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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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2,812 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,812
Hads: 10,417
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 312
Gots: 2,616 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 2,812 | Hads: 10,417
Photo of TomChiari777
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding I PA. Citrus and pine with strong floral notes in the aroma. Combined with a multi-backbone the hop bitterness is just right and not overbearing. The aftertaste does linger a bit longer than normal. That being said, this is an outstanding I PA.

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Photo of DanielBeard
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with a foamy head. This beer is heavy and a little oily, with aggressive hoppy bitterness. The citrusy malts help balance it, but it's not something I would pair with most food. However, it's good for what it is: an American IPA with a little "extra".

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Photo of kitch
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a packaged date of 14th May 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very nice deep clear copper colour with a one and a half finger slightly off white head that dissipates slowly to a thin soapy layer while leaving some nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Pine and citrus grapefruit dominate with a hint of orange.

Taste: Sweet malts, caramel to start followed by citrus grapefruit and pine and hints of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice IPA that is crisp and refreshing. I would buy this again.

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Photo of myveryown
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big balanced IPA with piney citrusy hops dominating the nose and flavor, but backed up by some slightly sweet carmely malt notes. Mid-dark amber in appearance with a nice white foamy head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

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Photo of SABERG
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 6/10/15 into a shaker pint.
A - Golden hue, great carbonation, fine froth and wonderful lacing.
S - Lite tropical notes, nice biscuit malt base.
T - Fine mix of lite tropical, pine , and solid malts.
F - Coats the mouth well, a linger that is not to sweet.
O - I am late to this offering and glad to have tried this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant copper gold under a clingy 3” off-white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Floral, citrusy aromas T: Malt starts the attack and then the a lemon and grapefruit rind bitterness grows. F: Creamy, medium carbonation and body. O: A well balanced beer with an assertive grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of twage04
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant, fruity. A well balanced ipa that delivers on the smoother bitterness and hop flavoring. Solid offering but maybe not the most ambitious 1.5× ipa.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours clear amber, white soapy head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, grass, citrus peel and light pine. Taste of same with acetic bitter finish.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a frosty mug; not my typical taste activation glass. Golden color with a lot of carbonation for an unetched glass. Extremely hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Very bitter as most Pales are but good flavor.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. The nose is a bit mild for my liking, good but mild. Pine, tangerine, pineapple. What it might lack in smell it more than makes up in flavor, one of the few beers that tastes better than it smells. It has a nice, sharp bitterness that lightly sits on top of a smooth, malty sweetness. Very good.

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Photo of CDTDubstep
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tastes like cat piss. Hoping this is just a bad bottle.

Edit : not sure what was up with the first time I had this. It's actually grown on me now that I'm at the end of the 12 pack. There is still definitely a cat piss flavor going on here that is absurdly growing on me.

Some Starburst like fruit flavors with some light biscuit bready tinge. The hops are not as strong as I was expecting but they are very pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent and the abv is on point. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A swirl of pine, flowers, and citrus. Surprise appearance by some sweet malt here as well, which easily could have been drowned out by the hop bomb. It's not a ton of malt, but it is there, and gives this some nice balance. I get sort of a pleasantly bitter grapefruit aftertaste here. Definitely more bitter tasting in the aftertaste, because this goes down very smoothly. It's 7.2% ABV, but you'd never know it unless you looked at the can or drank too many in one sitting. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of mrjez
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a nice clear darkish amber with an off-white head and plenty of lacing.
S: I'm not getting any distinct smell, more a flattened mix of pine and citrus. A tad musty.
T: more malty than I'd expected, some dark fruits mixed with citrus somehow, hoppy bitterness at the end. Very complex, some amber or barleywine characteristics which are welcome.
F: has a refreshing yet satisfyingly sweet and malty character. Not sure whether to neck or sip! Dry at the end, I like the flavours but would love them to whack my palate a bit more.
O: I applaud this for surprising me. Not just another IPA, it takes some interesting turns. Would love another.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: honestly a beautiful beer. Clear amber with an incredible head that sticks around till the very end.

S: Citrus right up front, to be honest it reminded me a little of the musty sweetness synonymous with white wine, other notes of toasted bread, slight pine

T-Again, for me it's all citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit, I'm also getting some bubblegum, finishes dry and just bitter enough with a slight malty backing

F-Excellent carbonation, very drinkable, could maybe be a little heavier for my taste, but that's just preference

O-A great, classic IPA. The balance and restraint used by Sierra Nevada really makes this a standout beer. In a game where so many breweries are trying to blow your tastebuds off with hops, it's refreshing to find a beer that manages to emphasize the punch of the hops all while incorporating the right level of malty sweetness and fruity esters/citrus. Drinks easy and refreshing-a homerun for Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Used to be a big Sierra Nevada pale ale fan. Have not had in a long while. This Torpedo IPA is delicious. A really solid brew." After drinking many of them the "hop infusion" gets a bit much. Leaves an almost oily after taste. The glass gets the same way with this hoppy oil residue heavy in the glass after one beer. A bit too much hops maybe? Still very drinkable.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - A clear copper like color. Big fluffy two finger soapy white head
Smell - Pine, resin, floral, grapefruit, citrus
Taste - Pine, dank, resinous, floral, citrus

Overall - West Coast IPA to the fullest. A classic.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden look. Crisp and refreshing herbal notes tickle the throat on the way down with a more dominate pine after taste. Crisp and a light with a hop forward experience.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
Look: light Amber brown very nice looking
Smell: floral hops fruity strong on the nostrils
Taste: crisp refreshing very hoppy light fruit lingering after taste
Overall: very nice ipa one of the best I've had great taste great looking. Definitely purchasing again.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a spiegelau glass. Great tasting IPA. Poured beautiful with a finger head, hops and citurs aromas then the citrus grapefruit taste with some hops. Overall balanced great IPA and prolly the cheapest around. Sierra Nevada never disappoints! Cheers!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml M and S, Bristol, UK - Pours clear orange/brown with a frothy, white head. Good lacing. Smell - hoppy with strong citrus, grapefruit. Taste - starts sweet but nice bitter finish. Nice well balanced hoppy IPA which I will seek out again.

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Photo of jongleich
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's that I haven't gotten a fresh enough batch as I live in Europe but I can't figure out the serious love for this beer. It's quality for sure, but a bit heavy. I suppose I like my ipas a bit lighter with more fruit. Well priced though, and solid, just after a few tries hasn't blown me away....

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Photo of Dikfour
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Big thick off-white creamy head fights the glass the whole way down. Lacing all the way. Bright, clear copper in color. Pretty decent carbonation.

Smell: Floral citrus hop. A little spicy. A little wet grass too.

Taste: Juicey fruit. Floral hops. A peppery backbone. Biscuity malt.

Feel: Bone-dry. Well rounded and full body. Chewy.

Overall: This is my party beer. If I'm trying to not drive later on, this is the sixer I grab. Great quality and great price.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - slightly darker Amber, frothy head
S - crisp piney resin
T - piney, earthy
F - nice carbonation
O - Very good, lasting earthy hops, better as it warms

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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a hops glass.....Pours a finger head, creamy off-white head, with medium lacing. Body is a nice warm copper color, slightly cloudy with no sediment. On the nose, right up front with the classic pine aroma, followed up with a nice grapefruit , not detecting much else, maybe a slight hint of clove. On the palate is a rush of pine, surprisingly the grapefruit on the nose comes through on the palate with a subtle citrus and sweetness, after the sip warms up. Lightly creamy mouth-feel with a dry finish.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a bronzish amber color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Retention is great as it takes a while to settle into a thin bubbly layer atop the beer. Lacing is also prominent and beautiful.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and herbal hops.

T: Sweet malts, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, pine, tropical fruits, and resiny earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation, creamy crisp dry finish.

O: Torpedo is an amazing brew and true classic. It is easily one of the best readily available IPA's and has a constant spot in my (every day beer) rotation.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.