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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
11,061 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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Ratings: 11,061 |  Reviews: 2,952
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Label says: PCKGD 11/14/16. Which means that someone sold me this IPA with almost one year old. Terrible idea. Poured into a BrewDog stemmed glass.

A: The body recalls a west coast IPA, having that orange-y, coppery tone with a crisp tone, absolutely no haziness. The head is white to beige, has a 1 finger thickness and besides having an average to low retention, there's some good lacing.
S: The aroma is very creamy of citrus and also some belgian candy (very weird). Almost a bit biscuity. There's a minor hoppy aroma resembling some resin and if you concentrate, you can feel the alcohol.
T: The taste begins with a citrus of orange and tangerine and also some pineapple like flavour. It then extends to the weird super sweet flavour that, for me, tastes like belgian candi but it's totally impossible to have this on such style. In the end, a mild hoppiness with a bland character.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is great. Alcohol is in fact unnoticed. Bitterness is mild but being packaged almost one year ago, who wouldn't expect that?
O: It's a bad idea to have this without being fresh. However, there's a sense at how this beer can taste when it's fresh and I really want to try it again.

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Photo of Beric
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First reviewed: 12 August 2013, score: 4.36/5.0

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 1 March 2014

Appearance: Copper-brown with some amber red notes. A frothy white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: Floral with notes of grapefruit citrusiness.

Taste: Intense citrus hoppiness followed by a smooth, somewhat sweet assertion of malt flavor. Bitter and dry on the end.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and somewhat sticky in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall: This beer is still one of my favorites from SN. Occupying the weird middle ground between boozy DIPAs and regular IPAs, this one packs a ton of flavor into a malt profile and ABV that doesn't knock you out after one.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Lobina
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Antg8989
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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 StoutBoi
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown color with a very foamy, light tan head. Head is slow to fall. Decent clinging lace.

Aroma is very much of pine with an herbal, hop character. Bit of mild citrus buried in there as well. Smells good.

Taste is similar. Pine taste hits you up front, mostly because you smell it as it hit your palette. Citrus quickly takes over and is very noticeable. Ends with a mild, lingering bitterness from the oily hops.

Medium bodied and a bit oily in the mouthfeel. Rather simple carbonation.

Good stuff and fairly easy to drink. Sierra Nevada sure knows how to brew a beer.

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Photo of BHansen214
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DerekCarruth
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of souvenirs
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BreweryRun
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Lunch
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at The Olney Ale House in Olney, MD into a pint glass at slightly colder than appropriate temperature, so I allowed it to warm just a bit (12/30/09).

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped with one finger of an off-white white head with decent retention leaving very little lace.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops and some tropical fruit.

T: Decent taste of citrus and tropical hops with a slight bitterness and a hint of a caramel malt. Not all that much going on here.

M: Medium-bodied with average carbonation and no hint of the 7.2% abv.

D: Fairly drinkable, but with such a vast variety of nice American IPAs out on the market, this one is just average.

Overall this was an average American IPA that I am truly unclear as to why it has achieved such a high rating. I have tried to like Sierra Nevada for a number of years, but I always come away unsatisfied. Pass.

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Photo of confer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid gold,completely clear. Lots of carbonation activity going on. The big head fades but a cap and lacing are left behind.
The smell is definitely of the piney hops, at a very reasonable level.
Taste is also all hops, but the flavor lasts a few seconds and then seems to disappear quickly. There is no lasting aftertaste.
I could certainly have one or two of these in the future.
This was a January Selection in our BOTM club.

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Photo of soze47
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this using my 33 Beers tasting book. I'll include notes and flavor wheel profile from the book below and translate into BA ratings above.

Appearance Notes: Amber/orange in color with a two finger pillowy head.

Aroma Notes: I get citrus and malt on the nose. Background notes of pine are also there as well.

Taste Notes: Big flavors here. Very hop forward, with the citrus flavors being brought out at first by the malty sweetness. However, when the malt fades and aftertaste develops, the piney, almost sappy hop flavors build to a strong, bolt sensation on the palette.

Flavor Wheel Scores (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 3
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (pine): 5
Floral: 4
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3
Malty: 4
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 1
Bitter: 5
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into narrow pint glass. Dark crystal clear gold with a lively head that dissipated leaving lovely thick lacing. Smell is all hops but it's tempered a bit with some sweetness, maybe mint or something. Tasted followed; hoppy but tempered. Crisp and clean, delicious.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: What a great looking beer. Clear, shining orange-copper with a fluffy, creamy looking head. Good head retention and absolutely ridiculous lacing-- really looks like lace plastered inside the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine. Raw citrus hops, not the sweet candied kind. Malt takes a backseat.

Taste: As expected-- bitter citrus hops. Grapefruit pith and some pine. There's a sweet little punch of malt in the middle surrounded on both sides by bitterness. In that way its balanced, but in no other way. Its a great bitter-hoppy IPA, but dont try to sell us on balance. The finish does also have a sweet crackery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Great. Medium mouthfeel. Just a little bit of resiny mouthcoating. Nicely carbonated-- feels great.

Drinkability: I love this beer. Very hard to drink just one. Unfortunately, this was my last. Thank you Sierra Nevada for making great, cheap beer.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,061 ratings
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