Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
BA SCORE
4.15/5
11,027 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
Ranking:
#1,308
Reviews:
2,945
Ratings:
11,027
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
3,193
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,027 |  Reviews: 2,945
Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a clear orangish honey color that looks like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale does, with a pristine white head that dissipates to a nice film. Decent retention; good spotty lacing.

S:
Pretty mellow. Hoppy and delicious dash of nutty maltiness, grapefruit, lemon rind, pine.

T:
Rich but refreshing. Malty in general and the tiniest bit nutty but the brunt of the taste is hops. Tastes like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but there is a noticeable citric hoppy tinge that takes a while to fully form in your mouth.

M:
Light to medium body, okay carbonation, kind of dry.

O:
Pretty good IPA and for being as cheap as it is it is a great ‘good’ IPA for anytime. Bitter enough but not overly so. Basically something that you graduate to from SNPA. Would get again, worth trying.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pmarlowe
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/02/12 "best by" date. 16oz can to tulip glass.

A: Pours medium golden, mostly opaque, with a finger of light fluffy white head. Good retention and some nice sticky lacing. Clarity improves once the beer warms.

S: Sweet candied malt, lemon, grass.

T: Leans more towards bready/yeasty, with some light citrus hops (lemon and grapefruit peel), and a long, mildly bitter finish. Kind of light on the flavor.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Flavors are light but good, making this a very easy drinking, straightforward beer. This drinks like a lower ABV than it is.

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Photo of Lorihall1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a medium copper color with a slightly off white two inch head that resides on average. Lacing is left behind scattered around.

Floral notes with a grass/piney hop smell.

Very subtle notes of hops very floral like with a mild bitterness. Caramel malts give this a nice balance.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, crisp and smooth and refreshing.

Overall this is a good session beer to drink.

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Photo of IKR
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber color with a generous frothy off white head that slowly faded. Absolutely nothing to change here,

Smell: Restrained nose with pine notes and grapefruit/citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The pine and citrus fruit aromas carry over to the taste. i also pick up some mild caramel notes. I'm not sure if it's the age of the bottle, but the hop notes are more integrated than some of the other IPAs I've had recently.

Mouth-feel: Just on the light side of medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: A good tasting IPA.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper coloring with a bright white and expansive head this IPA sets up in classic form.

The scent is far too weak for my blood it is a nice piney hop aroma. A light substructure of caramel malt is hidden within.

The taste is nice and smooth and easy and flavorful. Piney hops and earthy tones meld well with the malt backbone. So simple and so easy this is a great starter IPA for the craft beer novice.

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Photo of Dmecca
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DesertFox24
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored beer with a glass filling light tan colored head with staying power.

Smell is malty and woody with a mild hop aroma and strongly of no particular type. Slight pine aroma.

The taste starts out neutral and herbal with a good malt backbone. Bitter and herbal kicks in fairly quickly. Strong herbal beer with malt just right keeping everything in balance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkable IPA, could be more complex but this is a good beer. This is a great deal like Firestone Walker Union Jack.

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Photo of Ericmako
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of invalid665
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBAINx
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KurtE
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $1.65 USD in Buffalo, New York. Packaged July 1,2014.

Appearance - clear rich bronze color with a few reddish hues. One finger of head tops it all off, with some streaky curtain lacing left inside the glass. Small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell - citrusy with some lemon, grapefruit and nectarines. Smell is subdued for a substantial IPA.

Taste - fairly good citrus flavor lemon and nectarines again. Some earthy and pine elements. Even some caramel flavor blended in.nice balance and substantial boldness, I only wish I had gotten this fresher as I imagine it would be considerably more flavourful. Malt flavor blends very nicely with citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium carbonation with medium to heavy body. Moist juicy finish.

Overall - a very nice IPA, that I think would score at least a quarter point higher across the board if fresh. Definitely worth a try for IPA lovers and important to have fairly fresh, but still pretty solid if sitting on the shelf for a little longer than you'd like.

Update : tried another bottle December 20, 2014 which appeared to be a bit fresher than the last. Still a very good IPA, but underwhelming give it's street cred.

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Photo of BgThang
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I sa? Another fine brew by Sierra Nvada.
This beer is a very good IPA that has alot going or it.

the nose is that of lemon, pine, and other citrus flavors one expects to find in a west coast IPA but they are subtle.

the appearance is a little cloudy with some deeper copper hues in it.

the mouthfeel is a real easy drinking ipa that has a little hoppiness .
This reminds me alot of the southern star PA

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Photo of crbooher
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dykemyster17
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic IPA, it's the IPA that I rate other IPAs by

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Photo of IreRican
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can purchased at the local quick mart.

A: A very nice orange amber with good head and excellent retention.

S: Hoppy, citrus notes. Clean and somewhat floral.

T: Nice hop notes, not too awfully heavy on the citrus. Decent complexity.

M: Just about what I have come to expect from an IPA. Decent bite.

O: This is a solid ale and at 2$ a pint it's also a solid bargain.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color with plenty of white foamy lacing. Clear with no cloudiness or sediment. Wasn't much head to speak of, but still looked pretty good. Nice deep hop aroma with hints of sweet malt. First sip will make you pucker for sure especially if it's your first beer of the day. Intense bitterness that lingers and isn't going away anytime soon. Hops and bitterness overshadow anything as for flavors. There is a little hint of a light sweet malt. Very dry with a lacking carbonated crispness. Moderate ABV that's well-hidden making it an average drinkability. If you need a hop fix here's your medicine.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YouSkeete
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, golden hue. Short, foamy off-white head. Moderate retention, nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops, lemon grass, citrus, pine. Lots of earthy character. Malty goodness and sweet caramel notes.

T/M: Earthy and grassy hops, Smooth malt, citrus and spice on the initial sip. Great follow through into a hoppy, sweet, medium sized body. Mildly spicy and full of citrusy flavors. Hints of lemon grass and tarragon.

D: Pretty damn good, coming from someone who isn't a big Sierra Nevada fan.

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Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ericcmay
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,027 ratings
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