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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Ratings: 9,236
Reviews: 2,636
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,321 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in Pittsburgh on a business trip. Poured into a large 20 oz. pint glass. Dark amber color nicely complimented by a giant 2 finger, creamy, tan head. After taking a whiff, I noticed lots of citrus and piney notes, but also some honey and vanilla from the malts. The taste was sweet and bitter...perhaps bittersweet? I really enjoyed the mellow sweetness that Torpedo brought to the table, but I wish the hops were more prevalent For a California, "extra" IPA, I was expecting a little more on that front, but the taste was overall quite enjoyable. As for the mouthfeel, the carbonation was nice and moderate and it left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Definitely a solid IPA. I really enjoyed it, and I think it would be a great intro for someone who is looking to transition from Pale Ales into the hoppier IPAs. Looks great, smells great, and tastes great. A great offering from Sierra Nevada.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good old Torpedo. So glad this is in cans now as it makes for a perfect camp/pool beer. Poured into a glass for the review.

A - pretty glorious actually. Nice copper color but fairly opaque. Fairly large off-white head that sticks around ok with excellent lacing.

S - a nice citrus and pine nose. Fairly sweet citrus (hi there citra) and resin gives it a pretty sweet nose but the pine balances it nicely.

T - balanced. Plenty of the sweet citrus here again but that leads into a grassiness that's not so present in the aroma. The grassiness heads off and is followed by piney, resinous bitterness. A little bit of backing malt but this is a hop show. The bitterness is fairly resilient. Tasty.

M - on the slightly thicker side. Carbonation is nice enough to give it a slightly creamy mouthfeel. It's a bit juicy but not in the extreme. Quality.

O - a good, solid IPA. I'm a big piney/grassy IPA fan, so this is right up my alley, and the citra gives it some nice fruitiness to balance that out. More malt backing than some of the typical "west coast" IPAs. This is pretty unique. For the crazy low price, convenience of cans, and basically nationwide year-round availability, it's hard to do better than this for a quality IPA.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love how this beer is so readily available in the states. I must say that this is right up there with all of the best IPA's I've ever had. The hops are very complex and loaded with citrus and pine flavors. I think that torpedo hop thingy that they use to infuse the hops makes a big difference. You can really taste ALL of the hops. The malt and hops are absolutely perfectly balanced as well.

I absolutely cannot fathom why anyone would buy a six pack of Coors, Bud, or Miller for $6.99-$7.99 when you can buy a six pack of the Torpedo IPA for $8.99-$9.99. One of the best beers I've ever had...seriously.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured vigorously from a cold 16oz can into a weizen glass, Torpedo Extra IPA yielded a massive 2 and 1/2 fingers of rich, cream-colored head which died very gradually, leaving extensive, elaborate lacing on the glass with almost glue-like retention. The color is a dark, opaque almost rusty burnt orange. One of the best-looking beers I've ever seen!

S: A fruity, robust magnum hop scent hits your olfactories immediately, along with notes of pine needles and a faint caramel malt back end. What a righteous smell...

T: A true marriage of bitter, citrus hops and caramel-candy maltiness with a vaguely boozy finish. Balance is the theme of the day here...carbonation is extremely mild, barely tickling the tongue as a functional vehicle for the hop/malt dynamic duo to do their thang. Poetry in motion!

M: Although mild in carbonation and very balanced in flavor, that tiny bit of lingering booziness tends to cause of a bit of 'tongue jumping' that accumulates gradually as you drink the beer. Hell, I don't even know if it's a good or bad just 'is'.

O: Torpedo Extra IPA blew my sensory doors off...while it's not quite the smorgasbord of perfection that their 'Hoptimum' Imperial IPA is (not a fair comparison, after all), it's probably in my "Top Five" when it comes to medium gravity, moderate microbrewed IPAs.

A little over halfway through this beer and my weekend has improved immeasurably because of it. Thank You, Sierra Nevada!

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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