Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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10,911 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
Ratings:
10,911
Reviews:
2,917
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
355
Gots:
3,100
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,911 |  Reviews: 2,917
Photo of ZeroTX
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer enough to buy a 6-pack after trying a single bottle sampler. It pours with a very small, but adequate head and has nice crisp carbonation bubbles for the entirety of the glass as you drink it. Nice somewhat above average IPA. I usually am unwilling to buy a 6'er of a non-Texas beer, but this one might be a winner for me. The ABV level is just about right in terms of bang for the buck for those who don't prefer Double IPA's. Overall I prefer a Double IPA, but I would definitely put this high on my list. If I see a 6'er of it, I might buy it, especially if they begin to offer it in cans.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed amber copper hue, it tops with massive creamy off-white head that stands with excellent retention before slowly sinking to an everlasting effervescence layer covering atop and leaving numerous of refined yet sticky lacing patch and spot all around, nearly flawless showcase.

Citrus, lime, pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, passion fruit, pine, grassy, some spice, and slight herbal, all of these aromas are derived from its good hop profile. Malt is also there with notes of biscuit, dough, and sweet caramel.

Very well balance taste, it is hoppy at the start with notes of pine, resin, grass, some spice, subtle herbal, citrus, and lime. Malt dwells and speaks in the undertone with its sweet, biscuit, and caramel while hop wraps up again in the finish by clean, solid, and good lingering bitterness.

Full body with good crisp and some lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel, refreshing, finish is very pleasantly dry.

Great and a classic American IPA with very good hop profile that is very well balance with the solid malt bill.

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Photo of Benl7217
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooLucid
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A personal favorite and go-to. Wonderful color and head. An ideal level of carbonation and a pleasing mouth feel. Smooth and nuanced at the beginning with what I consider the most delightful bitter finish. If I'm in the mood for an IPA Torpedo always delivers. Not to mention it's notably cheaper than the next best "find it most anywhere" IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I recommend you try both, excellent foundation to develop a taste for IPAs, not to mention they both are ideal for a comfortable session.

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Photo of Glasscloud
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The nose is pretty basic (dry piney hop scent, tiny bit of floral citrus notes) but hey it's the taste that really counts. Taste is pretty much matches the nose to an T. Nice medium body mouthfeel. Sierra Nevada is the embodiement of "if it ain't broke don't fix it". This is probably my favourite ipa and one of my daily drinkers. Nice bitter IPA with a medium body. 7.2% abv, enough to be good after one or two. But not too high so it wouldn't be hard to drink a 6pack on a hot summer day. Also it's usually always on sale where I live (eastern NC) somewhere for $13 a case. All around a near perfect beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What I like about Sierra Nevada is that you can always expect a nice blend of hops with a strong malt bill. On the nose, this one is no different. Big malt scent along with melon and citrus when digging deeper into the nose. Scent translates to the flavor. Immediate malt flavor with some mild citrus and piney bitterness lasting through the finish. Well carbonated with zero alcohol heat. Pretty easy drinking with nice balance.

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

Photo of Aqualad
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ben1313
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wrigfen
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikey440
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dspader1
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go to for my location. Good smell, hoppy grassy taste, sweet finish.. good mouth feel.. overall very solid beer.

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Photo of BigTrent
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tjb14
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at an Albert Heijn somewhere around here.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 25 August 2017
IBU: 65

APPEARNCE: Pours a three finger, frothy, creamy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear tangerine orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head foams up and slowly fades to a full foamy cap and leaves foamy lacing on the glass. A foamy wisp remains leaving chunky lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Pale malts, some melon, plenty of grassy and hay-like character, and a touch of citrus aroma on the nose. Barnyard qualities in this one.

TASTE: Pale malts, some hay and melon notes up front. The barnyard qualities to this one are pretty evident. A medium but lingering finish of pale malts, grain, flavors of grass and hay, light notes of citrus fruits and some hop bitterness linger. This is closer to a bitter Belgian pale with some light funk.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Plenty creamy and frothy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch on the drier side. Some light bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A good beer but not my favorite take on an American IPA. This one’s got a good deal of grass and barnyard character to it, which reminds me very much of some of my favorite Belgian strong pale ales. This is not a hoppy, citrus forward example of the style, which is what I look forward to when picking up bottles marked “IPA.” Worth checking out if you like hoppier, more bitter Belgian style strong pales, but not if you’re up for an American hop bomb.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mf86
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fishboylarry
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Malicy501
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,911 ratings.
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