Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,122 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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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A transparent amber in color with about two fingers of off white head and nice lacing retention.

S- Nice citrus notes with a bit of pine and nice mixture of malts, great nose on this one.

T- Well balanced taste, a bit more over powering than the nose. The booze is not so present but great mixture of pine and citrus, and malty.

M- Medium bodied with mid carbonation, sticky.

O- A great tasting brew from Sierra Nevada, enjoyed it very much, refreshing and well balanced brew.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of calicaliente
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy two-fingered beige head. Aroma of piney, floral and citrus hops, along with some fruity notes. The taste is pine and citrus hops, caramel malts, and bread. The hoppy bitterness nicely lingers through the finish. Medium bodied.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A cryptic batch code is printed on the label but no freshness date is provided.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is light copper and is a touch hazy. Two fingers of beautiful, thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated very slowly, leaving trails of foam along the sides as it dissolved; it eventually left an even foam cover across the surface.

Smell: The definition of “balanced.” Caramel, toffee, and toasted malts tinged with grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. There may also be a little pine in there (it is an IPA, after all) but it does not stand out as much as the citrus.

Taste: The smooth caramel and toffee malt foundation is just as strong but is less noticeable because the hop flavors shine, providing an even zest and astringency that is a perfect blend of grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. As the beer warms the malt foundation becomes more pronounced and creates an excellent balance with the hops.

Drinkability: Whoa. This is very well crafted and I should have never expected anything else from Sierra Nevada.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16 ounce tallboy of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery amber hue with a sudsy one finger white head that fades to leave a nice blanket and good side lacing.

S - Smell is of dank, wet hop leaves. Slightly herbal with light malt sweetness. Very earthy, almost like soil.

T - Taste of very piney. Pine needles though. Not very oily, but like I'm chewing on some pine needles. Especially in the aftertaste. I like a good piney beer, but, this...I dont know. There is a slight mineral/soil note to this, along with pine needles. I like that thick piney resin quality...not herbal. Just not my thing.

M - Mouthfeel is really good. Super drinkable, the ABV hidden nicely. Little sweet but with a bitter finish. Very drinkable.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, just not my favorite type of an IPA. Its good, and its drinkable, but I personally feel there are better offerings from Sierra Nevada.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized can care of Kegatron, thanks again Heath! Poured into a standard pint glass this brew appears a perfectly clear, polished color of copper. Sitting atop is more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap maintains with solid retention that slowly fades leaving a webbing of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh and herbal with hoppy notes of pine and resins. There is a bit of mineral character running through the nose coupled with a bit of alcohol sting. Across the back this brew is a bit cheesy with notes of sulfur and yeast. As it warms up, it gets a little vegetative with more of a focus on the leafy aspects of the hops. Not a bad thing, but overall not my favorite aroma that hops impart.

The taste is surprisingly toasty with plenty of malt backbone. A bit of toffee-like sweetness sits on the tongue before the resinous bite of hops comes into play with a flavor of herbs and pine. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of mineral component that blends into some sulfur/yeast/cheesy notes that while not bad is a bit distracting. As it warms up, the focus shifts to a flavor that is vegetative just like the aroma indicated but is accented by a slight spicy touch that keeps things interesting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For slightly more than 7% abv, the alcohol is really felt here with a warmth down the throat but it works to blend into the rest of the character. I am a fan of sierra nevada and most of their offerings but for some reason I just wasn't feeling this brew tonight. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to give this a try Heath, perhaps I need to give this one another go sometime.

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

The beers color is sort of orange/ tan straw like color, with a creamy head on top. It looks really nice.

It smells of half pine needles and citrus and caramel malts. Kind of reminds me of the complexity of their Pale Ale. It's not so one dimensional as other IPA's or DIPA's are.

One the taste, there is a nice piney hop presence followed by a smooth and strong malt backbone, but not so much that it pushes into East Coast IPA territory. Very sessionable. Get a 12 pack!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,122 ratings