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

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with an outstanding citrus hop nose. It's not overly done, but you can tell this is borderline DIPA territory. The taste is good. It has a tremendous hop bitterness that resinates in the finish. The malt character is good, although it's surprisingly thin. The mouthfeel is fine. Again, I was thinking it would be fuller, but a thinner, more drinkable hop bomb is certainly good with me. This is a tastey beer. Sierra Nevada is really coming out with some great new beers. They're bold and full flavored; very nice.

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

This is a very solid IPA. An amber, clear light amber pour and a good foaming head introduces the beer as above average. The aroma is a good balance of the three biggies, IMO: citrus/pine hops, earthy hops and sweet malt. Of course the malt is the least of the powers, but it balances well. Most of the beer is non-aggressive. That is, it doesn't overpower with loads of hops. It has just enough to throw the kilter towards bitter. Nice bite, but it won't distract you. Clean, crisp. Under the radar...like a torpedo? ha.

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Photo of rodney45
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the color of this beer, its more Irish red then amber. This beer is a very good example of what an Extra IPA should smell like. The Magnum hops are fantastically overwhelming upon even opening the 12 oz bottle, chilled, but not cold. I don't know why, but i was a bit underwhelmed by the beer itself. I was expecting a big bitter Extra IPA, and was kind of let down. By all means, this beer is extremely good, but... I wanted more. I love Sierra, and this was a good addition to their line of enjoyable, well balanced beers. The problem with this beer is that I was spoiled by the Anniversary and Celebration ales... Buy it!

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Photo of northaustin
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this brew is nothing too special. but its price reflects that feature. it should cost as much as any of the other sierra nevadas and tastes similar. for an "extra ipa" it doesnt taste very hoppy. the best part about sierra nevada torpedo is its high abv. which leaves you feeling good for the right price.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a typical pint glass.

Amber hues swirl around the glass topped by a fluffy white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing

Pine and citrus with a nice hop profile and a hint of sweet malt

Flavor is about the same as the smell well mixed. a bit rough around the edges but still pretty good. The ABV is well hidden on this one

Mouth is medium thickness and medium carbonation. the hops linger on the tongue for a while

Drink is pretty high for an everyday beer. The ABV might set it back, but it's soo... yummy =)

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 6 pack from Jax. I split the 6 pack with my friend. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small amount of tiny bubble off white head. The lacing coats the sides of the glass as it is consumed.

S: There is a grassy hop aroma with a bit of caramel malt aroma mixed in. There are a lot of beers in the style that have a lot more of an interesting aroma.

T: A very light flavor for the style in both malts and hops. A weak caramel malt flavor with not much in the way of hop flavor. What is there matches the nose and has a grass like flavor.

M: It has a medium thickness and the carbonation does not assist to make it more smooth.

D: This one does not go down as easy as many others in the style. I am a bit surprised that I do not care for this beer that much.

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

This is my favorite beer. I thought I should preface this review with that tidbit.

The floral notes are slightly piney. They are countered by happy sweetness. The hops they use for this beer are exceptional and flavorful. I still can't get over the flavor. The second I put this delightful beer to my nose, I swore I was in a hop field in bloom. The mouthfeel is immense. I was overwhelmed. I swished and swallowed and went back for more. One beer was never enough, and I was nearly addicted.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not typically a dan of IPAs but SN's all seems to have a very refreshing quality that makes them super easy to enjoy.. The smell and taste are (guess what?) totally hops. though not too citrusy in the aroma, the flavor is more citrusy. Both very floral.. its like a tree in a glass. Its got a very clean, refreshing aspect to the flavor and mouthfeel . Not too bitter.. Certainly an IPA thats not just for hop addicts. it does have over a 7% abv, but seems very easily drinkable, almost sessionable if it werent for the relatively-higher abv. Definitely awesome, check it out.

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Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful deep amber color, a bit darker than what I associate IPA's with but has gorgeous color. About an inch of creamy off white foat, sheets of lacing and head retention were really fantastic. Nose is of citrusy hops, a bit piney. There is actually a good deal of malt in the nose as well. Taste is the citrus hopes (grapefruit and orange, maybe a touch of lemon) and pine bursts at first. There is a strong malt backbone that gives a good deal of girth to this beer. Medium bodied, low carbonation, goes down smooth, abv is not detectable. I could sit with this beer for a while.

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Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2 12oz bottles into a Duvel snifter. Pours a crisp orange with a wonderful frothy eggshell head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops with some sweet malt present as well. The taste is a wonderful plethora of citrus and pine hops with a great malt backbone holding it up. The beer is crisp and smooth with mild alcohol presence and enough puckering hop bitterness to leave you craving the next sip. Considering how easy it is to find, it's $8.99 a sixer price-tag and just how tasty it is, this makes for a very drinkable beer!

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Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ice cream cone head that leaves plenty of lacing over a clear amber brew. Piney aroma of hops, sprits of citrus, some hop spice. Wet, a bit oily in the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Flavors of aggressive hops, light citrus, orange peel sour, mint, grass, lemon juice, fresh pine aftertaste. Alcohol rides shotgun of flavor but in full camo gear. Drinkable and enjoyable especially for the spring.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber color with a two fingers worth of head on it.
Smell: It isn't the most intense IPA, but I do get lemon peel, grapefruit rind, and some other citrus smells lightly balanced with a touch of toasted malt.
Taste: The flavor profile is very well balanced between the citrus flavors and a nice toasted malt base. I am also getting a slight touch of caramel in the malt that is welcomed on this offering. I was hoping for more bitterness and pine on the flavor profile, but they are only slightly apparent.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation leaves an almost prickly sensation in your mouth and it coats the mouth very well.
Drinkability: Great balance on this beer helps to be able to have multiple. I could easily see myself taking a sixer of these to BBQ's this summer.

I just personally think the malt profile outshines the hop profile on this beer, and this is more of a bigger pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of herbalist
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange color, almost a dark amber but more on the orange side of things. It has a foamy white head that disapates quickly but leaves a nice lace. It has a very appealing color to it certainly darker than most IPAs.

The aroma is light which is kind of surprising. Pine dominant with nice blend of citrus and freshness. It almost smells like fresh air. It is hoppy upon the initial smell but has a distinct malt background. The malt scent is almost honey like.

The taste is light and hoppy upon the initial sip but it lingers in your mouth after you have finished your sip. It is a nice blend of freshness and pines which is both very refreshing and tasty. It does not have an overwhelming taste to it but the blend of citrus and piney hops certainly wakes up your taste buds. The malt background comes out upon the finish and it makes each sip well balanced and enjoyable.

The drinkability of the beer is nice in that it is light and refreshing.. not too heavy at all. The carbonation is a bit much but it fits well with the hoppy character of the beer. It is not an outstanding IPA by any means but it is certainly good and worth trying. I'd def pick it up again and it is well worth the price.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange/amber color in the glass, with a HUGE foamy head that takes forever to dissipate. The lacing it leaves is pretty phenominal as well.

Smells like a pine forest with a bunch of citrus thrown in the mix. The taste is extremely deep and roots itself in your mouth for many seconds after swallowing. A very piney taste, much like the aroma, and also reminds me of grapefruit or other bitter fruits.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both high, as with many IPA's of this caliber.

Overall, one of the strongest Sierra Nevada releases.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish orange color with a 1 finger white head that lasts for a little while before dying down to a light ring and leaving a little bit of lacing.

Strong hop presence easily detected in the aroma. Very inviting with pronounced notes of pine and citrus.

Taste reveals lots of piney hops along with clear notes of citrus, mostly grapefruit but also some light hints of lemon and orange. Despite the strong hop presence, some malt can also be cleanly detected in the finish. A faint spiciness can be felt in the aftertaste.

Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Too high an ABV to be considered a session but I don't really care, I wouldn't mind drinking this stuff all day. Here I thought SNPA was a pretty solid offering but Torpedo takes it quite a few steps further. One of the most affordable quality beers out there too so this is something I will definitely come back to again and again.

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

Appearance: Clear amber with big soapy head, lace is everywhere.

Smell: A whole bunch of citrus hoppy goodness.

Taste: Very well balanced hoppy character. A bunch of grapefruit with a bitter bite, but it's not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, nothing out of ordinary here.

Drinkability: This is an excellent day in day out IPA, could throw back 5 of these no problem.

Notes: Too bad this is a seasonal production for SN, really enjoy this brew.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a burnt orange color with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Thick fluffy head on top leaving web patterns.

The nose is f'in glorious - big whiffs of hop bombs, grapefruit, pine cones and other citrus notes.

Wow, what an enjoyable IPA from Sierra Nevada. Big fan of the hop profile in this beer. Flavors of orange, lemon & lime combo with a resin-like element. Bitter and acidic, yet balanced with a nice malty biscuit punch.

A very solid offering from SN. A real-deal hoppy ipa from one brewery that has the style down. Check this beer out.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with possible batch labeling of "9 013 C18 12"

clear, coppery amber. lots of light tan head that very slowly fades to thin, wispy layer. great lacing.

aroma has citrus zest and rind, leaning towards the grapefruit side, with pine later on. light caramelized malt. hint of apple-like fruitiness. all this is a bit more faint and subdued than hoped however.

a decent interplay of malt caramel sweetness and citrusy, piney hop bitterness, then getting slightly more resiny. the bold bitterness gives way for a second to let that estery apple hint to come through again, but then it's back to more hops, all while not getting overly aggressive.

medium body, smooth at first, then some resins in the finish. solid, moderate carbonation.

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

Finally found someone in my town that stocks this. I was looking long and hard to find a sixer of Torpedo.

Appearance is a nice orange amber with a clean foamy white head with ample head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma's are dominated by strong pine and hop bitterness followed by a nice twang of fresh grapefruit.

One taste from this beer and it demanded my attention. Starts off with a good hop pop giving way to a good malty backbone to balance out this beast of an IPA. Finishes smooth with a nice bready aftertaste lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was on par with the style, nice medium body coating the mouth.

I must say that I was extremely impressed with this IPA. I would have to say that Torpedo fits the bill as a phenomenal session IPA.

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

Poured a beautifully clear, clean amber golden color, with a huge 3 finger, frothy, white head. Lacing was incredible on this one, totally covered from the top to the bottom of the glass when finished. smells of hops of coures, little grapefruit scent, as well as smelling the sweetness of malt. Taste is similar to the smell, sweet malt up front then some hop bitterness in the middle and finishing sweet and bitter again...4 stages....sweet, bitter, sweet then a lingering bitterness. but its not a real intense bitterness though.

Overall this is a really good brew. I actually expected the bitterness to be me WAY more intese, but it was just about perfect for my palate. i would rock this again!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice brass and goldend mixture. Minor bright, white head sheds a little bit of lace on the glass.
Aroma of pine resins and some citrusy grapefruit.
Flavor had soem solid malt, molasses hints and some brown sugar to start but then an unbalanced bitterness creeps in that doesn't really compliment the malt.
Slightly unbalanced I guess, not bad but doesn't quite work for some reason.
Mouthfeel is solid and grows on you as the beer warms, in fact I might try this at room temperature to add some impressions for this brew.
Drinkability is solid as you would expect from SN but a tad disappointing for me.

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Photo of bum732
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear burnt orange with a nice pillowy head leaving unbelievable lacing. Smells of predominantely grapefruit and pine, a little bready malt in the background, tad of cannabis. Tastes of sweet grapefruit and bitter orange up front followed by a nice pine and light malt profile. Finishes with moderate lemony bitterness leaving the mouth coated in hop resin. Moderately high carbonation gives a nice zing at the end.

Sierra Nevada does it again, a great sessionable IPA. I can't believe they didn't release something like this sooner. I'll definitely be hitting this up again. Highly recommend.

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Photo of mempath
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a healthy massive bright creamy head that settles very slowly, leaving beautiful foam veneers that will (if in a session), suggest true rorschach drinking games...as the 3+ finger foam settles, it leaves a really beautiful terrain of heady bluffs and wispy peaks. something complex and artful going on here. the liquid below is a deep, transparent amber-red.

wonderful aromas of hoppy-malty sweet pine resin, but it's subdued. this is my first bottle so i have a case to go through and will focus on this aspect. i thought i smelled something with heft as i pour it...and first sniff revealed something i really liked but can't describe (yet). i like that.

this bottle was almost 'cold' but i couldn't wait...and i will certainly try another (for sure my last one for the night!) in a bit..very silky, creamy, snappy...alot going on...someone mentioned this being the hoppiest beer ever...not sure about that...it's hoppy, sure, but there's some amazing exchanges and interplay going on that will truly take some well-timed sessioning...because, yes, this is a session beer. like the Pale Ale. on thing that keeps this (at THIS point) from a 5 is the slight sweetness i keep catching. much less sweet than the Hop Wallop i just had, but somehow, i still think Nugget Nectar does the best job of keeping the hops up front and the malty sweetness minimized but quite a part of the structural flavor profile. a blind taste test is in order.

for me, yes, an incredibly drinkable, big league session craft beer. i plan to do a head to head with this and the Pale. very impressive and, yes, the hype over this is for real. can't believe i got what looked to be the only case at Discount Liquors in Claymont, DE (down the road from Total Wine who still haven't gotten any Torpedo in) for a nce $26.99 a case. life is good.

so, yeah, i give it a low A+ for now...

edit remark #1: funny how some find it 'unbalanced' due to it being too bitter...i think it's a tad sweet. unbalanced? it's maybe too balanced. bottle #2 was better than the first, but it's still a lovely mystery. STILL like Nugget Nectar better...

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

Poured clear gold with a bubbly white head. Average lacing. Fresh, crisp grassy hop aroma with orange peel, tangerine, and the signature cedar/pine aroma of Sierra Nevada. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. Lovely taste. Lighter resin gives way to grapefruit and tangerine hop flavors. Done without becoming overwhelming or over-malted. There is only a bit of the caramel and biscuit flavor. A somewhat mineral-water bite as well. Very well balanced. I've got to say, this was one refreshing IPA. Well done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze/amber color, nice 1/2" creamy, rocky head.

Faint aroma,lightly hoppy, lemon peel, creamyorange and tangerine..and something I haven't put my finger on, quite yet....but none too bitter. More muted than I expected for an "extra IPA" though.

Taste: blast of hops, smack of bitterness, then fading back, ...sweet, caramel malt-y...a little chocolate meeting citrus hops...there's orange in my cocoa.
A bit maltier than I'd like, not sure if those particular malts were right with these particular hops.

Balance is great, but this is over-balanced. A bit too much sweet, and not enough bitter.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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