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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

8,366 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,366
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 159
Gots: 839 | 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:
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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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%

An American IPA knocking at the door of becoming a double IPA. All about the hops - no doubt, with a fairly sweet malt body. Assertive hops - grapefruit rind and a slight herbal undercurrent. Finish is lingering bitternes and the abv is barely evident in a touch of heat. A bit less smooth than others of this style, but holds its own.

03-16-2010 13:31:51 | More by Brent
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bnes09

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +13%

Pours a golden straw color with one finger white head and leaves a streaky lace.

Aroma is very robust and citrusy. The assertive hops lure me in for a sip.

Taste is outstanding! A bold citrus and pine hop character hit the tongue right away as my mouth becomes an ocean of flavor. The bitterness gradually mellows out leaving a smooth, biscutiy malt character that balances the flavor nicely. Hops linger around for a while, giving you a little extra jolt in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied and generous amount of carbonation making the flavors slightly more assertive. Dry finish leaves me craving another sip.

Overall, this is an exception IPA. Tons of flavors which are in perfect harmony. Very refreshing and a feast for hop lovers.

03-14-2010 15:09:41 | More by bnes09
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jab5161

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours an orange-yellow color with a substantial white head.

S: Piney-citus smell that is strong, but not overwhelming.

T&M: Finishes a little bitter, but in a good way, with some pine and then goes away.

Overall a very solid beer for the price.

03-13-2010 22:59:03 | More by jab5161
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer pours a hazy orange copper colour, with two fingers of chunky off-white head, which leaves an array of webbed lace around the glass. It smells, quite frankly, of pine trees dipped in caramel pudding. The taste is citrus and pine hops, caramel/toffee malt, and a bit of warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body sticky, and medium weighted, and it finishes dry, the leafy, bitter hops closing down shop.

A very tasty bridge between IPA and DIPA.

03-13-2010 05:08:32 | More by biboergosum
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Clear orange/amber with a nice thick off-white head, moderate lacing.

S: Nice floral, citrus and pine hop aromas. Slight sweet scent.

T&M: Very smooth and crisp. Taste isn't as distinctive as the smell. Hoppy taste that fades on the heavy bitter side. Mild pine taste and malty sweetness. Medium bodied.

Not great but a decent IPA for the price.

03-12-2010 20:17:51 | More by cdizinno
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giblet

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%

poured very nice into the glass. one inch of head that settled to a quarter inch. nice color and steady carbonation.

the aroma was ok. not as hoppy as expected. the taste...was ok, certainly not the hops it needed for me. drinkable but mild.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

03-11-2010 18:36:33 | More by giblet
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jlapennas

New York

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

Aroma: Low/moderate spicy hop aroma with a bit of a fruity note. Almost seems like a european or noble hop. Slight malt sweetness in the background. Some clean alcohol

Appearance: Orange-amber. Fair amount of color here. Great clarity and moderate head.

Flavor: Immediately has that crisp SN character but it's followed by a tone of spicy, juicy, and fruity hop flavors. Hops are more intense here than in aroma. Moderate bitterness, not high like other American IPA's, but it's almost more crisp than it is bitter. Malt sweetness is restrained with caramel notes. Malt sweetness supports the fruity hop flavors well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with persistent crisp character and moderately high CO2.

Overall: An interesting take on the IPA style. Compared to most American IPAs this brings it pretty weak. It lacks bitterness, hugely lacks resin in the mouthfeel, and is a bit more crisp than typical IPAs. I like the beer and it has good drinkability. Very much a Sierra Nevada beer.

03-09-2010 03:31:11 | More by jlapennas
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -24.8%

A- poured into pint glass, a cloudy amber color with little head.
S- pine, flowery potpourri
T- strong hop bitterness is the only flavor I taste
M- light body, moderate carbonation
D - too hoppy without any balance, I would not want to drink two in a row.

03-07-2010 15:29:54 | More by jmdrpi
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Found this great brew at Party Town in Florence, KY. Been a fan of Sierra Nevada so I figured I'd give it a try.

A: Very clear, orange color, 2 fingers head, great lacing

S: Citrus, floral hops

T: hops, bitter in front and back

M: Creamy, medium carbonation, drying finish

D: High - I could definately try this again.

03-07-2010 03:38:41 | More by beerman207
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y2j2280

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Nice lace - Give it swirl and you see beauty

S - Hops jump out like a true IPA should. Smell of citrus and alcohol

T - Citrus and piny flavors come out. Finish is extended and pleasantly bitter - not overwhelming.

M - Nice and thick - Great for a IPA - Almost like a DIPA

D - Good session beer. Can have a few in a night.

03-07-2010 03:26:50 | More by y2j2280
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bret27

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

S: Good combo of citrus and pine aromas from hops (must be whole hop aroma) A little sweet.

A: Amber/yellow clear, nice thick off-white head, good brussels lace

T: Not as much going on. Piney, vanilla or caramel malty sweetness, then fairly bitter. NO etoh presence though.

M/D: medium good appropriate and dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. Drinks like a 5% ipa while actually being 7.2%.

Overall: Not amazing, but a good drinkable ipa. I've bought several 6-pks of this, and for me who never drinks the same beer twice that's saying a lot!

03-06-2010 04:41:06 | More by bret27
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evansrdbrew

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

7.2% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice BIG 1" foamy head slightly off-white. Beautiful copper colored clear beer. Head is receeding slowly leaving a thick lace. Both lace and foam layer lasted until the end.

S= Nice whif of malt quickly joined by an aroma of fresh herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pine and sweetness.

T= Nice thick carmel malt flavor with an enjoyable sweetness. Hop flavors of pine and rosin with herbal notes. Very crisp hop flavors. Has hints of alcohol.

MF= Great thick resinous coating of the mouth. Good hit of bitterness throughout which lingers on the palate.

D= I find it very drinkable. 2 or 3 and your set. Although it will definitely ruin your palate for some time.

Overall a great hoppy beer, delicious!

03-05-2010 17:11:56 | More by evansrdbrew
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Kumicho

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottled on Jan 12, 2010, drank March 4, 2010

Appearance - Poured into a standard pint glass it left ~1 head that slowly receded to a thin covering. Good lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - Earthy smells along with some pine.

Taste - Some sharp hop bitterness that recedes to a dry finish. Not a whole lot of citrusy hops, which surprised me. Alcohol is well masked, but the hop flavor seemed a bit one-sided to me with more emphasis put on bittering than on the hop flavor. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Good body and excellent texture. Moderate carbonation for the style, but relatively "chewy" with a great feel. Easily it's best feature.

Drinkability - Unfortunately, it only gets an average rating from me on this. While the alcohol is masked well, there isn't enough of a positive to make me reach for this over something else. I wonder to a certain extent whether it lost something in the 2 months since it was brewed, or whether it was always intended to be... unoffensive.

03-04-2010 23:14:57 | More by Kumicho
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OttoBomb

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 25, 2010). Serial number on the label says "935211527" so it's actually bottled 3:27pm PST, December 18th, 2009 on bottling line #1, (see here: http://www.sierranevada.com/images/BottleCode2009.pdf ).

Eyes: Pours a hazy darkish orange. The head is thick and fluffy. Quite a nice look to this one.

Nose: The typical IPA citrus/pine hop character is there, but it does smell a bit earthy also. Not the typical three Cs of hops in here evidently, as ther is a bit of a more musty hop character. A stiff malt aroma wafts up also.

Tongue: Strong pine hops up front with a strong bitter bite. Earthy, toasty, with some sweet citrus fruit up, then orange peel, pine sap, and a bit more biscuit malt to close it off. The finish is fairly bitter. I like the profile here, but not as much as Sierra Nevada's other quality IPA, Celebration Ale.

Mouth: The sharp, bitter and full mouthfeel is really quite good.

Libation: Another good, clean, a quality offering from Sierra Nevada in the West Coast IPA style. I really can't find a fault with this IPA, it's got good, flavor and it's well balanced, but it just doesn't seem to fully mesh together for me. I like some very bitter IPAs and DIPAs, but in comparison this one delivers a bit too much bitterness for the flavor. Very good overall, but it wont be a go-to IPA for me.

03-04-2010 06:24:44 | More by OttoBomb
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz bottle, Nov. 2009 printed on the label.

Pours clear amber to copper with huge off-white head and medium carbonation. Tons of froth and lacing.

Lots of citrus aroma with some pine in there as well. Malt aroma is also present but subdued compared to the hops. Flavor of sticky pine with less noticeable citrus character. Very herbal and slightly peppery. Definitely on the bitter side, slightly sweet but with a drier finish with planty and herbal notes. Malty throughout, but never overly so.

Medium body with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel, a bit on the creamy side as well though. Overall a solid IPA with a nice, broad range of hop flavors going on.

03-04-2010 01:41:31 | More by goldbot
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a copperish, light amber color with good head and slight carbonation. Foam head lingers quite a bit.

S: I get hints of vanilla with piney & orange peel notes, and some light malt aroma. As it warms, the hop notes become more evident.

T: Bitter tasting at first, then gives way to a nice vanilla-like flavor.

M: A bit bitter at first (see taste), but then a nice creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable as the hops seem to first hit you, then the even bodied creaminess follows.

D: I'd like to have more than one of these and see if the taste would attract me to regularly drink this beer. A solid effort all around, but right now not one of my favorite IPAs.

I like it, although I'm not sure if it's as great as Sierra's other flagship beers such as their Pale Ale & Celebration Ale. Quite enjoyable. Just didn't blow my socks off.

03-04-2010 00:54:38 | More by jwhancher
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feedmechili

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Generally, I figure that a Sierra Nevada beer that is new to me won't be nasty. With that in mind, finding nothing new and exciting at City Bev at the end of February, I picked up a 6 of SN Torpedo.

I think it compares well to Hopslam. It pours a dark golden color with a white fluffy head (darker than Hopslam). The head has staying power. The bright, citrus hop aroma emanates from the glass.

It tastes very hoppy with some caramel malt and a dry finish (almost as freshly hoppy as Hopslam, but not as sweet). It is too much for my pilsner-loving friend, who claims Torpedo knocked him on his @$$. I think it is almost as good as Hopslam, but quite a bit cheaper, and more widely available.

As far as drinkability goes, if you want to drink two in a row, fine. I've done it. Three becomes too much of a good thing.

03-03-2010 22:49:10 | More by feedmechili
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Healthy pour yields an upward cascading 2.5 finger head that my glass can't contain... oops. Head is a creamsicle color and super frothy with repectable retention. Beer is a clear reddish-mahogany that reveals little carbonation. Lacing is real messy here with no real pattern but quite a bit of cling.

S: Piney hops and sour orange. Nose here is not robust by any means and it takes a couple of nose dips to really get a feel for the simple aroma present.

T: Opens with a piney hop bite that slowly dissipates, replaced by a orangy sweet sourness with nice full malt overtones. Quite a warming beer here. A brown sugar, rich hoppiness appears again towards the end that slowly fades into an easy finish that creates a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Light bodied, semi-coarse, with just the right amount of carbonation. Watery in the mouth with a surprisingly sticky finish given the overall feel.

D: A highly drinkable IPA that has good balance. Aroma could use some work but the overall taste and feel is really quite good here. Well worth revisiting and luckily its pretty readily available. Truly one of the benchmark IPAs out there.

03-03-2010 22:40:22 | More by SpeedwayJim
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Poured a nice Amber colour with a thick, white foamy head.

S - Citrusy hops with some earthiness & pine. Very strong nose.

T - An explosion of citrus. A nice bitter hop profile with a clean grapefruit aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with some chewiness. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice, smooth DIPA. This will definitely become a regular in my fridge.

03-03-2010 04:11:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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travduke

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Look: Amber body, two inch white foamy head. Incredible lacing. This is how an IPA should look.

Smell: Citrus, floral, lots of pine.

Taste: Nice hop flavor all around. Just like the nose suggests. Mild bitterness. Good malt backbone too. Very well balanced.

Mouth/Drink: Crisp and flavorful. When I'm thirsty I can't stop drinking these. You can't beat the price either!

03-03-2010 02:36:20 | More by travduke
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

More awesomeness from Sierra Nevada that's now - finally - available in West Virginia.

Thick fluffy light tan head atop slightly cloudy amber body. Good head retention. Good Lacing. Sweet floral hop aroma promises hops, hops, hops and flavor delivers. Front of palate bitterness with solid malt backing that supports the hops superbly. Crisp start to mouthfeel but moderates out to a smooth watery-ness at the end. And for drinkability, well I can drink it all day long.

Bottom line: great, always available go-to beer.

02-28-2010 23:05:56 | More by rabsten
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billshmeinke

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into my pint glass.

Golden with a slight amber hue in color. Very clear. One finger head. Retention is nice. Good layer of foam on top. Really good lacing.

Smells bready. Smell of barley. Very faint lemony citrus form the hops.

Taste follows smell. Lots of barley malt, a touch of honey from the malts. Then bitter pine/resin and orange rind and slightly lemony citrus from the hops.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Medium dry. Prickly on the tongue. A touch creamy.

Very easy to drink.

02-28-2010 02:25:53 | More by billshmeinke
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

the higlights of this beer are hands down its appearance and drinkability...especially for a big ipa...

pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a constant carbonation...gorgeous white head which laces perfectly...as nice looking of a beer as you'll ever get...

surprisingly you get a strong malted backbone to the nose with expected citrus and piney hops...very delicious ipa overall with the piney hops giving a wonderful aftertaste...the malts kind of confuse the mouthfeel of this beer, but overall a great choice...

i gave this an exceptional rating for drinkability for several reasons...for one, the price is great...second, the beer is balanced, high ABV but not too complex for the ipa lover...

you'll really enjoy this beer...bought at the local harris teeter at under $10/six pack and drinking while watching danica patrick wreck in a nationwide race (she sucks....)...

02-28-2010 00:37:47 | More by cnjohn19
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Copper and orange dominate the color. Great clarity for such a big beer.

Aroma, the hallmark of Sierra Nevada, the C-hops. Taste, this one probably has some 'new' hops Amarillo/Summit or something. Its real big on bitterness and the hop profile, and a good heavy malt backbone to wit.

Mouthfeel, gets a little heavier and earthy than desired, really the beer's only true letdown. Very drinkable, I can't think of too many big IPA's that are mass produced and this cheap. In terms of bang for your buck, its Torpedo, Pliny or Hop Stoopid.

02-27-2010 23:36:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

I am very interested to have this, because the Sierra IPA I had a few years back on draft, which was probably a test batch for this, needed a lot of work.

Pours a very clear golden orange with a sizable foam/cream head that slowly settles into a muted version of the shape of the top of your glass. Laces impressively. Smells of rose petals and freshly mowed grass. Flavor has a lot of hops, but maybe Amarillo or another one of those rough-flavored hops that mix fruit with crushed aspirin. The malt is toasted and caramelly. Feel is thick and velvety smooth. Ends a little thick and sweet, with hop flavor fading out. Finish leaves me wanting more dryness and bitterness to help drinkability.

This has a good dose of flavor hops, albeit a bit rough. Overall, it just hits the middle-of-the-road west coast IPA status.

02-27-2010 23:18:11 | More by waughbrew
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,366 ratings.