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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Reviews: 2,724
Hads: 10,008
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 270
Gots: 2,168 | 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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Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and rich golden copper in color. The off white loose head left modest lacing.

Smell was leafy and earthy. Not strong.

Taste was also earthy hops. Husky grains. There was a lingering grassy bitterness after the sweeter middle.

Mouthfeel was appropriate in body and carbonation. Nicely zippy. I do not like this beer as much as the Anniversary Ale or the Celebration Ale, but it is very drinkable. (485 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA poured a bubbly copper with a thick three-finger head that had great retention and left rings of sticky lace.

The smell was strong with citrus notes. The taste, on the other hand, was weak--not remotely living up to the promise to the nose. The feel was very chewy, bitter, and dry--the only aspect of the beer that could be called aggressive. It was easy to drink; however, without much flavor, there wasn't much point. (499 characters)

Photo of Snamnoum
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - is rich orange-honey amber with an excellent beigish head and great retention. Fantastic lacing!!!

Smell - is of citrus, hops, pine, some light malt and yeastiness

Taste/Mouthfeel - sweet on the front end aided by the malt. Hoppy and bitter and the back with a dry almost astringent finish. Mouthfeel is think and coating with medium/low carbonation

Drinkability - One is just fine any more than two and you're pushing it. You just won't taste much of anything after two of these. (497 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ol' Torpedo (what a great name) pours a clear and enticing amber / copper with a full load of ivory head. Good Brussels lace in the Corsendonk tulip.

Plenty of sharp and cutting citrus and pine in the aroma. Those two are balanced well with the malt in the quaff. Touch of woody resin in the finish. Rich and a decent brew, this is in-between an IPA and a DIPA - but still closer to an IPA. Almost a session type IPA, sipper-wise, as the $8 a sixer won't break ya, and that sixer could last an evening. Did for me. (519 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16 ounce tallboy of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery amber hue with a sudsy one finger white head that fades to leave a nice blanket and good side lacing.

S - Smell is of dank, wet hop leaves. Slightly herbal with light malt sweetness. Very earthy, almost like soil.

T - Taste of very piney. Pine needles though. Not very oily, but like I'm chewing on some pine needles. Especially in the aftertaste. I like a good piney beer, but, this...I dont know. There is a slight mineral/soil note to this, along with pine needles. I like that thick piney resin quality...not herbal. Just not my thing.

M - Mouthfeel is really good. Super drinkable, the ABV hidden nicely. Little sweet but with a bitter finish. Very drinkable.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, just not my favorite type of an IPA. Its good, and its drinkable, but I personally feel there are better offerings from Sierra Nevada. (948 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to picking up a single of this. After the initial round sold out so fast, took a while for it to filter back to MN.

Pours a crisp, clean color, on the amber side of a typical IPA. Clear white head is persistent even after a minimalist pour. Smell is sharp hops with a definite mark of grassiness to it. Hmmmm.

Torpedo comes out of the chute more like a hopped-up IPA than an "extra" IPA. Perhaps I've been spoiled by my proximity to Furious, & admittedly Cascades aren't my favorite hops, but this one is much more 'balanced' than I like. The hops impart a sharp bitterness & some piney aftertaste, & the malts have been dealt with a purty heavy hand. Some grapefruit comes through, but Cascades often leave me with a soapy-type aftertaste. Although my burps smell fantastic.

If I wanted a solid IPA to drink while doing something else, having a heated conversation, this might be one I'd reach for; but I'd reach for a readily available Furious 99 times out of 100. Good beer nonetheless. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Royalenfield1990
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

A- It's a nice golden-coppery color and a good thick cream-colored head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S- These American Cone Hops give a pleasant scent of herbs, citrus and pine.

T- Very bitter like a double IPA should be, a nice piney and citrusy and dry aftertaste. Not bad.

M- Medium carbonation, kind of light for its kind

O- This was a decent brew. I can see myself buying another sixer again sometime. (449 characters)

Photo of pvsob
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy brown/amber color with a large head (off-white) that has great staying power. Sticky lacing covers the pint glass.

S- Mainly citrus, but some pine and hints of malt round out the aroma. Not as pronounced as I would like.

T- Same as above, but the bitter hops (pine) is the star. A little malt sweetness shows up in the finish.

M- Even with the above average level of carbonation, the beer never seems thin. It has a nice medium feel.

D/O- This is sort of the standard SNPA on roids. I could probably have two or three of these before I got bored with the bitterness. It's a well crafted beer that is worth a try if you're gun-ho for IPAs. I'll probably just stick with the standard Pale Ale if I need a SN fix in the near future. Cheers. (758 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear amber. Pours a large head that slowly falls leaving excellent lacing.
Smell is fresh pine and citric hops though on the mild side. A bit of malt comes in at the end.
Taste is a light hop presence with a bit of mild bitterness. Light malt, again at the end.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium.
Drinkability is good. Not especially hoppy or balanced. It's still a decent beer. Not my favorite for this style by a good 10-15 other IPAs but better than most. (476 characters)

Photo of blackc5
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours the expected amber orange with a decent, lingering head and some moderate lacing.

S - A bit mild, but what is there is hoppy. Mostly get herbal and pine notes, with some decent caramel malt.

T - Fairly one-note hoppiness - herbal and pine dominate with little in the way of citrus. Moderately bitter, but lacking the qualities of a high quality IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of oiliness on the tongue. Medium+ carbonation.

D - A good IPA all things considered, but far short of the bar set by others. Nevertheless easy to down, and for the price it delivers. (576 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into shaker pint

A Dark golden amber. Transparent. Nice foamy head fades to thick lacing that hangs around.

S Hops really leap out. Pine. Something floral is in there as well. Cut dandelion, maybe.

T Like the smell, very hop forward. Not overly bitter though, due to to a giant sweet malt backbone. Sugary aftertaste.

M Medium, almost full due to the malt. Smooth finish.

O Not bad at all. On the Sierra Nevada spectrum, this sits somewhere in the middle. A little off balanced; on the malty side, which is weird for an IPA. Fairly big at 7.2 ABV, but hides the alcohol well. Had many times and will probably have many more. (637 characters)

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored a clear, light amber with a big fluffy 2 finger head that left a foamy lacing

Big pine scent with citrus and hops.

Taste matched the smell with a lingering bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated with a medium body. A hoppy, bitter IPA. (254 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with medium head. Smell is nothing special, with pine hops, some dust, not a whole lot going on with the aromatics. Taste is very one dimensional with pine flavor from the hops on top of light bready malts. The bitter is subdued and this is pretty easy drinking. High carbonation and just a bit of resin on the palate. On the dry side for the style. While not overly exciting or complex, this is a nice easy drinking go to for the style. (450 characters)

Photo of grannaniwa
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big nose, very pungent hop aromas, kind of pot-like. Reminds me just a touch of the normal Sierra Nevada pale ale nose, but has much more of a bite. Flavor is very much in-line with the aromas... a bong-water bitterness at the beginning of the swallow, medium body in the middle, and a nice piney bitterness left in the back of the mouth at the very end.

“Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavor highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.”

Overall: B+, but not an everyday fit for me (577 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I may be getting tired of hoppy American IPA. Overdoses of citrus hops and astringency are not what I am after in a brew, I guess. This is a lovely yellow-orange brew with a nice head. There is a nice malt underneath the hop astringency, but nothing I care to go back to. (271 characters)

Photo of tim9887
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Brilliant burnt orange/copper, slightly hazy. 1.5" of slightly off-white foam.

Aroma: Hops, lots of piney hops in the nose. Slightly sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Piney hops dominate, slight malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Light, fluffy carbonation. (292 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bright clear deep yellow beer with streams of carbonation and a dense clotted head.

Aromas of citrus and hop acids flood the nose but not in a POW! in your face way of many (well) dry hopped IPA's. As it warms some light malt sweetness came forward but for the most part this is a "lite" IPA in terms of mouth feel and balance. Hop bittering dominates - and not in the best way - almost makes me wonder if whole cones were really used as advertised and not pellets - it tastes like over boiled generic high alpha pellets to me. No distinctive flavors or intensity in terms of hop or malt. This may have been a tired bottle but it should have been fresh this time of year. I didnt check for a date on 6 pack - none on bottle.

Over all I enjoy this more on tap - less carbonated and harshly bitter on the finish for me. Not a bad IPA but not great and not nearly as good in any way as Celebration Ale. (903 characters)

Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Gold to dark gold in color. Lots of bubbling and carbonation. head formation is fairly strong, and snow white. The head dissipated down into a light film.

S - A fresh hop nose - floral and grapefruit in nature. Some grassy background. Overall not that strong.

T - Starts off malty and sweet - certainly not overdone with the bittering hops. Mid-stream develops some of the hops spiciness, with a hair of bitterness. Finishes with the grassy hop note that the nose detected. The real bitterness here is in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate to thick body - carbonation is noticeable. Somewhat stinging on the tongue. Certainly leaves behind a very sticky residue.

D - Easy to drink. ABV is masked big time (7.2%). This one could sneak up on you. Only downside is that the edge of the grassy hop finish is becoming somewhat monotonous.

A solid new offering from SN. (892 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter...

A - Hazy reddish/orange. The off white head dissipates quickly, and it has moderate lacing (for the small head that remains) throughout the session. The head becomes a mere sliver halfway through.

S - At first, there's a good amount of hops. Not overwhelming, but not quite underwhelming. Not the hoppiest smelling IPAs I have tasted. The hop character is more piny than citrusy, but it has elements of both. After my nose hits the "blind spot" - I smell a fair amount of grain and a good amount of sweetness. Some bread notes in the nose as well.

T - A tasty beverage! A nice amount of bitterness as you take a sip, but not over-the-top. A delicate sweetness backs it up. There are some good ol' American hops on the tongue, but more so in bitterness than in flavor. There is a bit of the piny character, and not much citrus to speak of. There's also a graininess that reminds me of bread and biscuit which mellows out while it warms. The bitterness shines after about 20 minutes out of the fridge.

M - A little on the dry side, but still very satisfying. Drinkability is moderate to high. It's a beer that you could easily sip while sitting on the computer (writing a review, perhaps? That's what I'm doing!), but it's also pretty quenching and goes down easily.

Overall - A solid IPA! Not my favorite, but this beer is pretty easy to come by so it's a great beer to grab at a place that is moderately stocked with craft beer. Or if you see it on the menu of a restaurant that serves OK beer - grab it and enjoy! (1,543 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: deep orange colored body, off-white fluffy head that stayed with the beer throughout It

S: bitter piney hops, slight malt backbone, but really more so as the beer warms

T: bitter through the piney hops, sweet only once it warmed

M: medium, harsh on the tongue, sessionable, resinous aftertaste and finish

O: I'm glad I keep trying this because it seems to get better every time, good for the style and good for me (441 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a fluffy soft head of foam that won’t fall down and left clumps in the glass. Good lacing. Nose is strong perfume, pine and sweet citrus. The malt is bread, caramel and honey. Little soap on the nose. Very floral with a touch of yeast . Malt is pretty sweet. On the palate it greets with malt first, then a quick piney bitter then lots of perfumey floral hops. The alcohol is just a bit on the palate. A small bite from carbonation to finish it off dry and a little toasted, sticky and some resin too. I wanted to like this more than I did. It became heavy after a while and hard to drink from the oily bitter on the back palate. The hop perfume translated into the drink astringent and I didn’t care for it. Felt out of balance and like it could have used a touch more malt depth, the sweetness wasn’t full it was kind of sugary. The bitterness was sharp. Decent but I liked the SNPA better. (921 characters)

Photo of Borgs
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice head with lacing. Dark golden color.

Smell: Phenomenal hop aroma. The citrus really stands out.

Taste: Has definite a sweetness to it (almost too much), with a hard piney, light hop flavor. I'm not getting much of the citrus from the aroma in the taste.

Mouthfeel: For an extra IPA, I would assume more of a bitterness

Drinkability: I like it, & will drink more in the future (404 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very good extra, super duper hoppy. Big strong flavor, with a deep copper color. The aroma is very floral as you might expect, definitely a hint of citrus in there as well. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh, but not bad. Give it a shot, maybe too much on the hops for me. (266 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 sinstaineddemon
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A this SN IPA is light tan/amber and pours with over a finger of tan head, moderate carbonation meanders its way up

S - i swear, SN uses genetically engineered hops, all their hoppy beers smell so fresh and inviting, this is no exception slightly floral, supremely piney and refreshingly citrus with that underlying molasses/brown sugar hops related sweetness

T - power hops, piney and floral at first with a creeping white peppery spiciness that ambushes the tastebuds, the only downside is the aftertaste is a bit mediciney, like old school aspirin or popping a liquigel capsule by mistake

M&D - light bodied with some decent layering, not as balanced as i like in an IPA, but still damn fine tasty, i expect no less from this level of brewery (749 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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