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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,382 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,382
Reviews: 2,678
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 211
Gots: 1,485 | 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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Ratings: 9,382 | Reviews: 2,678 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bisco42
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel obliged to rate this beer not only because it is a great, go-to IPA, but because it was the brew that got turned me into a hophead. I've come to find that most people who love IPAs were introduced to them at a young age, and usually by SN. At least, that's how it was with me. There really isn't a whole lot to say about Torpedo other than 'buy it, drink it' and you'll know why it's so widely accessable and rated so high. It's good, accessible beer.

Photo of emere11
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale smells and tastes like the Big Sur CA coast, with a mix of wild sage, pine, and citrus. Probably the best American I've ever tasted. Extremely complex flavour profile and just lovely. It doesn't get any better than this.

Photo of hillind
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewqueno
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just another okay CA beer which gets too much credit.

Photo of Durban79
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA. It has an initial bite with an amazing finish.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1KEVIN1
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at kc s alley. Amber orange. Thick head. Grapefruit taste with a sweet malt prescence. Exceptional.

Photo of Davidcness
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BobJude
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M477
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyapollo
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dusty5678
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OntheLambic
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy IPA, one of the stronger ones I've drank. Incredibly bold and potent citrus flavors, this IPA has incredible depth of flavor. This being said, I would not consider this a session beer but rather a sipping beer.

Photo of bbqtj
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmh2
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of interzen
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Quite a dark amber, almost brown - quite clear. Couple of fingers of off-white head which diminished in good time. Some lacing.

Smell: Has that lovely, pine-resin aroma that heavily hopped beers tend to have. Fairly overpowering though - swirl it around a bit and you'll get some citrus fruity notes (lemon, grapefruit etc.)

Taste: It'd be nice to say that some of the fruity notes come through in the taste, but they don't. It's hops, pure and simple. All other things considered, it's actually pretty one-dimensional. There's almost no evidence of malt whatsoever.

Feel: Not too bad - it's crisp, clean and there's not much in the way of carbonation Fairly dry and astringent finish.

Overall: I'm trying to get excited about this but it's not doing anything for me - I get that American IPAs tend to be hopped to death and, slowly but surely, my palate is getting acclimatised to them but with this it feels like the hops are trampling over any other more subtle flavours that might be present. May be worth revisiting at a later time once I've got a few more IPAs under my belt.

Photo of Dykemyster17
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic IPA, it's the IPA that I rate other IPAs by

Photo of IreRican
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of molson5190
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewheeln
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrettMRogers
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snilsen13
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always pay extra for the Torpedo.

It is quite simply a very good higher ABV beer and tastes in line with the SNPA standard. That said it is a little too one-dimensional for me to push it beyond a 4/5. Sierra Nevada hops are always so rich and powerful, its hard to taste much else here.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,382 ratings.