Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,983 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of IKR
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber color with a generous frothy off white head that slowly faded. Absolutely nothing to change here,

Smell: Restrained nose with pine notes and grapefruit/citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The pine and citrus fruit aromas carry over to the taste. i also pick up some mild caramel notes. I'm not sure if it's the age of the bottle, but the hop notes are more integrated than some of the other IPAs I've had recently.

Mouth-feel: Just on the light side of medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: A good tasting IPA.

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Photo of redearth329
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pilsner glass around 40 degrees F. This is my third one of the night. The first two I had while I was eating some spicy vegetarian chili, which was a good pairing.

Appearance: Medium clear gold color with fine carbonation. 2-3 fingers of dense, cream-colored foamy head at first that settled down to about a half-finger width after a few minutes with substantial lace on the glass.

Smell: Perhaps a bit too cold, as I'm not getting much aroma. Pleasant but mild hop aromas that are balanced between citrus and herbal qualities. Mostly lemony as far as citrus goes, but a bit of grapefruit is detectable. Not much in the way of malts or yeast.

Taste: Very well balanced. Light malts up front with long progressive bitterness from the hops. More towards the herbal side than the citrus. I'm definitely salivating on the finish from the bitterness that I'm experiencing on the sides of the front part of my tongue.

Mouthfeel: my first few sips of this one seemed fairly aqueous, but after it warmed up a bit it's feeling more integrated. Very lingering astringent quality from the hops. Actually, I still feel like some of the flavors are separating a bit about two-thirds of the way through the sip. Man, it does stick to the roof of your mouth on the finish, though! Medium-bodied.

Overall: I suppose they call this an IPA, but I feel like Sierra Nevada tends towards the APA side of things, as far as having earthier hops and a bit more malt presence. This one is no exception, but it does have extremely lingering astringent hop bitterness. This property paired very well with my spicy chili, and I imagine it would also go well with fatty foods such as some pork belly or cheese, etc. Now that I'm drinking it on it's own, though, it's a bit much. I'm going to go see if I have any cheese in the fridge...

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful clear ruby red. Enormous and frothy offwhite head. Head fades very slowly; top notch head retention. Quite good lacing as well.

S: Lots of sweet citrus/grapefruit. A little pine and lots of caramel sweetness.

T: Hoppier than the aroma, oddly enough. Loaded with grapefruit. Big, bold grapefruit crispness and bitterness everywhere. There is a pine element backing it up but it's mostly overpowered. Pine shows up more towards the finish and in the aftertaste. Nice sweet caramel malt makes itself known primarily in the finish as well....just prior to a decent wave of bitterness kicking in. Bitter pine and grapefruit floating around between sips.

M: Medium bodied, sticky hops.

O: Very nice IPA. Doesn't smell as pungent as you'd expect but the flavor is quite hoppy and bitter with just enough caramel to back it up and keep it from getting too unbalanced. Relatively simple but well done regardless.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangish honey color that looks like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale does, with a pristine white head that dissipates to a nice film. Decent retention; good spotty lacing.

Pretty mellow. Hoppy and delicious dash of nutty maltiness, grapefruit, lemon rind, pine.

Rich but refreshing. Malty in general and the tiniest bit nutty but the brunt of the taste is hops. Tastes like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but there is a noticeable citric hoppy tinge that takes a while to fully form in your mouth.

Light to medium body, okay carbonation, kind of dry.

Pretty good IPA and for being as cheap as it is it is a great ‘good’ IPA for anytime. Bitter enough but not overly so. Basically something that you graduate to from SNPA. Would get again, worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,983 ratings.
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