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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

7,801 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 7,801
Reviews: 2,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 127
Gots: 541 | 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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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-26-2012 02:54:32 | More by ridgeline23
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LiquidSanity

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-26-2012 00:42:32 | More by LiquidSanity
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-26-2012 00:08:35 | More by injuredreserve
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JOEnobody001

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-25-2012 19:16:53 | More by JOEnobody001
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served from the bottle at Jembetat Gallery and Café in Rochester, NY. It was poured into a footed, Weizen-style pilsner glass, and glowed a rusty brown color. It held a two finger whitish head. This showed insane retention. We couldn’t even get close enough to smell it until fifteen minutes had gone by. It stood there like fresh whipped cream. The lacing left when it finally did start to die was equally as impenetrable. There was modest haze, and light carbonation. The aroma was bright with piney hops and earth. There was an additional grapefruit sweetness that nicely complemented the solid, more pale malts. With warmth came faint lactics. As we sipped, holy pine cone!! As in the nose, there was deep earth and huge hop activity. The malts were also present up front, completely balancing everything, a shade better than in the nose. On the back, pulling us to the middle, was a light tropical fruit flavoring. The middle showed red grape sugars, malting sourness, and clean hops, keeping the palate fresh and alive. The finish was with thick hop oils and resin. There was more beautiful balance, but by the last drops the hops became more bearing, with a lemony, citric sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter minerals, ridiculous pine, lemons sugars, and drying tannins. The body was on the lighter side of medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was great slurp and smack, with phenomenal cream and sip from the head. There was a slight astringency, making this a well-rounded feel. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily and smoothly.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the balance, and smooth flavoring throughout. The peaks and dips in flavor are not too extreme, but offer nice variety through the evenly balanced base. The light tropical fruits were nice, helping to lighten things up a bit. This is a great standard that doesn’t hold back on the flavoring at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 17:19:00 | More by TheBrewo
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2012 13:51:02 | More by danielp215
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bstyle

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2012 06:34:41 | More by bstyle
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timhortonsman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2012 06:19:19 | More by timhortonsman
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jk3

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2012 00:26:49 | More by jk3
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2012 06:00:52 | More by bigbeers84
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JmBrkr

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2012 03:52:37 | More by JmBrkr
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zest4itall

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2012 01:15:00 | More by zest4itall
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe this one has been around for only three years; now it's the best-selling IPA in the country. The beer in front of me was bottled last Dec 2.

Let's make this one a special occasion and pour into a tulip. The golden orange has some haze to it, and if I look closely I see some fine particulates. HUGE airy puffy head shoots up beyond the glass and as it settles, the intricate lace is like sea foam. The aroma has some citrus to it, but pine is more prevalent with spicy pepper and herbal hints in the background.

Given the lack of powerful citrus smell, I'm pleasantly surprised by the sweet fruit flavor that shows up first. Things dry out quickly as the hops wreak some havoc on the tastebuds. SN absolutely nailed it with the mouthfeel.

Only the intensely bitter finish keeps me from wanting a whole six pack at once; for IPA fans and hopheads that won't be a problem. This is a fantastic beer, but you already knew that.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:45:30 | More by coachdonovan
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tblondin1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2012 00:33:39 | More by tblondin1
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plusorminus

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2012 23:53:11 | More by plusorminus
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Batch/date stamp is 128722356 - whatever that may mean.

Appearance: Coppery-orange translucent/slight haze beer with a persistent 1/16" off-white head. Very persistent lacing in big sheets, and strands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus, pine, orange, and a nice malt backbone. Quite appealing.

Taste: As expected, a very hoppy beer. Bitter at the start and the finish, with pine notes, a good malt in the middle to counter the hoppiness a bit, and then a strong grapefruit citrus flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but nicely thick and creamy underneath the carbonation. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice looking beer with an outstanding mouthfeel. Very hoppy and pleasurable to drink, but one is enough per evening. The grapefruit citrus does get a bit tiring after awhile, but that's the point of this beer, isn't it? The hops are the showcase of this IPA, and in that regard, they do show off nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 23:46:12 | More by damndirtyape
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-22-2012 23:41:08 | More by seeswo
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robbieb13

Virginia

1/5  rDev -76%

01-22-2012 21:23:16 | More by robbieb13
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Goosey

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-22-2012 19:54:47 | More by Goosey
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JWRitchie76

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2012 15:16:08 | More by JWRitchie76
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willbrown

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-22-2012 14:20:04 | More by willbrown
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a pint glass...

P: A finger of off-white fluffy head, a good amount of bubbles that stream in a bath of cloudy orangish gold. Head fades rather quickly but leaves a thin frothy top.

S: A burst of pine and grapefruit hops with earthy spices.

T/M: Smooth light mouthfeel with a great burst of grapefruit bitterness. Delicate citrus fruits with a timid honey presence to this dry finishing ale.

O: Refreshingly smooth and satisfying. A spring favorite for sure. Torpedo is yet another solid offering from the SN family.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:55:41 | More by Hopswagger
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jadejaws

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-22-2012 04:54:38 | More by jadejaws
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rjplumer

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild citrus and pine hop aroma. Light haze and soft amber color. Has an initial bitterness then dries too the finish. Has some sourness in the middle. First IPA I’ve had that I’ve really liked and I’ve had a tough time with this style. Smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:44:58 | More by rjplumer
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-22-2012 02:35:28 | More by xxcarpxx
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,801 ratings.