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

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 Ahypercube
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an incredible beer. The star of a 12-pack seasonal sampler, poured into a stemless sniffer.

L: Pours a rich caramelly orange amber color with a 3 finger cream head of bubbles that blend into one another until they float to the top to rupture leaving little craters of tiny bubbles, beautiful. The only thing it could do to look better would be to be a pitch black stout.

S: A soft fresh rising dough smell covers over sharp pine and ruby red grapefruit with some candied orange in the background, lovely.

T: That fresh bread flavor is prominent, and so is the bitter, tangy hops. Very nice balance between the two. Tons of great malt character; much more than usual in an IPA, and I like it. A hint of fruity sweetness and just a hint of roastiness, like thick cut bread out of a toaster on low heat.

F: Exactly like an IPA should feel. Smooth, frothy, dry on the finish, nice thickness for an IPA too. The bubbles linger in your mouth, keeping that sweet, bitter twinge present. It isn't a bad thing.

O: Incredible and exemplary beer of its style. Perfect abv (7.2%) for a balance between flavor and drinkability, and one of Sierra Nevada's hallmark beers in my opinion, alongside Narwhal and Bigfoot.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a British barley wine with American hops. The hops give a strong aroma with sharp citrus flavours with a barley wine base. Too overstated for my liking but that is just my taste.

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Photo of mverosky
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Came out a hazy orange with about a half inch off white head.

Smell: You can smell a little grapefruit but with orange really coming in. Could smell a little bit of Pine as well.

Taste: First came a good grapefruit flavor and then some Pine, came off a little bitter at the end.

Feel: Very lightly carbonated and went down very smooth.

Overall: I really liked this beer, one of the better IPA's that I have had. This wouldn't be a beer that I would recommend having a friend that is new to IPA's try. Had a great flavor and is a beer I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 2x04. 5 months before BB date. Hops and bitterness are below what I expect in an IPA, maybe because it isnt fresh? In any case, this make it more balanced and drinkable, with a very pleasant taste

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my go to IPA for both me and my husband. My local grocery store always has it cold and ready to go. It's a solid IPA - enough bitter hops and all of the IPA flavors I love - grass, citrus, pine, etc.

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

12oz bottle dated 8/11/15

Look: Clear amber, poured 1 inch white head that lasted. Significant lacing on the glass

Smell: Pine, but not overwhelmingly so. Citrus - smells more like orange than grapefruit to me. Very pleasant. Also getting something tropical, maybe mango or papaya.

Taste: Sweet off the top which gives way to pleasant bitterness. Grapefruit --> Pine. Hop character lasted notably between sips.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is full initially but quickly dissipates. Would never clock this at 7.20% if I hadn't known beforehand. Lacks any heat whatsoever from the alcohol. Very drinkable.

Overall: Wonderfully balanced offering with some surprises. I'm still trying to pin down what I'm smelling and there's a high likelihood I'll be returning to this regularly.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange with a thick, creamy off-white foam head. Smells lightly of pine, melon, caramel, and tropical citrus fruit. Tastes like pine with melon, light citrus, occasional honey, and biscuity bread malts. Feels about medium bodied with low carbonation, smooth and creamy going down. Overall this is a unique and great tasting IPA. Hoppy, but not too bitter. It has the right amount of sweetness and fruit notes to balance everything out. Very well crafted, and boasting with flavor.

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Photo of matcris
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Poured into a Nonic pint glass aggressively. Two inch, creamy tan head. Small bubbles streaming up glass. Beautiful thick lacing down glass.
AROMA: Not a crazy amount of hop aroma, but the pine and grapefruit come through nicely. I do get the herbal quality along with it.
TASTE: Big Pine and grapefruit rind up front. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness, lingering but mild bitterness. You get some sweet malt, so it is not just hop water.
MOUTHFEEL: Not under carbonated, nor over carbonated... Perfect. Medium light body. 7.2 abv and easy to chug....careful.
This is a good old standby IPA. Easy to get, and easy to like. If you love those pine and grapefruit qualities with some nice balance from the sweet malts, you'll probably dig this one.
Edit: Bumping this one up a little, bottled on 12/17/15 drinking on 1/15/16. This beer is so readily available to most people, there is no reason to buy it with almost any age on it. And when it's fresh, it really is a good IPA. Speak up to your local retailer and tell them: no more of this 3 month or older Torpedo!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 8.20.15 poured into a pint glass
look is amber/orange with a decent white head that endured the beer and left some nice lace on the glass
smell piney, hoppy malty and slightly grassy
taste pretty much same, pime, hops resiny with a somewhat bitter aftertaste
feel is crisp and effervescent very easy to drink
another classic from sierra nevada!

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Photo of BWED
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau.

A- Deep gold. Off-white head is rocky and towers. Great retention. Great lacing.

S- Piney and a little citrus zest. Spicy. Backbone is just a slight caramel, bread note.

T- Big pine, a little sweetness and citrus.

M- Medium body. Easy to drink, considering the ABV. Dry finish, a little astringent.

O- This showcases the hops really well. Well balanced, but it doesn't take away from the hop character.

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Photo of DavesBeerReviews
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite strong IPAs. The name says it all. After you drink a few of these you will feel like you got blasted by a Torpedo! Goes great with pizza topped with feta and spinach!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with about a 1/2" tall white head. The small head quickly dissipates. Good lacing as well. Smells quite hoppy. Initial taste is very fruity, citrusy and then finishes hoppy and dry like a typical IPA. The finish however is not as bitter as I was expecting so overall I really like this brew and look forward to more.

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

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a good pace. Light stringy lacing clings to the sides and eventually slides into the beer.
The smell, reminds me of their regular APA, but the spice hits just a bit harder with the bitter pine even bursting forth heavier than the caramel base malts.
The taste copies the aroma nicely proving that the caramel malts slides even further into the background.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel about it. Bitter pine bursts in the harshness hitting my tongue appropriately as an AIPA.
Overall, when one isn't re-inventing the wheel, and looking at this beer as it is and what it was before the beer snobs got here, you know this is the standard. Of course, I'd have it again and of course I'd have this with food.

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Photo of Premo88
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(9/24/15 born-on date ... drank today 11/16/15)

L: brilliantly clear amber-orange, so perfect it's hard to stop staring at; strong percolation into a full 1-inch head of white/off-white foam with classic Sierra Nevada sticking and lacing; keeps a soapy-foam collar with big bubbles, slight skin ... what a beer should look like (I did not pour in the final half ounce or so, keeping any sediment/bottle-conditioning paraphenlia out of the glass -- glad I did!)

S: mango-caramel sweet; floral hops around the sweet, some pine, but it's hard to pull it out of all that sweet

T: bitter hops up front, candied hops on finish ... still bitter but there's some major sweetening out; bread malt peeks in, and it's the real thing ... not a mix of hops and malt turned into the mango/caramel flavor but a distinct breadiness, pilsener-style bread malt; lots of pine in the bitter bite; cracker even on back end -- this malt is something else; grain

F: light but decent carbonation

O: the grainy/cracker malt backbone is fantastic ... almost two months old and the hops are having no trouble showing through in the flavor -- the bitter bite is nice, floral, slightly piney; the nose is standard-issue caramel/mango, way too sweet, possibly a victim of age, though the overall quality of this brew proves you don't have to be right out of the vat to be a good American IPA. this one definitely belongs in my hops rotation when I play "who's freshest" with the American pales/IPAs/DIPAs in the beer aisle.

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Photo of laketang
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy orange with a tan/white head

I get malty must in a good way. no real pine or citrus.

its got some carbonated pizzaz, I could chew this, sweet and a bitter feel mix.

full mouthfeel. with a lingering bitterness.

I know this beer has been reviewed to death, and i'll say too that its awesome.

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Photo of Spike
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange/copper with lots of carbonation and a thick, soapy head that lasts to the end.

A huge American hop nose: pine, sawn wood, mango, pepper.

Tastes in line with the nose. Very dry. The hop oils dominate everything (which was the intention).

Medium body with some stickiness. A little cloying, to be honest. A long, dry finish. Really long. And very dry. Leaves the mouth feeling parched forever afterwards.

Massive west coat IPA. Not sure why this doesn't count as a Double IPA given the intensity of the hops and the robust 7.2% ABV. A bit overdone for me. I like this beer, but one is sufficient in a single sitting.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a golden amber with yellow highlights and a thick frothy head.

Aroma is a lot of citrus with biscuity malt.

Taste malty with balanced herbal and slightly lemon hops.

Its a classic.

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Photo of smanson56
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a back up beer in the Sierra Nevada Snow Pack I bought to really try the Coffee Stout. This beer pour a robust orange yellow color in my glass. Lots of hops in the nose. Not overly bitter to the taste a nice smooth drinking IPA. the mouth feel is correct for an IPA. All in all a good IPA for this mix pack. I will probably buy more on it's own.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy moley, I have never said anything ever on this beer for this website. 'Bout daggum time.
And for the life of me, I own a tulip, but I have never poured this beer into a tulip. According to Beer Advocate, we're supposed to put these in pint glasses, nonic glasses or mugs or steins. End rant, whatever, to each his own, right, here's the rest.
Tonight, this is from a pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle hazy burnt orange color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a nice pace to glide into a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was moderately string and thin.
The smell takes some citrus fruit to grind into a delicate spice with floral, herbal and piney hops to bounce into a delicate malt backbone.
The taste was fully bittersweet blended into the spicy component and offering a crisp sweet to spicy aftertaste and a nice enduring bittersweet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs right as an AIPA should. Spice clings to my tongue in a harsh way along with the bitterness.
Overall, for those that have taken a charge against Sierra Nevada in picking on the fact that they distribute everywhere, why is that bad if this beer is so good? And thank you GClarkage for adding it in 2006, its still going strong!

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Photo of sjdevel
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly light on carbonation and foam after pour. Only about a 1 finger head. Very hazy/cloudy with a nice orange color with a hint of reddish/brown. Head retention is quite good.

Tart fruity smell from large amounts of aroma hops. Rich malt also comes through the nose.

There is a decent hop bittering bite at first, but not as strong as I expected. Sweet malty flavors come through quickly. There are fruit flavors that blend together (orange, citrus, pineapple, mango). The sweet malt and fruit fade and then the bitter hoppiness comes back and fades to a dry finish.

Light to medium mouth feel. Not that bubbly after pour and fairly flat on the tongue.

This is a great IPA. Strong flavors. Balanced amounts of bittering hops, malt, and aroma hops.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

amber, with a pillowy white head and lots of lacing.

smell is a nice mix - some fruit, some trees, but overall it's multiple notes at the same time.

taste is the same. there's a great floral aftertaste, but before that is definitely indistinct fruit. pleasant without being remarkable.

overall, it's very well balanced, isn't it?

i get the sense this is a love/hate kind of beer. i'm certainly on the side of looking forward to finishing the rest of these.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA and served in a pint glass. The beer has a burnt orange-light brown appearance with good head retention (started out with a big head but dissipated) and patchy lacing on the sides. Really absorbing aromas of fresh, grassy hops mixed with spiced bread and ripe citrus fruits. Taste pretty much follows the smell with more of that ripe citrusness showing and a sharp touch of those hops. Great body to this drink; generally smooth with a solid carbonation. Overall, this is a great IPA.

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Photo of swimmatt
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear amber appearance. About a finger and a half white head on the pour. Dissipates rather quickly with a trail on the glass. Mellow citrus smell. Nice hoppy taste at the front of the palate. Nice through the entire palate, but dissipates towards the end and doesn't last too powerfully. I enjoy the taste very much. I would certainly purchase and enjoy this beer again. The taste in the mouth is very smooth. One of the better mass produced beers that around.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, medium mouthfeel, bitter taste, strong hops smell, overall not for me. I used to think all IPAs were bitter like this until I had others that were much smoother tasting.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what an IPA should be in my opinion. Bitter but not overpowering. Incredibly smooth. Can taste subtle floral and citrus notes. Not too heavy or too light.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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