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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,775 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,775
Reviews: 2,600
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 177
Gots: 1,065 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

What's interesting about Sierra Nevada is that up until this year, they were probably one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round India Pale Ale (IPA). However, around three years ago, there was buzz on the internetz that Sierra Nevada was dabbling with a new way of infusing hops into beer. Soon, a concoction named "Torpedo" began to rear its foam at select locations and events. In late 2008, Sierra Nevada announced that they'd be launching a year-round IPA called "Torpedo Extra IPA," and revealed the process:

"The name itself comes from a device called the 'hop torpedo' that was conceived, designed and developed at the brewery. The result is a revolutionary method of dry-hopping that harnesses the vital hop oils and resins that lead to an unusually flavorful and aromatic beer featuring the full, nuanced range of spicy complexity that hops have to offer."

They also use 100-percent American hops and multiple varieties--each of which impart unique characters. Let's load this one and give it a shot--yeah, that was bad.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a thick and hop-induced, creamy, off-white foam head with a lace that sticks and stays along the glass. Big hops in the nose. Floral with some grapefruit rind and pepper in the back. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a firm, round and semi-full body. A bit chewy and juicy at times. Fruity (a bit tropical) with citrus (mostly rind, some grapefruit), semisweet apple (Red Delicious comes to mind) and some herbal notes (soft and pleasant). Then bitter. Dry and acidic with an aspirin edge. Building layers of hops on the palate with each sip. Fresh, green hops. Pine. Resin. Spice. Hint of soap (happens with highly hopped beers). Palate turns gritty and leafy with an ashy finish. Biscuity malt. Hay. Bone dry. More-ish.

Torpedo is a dry and robust IPA that waves confidently at the Double IPA with a ton of hop presence and 7.2-percent ABV, but remains an American IPA with its artful use of hops that brings big, but balanced, flavors, and subsequent drinkability. We love it. Released in January 2009 in six-packs and hopefully available until the end of days.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Todd, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Jason, Feb 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle bought while in Vermont, don't know about how fresh it is..

A: Pours quite darker than expected from an IPA. It is amber, almost translucent, light tan color head, very creamy head too. There is a good amount of retention and lacing.

S: This is a very balanced, typically called east coast style IPA. There is a good amount of ripe pineapple juice in this, as well as mango. But, there is also a good, solid, amount of biscuit and caramel malts. Seems quite sweet.

T: The taste confirmed what I smelled. But, this is quite a bit more bitter than expected with a strong orange peel and pine (typical west coast though) like attack right at the front. Then, the pineapple and mango are still there, a bit subdued than in the smell. You still get a good amount of caramel and cookie dough.

M: On the heavier side of medium feel, not too sticky. Carbonation is lively.

O: This is very drinkable and solid. I admit that I suppose the bottle is around 3-4 months old after the tasting, so I admit I may not have the full, correct experience that this beer can offer (I adjust my score accordingly). Still, this is a solid brew.

flipper2gv, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of HoppyADK
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This is my GO TO beer. When I can't find something new and I want Hoppy - TORPEDO. A great beer

HoppyADK, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear, light copper color with a really nice, white, thick head that lingers on and on leaving great lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Nose is a little weak for me but I do get a little pineyness from some hops. Maybe some earthiness as well just the nose was really weak and hard to make out.

Taste really makes up for the smell. Really bold, hops flavor with pine, and earthy hops taking center stage. I get a little bit of the malts that attempt to balance it out but the hops are just too much for them to counter weigh.

Mouthfeel has a decent fullness to it. Not too much though, it is just about where you want it to be for such a powerful beer.

Overall, this is a good beer just a little too much for my taste. I tend to prefer an IPA that is well balanced or a little to the malty side of balanced. This one is the other side of the spectrum from that. I would buy it again but only if I had the hankering for a screaming dose of hop bitterness.

ArchimedesSox, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass.

oberon, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of mojohawk21
5/5  rDev +20.5%

mojohawk21, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Gowcheco
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Gowcheco, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This ale is a clear, thin bronze in color with little head.

Smell - The hop aroma is light and citrusy. It is potent enough to drown out any sense of a malt backbone.

Taste - The malts step up more at the taste while the hops refuse to retreat. The citrus is strong and there is a stiff pine that I missed at the smell.

Mouthfeel - This is thin. I wouldn't call it light-bodied but it's definitely not medium. The bitterness from the hops is fun and not too harsh for the casual drinker.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer in pieces but together I thought it lacked harmony. The sharp hops need a thicker body and a sweeter malt base IMO.

RoyalT, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

cam477, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with some orange and copper tossed around. Slightly off-white head that crowns the brew and settles down a bit, leaving a nice bit of lacing most of the way down. Aroma is heavy with hops all the way up and down; pine-like in character, resinous, a touch oily, leafy, very slightly floral. Malts were present but merely a supporting role that became a bit stronger as the beer went on. Citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, all being tossed about as well.

Taste is a nice personification of the aroma, hitting first with a nice hop bitterness that tingles the taste buds; full of pine and resin, they slowly cascade into an array of citrus flavors, most notably grapefruit and orange zest. Some grassy and oily notes on the edges as well. Malt oversees the whole process in a biscuit-like form, adding some structure from which to build on, as well as some sweetness to counteract the hop bitterness. A slight touch of spice from the hops fades as the beer goes on, but the aftertaste is always resounding with a nice 50/50 mix of leftover pine resin, wet fruit, and sweet bread. Alcohol is noticeable at times, seemingly random times, but it never hinders or becomes harsh - it's simply a bit-part. Medium body with a reasonable amount of carbonation.

Celebration may be my favorite SN brew, but this one is pretty damn good and it's available year round. Easy to drink, easy to find, and very stylistic of the west-coast IPA that everyone has come to know and love. SN makes solid-ass brews, and Torpedo is no exception.

tectactoe, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The description made me think this was going to resemble a Double IPA, but while this was hoppier than Sierra Nevada's IPA, it was not as big and hoppy as a Double or Imperial IPA.

The appearance was a nice coppery color, very clear with a nice white head. The malt was very pronounced, with the hop bitterness slightly out of balance on the high side (but it is an Extra IPA). This was a bigger, more full bodied beer than the regular IPA.

I do like hop bombs and higher ABV% so I enjoyed this beer.

ExtraStout, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of DavyJones
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

DavyJones, May 17, 2012
Photo of passthatpurpyo
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden, mildly hazy color with a thin white head

S- Grassy piney, citrusy

T- Hop spice right off the bat, bread notes, grassy notes, mild citrus fruit flavor. Like the smell the flavors are all well balanced.

M- Hoppy, spicey, fruity

O- Its OK. Nothing I would go crazy for, but definitely a nice beer. Try celebration.

passthatpurpyo, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes written on 1/9/11.

Torpedo appears a clear orange-gold into a standard pint glass. A fluffy, two finger head of the lightest khaki recedes to leave a frothy, full-covering film. Sparse, medium-paced carbonation bubbles drift upward. The lacing is nicely clumpy and splotchy.

The bouquet contains lots of citrus upfront. Aromas of fresh orange and lemon-lime are countrered by biscuit, sourdough, and just enough of a sweet caramel malt balance. Piney and floral hop scents are released when I swirl the beer, along with a bitter citrus rind component.

The taste is similar to the smell and is quite yummy. Toms of orange and lemon abound at the top of the sip, followed by a full caramel sweetness, and finished off by a resinous, piney hop dryness.

The mouthfeel is quite good. A light to medium body complements just the appropriate amount of sweetness, tartness, and bitterness. Excellent carbonation contributes to produce the prototypical feel for an IPA.

This is a solid, hoppy West Coast IPA. I could throw it into the IPA rotation and be perfectly happy with it's place. I could also have several of these in a sitting.

TCHopCraver, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -3.6%

OhioBobcat, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev -3.6%

MadScientist, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Zakk, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of FLASH
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

FLASH, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright orange with a generous, tightly packed white head.

A whiff of inviting fresh hops, passionfruit, grassy notes, oranges skins.

On the palate it's aggressive yet delicate. Medium bodied with tropical fruity flavors and a bitterness akin to orange peel. Dry through and through, left nice lacing all the way down.

It would be more sessionable for me if it had a little sweetness to balance. Still a great value just a "drink two and switch" kind of beer for me. Well made for certain and an inexpensive way to get a good hop fix.

brownbeer, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of hopivore
5/5  rDev +20.5%

hopivore, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of npala86
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Tiernan, Apr 06, 2013
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,775 ratings.