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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

9,700 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,700
Reviews: 2,750
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,817 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 9,700 | Reviews: 2,750
Reviews by patpbr:
Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark copper color with a little head which last a min.

Smell-pine and some citrus

Taste- Pine flavored hops. its not to strong but gets your attetion

Mouthfeel- surprisingly a little lighter then expected. ending a little bitter

Drinkablitlity- its a good IPA, nice taste. going to stick to some others however

More User Reviews:
Photo of LFlo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tastes like marijuana, love it!

Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Photo of HoppyADK
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of danny2209
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never rate beers. I like to drink them. I drink all the fancy ones people like to call the best beers in the world. KBS, Pliny, etc. This, to me, is the best beer in the world. This has the hops that every IPA strives for. More importantly you don't have to pay 22.99 for a 4 pack if you're lucky to get there at the right time. You don't have to show up on a Tuesday morning and whisper "george the animal steel likes butterscotch crumpets". This beer is $7.99 a sixer at Wegmans. Wegmans isn't exactly known for their bargains. 6 stars. 6 I say!

Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Massive foamy head. Clear reddish/Amber. Excellent sticky lace retention.
Smell- Sugary and citrus aroma. Reminds me of lemonade.
Taste- complex and intense. Very Hoppy with a bready and malty backbone. herbal, piney and resinous. Bitter grapefruit finish.
Feel- Amazing feel goes down quickly and easily. Medium bodied. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.
An excellent beer overall. A hop bomb!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Arksa_Apocrypha
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA with possibly the best price point for product ratio. A tad skunky perhaps but when I want to scratch my IPA itch, a liter of this does the job often.
Thin head but good lacing. Great mouth feel. Taste/smell is mostly piney, with as others state many subtle undertones. Not too bitter unless uninitiated to IPA's.

Take away line..."Hoppy like a bunny"

Photo of vincentmass
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not over the top hoppy. though i dont know what "extra" ipa means. otherwise beautifully well rounded. i might just go pour one more tonight.

Photo of oregonduck
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So different than the typical west coast IPA. So much more balanced. Not the typical grapefruit flavors of most IPA's. Initially sweet & malt forward with a little bitterness at the end. If there were any criticism it would be that this could be a little too sweet. But overall solid and a go to IPA. Easy to drink. I give Sierra Nevada credit for having their own style and not just following the trend of overly bitter and unbalanced IPA's.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Format: reasonable 355mL brown bottle with an original and decent label.

Appearance: pours a bright orange-brown in colour with with very sparse visible carbonation. An off-white head froths up to a finger before settling to a thick half-finger. Thin lacing.

Aroma: a fairly moderate aroma of grapefruit and particularly pine hops. Some biscuit malts behind also.

Taste: stronger on the palate than on the nose. A great mix of grapefruit, pine and those biscuit malts. As expected there is some bitterness, but predominantly the hop flavours which is fantastic.

Aftertaste: some sweetness from the citrus hops and a nicely metered out hop bitterness. This really is a damn good IPA.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. Still reasonable, but it feels a touch flaccid. I wouldn't mind a touch more carbonation.

Overall: quite a nice AIPA as expected fro Sierra Nevada. Not sure it's worth AU$92 a case, but I'll take a 6-pack every now and then. Very flavour-forward, rather than some AIPAs that just taste of bitterness.

Photo of schiltl
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It will work In a pinch

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (packaged December 16, 2014) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 7, 2015.

A-The beer is nearly clear with a reddish tinted copper color. There is about one and one-half fingers of very-off-white eggshell colored foam. The head is dense and pillowy with nice lacing and good retention.

S-The aroma is sharp with notes of pine, mint, toast, and a buttery sweetness that exposes this beers age but -- unlike most IPAs -- does not detract from the beer's aroma.

T-The taste is similar. It has that recognizable Sierra Nevada yeast/malt profile with some pine, a little bit of grapefruit, mint, buttered toast, and just the slightest hint of tropical fruit.

M-The feel is medium in body with a bit of oil and hop grit. Very drinkable.

O-This is a great beer. Unlike many IPAs or IIPAs, I could drink two of these without feeling like my palate has been blasted. Yet...the beer is appropriately hoppy and assertive. Perhaps I'm just a sucker for Sierra Nevada, but this is a very, very good beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of iRaven99664
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/22/14 Drinking 02/01/15

Drinking from a bottle. Can't see through the beautiful dark bottle. Cannot recall if a reddish hue or amberish. By looking at another review someone says medium amber. Nice smoke when opened.

Smell first comes out like a piney marijuana. Shortly fades with subtle notes of pine and slightly sweet from malt. maybe a slight grapefruit hint. Very lovely. Pepper and flora are noted as well.

Taste still piney like eating a forest. Still subtly sweet. It coats the tongue nicely and lingers. This it the right amount of hopness, solid bitter; bready sweet combines for a true IPA treat.

Mouth is slightly creamy thats the slightest watered (just a little so you are not chewy, its not bad). Bubbly carb, definitely from yeast which is nice.

Along with Alaska Brewing Co. IPA and Ruination form Stone, this is one of my new favorite IPAs. Not for new "better beer" drinkers. Not a gateway, needs some mild experience with other crafts.

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of passthatpurpyo
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be a bit of a kick in the face from a hops perspective. Just not my style.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my perfect (affordable) summer choice. The pour is quite beautiful and surely above average. The head that is created is not around long and the orange/yellow hues are nice with visible carbonation activity. The hop and malt aromas are well constructed with the malt cutting slightly the hop bitterness. The hoppiness is perfect for the style's goal. The smooth and crisp characteristics allows this to be an any occassion summer favorite. I really appreciate such a brew that is so readily available, affordable, and produced in the tradition of craft beer.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A heavy ipa by Sierra Nevada? Must try.

A- Nice dark orange color with plenty of off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Very bubbly begining.

S- Mostly floral hops and just a small note of piney evergreen hints.

T- Very smooth hoppy beer that dances on the buds. Has kind of a malty after taste. Very small bitterness at the end. (But i love the hellish bitterness of an ipa)

M-D- A very easy to drink ipa that is enjoyed as a flavor booster if you haven't had a good ipa in a while. Has just a tad of an oily feel on the palate. Good drinkablity.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,700 ratings.