Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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

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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Photo of iliotib
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rusty gold. A voluminous finger-and-a-half head. Beautiful lacing. I'm drinking it in my sub-freezing garage and it's still hanging on to the last drink (20 min).

S: Mandarin oranges, pine. Faint herbs.

T: Hardcore grapefruit. Herbal. Excellent hop bitterness up front. The taste really hangs on.

M: Firm and slightly heavy bodied. Buttery finish that lingers almost as long as the taste.

Excellent ABV

I really appreciate the grapefruit taste. It lingers long after the beer is gone; I'm convinced my breath actually smells better after drinking it.

This beer is a little slick. I think diacetyls are the things that make the slickness in beer. I actually like it, but I'm not sure I should. I found a page links this wort byproduct with Alzheimer's Disease. Does that one of my favorite beers is brain poison?

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Photo of rievelx6
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Good look when its poured into a glass with a darker citrus look very good for an IPA

S- Very good aroma nothing but hops

T- Hops with some citrus and some pine what an IPA should taste like

M- Leaves a good after taste with a lot of hops and some pine on the back of your tongue

O- Overall this is a very good IPA especially for the price

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Photo of SSwarts
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good sh*t. This is beer. It is a good beer. It is cheap, it is drinkable and this beer will get you drunk. My girlfriend had wine, I had this beer. I had others but this is the beer I liked most. I will order this beer again. It was a bit strong for my 8 year old, so we mixed it with soda water.

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Photo of quinlin
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep honey amber. Thick almost latte like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass.

S - floral, citrus, loads of pine. Sweet malty background.

T - taste mimicks the smell. Right up front sharp hop bitter with a malts that hang around the finish.

M - high amount of mouth tingling carbonation. Medium/full body

D - Nice, drinkable IPA. Went great with the steak sandwich i had.

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

Bought at Playstation 777 - Blue Lake Casino. A stones throw away from Mad River Brewery.

A - Pours a fluffy, white, tightly beaded head. Color is a deep golden hue, very close to SNPA.

S - Hugely piney, touching on citrusy and grassy.

T - A different take on an IPA, touching on IIPA...Extra IPA, I guess it fits.

M - Typical. Nothing extraordinary.

D - I found this very drinkable considering the category. After a while, the piney hop taste went away, and I wanted more. Much more.

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Photo of BigDoug
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer several times and this is the first time I've had it in a while so I figured I'd review it.

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a brilliant dark orange, very clear. Nice frothy white head that built up nicely about 1.5" or better. Letting it settle down to a thick crown, leaving perfect sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells wayyy better than I remember! Maybe a super fresh case? Very very bright floral, piney, fruity dank hops. Smells like high quality marijuana almost. Very potent and addicting to smell. Amazing aromatics flying outta this thick crown of head settles on top this beer. Hints of mango, maybe pineapple? All the characteristics of the complex Citra hops and Cascades. Don't really pick out much malt notes other than maybe some slight caramel notes that keep this smelling like a beer and not a bag of hops. Very pleasing.

First sip punches ya with the same as it smells. Very aromatic. Gets the sinuses overwhelmed with hop glory. Hophead dream. Follows with a strong intense but very clean bitter. It's the kind of bitter that a true IPA lover craves and appreciates. To get the best flavor outta this beer or any good beer especially hoppy ones is to drink them at the right temp. This beer was straight off my porch so it was right around 50-55 degrees F. Could taste so many different flavors. The malt is there jus enough to keep all that hop kick in check. Balanced enough but still way hop forward.

Mouthfeel is on point for the style. Nice carbonation. Smooth but enough carb to keep the bright flavor popping out. Creamy finish and leaves the palate clean with a little hop oil left behind.

Drinkability is pretty good considering the pretty big ABV and big time bitterness. It's a beer that the flavor keeps ya wanting more. After a few you'll be pretty good feeling.

Better IPA's out there? Absolutely, but you'll pay a whole lot more for them. This beer you get way more than what you pay for and that makes this beer a top world class IPA in my books. It contends with the baddest cuz it is one of the baddest. Love that it's basically the same price as their amazing Pale Ale but way more of a beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Dohdaman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a quickly dissapating finger size off-white head, with some lacing.

S: Fragrance of citrus, hops and carmel.

T: Hops and citrus with a bitter finish, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, good carbination.

O: Excellent IPA, very refreshing and the 7.2 abv kicks it up a notch.

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Photo of metal850
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Off white two finger head that leaves nice lacing and falls to a thick ring of bubbles.

S: Cascade hops, not much else.

T: Good malt background that balances perfectly with the citrus hops Sierra Nevada is known for.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

O: A nice IPA, a bigger version of their pale ale.

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Photo of JimHulley
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Medium amber color, little head.

Torpedo is always a pleasure to drink with a delicious piney and citrusy taste. GREAT balance of fruity essence with hoppy flavors. In my opinion it’s really the that balance that sets it apart from your everyday IPAs as it has strong, but not overly one-sided flavor.

Another beer that goes great with cake.

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Photo of southeastmat
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer. Orangish pale with a little bit of copper tones. Terrific lacing and a foamy head that stays throughout.

S: Pine up front. Tropical fruit on the back. Just a bit of resin in there too. As it warms the alcohol comes out but it's not overpowering.

T: Amazing example here. Clean. Fresh. Bitter hops up front hit you right away then linger. Pleasant malt as tge beer warms. Almost perfect.

M: Medium. Bright. A good bit of carbonation here too.

O: Absolutely top notch IPA here. Classic. Refreshing. All of the qualities you look for in this style. Also, affordable and accessible. Sierra Nevada is a pioneer and producing beers like this is exactly why.

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Photo of RolandoHH
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Excellent copper color, with a nice finger-width of white foam. Nice lacing too.

Smell - Excellent hoppy aroma.

Taste - Hops, pine, citrus. Exactly what an IPA should taste like.

Mouthfeel - Full, creamy, effervescent. Pretty damn good.

Overall - A better, bitter version of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of Roadking1979
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a great beer for the price ($14/12pk. always). This is my lawnmowing and pool beer as it is consumed in fairly large quantities in the summer. Great balance and this beer rewards you for being loyal.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My expectation was high. Not disappointed. This is pure goodness, I as I believe most IPAs are.
Nice amber color with decent head/carbonation.
Decided to go with the 6-pack bottles instead of the 12 pack.
Seems overly acidic.
It is not in my top 5 of IPAs, but was more than enjoyable!

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Photo of Cavalier92
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent year-round offering from Sierra Nevada. There isn't a bit of bitterness in this American IPA. Instead, the floral dryness of the hops is balanced well by sweet maltiness that makes this one of the best mainstream IPAs on the market today.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep amber orange, excellent head retention, carbonation, and lacing.

S: Piney, herbal-fresh hops with some malt. Hoppy and grapefruity.

T: Nice short burst of hops, then some malt, then some nice bitter, tasty hops. Complex, in a good way. Finish is extremely well-balanced, long and clean with no oily hop aftertaste which is nice. Tons of awesome hop flavor without being bity, cloying, chewy or overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied, great for the style, nice carbonation.

D: Exceptional. If you are a hop head, this is right up your alley. Alcohol is well hidden, my new favorite IPA. Will definitely be picking up a case of this.

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Photo of btuthill
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber from 12 oz stubby bottle. Small head recedes quickly. Smell is of fresh cut citrus - stronger and more fresh than anticipated. The taste is similarly fresh and citrusy, but too much like SNPA for me. The hops may be mitigated a bit too much by the malt presence. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick. Drinkable and well-priced session IPA. I will drink this again, but it isn't a go-to.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored brew with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of a very bitter piney aroma with a citrus backbone.

Citrus and bitter taste upfront, followed by a medium, bready body. A little buttery in the back and carbonation adds a nice crispness. Very drinkable for what it is: a hoppy IPA, although balanced compared to other west coast IPA's.

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Photo of tzchandler
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less prevalent than the green labeled IPA, Torpedo comes in with much more alcohol (7.2%) and heavier copper flavor. Nice aroma of hops but I would hope for a bit more being a hops lover. The Celebration Ale, from the same company, seems to hit the spot more than this beer but still worthy of a place in the fridge and still better than many micro beer IPA II.

This beer slides down easily and has a pleasant long lasting flavor.

Sierra Nevada seems to me to be the only mass beer company that brews excellent beer for "mass beer" prices. These guys deserve a big pat on the back. Bravo!

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Photo of tubeboy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice strong IPA with a great mouthfeel and lasting taste. A reasonably aromatic pour with a decent head and nice lacing. I will put this on my list of quality alternatives to 90 minute IPA. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and hope it's not just a seasonal offering.

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

Exceptional color and clarity with this beer, so much so that its surprising for an IPA. Head poured to be perfect thickness and hung around for a long time with lots of lacing.

The nose of this brew is very floral with hops peeking through.

The taste is citrusy sweet which is well balanced by a strong hop finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also surprising to me. It goes down very smooth, little carbonation and leaves a nice taste in the mouth without any hoppy sting residue.

While I might not drink more than 2 of these, its very very drinkable. However because this beer is so well balanced I wouldnt doubt that those of you out there who love Harpoon IPA or anything comparable could throw back a bunch of these in a session. Try it out, the hops profile of this beer is very intersting.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper golden hue. Foam that sticks around for a bit and trails down the glass very nicely.

S: I Set this beer down for a sec before trying it to hold a brief conversation, caught herbal piney notes from about 3 feet out. Hophead stimuli on the increase.

T: Pine right up front. Hop oils demand the palate's attention as does a bready undertone. Piney hoppiness lingers. Absolutely delicious. I like to savor this one

M: Smooth. Medium. On the carbonated side and it works.

D: I could have 2-3 to start but would like to move into something lighter after that. Not a "session brew," to me anyhow.

A good beer from SN. For an Extra IPA it's decently balanced but it will definitely kick your tongue's ass. Be ready for the pine, and if you're a ready for a buzz.

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Photo of jerskine
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, copper appearance with a minimum amount of foam but lots of nice caramel colored lacing

S: big hop aroma, which should be expected from this one; some citrus scents that are characteristic of a standard ipa; the unique scent in this beer is the strong lemon grass aroma that arises as you take gulp after gulp

T: very unique tasting ipa; the hops used in this beer give an unusual spicey, pungent flavor that hit the tongue hard; this is very "peppery" with a distinct vegetation-like taste

M: nicely carbonated; hits the tongue sharply and leaves considerable hoppy resin feeling in your mouth

O: I've had this beer quite a bit and I can say it is very unique when compared to the dozens and dozens of other IPAs I've had. If you are looking for a beer to hit your taste buds hard, this is the one.

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Photo of cbbjr
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark, clear gold with a couple fingers of white, fluffy head and lacing so strong I that I think I will have to do a lot of scrubbing to get the glass clean.

S-mostly pine with a bit of citrus

T-very piney and maybe some sweet grass. I'm not picking up much citrus the label mentions. Pretty hoppy with a bit of a malt backbone, but definitely not balanced.

M-very easy drinking, almost goes down too easily for what is nearly a double IPA. Medium carbonation,

O-solid beer, but not amazing. If you prefer an IPA strong on pine and light on citrus, definitely try it.

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Photo of IndolentReader
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, one of the best beers you can find at the large chain grocery stores. I've always been impressed by Sierra Nevada brews and this one does not disappoint. I admittedly have simplistic tastes, but I really like this beer and will continue to purchase it as my "go to" IPA.

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

Serving type: Tap

Apperance: light amber, Golden brown

Smell: light hops and hints of citrus

Taste: Like a solid IPA, this beer was filled with piney hops , and but not over bearing. A well balanced amount of bitterness and added citrus. (not as piney as their Celebration though)

Mouthfeel: Fresh, the right amount of carbonation, and a great piney aftertaste.

Drinkability: just the right amount of ABV for the typ of IPA, but I Think i will keep it to one or two of this beer a session.

to sum it up Sierra Nevada made a Solid Balanced Strong IPA, I strongly Recommend this if you are a big IPA fan

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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