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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

9,623 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,623
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 236
Gots: 1,745 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 9,623 | Reviews: 2,736
Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful golden hue with a rich thick white sticks and laces

full on hops aroma from the deep floral tones to the citrus zing without hitting those B.O. notes.

Syrup starts the taste then pow rich and tasty hops big old US IPA taste

Smooth mouthfeel great carbonation

Great, great beer, someone not heard of U.S. craft beer send 'em over here

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

A: Nice reddish orange with a frothy white head and good lacing.

S: Crisp, clean hoppy citrus/fruit aroma. A bit of a malty undercurrent.

T/M: Delicious citrusy hops right up front, tingly on the tongue, some bitterness and then a lingering bitter aftertaste. Strong and hoppy but not overpowering, at least not for hop lovers.

O: Just a really amazing IPA, very direct and tasty, with well-defined flavors.

Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bump8628
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo...in a can! Hell yes, American craft beer gets even awesomer (sic). This beauty was canned 02/22/12 - that means it's only 16 days old, my friends. I've been drinking this beer for a few years now so I have a handle on it. What I love is that it manages to remain unique among the onslaught of American IPAs. Crystal and Citra drive the hop profile, but it's not a citrus/tropical bomb like the other high-profile west coast IPAs (not saying I don't love those too). Torpedo features a strong spicy, black pepper note along with mint, herbs, and a background mango quality, pine sneaks into the mix as it warms. Plenty of malt too, caramel and a general graininess form the backbone. Beautiful copper hue with some malt heft and body that strikes the perfect balance between quaffability and complexity.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Norsican
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beautiful clear dark gold color with a nice white 1-finger head. Nice aromas of pine and orange rind.

Nicely constructed IPA. A slight sweetness accompanied by lots of nice citrus-like, sappy, tongue-bashing hoppy bitterness. The finish seems to leave your mouth coated with bitter hop oils, making you continue to taste this beer long after swallowing. Mouthfeel is firm and the beer is very drinkable.

This is easily one of the best bargains I have come across in craft beer. It is, in my opinion, the craft beer equivalent of Jim Beam Rye (a whiskey that's easy to find and costs less than $15 per bottle, yet is better than most ryes costing 2-3 times that much). I will buy this beer often as it is easy to get, affordable, and a damn nice IPA.

Photo of dhep16
3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rowmine
2.42/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz poured into a 20oz shaker

Qutie dissapoitned with the new can.

Not sure what happened with my 16oz 4 pack but this is NOT the same as it comes out of the bottle.

I hope this is a bad batch but i got a STRONG metalic taste out of this beer with little to no hop flavor.

I will give this a try again in the future to reassess. :(

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (code 2041708:40 - so canned 2/10/2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous clear amber w/ a thick frothy off-white head, sticky lacing, minimal carb. SN consistently delivers beautiful beers.

Aroma is classic American IPA pine and citrus, with pine dominant. Clean, fresh, resinous.

Taste follows nose. Sharp piney hops, some grapefruit rind. Pale malt balances the bitterness with just enough sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, oily, lingering.

Overall another solid, drinkable, enjoyable, affordable beer from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of b3shine
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint. Looks good; burnt-orange with nice head. Smells Pretty average. This might be an old bottle though; hard to tell without a date. Tastes slightly better than average, but that’s not saying much. I hope it’s an old bottle... Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is MUCH better than this - and I prefer IPAs. Mouthfeel is average. Overall, nothing special - at all. The only way I’ll drink this again is if somebody buys it for me - before I can stop them.

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

16oz can into Duvel tulip. "2040721:04" printed on the bottom of the can, and the box said something like "best by 9/12" (threw it away already). The beer just came out in cans, so it's obviously fresh.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few spots of lacing. Pours an almost translucent gold and leaves small, irregular lacing.

Smell: Greenhouse-y pungency, orange, some melon, and a lot of herbal aroma. Very fresh smelling, but not very bold. Gets more assertive with time and warmth.

Smells good enough that you're doing yourself a mild disservice if you drink it out of the can.

Taste: Herbal hops, some pine, with a toasted grain finish. Mild bitterness, clean finish. Smooth overall impression. A little citrus and tropical fruit, but mainly a very pleasant interplay of herbal, woodsy hops and pale malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Neither dry nor sticky. Occasional wateriness (not juicy but *watery*) is the only overt flaw in an otherwise excellently crafted beer.

Overall: Great beer, great price. Particularly happy about it coming in cans; this beer needs to be shielded from light and oxygen as much as possible, as freshness increases the enjoyment exponentially.

As a sidenote, I really like the "softness" of the bitterness, belying the sort of "every beer punches you in the face," reputation that Sierra Nevada occasionally seems to have (perhaps due to SNPA being so many people's first exposure to beer other than macro lagers or sweet Belgians). Despite the bravado in the beer's description, its delicate flavor balance is the real story here.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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