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
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
Ratings:
10,939
Reviews:
2,928
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
3,122
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Gregf51
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HungarianCount
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours a murky brownish orange with a fairly large foamy white head. The smell is clearly IPA, with citrus and herbal notes as the prominent components though they aren’t intense as I would have guessed, and there is also a significant sweet bready malt presence. This beer has a blend of hop flavors with herbal and pine notes being the most obvious. Some light citrus character, caramel, and toasted bread flavors round it out. The finish is fairly dry and the pine bitterness lingers a bit. The body is medium. I remember that this was probably the first extra IPA (or DIPA) I ever tried and when I first tried it about 15 years ago I thought it was amazingly bitter and not to my taste at all. Now after having lived in SD for a time and having drank a wide variety of IPAs it seems actually pretty measured, even a bit malt forward, for an extra IPA. I recognize that this is kind of a classic, but it’s not one of my favorite Sierra Nevada beers. It’s pretty basic in my opinion and I don’t really like the lingering resinous piney aftertaste in IPAs.

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Photo of Mr_Pink
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much more bitter and hoppy than its Pale Ale counterpart, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerardissono
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fowdy
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this in a bottled six pack at Maverik. Packaged date is about 2.5 months ago.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with one finger of creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Smells of hops, fruits and some pine.

Taste: Good hop start with pine and citrus. Bitterness finishes in a lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Crisp with good carbonation.

Overall: This is a tasty IPA that is hop forward. I'm glad I bought a sixer.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had this IPA at a party serving otherwise crappy beer. I am glad I was able to get it.

Look: copper hue, decent head and lacing

Aroma: citrus and pine

Taste: The flavor is fruity and hoppy; grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. It is very well balanced and a very good basic IPA.

Feel: It is crisp and light yet tasty.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patriciag90
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Btip1969
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rufus1
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two twelve ounce bottles poured into a gravity pint glass. Beautiful copper color. One finger of soft white head. Sticky lacing to to last drink. The smell is of course hops, hops and more hops. Piney/citrus with grapefruit. The hop bitterness comes with the first sip and carries over sip after sip. Some malt to offset the hops but not much. Tastes of grapefruit rind and pine resin that provides a wonderful hop bitterness that will not quit. Full smooth mouth feel despite the hoppy bitterness. Good carbonations helps with the smooth mouth fell. This is one remarkable IPA which brought me over the the IPA style. It is now my go to brew.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Backlog. 12 oz bottle. Smells of piney hops, malt. Pours a beautiful head with nice lacing; copper hue. Tastes of pine, alcohol. Pleasant bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. Awesome, full-bodied IPA.

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Photo of Dzu
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chalice.
L: Dark amber with a soft white foam head.
S: Hops , citrus.
T: Bittersweet, tropical fruits.
F: Very pleasant aftetaste, full body and medium carbonation.
O: One of the best IPA that I ever has.

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Photo of Pauly81
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Redscot
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Storng flavors of pine/citrus and bready malts. An interesting copper color with a fat creamy head and tons of lacing. A little heavy on the mouthfeel but nice carbonation.

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Photo of baldy00
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a deep orange colored body, off-white fluffy head that stayed with the beer throughout It. The smell has some bitter piney hops, slight malt backbone, but really more so as the beer warms. The taste is bitter through the piney hops, sweet only once it warmed. On the palate, its about a medium, fairly harsh on the tongue, and sessionable. There is a resinous aftertaste and finish. Overall, I’m glad I keep drinking this throughout the years as its great stuff and well worth to buy.

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Photo of Elneely88
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GoochVa
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
2.38/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Look - Hazy copper/amber in color, three fingers of bone white head, sticky lacing everywhere.
Aroma - Pine needle, pollen, resinous.
Taste - Astringent, bitter pine, slight floral notes. Aspirin-like bitterness from start to finish. Malt seems like an afterthought and is thin and vaguely sweet.
Feel - Medium bodied, sharp, dry, bitterness dominates.

Overall - Recommended if you love Pine-Sol and aspirin.

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Photo of ALHOPLOVER
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had em 9 months old and 3 months, canned and bottled, old and they're all good.
L: Golden white head, sudsy sticky lacing.
S: Lightly ripe fruity aroma.
T: Signature SN earthy bitter taste, with some good fruity flavor too. Good but nothing special.
F: Medium. Good carbonated bite.
O: 1.99 pint can at Walmart gas station is a definite "go to"! This is a good beer. My favorite Sierra Nevada so far.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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