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 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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Photo of jamesroses
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. Bottled on April 2nd 2016, drank on August 3rd 2016.

Appearance: pours beautiful amber with 3 finger head of small bubbles that stays there for a long time. Very good lacing.

Smell: took a sniff from the bottle and knew I was in for a treat. Great floral, piny and fruity aromas: cantaloupe, pear, red apple and a little peach come to mind. A little of a honey character too. Absolutely amazing. May be crazy, but reminded me of Westmalle Tripel.

Taste: piney and fruity as the smell with a strong malty backbone that makes it a solid beer. The hoppiness is really balanced, not agressive nor astringent.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, but you feel the hoppiness in the mouth for a long time. Not astringent but finishes dry.

Overall: my first IPA ever, and I think this is a great great beer. Very well balanced, the correct hoppiness and malts, great look, smell and taste. Today, it's in my top 3 together with Rochefort 10 and Westmalle Tripel.

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

Torpedo pours with beefy eggshell white foam that leaves decorative lacing nothing short of lovely. The body is a little clouded and its deep tawny amber colour is a shade or two darker than many IPAs. That said, it looks absolutely afire when held above eye level and has a complexion resembling a fully illuminated stain glass window.

Just when IPAs were starting to feel redundant, leave it to a widely available ten year veteran to rekindle my interest. This aroma had me fully captivated from the first sniff. There are many dimensions to this one, ranging from leafy and resinous to zestful and spicy to citrusy and just a touch tangy. It's fetching in a way only whole-cone hopped beers can be.

There's also a noticeable amount of toasty, buttery-sweet malt, a feature that also plays out on the palate. The pine and candied citrus are still there, but there's a reliable amount of nutty, caramelized grain they've got to compete with, especially in the finish. The two sets of flavours compliment each other splendidly.

The question must be asked: what makes Torpedo an "Extra" IPA? Admittedly, it has a lot less restraint than is typically for a Sierra Nevada beer but it still pales in intensity compared to other American IPAs. On the spectrum of "hop bomb" to "hop sparkler" this probably ranks as a "hop grenade". It's impactful but not maximum damage.

Sierra Nevada's branding is modest and elementary, but also consistent and charismatic - their recipes are much the same. Torpedo is probably their boldest regular offering yet still has the brewery's trademark approachability, balance and purity of flavour. It's these reasons I appreciate it even more now than when I first tried it 8 years ago.

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Photo of cha0scypher
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An explosion of flavor! Dark Amber color, citrusy hoppy scent and flavor, taste and mouthfeel are great but the finish is what I love best about this one. It sits on your tongue for a solid minute or two after swallowing. This is one you just sip and savor.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

HOPPINESS! If you like hops this is for you. Cannot drink this one fast nor should you. Great color and hoppy aroma. Nice color and great mouth feel, love the hops explosion.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 06/09/16.

A - Pours a nice clear, deep color with a thick, frothy bright white head that's very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - A hint of herbalness, and dominated by spicy pine aroma with a thick sweet caramel malt.

T - Follows the nose. Strong caramel malt backbone followed with citrus, and towards the end the palate gets hit with an assertive dose of piney resin bitterness that scrubs the sweetness away and then morphs into a lingering pine/bitter grapefruit bitterness (with a little bit of floral buried in the mix).

M - Thick and full bodied with a little bit of boozy effervescence permeating up to the sinuses.

O - It's been a long time since I've had this beer and can"t figure out why I never reviewed it before (probably because it's been so hard to find in my area anywhere close to fresh). I forgot how good and how solid this beer is and for the price point, it's hard to beat. Should be a staple IPA in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Nismo2
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, at 7,2% abv.
Style: American IPA

Look: Dark orange, reddish colour. Very hazy, with a 2 finger brown/white head. Good carbonation

Smell: Heavy aromas. Lots of hoppy & pine aromas, floral, with hints of citrus flavors. Also sweet malt characteristics

Taste: Well balanced, hoppy , bitter & spicy with malty sweetnes. Mild carbonation

That is an awesome beer, really. Strong aromas, very tasty. Never felt like a 7,2% abv. Extremely drinkable. A proper IPA. Cheers

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If I were judging this beer purely on value, it would be near 100. Always less than $15 for a 12 pack. However, I judge beers as compared to others in the style. That doesn't mean I don't think this is a great beer, just can't consider this to be on par with so many great IPA's out there. It is a great beer though and I will continue to buy this regularly because it's tough to beat the taste combined with the price and availability.

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Photo of Roadking1979
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a great beer for the price ($14/12pk. always). This is my lawnmowing and pool beer as it is consumed in fairly large quantities in the summer. Great balance and this beer rewards you for being loyal.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks golden-amber, like apple-juice. Has a frothy blonde head

Smells like dirt.

Taste something sweet, initially, with something spicy as well, something like coriander, but I cannot identify it. Seems to better in big swigs. Has an extremely bitter, grapefruit-seed after-taste that really digs in and entrenches itselfinto the palate. Fades to sweet linger. Getting better as I'm going.

Has a biting mouth-feel.

Good, but not nearly as good as what the BA score says. Worth a try, but I'm not having this again, not with the plethora of other, better IPAs out there. Don't believe all the hype. Probably, this would be VERY GOOD for someone who likes extremely bitter IPAs.

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

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Torpedo. 7.2% ABV. 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 5/27/16.

Look: Dark amber color, close to copper. Small half finger white head, which lapses into a ring.

Smell: Sweet floral hops. along with pine, resin, and citrus fruits.

Feel: Medium bodied, closer to the light side, with mild carbonation, Easy drinkablity.

Taste: Bitter hops balance citrus and tropical fruits perfectly along with sweet malts.

Overall: Perfectly balanced IPA; tons of bitter hops, malts, and fruit characteristics.

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Photo of Winzlow
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my "go to" beverages - especially at $14 a 12er when on sale (no - not old beer - today it is 3 weeks in the bottle) A great example of an American IIPA and yet another killer brew from SN.
No sense in me repeating what millions of other have said and I am not into "foo-foo" beer reviews so I will just leave it at that.
Although ABV is not reaIly a double IPA - I do like to have one of these about 45 minutes before bedtime :)

This is not wine (thankfully)
It is beer
It is good beer
You should drink good beer

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Photo of Riff
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle to a shaker glass. Pours a dark amber with a thick off-white foamy head about three fingers thick. Smells of pine and a bit of malt. Flavor is a little bit of malt, citrus that fades into pine. Solid hoppy bitterness throughout. Flavor does linger for a while afterwards. Body is medium with a little carbonation to it. Overall solid beer that is well worth trying and something enjoyable for those who are really into hops.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - 4.5 –
Pours almost an amber color with a giant off white head. Lots of lateral lacing.
Smell – 4.25-
Smells mildly hoppy (not getting any real citrus smell) with a more apparent malt background.
Taste – 4.25 –
Straight up dank hop bitterness. Lovin it. Almost a sour malt flavor.
Feel- 4 –
Medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth with a nice warm alcohol feel to it.
Overall- 4.25 – The extra hoppiness adds a great bitterness that isn't citrusy. Good smells and good feel. Would drink again.

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

L: Amber color with a big frothy white head that sits around
S: Pine and citrus but lots of pine
T: Pine juicy grapefruit and a hint of caramel
F: perfectly carbonated and ready to go
O: If you get fresh Torpedo it is a perfect beer

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear amber, sudsy yellowish white head is coarse and pillowy and retains as thick suds.

Smells of biscuit malt, honey, and fresh citrusy hops.

Taste is biscuit malt, maple, caramel, piney and floral hops, and a papery malt and woody hop finish.

Medium body with fluffy carbonation.

Solid IPA, good aroma, pretty pour. Flavor could stand to have a little more richness on the malty side. Bready notes are a little stale feeling. The hops balance fine. Not very fruity which is fine, but perhaps surprising for a west coast brewery. Drinks heavy. Overall solid and worth trying.

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Photo of DaveH99
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to beers. Mostly just drink straight from the bottle but when poured it has a deep amber color, thick head that leaves nice lacing on the glass , very appealing smell with citrus/fruit notes and tastes great in just about any setting. Might be strong for some but it is a great all around beer.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Classic glass presentation with cloudy amber-orange color and ample white capped top.

Smell: Hops and pine; A hint of something fruity; pineapple?

Taste: Although there's the slightest hint of malt upfront, overall this one's a
bit overly one-dimensional for my taste; Heavy citrus that builds on the palate.

Feel: well balanced.

Overall: Wanted to like this one, but for anyone who wants/needs a little malt/sweet
pushback in their single/double IPA's, this one comes up short. Can't recommend
SN's 2016 Big Foot Barleywine enough though, if you want a beer that offers sweet
and bitter in the same glass.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 5/27/16
Opened 6/5/16
Poured from a 12 oz bottle
Nice amber color with plenty of carbonation.
Leaves a creamy foam of 1/3 inch that lasts.
You get a smell of floral, pine, orange, apricot.. man this beer has some strong flavors.
Perfect taste. If you're an ipa guy you would love this one.
Just a perfect flavor that is so well balanced and crisp.

Look for the date on this beer. If you can get it within 10 days of the bottled date like I did you are in for a treat. When it is 4-8 weeks old you can tell the difference.

Great beer

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Photo of gee0001
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Would I buy it again: Yes! Great beer!
Head: Thick, off-white head filled with medium size bubbles and a crisp carbonated sound when poured. Good lace and thick pillowy head that lasts.
Look: Yellow-amber color is inviting.
Smell: Smells a bit earthy, citrusy, and malty.
Taste: Wonderful bitter taste (but not too much). Citrus and pine. Woodsy hops.
Mouth Feel: Smooth like melted caramel and thick on the palate. Great feeling beer that goes down smoothly. Such and easy drinker I missed my first bottle and had to have two (darn it!)

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World-class IPA--bitter, but not over-the-top, and with feet in both the "piney/resinous" and "citrus" schools of thought. The 7.2% ABV is a bit of an ass-kicker, but what do you expect from a beer called "Torpedo" and described as an "Extra IPA".

Amber colour, leaning almost reddish; Huge puffy head, great lacing. Lots of pine, herbs, dankness, citrus peel, fruit pith, biscuity malt. . . . Slobberingly good, and the taste delivers the same profile. Light-ish body, gentle alcohol warmth, medium carbonation.

What a beer. What a lovely all-around beer.

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

Look : Amber beauty.
Smell : Piney, citrus (grapefruit)
Taste : Piney, citrus (grapefruit), great lingering bitterness.
Feel : Soft but firm.
Overall : My favorite bottled so far.

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Photo of Squire123
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Looks hazy at first until you realize that's just the depth of the rich amber color. Like bottled late afternoon sunlight. Rich, small bead white cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Earthy, spicy hops, rich malt core, good interplay between the two.

Taste: Tasty hops announce the entry like a trumpet voluntary. Rich caramel malts follow with hops sailing above the solid malt structure. This is good stuff. Finish is is the reverse with hops away followed by rounded rich malt. It's 7.2 % ABV, you mean I can have only one? Aw, man.

Texture: As full as one could ask.

Overall: Someone is on their game here, the hop mixture used is beautifully balanced. The malt core is sufficient to counter the hops and the whole just works so well together. I thought the high hop level might be a bit off putting . . . I was wrong.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, murky deep orange. The white foamy head features tight bubbles, with strong retention. The glass is smothered in lacing after each sip. Minor notes of citrus, and pine hops. Smells rather quaint. Citrus and tropical hops make up an easy-going, but hoppy flavor profile. Mouth feel is border line DIPA territory, with plenty of body, and yet feels more like a thick, filling IPA. Overall, a fantastic brew that warrants any beer drinker's attention. Simplistic, and easy drink make this a beer for most any occasion.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,837 ratings.
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