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

a: This was a clear, bright golden coppery color. It poured with a huge, sticky, craggy white head.

s: Fresh hoppy aromas of pine with lemon zest and a little generic, abrasive bitterness. Sweet balance from caramel maltiness.

t: Very flavorful, yet balanced at the same time. Big piny, citric, somewhat solventy hops backed caramel sweetness.

m: Long lasting, fizzy carbonation and a slick body.

d: Very good overall, but there was an unrefined roughness here that suprised me coming from SN. Still, this is a delicious and very hoppy bargain.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a 1-finger, off-white head atop a ruby red body. It's pretty clean with heavy-medium carbonation. The head fell to a full lace that left nice sticky rings on the glass.

S- The aroma is initially hop forward. It's a nice mix of pine and citrus. Further inspection leads the nose to a nice malt backbone, which comes off with a sweet, caramel scent.

T- The hops are quite pronounced and earthy. I pick up a lot of pine and grassy notes. The flavor isn't nearly as balanced as the aroma would suggest. There's a faint flavor of caramel malts, but they're pushed to the background.

M- The hops play all sorts of games in your mouth. It starts with a nice bite. A dry finish leaves the tongue nearly paralyzed until the next sip. Very interesting.

D- It's not a bad drinker. It straddles the line between a traditional IPA and a double. I'd say it's closer to an extra-hoppy traditional, American IPA. The lesser balance takes a little bit from the drinkability.

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

Clear ruby-gold in color, pours with a fluffy head, crazy lacing. Smells very piney.

Taste, of course, is very piney. Very good hoppy aftertaste, bitterness is balanced nicely against...some kind of splash of sweetness when it hits your tongue.

Feels light but clingy on my tongue. Very drinkable, for someone who can handle the hops.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness and fruity citrus sweetness. Both flavors remain dominant the whole time you're drinking the beer. There's a hearty malt character and a background flavor of caramel. The after-taste is likewise slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely an excellent beer with a lot of flavor and substance that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking dark golden color into my Duvel tulip glass. The pour produces a nice foamy two finger head that has nice retention and provides some excellent lacing.

Smells like floral hops and citrus fruits. The smell is intoxicating and I want to gulp it right away. Behind the hops is a hint of caramel.

The first sip hits the tongue and it's total hoppiness. Midway through the drink the malt kicks in adding balance, then the finish is hoppy fresh.

Light body, medium carbonation. Just a touch on the thin side, but a nice feel washing over the tongue and down the throat.

I've had three of these previously. Tonight I drank one and then followed it up with another. I'd like to drink yet another, but I'm all out. Very drinkable.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Palm snifter. Nice head that quickly disappeared. Left a ring on the glass with minimal lacing. Sweet aroma of citrus and pine come up with a faint honey note. While not the hop fest I was hoping for, it has a bite and is very well balanced. while less hoppy as Celebration, the malt sweetness is perfect with it. Very smooth, with the faint pleasing dryness of the hops lingering. A very fine IPA from SN, with a great balance.

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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is a very clear light amber ale with a creamy off-white head that has great longevity and leaves great lacing. The aroma is heavy with notes of pine and grapefruit. I would expect no less from Sierra Nevada. There is a light smell of caramel-- probably crystal malt. It has a lively medium body that's pretty dry all the way to the finish. It tastes like it smells, pretty much. It's quite bitter and well balanced. The 7.2% ABV isn't detectable at all, so watch out if you feel like pounding these, folks. This kind of reminds me of their Celebration Ale.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden orange in color with a nice big off white head that held to the bottom of the glass and left great lacing.

S- Lots of pine, floral and citrus aromas, some grapefruit and lemons in there. A little caramel sweetness comes through and a hint of white cake.

T- This is a very dry bitter beer, not much malt to balance the hops at all. Some pine and citrus flavors that give it a light fruitiness in the middle but in the end it drys out and becomes quite bitter.

M- Dry bitter bite. Well carbonated.

Overall- This beer is completely unbalanced. If you are looking for dry bitter hops this is where its at... if you like something with a bit more character this is not the beer for you.

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into my favorite pint glass. Its a dark reddish hue of a tint in color, foggy with no see through. Smells of whole-cone hops, what did you expect? Not too much of the aromatics are coming out tonight, killer lacing and head. Taste is of bitter, piny hops, perfectly carbonated to enhance. Medium bodied, little thick, sticky, bitter on the withdraw that lingers. Very drinkable for the hopheads, all others may want to reconsider. This is my favorite SN brew bar none.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this after a LONG ASS DAY at work. Pours a nice orange color. Not a whole lot of head or lacing on the glass. Lot of hops in the nose. Traces of juniper. Bitter up front on the taste and becomes citrusy, hoppy, with traces of alcohol. Very bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel. Good flavor and good drinkability. I would buy this again for more of a session IPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass. It's good to see another year round beer from SN.

A- SN Torpedo has a color a bit brighter than copper, perhaps bronze to a burnt golden color. A sturdy pour produced a 1/2 inch dismal white head that faded quickly. A thin sheet of bubbles were left on the top as well as minimal lacing.

S- Torpedo smells like something from the left coast for sure. A bunch of American hops and a good malt base which you would expect. This gives of citrus & earthy scents with sweetness from the malts. Some bready characteristics as well. Hops are the dominate force.

T- Torpedo hits its target with a blow of west coast hop goodness. Not the biggest assult of hops but a good enough profile for a year round brew. They give off the usual grapefruit and pine taste which is evenly split. After the initial strike Torpedo lowers its arms and gives off a good maltiness for the injured tastebuds with a slight caramel sweetness. This is a well executed IPA.

M- A bit thicker on the mouth than I expected But this is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carb felt on the tounge. A nice amount of bittering power but nothing over the top. A smooth IPA with the hop cones lingering well after I am finished. Well balanced with no alcohol distractions.

D- This one is year round to my knowledge so I think I found a new IPA for the rotation. I would gladly drink this at anytime. I could probably finish 3-4 bottles over an evening without killing my palette. Not a hop bomb but a damn smooth American IPA.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really wanted to love this. Celebration is an old time fav, was hoping for a year round offering with more hops and more bite.

nice amber pour. average aroma. waiting for a hop bite with flavor beyond the celebration ale level for this "extra IPA"...nope.

a nice introductory IPA. A great beer to give to a buddy trying to move into the craft beer movement.

I was hoping for a lot more and was let down. Which means I'm not buying this unless there's nothing else good available. And these days, usually there is something else good available.

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Photo of roan22
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours an amber color, and there is a bit of nice lacing. The aroma is quite great..very fresh hops in a sharp grapefruit and pine sense..also a buttery caramel note.

Taste is great..is it mindblowing..no, but very close to it. What I would expect from a California IPA. It is very fresh and very sharp on the tongue which I like. The booziness is there a little bit but it is not as extreme as other similar IPAs.

Nothing really smooth or balanced about this ale which impresses me but I am a hophead so I appreciate this quality, if not outright require it.

Mouthfeel is tingly and I like it. I am pretty sure I like this Torpedo Extra version better than the regular SN Harvest Ale, Anniversary Ale, and maybe even better than this years' earlier SN one-off, Chico Estate. But Celebration still is tops to me overall.

Drinkabiliity also ranks high, especially when eating chocolate. I don't care how weird it is, chocolate and IPA's go awesome together!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice, clear amber. Fairly small off-white head, but still pretty sudsy and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Citrus and pine.

Huge blast of hops on the tongue, mostly grapefruit. The caramel malt base is there, but the hops quickly remind you that they're running this show. Nice pine bitterness in the finish to go with the citrus.

The carbonation in this is quite tingly, but not overdone. Very crisp. This one is very drinkable. The alcohol is undetectable. This is a very solid offering from Sierra Nevada. I don't think I like it as much as Celebration, but it's damn close.

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Photo of biker30x
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint absolutely crystal clear and golden orange with a full off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a sticky lace throughout. Faint nose of pine and citrus. Sharp and hoppy on the tongue but not a brutal hop-bomb. The spicy bite of pine resin is balanced beautifully by burnt caramel and grapefruit sweetness of the malt with a suggestion of bready yeast. Surprisingly thick on the tongue and a finish that trends towards sweet rather than sharp. Seems to be designed to be a huge IPA for the masses, the result is a nearly perfectly balanced hoppy beer that is extremely drinkable. Gives the other IPAs a run for their money and is priced well to boot.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange color with two fingers of off white head, a beautiful beer.

Scent of grassy hops, citrus, some pine, and a hint of earth. Smells like a good West Coast IPA.

Taste of grassy hops, earth, spices, caramel, and malts. More malts and less hops than I had hoped for, but a good IPA nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick, not bad but slightly thin.

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

a - Crystal clear amber body, no haze or floaties whatsoever. Nice fluffy off white head leaves some lacing.

s - Strong Pine hops aromas.

t - Pine shines through right away. Hops are present throughout but it's not a hop bomb. Rich malt backbone balances the bitter hops with sweet sweet flavor. Really well rounded. Alcohol is very well masked, not at all hot or off putting.

m/d - Mouth feel is perfect for the flavor and size of the brew. Very tasty, very drinkable. At 7.2% however make sure you share with your friends or you'll be asleep before you know it.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into scaldis glass

a-hazy orange copper color with very minimal head that disapated quickly but left a lacy film here and there in the glass

s-noticeable hop aroma up front with a melon characteristic i cannot pin point did not really detect any malt in the smell

t-nice and hoppy but i dont think its quite and ipa more like a beefed up apa. hop sting in the aftertaste

m-a little oily not quite like i want my ipas and a little more watery that i expected but nothing too bad

d-fair i could drink 2-3 in one sitting but i dont think i would want any more than that

overall a solid offering from sn...i was slightly disappointed with this considering all the hype this beer has garnered but it it still a good beer but i dont see it being a session beer for me

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Photo of nick76
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big grapefruit and pine, lightly toasted malt, caramel and some yeast in the aroma. The appearance is deep golden with a copper hue. The head is rather small but OK for the style. The flavor is like the aroma with lots of hops and some yeastiness. It also has a nice bread like aftertaste with a bit of soapiness. The palate is smooth. Outstanding.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Nice orange, amberish color with an off-white, one-finger head. Not a whole lot of lacing left behind.

S: Love the nose on this one! Was expecting a typical citrus hoppy aroma, but instead it was a more roasted/toasted & earthy. Then the nose finishes with sweet red berries.

T: Hoppy up-front pine flavors, some spice but very well balanced with the toasted malty flavor. They did a great job of fitting this in a category somewhere between a regular IPA & a Double IPA. Hardly an alcohol presence considering its at 7.2 ABV.

M: a light-medium body. Creamy yet still carbonated.

D: Drinks easier than expected. Wasn't expecting a "Extra IPA" to be this smooth. Another great beer by Sierra Nevada.

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

Pours a crystal clear copper with a full off-white head that has stellar retention. Lots of carbonation rocketing off the bottom of the mug. Torpedo is a very beautiful beer. Smells very good though not beyond what one would expect of an IPA: strong hops upfront, very citrusy and piney, with sweet malts detectable in the background. Tastes like it smells, with a long, resinous finish that is strong but not to the point of making you cringe. This is a terrific beer. Probably goes best with cheese or other foods.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is solid finger off-white, airy/bubbly head; hues of copper, tan and amber and there is sticky lacing rounding out an everpresent head.
Citrus and herbal hop notes on the nose with just the slightest sweetness deep in the aroma.
Tastes of herbs, florals that glide smoothly over the tongue, lightly coating the palate. The beer doesn't leave the massive amounts of residue featured in DIPAs, but it's still pleasant. There's a brief sweetness at the front of the sip, rounded out by that pine/forest flavor. In general, the taste is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is my favorite part about this beer. Medium bodied and medium carbonation and smooth as hell. This beer goes down so easily that I polished off the 12oz in mere minutes. An exceptionally drinkable beer, with the alcohol creeping up on you only at the very end. I've already recommended this to friends and I look forward to trying some more.

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Photo of zerofear13
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer! Truly amazing. I've always been a huge fan of Sierra Nevada. I feel like they were the ones who brought me into the craft beer scene. So SN is quite dear to my heart. Ask any of my close friends: Sierra Nevada posters don my walls in my dorm room. But despite my affinity for SN, I always thought of them as a solid brewery with a great lineup, but never a powerhouse when it came to top-of-the-line brews. I think Stone Brewing can make an A+ beer, but Sierra Nevada will do A-'s and straight A's.

Well boy, was I wrong when it came to Torpedo. Pours out a rich gold, dark brown. Very carbonated. Very attractive thick head. Smells of floral hops immediately, but also has some wood-pine-like smells. Very odd. It wasn't straight Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial. The taste is fantastic. Great floral flavors, but again, there is a very earthy tone in the background so the grapefruit tart doesn't get out of hand. Perfect balance. Great hoppy taste, without an assault on your taste buds.

This is truly a top-of-the-line beer. Just an amazing, amazing all around beer.

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Photo of mirish72
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am so happy that SN decided to brew an IPA as a year round beer, and I think they have done a great job with this beer.

It is solid beer and it goes well as a essential beer for the fridge to always have a few of, much like SN Pale Ale.

It has a strong hoppy profile and the taste to match. Definitely has a bit more bite than I typically expect from SN (Bigfoot excluded), but there is nothing overpowering about this beer. It is extremely tasty and very drinkable.

For about $8 a sixer you can't ever go wrong with this.

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

A clear reddish-gold color with some lively carbonation,a medium fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is very fresh,piny,citrus and floral hops with some sweet roasted malt coming through.
Flavor is mildly bitter with tuns of crisp hop notes and a nice balance of a sweet yeasty malt,there is a piny earthy herbal thing going on here that makes this beer really interesting,very easy drinking with a pleasant dry finish,medium body,and some crazy spice notes in the aftertaste . A very sessionable anytime easy drinker at a reasonable price. Way to go SN

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