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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11,190 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:
#1,581
Reviews:
2,985
Ratings:
11,190
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
372
Gots:
3,325
Trade:
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Ratings: 11,190 |  Reviews: 2,985
Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish/orange color. A perfect two finger white head forms. The pillowing and rocking foam has excellent retention, and leaves some patchy lace as it finally recedes.
S: The aroma is of spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Some juicy citrus and pine with light grapefruit. Plenty of bread, biscuit, and caramel malt for balance.
T: This has tons of hops, but there is also excellent balance. Spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Light citrus and grapefruit flavors that lingers on. Some bitterness in the finish. Though it is never over barring. Sweet caramel malt with a bread and biscuit flavor balances everything out nicely.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is a bit high, bordering on a DIPA. Though it is well hidden, that is just a tad warming.

This is excellent. One of my favorite offerings from Sierra Nevada. There are tons of hops here, but it is always in great balance. Something that can not be said with every Sierra Nevada beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of boyessen
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Malt with much citrus, pine, and floral tones.

T: Fairly Bitter with malt and citrus, with a little pine.

M: Average carbonation.

Overall, good, but comes off a little too citrus not enough bitter hops. Not as balanced as I'd like. Not as balanced as my favorite Southern Harvest IPA this IPA is just good. Waiting to try the northern harvest for my first time.
My first review of a beer on this site, struggling with descriptive words.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3058. You only need the first four digits. 3 is 2013. 058 means end of February. Being 4 months old, this beer surely holds up well.

The beer pours out in a rich, deep red orange that is actually quite hard to see through because of how deeply red it is. It has a fluffy finger and a half of off white head.

The aroma has tons of sweet orange and tangerine, then also that juicy tropical mango. There’s sticky sweet caramel malt in there too. However, it may just be the malt sweetness coming through with that hop character in the background, not really the hops dominating your nose.

The flavor packs a wonderful sweetness and tropical fruit flavor at first, which then becomes a combination of the caramel sweetness, then the huge bittering just attacks the tongue. The bittering is huge on the pine . It really is unrelenting on how much pine is in there, which then turns more earthy and almost herbal bitterness.

The combination of the sweet grapefruit and caramel malt with that huge pine bitterness is wonderful. The finish is a bit strong on this one, but still really well balanced and hop forward.

For value, availability, and balance, this is truly a classic.

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Photo of MackT
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, u mean I can find this easily? Yes I can, Wal-Mart , grocery stores, etc. I'm having misgivings due to the popularity of this easily obtainable ale. Waiting for the high demand and high production volume leads to the bastardization of this fine brew.
Find it, buy it, like it, save some for me. Sorry, I didn't include the this and that nuances, others have done that before me, just wanted to give a different perspective.

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Photo of gaulsandman
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours smooth and taste even smoother. There is no dominant smell that jumps out at me, probably an herbal smell described it best. I'm use to IPAs having a strong floral or citrus taste but that doesn't exist here. I taste a subtle orange and pine taste ... you can definitely drink more than one and it does drink smoothly without a strong bite.

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Photo of Tomasipoi
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful orange pour, clear, nice almost white head, reduces to disk then ring. Spotty, sudsy lacing.

S - Smell has some malt but it is mostly about the hops. Dank, yet hoppy stuff.

T - Nice sweet up front malt squashed sufficiently by the hops to balance the whole thing.

M - Medium body, good carb, coating and balance.

D - Oh, yeah, I would take another.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber color with quite subtle visible carbonation. Relatively large head. Retains well.

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

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 which stays for a delightfully long amount of time.

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. This is not the best beer ever brewed, but for the price-point it does not have to be.

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Photo of Dingoose
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into mug

A...pretty clear orange/amber color with three finger head and great lacing.

S...pine, grass,earth and a slight citrus.

T...excellent balance. nice malty backbone with just the right amount of hops for a good finish. Not an extreme Ipa. No specific flavors stand above the others, just a great balance.

M...feels thick and sticky. maybe could go for a little more carbonation.

O...this is the beer that got me started on ipa's. I like the balance and nice hop kick at the end. This is an absolute must try.

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Photo of mnrider
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle. Pint glass

A: Pours a reddish caramel looking color. With two finger off white head. Sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Aroma is very hoppy and filled with a mixture of pine and citrus.

T/M: All hops at first with a strong bitter bite. A sweetness then follows from the malts. Mixed in is a chewy feel with more hops and citrus. The finish is slightly bitter.

D: Very good brew. Not to overpowering but still enough to hurt the drinkability slightly. Not sure how "Extra" it is, but still a great IPA.

Cheers!!

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: honestly a beautiful beer. Clear amber with an incredible head that sticks around till the very end.

S: Citrus right up front, to be honest it reminded me a little of the musty sweetness synonymous with white wine, other notes of toasted bread, slight pine

T-Again, for me it's all citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit, I'm also getting some bubblegum, finishes dry and just bitter enough with a slight malty backing

F-Excellent carbonation, very drinkable, could maybe be a little heavier for my taste, but that's just preference

O-A great, classic IPA. The balance and restraint used by Sierra Nevada really makes this a standout beer. In a game where so many breweries are trying to blow your tastebuds off with hops, it's refreshing to find a beer that manages to emphasize the punch of the hops all while incorporating the right level of malty sweetness and fruity esters/citrus. Drinks easy and refreshing-a homerun for Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic

Three finger off white head, golden brown

S: Piney, malty, hoppy

T: Piney, warming booze, citrus and floral hops, and various malts

M: Smooth and refreshing, but not sessionable

I want to try this as a draught. I would have this again, but I am afraid to try in a can.

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Photo of muchos
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pale amber color with a thin, but creamy, white head that retains fairly well. Quite a lovely looking brew

S-Notes of pine hit the nose first and is followed by sour grapefruit, lemons, and a touch of malted sweetness round it up.

T & MF-The piney notes mellow out at the front of the palate and the bitter grapefruit takes over for a brief moment. Astringent hops take over after the brief grapefruit appearance, which is followed by a pleasant alcoholic bite. Body is thick for an IPA, very creamy. Finishes crisp with a flash of malted sweetness. Very smooth and rich for an IPA. I like it. A lot.

O-Absolutely exceptional. Mildly complex, but nothing you will have trouble deciphering. The mouthfeel is perhaps the best of an IPA I've ever had and it still finishes crisp. Hops aren't too in your face either, but they are definitely present. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well, too. SN did it again.

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Photo of JBogan
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, here it is. We've waited a while here in Vegas for this beer to arrive, and now there it sits in my favorite brew store.

Pours a really nice looking amber-ish color with a beautiful creamy slightly off white crown. Wonderful and plentiful lacing left in it's wake.

Smells of the usual west coast hops. Now, I'm not much of a hop head but this was rather good. Pine is there, along with the citric qualities we expect.

Taste mirrored the scent. Sierra Nevada's trademark pine is there in full force, joined by a grapefruity-ness which balances out nicely. I honestly can't say it stands apart from a lot of their other offerings, except for a bit more hop bite and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was superb. On the thick side, but with a perfect amount of carbonation to keep it from being dull. Creamy and smooth going down. Me likes this a lot.

If you're an IPA lover, this is one you have to try. Hops are the main attraction, but they are not too over the top as in some beers. For the money it's got to be one of the hop bargains around.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce Tulip shaped pint glass.

A - A beautiful coppery colored IPA. Nice finger and a half of off white head. Head stays throughout the whole drink and leaves nice rings of patchy lace all the way down.

S - Very nice hoppy nose on this one gives an idea of things to come. Some spicy hop with a bit of pine on the nose.

T - An IPA that has a ton going on. Very nice hop bittterness that is actually balanced by a nice kick of sweet malt. The hop flavors run the full range with some spice and pine. Citrus hop flavor is present but takes a backseat to other features., fairly surprising because SN has always showcased the Cascade but here it's clear they went with a spicier, earthier feature hop.

M - Nice body here. Smooth feel.

D - Definitely an IPA that gives you what you're going for. Sturdy ABV but lots of flavor to keep you coming back.

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Photo of chetripley
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one really was what I expect in an American IPA, in regards to the hop strength, yet with a knockout ABV (7.2%) that blasted me across the room. When I woke up it was three days later!

Poured from the bottle into a Guinness tulip. Reddish brown colors with 1 inch head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Served cold.

Smells strong grains and hops. Dominates the aroma.

Taste was hops. Totally. The malt sweetness was completely dominated by the bitterness and strength. This is definitely an ass kicker.

Smooth and drinkable, but definitely only to be repeated at a much slower pace. I can drink a few SNPAs at a time but not this one. Only a sipper for me.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.2% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice BIG 1" foamy head slightly off-white. Beautiful copper colored clear beer. Head is receeding slowly leaving a thick lace. Both lace and foam layer lasted until the end.

S= Nice whif of malt quickly joined by an aroma of fresh herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pine and sweetness.

T= Nice thick carmel malt flavor with an enjoyable sweetness. Hop flavors of pine and rosin with herbal notes. Very crisp hop flavors. Has hints of alcohol.

MF= Great thick resinous coating of the mouth. Good hit of bitterness throughout which lingers on the palate.

D= I find it very drinkable. 2 or 3 and your set. Although it will definitely ruin your palate for some time.

Overall a great hoppy beer, delicious!

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. No obvious freshness date, though there's an odd sequence of numbers and characters above the upc label. The label seems almost generic, with virtually the same colors as their regular IPA that was released a couple of years ago. Why not have a destroyer circa 1942 launching a bottle-shaped torpedo at a Japanese battlewagon? Or perhaps Admiral Farragut or Tom Petty paraphrasing themselves by shoouting "Drink the torpedoes,"? Instead there's a picture of a hop field. That's okay, the beer does indeed have hops in it, but it could conceivably work on virtually EVERY beer that's being brewed. Just looking for something to set this one apart visually. Tried this on-tap in the past, but never before from the bottle.

Poured a slightly hazy, burnt orange kind of color. Big, off-white, creamy-looking head. Lots of lace.

Right off the bat there's a big, piney and citrusy hop presence in the nose. As it warms up a caramel maltiness becomes evident as well, though it's well dominated by the hops.

Tastes similar to the smell, though the hops seem to increase in complexity, giving off an herbal flavor in addition to the citrus and pine tastes already encountered through the nose. Malts are present to provide balance and lend a subtle sweetness to the proceedings, but they are emphatically not the stars of this show. Ends with a crisp zap to the palate.

Sticky mouthfeel that's oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

Very drinkable on what feels like the first true day of spring, with sunny skies and the temperature above 70 degrees. This was an excellent post-work, pre-cooking dinner beer. Not a session beer, but I'd be happy to quaff this one again.

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Photo of peck95
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a shiny new penny with a good head and decent lacing.

aroma is citrus but fades rather quickly

taste is awesome big sharp but clean hop bite with a big malt following

feel is nearly perfect well carbonated with a good finish.
this is one of the better ipa's

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Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. No visible born on date or "best by" date, but the beer is copper / orange, really good color. Holy head batman, the head forms a thick layer of yellowish tiny bubbles three or four fingers thick on the top of the beer. Head falls away slowly leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. carbonation is medium and the beer is slightly hazy.

Aroma is less than I expected, kind of a muted soapy pine hop smell. Not much else there. I was expecting the smell to burn out my nose for the night with hop aroma, just not there. It definitely smells like hops, just not as strong as I expected.

Pretty sweet for an IPA. Its interesting, almost too sweet. The hops are pushed so far back in the flavor and palate they show up as an aftertaste. The aftertaste of hops fades quickly but not what I was expecting at all. AT ALL! Second taste: hops were a lot more obvious in the second sip, the head has fallen to barely cover the top of the beer. Tastes great. Lots of pine in the back. Clean finishing.

Mouthfeel is great. There is a lot of midpalate connectivity, lots of good medium to full body, finishes cleanly. Drinkability high. I love IPAs and this is a great example. Not the best but its up there.

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Photo of Blackpond
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of budgood1
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazy burnt amber colour with a half inch off white head. nice lace with gentle carbonation. aroma is a full noseful of juicy herbal hops with a citric kick. some malt is available to waft in and out. yummy. the taste is a superb bold balance of piney hops and a pleasant maltiness giving some caramel and toffee notes. this one is splendidly balanced but bold with plenty of flavour to go around and bitterness that will spank your tongue. the body is pefect for this IPA and the mouthfeel is luscious and vibrant. drinkability is great.

overall, while certainlly not celebration by any means...this IPA stands on its own merits. great malt and hop profiles. loved it. glad i got a case.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,190 ratings