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 | website

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 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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Photo of StephenM
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is amber-orange, clear
Aroma piney, citrus,herbal
Taste is hop-forward, malt, sweet bread, finishes citrus- bitter
Mouthfeel is hop-oil with clean finsh

Overall very enjoyable, refreshing

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Photo of NavyVet1959
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly, I stumbled across a 12-pack this one at Wal-Mart one evening and decided to give it a try. I liked it well enough to order a 15.5 gal keg of it for my kegerator. It takes me about 6 months to finish a keg, so I guess it says something that I liked it well enough to drink it for the next 6 months. Shiner makes a Wicked Ram IPA and this is definitely better than it. A bit more expensive though, worth it.

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Photo of JDazzle95
4.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorite IPA's. Very hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. Has a nice hoppy aroma with very slight citrus notes to it. The taste is very hoppy, one of the hoppier beers I've tasted. Overall this a great beer for anybody who loves a nice hoppy beer.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured hazy copper with 1 in fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing. Scent was piney hops, though a bit reduced compared to the bold flavor. Flavor why heavy on the hops, primarily pine/bitter hops. Nice balanced malt flavor to round the beer out. Heavy carbonation pairs well with the high bitterness.

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Photo of rDeKoch
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is delicious but very distinct. It's noticeably bitter with an undeniable pine taste. It's awfully good, but perhaps a little to distinct for me to drink all the time. It tastes like someone figured out how to bottle Northern California. BTW, it keeps growing on me.

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Photo of portwood
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell: tobacco, malty, caramel, pine resin. Taste: bitter citrus, light carbonation, zesty. Finish: grapefruit rind, very dry, dominant bitterness. (bottled 01/06/16)

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big American IPA. Nice color, about Amber in color. White head. The smell, as expected is hops. The flavor again is exactly what you'd expect, NW style hops all the way. A little too heavy for me to drink all night, but a real quality IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Not a long lasting head, diminished quickly and left the beer looking a bit flat. Nice copper color, almost like a red ale. An earthy aroma is predominant with this beer. The same is with the flavor. The hops flavor is a mix of pine and spice. Rich malty sweetness is in the finish, along with some pine bitterness. A very unique and flavorful IPA overall.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper mixed in with some dark orange make out this liquid, excellent clarity in the product, solid 3/4" white head. Aroma was plenty of c hops, says there is citra I believe, but sparingly used.

Taste hits some bitter notes, Simcoe and Magnums, Cascade in everything SN. Plenty heavy hop usage and solid bitterness, malt bill is nothing to sneeze at either, they got plenty of earthy notes, melange of toffee and caramel, unsweetened all around.

Great price, great consistency, high turnover, almost always fresh.

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Photo of papaglide
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

L - Beautiful dark copper with a fluffy, diminishing finger width head.

S - little bready with some some slight citrus

T - some grapefruit at first, a little sweetness along with a touch more citrus followed by a touch more grapefruit. Dry finish.

F- crisp with a small chewiness to it

O - this beer is love in a can. Seriously, it really is.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great copper color with a finger of creamy head. Nose a bit floral with notes of caramel and malt. Taste is piney hop forward with floral notes along with orange peel, resin and sweet malts. Drying finish along with nice lacing in the glass. A very good IPA that's malty enough to balance the hoppyness so all can enjoy.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent example of west coast IPA.
Pours a light copper with copious off white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit.
Pine and orange/grapefruit pit predominate - bitter sweet with a fair amount of astringency and a palate cleansing finish. Soapy, medium bodied texture, hoppy bitter twang endures, but not unpleasant.

Great price point for this high quality IPA - and excellent representative of the style. Not my cup of tea, but I recognize its merits and would recommend to those seeking a pine predominant IPA

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

Everything you have read about this beer is absolutely true. It is amazingly delicious. Pleasantly dry and hoppy, a little smokey, floral, umami. It's like drinking a fine liquid cigar. There are many higher priced ipas that would fall to their knees and pay homage to this benchmark of what an IPA should be. Beautiful sticky liquid lacing my glass maintaining a nice head and lingers on the tongue like the best morning cup of coffee. Robust, toasty, rich, not too heavy. This is the best beer I have ever had. Very drinkable...I can drink all six without palate fatigue. I love this beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear copper in color with a finger of very light khaki head. Aroma is decidedly malty with a heavy emphasis on caramel malts. The taste has a solid and prominent hop bitterness, the caramel malts and again present and there isn't much in the way of hop flavor. Al the hop additions seem to have been very early in the boil. Decent mouthfeelwith a light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer but I don't feel it fits what I would call the exceptionally broad category of American IPA. Hops are definitely the focus here but it's in a buttering capacity rather the aromas and flavors the label would have you believe.

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Photo of apokatastasis
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass.

Appearance: Opaque dark copper colour with a fluffy head which recedes quickly. As you might expect from an American / Imperial IPA, with every sip it leaves an obstinate ring of foam on the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and pine resin along with malt sweetness. Pretty standard for an APA.

Taste: Upfront piney hops melding into bitterness and a sweet malt backbone. Slight taste of booze in the background. Again, fairly standard for the style, but still well-rounded and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a lingering bitter / piney aftertaste. Very dry. Exactly what I look for in a good APA.

Overall: there are APAs I enjoy more (Bell's Two-Hearted especially comes to mind), but this is not offensive at all, and in fact is rather enjoyable. Recommended for fans of big and bold IPAs.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich golden-brown in color with clingy, lacing white top that dissipates. Aroma is fresh citrus, some pine, and a bit of bready malt. Flavor follows much the same, though the malt backbone is overwhelmed through the course of 12oz, as the fairly bitter aftertaste builds and dominates. I really like this stuff for the first half of the glass, the the aftertaste wears on me.

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

Pours a very nice copper with a foamy off white head. Streaming bubbles of carbonation run throughout this beer.

Smells like a fresh mountain morning with pine and floral hops shining through. Seems to be some citrus smell far in the background.

Taste is very balanced for an "Extra IPA". The hops jump out front but are quickly backed by some very nice sweet malt characters.

Mouth feels fairly light but borders on medium in the back of the swallow. Very refreshing mouth feel in all.

I really have to say Sierra Nevada has a big winner on their hands with this one! A very tasty and refreshing balanced IPA with a whopping 7.2 ABV that does not show in the taste. Ver nice beer and worth a ride. Cheers!

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip. Not much head, which disappears very quick, and is pretty carbonated.

I'm usually not a fan of IPA's, and this one is extra IPA, but I really like it. Nice golden color, smells fresh and flowery, with plenty of bitterness. Very nice

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wouldn't consider myself a hop head although I do enjoy this style. Poured a beautiful deep orange/copper with a lot of carbonation. Juicy! Only word to describe it. A plethora of fruits juicy taste on my tastebuds. From tropical to citrus. Perfect mouthfeel for the style.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic example that still lives up to today's standards. Balanced. Piney. Perhaps the best bang for your buck. Just a well done IPA. Need I say more? Cheers!

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Photo of BeerRev22
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So solid old school. Orange as hell with some massive pinetree/grapefruit sort of biscuit thing going on.
Well made and so aggressively bitter from what I'm used to now.
SN can do no wrong, you know what you are gonna get, and it's remained true to the path since the first time ive had it

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Photo of Stout7
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seems to me the going rate for an "augmented" or double IPA these days is around $10-$12/six. I just found this at $10, which is great, but having regular SV right next to it made no sense to me. Put is this way: SV P/A is the SV Lite of this much better beer.

Someone below uses the term "white grapefruit flesh" and that is right on. Big bit bite of the grapefruit, nice malt wave, and pine on the finish.

I would venture to say if English bitter is not your taste, this beer may not be for you.

From what I can see, this should be SV's flagship beer. At $10, it's a steel; at $12, try Stone, Victory, or Double Bastard instead.

Paired with Szechuan chicken stir fry, very nice with hot peppers.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems I wasn't as impressed as most other reviewers. Pours a clear amber with a white head that's fluffy but short lived. Lots of lacing. Smell is very piney, with some citrus notes. Taste is unbalanced, in my opinion. Very bitter without any other flavors coming through besides pine and sheer bitterness, just kind of a one note beer. Feel is medium with moderate carbonation, somehow feels a lot more boozy than I would expect for 7.2% ABV. Finishes very dry, with lingering bitterness. I guess if you're a major hop head, it's worth checking out, but I found it hard to enjoy.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really don't want to antagonize the hop-heads, but this beer is really not a 92. It plays way too much to the market and should help them step out of their comfort zone and enjoy some more malt backbone.
But, no one (including me) should fault the success of this brewery... but their use of hops makes me shy.

Roger Probst selected Shiner Bock as among the "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die."

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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