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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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2,777 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,777
Hads: 10,265
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 298
Gots: 2,451 | 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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Reviews: 2,777 | Hads: 10,265
Photo of smanson56
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a back up beer in the Sierra Nevada Snow Pack I bought to really try the Coffee Stout. This beer pour a robust orange yellow color in my glass. Lots of hops in the nose. Not overly bitter to the taste a nice smooth drinking IPA. the mouth feel is correct for an IPA. All in all a good IPA for this mix pack. I will probably buy more on it's own.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy moley, I have never said anything ever on this beer for this website. 'Bout daggum time.
And for the life of me, I own a tulip, but I have never poured this beer into a tulip. According to Beer Advocate, we're supposed to put these in pint glasses, nonic glasses or mugs or steins. End rant, whatever, to each his own, right, here's the rest.
Tonight, this is from a pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle hazy burnt orange color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a nice pace to glide into a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was moderately string and thin.
The smell takes some citrus fruit to grind into a delicate spice with floral, herbal and piney hops to bounce into a delicate malt backbone.
The taste was fully bittersweet blended into the spicy component and offering a crisp sweet to spicy aftertaste and a nice enduring bittersweet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs right as an AIPA should. Spice clings to my tongue in a harsh way along with the bitterness.
Overall, for those that have taken a charge against Sierra Nevada in picking on the fact that they distribute everywhere, why is that bad if this beer is so good? And thank you GClarkage for adding it in 2006, its still going strong!

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Photo of sjdevel
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly light on carbonation and foam after pour. Only about a 1 finger head. Very hazy/cloudy with a nice orange color with a hint of reddish/brown. Head retention is quite good.

Tart fruity smell from large amounts of aroma hops. Rich malt also comes through the nose.

There is a decent hop bittering bite at first, but not as strong as I expected. Sweet malty flavors come through quickly. There are fruit flavors that blend together (orange, citrus, pineapple, mango). The sweet malt and fruit fade and then the bitter hoppiness comes back and fades to a dry finish.

Light to medium mouth feel. Not that bubbly after pour and fairly flat on the tongue.

This is a great IPA. Strong flavors. Balanced amounts of bittering hops, malt, and aroma hops.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

amber, with a pillowy white head and lots of lacing.

smell is a nice mix - some fruit, some trees, but overall it's multiple notes at the same time.

taste is the same. there's a great floral aftertaste, but before that is definitely indistinct fruit. pleasant without being remarkable.

overall, it's very well balanced, isn't it?

i get the sense this is a love/hate kind of beer. i'm certainly on the side of looking forward to finishing the rest of these.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA and served in a pint glass. The beer has a burnt orange-light brown appearance with good head retention (started out with a big head but dissipated) and patchy lacing on the sides. Really absorbing aromas of fresh, grassy hops mixed with spiced bread and ripe citrus fruits. Taste pretty much follows the smell with more of that ripe citrusness showing and a sharp touch of those hops. Great body to this drink; generally smooth with a solid carbonation. Overall, this is a great IPA.

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Photo of swimmatt
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear amber appearance. About a finger and a half white head on the pour. Dissipates rather quickly with a trail on the glass. Mellow citrus smell. Nice hoppy taste at the front of the palate. Nice through the entire palate, but dissipates towards the end and doesn't last too powerfully. I enjoy the taste very much. I would certainly purchase and enjoy this beer again. The taste in the mouth is very smooth. One of the better mass produced beers that around.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, medium mouthfeel, bitter taste, strong hops smell, overall not for me. I used to think all IPAs were bitter like this until I had others that were much smoother tasting.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what an IPA should be in my opinion. Bitter but not overpowering. Incredibly smooth. Can taste subtle floral and citrus notes. Not too heavy or too light.

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Photo of wa6itd
2.33/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Bitter, Bitter, bitter and MORE bitter!
I think this is the first IPA I have ever really DISliked! This really shocked me.
I love most IPAs ( and I really like all of the other Sierra Nevada ales and beers I have tried).
The bitterness totally covers up any other flavor that might be there.
This one is a one-trick pony, and the trick is not very good
I won't buy this one again.

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Photo of pinyin
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured 38F into a tulip snifter from the 22 ounce bomber.

Average overall.

Not a bad ale, but I was expecting so much more from this.

Every flavor seems subdued. The grain load feels light, the IBU's feel very light and the hops don't have much bite, the yeast is clean but underpitched.

I taste cane or corn sugar the most in the flavor profile, and that makes sense, considering the $3.99 price point. Majority of fermentables are cheap adjunct ingredients. On level with those crappy Sam Adams attempts at IPA's.

You get what you pay for.

I would have purchased Hop Hunter instead but it was bottled 6 months prior. (Union Distributors) still not maintaining their planograms.

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Photo of delcobrewzzz
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

definitely a neo-classic....whereas the pale ale is a true 'classic'....solid on all counts

pricepoint is not an issue, but yet...it is! this is a STEAL!

key here is this is a BALANCED hop 'bomb'....a true masterpiece...not need for specific tasting notes

this is the sort of brew that will win many over, scare away the unworthy...

don't change a thing! but do offer seasonal variations of this....experimental Torpedo....yes, please

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Photo of Wes-Cat
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hilariously, this was my first ever IPA, and I learned a lot from it. You can find Torpedo in hella places, from a Bodega in Brooklyn to upscale supermarkets to (odds are) wherever you happen to live. And it isn't expensive. My first take on this was that the smell, look, and feel were interesting, but it tasted like drinking pine tree juice. However, now that I've become much more accustomed to drinking IPAs, I think it's balanced: it tastes citrusy and floral (like a pine tree), but in a tasty way. It ends a bit bitter, but not overly so. This beer is proof that good things don't necessarily have to come with a 20 dollar price tag or overly hopped. I think there are many brewing companies that could take a hint from this.

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Photo of d0nald
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Favorite go to for many reasons... Taste, availability and price keep this in my fridge on a regular basis. Sti ll one of the best after trying every ipa i can get my hands on!!!

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Photo of Nyved
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly smooth and balanced IPA. Pours a dark amber with a white head and lacing that each retained well. Taste is a sweet citrus with a nice hoppy, piney edge to it. Smell is sweet and fruity. Mouth-feel is super smooth. I highly recommend this. One of my favorite IPAs so far.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber color with quite subtle carbonation. Relatively large head, which has good retention.

Has a distinct sweetness to its otherwise very hoppy smell. Notes of malt.

Not at all as big of a hop-sensation as I thought, with the hops taking a split second before making an appearance. The distinct sweetness of the smell makes its appearance in the aftertaste as it pertains quite long.

Additionally, this is an incredibly smooth beer. So much so that the beer it reminds me the most of that I've had recently is Lagunitas Imperial Pils. I can't think of a beer that is more price-worthy than this.

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Photo of Illuminatusxeagle
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I recently switched from shitty beers like pabst (which is the best macro beer) to some craft beers. i've tried dogfish head 90 minute iPad and resin double iPa and heard Sierra Nevada made good beer. I loved the dfh and the resin was ok, but the torpedo blew my mind. The best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Belekinbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great go to IPA. Pours a nice Amber with a nice citrus pine nose. The hops hit you up front but then balances out. Mouthful is smooth, almost perfect. Nice bitter finish. When in doubt check this out, well done.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Has aroma of piny hops. Nice hoppy flavor with a balanced finish. Pretty smooth drink with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall really solid beer

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Photo of youcantmakeme
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

this review is mostly on taste. i lke it, its decent for the price and availability. its strong but smooth although it does leave a long lasting bitter after taste which is fine i guess.would i buy this beer again? probably but with so many other ipas out there that are about the same its hard to yes for sure. overall a good beer.

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Photo of ajmerickson
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to beer. What an IPA should be: crisp, refreshing, flavor that lingers. The pine character of the beer does not overpower the citrus, leaving a complex yet smooth taste. One of the best around.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into english pint.
Pours slightly hazy light copper beer with good portion (2-finger) of bubbly golden head, good retention, rocky, some laces.
Smell - pine resin, nut cookies, citrus, delicious combination.
Taste - flowery at first, nice citrusy hops ensue. Medium-bodied and essential.
Not extreme at all, but very well-balanced and smooth, icon of the style.

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Photo of Craigs1beers
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A consistently good brew that is easy drinking and we'll worth the affordable price ($16.00/12 in CT). I would highly recommend this brew to any IPA lover!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Total classic, and I kinda love that the taste is "classic IPA" in nature -- oodles of piney bitterness in this one. Some caramel sweetness as well that pokes through, but the story here is that piney bitterness that sits on the back of your tongue well through the last gulp. Nose is nice, pine, caramel, some faint citrus and a light herbal/earthy character. It's a funny thing -- I may not score something like this quite as high as some of my other favorite IPAs, but I also view it as a sort of beer equivalent of comfort food, the sort of thing I want to reach for more often than some of those higher scored brews. I suppose that might suggest a higher score here. I'll have to chew on that. In the meanwhile, this is one I continue to turn to when I need something that I know tastes like an IPA should.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My expectation was high. Not disappointed. This is pure goodness, I as I believe most IPAs are.
Nice amber color with decent head/carbonation.
Decided to go with the 6-pack bottles instead of the 12 pack.
Seems overly acidic.
It is not in my top 5 of IPAs, but was more than enjoyable!

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can you drink a meadow? Can you drink a pine tree? Maybe not, but you can drink Torpedo. The aroma is matched by a fresh flavor. None of the fruity esters run wild here. It's pure mountain ale, if such a thing could exist. This ale is like what Coors claimed to be.

The color is a medium-amber. The head suds up well and retains, lacing to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is a strong point. A strong execution of dry-hopping makes itself known in an aroma that contains a hint of mountain pine forest. It's an aroma that is fully consistent with the Sierra Nevada theme of mountain beer. If you could brew in a piney forest, from a piney forest, it seems like this aroma is what you would get. It doesn't fade out or dissipate while you're enjoying it (I'm looking at you admittedly subtle Total Domination). It doesn't make your eyes water with excess and require decanting like a fine wine (I'm looking at you Rebel). Open, pour and drink.

The taste is totally consistent with the aroma. It's not harsh at all. It's a refreshing ale that seems to revel in its aesthetic. There's no bland toast feeling here, as with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's loaded with citric flavor. While the IBU is elevated, it's fully supported by the experience and seems appropriate. As with several powerhouse IPAs, eating cheese or another such dish with the ale can amp the experience up to 11 and avoid experiencing too much bitterness.

The feel is solid. It's appropriate. It doesn't feel watery at all. Nor is it heavy. Really, I was too busy enjoying my metaphorical hike through the mountains to notice the feel at all, even while trying. That tells me it is consistent and right for the ale.

Sierra Nevada has an aim - an ultimate aesthetic. They never have stopped trying in all these years to capture it more fully. It's right there in the graphics on the bottle. It's what all that Coors advertising was going on about (shamelessly, since Coors is swill). Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is just a rough draft, although it does have a remarkable note of mountain freshness in the finish. In Torpedo, that single remarkable note in Pale Ale is more fully realized.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.