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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.

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Photo of rDeKoch
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is delicious but very distinct. It's noticeably bitter with an undeniable pine taste. It's awfully good, but perhaps a little to distinct for me to drink all the time. It tastes like someone figured out how to bottle Northern California. BTW, it keeps growing on me.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has some hit or miss beers, IMO. Their Kellerweis was pretty good, yet the Bigfoot barleywine missed the mark for me. Their Summer ale is decent, yet their pale ale reminds me of celery and cigarettes. I remember having the Torpedo once, and enjoyed it. Taking a closer look this time.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a thick, white moderate head that leaves decent lacing. Nice looking, typical IPA.

S: Hops, pine, grapefruit and a hint of caramel all come into play in the aroma. Nothing is overwhelming; seems pretty well balanced. That's a good thing.

T: Pungent hops, yet not biting or overwhelming. They linger on the palate for some time, but again, isn't as paralyzing as some really hoppy beers. Citrus and a nice, moderate malt background -which includes some caramel flavors- are also found. This one is well balanced with the bitter hops and sweetness of the malt.

M: Good carbonation. Moderately oily and thick. Hops bitterness is prickly on the palate for quite some time.

D: Refreshing. Fairly quaffable, despite a massive hops atttack and above average ABV. Not your typical session beer, but certainly many craft beer drinkers would not have a problem finishing off a six pack.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Dark amber, small, compact, lasting creamy head. Pops away slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.
Nice mix of citrus and pine in the smell, but also caramel sweetness. Big hops predicted.
Rich tasty hops, fruity, crisp, with lots of lime and grapefruit, some peach and faint pineapple, bathed in some floral honey, on top of caramel "covered" biscuity malts. Nice pine and hop resin afterwards, developing into a bigger leafy bitterness in the finish, hinting some "sticky icky" dankness.
Medium body, a bit oily, low to medium carbonation. Very bitter, sure, but the aftertaste is full of fruity hoppy tastiness. Big plus in my book.
This is a really gentle monster. Tons of hops without being a one-track beer, quite big hidden ABV, just a few steps from being Imperial, really great.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear gold amber. Two inch head that stays quite a while and great retention. Nice lacing.

S - Pine, malt, some citrus.

T - Starts with pine with citrus in the middle. Finishes with pine, citrus, and a deep, mellow malt. A little bitter at first; but after sitting a few minutes it get strangely, delightfully sweet!

M - Medium, creamy.

O - Oh my this is an excellent beer! Hops galore. And if you're not a hop- head, wait a few minutes for this malty gem to turn sweet. Thank you, Sierra Nevada. Cheers!

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Photo of olmatty
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours an unclouded orange amber with a creamy off white head and very nice sheets of white lacing.

Smell-Some amber malts and a bright citrus pine hop aroma.

Taste-A perfect balance between a malty backbone and a flowery, piney and citrus hop presence. Hop finish carries on the palate for quite some time.

Mouthfeel-Crisply carbonated and moderate body.

Drinkability-One could drink quite a few of these based upon the beautifully balanced flavor. It's very hard to believe that the ABV is over seven percent.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent appearance. Amber/Golden/Copper in color. Wonderful textured pastel yellow head with great retention and lot's of sticky lacing. This one certainly looks the part.
Smells like a spruce tree. Pretty one demensional aroma but it smells good.
This IPA expands the whole hop flavor gammut with out going overboard. Grapefruit rinds, Pinetrees, and your favorite herbs are present, each playing an equel and integral part. How SN maintains this flavor and balance with out the beer being a total hop bomb is beyond me.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Refreshing with out too much hop bite.
Drinkability? Do not neglect your fridge! Stock up on SN Torpedo immediately. If SN were to release this one day only at the brewery and have an event to promote it; it would be a top 10 IPA imho.

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Photo of Leviathan5
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass

A - Hazy orange/copper color with a massive off-white head. Nice long lasting lacing

S - Fresh and citrusy. Grapefruit and orange are predominant. Not really much of a presence from malt and/or yeast

T - It is meant to be bitter and bitter it is. Hops are what this beer is about, but they are well balanced. Dry and hoppy finish that remains in mouth

M - Medium/full body and medium carbonatation. Silky smooth on tongue and palate

O - An amazing beer. From its appearance to the texture in mouth to the hops in smell and taste everything is great. I couldn't recommend it enough

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Photo of Mojo
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't think Sierra Nevada can make a bad beer. This one pours a beautiful pale orange with a 2 finger off white head. The lacing is extensive, lasting, and elaborate. The nose is wheat, oranges, apples and honey. Mouthfeel is full with not huge amounts of carbonation. Taste is excellent. The front end is a sweet satisfying honey perfectly balanced with grapefruity hops on the finish. I so love this beer. Buy some today!!!

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Photo of oelergud
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a hop farm with mountains in the background.
The body is a crystal clear amber with low carbonation and an off white creamy buttes head and a rocky center. Great retention and beautiful lace.
Nice mellow pine hop scent.
Great resin hoppy flavor with a rough edge and mild caramel notes. Wheat and nuts and earthy character. Long pine hop aftertaste.
Full massive thick body, lots of coating and just a bit of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability. This is a well balanced brew that still has the hop weight expected of an IPA.


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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear orange looks like the color of water after soaking in hops. Nice looking carbonation rises to the top to make an intense head with soapy bubbles that stick to side of the glass. Thick sheet of lace left on my imperial pint glass.

S- Oh yes, loads of various hops have found their way into this beer. You know what hops smell like. Imagine all the different hops you've smelled before in a Sierra Nevada all stuck right under your nose. Somewhat pungent, but I can dig that "complex herbal character".

T- The label says it is "...perfectly balanced yet full of flavor... American hops". Disregard perfectly balanced unless you are a major hop head. This beer is downright bitter all over the tongue. There is sweetness but not enough to balance the barrage of piney, citric flavors on the tongue. Fortunately, I am a hop-head.

M- The active carbonation keeps this beer afloat above your taste-buds if you are pounding it back, yet it is also smooth enough to savor

D- I could really see this becoming a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always respected Sierra Nevada Brewing beers but I must say even I was rather SHOCKED at THIS offering. That is because Sierra Nevada has always been recognised more as more of a mainline brewer than a micro-brewer and one just comes to expect potent "craft beer"perfections from short-run micros. NaDa! I have had several impressive offerings from this company BUT the Torpedo absolutely EXCELS as a season-round, readily available IPA. It has all the markings of a top shelf, microbrewery craft IPA: Strident sniff, malty mouthfeel and the longlasting romp through the meadows of a hop aftertaste! True to the IPA profile in all categories and style expectations. But what I found most amazing was the LONGLASTING hop kick aftertaste - it is POSITIVELY EQUATING to an amorous afterglow! I've found very expensive IPA and 2xIPA microbrews coming up quite short and soundly failing in this style profile. If you fail anything else in this style, you must AT LEAST have the AFTERGLOW...and this mass produced IPA has it in spades. Granted - I've found several microbrewed IPA's and 2x IPA's that defeat this offering - but NOT at this price and at this nationwide, season round supply! The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra-IPA pours a hazy gold, sniffs herbal and leaves you stretched out over a bed evergreen boughs...with an amorus smile.

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Photo of Jeplacek
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- the beer pours an amber color with a decent sized head. I love the color of this beer.

S- smells of citrus, pine and definitely has a little floral smell as well.

T- PERFECTLY balanced. Wow I love the taste of this beer. The bitterness is there but it's perfectly in sync with the piny citrus malty backbone.

M- light to mediumly carbonated

This is my favorite easily accessible IPA. Definitely a good beer. Recommended for anyone

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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 Jason
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, excellent suds

SMELL: Mint, marmalade, biscuits, faint caramel, blonde tobacco, ripe pear, clean esters

TASTE: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness, citric rind, leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, kumquats, papaya, herbal, drying finish

SN pretty much nailed it with this one, some say this is now the benchmark for the style ... if so that would be setting it pretty high.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great excitement surrounding this guy. I have read much on BA as well as elsewhere about this release

A: appearance is not shabby. A good looking light copper color with red and orange tones strong throughout. The head was very foamy and melted away to a small bubbly cap. Bubbles were everywhere in the mix and looks like a true fizzy lifting drink

S: floral, herbal tea notes, and a piney citrus nose to boot. Pale malts are also found in the mix and cut through the hops nicely with a waft of soft caramel

T: I am gonna go out on a limb and say this one of my favorite Sierra Nevada brews. This guy has it all and seems very well balanced. Caramelized malts (almost biscuity) make a stronger showing on the palate, more so than the nose, and a great sturdy profile. Now, the hops are harmonious and consist of floral, pine needles, and a mild grassiness. In addition to this are citrusy hop notes that give way to sweeter tangy oranges and make a perfect companionship with caramel flavors. Another thing, is that this brew has flavors that remind me of a good dry-hopped beer

M: somewhat bubbly but makes the taste buds feel alive. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style as it is easily drinkable, medium-light body, and briefly sticky

D: great showing and tasty. I love this type of drinkability in an IPA/APA. This is another one in my large book of go to beers

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Each year I go to New York and find the Torpedo on tap somewhere, but I've never seen it in Philly! Anyway, it's kind of like a bumped-up version of SNPA. It's bigger (it's not huge), but it's not really any more caramelish (it's certainly not like Celebration ale). And it's a little more hoppy, but it's certainly not a brash and bitter IPA. Just like the regular SNPA, it's very well balanced and refined. It's kind of like the IPA, but I don't think it's as piney and dry. Maybe it's just Sierra Nevada IPA with a different hop bill.... ?

Anyway, it's a bright, clear amber beneath a thick-fingered head that holds well. It eventually drops, but leaves a complete surface covering, and the glass is ringed with splatters and smears of lace as it goes.

The aroma offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a light maltiness. Cascade immediately comes to mind, but I think it's more complex than that. Perhaps some Chinook, but just a touch. Most likely dry-hopped.

The body is medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that awakens the tastebuds.

The flavor is a combination of tangy, fruity, citrusy hop flavors over a lightly caramelish & biscuit-like maltiness. There's also a touch of pineyness to it as well, but it's very limited. It's solidly backed by bitterness, but it's not brash (I'm guessing around 50 IBU's). It finishes dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness and a bready/biscuity maltiness.

Well balanced. Refined. Full flavored but not over-done. Highly drinkable. A decent cross-over between an American pale ale and an American IPA.

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Photo of imasloth
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When people are selling Sierra Nevada sixers for $6.29 you don't pass them up. I chose the Torpedo because I'd had it in singles and liked it.

A- Poured into a pint glass it gives a nice pastel yellow head about a finger's width that withstands the elements for some time. The beer itself is filled with rapidly rising tiny bubbles and is a transparent copper color.

S- It's all hops, and quite citrusy at that- more specifically I'd say it smelled like ruby red grapefruit juice with a certain sweetness.

T- One again it's all hop with a good mix of bittering and taste. The grapefruit taste remains, but an added piney bitterness comes through that I quite enjoy.

M- For as bitter as it is, the mouthfeel is tremendous. There is no wincing of the jaw muscles, the body is light and smooth, and the feeling after swallowing is minimal, leaving you ready for another swallow.

O- This summer I have had two IPAs that have really stuck with me: Real Ale Lost Gold and this one. The Lost Gold is more delicate/nuanced with its hops and perhaps a bit more complex. This Torpedo is just as strong, but with the bitter component that is lacking in Lost Gold.

I really do enjoy, and could see myself having several in a row, which is saying something for a beer as hoppy as this one. Whether your a hophead or not, I'd get a sixer and enjoy.

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Photo of edchicma
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper yellow with a nice head that remains, although in reduced form. Lacing is decent. Smell...am I in a hops field? Excellent hop aroma..inviting with floral, wheaty qualities that are very strong and pleasing on the nostrils. I was expecting a harsher assault on the taste buds, However, this eases into an excellent hops explosion, just enough initial malt serving as a springboard. Mouthfeel after the initial malt is dry, desert-like...nice quality. Just the right infusion of hops. The lingering taste and dryness remain, rewarding you for taking the first sip. Sierra N kicked it up and succeeded "hands down".

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer proves that SNBC is still a craft brewer.

A. Cristal clear amber body with a perfect column of bubbles from the bottom of the pint glass to the top. The 2 finger head falls fast to a dense pool of large and tiny bubbles lacing on its way down

S. The best part of this beer is its smell, true hop aroma, citrus and pine impale the nose. And keeps strong the whole way through.

T. Its is a solid IPA, it is a very good rendition of the Mid pacific IPA. Its a bit more balanced then some IPA's but this is to its benefit. Each Hop note is clear and strong and not muddled by any leaft overtones from an over hopped IPA. IT has a good caramel malt backbone to keep this beer standing up. Well Balanced.

M. Medium, the strong carbonation keeps it light on the pallet. Dry finish makes you want, no, need anther sip.

O. This extra IPA is a very good interpenetration of the mid pacific IPA. Strong and true hop notes are clear and defined. Harp on how large they have gotten, SNBC made a very good beer here.

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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 BeerisfoodLLC
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice rich opaque amber color and a thick head. Decent retention. Strong citrus scents permeate from the glass along with some mild floral hints. Strong hoppy taste in the initial sip. Balances out nicely with the malts for a very drinkable tasty beer. If you like an IPA heavy on the hops this will be a nice treat. Not necessarily my favorite Sierra Nevada beer but pretty darn good!

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow, the citrus in this beer hits you the second you get you nose close to the glass, and follows through on its assault on your taste-buds. This beer is so far superior to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale that I would never hesitate to pick it up again. The beer really hits the back of your tongue in a manner that I love, and it goes down smooth despite the drying effect of this beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had little to no luck finding a Sierra Nevada offering that I like. That is until I had a Torpedo Extra IPA. This stuff is really, really good.

Full disclosure: I am not an IPA aficionado, I'm more of a porter or stout kinda guy. But in wanting to give SN another try I decided to give this Torpedo a shot. I'm glad I did. It has a very nice orange glow with thick head and great lacing down the glass. The citrus aroma mixes well with the hops and it does even better when you taste it. It is a perfect mix of a fruity and citrusy flavor mixed with the strong hops - how they do it is amazing, but it's there nonetheless. It was by far the best IPA I've ever had and I'd be curious to fine anything that is considered better.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one monster flavored IPA that Sierra Nevada really did a fanstastic job with. Serious notes of pine and earthy, peaty hops really dominate both the scent and taste. Its an IPA lovers delight as its extremely well balanced and has some hop bite but it doesn't linger into much prolonged bitterness at all. A very well made IPA and one I plan to make regular returns to.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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