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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

8,621 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,621
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

VikeMan, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

hpthebull, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bpowers315, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Orbfan, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

bullcrapp, Mar 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jakjak711, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of jmcgahran1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jmcgahran1, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a re-review...
Poured from a (12oz bottle..not!) 16oz can with a canned-in date of 2 01 05 A 3 BT into a 22-1/2oz Libbey Citation snifter (embossed with the Dogfish Head logo and slogan)...third review to Beer Advocate's member: Avantyawn and kawilliams81

NOTE: The date coding on the can is not yet defined on their website, but do not think it is the same as the bottle, as the cans arrived to my retailer only days ago. Looking at the bottom of the can, I see 2040709:44. If interpreted correctly, that means that this brew was canned on February 9. 2012 @ 9:44AM.

A- Abosolutely clear amber colour with an enormous, 3+ finger frothy, white head with incredible lacing.

S- Sweet Orange, bitter (white) Grapefruit, and copious amounts of pine pummel the olfactory hues.

T- Malt sweetness is quickly subdued by the hops. Dry, tacky, piney finish is left with you wanting nothing more than another sip.

O- For a year-round offering (especially on the scale of Sierra Nevada), Torpedo is resinous and bitter citrus treat! A stellar brew from a "can do no wrong" brewery. For the price and accessibility, this has become a staple in my 'fridge.' A day is not complete without one of these beers. For me, 4-packs of 16oz cans will populate my cooling vessel until they stop.

BTW- If possible, seek out the 16oz canned offering in opposition to the 12oz bottle.

threeviews, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella chalice.

A- Pours a nice caramel color with a huge 3" white head. Random blotches of lacing remain all over the glass.

S- Pilsner malts, some citrus (lemon), and pine hops.

T- Fairly sweet lightly toasted malts, faint notes of citrus bur predominantly spicy,pine hops with nice amount of bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slightly viscous and slick.

O- Good ipa, possibly the best option as far as availibility. Love the new tall boy cans!

kawilliams81, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Acforster2, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mmmaaattt, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

zhubbard, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

burkenator, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

aclark44, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of JWU
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear orange/amber with a half finger of off-white head that laces impressively

S- quite yeasty/estery. Grapefruit, pine and underlying biscuit smelling malts. A hint of what almost strikes me as spearmint.

T- up front is a big bitter blast, very oily and coating. The hop flavor is quite complex, citric at first and turning piney and earthy, almost like an English IPA, but much more hop forward. There is a caramel/biscuit malt base to balance, but that is overshadowed by the finishing bitterness. Bitterness does hang on a bit long for my preference.

M- decidedly medium bodied, crisp on the palette. Dries pretty well on the finish, perhaps a little too aggressively.

O- you can certainly taste the family resemblance between this and SNPA. I could do with just a touch more citric hop character, but I'm honestly nit-picking. This stuff is top-notch. In Pennsylvania, the only year round IPA this good, at this price, is HopDevil.

JWU, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

seanhug, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of pburland23
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for a while and finally got around to picking one up.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a bright, slightly hazy orange amber. Very clean looking pour. About one finger of white head. Head didn't stick around long but did make for some delightful lacing.

Smell: It definitely smells like a Sierra Nevada beer...a pepped up version of their pale ale. Huge piney hops notes with wildflower notes. I was pleased to detect a sizable caramel malt aroma as well. There's a strong sense of balance in the nose.

Taste: Flavor is similar to smell. There's a mouthfeel of bitterness in each sip. Citrus fruits...mango, grapefruit, some papaya. There's a minty herbal tea flavor in the middle of the sip which was unexpected but very pleasant. At the end, there's enough caramel sweetness that stands up to the intense hops characteristics. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with some sharp, upfront carbonation. It's resinous and slightly sticky. Alcohol is on the high side for an IPA at 7.2% but it's not altogether noticeable.

Overall: Sierra Nevada definitely unleashed the full potential of whole cone American hops. Big flavors, very drinkable. A very enjoyable American IPA.

pburland23, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

DerikC, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Element1290, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Givemeyourtiredandhungry
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giving this a 4.5 overall because I'm sure that another beer is better than this one, BUT that's not to downplay this beer, it's a fantastic beer.

Appearance- The head was nice and thick and makes itself well known. The color of the beer was golden, but a few shades darker

Smell - Hoppy.

Taste - Wow! This beer has a plethora of different tastes. The first taste is bitter, but I get notes of citrus (faintly) and a bittersweet flavor. Caramel notes here also. It's a very rich experience of taste. The best way I can describe this beer's taste is Bitter with a sweet ending. I would recommend this beer, indefinitely.

Givemeyourtiredandhungry, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

saxclar123, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,621 ratings.