Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,123 Ratings
Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.89/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazy and medium amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a dense, frothy, two-finger crop of sticky, off-white foam. Patchy blocks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The nose was much more tame than anticipated. Light pineapple notes. Slightly floral. A dry, yeastiness was apparent as well. Overall, pleasant yet far too subtle for the style. As the beer warmed, the yeast notes became stronger.

The flavor profile was tremendously dry, pithy and bitter. Tons of orange rind. Strong lemon notes. Peppery. Grapefruit peel dominated the back end. The super piney, resiny and dry finish bordered on astringent.

For a 7.2% ABV beer, the mouthfeel was disappointingly thin. The liquid contained a crisp, large bubbled effervescence that was quite distracting.

People typically have a strong affinity for or against Sierra Nevada's beers, and I happen to be in the later camp. Their signature yeast strain dries out their beers far too much for my liking.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear honey/amber! Nicely tinted thick and foamy head that leaves a really nice ring of lacing all over the glass.

S- Grapefruit, peaches, pineapple and pine sap! Has a really nice malt bill that shines thru as well.

T- The hops come in and wanna strip your tongue clean... but then this nice sweet, maltiness comes in and adds some caramel sweetness. Nice balance of orange, grapefruit, caramel malt, pineapple, pine and fresh cut grass.

M- Sweet and malty with a ton of tangy citrus! Grapefruit, orange zest and pineapple but with a nice dryness. Very well done!

O- Really nice interplay of sweet, dank pine, and citrus with a nice dry mouthfeel. This is a top notch IPA!

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Needed a hop fix and saw the Torpedo 24 ouncers at the local. Didn't realize I'd never reviewed it before.

A -- Pours a hazy golden-apricot color with a foamy, but dense, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Mildly piny, citric, and earthy hops with light biscuit malts eeking thru. There's even some mild DMS in the character that comes off as fresh.

T -- Very appetizing, piny-citric-earthy - even mildly herbal - hops in a nice blend up front. Some very mellow, but well-balancing biscuit malts in between, then finishes with a resiny, dryish bitterness that cleans up before it smashes your palate. Maybe the vaguest of alcohol pepperiness blending with the bitterness in the finish, but very deceiving.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and almost syrupy with some mild astringency from hops and alcohol. Body is medium to lightly-heavy.

O -- Overall, is it an IPA or an IIPA? Whatever the debate, it's a well-made, character-ful, hop-ful beer that is deceiving in its drinkability, but certainly not a session beer.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,123 ratings