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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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2,777 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,777
Hads: 10,264
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 298
Gots: 2,447 | 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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Reviews: 2,777 | Hads: 10,264
Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty stoked about this. It's been well regarded, so I'm optimistic.

Appearance - A real nice copper with almost an inch of head. Very clear and sharp looking. Very nice.

Smell - I can smell it from the table. Nice. Nice pine hops with some grapefruit. Real piney.

Taste - Starts with some nice citrus, with the pine. With some spiciness and a little warmth on the follow. It's a little thin. I wish it'd really gone for it and been a real DIPA. It's close but not quite there. There's just a layer of oomph missing. It's not even that it's balanced, it's just that it's a tad flat on the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. A little watery pretty good carbonation, but not quite enough of that tongue coating goodness.

Drinkability - Very nice. It's crisp, it's pretty tasty, it's pretty mellow. Very drinkable.

This is a good, not great, beer. It's kind of what one would expect from a "strong" IPA that's being more broadly distributed. I'll happily grab a sixer of this, but I'm not going out of my way to introduce someone to it. And frankly, this beer isn't likely to really introduce itself.

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

Just picked this up tonight, its now out in MN.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an oversized snifter. Semi-rigerous pour produces a good 2 inches of white fluffy head.
Leaving huge amounts of sticky thick lace all down the glass...this lace is super thick.
Retention is hlf an inch and very generous.
Color is a transparent darker amber.

Aroma is sweet with hemp, pine and loads of citrussy hops. Some floral hop aroma, its smells like weed. The aroma is very pungeant and sweet.

Smooth and carbonated up front with decent sweetness, orange peel, pine and mango.
The beer becomes a bit more peppery prior to swallowing with a spicieness. Minerally water at the swallow.
Its gets really hoppy through the swallow, maintaining a dry crisp fresh hop appeal. The first one I had I didnt like, but this beer quickly has grown on me.

Everything about this beer is awsome. Overall fantistic beer.

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

This beer pours a copper color with a nice big head. The aroma is very piney and herbal. It tastes very piney and has some grapefruit notes to it as well. It is very bitter. It has a pretty full flavor and the mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

torpedo pours a rich amber color with a finger of head.
the aroma is of spicy floral grapefruit hops. apricot with a depper sniff. there's some, but not much, caramel maltiness beneath. a little cracker-y yeast.
the taste starts off on the same note as the aroma, though more on the earthy grapefruit/pine side of things. the bitterness is pervasive, touching all aspects of the flavor. after the grapefruit and pine it then smooths itself out with a little more floral apricot?tropical fruit aspect, moves to white pepper, and finally to crackers and light caramel malt, before finishing with a substantial final kick of sharp bitterness.
the mouthfeel is slightly oily, but medium bodied with somewhat active carbonation. pretty dry.
the drinkability is good, it's got sufficient depth to keep you intererested and good kick as far as bitterness, but nothing that demolishes your palate too much. a nice ballsy IPA, that i'm pretty pumped is gonna be available year round.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a Sam adams glass and The first thing I had noticed was the nice orange amber color it gives off in the light. Nice creamy head, not chunky at all and it has a nice bitter yet sweet hop bite to the taste.

Smells of Pine and grapefruit with a little hoppy aroma smells delicious.

I'll always say bitter is better and this beer is pretty bitter with a nice bite of hops. Grapefuit is present and so is a nice malty undertone.

Very light bodied and well carbonated.

A very tasty beer and I highly recommend it to fans of a good and bitter ipa.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color with hints of orange along the sides of the glass. A half inch head forms on top, with cream in color, and it laces slowly down the glass. The aroma is heavenly, strong grapefruit citrus fragrance, with pine, grass, and earthy scents blending itself beautifully. Malt is the very first thing that hits the palate, then it blends itself to the hops. The hops grow to a strong grapefruit bitterness, with touches of a earthy flavor. It finishes with a tobacco and grassy flavors. a medium bodied feel all the way through, very consistant. It finishes dry, but not too dry, just enough for you nto want more. This may be one of the best beers from Sierra Nevada, it is strong in every aspect. For me this is what I love about beer strong flavor and aroma, and it is easy to drink. What more could I want.

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Photo of ghebel
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber to copper color, clear. Foamy head that leaves generous lacing upon dissipation.

S - Hops. Citrus and pine.

T - More hops with malty background. Nice lingering bitterness.

M - Moderate body. Nice bite and warmth.

D - Good drinkability, but my suspicion is that the ABV would sneak up on you.

Overall - Great American IPA.

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Photo of jrw5061
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: About a half inch of head on top. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Pours a nice copper color.

S: Aromatic hop smell comes through strongly. I detect mostly a grapefruit orangey kind of smell.

T: The flavor comes in waves. The flavor of the hops comes through at the beginning then a biscuit flavor comes through finally finishing with the citrus bitter hop taste at the end at the back of your tongue.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Kind of velvety. Not too thick or thin. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Excellent beer but it is very bitter at 70 IBU. It will rape your taste buds after a while, but in a good way ;-)

Overall: Was very excited to try this beer. I love Sierra Nevada's beers and I am a huge fan of IPA's. This is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Would recommend checking it out if you are a fan of IPA's. Great IPA for the money. I would definitely get this beer again.

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with 1 and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention and some nice full lacing. Smells of grapefruit, melon, pineapple, spicy hops, honey, and some light biscuity notes. Tastes of honey and biscuit up front then some pineapple, mango, and tangerine with a strong bitter finish of grapefruit and a bite of spicy hops. Medium in body with good carbonation. Enjoyable, but a little too unbalanced with too strong a bitterness in the backend and nothing up front, nor enough sweetness. Still, a really good IPA that is easy to drink, you just have to really be in the mood for bitter.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color is orange/gold. Nice and clear with a good amount of carbonation. Also has a nice off-white, foamy head that leaves a nice film on the glass.

The smell is spicy. Bold hop flavor and some floral feel to it.

The taste is a bit strong. It takes a minuet to get used to the nice hoppy flavor and great spicy flavor. Also has a nice sweet malt flavor.

Torpedo is well balanced between a nice better hop feel and a spicy/sweet malt feel. Goes down well with a aftertaste that only lasts through the first few sips. It really is a beer rollercoaster

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light copper color with a touch of yellow. Lot sof visible carbonation and a beautiful rocky, asymmetric head with lots of different shapes and sizes of bubbles. This may be a fluke, but the bubbles actually form a discernable geometric pattern that you rarely see. The head deflates after a couple minutes leaving the "pattern" of sorts and some sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich of sweet cascade and honeydew. Less pine and more robust citrus. Some berries and underlying base malt.

Taste is a little light up front, but follows with more pine and bitterness than was present in the aroma. Nice balanced, earthy malt base but with enough bitterness to keep it a very clean APA. A little lemony sweetness- I bet this beer would actually go well with a lemon (with an IPA... sounds blasphemous but would be worth a try).

Good medium body that suits the earthy malt base and doesn't interfere with the bitterness.

Really, this beer is what hop devil should have been. Enough bitterness to be a solid APA but enough substance and complexity to call it a beer.

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

A- Pours a thick 1 finger tan/white head (nice retention) over a caramel/orange body. There is a slight amount of sediment dancing in the bottle.

S- Starts off with a piney/grapefruit aroma but develops into a tropical fruit note. Nice malty notes here too.

T- Starts off malty but has a nice hoppy backbone with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and a semi-astringent/dry finish. The finish yields some fruitiness amongst the dryness.

M- Light carbonation. Nice tropical/dry finish.

D- I really liked this the first time I had this, but this time it seems a bit different. Definitely a unique IPA with a bunch of tropical fruit notes. It's definitely good, and for $7.29/6, a good deal, but who knows if I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with a foamy white head. Good head retention. Great lacing.

Aroma:Very upfront hop presence. Spicy citrus notes.

Taste: Mostly bitter upfront flavor followed by floral subtle notes. Very bitter aftertaste. My first impression is that the hop flavor is not balanced well. After I drank half the beer I came to appreciate it more. Not sure if this was due to my taste buds getting used to the bitter hops. Still, I think this beer can be better balanced.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. Slightly acidic.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a nice foamy head half inch of foam and great lasting lace.
The aroma of floral hops,light grapefruit,citrus hints and a sweet scent.
The taste of hops,fruit hints,sweet notes and citrus.

The feel was smooth,easy to drink and a bit creamy with only some mild bitterness. Carbonation and body were at a medium level.

Notes: Very disappointing brew and despite the fact that it was not a bad beer it was just making it to average. I will not buy this again,and I feel it was somewhat thin. It looked great though and I would have it for free any day or at a location where the offerings are thin. Some might say it is a good bang for the buck,but there is plenty more to offer for this style.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear coppery color with a large off white foamy head. A real nice looking IPA. The smell is pretty strong with a real citrus aroma and sweet malt. The taste is crisp with sweet malt,citrus hops,and an aftertaste with bitter hops. A nice mellow IPA,not too harsh,with a nice flavor and all round good taste. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A real good beer that could be an everyday brew.

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Photo of Cavalier92
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent year-round offering from Sierra Nevada. There isn't a bit of bitterness in this American IPA. Instead, the floral dryness of the hops is balanced well by sweet maltiness that makes this one of the best mainstream IPAs on the market today.

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

From the Sierra Nevada website
alcohol content 7.2% by volume
finishing hops Magnum & Crystal
bitterness units 70
dry hopping Magnum, Crystal & Citra malts Two-row Pale, Carapils & Crystal

Poured 1/2 thick white head with good lacing. Deep orange coloriing with pine smells. Great mouth feel with grapefruit and pine tastes. Very drinkable for a 7.2 ABV and is a very good session beer. Great offering from Sierra Nevada.

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

Pours a clear golden/amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops and some sweet malt in the background. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with high carbonation level. Bitterness is really high in this one, of course. Tastes of strong hops up front and some sweet malt in the background. This beer leaves you wanting more after the hops; it's pretty much hops boom, then an almost watery flavor because of the intsense hops. There is a very smooth finish though, which is nice for an IPA. Pretty good beer, but a little less then I was expecting with all the hype.

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Photo of cpn920
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a finger of off white head that thins to lacing.
Smells of grapefruit/citrus.
Taste is similar to smell with a decent sweet malt backing. Very well balanced not overwhelming in hops or malt.
Mouthfeel is fine with for this medium bodied well carbonated beer.
Drinkability is high...very good beer, very smooth. I really enjoyed this as it was balanced which sometimes is hard to find these days where everyone wants to overwhelm you with hops.

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

12oz bottle served in a mug. Golden color. Medium white head with a fair amount of lacing. Aroma was predominately floral, but there were also some citrus notes. Taste also mostly pine, with some traces of herb, and grapefruit. Malt at the back end of things. I thought this was a nicely balanced beer, very easy to drink.

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Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz pint glass

A- 1/2 finger cake batter head with a dark golden color that has a very clean transparent presence in my glass. Carbonation is moderate

S- Strong citrus presence including grapefruit, pineapple, orange and a hint of pine. Of course there is a nice strong aroma of hops present

M- Light to medium body with a strong front end flavor of hops and a slight malt finish. This beer is very balanced and does not overwhelm you with all hops like other IPA's or Double IPA's..

T- Very smooth with a strong dry hop presence and a back end malt finish. Very nice positioning of this beer between a standard IPA and an aggressive Double IPA which typically knocks your taste buds out with hops. The balance is key in this beer

D- Excellent beer that is drinkable even with a 7.2% abv. The alcohol is not really present in terms of taste. This is a great beer that is not like any of Sierra Nevada's other beers. Great work Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking copper color. There wasn't much head and just a little bit of lacing. Pretty nice looking beer all together.

Smell is nice and malty with a pretty nice piney hop background. Decent smell.

Taste is better than it smells. A pretty good balance of hops and malts. I cant help but feel like there is an arrogant bastard feel to this in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good on the carbonation and malt ratio.

Drinkability is high because I feel like I could drink a few of these in a row. A nice session beer for sure. Good thing it comes in a 6 pack because I'm going to want some more.

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

Pours a nice copper color with a nice craggy head and lacing down the glass. In true Sierra Nevada style, a nice looking beer. Some scents of pine oil, but slight, not as much as I had heard. About the same mouthfeel, with the exception of bigfoot, in sierra nevada fashion. Light, clean, hoppy and crisp. A nice session beer. Very easy to drink, but I had heard it was a "hop bomb" inwhich case it isn't. It is just another good session beer in the sierra nevada tradition.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent appearance. Amber/Golden/Copper in color. Wonderful textured pastel yellow head with great retention and lot's of sticky lacing. This one certainly looks the part.
Smells like a spruce tree. Pretty one demensional aroma but it smells good.
This IPA expands the whole hop flavor gammut with out going overboard. Grapefruit rinds, Pinetrees, and your favorite herbs are present, each playing an equel and integral part. How SN maintains this flavor and balance with out the beer being a total hop bomb is beyond me.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Refreshing with out too much hop bite.
Drinkability? Do not neglect your fridge! Stock up on SN Torpedo immediately. If SN were to release this one day only at the brewery and have an event to promote it; it would be a top 10 IPA imho.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.