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:
10,957
Reviews:
2,931
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
3,133
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 10,957 |  Reviews: 2,931
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Dark amber, small, compact, lasting creamy head. Pops away slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.
Nice mix of citrus and pine in the smell, but also caramel sweetness. Big hops predicted.
Rich tasty hops, fruity, crisp, with lots of lime and grapefruit, some peach and faint pineapple, bathed in some floral honey, on top of caramel "covered" biscuity malts. Nice pine and hop resin afterwards, developing into a bigger leafy bitterness in the finish, hinting some "sticky icky" dankness.
Medium body, a bit oily, low to medium carbonation. Very bitter, sure, but the aftertaste is full of fruity hoppy tastiness. Big plus in my book.
This is a really gentle monster. Tons of hops without being a one-track beer, quite big hidden ABV, just a few steps from being Imperial, really great.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber orange in color wit ha full inch and a half of frothy foam filling the glass right to the top. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of grapefruit and pine top it wit ha bit of a lemony citrusness to it as well. it has just a touch of some fruity, mango like flavors to it as well. A moderate malty flavor comes through and provides a nice base for all the hops.

The taste hits you with a big blast of pine and grapefruit right from the start. It's very bitter at first but it mellows a bit towards the finish when more of the lemony citrus and a hint of sweeter malt come through. The dry, bitter, grapefruit flavors linger for a while as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It has some very nice hoppy flavors to it overall. It's a very taste and drinkable beer overall. Very solid in all categories as well.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 atrocity
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange amber. A straight pour into a pint glass landed 3 full fingers of peaky head with great lacing.

S - Pine and lemon-herbal tarragon. Slightly woody.

T - Soft opening rolls into light malt, followed by a rapid rise into a sharp bitter pine. The hop crescendo holds for a second or two before mellowing back out. Some grapefruit and pepper in the finish.

M - Smooth with a sweet finish. Bitterness builds throughout the drink. Leaves a touch of waxy bitterness in the back of your palate.

D - Nice drinkability. While prominent in the flavor profile, the bitterness mellows in the finish, and it's cumulative effect grows slow enough that it doesn't beat you down.

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

I really what Sierra Nevada is going for with this brew. It bridges tthe gap between the American Ipa and IIPa nicely.

Picked this up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown - poured from the stubby 12oz into my Dupont Saison willibecker

A - A dark golden/medium amber w/ good clarity and a medium khaki cap that is smooth w/ spacious bubbles from a vigorous pour. The lace clings almost instantly as the head settles and the beading is very fine

S - All the aromas you expect w/ a strong pungent,yet fresh blend of mango, orangey citrus and grapefruit w/ pine and herbal aromas like inhaling hop flowers

M - A nice + mellow hop feel w/ mild bitterness, just slightly more bitter than your average IPA w/ subtle pale malt sweetness and moderate carbonation

T - The taste is bitter w/ grapefruit acidity at first followed by sweet citrus like a valencia orange perhaps with a squirt of passionfruit, the pale malt and hop flavors seem more floral and sweet as it gets warmer w/ more herbal notes and juicy flavor w/ a side of sweet malt in the finish. A nice balanced taste you don't normally find in a 7% ipa with tea-like sweet and less bitter grass in the finish

D - A truly drinkable IPA with a little extra juice - in every sense. It is balanced, but doesn't lack for fresh hop flavor or aroma and is just bitter enough to let you know it is an IPA without going overboard. The hop flavor doesn't just deliver bitter tastes, but a wide range of hoppiness and is a unique method that obviously hits the mark. I could drink these one after another.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

A: The pour is a beautiful amber color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: A huge hop aroma to this beer. Lots of citrus and pine, with just a touch of malt.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls a bit short of the nose. Good grapefruit and pine flavors providing bitterness with some sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium body with substantial carbonation.

D: This is a nice standby IPA that is quite affordable as well as good tasting.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,957 ratings.
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