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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,618 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,618
Reviews: 2,584
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 166
Gots: 980 | 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:
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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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems as though I am going for the cycle, having previously reviewed this on-tap and from a CAN.

From the bottle: "Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aroma highlighting the complex citrus pine and herbal character of whole cone American hops."

The humidity of the day is really playing hob with my initial pour! Once more, I began to see a massive head building and had to back off. I finally ended up with just over a finger of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was minty, like an evergreen forest in the dead of winter. Man, if that doesn't set your mouth to watering, turn in your hophead status soonest! Mouthfeel was medium and the mintiness of the hops was counterbalanced beautifully by the caramel of the malt. I have heard of hops candy, although I have yet to try some, but this is what I imagine it would taste like! The dense stcky lacing that began to appear was riotous. I swear that I even started to taste coconut at one point. Finish was dry, but not overpowering. Damn, but this was one tasty beer. I love that they are putting it in a CAN, but bottle and draft are no slouch, either.

woodychandler, Jul 28, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THE perfect IPA. poured from a bottle into a lager glass. The pour is a dark golden color, With a three finger head and some carbonation bubbles, Leaving tons and tons of lacing throughout. The smell is strongly of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and coriander. Perfect smell for an IPA in my opinion. The taste virtually follows the smell, Attacking my palate with a dozen different wonderful flavors. Unbelievable. The mouthfeel slightly lags, only slightly though, It drops a few of the flavors off but still, This is a candidate for the best beer I have ever had. Buy it now, If you love IPA's

SometimesIfart, Jul 28, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although I tend to get draft beers 98% of the time when I’m out I couldn’t pass this up for the price.

This poured a caramel-tan color with a thick foam topping, like a cottony cloud. There’s a big hop aroma. It’s crisp, with hints of squeezed grapefruit, grassy hops and some piney notes. The flavor follows suit, with notes of grapefruit and piney hops that emerge as it warms. Dry finish with a touch of chewy malt.

So common as to be overlooked and unappreciated, as if I needed another reminder.

elNopalero, Jul 27, 2012
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,618 ratings.