like a tornado of bubbles and froth.

S: Aromas are strong with both citrus tang and peppery pine freshness. Hints of lemon, melon, and grassy herbs. A faint floral undertone. The hops smell vibrates from out of the glass. While not overwhelming it is an aroma that should be expected with some subtle apple undertones. .

T: This is straight hops zest with every taste. A great combination of grapefruit and pine needles. The bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Very minimal pale and caramel malt balance that kicks in towards the end. Seems to lean more to the citrus hops. Crisp and refreshing with a long and dry finish. At over 7% this is a rewarding and fun beer to throw back.

M: Very sticky and resined despite having a relatively light body.

D: An absolute deal for the price. I need to try this in conjunction with the Celebration Ale to see which one I like more. It isn't quite a double but it is much more than your typical IPA. It delivers on the hops front. If bittering hops, with little balance, is your thing than this is recommended. Soundtracks for this one included Artillery and Clutch.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased from Harris Teeter in Cary, NC.

A - Golden color with good clarity and large off white head. Nice spider web like lacing.

S - Strong citrusy and floral hop aromas with some toasted malt and a touch of yeast coming through.

T - More balanced than I expected from a west coast IPA. There's a nice citrusy bitterness that you'd expect from a Sierra Nevada IPA. But it's joined by a nice toasted malt foundation with some almond and biscuit.

M - Good body and moderate carbonation.

D - This beer has a lot going for it; especially appearance, flavor and availability. I love the way Sierra Nevada embraces the business side of brewing (volume, distribution, etc.) without losing touch with the beer itself.

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Photo of karst
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent citrusy American Hop Aroma (from Magnum, Crystal and Citra dry hopping) bit resinous. Clean malty sweetness in background. Clean neutral fermentation character with some low alcohol (7.2 abv) with warming. Low/no esters no diacetyl

Appearance is light reddish copper or Deep golden amber with orange-ish tint. Clear (no expected haze from dry hopping with whole cone hops) Ivory well formed head is persistent with fine beaded creamy cap, ring and lace.

Strong hop flavor with piny citrussy and perhaps lightly herbal note. High hop bitterness (70 IBUs) with additional supporting bready malt backbone. Balance is well toward hops. Very low lovibond Crystal malt gives little/ no caramel flavor but a light toasty malt flavor. No Diacetyl. Hints of tropical fruitiness nearly overwhelmed by dominate hop flavors from Crystal and magnum finishing hops. Long lingering bitterness that noes not become harsh. Medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is of medium body with a medium high carbonation. Light bite from carbonic acids and higher IBUs tingles tongue. Smooth alcoholic warming. Never astringent. Round smoothness in mouthfeel - Dextrins from CaraPils specialty malt.

Outstanding drinkability even with its top of the range American IPA characteristics. Don't just expect a bumped up version of SN's Pale Ale this borders on a well balanced lower alcohol intrepretation of an Imperial IPA

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Photo of hwwty4
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconisaveggie for giving me this.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a deep amber red that shows some tangerine hues when held up to the light. The head was a bit small for a normal IPA but it did leave some very sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is, well, hoppy. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, handfuls of fresh pine needles, a bit of grapefruit and some lemon zest thrown in, to add a bit of bitterness. The flavor isn't as hoppy as the aroma. The pine is more prevalent, with the lemony citrus playing second fiddle. There is also just a bit of biscuits. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but it really doesn't affect the quality of the beer. I'm glad to see Sierra Nevada pushing the boundaries and I hope they really continue doing it.

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

3/6/09 Pint glass from 12 oz bottle

Clear light copper color and fresh appearance. One finger of head and some lacing.

Smell is faint, some hops and a little malt.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, similar to the pale ale with more complexity. Medium mouthfeel, very well balanced.

Drinkability is excellent. This is my new favorite IPA, and quite possbily the easiest drinking 7% ABV beer I've had.

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Photo of chilly460
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured out of a 12oz bottle to a plain pint glass, sat for 5minutes.

A - Very nice, coppery color with a thick off white head. Excellent lacing down the glass with every sip.

S- Pure hops for me, piney

T - Smooth up front, decent malt. Big piney/grassy hops in the middle, then a clean finish. Not overly bitter (I'm not a real hophead) which I liked.

M - Decent, nothing exceptional. Felt "clean" to me.

D - Excellent, nicely balanced, smell made me want to take another sip. Light drinking, but it does have a decent alcohol warmth.

A nice heavier IPA for guys like me that aren't true hopheads.

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Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear amber. Pours a large head that slowly falls leaving excellent lacing.
Smell is fresh pine and citric hops though on the mild side. A bit of malt comes in at the end.
Taste is a light hop presence with a bit of mild bitterness. Light malt, again at the end.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium.
Drinkability is good. Not especially hoppy or balanced. It's still a decent beer. Not my favorite for this style by a good 10-15 other IPAs but better than most.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent golden color that produces a nice 2.5 finger head when poured aggressively. The lacing is nice around the glass.

S: Suuuper hops with a nice malty note that drifts through. Also, a sugary/sweet nose that was hardly present, but still there. Overall nicely balanced on the nose.

T: Again, super hoppy (although not as hoppy as I had expected from the "extra IPA" slogan. Also, the alcohol is not really noticeable to me, but the warmth is there for sure, especially when the beer warms up and open out. The hops will absolutely kill the shit out of your palate...

MF/D: A lot less "sticky" than I had anticipated, which was a relief to me because I do not tend to care for that aspect of the average IPAs. Goes down smooth, the body is good, but I could have appreciated a little thicker texture, but well done anyhow.

Overall ANOTHER solid offering from Sierra Nevada. The strange thing is that I do not ever remember seeing this particular brew before, but I'm glad I jumped on it!

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

Was curious what the torpedo would add. I really liked it. I read some people were dissapointed, not me.

A Copper with nice white head. Nice lacing too.

S Hops. smelled like hops

T Hops. taste like hops. smooth bitterness but still bitter, not an assault. i expected more malt judging by the color but hops rule. of course the american citrus hop festival.

M light. pretty light.

D after a few sips i started wondering about the abv. 7.2 huh? thought it was a little stronger.

i for one think this beer lived up to the hype. and i got it for 7$/6pack. bargain!

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color with white head that dissipates quickly. Relatively low carbonation. Clear.

Lots of pine and herbal hop notes on the nose, with a little lighter citrus component than I was expecting. Definitely an IPA nose, though.

Piney herbaceousness follows through on the palate. Decent malt backbone with a lingering dry, bitter finish gives the impression of a more full mouthfeel to an otherwise medium-bodied beer.

It's been a long time since I've had anything from Sierra Nevada, so I won't even try to compare this to my memories of their flagship pale ale. On it's own this is a pretty good beer and I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra flavor, extra fun, with wrigley's spearmint gum.

Pours out an uninspired flat looking orange. Like if Brittney Spears had a fake tan when she had her "comeback" performance on the VMA's.

Smells a little malty sweet, a little citrusy hoppy. Not very good on either account. Siskel and Ebert give it two thumbs down.

At least it tastes ok. Hoppy, not well balanced, but hoppy. It's lacking that something extra i'm looking for in my Extra IPAs.

Overall, Kate Moss thin, but you get a piney resiny aftertaste. Not impressed, they usually do IPA's right, but not with this blend of 11 secret herbs and spices.

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Photo of strangebrew52
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a bout a fingers worth of head.

S: I'm not getting much from the smell, a trace amount of piney hops but not much else

T: You can't smell much but the taste is great, lots of piney bitterness up front with a hint of citrus a tad bit of sweetness but it works really well

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, nice an crisp and goes down smooth.

D: Great session beer, especially for the price.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2009. Courtesy of Phil, thanks!

Poured in 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large thick tan head. Moderate carbonation. Clear washed out copper color. Strong aroma of grapefruit, resin and ethanol. Stars with a lot of sweet hops, floral and resin. Lots of bittersweet bruleed grapefruit, some caramel. Bitterness kicks in towards the end and finish. Strong tangy citrus notes in the aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is nicely warming.

Full of hop flavors without being overly bitter.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a thin white head and light lacing.

The smell is not very intense. The strongest smell is floral/herbal hops complimented by light earthy tones.

The taste is much more defined than the smell. It's dominated by bitter floral hops with a hint of citrus. This is more bitter than I expected. There is a touch of caramel sweetness.

I enjoyed the mouthfeel. This is very smooth for the style and leaves a crisp, dry finish.

This goes down very easy and sessionable.

For the price, very good beer.

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

Appearance: Torpedo's very clear and copper in color. Not a single bit haze in the glass. The head is a tad off-white and stands about two fingers tall. It was pretty slow to recede and left a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is not quite as strong as I'd like, but it is good. It's a little biscuity and yeasty up front. Some very refreshing citrus grapefruit, lemon, and orange scents emerge giving it a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are very vibrant. They smell a little piney, but mostly citric. A nice mix of pale and caramel malts is noted. Smells like the pale variety is the stronger of the two. Doesn't smell overly malty though. Good sign. Alcohol is not noted. Nice smell, but could use some more strength.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon strike first here. It's a very refreshing sweet flavor. Pale and caramel malts add more of a sweet flavor. Pale malts are definitely stronger and really lay a nice foundation for the hoppy flavor that follows. The hops are mostly citric, but have a bit of a pine flavor. It's nice and bitter. They're not at all affected by the malts. It remains bitter overall, but is somewhat close to being a well balanced IPA. There's some yeasty/biscuity notes on the tail that linger into the aftertaste. Alcohol is blended very well and is not noticeable. It finishes bitter and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth overall. Carbonation is nice and crisp. Not exactly a creamy feel, but good nonetheless. Drinkability is very high. It goes down very easy, has a lot of flavor, and an abv that doesn't scare you away. I could take down a few of these easily.

Torpedo's an impressive beer. I'm intrigued by the "Extra IPA" label. Is there really such a thing? This one probably falls into the good ol' IPA category if you ask me. There really isn't anything about that ventures out of that territory. Whatever you want to call it, it's very good beer. I like it quite a bit. The nose could use a little more strength, but that's about the only minor complaint I have. Very solid beer otherwise. Check it out.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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