Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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10,915 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,915
Reviews:
2,918
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
355
Gots:
3,099
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 10,915 |  Reviews: 2,918
Photo of torrid_nc
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm still kind of new at the IPA game. This was the first time I'd tried this particular beer after working my way through Two Hearted Ale, Dogfish 60/90 minute, etc.

I let it set a bit as I have never enjoyed an IPA ice cold. It poured a beautiful golden amber color with a nice head into a pint glass. Generally with an IPA I am overcome with competing citrus/bitterness at first, and it takes me a while to appreciate the full flavor of the beer. This one was immediately balanced from the first sip, and stayed that way through the last.

A very good IPA for the intermediate IPA-drinker.

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Photo of thebee
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samputnam14
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mojopin88
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MackT
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, u mean I can find this easily? Yes I can, Wal-Mart, Publix, etc. I'm having misgivings due to the popularity of this (OTC) Ale. Waiting for the high demand and high production volume leads to the bastardization of this fine brew.
Find it, buy it, like it, save some for me. Sorry I didn't include the this and the that, others have done that before me, just wanted to give a different perspective.

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Photo of ThePold
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a very dated >5 month old variety IPA pack on the East Coast (dated 12-22-16 and today is 4-22-17); however, it tastes quite good, can imagine a very fresh one would be even better. Fairly standard American IPA with a lighter lager color than most, okay carbonation. Excellent and sticky lacing. flavor and mouthfeel a bit less sharp and tangy than the West Coast IPA's of Stone, but still very excellent beer.

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This is better than their pale ale........a bit more hops. Nice and rich. Lots of flavor.

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Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from short 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on March 1st 2017.

L: Clear Copper, two finger off-white head that's super foamy and retains very well and sticks to the glass like nothing I have seen before.

S: Rich hop profile here, citrus with grapefruit, floral, leafy/herbal, spicy and pine.

T: Again, lots of hops making themselves known here, you get a citrus dash with an herbal middle and a piney finish. Really complex. Surprisingly there is a malt note hidden in there too.

F: Medium-Full, dry, below average amount of carbonation. Smooth, almost chewy.

O: Simply superb.

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Photo of KrisLambert
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chewballz
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For not being much of an IPA man, this one was good. The "extra" is definitely noticeable but not overwhelming. It goes away fairly quickly. It's a nice taste. I can def see myself drinking this with a nice light cigar. Overall, i like it.

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really fantastic and neat find in any ordinary store! It's fairly carbonated and has a very thick head to it with its rich, hazy amber color. There's a blast of awesome bitter hoppy and floral flavors that quenches the mouth every time I take a sip, most notably pineapple juice to balance out the spicy hops. It smells really great and has a combination of different scents, pine being a strong indicator.

Overall I like to have one on occasion as a delicate treat.

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Photo of hawkssb04
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dotASC
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bluesyasian
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 FL. OZ. into a pint glass.

Amber-orange. Clear with bountiful bubble streams. Half a finger head, willowy-thin.

Smells minimal. Bread, malt.

Swift, sour bread flavors charge in the vanguard, then stale grapefruit. Tangy is the initial aftertaste, tart & tangy. Pine flavor begins subtle, grows intense, yet is kept in check by the crushing carbs, dominant hops.

A zesty buzz, busy and bold.

I gave this a try back in the 90s, if memory serves, me very first Pine brew experience, a pint handed to me without any warning. Shock and revulsion. The tides of time have refined my pallet, but I have been gravitating towards the "Emperor" (Imperial) style of late, be it IPA, Red ale, or Stout.

Torpedo is a delicious, ground breaking brew! A perfect staging ground, perhaps, before moving on to a Double IPA bomber!

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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