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:
10,909
Reviews:
2,917
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
355
Gots:
3,097
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Flatbread. A good Ipa and drinkable good bitternes. The c-hop in the aroma, the foam on a darker colour.Works for me.Nice balance, with each aspect working. Representative American IPA. Not Celebration.Carbonation could have been mre perfect and could have been served not as cold, but hey this ain't SR fault.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark clear amber with a lovely thick white pillowy head.

Clean and pure grapefruit hop nose, very inviting and with hints of sweet lemon in the nose.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of lemon-pine resin hops. A creamy hop flavor and not the "hop bomb" otherwise expected but very nice and clearly a drink of quality. Very drinkable and an all around pleasant quality IPA that shows just the right amount of bitterness. Pure hop grapefruit flavors, character and finish.

I don't mind extreme hops (which this is just short of) but this is very nice in a readily available and very well priced hoppy beer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is moderately carbonated with a single finger head. As other have noted it maintains its head through most of the The mouthfeel is a little more bitter than other Extra IPAs I have experienced however is not overwhelming. Full bodied. The aroma is what you would from an Extra IPA' you can sense the bitterness before you even taste. The taste is spicy and sharp.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear pale orange color with a chunky 1 inch head that fades to a small 1/2 inch cap. Most excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Smells of fragrant pine/citrus hops. I get no other smell from this beer.

T - Tastes of fragrant pine/citrus hops only. Very hoppy.

M - Somewahat flat and this one left an acid/oil quality in my mouth from what I can assume are the hops.

D - Fair drinkability. I wouldn't buy this one again, but I might have another at a restaurant or a BBQ.

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very good, very big ipa. smells like a ton of hops, cascade, and centennial is my inclination, but my senses havent been dialed lately. its robust blooming hops in the aroma through and through, some sweeter caramel type malts in there too, but they take a way back seat, in fact they ride bitch here. flavor is more balanced, but the hops star here. very grassy/herbal flavor to the hops, with less bitterness outright than i first assumed. good body with excellent carbonation, bright and easy drinking for what it is. im surprised how sessionable this really is. one of my favorite springtime brews

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color. The head was big white and sticky. The smell of the beer had a great nose full of hop aromas. The taste of this beer was also very hoppy, with some elements of pine and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a damn good brew from Sierra Nevada, there are only a handful that I enjoy more from them.

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Photo of nmann08
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a west coast IPA if I ever had one... huge hop bomb in a glass, and its damn tasty! Tried out a new beer store and found this with the rest of the Sierra Nevada stuff... I never even heard of it and thought it was some relic from years ago.. but saw it was an "extra IPA" and figured the extra ABV would give it a nice shelf life anyways so I bought it. One of the more hoppy beers I've ever had, and while I do love me some hops.. I found it a bit dry and a tad too bitter at times. Don't get me wrong.. its a fantastic beer.. but could have been a little more balanced with malts. I would def buy again in the future though, I just wish more places carried this. (why don't they?)

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but for the most part left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as lacy rings down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very hoppy and is filled with piney flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness; it also has some hints of caramel malts. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness from the hops does not overpower your palate.

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

You can imagine the delight on my face as I saw this beer on the shelves of the Lexington-local Liquor Barn. Of course I'm rushing home to drink this beer. Now that I've had a few... too many, I'm going to attempt my review...

The pour gives me something that lands somewhere between the standard SN Pale ale and the Celebration ale. The color is deeply golden, but not quite amber. Not brilliantly clear, but glowing. Good head formation retains well throughout the session and leaves memories of lacing on the glass. A standard Sierra Nevada look.

Very citrusy in the nose with orange rinds, ruby-red grapefruits, pineapples, and maybe a pine cone or three. Sweet ginger-bread malts blend with caramel for a grahm cracker crustiness that leads to a well attenuated yeasty and cracker-like flavor.

The feel is supurb. Aside from a slight nail-polish-like taste and feel, the alcohols are well hidded, leading to a dry finish that accomodates the resiny hops well. Highly attenuated for a very palatable, clean, refreshing citrus finish.

Do IPA's taste better? Sure. But do they finish as well? Doubtful. Does the drinkability fare as well? Doubtful. This is a beer where the mouthfeel and palatability fares even better than the signature-quality taste. Thumbprints of Sierra Nevada are all over this beer... keep up the good.. (er) great work!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, at Beer Bistro in suit-heavy downtown Toronto - funny that they get this here, but we out in Western Canada have yet to see nada from this Cali brewery.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a pleasant array of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells, quite frankly, of fresh pine needles dipped in caramel pudding, with a touch of generic tropical fruit notes, and perhaps a sense of yeasty alcohol. The taste is more robust citrus (blood orange and white grapefruit), a still heady and bordering on, but not quite dank pine needle and cone astringency, unheralded, but stand-up caramel/toffee malt, mixed exotic fruit notes, and maybe a bit of dulcet warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate in its enjoyably supportive and playful frothiness, the body a kind of sticky, yet full medium weight, and generally smooth, maybe a few localized hops tripping things up a bit, but not that sexy airy creaminess, no how! It finishes well off-dry, both the curmudgeon-like caramel malt, and the enjoyably testy leafy, piney, and citrusy hops closing up shop, but not without a rather long lead warning.

Overall, a very tasty bridge between IPA and DIPA, where the hoppiness remains a palate seducing constant, and surely that little bit of extra ABV intends no harm. I know that the 'torpedo' in question here has nothing to do with the military, but damn, Sierra Nevada, you done sunk my battleship!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in Los Feliz, California. Acquired as part of a four pack at a local Von's grocery store. I'm not huge on Sierra Nevada generally speaking, so expectations are average. I don't recall the cost.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV (~5-6 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical of the style; there's nothing unique or special here. Standard fare, though the head retention exceeds expectations.

Sm: Evocative floral hops, nectary hop character, dominant grapefruit citrus, and hop bitterness. Pale malts. A bit too assertive and seemingly imbalanced, but conventional for middling examples of the style. A fairly strong aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Floral hops, messy grapefruit citrus, and overwhelming hop bitterness. Lacks balance; it's really off. A slight nectary touch on the climax is the best attribute of this beer. Light hop oil notes. The grapefruit is rather poorly executed. Lacks complexity and subtlety. The entire third act is just plain bitterness, irritating the palate. I'm not a fan. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, however. Whatever hops were selected for this beer were a poor choice; that or it's just poorly brewed. Pale malts form the foundation.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit nectary. Overcarbonated. Independent of that wretched bitterness, the mouthfeel is actually quite pleasant. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: A horridly imbalanced IPA that represents exactly what the problem is with American brewers of IPAs; IPA brewing is not a dicksizing competition with hop content and/or IBUs - it's process that requires balance and planning. Another underwhelming beer from Sierra Nevada. I wouldn't get this again unless in a pinch.

High C-

***
03/21/17:

Had a bottle in a variety 12 pack.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy head; great retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Pink grapefruit; incredibly sweet and floral

Taste: The sweet and tart flavors of pink grapefruit battle one another to a crescendo by mid-palate; and then contrast with one another as the flavor goes into a lengthy fade; although I was rooting for a bit more attenuation, the sweet flavors wind up persisting long after the bitter ones have faded

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the residual sweetness limits the drinkability, this is one fine entry into the world of the West Coast IPA for a neophyte; and not a bad refresher for one who has tasted more than their fair share

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 12 oz. Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip, Torpedo swelled above the rim of the glass, and hovered there. It showed off a dimpled surface, creamy with a meringue sheen. Plenty of lacing, practically an unbroken sheet coating the whole glass. The orange color had a nice clarity to it, and little trails could be seen on the sides, just below the surface.

A fresh floral aroma, grassy hop notes. Earthy and herbal, but not overpowering. Firm dry bitterness in the back, pine and floral notes up front, grapefruit rind, plenty of caramel malt in the middle. Soft creamy feel, with lasting residual bitterness. A quenching IPA, it struck me as being nicely balanced with a moderate level of bitterness. Thanks to Chris for leaving this one at my house ;D

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus hops with a nice clean bitter finish with some dry caramel malt. Hops are easily discernable but well balanced with great overall drinking factor. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing extreme about this one but very well balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Toronado. Pale amber in color with a quarter-inch of white froth. Nice looking stuff. The nose is absolutely loaded with vibrant and fresh hops. Citrus and pine with an undercurrent of cut grass. This stuff has one hell of an aroma, and I'd probably have given it a 5 had I not followed this up with a pint of Blind Pig. The flavor mirrors the aroma; tons of fresh resiny hops and a hint of dry biscuity malt behind it. The dry finish is spot-on for the style, and the restrained bitterness greatly enhances the drinkability.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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