Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.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
Reviews:
2,906
Ratings:
10,867
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
3,066
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a Southern Tier 2xIPA glass, the head is three fingers thick and off-white, with webbed lacing, and a rather deep golden amber body.

Smells like a solid representation of the hop characteristics mentioned on the label : citrus, pine, and herbal without being too cloying. I also get a whiff of Townhouse cracker malts. You know what I mean; buttery, cracker-y, etc.

I taste the "pine" note upfront, which also lingers to balance the underrated malt base going on help prevent such a hop-forward brew. The citrus comes into play about mid-swig to really bring out the "juiciness" of this beer.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. a 4.5.

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Photo of h0wdy
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: A deep amber in extremely low lighting, even less then normal.
Smell: I smell mostly pine and there is a hint of fruit to it.
Taste: This beer lacks a taste for the most part of the instant it touches my pallet. Until it sits in my mouth for a little bit and then I got a real kick of fruit. This was a little off touching for a general expectation for a beer.
Feel: A smooth feeling after it first hits my mouth. After I let it sit for a little bit and then swallow it there is a real tingle from the high levels of carbonation. The carbonation felt here might have been a bit too over the top for me, but still overall it was fair.

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Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Slightly cloudy amber with ample 2-finger head that leaves lots of laciness when subsided.

Smell: Bold, strong grapefruit followed by an undertone of pine and subtle malty bread. Smells like it's going to taste good.

Taste: Although it's described as an extra IPA, there's plenty of malts here to give it a bready taste. Hoppy sweetness and some subtle lemony tartness to balance out a flavor profile dominated by malts and pine.

Feel: Incredibly crisp on the tongue, even when pouring with more head than I probably should have. The maltiness of it gives it huge body and flavor, making it feel great to drink without it being sickly malty sweet like a heller bock. The main fruit I get out of the finish is actually watermelon; it taste much more like watermelon than Ballast Point's Watermelon Dorado. The hops finish it off with pine and bitterness.

Overall: The extra hoppiness of this one will probably take an enthusiast to appreciate, but an enthusiast will also appreciate how strikingly balanced Sierra Nevada's IPA is. Despite setting the trend for American pale ales and describing itself as an "extra" IPA, it's really the maltiness of Torpedo that makes it stand out amongst the many excellent American IPAs out there that have come to follow. Sierra Nevada is a big believer in balance, and it's really the balance of Torpedo along with the boldness of flavor that lets Torpedo stand out. While this beer might be too much for some tongues, it's absolutely iconic and just about perfect for any fan of American pale ales. The uniqueness of this masterpiece and its amazing drinkability probably makes this my favorite IPA.

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Photo of downhillpunk32
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 teromous
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD 020317 M 13:43"
Appearance: The body is mostly transparent with only a slight amount of haze. It has a nice caramel colored body with a thick, fluffy, rocky white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma. I am getting some light herbal scents and it has a bit of a flowery aroma but they are very soft.

Taste: It is immediately noticeable how clean the beer is. The flavors come through very crisp and clear. Up front there is a light herbal pine flavor that flows through the mid-palate all the way to the end. It finishes with a nice woody and mossy flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: It is a very clean and easy drinking beer. Great carbonation, great bitterness, and it is just an overall enjoyable beer to drink. It has a nice dry finish that accents the flavors.

Overall: It's a well made American IPA that you can just sit back and enjoy. I would recommend it and I would pick it up every now and then.

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Photo of challenja
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle taken from my cousins 50th birthday.

A: Orange straw, slighty cloudy, well rounded and intact. Slight white lace grips the glass and sticks to the glass even after consumption.
S: Carmel, orange grapefruit, blood orange peel zest, lemon grass.
T:
M: full bodied, chewy, great viscosity, great full mouth feel
O: After many small batch obscure Double IPA craft beers I decided to come back to this beer that you can easily find at your local super market. I am presently surprised at how good this beer really is. If you want to intro most people into IPA'S I would start here.. Then move to Stone and go from there on their great hop quest.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear copper color with a nice, foamy head that lasted a while with nice lacing.

S: Good nose, with a mix of citrus & pine hops and some malt.

T/F: A lot of flavors in here. Strong hop character, evened out by the malt midway, but with a strong, nicely bitter finish. Pretty smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Pretty tasty!! It is a nicely balanced, Sierra Nevada take on the IPA. I've been drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for ages, so I don't know why it has take me so long to try this.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Deep gold to amber in color, very clear, and ample, sticky white foam. Retention and lacing are superb. Aroma is pine, dank, rich malt. Taste is similar but hops pop more. Big pine, dank, earthy. Great malt balance. Medium body, high carbonation. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Great brew.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like stated in other reviews... it is outstanding. Very tasty and refreshing. pourS a beautiful gold with a nice foam head. All around excellent I.P.A. Sierra has the right recipe for this I.P.A

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Photo of nlb802
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a fresh bottle pack, packaged 2/3/17, and thought maybe it would be better than I remembered if it was fresh. No. Not much for hop flavors and there is a funky malt profile reminiscent of old commercial lagers.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Again, not really impressed with another highly rated Sierra Nevada beer. It's good but that's as far as I'll go. I'm really hoping I can find something I like by them soon, because everyone seems to love them.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a great IPA and another hit from Sierra Nevada, everything they make is very good and priced well this is no exception. It's got a nice clean malt profile with a citrus and piney hop character and a clean finish. It's just a straight forward IPA. Not super complex, but it's just so good for what it is.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A nice looking beer, lingering head, deep honey color
S: Freshly cut grass, big hops, wet hops, sweet malts, slightly bready, smells similar to 60 minute
T: Sweet, fruity, malty, bitter hop finish, good balance between the flavors
F: Clean and full body, slightly coating ones mouth.
O: A classic that can always be enjoyed. I remember it being slightly more bitter but its a great balance to me now. Can't go wrong with Torpedo.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle packaged 12/05/16,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Thick creamy off white / cream colored head with moderate retention and lacing,stands 2 fingers tall.Hazy amber color with moderate clarity,and light sediment.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get piney hops,and sweet malts,some spice notes and a bit of a floral aroma.Light citrus notes as the beer starts to warm.The overall nose on this beer isn't very big at all.

On the palate Get floral hops and sweet bread malts up front,with a heavy dose of bitter piney hops in the middle,and on the back end.Also getting some spice on the back end.Light citrus flavors.

The mouth feel is medium / light,with a chalky texture.Medium dry finish,yet still smooth.

This is a very nice IPA .One I would recommend if for some reason you haven't tried yet.Have drank this one many times in the past,and will continue to drink in the future.

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, poured a dark Amber color, clear with a one inch white head that Hung around flow a while and left some lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, malts and caramel. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of mango, pepper and herbal notes. Clean, smooth and crisp, finishes with mild to moderate bitterness and slightly dry. Very good beer at a great price point.

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Photo of ppvora
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
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 ZeroTX
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer enough to buy a 6-pack after trying a single bottle sampler. It pours with a very small, but adequate head and has nice crisp carbonation bubbles for the entirety of the glass as you drink it. Nice somewhat above average IPA. I usually am unwilling to buy a 6'er of a non-Texas beer, but this one might be a winner for me. The ABV level is just about right in terms of bang for the buck for those who don't prefer Double IPA's. Overall I prefer a Double IPA, but I would definitely put this high on my list. If I see a 6'er of it, I might buy it, especially if they begin to offer it in cans.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed amber copper hue, it tops with massive creamy off-white head that stands with excellent retention before slowly sinking to an everlasting effervescence layer covering atop and leaving numerous of refined yet sticky lacing patch and spot all around, nearly flawless showcase.

Citrus, lime, pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, passion fruit, pine, grassy, some spice, and slight herbal, all of these aromas are derived from its good hop profile. Malt is also there with notes of biscuit, dough, and sweet caramel.

Very well balance taste, it is hoppy at the start with notes of pine, resin, grass, some spice, subtle herbal, citrus, and lime. Malt dwells and speaks in the undertone with its sweet, biscuit, and caramel while hop wraps up again in the finish by clean, solid, and good lingering bitterness.

Full body with good crisp and some lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel, refreshing, finish is very pleasantly dry.

Great and a classic American IPA with very good hop profile that is very well balance with the solid malt bill.

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Photo of TooLucid
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A personal favorite and go-to. Wonderful color and head. An ideal level of carbonation and a pleasing mouth feel. Smooth and nuanced at the beginning with what I consider the most delightful bitter finish. If I'm in the mood for an IPA Torpedo always delivers. Not to mention it's notably cheaper than the next best "find it most anywhere" IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I recommend you try both, excellent foundation to develop a taste for IPAs, not to mention they both are ideal for a comfortable session.

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

The nose is pretty basic (dry piney hop scent, tiny bit of floral citrus notes) but hey it's the taste that really counts. Taste is pretty much matches the nose to an T. Nice medium body mouthfeel. Sierra Nevada is the embodiement of "if it ain't broke don't fix it". This is probably my favourite ipa and one of my daily drinkers. Nice bitter IPA with a medium body. 7.2% abv, enough to be good after one or two. But not too high so it wouldn't be hard to drink a 6pack on a hot summer day. Also it's usually always on sale where I live (eastern NC) somewhere for $13 a case. All around a near perfect beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What I like about Sierra Nevada is that you can always expect a nice blend of hops with a strong malt bill. On the nose, this one is no different. Big malt scent along with melon and citrus when digging deeper into the nose. Scent translates to the flavor. Immediate malt flavor with some mild citrus and piney bitterness lasting through the finish. Well carbonated with zero alcohol heat. Pretty easy drinking with nice balance.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at an Albert Heijn somewhere around here.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 25 August 2017
IBU: 65

APPEARNCE: Pours a three finger, frothy, creamy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear tangerine orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head foams up and slowly fades to a full foamy cap and leaves foamy lacing on the glass. A foamy wisp remains leaving chunky lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Pale malts, some melon, plenty of grassy and hay-like character, and a touch of citrus aroma on the nose. Barnyard qualities in this one.

TASTE: Pale malts, some hay and melon notes up front. The barnyard qualities to this one are pretty evident. A medium but lingering finish of pale malts, grain, flavors of grass and hay, light notes of citrus fruits and some hop bitterness linger. This is closer to a bitter Belgian pale with some light funk.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Plenty creamy and frothy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch on the drier side. Some light bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A good beer but not my favorite take on an American IPA. This one’s got a good deal of grass and barnyard character to it, which reminds me very much of some of my favorite Belgian strong pale ales. This is not a hoppy, citrus forward example of the style, which is what I look forward to when picking up bottles marked “IPA.” Worth checking out if you like hoppier, more bitter Belgian style strong pales, but not if you’re up for an American hop bomb.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Single bottle from Meijer bottled just over a month ago. Poured in a tulip glass. Clearly fresh and clearly freshness makes a difference here. Worth checking the date.

So well balanced and flavorful. I love the feel of this one too. The ABV is dangerously well hidden. I wanted a second immediately after the first. Great ratio of bitter to sweet. So yummy.

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Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Golden orange with a solid two finger cream colored head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S -- Given the taste, the smell is remarkably mild with little more than a fruity and floral hoppiness shining through
T -- Not overly bitter, like many IPAs can be. Citric hops merge with notes of pine, vegetal, and coconut/vanilla
F -- Nice and full, mildly astringent finish

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from memory. Had last night, poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. I accidentally ordered this when I misread the Torpedo as being a Stout, but I was very impressed with this IPA's balance, particularly given my fear of hop-bombery with the "extra" label. I recall the head being very full and fluffy. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I think will stand out particularly as a food pairing.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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