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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

9,207 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,207
Reviews: 2,629
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 1,284 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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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  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the can into my mouth.

A: This is purely based on memory, as I drank this straight from the can. It's really a typical looking IPA, with an off white, creamy head that sticks around for quite sometime.

S: Pungent, aromatic, piney hops coupled with biscuity malt and bread. Tropical fruits are present, but the pine dominates as far as hop profile goes. It's really an exception smelling beer.

T: For me, this is probably one of the best "single IPAs" out there, and out of the can, it's simply that much better. This beer is really, really bitter, but manages to be exceptionally balanced. Pungent hops, and sweet malts work in tandem to provide just the right flavor profiles. I wouldn't say it's underrated, but I also wouldn't say it gets the recognition it deserves. If you haven't had it, I suggest you pick up a four pack sooner rather than later. I believe Torpedo can stand toe to toe with any similar single IPA on the market.

M: Medium bodied, with a strong amount of carbonation. The hops leave a "coating effect" on the palate. This one stays with you long after the swallow. Very crisp, and clean. No complaints about this beer whatsoever.

O: This was already one of my go-to beers, and now that it's being canned, I can see myself always having this on hand. Camping, and the golf-course just aren't going to be the same. Props to Sierra Nevada for canning this exceptional beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BenHesk12
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful glowing orange copper with a small light bodied head. Taste is quite bitter, but well balanced by the malt, with little to no detectable fruitiness to it. There's definitely something unique here, the "Torpedo" method of dry hopping pushes the limits with bitterness and hop flavor, and is complimented nicely by the full body, big-bubble, mouth feel of the brew. It's one of the best beers you can buy at the supermarket and I doubt anyone will be disappointed if a six pack of this dark green bottle shows up in their fridge.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BierStein711
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic

Three finger off white head, golden brown

S: Piney, malty, hoppy

T: Piney, warming booze, citrus and floral hops, and various malts

M: Smooth and refreshing, but not sessionable

I want to try this as a draught. I would have this again, but I am afraid to try in a can.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear amber orange color with some sparse yellow highlights. Only a finger worth of off-white foam but it is densely packed and lasts a while and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S - the aroma is a little more subtle than most American IPAs but that is a welcome change. Starts off with a soft caramel sweetness, while notes of candied orange and grapefruit rind give it balance. There is a hint of herbal, leafy, resinous notes almost piney.

T - dryer on the tongue than expected but there is still a touch of caramel sweetness. Leafy green herbal notes mix with citric bitterness and a touch of pineapple. Herbal notes become more reinous on the back of the tongue. The lengthy finish is bittersweet candied citrus.

M - medium bodied. Texture is crisp when colder but creamy but with a watery quality as it warms. Medium carbonation.

O - great beer. The mouth feel does seem to get a little flat as it warms but this is a beer I would certaintly keep on hand consistently. This makes me want to purchase a bottled sixer just to update my previous review.

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I can see why so may people were excited for this to come to cans... it is great! Picked up bottles because I couldn't find cans, no biggie as its the same brew. Probably going to pick up the cans when I see them though.

Appearance: A golden amber color with a good light tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: When you pour it, tons of floral hops come through, when you put your nose to it, you can pick up some pine and citrus and biscuity malts

Taste: Starts with pine hops and bready malts, then moves to the floral and citrus hops and caramel malt and fruit. The brew is weighted in favor of bitterness though some sweetness comes through

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent brew, and I love how it is balance more towards the floral and citrus hops than pine and resin hops, and doesn't over do the bitterness. I feel some IPAs lean too much to bitter pine and resin hops.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sure do love this beer. My go-to for casual drinking, priced right at $15 for a 12pk. I'm reviewing this from notes after getting one on tap, which was even better.

Pours from the tap with a golden orange hue. Nice lacing and rings as its sipped.

Torpedo explodes with awesome hops aroma. Spicy and full of grapefruit and flowers.

High bitterness that tastes like pine and citrus in the best way. Just enough malt to make this so delicious and smooth.

This beer is sticky! Bitterness lasts and lasts and makes you want more.

Tastes so smooth and wonderful, the 7.2%ABV will sneak up on you!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,207 ratings.