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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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of mnj21655
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear copper in color with a finger of very light khaki head. Aroma is decidedly malty with a heavy emphasis on caramel malts. The taste has a solid and prominent hop bitterness, the caramel malts and again present and there isn't much in the way of hop flavor. Al the hop additions seem to have been very early in the boil. Decent mouthfeelwith a light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer but I don't feel it fits what I would call the exceptionally broad category of American IPA. Hops are definitely the focus here but it's in a buttering capacity rather the aromas and flavors the label would have you believe.

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Photo of apokatastasis
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass.

Appearance: Opaque dark copper colour with a fluffy head which recedes quickly. As you might expect from an American / Imperial IPA, with every sip it leaves an obstinate ring of foam on the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and pine resin along with malt sweetness. Pretty standard for an APA.

Taste: Upfront piney hops melding into bitterness and a sweet malt backbone. Slight taste of booze in the background. Again, fairly standard for the style, but still well-rounded and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a lingering bitter / piney aftertaste. Very dry. Exactly what I look for in a good APA.

Overall: there are APAs I enjoy more (Bell's Two-Hearted especially comes to mind), but this is not offensive at all, and in fact is rather enjoyable. Recommended for fans of big and bold IPAs.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich golden-brown in color with clingy, lacing white top that dissipates. Aroma is fresh citrus, some pine, and a bit of bready malt. Flavor follows much the same, though the malt backbone is overwhelmed through the course of 12oz, as the fairly bitter aftertaste builds and dominates. I really like this stuff for the first half of the glass, the the aftertaste wears on me.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice copper with a foamy off white head. Streaming bubbles of carbonation run throughout this beer.

Smells like a fresh mountain morning with pine and floral hops shining through. Seems to be some citrus smell far in the background.

Taste is very balanced for an "Extra IPA". The hops jump out front but are quickly backed by some very nice sweet malt characters.

Mouth feels fairly light but borders on medium in the back of the swallow. Very refreshing mouth feel in all.

I really have to say Sierra Nevada has a big winner on their hands with this one! A very tasty and refreshing balanced IPA with a whopping 7.2 ABV that does not show in the taste. Ver nice beer and worth a ride. Cheers!

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip. Not much head, which disappears very quick, and is pretty carbonated.

I'm usually not a fan of IPA's, and this one is extra IPA, but I really like it. Nice golden color, smells fresh and flowery, with plenty of bitterness. Very nice

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wouldn't consider myself a hop head although I do enjoy this style. Poured a beautiful deep orange/copper with a lot of carbonation. Juicy! Only word to describe it. A plethora of fruits juicy taste on my tastebuds. From tropical to citrus. Perfect mouthfeel for the style.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic example that still lives up to today's standards. Balanced. Piney. Perhaps the best bang for your buck. Just a well done IPA. Need I say more? Cheers!

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Photo of BeerRev22
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So solid old school. Orange as hell with some massive pinetree/grapefruit sort of biscuit thing going on.
Well made and so aggressively bitter from what I'm used to now.
SN can do no wrong, you know what you are gonna get, and it's remained true to the path since the first time ive had it

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Photo of Stout7
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seems to me the going rate for an "augmented" or double IPA these days is around $10-$12/six. I just found this at $10, which is great, but having regular SV right next to it made no sense to me. Put is this way: SV P/A is the SV Lite of this much better beer.

Someone below uses the term "white grapefruit flesh" and that is right on. Big bit bite of the grapefruit, nice malt wave, and pine on the finish.

I would venture to say if English bitter is not your taste, this beer may not be for you.

From what I can see, this should be SV's flagship beer. At $10, it's a steel; at $12, try Stone, Victory, or Double Bastard instead.

Paired with Szechuan chicken stir fry, very nice with hot peppers.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems I wasn't as impressed as most other reviewers. Pours a clear amber with a white head that's fluffy but short lived. Lots of lacing. Smell is very piney, with some citrus notes. Taste is unbalanced, in my opinion. Very bitter without any other flavors coming through besides pine and sheer bitterness, just kind of a one note beer. Feel is medium with moderate carbonation, somehow feels a lot more boozy than I would expect for 7.2% ABV. Finishes very dry, with lingering bitterness. I guess if you're a major hop head, it's worth checking out, but I found it hard to enjoy.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really don't want to antagonize the hop-heads, but this beer is really not a 92. It plays way too much to the market and should help them step out of their comfort zone and enjoy some more malt backbone.
But, no one (including me) should fault the success of this brewery... but their use of hops makes me shy.

Roger Probst selected Shiner Bock as among the "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die."

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

January 29, 2016

12 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium to deep amber and hazy, a limited off-white head, maybe a quarter-inch leaves some thicker lacing on top after dissolving. Poured medium to somewhat heavy.

S – Piney hops, with some mixed tropical fruit in the background. A fairly heavy bread crust, biscuit malt profile holds up the hops.

T – Pine, resin, a bit of grapefruit in there somewhere. Malt profile is very prominent, mostly bread crust.

M – A medium-full body thanks to the malts, with moderate carbonation only. Moderate hop bitterness though it escalates a bit on the finish.

O – Overall, a serviceable IPA, though I don’t know that it stands out much from the pack anymore.

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

Definitely outstanding. One of my favorite American IPAs. Just has taken me a while to rate it, so here it is. Pours a nice copper straw color with a nice bubbly and foamy head. Smell has a hint of malt but is dominated mostly by hops with some piney notes. Taste is similar. Malt, pine and hops. Finishes dry with a little bitterness. Home run Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

710ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey amber with three fat fingers of foamy beige head that leaves chunky clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus zest, sliced orange, stone fruit, reserved caramel malt and piney hops.

Tastes of white grapefruit flesh, bitter orange, peach cobbler, biscuity caramel malt and more pine resin.

Feels sturdy and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with firm carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Big, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kkrxseven
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what a great surprise. Found it today at our local Hy Vee on sale for $12.99 for a 12 pack. Quickly went to the BA app on my phone and saw the great reviews so I bought it. Very smooth for a hoppy beer. Hope they keep it on sale for awhile, I noticed I got the last 12 pack so I think others were thinking the same way on this great find.

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Photo of Garypuffer
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's piney, hoppy, and refreshingly delicious..and it's available at all the major markets around here. Whenever I see this brew on sale I grab a 12-pack because I know my beer buddy Greg and I will enjoy downing a few. Try it if you haven't yet!

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Photo of daizee
2.31/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow, fascinating the high scores. My batch was so foul I poured one out and gave the rest away.

This beer LOOKS good, but tastes like rotting juice with a cough syrup chaser.
Never again. Too bad, as I like their classic Pale Ale.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich amber with a generous head. The aroma gives me sticky pine, a touch of tangerine, and pineapple. The flavor starts with rich whole grain malts, followed by a pleasant dose of pine, tropical fruits, and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Overall this is a very pleasant well contructed brew that I honestly have not tried up until now.

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Photo of carolinahophead
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always want to rate this very underrated beer from Sierra Nevada now brewed in NC (Mills River).

Nice Color ..lets say more orange than amber .. creamy head
Aroma does have the west coast hop and mellow malt coming through,
The taste is full of citrus then the toasted malt is there.
Medium mouthfeel ... nice carbonation and very smooth

Overall this beer is one that is an IPA and DIPA all in one ...
Sierra Nevada has got this down to a science

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark amber color, pours a finger of head that dies down but never fully diminishes.

Smell: Bright hops with a solid punch of west coast pine and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Big hop presence on the front end followed again by a tight pine flavor. Transitions quickly into a heavy malt profile which balances the strong hops very well. The finish is of a prickly bitterness with a residual citrus note. That finishing taste lingers for quite a while and is excited nicely right back into the hops of the next sip.

Overall: This beer is a classic and admittedly has always been a go-to of mine. What separates this beer from a lot of the IPAs coming out now a days is the incredible balance of the beer. Each flavor from the hops on the front end, to the malt in the middle, and finishing with the bitterness on the backend is perfectly in balance with one another. Torpedo may not be the biggest hop bomb, citrus explosion IPA out there but it is a damn well balanced IPA, and for the price, cannot be beat. Make sure you check the date though and pick it up as fresh as you can. I have seen this beer on the shelf well past 5 months from the bottling date, almost guaranteeing that your buying a malt bomb. Fresh however, an amazing beer and a perfect example of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of scrooge-mcduff
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought for $6, poured into a pint glass.

Look: Deep auburn colour, slight caramel colour to two inch head, dissipating into half-decent lacing

Smell: Large hoppy smell initially, decent hints of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lime) slight hint of caramel sweetness

Taste: Akin to smell, initial heavy bitterness, bitter sweet after taste, citrus and caramel.

Feel: Pleasant carbonation, medium bodied, slight alcohol noticeable around tongue and cheeks

Overall: This was one of my first IPA (Feral Hop Hog being the first) and it is probably the best imo.

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Photo of mickwin
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pale golden with plentiful frothy head, aroma slightly peppery with strong citrus and hops, flavour initially lots of malty caramel with hoppy flavours prevailing, very fine ale, only problem is it disappears too fast!

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Photo of ACon204
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A vibrant and clear copper. Fluffy white head with decent retention.

S: Mostly floral aromas with hints of pine and grassy notes.

T: Hops are at the forefront. Slightly spicy in the beginning, moves to a malty sweetness, and finishes with a clean citrus bitterness with notes of pineapple, berry, and peaches (I assume from Citra hops).

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and refreshing, despite the darker than gold color. The crystal malts provide sweetness (balance) and darker color with little effect on the fullness of the body.

Overall: A pleasantly complex beer. The malt build and bittering hops balance the beer without getting in the way of the star of the show, the Citra hops. The finishing flavors of these hops will take minutes to fully develop. While they are in the process of developing, enjoy the show, as you will discover new flavors by the second.

Cheers to this one.

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Poured rich Amber color with one finger head. Mild citrus and pine nose with a very smooth taste. Not as bitter as I hoped, but a wonderful piney and slightly lemony flavor is a good balance.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Bright copper body, filtered, clean. No visible carbonation. Creamy off-white head, good retention.
S- Piney and hoppy with a slight sweet finish. Not overwhelming.
T- Dank and resinous all the way, coats the palate, but the hopinness fades out right in the aftertaste leaving a slightly sweet malty touch. Orange rind, floral hops, grapefruit, melon.
F- Rich, creamy.
O- Amazing, very nice brew. Expected hop power but not over the top. ABV is nowhere to be felt. Smooth.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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