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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
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8,514 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,514
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 163
Gots: 935 | 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 lester619
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a very nice dark copper amber, about what you would expect a good IPA to look like. Thick sticky head with perfect lacing. Smell is very fragrant floral citrus hops with a little sweet molasses showing up. This is one great tasting beer. Hop bitterness is the overwhelming characteristic of course, but this was a lot more balanced than I expected. There is plenty of sweet toasty malt backbone to start. The spicy grapefruit citrus takes over quickly folowed by a perfectly brutal bitter hop kick. There is a nice little burning hop presance on the back of my throat that I really enjoyed. I thought that this was going to be one of those IPA's that went overboard beyond the point of being enjoyable. Just the opposite. This is close to a perfect tasting beer. It's not a beer that you can drink alot of at one sitting. That's really not a bad thing I guess. From what I can tell it is imposible for Sierra Nevada to do anything wrong. Fantastic beer.

lester619, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of JohnnyJam
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle with a freshness date that was coded into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with an off white foamy head. The lace really sticks to the glass.

S: Defininately a citrus and pine smell. Smells refreshing on a hot summer day.

T: Perfect grapefruit taste is the first thing I notice then a pine taste with a more mellow malt taste that is in the background.

M: Almost chewy. Delicious. Juicy and kind of sticky. I want to give it a 5.0 but lest it as a 4.5 thinking that someone might craft a beer that is better. 4.8 if available number.

O: The first time I tasted this beer, I wasn't a fan. It was on draft and I was having pizza. I decided to give it another try and bought a six-pack. It is now one of my favorites. It deserves my first review! This is a refreshing and tastey beer. It has a really great price and is now all the time in my refigerator.

JohnnyJam, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of bens0n
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

This beer pours a clear golden orange with tons of creamy off white head that leaves massive amounts of lacing on the glass.

This beer smells pretty mild in the hop department, I pick up more malt than anything. The hops are there but they aren't overpowering, was expecting this EXTRA IPA to be a hop explosion but its not.

Flavor wise its got the hoppy backbone but surprisingly enough theres almost no hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness that lingers but the majority of the hoppyness is in the middle.

Its got a decent viscosity and low level of carbonation, extremely smooth and easy to down.

I'm not a big fan of IPAs but this one was an exception and I feel like the hops are well balanced with the rest of whats going on.

bens0n, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is often referred to as the best fair priced IPA. It is consistently stated as a go to beer for many hop-heads out there such as myself. I cannot wait to review this ever so respectable brew. Enjoy!

Appearance- Beautiful golden amber hue to this beer. With the initial pour, there is about a one finger head that seems to be lasting quite a while. Definitely a creamy head but there are some large bubbles. It has low transparency and has medium to high carbonation. Great appearance to this beer.

Smell- With the first sniff of this IPA, I get a reasonable hit of floral and piney hops. With the second waft, I get some tropical hints of orange with a crisp finish to the nose. Final smell with a swirl of the glass there is definitely more presence of bitter hops there is a strong bit of hops in this beer without a doubt.

Taste- Right on the back of the tongue you get a beautiful dry pine and floralness to this brew. Followed directly by that sense of orange that I pick up before with even a little grapefruit possibly. Second sip I get wow way more of the tropical tastes with just a bite of hops to finish it off. Very impressed with the taste especially the dryness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Very very smooth to drink for 7.2% it’s totally hidden and well balanced. It is a medium bodied beer that is just light enough to enjoy multiple in an evening. This mouthfeel is how I expect an American IPA to be.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this beer and would definitely keep a six pack of this at all times in the fridge. I would recommend it to every craft beer drinker and even to those who are just now exploring the realms of IPA's. There is a bitterness to it but not too overwhelming for anyone. This beer is a two thumbs up. CHEERS!

Tr0janSlay3r, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of hdog09
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

-Copper/amber color

-Hints of mint and a strong citrus aroma

-You can tell this IPA has good amount of hops from the lingering bitterness left in your mouth

-Good balance of combination, malt, and hops

-Overall a really good double/imperial IPA

-Good job Sierra Neveda!

hdog09, May 05, 2010
Photo of medic25
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Clear copper color with a white head that laces nicely along a Rare Vos glass. Piney aroma, like a fresh-cut christmas tree. Taste is a powerful hit of hops, a little bit of fruit flavor, but there is no doubt which ingredient is running the show. Clean aftertaste, and drinks easily. Paired this with some homemade thai chicken and rice; great combination!

medic25, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of qdeguchy
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A. Poured a semi-transparent caramel body with a creamy two finger off-white head. There was nice lacing following each drink attributed to the hop resins.

S. The smell was a bit subtle. It was piney, grapefruit and floral in nature with a hint of spiciness. Maybe reminiscent of nutmeg.

T. Taste was hop-forward with a rush of bitterness. This transitioned to a bread sweetness that finished with a tart bitterness that lingered.

M. The mouthfeel was medium leaving a velvet coating of hop resins that blanketed the palate. Carbonation was pleasant leaving a nice crispness upon each drink.

D. A highly drinkable beer for an experienced enthusiast. The alcohol was extremely well hidden. If you are used to yellow fizzy beer than I suggest you adhere to what is comfortable. Real beer was not only created by but intended for real men!

qdeguchy, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of climax
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Been meaning to try this one for too long now, especially for how readily available it is. It poured a bronze/copper with a massive head that cratered with the remaining pour. The retention was excellent as was the thick lace covering the rim of my pint glass.

The aroma definitely let me know it wasn't a typical IPA, as the hop bill is quite distinct and unusual. Minty floral and grassy tones rivaled grapefruit and soapiness for hop supremacy. The toasty malt backbone definitely sits on the bench, but it's presence is noble.

The flavor held the same good qualities that the smell started. Juicy citrus flavor creeps in as the initial whack of grass and soap subside. Red apple mealy flavor begins to shift the beer from bitter to sweet. Sweetness from the malt finds it's way in towards the finish and as the beer warms. Complex to say the least.

Creamy and thick, the body slides it's way around. The carbonation is mild, and does not distract from viscous feel. The finish is sticky and has a grassy dryness, that can only be described as if you were to just eat grass.... That being said, the hops used in this brew are not typical, and may be hit or miss. Whatever the cost, I like it.

climax, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of magnj
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

a - Crystal clear amber body, no haze or floaties whatsoever. Nice fluffy off white head leaves some lacing.

s - Strong Pine hops aromas.

t - Pine shines through right away. Hops are present throughout but it's not a hop bomb. Rich malt backbone balances the bitter hops with sweet sweet flavor. Really well rounded. Alcohol is very well masked, not at all hot or off putting.

m/d - Mouth feel is perfect for the flavor and size of the brew. Very tasty, very drinkable. At 7.2% however make sure you share with your friends or you'll be asleep before you know it.

magnj, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of mt24turner
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Long time drinker, first time reviewer.

Appearance- Crystal clear copper orange

Smell- Great hoppy aroma of grapefruit, floral and herbal notes also little caramel sweetnes

Taste- smack of hops straight ahead with mostly grapefruit and pine, caramel sweetness with some toasty malt makes an appearance and is finally finished off by the bold hop bitterness leaving a pleasant piny hop lingering

mouthfeel- definately a heavier bodied mouthfeel but easily drinkable at 7.2 abv

overall- Just a great go to beer, readily available and about as good as it gets for such a widely available and reasonably priced brew.
highly recommended

mt24turner, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of BeenJammin
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

This beer pours a copper color with a nice big head. The aroma is very piney and herbal. It tastes very piney and has some grapefruit notes to it as well. It is very bitter. It has a pretty full flavor and the mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It is very drinkable.

BeenJammin, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of JohannBock
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: nice 2.5 finger head that recedes into one finger on top. Bright amber if I can say that. Deep shades of orange in there. Fantastic lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Hoppy. Some grapefruit, piney.

T: Really nice. Hop kicks your palate the whole way through. Some grapefruit rind upfront followed by that pine I smelled. Maybe a little bit of malt trying to sneak through near the front but this is definitely got hops if you are looking for them. Finish lingers on the back of your tongue but not too long, invites you to take another sip right away.

M: Crisp, refreshing. A nice carbonation prick on your tongue.

O: Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. I could see this being a very nice go to IPA. Good Stuff.

JohannBock, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Feeling an IPA the other day. Beer dude at my favorite local store suggested this. Glad he did.

The head formed in this strange pattern - big-bubble islands enveloped in a delta-like system of smaller-bubble channels. The color is a deep sunset orange and evokes a feeling of (the sun setting in) summertime - around 8:25pm on a day at the end of the third week in July, specifically. Somewhere in SoCal...anyway...

Very vibrant, verdant aroma. Detected something like a campfire and/or toasted almonds, pungent pine, hints of overripe cantaloupe. I also saw a color - dark forest green. The label?

A generous swig rewards you with a refreshing hop blast. You feel it throughout your mouth and out the nostrils - a similar experience to a gnashing on a few sprigs of spicy mint. And it's actually not at all excessive. Combined with a medium-body malt body that's thankfully not syrupy sweet, the 7.2 is barely discernible. Testament to how well-balanced this brew is.

Bouleboubier, May 19, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a chalice, color is copper, light effervescence, head is thick from a tall pour, 1 inch, color is light tan.

Smell is resiny, piney, lighter citrus hops, some mild sweetness.

Taste is a great balance of great big hops in the form of pine and light citrus and solid malt backbone, with some lighter malt sweetness to counter the bitterness. A great brew to have in the colder weather with these bold flavors.

Mouthfeel is wonderful for a slightly stronger ipa, good bitterness lingering on the tongue with some solid malt sweetness backbone.

Overall, a very, very good ipa - love the resinous flavors (think hop devil on the east coast), with tasty understated malt flavors.

mvanaskie13, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of latercol
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

pours a orangeish reddish color. Nice tight head. good lacing

I smell grapefruit mostly. Smells great could be a little more in your face though.

taste is crisp and citrusy and very thirst quenching too:)

Mouthfeel is smooth with some hop oils noticable on the finish

Drinkibility is high for an IPA. Overall a really good IPA and considering the price this is one I will get again:)

latercol, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of MickeyHops
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

3/6/09 Pint glass from 12 oz bottle

Clear light copper color and fresh appearance. One finger of head and some lacing.

Smell is faint, some hops and a little malt.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, similar to the pale ale with more complexity. Medium mouthfeel, very well balanced.

Drinkability is excellent. This is my new favorite IPA, and quite possbily the easiest drinking 7% ABV beer I've had.

MickeyHops, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of morehoppps
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from bottle, into pilsner glass.

A: Poured a rusty amber, one finger head, with a nice amount of bubbles commuting from the bottom.

S: Smells hoppy, but not as much grapefruit aroma as I was expecting. Not too too much in the nose really.

T: Smooth, hoppy, but not overly hopped. Like New Belgium Ranger, This is an IPA that some non-hopheads may enjoy. For the somewhat high ABV, not much alcohol taste. As far as malt, it is nice and bready, balanced brew.

M: Medium-Bodied. Nice carbonation, and a clean finish.

O: Great IPA that is available in most decent grocery stores, and liquor stores. A very good mainstream, "Non-Regional" ale. Thumbs up SN!

morehoppps, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Very beautiful bright copper colored with a quick thinning head but it leaves some pretty lacing.

S: Mostly floral hop notes with some citrus hiding in the background.

T: Very nice tasting beer. Not too much at first but a nice wave of hops rolls over your tongue as you swallow. More citrusy and piney in the taste.

M: Nice medium body with not too much carbonation but plenty of hop oiliness.

D: Yet another quality brew from Sierra Nevada! Drinkability is pretty high as far as I'm concerned. Very clean drinking IPA with plenty of hoppiness that won't let you down.

drgonzo3705, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Glowing amber coloring with nice fluffy head. Heavy lacing apparent. Really good looking beer.

S: Nice citrus tones coming from the nose. Very pleasant and whets the appetite for the taste.

T & M: Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel spot on, carbonation and hoppiness make it quite refreshing. Citrus tones from the nose not as apparent in the taste but finish is very nice. Alcohol not apparent at all.

D: One of the most drinkable IPAs that I've encountered. Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

elniko, May 26, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance
Orangey-amber with a rocky, off-white head; clear with good carbonation; leaves clumpy lacing

Smell
Great sharp aroma--piney, citrussy, and herbal notes really come together in a focused way; I like it!

Taste
First few sips surprise me as it's not quite the hop assault I was expecting. There are plenty of hops, but they're really kept in check by the malt. Every sip brings (and leaves) a strong hop taste but it just doesn't quite command attention in the kick-your-teeth-in manner of other IPAs out there. However, after 10 minutes or so in the glass, the hops really become even more pronounced, yet it's still a malty IPA. Hop qualities are extremely piney, citrussy, and a bit minty--I love it.

Mouthfeel
Texture is really smooth with a slightly oily coating. Body is medium: not the fullest but by no means on the thin side; just right there in the middle.

Overall
It's not quite as good as Celebration Ale, but I'm OK with that (it's nice to look forward to an annual treat that's really, really good). It's a solid IPA and I happily welcome it to the year-round lineup and into the regular rotation of IPAs in my fridge.

JEdmund, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JWU
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear orange/amber with a half finger of off-white head that laces impressively

S- quite yeasty/estery. Grapefruit, pine and underlying biscuit smelling malts. A hint of what almost strikes me as spearmint.

T- up front is a big bitter blast, very oily and coating. The hop flavor is quite complex, citric at first and turning piney and earthy, almost like an English IPA, but much more hop forward. There is a caramel/biscuit malt base to balance, but that is overshadowed by the finishing bitterness. Bitterness does hang on a bit long for my preference.

M- decidedly medium bodied, crisp on the palette. Dries pretty well on the finish, perhaps a little too aggressively.

O- you can certainly taste the family resemblance between this and SNPA. I could do with just a touch more citric hop character, but I'm honestly nit-picking. This stuff is top-notch. In Pennsylvania, the only year round IPA this good, at this price, is HopDevil.

JWU, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Needed a hop fix and saw the Torpedo 24 ouncers at the local. Didn't realize I'd never reviewed it before.

A -- Pours a hazy golden-apricot color with a foamy, but dense, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Mildly piny, citric, and earthy hops with light biscuit malts eeking thru. There's even some mild DMS in the character that comes off as fresh.

T -- Very appetizing, piny-citric-earthy - even mildly herbal - hops in a nice blend up front. Some very mellow, but well-balancing biscuit malts in between, then finishes with a resiny, dryish bitterness that cleans up before it smashes your palate. Maybe the vaguest of alcohol pepperiness blending with the bitterness in the finish, but very deceiving.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and almost syrupy with some mild astringency from hops and alcohol. Body is medium to lightly-heavy.

O -- Overall, is it an IPA or an IIPA? Whatever the debate, it's a well-made, character-ful, hop-ful beer that is deceiving in its drinkability, but certainly not a session beer.

steveh, May 18, 2012
Photo of CAP1868
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from the typical Sierra Nevada styled bottle into a pint glass. The funny thing about this one is that it was my girlfriends choice...and what a great one.

A-Dark amber red, I couldn't see through the brew in my pint glass, had a decent head that remained with decent lacing. I knew these to be a very good sign of things to come.

S-Smelled very much of pine and citrus which it states on the bottle itself.

T-Wow I loved it...Torpedo is a great name for this beer because its hops all the way up front, but has a very complex malty finish that is simply amazing. This beer is almost perfectly balanced. The pine and citrus were also prevalent throughout the entire tasting.

M-Medium bodied, sticky type feeling

D-At 7.2%ABV you'd think it'd be a tough session beer but it's not so be careful.

GREAT brew and if you can find it, give it a try.

CAP1868, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of PhillyMonk
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

A very fine beer from a very fine brewery. This bottle poured beautifully - dark amber color with a near-perfect thick, sticky head. Fresh, hoppy smell to accompany a similar taste. This beer definitely has a little extra kick compared to your average American IPA, but in a world of increasingly hoppy, increasingly alcoholic beers of this style, Sierra Nevada does a nice job of finding some balance in this quality brew. I was even more impressed since my six-pack cost the same as the "regular" SN IPA. I'm looking forward to enjoying the other five...

PhillyMonk, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of JLB025
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

JLB025, Sep 06, 2014
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,514 ratings.