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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

9,214 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,214
Reviews: 2,630
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 1,294 | 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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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a nice head, and some sticky lacing. The color of the beer itself is a deep amber color.

Smell: A lot of spiciness with the hops... really doesn't taste all too much like it smells.

Taste: Floral, spicy, grapefruity. That's the best way I can describe it. The slight bitterness at the end is really great. The malt also comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Right middle-of-the-road, and it makes this an easy and pleasurable drinking IPA.

The more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it. I got this in a mix-a-six, but I'd not hesitate to buy some more of this stuff. The hype is well-founded ... this is one of the most popular IPAs in America, and for good reason. It's tasty, it's affordable, and you can find it just about anywhere. A quality beer. It's pretty unreal just how perfectly the flavors mesh.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of enoerew
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

- A: Egg white foam, fading to 1 mm in 4-5 minutes, moderate lacing, golden orange through light, fine particulate haze (bubbles?)

- S: Citrus, grapefruit, pine dew, grapes

- T: Light floral, strong resemblance to grapefruit , bright hoppiness ending

- M: High acidity, medium carbonation, medium body, aftertaste of hops in the back of the throat and sides of the tongue

- O: Bold presentation of citrus hops, not for the weaker of heart. Can be described as astringent, but extra IPAs are hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard IPA, pale orange/copper. Nice fluffy head-retains decently.

Smell: Not quite the kick in the face I was expecting, but definitely strong hop aromas. Mostly pine needles and lemon zest. It's definitely nice, but not as strong as I was expecting.

Taste: Torpedo has a strong West Coast hop presence and is definitely living up to the West Coast stereotype. The malt gives a little bit of sweetness but the bitterness is definitely winning the battle here. There is a touch of alcohol too. Actual flavours: Pine, orange, grapefruit, lemon.

Mouthfeel: Softer than I expected. It's got low-moderate carbonation, which is actually ok with this ridiculously bitter beer. Any more carbonation and it would be a bit of a mess. Malty sweetness is there to maintain some balance in the mouth.

Overall: Good! Not great, but a definite winner as a daily drinker IPA. The alc/vol (why the frig don't we rate drinkability any more?!?) is kind of high even for an IPA, but I could see this being a great Sunday afternoon beer.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,214 ratings.