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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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9,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,532
Reviews: 2,709
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 229
Gots: 1,658 | 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:
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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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (Julian date 322nd day of 2011) poured into Dogfish tulip pint glass.

A- One of the best looking beers out there. Huge sudsy head that never goes away. Be careful with the pour. Huge sticky lacing. Burnt orange color.

S- Not too fresh, but not old either. I am getting a huge pine aroma. Love it.

T- Huge piney hops up front then turns sweet as it rolls back and finishes with hop bitterness. Really a fantastic example of a pine forward IPA.

M- Medium viscosity. Lower carbonation which creates excellent creamy mouthfeel.

O- One of my favorite IPAs and it is everywhere. At this price point probably my favorite go to IPA. Get it, drink it, love it.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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

709ml bottle poured into wine glass 26/1/12

A hazy golden copper with a solid light beige head that slowly falls to a thin film leaving spider-web lacing well down the glass, things are looking good

S citric, piny, caramel, its what I expect from and IPA, basic but solid and I like it

T there's a little caramel malt keeping the hops in check, again pretty straight forward but soild

M thick and a little grit left behind to ponder, its got some bite too it but nothing enamel stripping, I don't have many complaints in this department

O I think this is almost a benchmark for an IPA, its a solid beer with no flaws that would be in my regular rotation if I could only get it in Alberta

I can see why this is in the beers of fame, solid well rounded IPA that easy too drink with still having high IBU's. I don't think I mentioned booze once above so that should say something too

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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

Poured into a duvel glass

Bright golden orange, bordering on glowing, with a 3 finger head and lots resiny sheen and lacing.

Big grapefruit and orange rind aromas here. Spicey to start with, then sweeter as it warms. A little spruce and resin aswell.

Again, more citrus notes, but also alot more pine notes. The bitterness is long and very dry and lingers long after you swallow.

Nicely textured beer. The carbonation is soft and not overpowering, allowing the hoppy oiliness to coat the mouth.

Great IPA. Puts 90% of IPAs to shame.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served from the bottle at Jembetat Gallery and Café in Rochester, NY. It was poured into a footed, Weizen-style pilsner glass, and glowed a rusty brown color. It held a two finger whitish head. This showed insane retention. We couldn’t even get close enough to smell it until fifteen minutes had gone by. It stood there like fresh whipped cream. The lacing left when it finally did start to die was equally as impenetrable. There was modest haze, and light carbonation. The aroma was bright with piney hops and earth. There was an additional grapefruit sweetness that nicely complemented the solid, more pale malts. With warmth came faint lactics. As we sipped, holy pine cone!! As in the nose, there was deep earth and huge hop activity. The malts were also present up front, completely balancing everything, a shade better than in the nose. On the back, pulling us to the middle, was a light tropical fruit flavoring. The middle showed red grape sugars, malting sourness, and clean hops, keeping the palate fresh and alive. The finish was with thick hop oils and resin. There was more beautiful balance, but by the last drops the hops became more bearing, with a lemony, citric sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter minerals, ridiculous pine, lemons sugars, and drying tannins. The body was on the lighter side of medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was great slurp and smack, with phenomenal cream and sip from the head. There was a slight astringency, making this a well-rounded feel. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily and smoothly.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the balance, and smooth flavoring throughout. The peaks and dips in flavor are not too extreme, but offer nice variety through the evenly balanced base. The light tropical fruits were nice, helping to lighten things up a bit. This is a great standard that doesn’t hold back on the flavoring at all.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe this one has been around for only three years; now it's the best-selling IPA in the country. The beer in front of me was bottled last Dec 2.

Let's make this one a special occasion and pour into a tulip. The golden orange has some haze to it, and if I look closely I see some fine particulates. HUGE airy puffy head shoots up beyond the glass and as it settles, the intricate lace is like sea foam. The aroma has some citrus to it, but pine is more prevalent with spicy pepper and herbal hints in the background.

Given the lack of powerful citrus smell, I'm pleasantly surprised by the sweet fruit flavor that shows up first. Things dry out quickly as the hops wreak some havoc on the tastebuds. SN absolutely nailed it with the mouthfeel.

Only the intensely bitter finish keeps me from wanting a whole six pack at once; for IPA fans and hopheads that won't be a problem. This is a fantastic beer, but you already knew that.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Batch/date stamp is 128722356 - whatever that may mean.

Appearance: Coppery-orange translucent/slight haze beer with a persistent 1/16" off-white head. Very persistent lacing in big sheets, and strands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus, pine, orange, and a nice malt backbone. Quite appealing.

Taste: As expected, a very hoppy beer. Bitter at the start and the finish, with pine notes, a good malt in the middle to counter the hoppiness a bit, and then a strong grapefruit citrus flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but nicely thick and creamy underneath the carbonation. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice looking beer with an outstanding mouthfeel. Very hoppy and pleasurable to drink, but one is enough per evening. The grapefruit citrus does get a bit tiring after awhile, but that's the point of this beer, isn't it? The hops are the showcase of this IPA, and in that regard, they do show off nicely.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,532 ratings.