Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
10,959
Reviews:
2,931
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
3,134
For Trade:
6
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Hornet2003
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard IPA, pale orange/copper. Nice fluffy head-retains decently.

Smell: Not quite the kick in the face I was expecting, but definitely strong hop aromas. Mostly pine needles and lemon zest. It's definitely nice, but not as strong as I was expecting.

Taste: Torpedo has a strong West Coast hop presence and is definitely living up to the West Coast stereotype. The malt gives a little bit of sweetness but the bitterness is definitely winning the battle here. There is a touch of alcohol too. Actual flavours: Pine, orange, grapefruit, lemon.

Mouthfeel: Softer than I expected. It's got low-moderate carbonation, which is actually ok with this ridiculously bitter beer. Any more carbonation and it would be a bit of a mess. Malty sweetness is there to maintain some balance in the mouth.

Overall: Good! Not great, but a definite winner as a daily drinker IPA. The alc/vol (why the frig don't we rate drinkability any more?!?) is kind of high even for an IPA, but I could see this being a great Sunday afternoon beer.

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

16oz tallboy poured into a mug.

A: Dark gold color with a huge rocky egg-shell colored head with good lacing...pretty clear and filtered.

S: Spicy orange and pine with a bready backbone. Hop profile is pungent and zesty.

T: Taste follows the nose with sweet orange and pungent pine needles, grapefruit pith...a bit herbal with some resinous and oily hop characters.

Small amounts of malt presence shine through, cutting the bitterness a bit and lending to the overall body of the beer.

MF: Bitter and creamy medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit oily.

O: Decent enough IPA in a great format. Signature SN stuff but still enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of pdotsoler
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into chilled cheapy pint glass
Appearance - Nice golden amber color with a tan foamy head
Smell - Mild scent, grapefruity hoppy a little sweetness
Taste - Grapefruit, smooth blending of citrusy-hoppy flavors. Lots of flavors but nothing too overbearing
Mouthfeel - medium weight, creamy, a little bubbly. very easy to drink
Overall - Grabbed a random six-pack after work and was pretty surprised at how delicious this was. Haven't had great luck with bottled beer lately but I will definitely buy this again sometime.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,959 ratings.
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