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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

9,361 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,361
Reviews: 2,672
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 208
Gots: 1,465 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized can care of Kegatron, thanks again Heath! Poured into a standard pint glass this brew appears a perfectly clear, polished color of copper. Sitting atop is more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap maintains with solid retention that slowly fades leaving a webbing of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh and herbal with hoppy notes of pine and resins. There is a bit of mineral character running through the nose coupled with a bit of alcohol sting. Across the back this brew is a bit cheesy with notes of sulfur and yeast. As it warms up, it gets a little vegetative with more of a focus on the leafy aspects of the hops. Not a bad thing, but overall not my favorite aroma that hops impart.

The taste is surprisingly toasty with plenty of malt backbone. A bit of toffee-like sweetness sits on the tongue before the resinous bite of hops comes into play with a flavor of herbs and pine. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of mineral component that blends into some sulfur/yeast/cheesy notes that while not bad is a bit distracting. As it warms up, the focus shifts to a flavor that is vegetative just like the aroma indicated but is accented by a slight spicy touch that keeps things interesting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For slightly more than 7% abv, the alcohol is really felt here with a warmth down the throat but it works to blend into the rest of the character. I am a fan of sierra nevada and most of their offerings but for some reason I just wasn't feeling this brew tonight. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to give this a try Heath, perhaps I need to give this one another go sometime.

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

The beers color is sort of orange/ tan straw like color, with a creamy head on top. It looks really nice.

It smells of half pine needles and citrus and caramel malts. Kind of reminds me of the complexity of their Pale Ale. It's not so one dimensional as other IPA's or DIPA's are.

One the taste, there is a nice piney hop presence followed by a smooth and strong malt backbone, but not so much that it pushes into East Coast IPA territory. Very sessionable. Get a 12 pack!

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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.

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,361 ratings.