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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 TheDoorman
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma is clearly a blend of floral, citric and earthy hops. More earthy than most west coast IPAs. Quite pleasant. Taste follows the nose. Hops are tasty. Bready, biscuity. Citrus is surprisingly absent. Light, creamy, oily and astringent. A nice IPA, but nothing memorable. A moderate dissapointment given the hype behind this brew. It's really much closer to an IPA rather than a IIPA. Still, a very nice IPA, but the style is just tough to thrive in with all the competition.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden amber with a very nice white head that lasts all the way down. Very nice lacing. Smell is very floral and sweet. It's like a warning this is gonna be a hop monster. Taste is very floral as well, from those american hops. The bitterness is above a reagular IPA, but not quite a Imperial. This is definatly a very nice year round IPA.

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Photo of a10t2
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear light amber. One-finger white head falls quickly but doesn't quite disappear. PHENOMENAL lacing.

S: Hoppy, with a good balance between floral and citrusy aromas.

T: Hops are again the focus, but there's a little sweetness for balance - more than the usual AIPA. The hop flavors are floral with some spicy/resinous aftertaste and little of the citrus from the aroma.

M: Maybe a little too much carbonation, but that helps to balance out the relatively heavy finish. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

D: Very well balanced, especially for being at the high end of the style. Good to see something other than the C-hops dominating in a Sierra Nevada product.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great looking IPA with its characteristic gold/orange hues and translucence. Lots of clinging lace.

For all of the dry-hopping advertised, the smell is too weak. C hops are certainly there, but not in full force (what i'd prefer).

The taste is distinctively bitter, much more so than most IPAs i've had. Caramel maltiness is also there. The admirably strong bitterness unfortunately masks many of the citrus notes that I love about IPAs.

Mouthfeel is VERY DRY. Alcohol could be hidden better as well.

Directly out of the fridge this is not easy to drink. The only sensations that come through are bitterness and dryness. However, as it warms, more hop character appears.

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Photo of chriseay
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured with a thick tan head that never quite went away, leaving a lot being for me on the glass.

S - Smells like a Sierra Nevada beer, but better (insert your adjective here).

T - This is, on first taste, my new favorite IPA. Hoppy, pleasantly bitter with just enough behind it to not be overwhelmed by the hops.

M - Slick and medium bodied in the mouth, again with enough substance to make this a better beer than some of the super hoppy beers out there that are very light bodied.

D - Very easy drinking, I could certainly see a night full of these with no side effects other than a lighter wallet.

In all, this is my new favorite IPA and the SN beer I've been looking for. Pale Ale is not enough for me, and the seasonals always too much to drink more than a couple. This beer I could drink all day and night long.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a massive rocky white head. The head stuck around and left plenty of lacing. The aroma is heavy on pine. The beer is pleasantly bitter, pine being the dominant flavor. The finish is lingering and slightly bitter. Torpedo's has a medium body and a sticky mouthfeel. The beer is easy drinking and I am suprised to see the 7.2 abv. Overall a very solid IPA.

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Large tan head, ok retention, tops a nicely clarified dark amber brew.

S-Earthy and herbal hops with a slight spice. Toasted malt aromas mingle.

T-Bright earthy hop with a slight citrus that continues on into the finish. Nutty, toasty, bready malts under the bright hop flavors, balanced by an assertive bitterness. Overall, the balance tips toward the hops, perhaps a bit too much, as the beer finishes with an unpleasant over-hoppy bitter pucker.

M-Moderately carbonated, appropriately medium-bodied.

D-Pretty drinkable beer. I enjoyed this tasty brew, yet there's something about it that places it below remarkable. Still, it's good.

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Photo of EPseja
2.68/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to BA yelterdow for the hook up on this one.

Served from a 12oz bottle in a SABL glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Standard Sierra Nevada crystal clear amber-orange with a nice, 1-inch thick off-white head that hangs out for a good minute or two before diminishing to a bubbly film on top of the surface. Lacing comes in sticky, translucent sheets.

S - Big, honey-malt laden west coast hops. More piney than citrusy. Fresh and crisp, with a verdant moistness. Nothing too revolutionary about this nose.

T - Subdued honey-laced malts that fall short of being sweet before the alpha-acid army comes blasting through in the middle and then loiters on the smoldering, twisted and burnt nubs of your taste buds all the way through the grippingly drying swallow. The aftertaste is forcefully astringent; very powdery and green. Like chewing on an aged grapefruit rind. Balance can only be viewed as a hop brick residing on a broken see-saw.

M - Nicely tingling on the tongue, and puffing up to become mouth-filling and frothy. Swallow is creamy and satisfying when the taste isn't factored in.

D - No matter what I do, and no matter what "it's all about the hops" frame of mind I get into that helps me try and cope, I can't get past the rough aftertaste that makes my throat feel like closing up. Once the first swallow goes down, the wicked aftertaste dominates almost every other aspect of this beer from the nose onward. Tasty? Yes, if you're looking for a hop bomb. Balanced? No. Will I be buying this beer for myself? No. There are just too many other APAs out there that are truly enjoyable.

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

12oz. bottle. Fresh batch--just arrived on Wednesday 2-25-09.

A: Pours reddish-gold-orange with a vanilla bean white head that builds into two inches before receding quickly down to an 1/8th of an inch. Some lacing, but nothing serious. If I spin the liquid, it clings for a few seconds before sliding.

S: More malt than hops, which is a bit strange for an "Extra IPA." Beyond the dusty, sweet malt notes--a touch of honey--are varying degrees of citrus, mainly orange, some lemon. If you inhale deeply--and I mean very deeply--you'll find tropical fruit and a touch of pepper.

M: Lighter body with strangely assertive carbonation. A prickling sensation.

T: Sweet melon-like malt sweetness before the hops completely extinguish any trace of malt. Quickly bitter, but not much else. No citrus, barely sweet, just a flash of hop bitterness that remains on the on the back of the tongue--yes, I know, that's where bitterness is sensed--in a displeasing manner.

D: A serious plus to this beer is its drinkability. For a 7%+ beer, this is very drinkable.

Comment: Very affordable, but for a few extra bucks you can get your hands on a better made beer. I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either.

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

A - pours a slightly murky copper color with 1/2 inch of foam on top that left some lacing

S - strong amazing pine and grapefruit hop aroma. very nice!

T - nice strong hop flavor throughout, not harsh, but just enough bite to make it right

M/D - man, this one could be one that I go back to often, just have to be careful with the 7%

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 oz bottle from Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a quintessential amber color with white head and good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like HOPS! Super fresh smelling hops with sweet citrus and slight pine scent.

T: Very earthy, fresh, hop taste with slightly more of a bitter piney taste than sweet hops. Very tasty indeed, but I do prefer sweet hop flavors more.

M: Smooth and full bodied for sure. Great mouthfeel for this style of beer.

D: Amazingly drinkable. Not much alcohol picked up. Easy to down. Solid good flavor. Definitely a great value!

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

A:Very clear copper color with a half finger of head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent hop nose. A little bit piney. Quite a bit of sweetness in there as well.

T: A decent enough hop taste. Very bitter in the finish. In the middle it kind of gives out a bit too much to the malt and ends up a little bit on the sweet side. UPDATE Got a great bottle. Tons of raw hop taste.

M: Medium body with a touch of sticky.

D: This is the worst bottle I had in the 6 pack and it was still decent. For the price this is a great buy. Less than $7 for an IPA in this day in age is something. While not the best by far I must give it points for being reasonably priced.

Upon further review this is now my session beer. It simply cannot be beaten for the price.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada- Torpedo

A- Golden brown with a huge pock-marked fluffy head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Huge oily pine hops. slight touch of citrus.
T- Sweet slick pine hops with an even sweeter touch of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Buttery caramel malt makes up a good backbone.
M- Good thick malt with a mouthful of oily green pine hops.

Overall- Very fresh feel and taste.

(Oh yeah, review #1200.)

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

The head is slight but remains for a fairly short time. Lacing remains throughout. The color is a clear amber-brown. The smell is fruit and sort of a nutty, piney scent. There is a bitterness that is pretty strong, balanced out by its smoothness. It is full-bodied, rich with hops and a nice malt flavor with a hint of sweetness. The flavor lingers, where the bitterness really hits the back and sides of the tongue. I would call the mouthfeel about medium, and carbonation is strong. This is a strong offering from Sierra Nevada, but I really have to recommend it to one experienced with beers who has a well-developed palate.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Riedel glass, the beer pours a very clear amber with a very nice cream colored head. The carbonation is vigorous. Smell is all hops. Very green and fresh, almost as the flowers were just picked before being thrown into the wort. Flavors are immense. Almost piney, but very crisp and citrusy, the hops dominate the flavor. It's not overwhelming though. The malt balances this brew out. It's a very full bodied IPA, and very easy to drink. Even with it's moderate strength, I could easily have this for a session brew.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: beautiful clear copper and amber

Smell: very poignant piny hops with some malt sweetness

Taste: just like aroma. bitter hopiness throughout with a little bit of sweetness to add a little character and smooth out the bitterness

Mouthfeel: low-med body with little carbonation

Notes: very good IPA but was expecting a little more

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

Pours a full copper color with a very healthy white froth and very nice lacing. The aroma is mild but pleasant citrus hops with a subtle kiss of malt. The first mouthful impresses with a lovely full body that flows silky over the tongue with more of the citrus hop blend with malt sweetness. The bitterness lingers nicely while a caramel candy complements. Simple and very drinkable. Another hit for the Sierra folks.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a beautiful dark copper color with a huge sticky off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma consists of some malt and caramel, as well as a good dose of some pine and citrusy hops.

T- The taste clearly has one purpose, and that is to be as bitter as hell. This one is a hop bomb all the way, with a long lingering bitter hop finish.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between the light-medium side with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not something I would want to drink in large quantities either.

Overall, Torpedo is another solid beer from Sierra Nevada that is recommended to any hop head.

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

This review is tough after having so many SNPA in my time, not to mention I just finished my first Nugget Nectar. I will do my best

Surprised that this was not bottled conditioned like the PA

A - 1/4 inch head that leaves after a minute, appearance is a cloudy amber color

S - As close to the SNPA you can get without the strong Cascade, if that makes sense. Grapefruit and Pine smell

T - strong magnum taste, no sense of the higher alcohol content (7.2%), dry finish, spice apparent half way through

M - very smooth, low carbonation, balanced

D - this is a good beer, however, personally i would take the PA over the IPA Please note this is from someone is still not fully into IPAs

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

Pours a mostly clear orange with good looking eggshell colored head. Smell: spicy, pine, grapefruit, with a bit of graininess in the background. Taste: pine, herbal, spicy, salty, grapefruit, tangelo, toasty pale malt. The usual SN yeast flavor. Chewy, juicy, a little sticky in the finish. Tasty.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden brown color with small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed 1 finger thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Citrus, mainly grapefruit, and piney hops. Pale malts in the background.

Taste: As with the aroma, citrus and piney hops up front, with the pale malt in the background. The hops grow stronger in the middle, and dominate completely in the finish. The finish is piney, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. The carbonation was lively, and balanced well.

Overall: A serious American IPA. If you like big hoppy beers you'll like this one.

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Photo of cthulu81
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, finally a year-round IPA from one of the godfathers of craft beer. My only hope is that this beer will be as prevalent in hoo-hum sports bars as SNPA currently is. I know it won't happen for awhile, as Sierra doesn't want to cannabalize its pale ale draft lines, but it is inevitable. Basically this is the new go-to beer from Sierra. Sure I would love to call thier wet-hop harvest the go-to beer, but let's face it, wet-hop beers are meant to be drunk when fresh. Ummm, I mean, drank in staggering quantities when fresh because there is only a pitifully small window of time for you to enjoy thier knee-weakening deliciousness. Damn, I need to get back on track here. Torpedo. There we go. If you are looking for a description, basically take that brash, West Coast hop finger print that defines a beer from Sierra and crank that puppy up to 11! Rich, sharp, piney, herbaceous, spicy....mmm. These guys invented the wheel way back when with the pale ale, and now they have given us newbie hop-heads a brand new round thingie to roll around and play with. Cheers and please send some Chico Estate Harvest this way come Fall. Pretty please?

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

Pours a deep copper yellow with a nice head that remains, although in reduced form. Lacing is decent. Smell...am I in a hops field? Excellent hop aroma..inviting with floral, wheaty qualities that are very strong and pleasing on the nostrils. I was expecting a harsher assault on the taste buds, However, this eases into an excellent hops explosion, just enough initial malt serving as a springboard. Mouthfeel after the initial malt is dry, desert-like...nice quality. Just the right infusion of hops. The lingering taste and dryness remain, rewarding you for taking the first sip. Sierra N kicked it up and succeeded "hands down".

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, coppery-hue, with a bubbly, light-orange, two-finger thick head of foam. The head sports decent retention and contributes to a really pretty display of lacey layers.

S: Initial hoppy waft is of grapefruit. This is followed closely by pine, red apple, caramel, apricot, white grape, honey, and toasted malt. The hops eventually take on a definite spicy and/or herbal quality, as well.

T: Really big piney flavors dominate. Fresh-cut pine bough, fresh-squeezed pine cone...you name it, it's in there. Juicy grapefruit, caramel, apple, spiced honey, herbal hops, white pepper, and toasted malt.

M: Really juicy at first. Becomes much drier and spicier as time wears on. Finally finishes with a nice balance between juicy & sticky and dry & spicy.

D: Very nice. Lately I've found myself reaquainting myself with Sierra Nevada, one of my original "gateway" breweries from the early 90's. I've been pleasantly surprised with all the new product they've rolled out, as of late.

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben, AKA fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a bright golden hue with a nice creamy head. Pretty good retention with some head hanging around for the duration. Nice solid spotty lace noted.

S: Nice hop bomb. Bold blast of rich piney hops. Solid sweet malt backs this one with a blast of citrus as well.

T: Same as the nose. Wonderful rich sweet malt to cut through bold resinous pine with notes of citrus.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Tasty, drinkable, and easy on the pocket what more can you ask for?

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.