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:
10,960
Reviews:
2,931
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
3,134
For Trade:
6
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass (via can!)

A: Pours a golden copper color with high clarity and vibrance. The head is a three finger offwhite color with solid retention/lacing.

S: Not quite as citrus-y as I would have liked, but the smell of floral hops and underlying caramel malt works just fine for what this is trying to accomplish.

T: Much like the nose, the initial hop flavor is very floral, with subtle undercurrents of pine and citric notes, as well. After the dryness hits the palate, the citric quality is cranked up a notch (always a good thing!) The malty backbone pops up in the midtaste like it should in an IPA. After a while, very slight traces of alcohol appear, giving a faint fruitiness. Nothing groundbreaking, but V-E-R-Y drinkable with a great taste.

M: The hop profile leaves moderate bitterness on the palate, and while the finish is dry and slightly resinous, it encourages drinkability without ruining the palate. Body is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation.

O: One of the better IPAs I've had - and it's so readily available and well priced. In fact, I think I may have found a new go-to IPA (just for that, it gets a 5 here).

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark golden amber with a 1 finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head remains as a rim around the edge.

S: Nose of earthy hop with a citrus grapefruit background. There is definitely a balance of a sweet roasted malt as well.

T: Earthy whole cone hops really compliment the malt in this IPA. Certainly has the hop forward presence you would expect from an IPA but it doesnt leave you with a bitter face. Leaves a pleasant after taste in you mouth that keeps you sipping.

M: Medium bodied, not too syrupy or sticky. Pretty drinkable for 7.2%.

Overall exactly what I would want the India version of one of the best pale ale's to be. Balanced, drinkable and well priced.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with copious amounts of sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Rich bready notes, grassy & piney notes

T: Grassyness, piney & bready notes as well along with a touch of grapefruit up front. Pineyness, grapefruit & a little caramel as this warms, plus lemongrass notes. Finishes grassy, grapefruitty & piney with juicy notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation balance

A solid AIPA that will be in my summer activities canned beer rotation. Not as tasty as say Dale's PA, but one I could never say no to

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Photo of Njstoutlover23
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of fluidmotion
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Adamdc
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into nonic. Didn't check date but it's def fresh.

A: great looking amber pour with one inch of thick white foam--purdy!

S: disappointing! Maybe I need to get my nose checked but I'm not getting much here. Picking up the slightest amount of pine.

T: again disappointing! It seems like the hops are providing plenty of bitterness but the flavor is strong pine with a sort of medicinal finish. I'm getting absolutely nothing floral or citrusy.

M: pretty good. Nice thickness for an IPA/DIPA!

O: I remember enjoying last years version but this year it's a bit of a letdown. Better aroma and a little citrus in the taste would bring this around nicely.

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Photo of mrsimm
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of makasi
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of SaneMan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of clb
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of belguinyeast
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of countchunkula
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of jbertsch
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the can into my mouth.

A: This is purely based on memory, as I drank this straight from the can. It's really a typical looking IPA, with an off white, creamy head that sticks around for quite sometime.

S: Pungent, aromatic, piney hops coupled with biscuity malt and bread. Tropical fruits are present, but the pine dominates as far as hop profile goes. It's really an exception smelling beer.

T: For me, this is probably one of the best "single IPAs" out there, and out of the can, it's simply that much better. This beer is really, really bitter, but manages to be exceptionally balanced. Pungent hops, and sweet malts work in tandem to provide just the right flavor profiles. I wouldn't say it's underrated, but I also wouldn't say it gets the recognition it deserves. If you haven't had it, I suggest you pick up a four pack sooner rather than later. I believe Torpedo can stand toe to toe with any similar single IPA on the market.

M: Medium bodied, with a strong amount of carbonation. The hops leave a "coating effect" on the palate. This one stays with you long after the swallow. Very crisp, and clean. No complaints about this beer whatsoever.

O: This was already one of my go-to beers, and now that it's being canned, I can see myself always having this on hand. Camping, and the golf-course just aren't going to be the same. Props to Sierra Nevada for canning this exceptional beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BenHesk12
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful glowing orange copper with a small light bodied head. Taste is quite bitter, but well balanced by the malt, with little to no detectable fruitiness to it. There's definitely something unique here, the "Torpedo" method of dry hopping pushes the limits with bitterness and hop flavor, and is complimented nicely by the full body, big-bubble, mouth feel of the brew. It's one of the best beers you can buy at the supermarket and I doubt anyone will be disappointed if a six pack of this dark green bottle shows up in their fridge.

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Photo of LSUBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,960 ratings.
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