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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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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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Ratings: 11,062 |  Reviews: 2,952
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden brown body with a white thin head that has a yellowish hue to it. The carbonation is a fair amount of tiny strings of bubbles racing to the surface.

S- The smell of big juicy pine hops with a green hop finish has a faint toasted malt note with a light sweetness.

T- The big pine hop bite dominates the flavor for the first few sips. The grapefruit pungent hop flavor starts to show in the finish with big hop bitterness after a bit. Then as it warms there is a caramel malt flavor that has a sweetness the shows up after the hop flavor hangs on the palate for a bit. This beer is all about the big bitter hops with some hops flavor and the malt remains in the background.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight dry fizz in the finish that only boost the hops bitterness even more.

D- This beer has big hops that have some complexity to them. There is good sweet malt support in the background that comes through a bit more as it warms. I like big bitter beers and lots of hops but this is a bit to offensive.

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Photo of rayjay
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Way to go SN, sometimes you really just come out and go for it. Found this on tap at the brewery. (I was there on thursday in search of cask ale and found NONE!!!) Bartender called it a cross between an IPA and their Celebration Ale; I don't really care for their IPA, but the "C" word sealed the deal.

Deep amber body, like the C-Ale. Great head that makes those oily little "crop circles" on top, and I could see every sip I took from the 5 star lacing. Very appealing.

Similar body to the Pale Ale. SN beers really fill me up, a pint is like eating 4 bowls of oatmeal. The kind of body that you feel in your gut more than you really taste it. It would feel heavy next to a light pilsner, but then again it would feel light compared to a bock. Let's call it a medium body, but one that'll make you feel real full. A definate drawback to many SN beers because you want to drink more than you physically can fit in your belly.

The initial taste is a hop fruitcake, with some fresh-boiled wort. It tastes like the smell on brew day. Then it fades right away into a harsh bitterness, Very bitter, a unique bitterness. It's astringant, boarderline unpleasant. Good thing I like bitter so it's a tasty treat! A little more than one-dimention to the hops but not much, and there's nothing wrong with simple. Like I said, fortunately I love hops so this worked out for me.

The beer seemed delicate and I got the impression that it would not hold up well in transport. It tasted so nice and fresh from the brewery, though.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Map Room

Dark walnut body fading to mahogoney nearing the bottom. Big, huge head.

Dull sweet funk hops smell pleasantly like feet and flowers. Very intense but not with the fruity highs of most big IPAs. Not too complete, not very balanced, in spite of how nice it is.

Tastes with a soapy strong frunk hops that kick the shit out of you. No balance, but strong enough to keep you busy.

A good beer that I'm glad I got to try.

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

Happy to find this one on tap at Brooklyn's Spuytin Duyvil, It poured dark honey amber, quite clear, with a light tan head and leaving typical "good beer" lacing. The nose was found to be pleasantly hoppy. This a grainy, oily, hoppy AIPA, notes of maple, and pine sappy hops. A wonderful addition to the SN line, fine, hoppy, tasty and sessionable. I'd love to see this one more widely available some day.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Sierra Nevada Brewery.
Beautiful orange/amber color with a nice 1/2 finger head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is pine hops and sweet malt that finishes with a citrus tang.
Taste is initially sweet malt that immediately changes to the hops...a little piney resin, lemon peel and grapefruit.
Nice grapefruit drying aftertaste yet with a hint of sweetness left behind.
Not as intense as Celebration, but much more balanced (IMHO) than SN's IPA...no where near as harsh.
A wonderful session IPA.

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Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came to me a clear deep orange, with red tones through the center. A finger of creamy off-white head lingered long, coating the top lip with froth for a half glass. Frilly lacing decorated the inside of the glass.

The aroma was rich with sweet malt, bragging caramel and some berry fruit notes. The hops cast off drafts of grapefruit and pine, as well as a muted background of citrus, less punchy than the grapefruit.

Upon sipping, the toasted malt pushed forward first, with caramel and an earthbound sweetness. the hops, through, soon stole the show, with a busy procession of pine, grapefruit, mandarin orange, distant lemon, and floral tones. A mild yeastiness breaks through toward the end, but the finish is all hop bitterness, dry and crisp. It's well balanced, if a bit hop-favored, and very enjoyable, not at all unexpected considering the pedigree.

Medium bodied, the resinous hops lay like a little oil slick, and the malt is credible enough to give a sweet impression of itself.

I had expectations, thanks to Sierra Nevada's rep, and it did not disappoint. While it did give a lot of play to the hops, the malt was sweet and toasty, giving at least the illusion of balance, and no matter what the ABV actually is, it was a simple pleasure to drink. It's basic, blended, and hopefully bound for bottles, because this one I could enjoy anytime, anywhere. A good session IPA...and there are never enough of those.

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

I got a growler of this from the Drafting Room in Exton and had it with family at a cousins wedding. The beer poured a redish amber color into a tulip glass. The beer had a nice white head, considering it was from a growler, and had some good lacing down the glass. The nose was a punch of piney hops and citrus tones, a bit of grapefruit. Although the taste is led by the strong piney hops flavor, there is a good bit of lemon/grapefruit and a mild but subtantial malty backbone. Overall this is a solid beer of undetermined ABV but it is drinkable none the less.

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

Clear reddish orange colour topped by a full, dense, creamy, cream coloured head. Excellent retention and it produced thick rings of lace at each sip. Intense pine and grapefruit aromas with a bit of thin malt to back the hops up. Strong bitterness with a light malt component. Pine was more pronounced than grapefruit to start, but this switched in the finish with a little orange as well. Bitterness really lingered. Creamy texture with a medium body and slight chalky dryness. I enjoyed this quite a bit, especially the hop combination used for finishing. There was also just enough malt to keep things from getting out of hand, but not enough to mute the hop profile.

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

Had this on-tap at O'Brien's today. Served in a pint glass, nice deep copper with a small sticky white head. Some sticky lace left behind.

On the nose we have some very piney hops, citrus and fresh roasty malt. Nice hoppy aroma and not too sweet.

Taste is rich, roasted malt that quickly becomes consumed by the fresh piney hops. Nice malt backbone balanced to a hoppier finish. Just enough sweet, very citrus with pine sappy hops that will please many a hop-head. It tastes very similar to the "Arrogant Bastard", needless to say, I like it very much.

Pretty healthy body and a nice hoppy rich mouthfeel, refreshing clean finish with a pleasant hop lingering aftertaste. Good stuff, cheers!

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

Currently on draft at Fathead's and Smokin' Joe's on East Carson Street in da Burgh. Appears with a copper hued body nice cream head leaves thick even chunks of lacing. Aromatics detected include piney, citrus, and floral hop tones almost perfumey toned with a caramel bready malt base for balance yeast note was also present here. Tasted upfront bitterness, doughy caramel sweetness blended with the piney, flowery, citrus, and earthy hop varieties nice hopped up ale from our friends outta Chico, CA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild resinous stickiness from the hop oils glides across the palate rather nicely. Drinkability is choice here, quality West Coast hoppy IPA wish I would see this one more often.

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Photo of jbmorch
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seems like a beer to attract the crossover BudMillOors drinker that wants to be able to tell his friends that he is into microbrews.

Having said that, it is a well crafted beer. It tastes like a classic red (malty on the finish with a ruby hue in the glass) but has a great hoppy nose. When I took my first whiff I could see how the previous reviewer thought that this beer was wet hopped. But on taking a few sips the "green" flavor fades and it is pure malt with the ever-present mild hoppy smell.

I didn't get the "sticky" and "sweet" sense of this beer either, other than the aftertaste that lingers a lot longer than the crisp flavors of Alpine Pure Hoppiness or Russian River IPA. The maltiness adds a sweetness that may be describes as an purposely inefficient mash, but that's not the prominent flavor.

Overall, this is a beer that I would be happy to drink a pint of on any occasion but wouldn't drink two in a row.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05/11/06- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- From the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour...a touch cloudy. Slight creamy white head with fairly nice lace left behind.

Smell- Very nice grapefruit and pine...maybe more pine, hop scent. Mild toasted malt beneath.

Taste- Tastes like this one is wet hopped. A bit yeasty...kinda reminds me of the flavor of some of the Pyramid brews. Sticky pine resin hops make up most of the flavor. A bit sweet and chewy. Nice! Malt balances out pretty well.

Mouthfeel- As said up top...sticky, a tad sweet and a really nice low carbonation level. Coming close to a cask pour.

Drinkability- Nothing wrong here. Really nice flavor and texture. I was told it was an amped up version of the Celebration....not in my eyes, but it's still good.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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