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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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8,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,535
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 948 | 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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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a chance to attend an event Sierra Nevada did a few years ago at the Bistro in Hayward. Damn fine beer establishment!

They were coming out with Torpedo and a few others.

The Bistro is Hop Beer Hevean and I was having at that time a love affair with Russian River's "Blind Pig" or "Ex-Girl Friend" as I like to call her.

I was not super flavorful of Torpedo. Well tonight I worked late, was out of beer, I stopped at the 7-11, hoping, I might find something other then pissy yellow beer, as I really, really wanted a beer and it was just before midnight.

They had Torpedo.
Well, Sierra, you get another chance.
Apperance: Pours a orangish red color with lots of foamy deliciousness in the head.
smell, at first, the hop aroma is faint, but it is there. Not overwhelming and you have to hunt for it.
Taste: Nice bitter, citrus, piney and MALT balance. It is too drinkable. I am rather glad it is only 7.2% and not 8 or 9 like some bigger IPAs, As this is a lighter body, very, very drinkable beer. I will be coming back for more.

xmorgan, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of bens0n
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden orange with tons of creamy off white head that leaves massive amounts of lacing on the glass.

This beer smells pretty mild in the hop department, I pick up more malt than anything. The hops are there but they aren't overpowering, was expecting this EXTRA IPA to be a hop explosion but its not.

Flavor wise its got the hoppy backbone but surprisingly enough theres almost no hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness that lingers but the majority of the hoppyness is in the middle.

Its got a decent viscosity and low level of carbonation, extremely smooth and easy to down.

I'm not a big fan of IPAs but this one was an exception and I feel like the hops are well balanced with the rest of whats going on.

bens0n, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving 12oz bottle into New Belgium snifter, no best by visible.

Looks a slightly hazy amber (almost copper) with a white head that falls away a bit too soon for me, lacing clings to side of the glass. The smell is of piney hops, with some grapefruit grapefruit citrus. Very fresh smelling. detecting some malt at the end of the smell. Taste: again with the grapefruit citrus but way more pine going on, some malt, finishes with delicious and clean hop bitterness. Mouthfeel has some tingling (spiciness) from hops and a moderate carb. As it warms, alcohol can be detected.

Not too complicated but fairly bold tasting, an excellent benchmark IPA. Wow, a world-class IPA with near ubiquitous distribution at 9 bucks a six pack? A very easy recommendation. Like drinking a pine-cone, in a good way.

VaterRoss, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Rob315, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jaredseaman77
2/5  rDev -51.9%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of felixljr
5/5  rDev +20.2%

felixljr, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Mjmoon15
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Mjmoon15, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Jra1985
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Nice amber color with a good tan two finger head with a very long retention. Decent lacing. This is what beer is supposed to look like.

S-Lots of citrus aromas and very piny. You can really smell the hops.

T-Piny and very citrusy. Good amount of hops. A good bittery aftertaste. This is an excellent tasting IPA.

M-Medium bodied that goes down very smooth for 7.2% abv. The carbonation is great.

O-Overall this is a great IPA and I would drink many times over. An excellent price and taste, You cannot go wrong with this beer.

Jra1985, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of khunter311
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

khunter311, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will freely admit that I rarely drink IPAs because they are too hoppy for my tastes under most circumstances. But with this high a rating, this beer deserved a chance.

Pours a clear, bright orange/amber with a full 1 1/2" of light tan head. Fairly creamy though nowhere near a tap drawn Guinness quality. After the initial settling, the retention on the remaining 1/2" is truly amazing. A very nice lacing, though a bit scattered, remains.
Smell is well-balanced with notes of wood, floral, citrus with lighter notes of citrus and evergreen and a faint malt and yeast in the back.
Taste is a nice mix of malt and hops, lighter citrus and some woody resin. Balance is good and for an IPA I would consider this pretty complex. After warming some alcohol presence is seen.
Medium bodied, fairly high effervescence, dry finish with a woody/resin/citrus aftertaste. This is a really good IPA and a pretty good beer overall, in fact, this is better than their Pale Ale by a good amount. And less hoppy.

PorterLambic, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper with an off white head. Few lines of lace.

S - Citrus and piney hops.

T - Citrus and piney hops with a sweet malt backbone.

M - Medium body with dry finish.

D - Thought this was all Citra hops but it no longer tastes like it. Decent IPA.

brewcrew76, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jennaski01
5/5  rDev +20.2%

jennaski01, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of antique
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Spectre777
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Spectre777, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -27.9%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Lawl3ss, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of zintori
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

zintori, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Sinewave
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ububru, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of j1knapp
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

j1knapp, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Petro910
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Petro910, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of pweis909
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I may be getting tired of hoppy American IPA. Overdoses of citrus hops and astringency are not what I am after in a brew, I guess. This is a lovely yellow-orange brew with a nice head. There is a nice malt underneath the hop astringency, but nothing I care to go back to.

pweis909, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jparkanzky, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of r3o
4/5  rDev -3.8%

r3o, Jan 01, 2012
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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