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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

9,219 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,219
Reviews: 2,632
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,299 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a clear copper color with visible effervescence, a one finger head, mild retention, and beautiful thick lacing.

Smell is ordinary for an IPA- a sort of equal mix of pine and citrus hops with some resin. Doesn't smell TOO "bottled", just a bit.

Taste is surprisingly very good for such an attainable IPA. Pale/amber malt background easily surpassed by the hops which come in waves- first a sort of citrus taste that I associate with Cascade, then some heartier, piny-er hops (Chinook and/or Centennial) that finish out the taste with a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good- medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent bang for your buck with this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, reddish copper with a white, 2-finger head, giving away in due time to a decent, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of citrus hop aroma, primarily a sweet, ruby red grapefruit aroma, backed by some sweet malt character and a faint bit of astringency.

Taste - Big, sweet and bitter grapefruit hops upfront, complimented by a nice, sweet malty backbone that doesn't detract from the major focus of the beer. Big, long lingering piney bitterness in the aftertaste, which I don't care much for. Sip after sip can snowball into an out of control hop attack on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, great carbonation.

Overall - I'd love this beer a lot more if the aftertaste weren't so damn long lasting. Makes it rough to drink beer after beer. I feel like my tongue's gone to war with an acid bath. That said, this beer, in moderation, is damn good.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with amber hues beneath the dense, rocky off white head that dissipates to leave a scattered, yet sticky lacing.

Oily hop aromas leap from the glass, earthy and floral, almost herbal with hints of sweet citrus as it warms.

The flavor is equally packed with hops; earthy, piney, floral, and more citrusy than the nose lead on, with just a hint of malty sweet backbone.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and an oily, puckering veneer left on the palate.

Another great beer from SN with very style appropriate character and plenty to offer the nose and palate with a generous variety of pungent hops. This beer gets consumed quite quickly as you find yourself going back for more.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several fingers of slightly of head. This settles down into a rich finger, leaving back robust sticky lace that clings in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, and maybe even a touch minty, with some borderline medical feeling herbal character and tight green citrus character. Buttered cracker and caramel notes from the malt sit across the back of the nose with some softness.

The taste has leafy and spicy accents that spread out and surround a fresh and crisp feeling bitterness. Sweet flavors of bread and caramel from the malts balance the bitterness here well while simultaneously pushing that bold hop character to the front of the profile and helping keep it front and center, as this finishes moderately aggressive with a touch of raw pith and then some leafy spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that firms up on the tongue yet still has a smooth slick creaminess to the overall feel that lets this go down easily. There’s a touch of alcohol on tail end of this but it isn’t overly noticeable.

Man, this is just a really solid American IPA, with full hoppy flavors and a malt backbone that balances yet still keeps the focus on those hops. It’s awesome that are packing this in tallboys now. I definitely see more of these in my future.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another American brew where experience was exceeded by expectations.
Steeling myself to be assaulted by a bitterness of some proportion I was disappointed.
However it was a nice beer. Enough bite to enjoy and some citric fruitiness for the palate to consider.
Much prefer their Pale Ale

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber with rust highlights. Lots off-white foam that fades to a thin layer.

S - Strong smells of medicinal hops. Slight maltiness.

T - Hop forward for sure. Lots of resin, pine and medicinal flavors. Then a little maltiness, that turns to a little sweetness.

M - Full, but also very strong hop bitterness. Almost like sucking on a fresh hop cone.

O - A very powerfully flavored AIPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo from a 16oz can into a pint glass. I believe, can dated 2/22/12.

Pours a true amber with great clarity and a foamy crystalline head that hangs over the rim. 4.0

Chalky malts and grapefuit hops with a touch of pine in the nose. Interesting dusty character. Fresh-smelling and hoppy. 4.0

Nice juicy grapefruit and grassy/leafy hop flavor and subsequent bitterness. Bready malts have that flour-dusted crust dryness that is ideal to back the green stuff. Clean, a bit floral, and garden-y to remind you that this is not Celebration. Traces of ethanol in the finish. A beer that induces the happy face every time you take a gulp. 4.0

Great body for an IPA. Nice slurping noise when you get a little air in your sip. Sudsy, creamy feel with great drinkability. Well above-average. 4.5

The best ones I ever had were on-tap, but these cans beat the bottles in my opinion. A knockout IPA that's on a shelf somewhere near you. Pick it up. Crack, pour, and enjoy! 4.0

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,219 ratings.