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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11,141 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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,530
Reviews:
2,969
Ratings:
11,141
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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372
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3,284
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Ratings: 11,141 |  Reviews: 2,969
Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (packaged December 16, 2014) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 7, 2015.

A-The beer is nearly clear with a reddish tinted copper color. There is about one and one-half fingers of very-off-white eggshell colored foam. The head is dense and pillowy with nice lacing and good retention.

S-The aroma is sharp with notes of pine, mint, toast, and a buttery sweetness that exposes this beers age but -- unlike most IPAs -- does not detract from the beer's aroma.

T-The taste is similar. It has that recognizable Sierra Nevada yeast/malt profile with some pine, a little bit of grapefruit, mint, buttered toast, and just the slightest hint of tropical fruit.

M-The feel is medium in body with a bit of oil and hop grit. Very drinkable.

O-This is a great beer. Unlike many IPAs or IIPAs, I could drink two of these without feeling like my palate has been blasted. Yet...the beer is appropriately hoppy and assertive. Perhaps I'm just a sucker for Sierra Nevada, but this is a very, very good beer.

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Photo of efrankmcguire
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got it in a safeway in virgina. Came in a six pack, poured into dfh glass.

A. Light clear amber almost copper colored. Finger sized head with lacing that doesn't go away.

S. Piney hops with some citrus. Sweet fruit aroma comes through.

T. Bitter hoppy up front with an oily lingering aftertase. The bitterness fades as you drink the whole beer.

M. Medium mouthful with low carbonation.

D. I like it but I can't drink more than three of them.

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Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moment: a relaxing Sunday afternoon in June...
Glassware: Howard's Pub pint...
Appearance: burnt orange body; thick, crunchy white head that holds well as the glass drains--attractive lacing...
Aroma: spruce and pine--ALL Pacific scents are imported in this as expected--and its intensity preceeds the heightened hops...
Palate: thick, big and full-bodied but deceptively smooth to the sip--the magic is its balance of boldness and drinkability...
Taste: sweetness of caramel with the bitterness of Cascade hops--pleasantly palatable and robust with a dryness that encourages a second glass...
Overall: Sweet and tart--a killer combination that grows in its pleasure, with a warming effect that does not put its ABV on trial..could see this sneaking up on me at a get-together or a slow evening...only catch? Still love the pale ale better, SN gents!

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone 7/21/07.

Poured an attractive clear orange/red. Small white cap. The smell was very clean pine. Compared to their IPA, this was more to the side of pine than citrus/berry, with a bit more aggressive bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and lively, with a heavy-light body. Good IPA to drink.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of animalchin
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been an avid fan of the SN Pale Ale for quite some time now, the Torpedo certainly has a lot to offer as well.

A - Nice amber with almost a cherry fade to complement. Head is retained for a brief amount of time, but is provided with a fine lacing.

S - As with the Pale Ale - a fine balance of citrus and pine needle.

T - Be careful, this will hit you fast. They were certainly generous with the hops, however there is plenty of citrus as well.

M - Carbonation is a little rough on the tongue, but manageable.

D - Due to the higher ABV, this will act up on you fast, though its easy to grab another.

This is the kind of beer that you would provide to appreciative drinkers at a party - it is certainly well-crafted but I wouldn't advise you keep the whole six pack for yourself. Overall, Sierra Nevada is proving themselves worthy to this reviewer one beer at a time.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow what an incredible dense frothy head with major retention and chock o block lacing chunks on the glass.

the nose of this beer is really intense, fresh hop leafs and almost a skunkyness that is actually appealing.

the taste is solid with great malt to stand up to the hop wave that buries you into the sand. grapefruit rind and pine resin. just super west coast style ipa.

very very pleased with this one. not sure what took me so long to pick up a six. like sierra pale ale on growth hormone

will buy this one again and it is always available which is nice.

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Photo of emmasrue1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best beers I have had. The IPA pales (LOL) compared to it. Bought in a 16 oz. can and placed in a nice 16 oz. pilsner glass. Delicious. Great beer. Will taste great in the Summer if you are out on a boat. Tastes great in a stubby old fashioned beer glass also.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHBeerSnob
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

VG/Excellent IPA. Mouth feel is terrific, citrus and floral. plenty hoppy and not too dry. I prefer others, but this one is excellent!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear Amber colour with an Ivory coloured, two fingered head that reduces to a film and laces nicely.

S - Nice grapefruit / pine aromas.

T - Nice malt flavours precceded by some decent hop flavour that offer the classic Grapefuit notes and a little, citrus.

M - Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O - One of the best sessionable beers that you will find. Full of flavour and no sign of the 7.2% alcohol.

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Photo of Keginator70
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the third DPI/IPA I've reviewed. The bizillionith I've tried. I've come over to the dark side.

I'll keep it short. Appearance, smell, and mouth feel hit the profile bench mark. The balance between and upfront presence of malt, yes malt, fruitiness and of course hop is spot on. Complements spicy and hot foods well. Some of the hop bombs I've tasted were all about the bitter which to me is like ghost chili pepper sauce on a piece of cardboard.

I've been blessed by the beer gods to have tried most of the heavy hitters available to me. The best were on tap which I find to be an unfair comparison. In a bottle this stands tall and at $14.00 for a 12 pack - hell yeah it's in my fridge. Among many others but not all at once; I need another fridge.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light brown color with a slight orange tint. Approx 3/4 in of off white head which quickly settled into a thin layer on top, but left a good deal of lacing down the backside of the glass

S: Lots of citrus, as well as some herb notes which remind me of chopped cilantro

T: Rather sweet and citrus-y at first, which is followed with the hops and more of the herbal and spice flavors. There is a bitterness at the end that creates a very good overall balance. As it sits and warms the hop profile comes out more and the citrus is muted.

M: Seems to be a high amount of carbonation which gives it a very full mouthfeel

D: A very well balanced beer with complex flavors that don't overwhelm.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in my British pint.

A: Pours a clear medium amber. A smallish off-white head recedes to a covering of the beer. Sticky lacing.

S: Nose is dominated by hops. A big blast of citrus and pine, with some earthy hop flavor following. Enough biscuity-malts to balance things out.

T: Nice and bitter. Grapefruit, pine. Some lemon. A nice sweetness from the malts in the back. A nice bitter aftertaste.

M: Thickness is ok, but the carbonation seems a little high. If it was toned down maybe 25-30% it would be alot better.

D: Another solid, drinkable offering from SN. I'm glad this will be a regular offering, as it's a very tasty, sessionable IPA.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sister's new boyfriend brought this one over--I think he's a keeper.

Clear amber with a chunky white head. Retention leaves multiple lace rings like my glass is dressed in a striped shirt. Juicey, hop stank aroma: tropical, citrus and sharp bitter pine. Tastes like prickly christmas tree resin hop oil with herbal citrus. Poundcake malt isn't too dry and not too sweet; just about right.

A fine, fine beverage.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,141 ratings