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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
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4.15/5
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11,060 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,436
Reviews:
2,952
Ratings:
11,060
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
369
Gots:
3,221
Trade:
6
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,060 |  Reviews: 2,952
Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Xerxes845
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Parriscite
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ehmdubya
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tmcarter23
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy copper color with a dissipating head that left thick lacing.

S---Hoppy & grasslike. Plenty of pine & citrus also. A great nose.

T---Orangey with plenty, but not overpowering hops. A very balanced taste.

F---Creamier than most IPA's. No astringency from overhopping. More refreshing than most IPA's.

O---Excellent work. I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of Bobbca8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Label says: PCKGD 11/14/16. Which means that someone sold me this IPA with almost one year old. Terrible idea. Poured into a BrewDog stemmed glass.

A: The body recalls a west coast IPA, having that orange-y, coppery tone with a crisp tone, absolutely no haziness. The head is white to beige, has a 1 finger thickness and besides having an average to low retention, there's some good lacing.
S: The aroma is very creamy of citrus and also some belgian candy (very weird). Almost a bit biscuity. There's a minor hoppy aroma resembling some resin and if you concentrate, you can feel the alcohol.
T: The taste begins with a citrus of orange and tangerine and also some pineapple like flavour. It then extends to the weird super sweet flavour that, for me, tastes like belgian candi but it's totally impossible to have this on such style. In the end, a mild hoppiness with a bland character.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is great. Alcohol is in fact unnoticed. Bitterness is mild but being packaged almost one year ago, who wouldn't expect that?
O: It's a bad idea to have this without being fresh. However, there's a sense at how this beer can taste when it's fresh and I really want to try it again.

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Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaphaelSC
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of C28forlife
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manthon
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours with a creamy, off-white, one-finger head and a golden-amber body, very nice to look at.
S: immediate pine and fresh orange, very juicy (and though I don't imagine this was true when originally put out) and minimal/straightforward in presentation. The pine and orange dominate with a wet lemon bringing up the rear.
T: One sip of this and the defining traits of America's brewing resurgence in the late 70's becomes clear, hoppy beers yes, but more significantly, hoppy beers with a strong malt body to back them up. I also get some phenolic notes in the form of banana and a prominent, though not overwhelming bitterness (how far we've come, no?). The bitterness is clean, with a somewhat subtle astringent pinch that is very satisfying.
M: Full bodied and sticky, but with a nice carbonation.
O: It's no sierra nevada pale ale, but hell, what is? This is a very pleasant beer that still holds up after all this time (a feat in it's own right. A testament to the skill and dedication of Ken Grossman and Co. Ken, you'll never know how much we appreciate you for helping to usher in this new age. If you've forgotten about this beer (as I had) you've made a mistake. REVISIT.

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Photo of pro45
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is their Pale Ale on steroids. Pours a copper amber color with a spongy beige head. Smell is caramel malts, hops, some pine, toffee, rye bread. Taste follows the nose. The sweetness is there but not overpowering. Very flavorful with a crisp, dry finish. Slight bitterness at the end. Great price and readily available in my area. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Lance_Pearce
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sellen
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Benr96
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tubeman
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petrusek23
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
1.25/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of RodJBeerVentures
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EersandBeers
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of limonpepe
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It maintains a nice flavor profile of hops while asserting malt and esters throughout its course, without too much fizzyness. Well-fitting to the name, first sip is a punch. My taste is more inclined towards an emphasis on the pine and drinkability,so on that front I'd recommend their Cascade Single-hop over this.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,060 ratings
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