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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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9,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,497
Reviews: 2,701
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 1,638 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chaney
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ticking through the "Beers of Fame" list. I used to drink a lot of this stuff, but have not had it recently.

Poured from a can into a DC Brau tulip.

A: Massive head on this gal... about 2-3 fingers at least. The brew was a toast brown-orange color, extremely murky, and kinda dangerous looking.

S: Sorta had the same fresh clean linen scent as the standard Pale Ale which suited me fine. Still, lots of zippy citrus (orange in particular) came through as well.

T: I tasted VERY similar to the Pale Ale on the front end, but teeth-stainingly bitter at the end, which is certainly a hophead's dream. I wouldn't categorize the hop profile as piny though. Yeast with liquified plant stems might be a better descriptor.

M: Like I stated, bitter, but the drinkability is fine if your used to a lot of the hop bombs out on the market. Ridiculous lacing left on the glass.

O: This one is quite good, but I don't like it nearly as much as a lot of peeps on here. Celebration Ale, which is a COMPLETELY different beer is much more satisfying to my mind.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my go-to beer these days. The local grocery store has twelvers for $14.99 so I can't rationalize buying something else. Extra IPA really defines this beer. Lots of hops, a little bit sticky mouthfeel. Smells awesome, piney, hoppy, you get the idea. Not quite balanced enough to be world class, but really, for hopheads this is a sure bet.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Acquired as part of a four pack at a local Von's grocery store. I'm not big on Sierra Nevada, so expectations are average. I don't recall the cost.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV (~5-6 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical of the style; there's nothing unique or special here. Standard fare, though the head retention exceeds expectations.

Sm: Evocative floral hops, nectary hop character, dominant grapefruit citrus, and hop bitterness. Pale malts. A bit too assertive and seemingly imbalanced, but conventional for middling examples of the style. A fairly strong aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Floral hops, messy grapefruit citrus, and overwhelming hop bitterness. Lacks balance; it's really off. A slight nectary touch on the climax is the best attribute of this beer. Light hop oil notes. The grapefruit is rather poorly executed. Lacks complexity and subtlety. The entire third act is just plain bitterness, irritating the palate. I'm not a fan. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, however. Whatever hops were selected for this beer were a poor choice; that or it's just poorly brewed. Pale malts form the foundation.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit nectary. Overcarbonated. Independent of that wretched bitterness, the mouthfeel is actually quite pleasant. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: A horridly imbalanced IPA that represents exactly what the problem is with American brewers of IPAs; IPA brewing is not a dicksizing competition with hop content and/or IBUs - it's process that requires balance and planning. Another underwhelming beer from Sierra Nevada. I continue to think that Sierra Nevada is incapable of brewing a solid beer - at least on their own. I wouldn't get this again.

High C-

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff,
Always pick it up If I can not choose what to get, and I always go home take that first sip and am extremely happy I made the decision. Cannot go wrong with this beer, If you love IPA or even if you don't. An easy drink and a low price craft A+

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,497 ratings.