Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
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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: 11,015 |  Reviews: 2,941
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip. I’m sure the freshness is on here but it’s only been out for a couple of months and I don’t feel like looking up the Julian calendar. It’s fresh.

A: A near two-finger white head sits on top of a clear copper body. Bubbles are tight and head retention looks pretty good.

S: Tons of pine with some floral/grassy characteristics and a little bit of sweet malt.

T: Really similar to the nose. There is a lot of pine, some floral hops, grassy notes and a bit of sweetness from the malt. The finish features a little bit of the sweet malt.

M: Drinkability is medium. It’s not the MOST abrasive IPA that I’ve had but there is plenty here to slow you down a bit. Body is medium, texture is dry, carb is lively and the finish is sort of sweet yet astringent. Weird.

O: It’s taken me awhile to appreciate this beer. Pine-centric IPAs aren’t my favorite, but I have come to enjoy Torpedo quite a bit. I think the floral notes help separate this from other pine bombs available on the market.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy orange-brown with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Pine and citrus zest from the hops hit first, but there's definite malt undertones.
T: Similar to the SN Pale Ale, but everything amplified a bit- sharper hops, more malt, a bit floral. Very enjoyable.
M: Crisp, medium-bodied, easy to drink
O: A very nice beer, tasty and easy to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +8.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89.6% out of 100 with 11,015 ratings
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