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Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
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4.15/5
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11,328 Ratings
Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#3,215
Reviews:
3,014
Ratings:
11,328
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
389
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Ratings: 11,328 |  Reviews: 3,014
Reviews by Ivegotmule:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of danny2209
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never rate beers. I like to drink them. I drink all the fancy ones people like to call the best beers in the world. KBS, Pliny, etc. This, to me, is the best beer in the world. This has the hops that every IPA strives for. More importantly you don't have to pay 22.99 for a 4 pack if you're lucky to get there at the right time. You don't have to show up on a Tuesday morning and whisper "george the animal steel likes butterscotch crumpets". This beer is $7.99 a sixer at Wegmans. Wegmans isn't exactly known for their bargains. 6 stars. 6 I say!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

What's interesting about Sierra Nevada is that up until this year, they were probably one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round India Pale Ale (IPA). However, around three years ago, there was buzz on the internetz that Sierra Nevada was dabbling with a new way of infusing hops into beer. Soon, a concoction named "Torpedo" began to rear its foam at select locations and events. In late 2008, Sierra Nevada announced that they'd be launching a year-round IPA called "Torpedo Extra IPA," and revealed the process:

"The name itself comes from a device called the 'hop torpedo' that was conceived, designed and developed at the brewery. The result is a revolutionary method of dry-hopping that harnesses the vital hop oils and resins that lead to an unusually flavorful and aromatic beer featuring the full, nuanced range of spicy complexity that hops have to offer."

They also use 100-percent American hops and multiple varieties--each of which impart unique characters. Let's load this one and give it a shot--yeah, that was bad.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a thick and hop-induced, creamy, off-white foam head with a lace that sticks and stays along the glass. Big hops in the nose. Floral with some grapefruit rind and pepper in the back. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a firm, round and semi-full body. A bit chewy and juicy at times. Fruity (a bit tropical) with citrus (mostly rind, some grapefruit), semisweet apple (Red Delicious comes to mind) and some herbal notes (soft and pleasant). Then bitter. Dry and acidic with an aspirin edge. Building layers of hops on the palate with each sip. Fresh, green hops. Pine. Resin. Spice. Hint of soap (happens with highly hopped beers). Palate turns gritty and leafy with an ashy finish. Biscuity malt. Hay. Bone dry. More-ish.

Torpedo is a dry and robust IPA that waves confidently at the Double IPA with a ton of hop presence and 7.2-percent ABV, but remains an American IPA with its artful use of hops that brings big, but balanced, flavors, and subsequent drinkability. We love it. Released in January 2009 in six-packs and hopefully available until the end of days.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle bought while in Vermont, don't know about how fresh it is..

A: Pours quite darker than expected from an IPA. It is amber, almost translucent, light tan color head, very creamy head too. There is a good amount of retention and lacing.

S: This is a very balanced, typically called east coast style IPA. There is a good amount of ripe pineapple juice in this, as well as mango. But, there is also a good, solid, amount of biscuit and caramel malts. Seems quite sweet.

T: The taste confirmed what I smelled. But, this is quite a bit more bitter than expected with a strong orange peel and pine (typical west coast though) like attack right at the front. Then, the pineapple and mango are still there, a bit subdued than in the smell. You still get a good amount of caramel and cookie dough.

M: On the heavier side of medium feel, not too sticky. Carbonation is lively.

O: This is very drinkable and solid. I admit that I suppose the bottle is around 3-4 months old after the tasting, so I admit I may not have the full, correct experience that this beer can offer (I adjust my score accordingly). Still, this is a solid brew.

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Photo of downhillpunk32
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It always bothers me when beer snobs say Sierra Nevada is good "for a big brewery." This beer shows that SN is better than good, they're amazing, period. For a company that could be living off of brand recognition, Torpedo is a recent addition to their line of beer that shows they're not afraid to try something new. They hit the nail on the head. This is my favorite beer of all time, bar none. I've had IPAs that cost 5 times as much and would sell their soul to the devil to taste half as good as Torpedo. And you can buy it anywhere! 6 out of 5

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass.

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Photo of KenSkyHopper
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything you have read about this beer is absolutely true. It is amazingly delicious. Pleasantly dry and hoppy, a little smokey, floral, umami. It's like drinking a fine liquid cigar. There are many higher priced ipas that would fall to their knees and pay homage to this benchmark of what an IPA should be. Beautiful sticky liquid lacing my glass maintaining a nice head and lingers on the tongue like the best morning cup of coffee. Robust, toasty, rich, not too heavy. This is the best beer I have ever had. Very drinkable...I can drink all six without palate fatigue. I love this beer.

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Photo of HoppyADK
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This is my GO TO beer. When I can't find something new and I want Hoppy - TORPEDO. A great beer

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, excellent suds

SMELL: Mint, marmalade, biscuits, faint caramel, blonde tobacco, ripe pear, clean esters

TASTE: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness, citric rind, leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, kumquats, papaya, herbal, drying finish

SN pretty much nailed it with this one, some say this is now the benchmark for the style ... if so that would be setting it pretty high.

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Photo of Wes-Cat
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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 PMakowski
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is pretty much perfect in my opinion. Color is super rich golden amber with a nice foam head. Smell is amazing - sweet malt, sweet grass, hops, fruit (strawberry, pineapple, peach). I would not drink this with a super heavy meal such as prime rib because it is a fairly heavy beer. I love drinking this as dessert, after my meal or with appetizers. I love the fact that the carbonation is very low, i don't like super carbonated beers. The taste is so great because it isn't too bitter, it's sweet bready malt, medium oily body with strong hop taste on the back end. The hop oil really makes this beer stand out. My body feels good when i drink this beer which is unusual. I just can't say enough good things about it, it is high calorie certainly not going to drink more than a few in one sitting but definitely worthy of a grade of A+ Well done Sierra Nevada i will buy this again and again.

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Photo of schiltl
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It will work In a pinch

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Photo of davidnrobyn
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly world-class beer, and I can't believe I can get it for $2.49 a 24-oz bottle!!! The maltiness, hoppiness, and overall greatness of this beer can't be exaggerated.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic example that still lives up to today's standards. Balanced. Piney. Perhaps the best bang for your buck. Just a well done IPA. Need I say more? Cheers!

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

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

L - Beautiful dark copper with a fluffy, diminishing finger width head.

S - little bready with some some slight citrus

T - some grapefruit at first, a little sweetness along with a touch more citrus followed by a touch more grapefruit. Dry finish.

F- crisp with a small chewiness to it

O - this beer is love in a can. Seriously, it really is.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Massive foamy head. Clear reddish/Amber. Excellent sticky lace retention.
Smell- Sweetness from the citrus. There is also a perfumy and floral tone.
Taste- Mostly hops forward and rather intense at times. The bitterness is medium to high; the piny hops predominate. Floral, soapy, herbal and tobacco like. However, as he drink warms, some of the citrus/grapefruit fruitiness comes out. Very subdued bready malt backbone, however, this one is mostly about the hops.
Feel- Medium bodied, smooth and drinkable. The palate is mostly dry. The alcohol is practically untraceable.
Overall- Hoppy, dry and bitter, but with a light citrus sweetness that prevents it from overwhelming the palate. If you are a hops head, this one is pretty good. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic. I've had it in several states and several situations but it never disappoints. Time for a review.

Look: Looks like an IPA; classic deep amber color, nice slightly off-white head, and great carbonation. Absolutely beautiful in the glass, especially when the sun shines through it leaving rays of dancing amber light like flames on the table.

Smell: Full on piney hops, strong peach, and mango with caramely malts.

Taste: Again, classic IPA taste. The bitterness is piney and resilient. Timeless, if you will. The malt body provides a solid beat like John Bonham and John Paul Jones working together.

Feel: Full body with just the right amount of coating. There is mild astringency on the back of the tongue.

Overall: The classic and perfect IPA. I'd like to call it a starter IPA but I've seen people run screaming after one sip back to their light beer. More for me, I guess. And there will be more because this one is the Coca-Cola of IPAs.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear, light copper color with a really nice, white, thick head that lingers on and on leaving great lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Nose is a little weak for me but I do get a little pineyness from some hops. Maybe some earthiness as well just the nose was really weak and hard to make out.

Taste really makes up for the smell. Really bold, hops flavor with pine, and earthy hops taking center stage. I get a little bit of the malts that attempt to balance it out but the hops are just too much for them to counter weigh.

Mouthfeel has a decent fullness to it. Not too much though, it is just about where you want it to be for such a powerful beer.

Overall, this is a good beer just a little too much for my taste. I tend to prefer an IPA that is well balanced or a little to the malty side of balanced. This one is the other side of the spectrum from that. I would buy it again but only if I had the hankering for a screaming dose of hop bitterness.

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Photo of Winzlow
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my "go to" beverages - especially at $14 a 12er when on sale (no - not old beer - today it is 3 weeks in the bottle) A great example of an American IIPA and yet another killer brew from SN.
No sense in me repeating what millions of other have said and I am not into "foo-foo" beer reviews so I will just leave it at that.
Although ABV is not reaIly a double IPA - I do like to have one of these about 45 minutes before bedtime :)

This is not wine (thankfully)
It is beer
It is good beer
You should drink good beer

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Photo of swimmatt
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 ppvora
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Looks: Light brown, two fingers of head, takes a while to dissipate, some aeration.
Aroma: Hops, barley, malt, lavender.
Taste: Hops, malt, some bitterness, some barley in the background. Not a complex flavor but a solid IPA.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Overall: A good beer but not as exceptionally good as what the brothers rate it at.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

350ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.00 for a single bottle.

Pours a semi opaque, shiny dark orange/ copper body with lovely reddish pink tinges that show through when held to the light. A thin off white head made of large soapy bubbles quickly forms to two fingers in height and later condenses to a thicker foam upon a short rest. It leaves excellent lacing all the way down the glass, even towards the bottom when the head has been reduced to a thin white cap.

Powerful citrusy hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit is the main scent but also noticeable are marmalade, pine and floral notes. It has a medium bodied feel with a very slight oily consistency. Small bubbles rise quickly from the bottom of the glass to give a lively carbonation that playfully foams up with a light swill around the mouth. The initial taste hints at a slightly sweet, fruity malt that doesn’t last long enough before handing over to more dominant dry bitter hops. Pine and citrus fruit pith are the main overriding flavours after this point. To my tastes, once these have kicked in, they are all that is left. The finish is a little too bitter, it has a slight astringency but not so much that it leaves the palate dry, in fact it is quite crisp and refreshing. At 7.2% the alcohol is well hidden, perhaps it was just masked by the bitterness but my bottle went down quite easily.

Overall I found the further I got down the glass, the more I liked the beer. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had a stronger malt backbone, or if the hops came in a little later. I will probably look to revisit this one in the future if I develop a greater taste for more hop forward or bitter styles.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can imagine the delight on my face as I saw this beer on the shelves of the Lexington-local Liquor Barn. Of course I'm rushing home to drink this beer. Now that I've had a few... too many, I'm going to attempt my review...

The pour gives me something that lands somewhere between the standard SN Pale ale and the Celebration ale. The color is deeply golden, but not quite amber. Not brilliantly clear, but glowing. Good head formation retains well throughout the session and leaves memories of lacing on the glass. A standard Sierra Nevada look.

Very citrusy in the nose with orange rinds, ruby-red grapefruits, pineapples, and maybe a pine cone or three. Sweet ginger-bread malts blend with caramel for a grahm cracker crustiness that leads to a well attenuated yeasty and cracker-like flavor.

The feel is supurb. Aside from a slight nail-polish-like taste and feel, the alcohols are well hidded, leading to a dry finish that accomodates the resiny hops well. Highly attenuated for a very palatable, clean, refreshing citrus finish.

Do IPA's taste better? Sure. But do they finish as well? Doubtful. Does the drinkability fare as well? Doubtful. This is a beer where the mouthfeel and palatability fares even better than the signature-quality taste. Thumbprints of Sierra Nevada are all over this beer... keep up the good.. (er) great work!

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Photo of obywan59
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this a number of years ago when I hit a run of 3 out of 4 skunked six-packs of SN, this being one of them. Haven't had any SN since, till now.

Almost clear and golden orange in color with a 3 finger white head becoming thick and clingy as it recedes.

Grassy and piney hops predominate. I thought a caught a bit of funk initially, but decided it was a hint of caramel or toffey from the malts. Sweet and hoppy from the bottle.

Definitely not skunked. Initially, the taste is nearly dry and moderately bitter on the tongue, Then, on the swallow, the bitter piney hops try to duke it out with the rising sweet malts before the flavors fade with no clear winner. Taste of alcohol.

Moderately full in body. Crisp yet creamy. Moderate syrup coats the mouth. Drying, but not really astringent.

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Photo of Schnabelhund
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Torpedo Extra IPA pours a copper color with a big, long-lasting creamy head and thick lacing. The scents of citrus, orange, pine, and a hint of apple float up to the nose. Upon taking a mouthful, the malt unfolds its sweetness up front before it makes room for the complex transition from pine and resin notes to fruity grapefruit bitterness from the hops, which stays well into the finish with relatively gentle warmth and a tannic zing. The interaction of flavors overall is phenomenal and gives a slightly different impression with each sip taken, while the medium-sublte carbonation makes sure to stay in the background. I fell in love with this massive beer.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,328 ratings