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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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9,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,626
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 235
Gots: 1,751 | 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: 9,626 | Reviews: 2,736
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chadpaq
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: 4.5
Soap-sudsy head that rises quite quickly with a semi-aggressive pour. Darker than a hophead's IPA. The skepticism sets in. Even so, one can't deny that this brew is gorgeous. Fresh viscous caramel when penetrated with light. Lacing's big. As I said: Sudsy.

Smell: 4.0
Initial burst of citrus, but I soon realize this isn't the star of the show. Bitter hop strains. Semi-malty backbone. I smell more alcohol than 7.2% would lead me to believe. Undoubtedly fresh...this thing wet-hopped? I need to know more about the apparatus that is this beer's namesake.

Taste: 4.0
Mimics the nose. Slightly better. Wish I could give it a 4.25 here. Fruity initially, followed by lip-puckering bitterness. Medicinal, but the type of elixir I'd like to be prescribed to for the duration of my days.

Feel: 4.0
Smoother than your run-of-the-mill IPA. Seems slightly less carbonated, and more concerned with the integrity of its ingredients than the number of its bubbles. A very well-built, enjoyable product as it slides down thy gullet.

Overall: 4.5
Considering the freshness, availability, and, most importantly at this point in my life, price of this beer, it's pretty darn unbeatable for a hophead like me.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-colored pour with a fat sticky three-finger head that leaves tons of lacing as you drink it down.

Pretty much all hops in the nose... pine, grapefruit and herbs. Smells like the freshest, lushest forest you've ever been in!

Taste follows the nose, but with a decent malt backbone to balance it out some. Hops is definitely the featured player here, but it's not all hops.

Nice mouthfeel, slick and oily with some chewiness.

I'm not generally a hophead, and it's only four or five times a year I get in the mood for a hop-centric brew, but this is very good! The fact that it's mass produced, sold at a great price, and available almost everywhere makes it pretty amazing.

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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%

Photo of J23hc
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice mahogony, generous nearly caramel head. Good hop presence, warm pine, citrus, bitter finish, crisp, balanced perfectly, so fresh it's almost minty, grapefruit sour after. A perfect example of it's style. Easily drinkable, not too bitter, not lacking anything

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Chalice from a bottle dated 11/29/11

A: Deep orange amber color with a foamy cream colored head that receded kind of quick. Lots of lacing, and few cm of head retention.

S: Strong citrus and pine hop aroma, and quite a bit of sugary sweet sticky malt. More malt than you might expect. The citrus aroma is very heavy on the rind more than the fruit itself. Smells a little too sweet for me.

T: Bittering hops hit right from the start; lots of grapefruit and pine, hints of floral. The sugary malt picks up with a very solid body, but doesn't quite match up to the hop bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter with lasting hop flavor. The lingering hop flavor reminds me of green bell peppers.

M: Solid medium body with just enough carbonation. Almost sticky at times, and a dry bitter finish.

O: Very tasty and enjoyable. I keep forgetting this isn't an imperial, which I'd say is a plus. Although not extraordinary, this is a really good beer, and warrants a try from most IPA lovers.

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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  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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