Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,178 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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Ratings: 11,178 |  Reviews: 2,981
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TWStandley
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/orange color with a fairly solid white head that has decent retention.

Smells of bitter hops, grapefruit, pine, and resin. Fairly potent smell.

Taste follows smell. Very bitter hops that lighten up in the middle then punish you at the end. Very hoppy for a non DIPA. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - nothing notable, pretty spot on for style.

Overall - a great go to beer. Very consistent, and I find that it lasts a bit longer than some other IPAs (flavor wise). Definetely a solid brew that I like to keep on hand!

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 2/27/12

A: Pours a nice clear amber color with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Hoppy with some slight malty notes. Pine and citrus for the hops as well as a slight peppery alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the hops and goes into the malts followed by a slightly salty note and alcohol plus more hops. Finishes slightly bitter but very well rounded off

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and resiny from the hop oils

O: Definitely one of the best every-day value IPAs out there, hands down. This is slightly better out of the can, but that also might have to do with it being a couple weeks fresher than out of the freshest bottle I've had. In the long run, this will probably hold up better in cans because of the light issue, but that is yet to be determined because of the new addition of the cans. Either way, enjoy!

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can (finally)...

Pour - dark auburn in appreance with some orange and reddish hues and big, frothy white head that sticks inside the glass like crazy glue. Absolutely fantastic looking beer coming out of the can and certainly flatters our plain can-shaped glass.

Aroma - spicy and floral with some sweet citrusy notes along with some raw sugar and burnt caramel aromas. Plenty of pine and tropical fruits as well. Quite aromatic and certainly appealing enough to make you want to stick your face to the glass and take a big sip.

Taste - malty sweetness hits the tongue first before the wave of bitter hoppiness, citrus and fruits like mango and pineapple assualt the palate. Smooth and balanced with a lasting tropical fruit flavor on the tongue and a friendly amount of bitterness. Sierra definitely did the right thing when they kept Torpedo and got rid of the other IPA they were brewing for awhile. This is a great beer.

Overall - Torpedo may be heavy on hops but it won't sink your palate like some of the double IPAs out there. With 65 IBUs and a solid malty backbone this is a balanced IPA with some serious drinkability installed. Pint cans are being sold in four-packs which is just about perfect.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am so happy to see this in cans. Golf season just got even better, so thank you Sierra Nevada. I poured this into a nice tulip style pint glass. Served slightly chilled.

A) This is a nice looking light amber, with two full fingers of head. Nice retention, and ample sticky lacing.

S) I've had this out of the bottle on a number of occasions, and I recall the aroma being a bit more pronounced. This was just light pine and a little citrus, mild malt sweetness.

T) The flavor was much more bold than the aroma, and well balanced. Piney and full of zesty citrus taste, malty sweetness evens it out just enough. Rind on the backend, with a slightly bitter and tingly aftertaste. No alcohol detected.

M) This is a nice smooth medium bodied brew, with just the right amount of carbonation creating a crispness and refreshing quality, making it a pleasure to drink.

O) I am fairly certain I can fit four of these 16 oz cans in my golf bag with ice. Frick'n sweet...

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PJKSR02
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a mass-produced beer? This is what Bud should be!

In this IPA, you totally experience hops, both in taste, which is piney and citrus, and in mouth-feel, which suggests dry-hopping. If you're in New England, the closest comparison to this IPA is Smusttynose Finestkind IPA, and I'm thinking Torpedo is tough to beat.

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Photo of voidrunner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nrombes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of matt1983
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Amber, not too bubbly on the body but the off-white head comes at least 2 fingers length off the body.

Smell: Light floral, feel of pine.

Taste: What can I say, full of flavor...extremely tasty. It is bitter but then again it comes off slightly creamy. I am not sure if it's because it's canned versus bottled I've heard mixed feelings about both). Regardless drink it!

Mouth: Exceptionally smooth to the point that you will definitely not hate.

Overall: If you been looking for an everyday IPA, this is it. Full body, taste, texture and I honestly couldn't get enough had to drink another. Enjoy and drink with pride, Salud!

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Photo of brewzip
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Jamstone714
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Trumbullout
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Crundy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy, honey orange color, off white head, very little lacing

S: pleasant hop bitterness, citrus and pine aromas, a subtle caramel malt

T: Very nice melding of flavors, prominent pine and citrus hop flavor combined nicely with caramel malt. Its very straight-forward but it does everything really well.

M: dry but also very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied and very well balanced. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but it is offset nicely by the sweetness.

O: Very good beer, it appears quite simplistic but it does everything very well. This is a great example of an IPA for me. Not too bitter but just the right amount of sweetness.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Winslow
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RyanCoonan
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of poppyjohn
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of h00kwurm
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened: 03-12-2012
Bottled: Unknown (single bottle purchased)

S: smell bland light hops aroma

A: color goldenrod clear thick retaining head

T: a heavy hops flavor blankets the middle of the tongue as the lovely brew goes down smoothly. The clarity of the flavor is distinct indicating a near-perfect match of hops and malt.

M: This is an excellent beer in its pour, clarity, and flavor complexity. The carbonation is evenly matched.

Overall: this is an excellent beer. its a standard great of sierra nevada and is a must have.

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

Had to buy a single can. Poured into a SN glass.

Looks nice in the glass. the 20 oz can actually fills the glass, which is the first time its happened in a while.amber body with a semi thick white head.

The smell is balanced. Even the hops are balanced. I get obvious pine notes, but some citrus come sin to balance things out. Serious malt backbone back up the hops.

The taste is resiny. Dank and sweet. Its very balanced, but not over the top. Balance is the key here. Its a very good beer, and I see why everyone loves this beer.

It finishes very clean and smooth, with the bitterness only lingering for a second.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,178 ratings