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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
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4.15/5
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11,061 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,435
Reviews:
2,952
Ratings:
11,061
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
369
Gots:
3,223
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 11,061 |  Reviews: 2,952
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several fingers of slightly of head. This settles down into a rich finger, leaving back robust sticky lace that clings in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, and maybe even a touch minty, with some borderline medical feeling herbal character and tight green citrus character. Buttered cracker and caramel notes from the malt sit across the back of the nose with some softness.

The taste has leafy and spicy accents that spread out and surround a fresh and crisp feeling bitterness. Sweet flavors of bread and caramel from the malts balance the bitterness here well while simultaneously pushing that bold hop character to the front of the profile and helping keep it front and center, as this finishes moderately aggressive with a touch of raw pith and then some leafy spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that firms up on the tongue yet still has a smooth slick creaminess to the overall feel that lets this go down easily. There’s a touch of alcohol on tail end of this but it isn’t overly noticeable.

Man, this is just a really solid American IPA, with full hoppy flavors and a malt backbone that balances yet still keeps the focus on those hops. It’s awesome that are packing this in tallboys now. I definitely see more of these in my future.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Lumpy off-white head that leaves chunky lace islands on the rim of the glass. Deep dark copper color. Clear.

Fresh green hop aroma--not overly strong. Very little malt smell.

Strong hoppy bitterness. Not as floral as the aroma would suggest. The malt briefly appears at the very beginning of the taste, but it seems more suited as the delivery engine of the hop bomb. Solid body with appropriate carbonation. A solid IPA

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with copious amounts of sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Rich bready notes, grassy & piney notes

T: Grassyness, piney & bready notes as well along with a touch of grapefruit up front. Pineyness, grapefruit & a little caramel as this warms, plus lemongrass notes. Finishes grassy, grapefruitty & piney with juicy notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation balance

A solid AIPA that will be in my summer activities canned beer rotation. Not as tasty as say Dale's PA, but one I could never say no to

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems as though I am going for the cycle, having previously reviewed this on-tap and from a CAN.

From the bottle: "Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aroma highlighting the complex citrus pine and herbal character of whole cone American hops."

The humidity of the day is really playing hob with my initial pour! Once more, I began to see a massive head building and had to back off. I finally ended up with just over a finger of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was minty, like an evergreen forest in the dead of winter. Man, if that doesn't set your mouth to watering, turn in your hophead status soonest! Mouthfeel was medium and the mintiness of the hops was counterbalanced beautifully by the caramel of the malt. I have heard of hops candy, although I have yet to try some, but this is what I imagine it would taste like! The dense stcky lacing that began to appear was riotous. I swear that I even started to taste coconut at one point. Finish was dry, but not overpowering. Damn, but this was one tasty beer. I love that they are putting it in a CAN, but bottle and draft are no slouch, either.

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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but that's just me. Overall, it's a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper color with a chunky tan head. Nice lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Similar to the nose, citrus/fruit up front (more grapefruit here), has a sweet/dry finish, not bitter. Some nice maltyness on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, a more than solid IPA. Glad SN now has a year round IPA.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"

--Admiral David G. Farragut (and Tom Petty)

Radiant pumpkin with bumblebee yellow borders. The liquid looks good and the crown looks great. The foam is a beautiful shade of pastel orange-tinted pearl and has a rich, milkshake creamy texture. There's a ton of gorgeous lace as well.

The aroma is solid without being special. Keeping in mind that IPA noses are all about the hops, this brew uses an rather unconventional combination of Magnum, Crystal and Citra (a new variety). It's a little citrusy and is also herbal and faintly funky. In the end, I much prefer the Chinook, Cascade and Centennial excellence of Celebration Ale. Having said that, I understand Sierra Nevada's need to change things up a bit.

Torpedo Extra IPA is wonderful beer that manages to distinguish itself from the rest of the brewery's lineup. Compared to Celebration, Torpedo is less caramel malty, less hoppy, less deliciously hoppy (personal opinion) and slightly stronger with respect to ABV. Although I'm not blown away, quality IPAs aren't easy to come by in this state, so we'll take what we can get.

The malt tastes modestly toasted and borderline caramel-like. Again, hop flavor doesn't stand out because none of those three hops are among my favorites. A little grapefruit zest (from Citra, presumably) helps. Pine makes a brief appearance, as does an herbaceousness that I can take or leave.

The mouthfeel is pure Sierra Nevada, which the same as saying pure quality. It's at least medium for the style and is full of rounded edges. I like a little rawness in some IPAs, but this one has either too much malt or not enough hops to get there. Perfect carbonation... as always.

I'm amazed that Torpedo Extra IPA is the first year-round IPA in the long, storied history of Sierra Nevada Brewing. I would have much preferred year-round Celebration Ale, but then anxiously anticipating that iconic brew and then tasting it change over the next few months is half the fun. Bottom line: this is a solid addition to SN's lineup that I'll come back too now and again.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, excellent suds

SMELL: Mint, marmalade, biscuits, faint caramel, blonde tobacco, ripe pear, clean esters

TASTE: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness, citric rind, leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, kumquats, papaya, herbal, drying finish

SN pretty much nailed it with this one, some say this is now the benchmark for the style ... if so that would be setting it pretty high.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of white foam. Moderate carbonation evident and nice lacing

s - Lots of hops. Smells of pine and citrus hops, and maybe a little bit of pale malts as well.

t - Taste is pine and citrus hops. Citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a very solid IPA. Very accessible and easy to drink, this is a good IPA you can have a few of. Would recommend.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of being able to finally try this one at Barley's last night. I had been tracking this one down forever. Went upstairs and got a glass on tap right away!

Appearance - The pour was nice, your typical IPA pour with a deep brownish amber, with great clarity. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top of the glass throughout the session, letting me know this one was definitely not going to be dull in anyway. A nice two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.

Smell - The aroma was rich with pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. Still though, this was a solid IPA, with a classic west coast aroma.

Taste - The flavor was spot on, and exactly what I had been looking for. The first flavor to hit my mouth was a deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well. Virtually no alcohol present, so I cannot imagine this one as coming off too terribly strong, it was a nice solid IPA. Some nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitter, with the long lasting taste of pine coming through quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this came off very smooth, and at the same time, quite refreshing and light. I really enjoyed how nicely this all came together here as it was quite lively and crisp and really the nice way to start an afternoon.

Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. Crisp, clean and with fresh hop bite, I could have continued to drink this one all day long. Every sip left the mouth dry, and left you waiting for one more.

Overall this was definitely as good as I wanted it to be. The most solid offering yet form Sierra Nevada it really was very well done. Too bad this is not a regular item, as this would be fantastic to have on a regular basis.

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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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