Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #88
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,860
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.79%
Reviews:
3,036
Ratings:
11,419
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
Notes: 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: 3,036 | Ratings: 11,419
Photo of EdHinPasadena
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one I've enjoyed again and again. Had one for lunch today, bottle dated 7/8/19. Pours a darker golden with a smaller head and light lacing. Love the aromatic smell, piney and hoppy. The taste is really good, with piney, citrusy and herbal flavors standing out. Mouth feel isn't as overpowering as some similarly hoppy brews. Pleasant aftertaste. Overall, this is a very good IPA, one my son-in-law and I regularly reach for when it's available.

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Photo of Pivopijak
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

draught
Clear deep orange with a brunette hue. Aroma of sweet malt with some fruitiness. Very agreeable hop bite with no citrus peel character. Definitive hop finish without harshness.

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Photo of OlyBob
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On bottom of can: pkgd 071619

Poured in a pint glass, it looks golden, almost copper in color, with a small head and decent lacing.

The smell is definitely hoppy with pine, grass and citrus.

The smell is very hoppy with a zinging bitter aftertaste that lingers pleasantly.

The mouth feel is decent without being overpowering.

Overall this seems to be a good west coast IPA with subtle citrus flavor and a great bitterness to it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised I had not previously reviewed this beer.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear golden yellow color with great head and beautiful lacing. Piney smell and taste. Citrusy and earthy. Excellent beer!

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Photo of spcrain
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful foam head that gold for awhile, a striking and pleasant beer smell (some smell like fruit juice). Fairly smooth moth feel then the typical citrus bite. The color is light copper and fairly clear.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So clean and crisp for an IPA. I don't know how they engineer such a subtle balance of piney, citrus, and earthy hop flavors with a chewy blend of caramel malts. Drinks easier than it's strength.

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Photo of thw5000
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 2 weeks ago I purchased a 12 pack of cans, and tried this brew for the first time. Im glad I did.
Totally craft like, dark color, thick head, nice aroma, and awesome taste. Likes its Pale Ale brother, this is as good as it gets.
I have some bottled in the fridge, but haven't sampled them yet. Maybe i will........ right now!

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

Look - poured into a pint glass. Copper in color, transparent, and has a two finger head with good lacing retention.
Smell - hops, mostly pine and grass, with some citrus. the malt is detectable as well.
Taste - a blast of hops to the mouth. not all bitterness, but does come in waves and lingers for a good while. similar to the mouthfeel, mostly pine flavor that is supplemented by the slightly malty finish.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and decently strong at 7.2% ABV.
Overall - this is what I would call an old school American IPA. Before the New England IPA craze, before unfiltered, this style was well loved, and there's actually a lot less of it today. a example of a great Northwest IPA, and one that I'll never get tired of.

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Photo of BrickwallFilter
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great introduction to SN beers. Much less bitter than I was expecting given the "extra" IPA designation. There's still plenty of hops and a diverse blend of other flavors, most notably a strong taste of pine. As a younger drinker I'm glad to have tried this as a reference point for future IPA reference.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber. Aroma isn't too strong, pleasant citrus with some pine and tropical. Flavor is nicely malted with light pine and citrus. Some caramel. Bit of berry. Really nice yet surprisingly understated. Not very bitter for the style. Creamy, medium to full mouthfeel.

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Photo of TM5
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My absolute favorite. It is hoppy, but not just that. Very interesting blend of flavors. I am not a connossieur who can articulate the flavor nuances, but I have been a beer enthusiast for 50 years and I have found none better. I was introduced to Sierra Nevada by a relative who is a chef in a high end restaurant in Portland, ME with an on-site micro brewery. One day he wandered back to the brewery area and the brew master was drinking a beer--Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The brew master preferred Sierra Nevada to his own and thus converted our family chef, who sold me. I like most of their varieties.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Amber color with foamy head. Smells of citrus and pine. Medium body. Tastes of tropical fruits and sweet malts with a bitter piney hop finish. A classic West Coast IPA.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a twelve-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fifteen dollars. Canned-on date late may. Have had many SN beers before, and have had this brew several times before. This is a nice change of pace from the NEIPAs that predominate, crisp, with a piney taste. Extra credit for low price-point.

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Photo of Ki_H_nakai
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Man what can I say about this brew. Much less bitter than say Goose or Lagunitas. But wow, I love the flavor and mouth feel this beer has. Being an IPA lover; I wish there was more depth in the hop aroma, but it's still good. Clear Amber color with a nice head that retains well with an ok lacing. Overall still a great craft beer.

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Photo of RomeosDelight69
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber copperish color. Smooth ipa with very restrained bitterness. Not much head or lacing like other ipas. Different ipa than most others. Balanced but seems light on malt and hop aroma taste and bitterness. Nice ipa just different.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable, good brew.
Beginning with the look, beautiful tangerine-like color. Deep burnished with light Ambar high lights. Fair head with minimal lacing. Nice champagne streaming bubbles. Opaque with lots of tiny particles floating around. Great thing note worthy about the bottle presentation: Its classic and from what I know has not changed. Moving along to the smell. The aroma is that of a classic west coast IPA. I get the most similar aromas from west coast beer. Upfront with Pineapple and maybe passion fruit. It leads into a pine resin. Very sweet and tropical. Now for taste. The flavor is simple big rich pineapple and passion fruit leading into a resinous hop finish. Very simple IPA with good flavor. The feel is medium with low carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy with a slight hint of the alcohol coming through as it warms up. Summing things up, Its a good brew you should drink, however there is more good stuff out there.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, poured into iPA glass,
Looks - deep golden body, epic crusty head that lasted long enough...
Smell- fresh piney hops foremost, other citrus hop notes, and underlying rich malt ; time to...
Taste - it follows nose, punchy, bold bitterness upfront, and malt sweet follows, then hops finish it off, but the Torpedo's best quality may be the feel ...taste gets better as it sits, mellows out. Exactly like their Pale but more intense.
Feel is lush and full, with a light oily feel afterwards.
Overall - an Iconic IPA everyone should try, if only for reference.
All hopped up beer enthusiasts should/will/do know this taste.
Love the 2 dollar pint cans once in awhile!

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Photo of spectru
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a big cream-colored frothy head; fairly persistent, lacy; A good beer smell, not particularly IPAish; A smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation; The taste is rich and mild, not overly bitter, but it does leave a hint of bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth; It's a good beer with character.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy caramel color with a very foamy head. The beer has a nice citrus smell blended with pine. It just smells like nature. This is a very juicy IPA with nice hop flavors as well. The beer is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very hazy golden brown with a big, rocky, foamy head.
Smell: Dank, pine, slightly earthy/herbal.
Taste: Bitter and juicy up front, some strawberry and melon, smooth finish with some lingering bitter hoppiness.
Feel: Creamy, medium-bodied.
Overall: Looks fantastic, has a subtle citrus/fruit flavor and a great bitterness to it. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big IPA for the price of one much smaller in depth. We were surprised at how well this beer holds up against other widely available classics. Juicy, refreshing, and full of hop flavor, this beer is good choice if you're looking for something familiar.

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Photo of ND_Werner
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

4 out of 5 Jeff Goldblums. I have found this to be decent . I like that I can often find it in a single. For an IPA that's slightly over 7%, I would categorize the price as borderline affordable. BLUF: this IPA is a safe bet.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a small white head that reduces to a film and leaves some lacing on the edges of the glass.

The aroma is full of hop character - citrus fruit, pine, and floral notes come to the front. There is not much in the way of malt in the aroma.

The flavor follows suit with big hop character - a firm bitterness followed by notes of grapefruit and pine. The malt is balancing without subtracting from the hops.

Medium bodied and drinkable.

Great example of the style. Always a good choice when fresh.

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Photo of ericstin
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OG of DIPA's. Not NE style but nice and piney and hoppy. Reminds me of the title itself - pacific northwest, cold, bitter, pine. Damn good stuff and I still go back to it.

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Photo of RockHop
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and clear with a thin but rich head that leaves some lacing. A nice well-balanced and easy drinking IPA that doesn’t overwhelm you with hoppy bitterness. Some pine, grapefruit, and other fruity notes. Malt balances the hops and has a clean dry finish. Great go-to IPA.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 11419 ratings