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.

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Photo of grayburn
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada is a brewery that is really starting to grow on me. The torpedo pours a nice golden color with heavy frothy head and some nice retention and lacing. Impressive.
The smell is like a rainbow of hops, with each getting a little time in the limelight. The taste follows suit directly so I shall just merge the two categories together. There is some pine, citrus, mint, flowers, all backed up with just enough malt. Excellent hop profile on this beer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and big at the same time like a good ipa. carbonation is strong, holding up to the alcohol and the hops at the same time.
Torpedo is pretty easy to drink, smooth and very well rounded.

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Photo of latercol
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a orangeish reddish color. Nice tight head. good lacing

I smell grapefruit mostly. Smells great could be a little more in your face though.

taste is crisp and citrusy and very thirst quenching too:)

Mouthfeel is smooth with some hop oils noticable on the finish

Drinkibility is high for an IPA. Overall a really good IPA and considering the price this is one I will get again:)

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a fluffy, light tan head that lingers for quite some time. Piney, floral hoppiness in the nose. Taste is oily, piney hops with a nice balance of malt to keep the hoppiness from being over the top. Medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. I didn't really feel that this was similar to Celebration, it has it's own unique character - I like it and welcome it as a new year round choice.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper body with a two-finger off-white head with amazing retention staying around the entire drink. Leaves a perfect sheet of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smells strongly of hops and pine with some small traces of caramel maltiness.

T: Very heavy on the hop side. Strong hops with hints of citrus and strong pine almost completely mask the small caramel flavor of the malts. Very dry bitter finish. The alcohol kicks in and out throughout the drink starting from the 3rd sip to the seems to be some weird affair of SN pale ales.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, decently carbonated and oily. The drinkability goes down a bit due to the lack of balance, but still very good. I'm sure that if SN put this in a bomber and released it once a year it's rating would make it on the top 100.

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Photo of turamarth
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: big fluffy white head, that leaves some big lacing. Has a nice dark amber color. Looks almost like honey.

Smell: There are a lot of subtitles in this drink. Nice piney notes, and some very nice citrus notes. There are also some nice sweet berry notes. Almost like white grapes. Very nice nose.

Taste: Taste is a bouquet of citrus. Lemon juice, orange zest, grapefruit. There is a very pleasant sweet undertone to this. Like the white grape in the nose it has the same bright sweetness in the taste. The malts are very subtle but, are very very nice.

Mouth: Medium bodied, a light/bright carbonation. Leaves the mouth just a little thick. Pretty good.

Drink: For being slightly higher in ABV, and moderately bitter, very drinkable. One of my top IPAs so far in my book.

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

Nose is highly hoppy - citric & resinous with floral notes. Smells quite good.

Pours a rich caramel color, fair clarity, nice lasting head. Looks good.

Crisp body with soft toasty malt and lots of hop. Excellent IPA. It's not over-the-top hoppy, but it's got a kick. The malt is just present enough to provide a solid ground without stealing the show. Tastes good.

Nicely done guys, thanks.

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

A new SN beer in the Texas area. I poured this into a wide chalice. It has a very nice bright copper color, with a modest head. The aroma is appropriately hoppy, but surprisingly not cascades like all of SN's other beers. It has a nice earthy, resinous scent. Very nice flavor, with loads of hops to the taste, like new-mown hay or turned earth... perfect springy hop flavor. The malt is crisp and biscuit-like, and provides a nice balance. Not too heavy-bodied, and eminently drinkable.

A nice addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup. When I first had SN PA, about 20 years ago, it was the hoppiest thing I had ever drunk. Today, though it seems rather bland. This IPA isn't as far out there as some others, but it's a darned good-drinking one.

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Photo of hero27
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear, light amber. Strong head of eggshell colored froth.
Aroma of slight grapefruit & some light crystal malt.
Surprisingly strong malt presence..with heavy tones of caramel & burnt malt in each sip. Good citrus flavor, with plenty of orange & lemon zest mixed with the herbal hoppiness.
The flavor profile is almost middle-ground between Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale & their Celebration Ale.
Overall, an enjoyable IPA from the boys in Chico, California.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic. Had this on-tap May 30, 2008 at Bukowski's in Boston (Cambridge). This review contrasts previous review.

Crystal clear amber hue with a think and extremely dense one finger head. The head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a strong wall of lacing. Webby rings of lacing coat the glass.

The hop aroma, as I recall from my on-tap review, are very light, and somewhat surprisingly light now that I've heard more about the beer. Toasty malts with some leafy and slightly spicy hops.

The beer from the bottle seems to carry more hop flavor than it did on-tap, but not much more. The torpedo process really captures the hop flavor to keep it inline with the amount of bitterness. You can almost feel the hop oils.

A very drinkable hoppy beer. The on-tap version seemed to be slightly lighter, more like your average AIPA. This one definitely is loaded with the grapefruit citrus flavors. Highly recommended, in bottle, or on-tap.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clarity that is consistent with the Sierra Nevada line. Deep amber color with a caramel-frosting colored head - think carrot cake in color. Big fluffy head made a big bubblers. Significant lacing.

S - Like sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Big, bright, pure hop smell. Wonderfully floral and bitter. Perfect is a word that comes to mind. Just what I'm looking for when I reach for an American IPA.

T - Wonderfully balanced while still packing a punch. Big hop flavor - banana, grapefruit, flowers are all present. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness that is very pleasant - none of that puckerface action sometimes associated with an IPA. A paramount example of the style.

MF/D - Very drinkable, especially conisdering the alcohol content. Delightfully interesting mouthfeel.

I can't reccomend this beer enough. Another great offering from SN that will please any fan of the style. Try this out immediately!

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a little bit of a head.

Smell is grassy. Piney hops dominate with just a bit of citrus in there as well.

Taste is more of the same. Piney hops. Sweet with just enough bite.

Overall, this is of course a tasty beer, because it is the pale ale with more hops.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but that's just me. Overall, it's a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally for just over $9 a sixpack including tax.

This pours a very bright clear gold colour with about an inch of foam.

The smell is very hoppy with pine and citrus being well represented. Heck, I even get a decent caramel malt presence after more sniffing. I'm hoping that the malt is more assertive in the taste than the smell as I'm just in the mod for a balanced IPA.

The taste has big hop flavours up front with lots of citrus and grass, pine as well though more noticeable to me in the smell, and...yep...sandwiched in between I can defintely taste a good malt backbone that culminates about mid palate and just before the finish. The finish itself is hop dominated but there's still a smidgeon of malt there and it cuts into the bitterness nicely.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is also medium but just saying that doesn't put it in proper perspective. Let me just say for the category, it's excellent.

Drinkability? Very tasty, unintrusive alcohol, nice mouthfeel, easy drinking...I think this is a terrific IPA that begged over and over for another sip. Sierra Nevada hit another home run with this one!

Edit: I found that the local Albertson's carries it for $7.86 a sixer....what a fantastic bargain!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Appearence is a hazy amber with a thick white heading Lacing is decent leaves some legs behind.

Smell is ridiculous. One of the finest aroma's you can find in a beer. Citrus , piney , malty , bready , grassy, anything and everything is thrown into this.

Taste is a bit of an overkill for me.Heavy caramel malts and a very earthy tasting beer. An awesome sting of citrus hops in the end.

Mouthfeel very wet not heavily carbonated but definitely there. I can't believe I will say this but seems like it has perfect balance.

Drinkability is very high at 7.2% Can't really see myself drinking more than a few.

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Photo of kmeves
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a smallish head and no lacing. The aroma is medium sweet with citrus, pine, grassy and sweet grainy malt. The flavor is heavy piney fruity bitterness and caramel sweet malt. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. The finish is dry and more bitter than initially. I had high hopes for this one based on what I had read but it doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of cnally
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden reddish color on the beer. great lacing from the leftover head.

big malt. big hop. sweet and sugary scents.

the hops dominate the flavor. huge hop head on the flavor. deep malt flavor on the aftertaste.

dry feel, choking but delicious.

easy to love, dry to drink. I think it is a great example of the style.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy flour and sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft citrus. Moderate bitter flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration.

Very good brew.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber color with two fingers of head which recedes fairly quickly to a soapy surface film with clingy lace. The first thing that hit me on the aroma was the scent of grapefruit, the overall aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. The flavor of course is big hops mirroring the aroma, with a nice bite of bitterness. I personally found the mouthfeel a little on the dry/bitter side, but not in a terrible way. Not quite a session brew like their classic pale ale, but you could def have a few in a sitting. Great to see Sierra Nevada coming through with a bigger brew like this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/20/2009. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a 2 inch frothy off-white head after a vigorous pour. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops. Obviously, it tastes hoppy. The taste is the same as the aroma, pine and citrusy hops. It's a good, hoppy brew with a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation with a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. It's a good overall brew, I'd buy this again for sure.

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Photo of gatornation
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a copper/orange color with a3/4 inch head that settles quickly then great lacing to the finish ..very nice..then the smell wow! pine right away then citrus and herb smells some tropical fruit and you smell the hops i know this might be good.. then the taste its outstanding. crisp pine notes floral accents and bittersweet hops with a little malt finish mmmm this is a good IPA..the mouthfeel is everything you would expect from an IPA.. also very easy to drink at 7.2 abv..this is an outstanding IPA i highly recommend it if you like crisp hop forward floral IPAS

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Photo of erikm25
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent gold and sharp copper with burnt reddish hues. This one is pure crispness as it sits in the glass. No haze at all through the body. The head, like every SN I have tried, is a pillowing mass of fluffy bubbles. Retention is very strong and long lasting all the way to the grave. Sprial lacing around the glass like a tornado of bubbles and froth.

S: Aromas are strong with both citrus tang and peppery pine freshness. Hints of lemon, melon, and grassy herbs. A faint floral undertone. The hops smell vibrates from out of the glass. While not overwhelming it is an aroma that should be expected with some subtle apple undertones. .

T: This is straight hops zest with every taste. A great combination of grapefruit and pine needles. The bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Very minimal pale and caramel malt balance that kicks in towards the end. Seems to lean more to the citrus hops. Crisp and refreshing with a long and dry finish. At over 7% this is a rewarding and fun beer to throw back.

M: Very sticky and resined despite having a relatively light body.

D: An absolute deal for the price. I need to try this in conjunction with the Celebration Ale to see which one I like more. It isn't quite a double but it is much more than your typical IPA. It delivers on the hops front. If bittering hops, with little balance, is your thing than this is recommended. Soundtracks for this one included Artillery and Clutch.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased from Harris Teeter in Cary, NC.

A - Golden color with good clarity and large off white head. Nice spider web like lacing.

S - Strong citrusy and floral hop aromas with some toasted malt and a touch of yeast coming through.

T - More balanced than I expected from a west coast IPA. There's a nice citrusy bitterness that you'd expect from a Sierra Nevada IPA. But it's joined by a nice toasted malt foundation with some almond and biscuit.

M - Good body and moderate carbonation.

D - This beer has a lot going for it; especially appearance, flavor and availability. I love the way Sierra Nevada embraces the business side of brewing (volume, distribution, etc.) without losing touch with the beer itself.

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

Prominent citrusy American Hop Aroma (from Magnum, Crystal and Citra dry hopping) bit resinous. Clean malty sweetness in background. Clean neutral fermentation character with some low alcohol (7.2 abv) with warming. Low/no esters no diacetyl

Appearance is light reddish copper or Deep golden amber with orange-ish tint. Clear (no expected haze from dry hopping with whole cone hops) Ivory well formed head is persistent with fine beaded creamy cap, ring and lace.

Strong hop flavor with piny citrussy and perhaps lightly herbal note. High hop bitterness (70 IBUs) with additional supporting bready malt backbone. Balance is well toward hops. Very low lovibond Crystal malt gives little/ no caramel flavor but a light toasty malt flavor. No Diacetyl. Hints of tropical fruitiness nearly overwhelmed by dominate hop flavors from Crystal and magnum finishing hops. Long lingering bitterness that noes not become harsh. Medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is of medium body with a medium high carbonation. Light bite from carbonic acids and higher IBUs tingles tongue. Smooth alcoholic warming. Never astringent. Round smoothness in mouthfeel - Dextrins from CaraPils specialty malt.

Outstanding drinkability even with its top of the range American IPA characteristics. Don't just expect a bumped up version of SN's Pale Ale this borders on a well balanced lower alcohol intrepretation of an Imperial IPA

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Photo of hwwty4
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconisaveggie for giving me this.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a deep amber red that shows some tangerine hues when held up to the light. The head was a bit small for a normal IPA but it did leave some very sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is, well, hoppy. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, handfuls of fresh pine needles, a bit of grapefruit and some lemon zest thrown in, to add a bit of bitterness. The flavor isn't as hoppy as the aroma. The pine is more prevalent, with the lemony citrus playing second fiddle. There is also just a bit of biscuits. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but it really doesn't affect the quality of the beer. I'm glad to see Sierra Nevada pushing the boundaries and I hope they really continue doing it.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/6/09 Pint glass from 12 oz bottle

Clear light copper color and fresh appearance. One finger of head and some lacing.

Smell is faint, some hops and a little malt.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, similar to the pale ale with more complexity. Medium mouthfeel, very well balanced.

Drinkability is excellent. This is my new favorite IPA, and quite possbily the easiest drinking 7% ABV beer I've had.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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