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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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92
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2,863 Reviews
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,863
Ratings:
10,686
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
21.41%
 
 
Wants:
331
Gots:
2,887
For Trade:
5
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Reviews by y2jrock60:
Photo of y2jrock60
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep hazy orange with a two finger thick head that last till the last sip. The lacing on this beer is amazing.

S- Very piney and slightly grassy upfront followed by citrus notes, orange and grapefruit.

T- Resiny, grassy, and piney flavors which mellow into citrus reminiscent of its aroma. A little malt comes through after the hops subside, but it's definitely a hop forward IPA.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Overall, a solid IPA at an extremely reasonable price.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of danny2209
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +9.5%
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 -1.5%

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 HoppyADK
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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 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 Jason
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -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 papaglide
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 KenSkyHopper
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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 schiltl
2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
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 Winzlow
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 DaveH99
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to beers. Mostly just drink straight from the bottle but when poured it has a deep amber color, thick head that leaves nice lacing on the glass , very appealing smell with citrus/fruit notes and tastes great in just about any setting. Might be strong for some but it is a great all around beer.

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

Nice IPA with possibly the best price point for product ratio. A tad skunky perhaps but when I want to scratch my IPA itch, a liter of this does the job often.
Thin head but good lacing. Great mouth feel. Taste/smell is mostly piney, with as others state many subtle undertones. Not too bitter unless uninitiated to IPA's.

Take away line..."Hoppy like a bunny"

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Photo of davidnrobyn
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 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 Stout7
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seems to me the going rate for an "augmented" or double IPA these days is around $10-$12/six. I just found this at $10, which is great, but having regular SV right next to it made no sense to me. Put is this way: SV P/A is the SV Lite of this much better beer.

Someone below uses the term "white grapefruit flesh" and that is right on. Big bit bite of the grapefruit, nice malt wave, and pine on the finish.

I would venture to say if English bitter is not your taste, this beer may not be for you.

From what I can see, this should be SV's flagship beer. At $10, it's a steel; at $12, try Stone, Victory, or Double Bastard instead.

Paired with Szechuan chicken stir fry, very nice with hot peppers.

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Photo of vincentmass
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not over the top hoppy. though i dont know what "extra" ipa means. otherwise beautifully well rounded. i might just go pour one more tonight.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, murky deep orange. The white foamy head features tight bubbles, with strong retention. The glass is smothered in lacing after each sip. Minor notes of citrus, and pine hops. Smells rather quaint. Citrus and tropical hops make up an easy-going, but hoppy flavor profile. Mouth feel is border line DIPA territory, with plenty of body, and yet feels more like a thick, filling IPA. Overall, a fantastic brew that warrants any beer drinker's attention. Simplistic, and easy drink make this a beer for most any occasion.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of oregonduck
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So different than the typical west coast IPA. So much more balanced. Not the typical grapefruit flavors of most IPA's. Initially sweet & malt forward with a little bitterness at the end. If there were any criticism it would be that this could be a little too sweet. But overall solid and a go to IPA. Easy to drink. I give Sierra Nevada credit for having their own style and not just following the trend of overly bitter and unbalanced IPA's.

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

Copper mixed in with some dark orange make out this liquid, excellent clarity in the product, solid 3/4" white head. Aroma was plenty of c hops, says there is citra I believe, but sparingly used.

Taste hits some bitter notes, Simcoe and Magnums, Cascade in everything SN. Plenty heavy hop usage and solid bitterness, malt bill is nothing to sneeze at either, they got plenty of earthy notes, melange of toffee and caramel, unsweetened all around.

Great price, great consistency, high turnover, almost always fresh.

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Photo of MACrist
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Poured into a Nonic pint glass aggressively. Two inch, creamy tan head. Small bubbles streaming up glass. Beautiful thick lacing down glass.
AROMA: Not a crazy amount of hop aroma, but the pine and grapefruit come through nicely. I do get the herbal quality along with it.
TASTE: Big Pine and grapefruit rind up front. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness, lingering but mild bitterness. You get some sweet malt, so it is not just hop water.
MOUTHFEEL: Not under carbonated, nor over carbonated... Perfect. Medium light body. 7.2 abv and easy to chug....careful.
This is a good old standby IPA. Easy to get, and easy to like. If you love those pine and grapefruit qualities with some nice balance from the sweet malts, you'll probably dig this one.
Edit: Bumping this one up a little, bottled on 12/17/15 drinking on 1/15/16. This beer is so readily available to most people, there is no reason to buy it with almost any age on it. And when it's fresh, it really is a good IPA. Speak up to your local retailer and tell them: no more of this 3 month or older Torpedo!

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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