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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

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2,739 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,739
Hads: 10,067
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 281
Gots: 2,237 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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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Reviews: 2,739 | Hads: 10,067
Photo of JohnL9013
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An exceptionally strong-flavored IPA that bears a striking resemblance to Stone's Arrogant Bastard in terms of its bitter, roasted malt backbone. I do like this IPA, but it is not a sessionable beer in the slightest.

A: Great dark amber color with a medium sized head with small bubbles. Hazy.

S: Medium hop presence with a sweet malt aroma.

T: The bitterness is refreshing at first when many brewers these days are malting the heck out of their IPA's to make them tolerable for people who don't like bitterness, but it will wear you down by the end. Aroma hops are a little lacking but flavor hops are reasonably present. Bittering hops are almost spot-on - just a little less would be about right. I like the roasted malts - they add a lot of complexity.

M: Highly carbonated and on the bitter side, this beer does not go down especially smoothly.

Overall I just don't think this is a beer I'll pick up again. It's really kickass for the first 100 mL or so, but the bitterness just wears you down after a while and gets in the way of tasting everything else in this beer. Against my benchmark Two Hearted Ale, this beer really does put on a better show with more and more complex flavor, but the balance Two Hearted brings to the table is something to aspire to. (1,269 characters)

Photo of TLWalsh
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love this beer. IMHO it is one of the best mass produced American IPAs available. It pours darker than you'd expect and has a piney, citrus aroma. Mouth feel is denser than you'd expect and the finish is a serious but not obnoxious sour hops bite that leaves a nice aftertaste. I buy this one in 12 pks whenever it breaks the $18 price point. (344 characters)

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter..big hop notes. Lemon peel. .
Dark caramel color. Full body. Almost heavy.

Good ipa if you want a tart one. .
Pretty good
Not my first choice but many people love it. (178 characters)

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

I'm no hop head, but love this beer. Plenty smooth and malty to balance the ample hop load. Balance and ingredient compatibility are key in brewing outstanding beer, Torpedo is spot on. (187 characters)

Photo of sejorules
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it in a pint glass from a 350ml bottle.
A: Golden amber color, with not so many bubbles. At the beginning, around 3 fingers of thick head that melted to 1.
S: This is, IMO, where this beer is incredible. The smell is so delicious I could spend the days just smelling it. The first impression is just freshness. Piney hops, and citrus (grapefruit or lemon). After some sniffs, I could detect some rose or caramel.
T: Even though the taste is a bomb of bitterness, this beer tricks you at the beginning. First, I started tasting the grapefruit and pine I smelled, along with some grass, and very subtle malty/bready notes. Then the bitterness kicks in. And it does it so it takes over anything else. This feeling keeps going on even in the aftertaste. To me, this amount of bitterness blew my mind. However, after few sips, I got used to the bitterness and could appreciate more notes I could detect with the smell before.
F: The feeling is, of course, bitter. Except for the first milliseconds, the bitterness is there. Medium carbonation, but a nice feeling. The taste evolves as you drink more and more. The beer is quite heavy, and I could feel the alcohol when I was finishing it.
O: Very nice experience. Even though I prefer the normal IPA from Sierra Nevada, this was a very pleasant experience. (1,305 characters)

Photo of JohnyP32
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, and big piney hops.

T - There is a citrus peel and piney hops right upfront. Once the citrus fades the bitterness kicks in. The bitterness is aggressive and lasts through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel.

O - This is one big bad DIPA. Lots of piney hops and aggressive bitterness. (442 characters)

Photo of TheWolf
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy into a tulip.

A - a golden color relatively transparent. 2 inch frothy head.

S -citrus, tropical, piney well balanced.

T - very consistent with smell. a nice malt bready flavor complements the pine

F - good card, good depth

O - used to be a regular 5 years ago. haven't had one in 2 years. sometimes, you spend so much time looking for your love, you fail to see what's right in front of you. I have to get it back into the rotation. (469 characters)

Photo of TomChiari777
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding I PA. Citrus and pine with strong floral notes in the aroma. Combined with a multi-backbone the hop bitterness is just right and not overbearing. The aftertaste does linger a bit longer than normal. That being said, this is an outstanding I PA. (256 characters)

Photo of DanielBeard
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with a foamy head. This beer is heavy and a little oily, with aggressive hoppy bitterness. The citrusy malts help balance it, but it's not something I would pair with most food. However, it's good for what it is: an American IPA with a little "extra". (276 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a packaged date of 14th May 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very nice deep clear copper colour with a one and a half finger slightly off white head that dissipates slowly to a thin soapy layer while leaving some nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Pine and citrus grapefruit dominate with a hint of orange.

Taste: Sweet malts, caramel to start followed by citrus grapefruit and pine and hints of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice IPA that is crisp and refreshing. I would buy this again. (606 characters)

Photo of myveryown
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big balanced IPA with piney citrusy hops dominating the nose and flavor, but backed up by some slightly sweet carmely malt notes. Mid-dark amber in appearance with a nice white foamy head that leaves good lacing on the glass. (227 characters)

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

Poured from a can dated 6/10/15 into a shaker pint.
A - Golden hue, great carbonation, fine froth and wonderful lacing.
S - Lite tropical notes, nice biscuit malt base.
T - Fine mix of lite tropical, pine , and solid malts.
F - Coats the mouth well, a linger that is not to sweet.
O - I am late to this offering and glad to have tried this beer.
Cheers (352 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant copper gold under a clingy 3” off-white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Floral, citrusy aromas T: Malt starts the attack and then the a lemon and grapefruit rind bitterness grows. F: Creamy, medium carbonation and body. O: A well balanced beer with an assertive grapefruit bitterness. (312 characters)

Photo of twage04
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant, fruity. A well balanced ipa that delivers on the smoother bitterness and hop flavoring. Solid offering but maybe not the most ambitious 1.5× ipa. (156 characters)

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

From bottle, Pours clear amber, white soapy head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, grass, citrus peel and light pine. Taste of same with acetic bitter finish. (159 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a frosty mug; not my typical taste activation glass. Golden color with a lot of carbonation for an unetched glass. Extremely hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Very bitter as most Pales are but good flavor. (219 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. The nose is a bit mild for my liking, good but mild. Pine, tangerine, pineapple. What it might lack in smell it more than makes up in flavor, one of the few beers that tastes better than it smells. It has a nice, sharp bitterness that lightly sits on top of a smooth, malty sweetness. Very good. (357 characters)

Photo of CDTDubstep
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tastes like cat piss. Hoping this is just a bad bottle.

Edit : not sure what was up with the first time I had this. It's actually grown on me now that I'm at the end of the 12 pack. There is still definitely a cat piss flavor going on here that is absurdly growing on me.

Some Starburst like fruit flavors with some light biscuit bready tinge. The hops are not as strong as I was expecting but they are very pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent and the abv is on point. Very drinkable. (485 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A swirl of pine, flowers, and citrus. Surprise appearance by some sweet malt here as well, which easily could have been drowned out by the hop bomb. It's not a ton of malt, but it is there, and gives this some nice balance. I get sort of a pleasantly bitter grapefruit aftertaste here. Definitely more bitter tasting in the aftertaste, because this goes down very smoothly. It's 7.2% ABV, but you'd never know it unless you looked at the can or drank too many in one sitting. An excellent IPA. (493 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a nice clear darkish amber with an off-white head and plenty of lacing.
S: I'm not getting any distinct smell, more a flattened mix of pine and citrus. A tad musty.
T: more malty than I'd expected, some dark fruits mixed with citrus somehow, hoppy bitterness at the end. Very complex, some amber or barleywine characteristics which are welcome.
F: has a refreshing yet satisfyingly sweet and malty character. Not sure whether to neck or sip! Dry at the end, I like the flavours but would love them to whack my palate a bit more.
O: I applaud this for surprising me. Not just another IPA, it takes some interesting turns. Would love another. (647 characters)

Photo of Naked_Batman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: honestly a beautiful beer. Clear amber with an incredible head that sticks around till the very end.

S: Citrus right up front, to be honest it reminded me a little of the musty sweetness synonymous with white wine, other notes of toasted bread, slight pine

T-Again, for me it's all citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit, I'm also getting some bubblegum, finishes dry and just bitter enough with a slight malty backing

F-Excellent carbonation, very drinkable, could maybe be a little heavier for my taste, but that's just preference

O-A great, classic IPA. The balance and restraint used by Sierra Nevada really makes this a standout beer. In a game where so many breweries are trying to blow your tastebuds off with hops, it's refreshing to find a beer that manages to emphasize the punch of the hops all while incorporating the right level of malty sweetness and fruity esters/citrus. Drinks easy and refreshing-a homerun for Sierra Nevada. (955 characters)

Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Used to be a big Sierra Nevada pale ale fan. Have not had in a long while. This Torpedo IPA is delicious. A really solid brew." After drinking many of them the "hop infusion" gets a bit much. Leaves an almost oily after taste. The glass gets the same way with this hoppy oil residue heavy in the glass after one beer. A bit too much hops maybe? Still very drinkable. (366 characters)

Photo of cubbyZilla
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden look. Crisp and refreshing herbal notes tickle the throat on the way down with a more dominate pine after taste. Crisp and a light with a hop forward experience. (173 characters)

Photo of Masonz223
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
Look: light Amber brown very nice looking
Smell: floral hops fruity strong on the nostrils
Taste: crisp refreshing very hoppy light fruit lingering after taste
Overall: very nice ipa one of the best I've had great taste great looking. Definitely purchasing again. (300 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a spiegelau glass. Great tasting IPA. Poured beautiful with a finger head, hops and citurs aromas then the citrus grapefruit taste with some hops. Overall balanced great IPA and prolly the cheapest around. Sierra Nevada never disappoints! Cheers! (264 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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