Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,160 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: 11,160 |  Reviews: 2,975
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for a while and finally got around to picking one up.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a bright, slightly hazy orange amber. Very clean looking pour. About one finger of white head. Head didn't stick around long but did make for some delightful lacing.

Smell: It definitely smells like a Sierra Nevada beer...a pepped up version of their pale ale. Huge piney hops notes with wildflower notes. I was pleased to detect a sizable caramel malt aroma as well. There's a strong sense of balance in the nose.

Taste: Flavor is similar to smell. There's a mouthfeel of bitterness in each sip. Citrus, grapefruit, some papaya. There's a minty herbal tea flavor in the middle of the sip which was unexpected but very pleasant. At the end, there's enough caramel sweetness that stands up to the intense hops characteristics. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with some sharp, upfront carbonation. It's resinous and slightly sticky. Alcohol is on the high side for an IPA at 7.2% but it's not altogether noticeable.

Overall: Sierra Nevada definitely unleashed the full potential of whole cone American hops. Big flavors, very drinkable. A very enjoyable American IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Givemeyourtiredandhungry
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giving this a 4.5 overall because I'm sure that another beer is better than this one, BUT that's not to downplay this beer, it's a fantastic beer.

Appearance- The head was nice and thick and makes itself well known. The color of the beer was golden, but a few shades darker

Smell - Hoppy.

Taste - Wow! This beer has a plethora of different tastes. The first taste is bitter, but I get notes of citrus (faintly) and a bittersweet flavor. Caramel notes here also. It's a very rich experience of taste. The best way I can describe this beer's taste is Bitter with a sweet ending. I would recommend this beer, indefinitely.

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Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle.

golden color, nice head buildup. Foamy head with nice lacing

malty and boozey scents. some citrus in the background.

Appropriate amount of bitterness that I would expect from an IPA. not overpowering though, and it feels well balanced. some piney/earthy undertones. Pretty nice.

Medium carbonation, it does not feel like it's 7.20% ABV. Quite smooth.

Sierra Nevada never disappoints me =) Good stuff. and a competitive price to boot! Great choice if you're looking for an IPA but are very indecisive like I am.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of CPDalton
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden brown, with a sticky half inch of head. Not much sediment floating around, just some bubbles. Lacing isn't bad.

Smell: Not a fan of the smell, there's not much to it. Maybe mine is old or something, but the smell reminds me of Heineken. A little sweet, but kind of blah.

Taste: The taste is much better than the smell. I get a little fruit upfront, but the hops come in immediately. It's one big bite of hops, and the bitterness lingers. This is balanced with a little bit of malt presence. Finishes really dry.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit thick. The dryness might add to that. Stays with you.

Overall: I've had this before and remember liking it a little more than this. The smell was terrible, and I didn't get much of a complex flavor, just a really big in-your-face kind of hoppy bite. I'd try it again, but probably not in its own 6 pack.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rangerred
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger head. Great lacing.

Aromas of citrus come wafting up; very tropical smelling. Some malt is detectable along with a hint of alcohol.

Bitterness is present from the get go which is to be expected. There is wonderful tropical hop flavor along with some pine. There is a solid malt base underneath with a slight caramel flavor. Everything cleans up nicely leaving a pleasant bitterness.

This is really an outstanding IPA. Very well balanced with a hearty strength. Really one of the better bargains out there.

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4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack and poured into a pilsner glass

A- light amber color where the glass gets wider and a light golden/straw color where its thin

S-(my favorite part) pineapple up front fading to grapefruit and maybe mango? Followed by a rich malty sweetness

T- almost exactly what it smells like, prominent pineapple flavor balanced superbly by the crisp bready malt flavor

O- an awesome beer one of my favorites I can't wait to have it from the bottle

Ps. I wish more breweries would start useing citra hops the tropical flavor it brought to this beer made it a different kind of ipa

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Avantyawn
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All hail the Torpedo 16 ounce can! Apparently I am the first person to review this from the can on BA. I must say I feel honored, this beer is SUPERIOR in the can. SUPERIOR I said.

A: Huge frothy head, filtered copper appearance.

S: Delicious fresh hop aroma! Creamy graham cracker, spicy earth, very very rich and complex. Unusual for an IPA.

T: Spicy hops, some nice sweet breadiness, but never does the taste settle on bready or malty, always the spicy hops. Tastes wonderful.

M: Super creamy, medium thick for an IPA, very full bodied and satisfying.

O: This beer is a whole new ballgame in the can! I have always been lukewarm on this beer from the bottle, but this is simply splendid in the can. Super fresh and creamy. Never will I doubt the power of canned IPAs from here forward! The hops just explode with flavor here.

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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 11,160 ratings