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 DraconusDesanctus666
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle packaged 12/05/16,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Thick creamy off white / cream colored head with moderate retention and lacing,stands 2 fingers tall.Hazy amber color with moderate clarity,and light sediment.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get piney hops,and sweet malts,some spice notes and a bit of a floral aroma.Light citrus notes as the beer starts to warm.The overall nose on this beer isn't very big at all.

On the palate Get floral hops and sweet bread malts up front,with a heavy dose of bitter piney hops in the middle,and on the back end.Also getting some spice on the back end.Light citrus flavors.

The mouth feel is medium / light,with a chalky texture.Medium dry finish,yet still smooth.

This is a very nice IPA .One I would recommend if for some reason you haven't tried yet.Have drank this one many times in the past,and will continue to drink in the future.

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, poured a dark Amber color, clear with a one inch white head that Hung around flow a while and left some lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, malts and caramel. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of mango, pepper and herbal notes. Clean, smooth and crisp, finishes with mild to moderate bitterness and slightly dry. Very good beer at a great price point.

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Photo of ppvora
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Looks: Light brown, two fingers of head, takes a while to dissipate, some aeration.
Aroma: Hops, barley, malt, lavender.
Taste: Hops, malt, some bitterness, some barley in the background. Not a complex flavor but a solid IPA.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Overall: A good beer but not as exceptionally good as what the brothers rate it at.

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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 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 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 MargotDarko
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Single bottle from Meijer bottled just over a month ago. Poured in a tulip glass. Clearly fresh and clearly freshness makes a difference here. Worth checking the date.

So well balanced and flavorful. I love the feel of this one too. The ABV is dangerously well hidden. I wanted a second immediately after the first. Great ratio of bitter to sweet. So yummy.

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Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Golden orange with a solid two finger cream colored head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S -- Given the taste, the smell is remarkably mild with little more than a fruity and floral hoppiness shining through
T -- Not overly bitter, like many IPAs can be. Citric hops merge with notes of pine, vegetal, and coconut/vanilla
F -- Nice and full, mildly astringent finish

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from memory. Had last night, poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. I accidentally ordered this when I misread the Torpedo as being a Stout, but I was very impressed with this IPA's balance, particularly given my fear of hop-bombery with the "extra" label. I recall the head being very full and fluffy. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I think will stand out particularly as a food pairing.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected more out of this beer. I would rather have sierra's original pale ale although the torpedo does have a 7 abv vs 5.5, however when it comes to ipa Founders centennial or Bells two hearted wins me over. Still this a delicious beer if you have it. I prefer only getting it when it comes in variety packs but would never get it on its own unless you never tried it. Sierra has a black iPa that out does the torpedo as well does their hoppy lager. But I must say this beer is perfect for spring, summer, and fall months. It is delicious with its bitter hops but just doesn't excite me as others on the market. And yes it's best in a tulip glass and color is a golden orangish brown color. It also tastes good straight from the bottle.

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Photo of MikeViall
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bitter. Strong. Big hops. Low malt. About 70 IBU? This is my favorite beer, although keep in mind these IPA's are NOT marketed as diet beverages.

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

Other than Pliny the Elder, this is my favourite IPA. It looks nice and golden. The smell is a subtle fruit smell and a smooth fruit taste. Not too bitter and just enough carbonation to make it feel fantastic on the palette. Great beer!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: golden orange, mostly clear.
Look: Small white head. Aroma: pine hops
Taste: ash, wood, pine, veggie. Very sharp. Feel; nice carbonation, crisp Not bad. None of the 4 Sierra Nevada ipa’s were great, Nooner was the most pleasant, though least fitting as an ipa. This one is almost ok."


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Photo of jeffadow
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark, almost orange, gold in color, with a small bright white head that quickly dissipated. Frontloaded Piney taste, with a long, pleasing lightly malty finish. Indistinct citricity and a strong hoppy flavor throughout.

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Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A strong IPA weighing in at 7.2% ABV but with a drinkability of a Belgian wit Beer. Its bold and complex aroma is reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada mountains: pine, citrus, and a host of other herbal varieties which are insufflated up your sniffer so when you chug it down you are actually well prepared for the hoppy storm that's soon to come. I've found myself many times pouring a bottle into a large wine glass so I can really smell its aroma as I sip it down. For the more advanced beer drinkers, I recommend throwing a straw into the cup and shoving the top end up your right nostril while plugging the other with your finger. Let out all the air you can from your mouth until there is none left in your lungs then finally inhale as hard as you can through your nose for a glorious onslaught of taste, smell, and mind-numbing feelings. I've easily downed a full bottle in one breath this way and must say the buzz I get is unlike any other.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Style: American IPA

Look: Dark orange, reddish color. Hazy, with a 1 finger brown/white head. Good carbonation

Smell: Mild aroma for a beer called Torpedo Extra IPA with hints of hopy & pine aromas. Sweet malt characteristics

Taste: Less hoppy than you would expect.

Average beer

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

Poured out of a bottle. Forgot to check date before I brought it home and this was bottled almost four months ago.

L: Fairly clear copper color. Large white foamy head that laces the glass well.

S: Pine, some malt, maybe some citrus too.

T&F: Hop bitterness. Very smooth. A little grassy and citrus notes. Just a little malt to even things out.

O: Hops aren't overdone and very well balanced. I need to try one that is a little more fresh next time to see if the hoppy flavors will come out more. Still enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a transparent golden orange with a three finger, off white head that laces the glass exceptionally well.

Aroma: Surprisingly faint for a beer so insanely hopped. Notes of vanilla, grapefruit, pine sap and mild coconut.

Taste: Bitter upfront, but not overtly so, with notes of pine and grapefruit peel. An understated, soft, creamy pale malt flavor kicks in mid palate, contributing notes of freshly baked biscuits and sugar cookies... following that are more flavors of bitter orange pith and pineapple. Flavors of coconut, pistachio nuts, white chocolate and finally more bitter pine follow on the finish.

Feel: Moderately bitter throughout, but with a nice dry tropical fruit and vaguely sweet pale malt backbone to back it up. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting and actually quite pleasant after a while.

Overall: I thought this was going to be another overrated BA primadona, but Torpedo exceeded my expectations. It's overtly hoppy, but oddly drinkable and balanced. If you're not afraid of big beers, try this out - just make sure you're buying fresh bottles - as the taste of the hops will fade over time effectively destroying the flavor.

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Photo of DarkStar75
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Love it. Very rich flavor, a little darker and deeper than SN pale ale, not as piney. Excellent toasted malt and hops hit you good and so does the 7.2 abv. Strong flavor that some will love and others not so much. Powerful beer..smooth, rich, delicious. Give it a try if you've never .

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

Good beer. Nice copper color with visible carbonation. Mouth seems a bit on the malty side for my tastes, but a refreshing ipa overall. Smell is piney and dank. Finishes dry.

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

Poor placement in my distributorship, coupled with a mediocre Sierra Gose I tried made me reluctant to try this IPA. When my go to Stone wasn't in stock, and Founders IPA was also out of stock, I tried this. Wow. Great hoppy beer. Neck and neck with Stone for my go to beer.

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Photo of Tohibii
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good old Torpedo - brings a very strong bitter pine/resin IPA crispness. Doesn't offer a tremendous amount of nuance beyond that, but is satisfying through the whole swig and lasts on the palate well beyond the point that you finished it (you can still taste it after you finished it and that's both a good thing and not just the alcohol lingering).

Highly recommended to anyone who fancies a good bitter IPA and doesn't want to go hunting for exotic breweries.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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