Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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.

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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle six pack. Julian date of 2011, November bottling.

Appearance is pumpkin ish. A little lighter than copper. Nice 1 inch head when poured into pint glass. Cabronated bubbles flowing upwards. Lacing was excellent all through the session.

Smell- I don't get too much. Maybe some piney or earthy hops with a trace of grapefruit.

Taste- Excellent as always.Love the slightly neutral creamy taste followed by the hops slapping your taste buds for the bitter finish. I taste a little piney hops and maybe breadiness (is that even a word?) from the malt.

Mouthfeel-Creamy like most of SN offerings. Excellent drinkability.

Overall-Awesome as usual.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, very clear. Fine bubbles in the head but little lacing.

Smell: Citrus fruit, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, possibly a bit of malt sweetness (faint, most was covered up by the hop aroma).

Taste: Citrusy, mostly grapefruit like the smell would suggest, slightly dry, definitely like eating a bit of a grapefruit's pith (I'm being repetitive, I know). Hops up front with just a bit of maltiness sliding in afterwards. Carbonation is on the money.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was spot on, body was solid (not too thin, but not chewy. More towards the thin side though.) I think this is right where an IPA should be, especially for a west coast IPA.

Overall, this is a very good beer. A very solid IPA and an enjoyable drink. Cheers.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Body is a very hazy coppery honey color. I'm guessing it's probably chill haze because the first time I had this beer I remember it being perfectly translucent. About a 1/2 finger of off-white head forms and fades to a thin film within a few minutes. Thick rings of lacing line the glass all the way down.

S - Big citrusy notes up front. Some sharp grapefruit and pine as well. Also a definite background of sweet honey-like malt.

T - Sweet honeyed malt up front with lemongrass and citrus notes. Bitterness definitely comes in toward the middle and lasts well after each sip. Orange rind and light caramel malts predominate through the finish. Great straightforward west coast IPA with a little extra oomph.

M - Medium body with good drinkability. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel in the finish, but well balanced by the puckering bitterness.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bottle to glass mug.

A - Solid 2.5 finger cream colored head with suprising retention. Beer pours a translucent crisp amber color. A lot of lacing.

S - Citrus hops and a touh of sweet malt.

T - Immediate rush of citrus hops. Transitions to a pleasant blend of the citrus hops and crystal malts and medium bitterness. Ends with a sweet malt with fair bitterness.

M - Full bodied with excellent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Alcohol is not overwhelming nor is the bitterness if hop character.

Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 22:45:20

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (Julian date 322nd day of 2011) poured into Dogfish tulip pint glass.

A- One of the best looking beers out there. Huge sudsy head that never goes away. Be careful with the pour. Huge sticky lacing. Burnt orange color.

S- Not too fresh, but not old either. I am getting a huge pine aroma. Love it.

T- Huge piney hops up front then turns sweet as it rolls back and finishes with hop bitterness. Really a fantastic example of a pine forward IPA.

M- Medium viscosity. Lower carbonation which creates excellent creamy mouthfeel.

O- One of my favorite IPAs and it is everywhere. At this price point probably my favorite go to IPA. Get it, drink it, love it.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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

709ml bottle poured into wine glass 26/1/12

A hazy golden copper with a solid light beige head that slowly falls to a thin film leaving spider-web lacing well down the glass, things are looking good

S citric, piny, caramel, its what I expect from and IPA, basic but solid and I like it

T there's a little caramel malt keeping the hops in check, again pretty straight forward but soild

M thick and a little grit left behind to ponder, its got some bite too it but nothing enamel stripping, I don't have many complaints in this department

O I think this is almost a benchmark for an IPA, its a solid beer with no flaws that would be in my regular rotation if I could only get it in Alberta

I can see why this is in the beers of fame, solid well rounded IPA that easy too drink with still having high IBU's. I don't think I mentioned booze once above so that should say something too

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass

Bright golden orange, bordering on glowing, with a 3 finger head and lots resiny sheen and lacing.

Big grapefruit and orange rind aromas here. Spicey to start with, then sweeter as it warms. A little spruce and resin aswell.

Again, more citrus notes, but also alot more pine notes. The bitterness is long and very dry and lingers long after you swallow.

Nicely textured beer. The carbonation is soft and not overpowering, allowing the hoppy oiliness to coat the mouth.

Great IPA. Puts 90% of IPAs to shame.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,915 ratings.
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