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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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7,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,986
Reviews: 2,536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 647 | FT: 1
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 trizzle21

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in chalice.

A- Lighter amber color, looks as beautiful as it tastes.

S- Pineapple and citrus flavors with a hint of pine.

T- This one surprised me. A blast of Citrus tones with with oaky feel. Can't even taste the alcohol.

M- Fairly carbonated that is neither too much nor too little. Could be a little less.

O- Wonderful style, a little too fruity and mouthfeel could be improved. I love this beer and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 06:16:04 | More by trizzle21
Photo of 2dogbrew


4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-02-2012 01:46:11 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-01-2012 21:03:27 | More by olympicgatorade
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes. Best Before 15/9/12.

A - Poured a hazy dark golden colour. Decent carbonation, half finger of white head, spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Boozy pineapple, citrus, hefty malt. A little mild.

T - Tons of juicy hop with pineapple, grapefruit, pine. Really juicy hop with a malt backbone to support it.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, quite bitter while being really smooth.

O/D - Super smooth. Really flavourful and tasty. A good hop character while not being overwhelming. Super tasty and easy to session for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:22:32 | More by tbeckett
Photo of omokoro

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich clear amber color with a long lasting, white head composed to both small and large bubbles. Lots of visible carbonation. The beer smell of, lemon, pepper, pine, grapefruit, and malt. This beer is complex. Quite bitter upfront with a little citrus on the backend. The mouthfeel is sumptuous. This beer is worth about a dozen ordinary brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 22:19:04 | More by omokoro
Photo of max9371

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-30-2012 21:53:02 | More by max9371
Photo of Goulash


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-30-2012 21:19:14 | More by Goulash
Photo of bfellows


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very excited to pick up this old favorite in a can this weekend.
Pours copper with a nice thick offwhite head.
The smell of hops fills the nose upon cracking the can and stays with it until the last sip
Perfect malty backdrop to showcase the choice hops, but hop driven to be sure. Nice lingering bitterness offset by the sweetness that is left by the medium body.
IPA's don't get much better than this.

Serving type: can

04-30-2012 20:29:07 | More by bfellows
Photo of RobertColianni


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-30-2012 16:37:36 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of Mart1

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-30-2012 15:19:40 | More by Mart1
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-30-2012 14:42:09 | More by SlowWideTurns
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-30-2012 14:22:45 | More by KevieJames
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New York

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

16oz can poured into a tulip. I’m sure the freshness is on here but it’s only been out for a couple of months and I don’t feel like looking up the Julian calendar. It’s fresh.

A: A near two-finger white head sits on top of a clear copper body. Bubbles are tight and head retention looks pretty good.

S: Tons of pine with some floral/grassy characteristics and a little bit of sweet malt.

T: Really similar to the nose. There is a lot of pine, some floral hops, grassy notes and a bit of sweetness from the malt. The finish features a little bit of the sweet malt.

M: Drinkability is medium. It’s not the MOST abrasive IPA that I’ve had but there is plenty here to slow you down a bit. Body is medium, texture is dry, carb is lively and the finish is sort of sweet yet astringent. Weird.

O: It’s taken me awhile to appreciate this beer. Pine-centric IPAs aren’t my favorite, but I have come to enjoy Torpedo quite a bit. I think the floral notes help separate this from other pine bombs available on the market.

Serving type: can

04-30-2012 04:21:35 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of ONUMello


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy orange-brown with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Pine and citrus zest from the hops hit first, but there's definite malt undertones.
T: Similar to the SN Pale Ale, but everything amplified a bit- sharper hops, more malt, a bit floral. Very enjoyable.
M: Crisp, medium-bodied, easy to drink
O: A very nice beer, tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 03:16:11 | More by ONUMello
Photo of jcjerabek


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-30-2012 01:58:25 | More by jcjerabek
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass (via can!)

A: Pours a golden copper color with high clarity and vibrance. The head is a three finger offwhite color with solid retention/lacing.

S: Not quite as citrus-y as I would have liked, but the smell of floral hops and underlying caramel malt works just fine for what this is trying to accomplish.

T: Much like the nose, the initial hop flavor is very floral, with subtle undercurrents of pine and citric notes, as well. After the dryness hits the palate, the citric quality is cranked up a notch (always a good thing!) The malty backbone pops up in the midtaste like it should in an IPA. After a while, very slight traces of alcohol appear, giving a faint fruitiness. Nothing groundbreaking, but V-E-R-Y drinkable with a great taste.

M: The hop profile leaves moderate bitterness on the palate, and while the finish is dry and slightly resinous, it encourages drinkability without ruining the palate. Body is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation.

O: One of the better IPAs I've had - and it's so readily available and well priced. In fact, I think I may have found a new go-to IPA (just for that, it gets a 5 here).

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 18:49:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-29-2012 18:41:52 | More by dlcoblen
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-29-2012 12:19:34 | More by Mississippi
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark golden amber with a 1 finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head remains as a rim around the edge.

S: Nose of earthy hop with a citrus grapefruit background. There is definitely a balance of a sweet roasted malt as well.

T: Earthy whole cone hops really compliment the malt in this IPA. Certainly has the hop forward presence you would expect from an IPA but it doesnt leave you with a bitter face. Leaves a pleasant after taste in you mouth that keeps you sipping.

M: Medium bodied, not too syrupy or sticky. Pretty drinkable for 7.2%.

Overall exactly what I would want the India version of one of the best pale ale's to be. Balanced, drinkable and well priced.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:15:56 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of wcl113


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-28-2012 16:43:03 | More by wcl113
Photo of russpowell


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with copious amounts of sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Rich bready notes, grassy & piney notes

T: Grassyness, piney & bready notes as well along with a touch of grapefruit up front. Pineyness, grapefruit & a little caramel as this warms, plus lemongrass notes. Finishes grassy, grapefruitty & piney with juicy notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation balance

A solid AIPA that will be in my summer activities canned beer rotation. Not as tasty as say Dale's PA, but one I could never say no to

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 03:45:43 | More by russpowell
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2012 03:42:42 | More by Njstoutlover23
Photo of fluidmotion


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-28-2012 02:06:20 | More by fluidmotion
Photo of HoistinBrews


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2012 01:43:40 | More by HoistinBrews
Photo of Adamdc


3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into nonic. Didn't check date but it's def fresh.

A: great looking amber pour with one inch of thick white foam--purdy!

S: disappointing! Maybe I need to get my nose checked but I'm not getting much here. Picking up the slightest amount of pine.

T: again disappointing! It seems like the hops are providing plenty of bitterness but the flavor is strong pine with a sort of medicinal finish. I'm getting absolutely nothing floral or citrusy.

M: pretty good. Nice thickness for an IPA/DIPA!

O: I remember enjoying last years version but this year it's a bit of a letdown. Better aroma and a little citrus in the taste would bring this around nicely.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 00:53:26 | More by Adamdc
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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