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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

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 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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Photo of wa6itd
2.33/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Bitter, Bitter, bitter and MORE bitter!
I think this is the first IPA I have ever really DISliked! This really shocked me.
I love most IPAs ( and I really like all of the other Sierra Nevada ales and beers I have tried).
The bitterness totally covers up any other flavor that might be there.
This one is a one-trick pony, and the trick is not very good
I won't buy this one again.

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Photo of pinyin
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured 38F into a tulip snifter from the 22 ounce bomber.

Average overall.

Not a bad ale, but I was expecting so much more from this.

Every flavor seems subdued. The grain load feels light, the IBU's feel very light and the hops don't have much bite, the yeast is clean but underpitched.

I taste cane or corn sugar the most in the flavor profile, and that makes sense, considering the $3.99 price point. Majority of fermentables are cheap adjunct ingredients. On level with those crappy Sam Adams attempts at IPA's.

You get what you pay for.

I would have purchased Hop Hunter instead but it was bottled 6 months prior. (Union Distributors) still not maintaining their planograms.

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Photo of delcobrewzzz
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

definitely a neo-classic....whereas the pale ale is a true 'classic'....solid on all counts

pricepoint is not an issue, but yet...it is! this is a STEAL!

key here is this is a BALANCED hop 'bomb'....a true masterpiece...not need for specific tasting notes

this is the sort of brew that will win many over, scare away the unworthy...

don't change a thing! but do offer seasonal variations of this....experimental Torpedo....yes, please

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Photo of Wes-Cat
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hilariously, this was my first ever IPA, and I learned a lot from it. You can find Torpedo in hella places, from a Bodega in Brooklyn to upscale supermarkets to (odds are) wherever you happen to live. And it isn't expensive. My first take on this was that the smell, look, and feel were interesting, but it tasted like drinking pine tree juice. However, now that I've become much more accustomed to drinking IPAs, I think it's balanced: it tastes citrusy and floral (like a pine tree), but in a tasty way. It ends a bit bitter, but not overly so. This beer is proof that good things don't necessarily have to come with a 20 dollar price tag or overly hopped. I think there are many brewing companies that could take a hint from this.

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Photo of gandres
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured to wine glass-
Appearance: Deep dark yellow, copper color, minimal head some lacing
Smell: Dominant smell is hops with hint of citrus
Taste: Good balance of bitter
Feel: very good,
Overall: very good beer

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Photo of d0nald
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Favorite go to for many reasons... Taste, availability and price keep this in my fridge on a regular basis. Sti ll one of the best after trying every ipa i can get my hands on!!!

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Photo of Nyved
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly smooth and balanced IPA. Pours a dark amber with a white head and lacing that each retained well. Taste is a sweet citrus with a nice hoppy, piney edge to it. Smell is sweet and fruity. Mouth-feel is super smooth. I highly recommend this. One of my favorite IPAs so far.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber color with quite subtle visible carbonation. Relatively large head. Retains well.

Has a distinct sweetness to its otherwise very hoppy smell. Notes of malt and pine.

Not at all as big of a hop-sensation as I thought, with the hops taking a split second before making an appearance. The distinct sweetness of the smell makes its appearance in the aftertaste which stays for a delightfully long amount of time.

Additionally, this is an incredibly smooth beer. So much so that the beer it reminds me the most of that I've had recently is Lagunitas Imperial Pils.

I can't think of a beer that is more price-worthy than this. This is not the best beer ever brewed, but for the price-point it does not have to be.

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Photo of Illuminatusxeagle
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I recently switched from shitty beers like pabst (which is the best macro beer) to some craft beers. i've tried dogfish head 90 minute iPad and resin double iPa and heard Sierra Nevada made good beer. I loved the dfh and the resin was ok, but the torpedo blew my mind. The best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Belekinbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great go to IPA. Pours a nice Amber with a nice citrus pine nose. The hops hit you up front but then balances out. Mouthful is smooth, almost perfect. Nice bitter finish. When in doubt check this out, well done.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Has aroma of piny hops. Nice hoppy flavor with a balanced finish. Pretty smooth drink with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall really solid beer

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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