Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
11,027 Ratings
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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Ratings: 11,027 |  Reviews: 2,945
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- A burnt orange color with 1 finger of off white head that slowly dissipates leaving sticky multi layered lacing on the glass.

Smell- I get pine and grapefruit and the slightest touch of floral hops.

Taste- Like the nose, I get some piney hops with a big dose of earthy/herbal hops and the slightest citrus twang.

Mouthfeel- Nice crisp well carbonated mouthfeel making for an easy drinker.

Overall- I was hoping for a little more bitterness but the earthy/herbal flavors seem to dominate. Still all in all a decent beer, just not what I like.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Copper color/ brownish red.

S- Floral and piney hop. Very aromatic :)

T- Very well built American IPA. Strong bitter floral hop taste.

M- Fairly light and very smooth but defiantly a sipper

O- Very well built American IPA. Only wish it had some more citrus flavor it was a little piney.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick copper amber, 2 finger head that dissipates slowly and retains some lacing, minimal carb bubbles

S: floral hops, citrus, grapefruit- very bold IPA smell

T: strong bitter hop taste with hints of carmel and pine, semi-sweet that dries out with the hops. Very good bold IPA

M: good balance, more carbonation than it appears, hints of alcohol but for the high alcohol content it's rather drinkable. Still a better sipper

O: this is a great IPA with lots of character. Would love to see this on tap more (or ever). I'll definitely be getting this beer consistently.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden red copper color with bright clarity, a fluffy thick head that dissapates into a web of lacing, and an aroma of citrus fruit, herbal hop, buttered toast, cereal, cooked sugar. Taste was wonderful citrus flavors, not overly pungent, herbal and slightly minty undertones, biscuity malts, dark sweet sugars. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation that doesn't bite and coats the mouth nicely. Overall a tasty IPA that leans toward the citrusy and sweet side of the spectrum. Not quite heavy enough to be a double IPA, hence the "extra" moniker.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always respected Sierra Nevada Brewing beers but I must say even I was rather SHOCKED at THIS offering. That is because Sierra Nevada has always been recognised more as more of a mainline brewer than a micro-brewer and one just comes to expect potent "craft beer"perfections from short-run micros. NaDa! I have had several impressive offerings from this company BUT the Torpedo absolutely EXCELS as a season-round, readily available IPA. It has all the markings of a top shelf, microbrewery craft IPA: Strident sniff, malty mouthfeel and the longlasting romp through the meadows of a hop aftertaste! True to the IPA profile in all categories and style expectations. But what I found most amazing was the LONGLASTING hop kick aftertaste - it is POSITIVELY EQUATING to an amorous afterglow! I've found very expensive IPA and 2xIPA microbrews coming up quite short and soundly failing in this style profile. If you fail anything else in this style, you must AT LEAST have the AFTERGLOW...and this mass produced IPA has it in spades. Granted - I've found several microbrewed IPA's and 2x IPA's that defeat this offering - but NOT at this price and at this nationwide, season round supply! The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra-IPA pours a hazy gold, sniffs herbal and leaves you stretched out over a bed evergreen boughs...with an amorus smile.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,027 ratings
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