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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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2,745 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,745
Hads: 10,077
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 283
Gots: 2,250 | 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: 2,745 | Hads: 10,077
Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear orangeish gold with a nice foamy white head that sticks for a bit before receding. It leaves some decent lacing.

It has a nice aroma. There is a heightened hop presence here over say an SNPA. There are nice herbal pine and citrus accents along with some subtle sweetness.

The taste has the signature SN yeast and malt flavors with some piney bitter hops to go along. I have always found SN ales to have a bit of a solely bitter taste, it isn't a hoppy bitterness, just straight up bitter flavor.

It is a decent take on the IPA, nice bitterness level though not really out of balance with the strong malt presence. (645 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours an even honey colored amber with a thick, oily, khaki head that faded into a greasy film that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of fresh grapefruit and pint with a hint of sticky caramel and bready crust beneath.
T: Bitter flavors of pine resin, grapefruit pith, orange zest and bread crust. The finish has just a tiny bit of sweet caramel covered fruits, and the aftertaste is bitter and lingering.
M: Medium body, resin-esque mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, and the carbonation is tingly and tight. Alcohol is hidden but the beer has a pretty good dose of pine and grapefruit bitterness all around.
O: Not my favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries. It’s good, just not my favorite bitterness combination. I’ll stick to Celebration and their Pale Ale. (844 characters)

Photo of mtlasley
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Won't be able to hit the bottle shop til tomorrow and I didn't want to break into the cellar so I picked up a six pack close to home.

Appearance: Torpedo hits the glass and produced a strong, brownish red amber color. A gorgeous white, two-finger head stood tall and sudsy. Quite the eye appeal.

Smell: Hops are of course the strongest scent. Slightly lime like with a hint of grapefruit. The malt backbone is there and has a great sweetness that balances everything out.

Taste: Although the malt stands tall in the scent, it lets the hops do the work on the tongue. Powerful bittering that can only be described as "hoppy". The flavor never strays into too aromatic or too bitter and it constantly invites another taste.

Mouthfeel: Torpedo doesn't exactly live up to it's name in the mouthfeel department. It's slightly sticky but the carbonation carries it well and it goes down quite refreshingly.

Overall: Another hit from the boys in Chico. As a hop fan, it's a great session. And at 7% I don't feel as guilty drinking 4 of them as I do when I'm putting Hoptimums down. A tasty everyday drinking brew. (1,112 characters)

Photo of ScottyC
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty clear, nice orangy-tan.

Smell: Acidic -- smells like pumpkin. Nice, full aroma.

Taste: The first taste hits you with a lot of hops, but then mellows out at the end to a nice aftertaste. As you drink it, the bite doesn't hit you as much. Does compromise on taste.

Drinkability: A little harsh in the offset, but gets better. (345 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Torpedo is a clear copper with an off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is hoppy, resinous, earthy and dank, with flora and citrus notes coming to the fore as it warmed up a bit from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is assertive. Peppery bite to the hops and a firm bitterness, some oily fusels. Also a bit of a bready aftertaste, but mainly a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamily carbonated, medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability is OK, but it's not really my style of big IPA. I prefer more floral and citrus notes, smoother and less bite. A bit of a disappointment after the accolades and hype it's been receiving. Still, the high ABV is well hidden, and the price is good. I actually had two bottles in a row, both pulled from the fridge at once, as I wrote this review. (833 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a golden copper one finger fluffy light tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dank hops, grapefruit, light mango, and some light caramel. Taste has some sweetness with mango, dank hops, pine, and light caramel. The finish has light bitterness, but could use more. Medium body. Medium carbonation. (369 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden with a moderate, frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Piney and resiny hops. Not much else, but still nice.

T: Citrus hop flavors up front followed by earthy tones. Leans heavily on the bitter end of the spectrum.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty average for the style.

D: Not outstanding, but tasty and easy drinking. (361 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold-amber, some particles, good head.

Smell: Nice hoppy mix, citrus, pine, some floral qualities.

Taste: Moderately bitter citrus that lasts and lasts. A little bit of sweetness gives some balance.

Drinkability: Somewhat hard to find, a little strong for more than a couple.

Finally got to try the SN Torpedo. I have a feeling this might be a little better on tap, but still was a quality IPA. I thought it might be a little more bitter than it was, but still pretty good. (489 characters)

Photo of powellmg
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a foamy white head. Very slight haze from (I'm guessing) suspended yeast. Woodsy, spicy hops aroma but fairly subdued for an IPA. Bitter, piny taste with toasted malt for balance. Very slight alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid and well-balanced but not extraordinary IPA. (307 characters)

Photo of seanbhudson
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge off-white head that dissipates slowly. Very long lasting sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of "wort". A little mix of malt and hops.
Earthy / piney hops, toasted malts. Not a lot of complexity. Nice balance leaning toward hops. Not very sweet at all.
Medium bodied beer with a crisp slightly dry texture. Moderate carbonation.
Pretty good drinkability. I prefer a little more sweetness and citrusy hops.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-ScottR (521 characters)

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass.

A: beautiful orange. a finger of thick, frothy, off-white foam that lingers. not quite clear. tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S: piney hops, citrus fruit, herbal/floral.

T: overwhelming hops up front coat the palate. herbal, citrus notes. nice malt. alcohol is completely concealed despite slightly above average abv.

M: well carbonated, medium bodied, good.

O: i've had it a million times. great warm weather beer. characteristic sierra nevada hop profile turned up a bit. at 7.20% abv, it gets the job done. (540 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with creamy white head. Nice lacing. crystal clear

Smell: Lacking. Needs more aroma hops.

Taste: Hoppy. Unbalanced but I like it that way. hops are a slight bit harsh, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. tingly from the carbonation. medium bodied. Nice

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. Very nice (331 characters)

Photo of turbine2475
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep honey/brown color with a small one finger head that disipated slowly into a good lace.

S - Touches of pine and some semi sweet hops. Not really too much here.

T - Lots of orange and grapfruit peel in the taste. Earthy malt comes behind it to balance the confused hops. Not bad. Confused in this cases adds to the complexity.

M - Murky mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Good grapefruit after taste.

D - Not bad. Does not have the "sameness" in aftertase that some of the other SN brews share. Truely takes on a life of its own, and is a welcome change of pace. (592 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A yellow-orange beer with a short and quickly disappearing white head. Soft carbonation.

Aroma is mostly herbal, mild citrus and soft malt. It has some faint notes of diesel that thankfully disappear after a few swirls.

The flavor is pine, herbal, earthy, mild tropical from Citra and soft malt. The bitterness is low-medium for an IPA with a short sustain.

Overall, this is a decent IPA and a good value. The ABV is well hidden. The bitterness is not extreme or too soft. There is nothing really objectionable here, but I can't say great things about it. (559 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/14/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an amber brownish colored body, fizzy and clear. Huge head, thick and creamy looking, foamy. Very lasting too. Sweet bitter hop aroma. Some pine but not off-putting. Softish mouthfeel. Good piney dry taste. Some grapefruit. Makes me want another, drying. Somewhat sweet, bitter aftertaste. Very tasty. Very balanced taste, just enough hoppiness. (381 characters)

Photo of Telix
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: A nice orange honey color, fairly clear. A nice dense head is formed and the carbonation levels are high enough to keep it up there for some time.

S: Surprisingly mild. Piney, bit of citrus zest, some mild florals, a bit of crappy industrial brew undertone somehow... I'm really trying to get something great out of this but it just isn't happening. Either my bottle is a bit stale or I've been smelling too many good IPAs lately.

T: Effervescent while remaining smooth - some candy syrup, citrus, some piney bitterness. Finishes leaving the tongue a little filmy and a bit alkaline. It's good, but not exceptional.

M: Creamy, satisfying. I could go for a bit more thickness/syrupyness but that's my personal taste.

D: It's a fine beer, it's tasty and not overpowering, and doesn't leave your tongue too fatigued with bitterness. (892 characters)

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

Beer is fairly clear, woody amber in color. The orange-white head yields very nice sheety lace once it fades. Smell contains grapefruit, orange, leaves, wood, melon, musky floral scents, and lightly caramelized toasty grain. Taste is prickly with brisk bitter hops + fine carbonation. Flavors of buttered bread, caramel, pine, grapefruit, and lemon rind. Texture is resiny, slick, and fluid. Quite easy to drink even with the hoppy bitter punch.

I would like more juicy mouth-watering aroma + flavor hops, but that aside, this is a solid IPA. (544 characters)

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

A: Clear and amber orange. Nice fluffy head that's almost nitroesque.

S: Not a strong smell, but what's there is quite nice. Everything good about an IPA smell nothing bad, yet the smell is too faint for my ol factory senses to get specific. :(

T: What's strange about this one is the taste is nearly all in the aftertaste. Ok, maybe some in the middle there. The quality, that I dont like in IPA's exists in this one, however it's not too strong, which is the type of bitterness in the aftertaste. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I'm thinking pesticides or something. Maybe that is what I'm tasting, but somehow I doubt it. Maybe it's the type of hops or malt.

The middle is nice though. Not bitter and smooth. Almost ambery.

M: The middle is nice and smooth but the aftertaste sits in my mouth the wrong way.

D: A worthy beer, but not my favorite IPA. (864 characters)

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

Bottled on Jan 12, 2010, drank March 4, 2010

Appearance - Poured into a standard pint glass it left ~1 head that slowly receded to a thin covering. Good lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - Earthy smells along with some pine.

Taste - Some sharp hop bitterness that recedes to a dry finish. Not a whole lot of citrusy hops, which surprised me. Alcohol is well masked, but the hop flavor seemed a bit one-sided to me with more emphasis put on bittering than on the hop flavor. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Good body and excellent texture. Moderate carbonation for the style, but relatively "chewy" with a great feel. Easily it's best feature.

Drinkability - Unfortunately, it only gets an average rating from me on this. While the alcohol is masked well, there isn't enough of a positive to make me reach for this over something else. I wonder to a certain extent whether it lost something in the 2 months since it was brewed, or whether it was always intended to be... unoffensive. (994 characters)

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)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.