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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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2,776 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,776
Hads: 10,246
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 297
Gots: 2,433 | 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: 2,776 | Hads: 10,246
Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark golden with a big two inch head- Nice lacing

Big hop aroma with subtle citrus and pine notes

Taste- Big hop bitterness up front and pretty much all the way through- Also orange rind and subtle pine tar bite in the finish that hangs around for awhile

Overall, not bad, but could be balanced a little better for drinkability. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze/amber color, nice 1/2" creamy, rocky head.

Faint aroma,lightly hoppy, lemon peel, creamyorange and tangerine..and something I haven't put my finger on, quite yet....but none too bitter. More muted than I expected for an "extra IPA" though.

Taste: blast of hops, smack of bitterness, then fading back, ...sweet, caramel malt-y...a little chocolate meeting citrus hops...there's orange in my cocoa.
A bit maltier than I'd like, not sure if those particular malts were right with these particular hops.

Balance is great, but this is over-balanced. A bit too much sweet, and not enough bitter.

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Photo of Jameswoody
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- gold orange, off-white decent lasting head. Some sediment in suspension

Aroma- bready malt and some resinous/piney hops

Taste- slight biscuit with big resinous pine flavors. Slight citrus notes. Sweetness that is quickly balanced by assertive bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium very balanced for an ipa of over 7 percent

Overall- a great ipa that almost everyone has access to.

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, amber in color, high carbonation, 1/3 inch head

Smell: piney hops

Taste: pine is the foremost flavor, there is a small citrus element

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, light bodied, moderately bitter

Drinkability: This beer is almost a one note piney hopped beer that is very drinkable. I could have three. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a solid one.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greeted by a slightly off white head and a fired terracotta copper. This is a pretty beer with crystal clear depth to it. Good IPA colors and a respectable head that is slightly sticky and ok retention.

The nose is light on the hop side for my taste but that doesn't mean it fails to deliver a respectable hop showing. Lightly floral and more earthy then citrus. There is also a fine musty grain nose in the background.

Taste is also on the light side for my taste. There is a brilliant earthy bitterness that is instantly discernible. Followed by a muted citrus pine hop taste. Overall the hops taste more floral then anything else.

A mild carbonation makes this beer a delight to drink. Not to punchy on the bitterness and not to heavy or syrupy like some IPA's can get. A good all around decent beer. The floral scent and tastes makes me thing of this as a hippy IPA. Very earthy and concerned about the environment. Tasty beer but SN should cut their long hippy hair and add more hops to this one.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying this beer deserves at least an A for the fact that I can find 6-packs for $7.99 and it's solid for an IPA offering. I'll be rating this beer to style however which will subtract points. On tap and in bottles:

Appearance - Copper, and a nice 1 inch head from a semi-aggressive pour and the lacing sticks to the glass no different from SNPA

Smell - Subdued for a WC IPA. When you have Racer 5, Pliny, Blind Pig, Sculpin etc... as competitors I say yes! It's very subdued. Like a bigger stickier SNPA.

Taste - Good. Not great. Citris and sticky pine. Mainly a bigger stickier and hoppier SNPA. Best way to describe is SNPA on steriods. A bit above average for a IPA but there are SO many tastier and grapefuitier offerings when it comes to WC IPAs out there.

Mouthfeel - Very good. Bitter and typical SN profile.

Drinkability - Good. I don't know what else to say. Nothing to blow you away as I found every aspect of this beer.

Final Thoughts - This beer has grown on me some but if possible, purchase first for better examples of the WC IPA style:

PtE / Blind Pig
Racer 5
Green Flash WCIPA - although 6-packs to 4-packs FU GF!!! Never get my money again...your beer isn't THAT good.
Nelson - Duet - Pure Hoppiness
Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale - Lagunitas IPA


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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Budweiser signature glass. Bought a sixer of this and this is bottle number five. Gotta love Sierra Nevada's affordability.

The pour is clear and halfway between gold and copper. Decent white head that has good thickness and stays around. Good lacing, too.

The nose is mostly hops. Smells like dank grapefruit pith and maybe some cat piss. Mmmm... Citra. Not the best combination of hops I've ever sniffed.

The taste is a bit richer than the nose. Carried by the bitterness, there's a tropical pineapple flavor that complements the grapefruit. Still a bit off from my preferred flavor, but it keeps things refreshing and drinkable. Not bad, but I'd be a lot happier with some Amarillo hops.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, light copper color with a stiff, creamy off-white head. Retention is great as is the lacing.

As far as IPAs go, this one smells pretty darn good. Big, citrusy and tropical hop notes with a sweet whiff of caramel and toffee maltiness.

Resinous, bitter floral hop flavor shines bright, as the malt background takes a backseat...a waaaay backseat, limo-esque, to the big hops. Something in there, however, is giving it a ticklingly noticeable sweetness. One of the most lupulin-packed non-double or imperial IPAs I have tasted.

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Photo of pielager
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has kept with this beer from what I know of 2006? Maybe earlier, but that was when I wasn't ready for such am intense IPA such as this.

A well marbled medium Rib eye steak pairs nicely with this one, cajun and a little bit of smoked salt/paprika goes great. And beef shank stew prepared with a little bit as aforementioned.

This beer is great and will drink often, unless it goes above the nearly $9.00 I'm paying now.

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Photo of jc85
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

Appearance- Nice amber color that has about a finger of semi thick head. Retention is minimal.

Smell- The smell isnt very pungent. Some pine, orange and other citrus comes through.

Taste- Nice hoppy flavor, good citrus comes through more on the tongue than on the smell.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, and the sting of alcohol is definitly felt.

Drinkability- The drinkability on this beer is pretty good. You could relax and throw back a few of these before even realizing. Not my favorite IPA but not bad.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a 1-finger, off-white head atop a ruby red body. It's pretty clean with heavy-medium carbonation. The head fell to a full lace that left nice sticky rings on the glass.

S- The aroma is initially hop forward. It's a nice mix of pine and citrus. Further inspection leads the nose to a nice malt backbone, which comes off with a sweet, caramel scent.

T- The hops are quite pronounced and earthy. I pick up a lot of pine and grassy notes. The flavor isn't nearly as balanced as the aroma would suggest. There's a faint flavor of caramel malts, but they're pushed to the background.

M- The hops play all sorts of games in your mouth. It starts with a nice bite. A dry finish leaves the tongue nearly paralyzed until the next sip. Very interesting.

D- It's not a bad drinker. It straddles the line between a traditional IPA and a double. I'd say it's closer to an extra-hoppy traditional, American IPA. The lesser balance takes a little bit from the drinkability.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella chalice.

A- Pours a nice caramel color with a huge 3" white head. Random blotches of lacing remain all over the glass.

S- Pilsner malts, some citrus (lemon), and pine hops.

T- Fairly sweet lightly toasted malts, faint notes of citrus bur predominantly spicy,pine hops with nice amount of bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slightly viscous and slick.

O- Good ipa, possibly the best option as far as availibility. Love the new tall boy cans!

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Photo of tjinohio
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer is the color of a summer sunset. The head was ample while dissipating fairly quickly though leaving nice lacing. The beer was a wee bit too far on the opaque side.

Smell: I just don't get a whole lot in the bouquet. I expect a lot more from an american double ipa. I'm looking for big esters or florals, but its subtle. I get a little grapefruit and pine.

Taste: There is that big hop assault on your palate that you would expect and want from a IPA. The pine comes through with nice florals. However, I would like to get more of the grapefruit and esters to come through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer excels. The carbonation, the bitterness- it is a wonderful moment when it hits your tongue, cheeks, and throat. It makes your mouth feel alive and completely engaged in the drinking experience.

Drinkability: This is a good, quality IPA that offers a nice drinking experience.

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Photo of PintPal
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cask. Golden amber color with very little head. Sweet hoppy aroma. They warmer serving temp and lower carbonation let the flavors open up more than expected. The dry hopping really shines with sweet and bitter hops coming through. Very different experience than a standard torpedo, worth a try.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a no nonsense deep amber, fully brit and lit. Sticky lace from a head that apparently had somewhere to be.

Delectable aroma on this sexy brew, citrus rinds and an obvious Sierra Nevada malt complexion (Pale Ale style) negotiate the open sea that is IPA.

Riding that lovely scent is a wave of bitter hop flavors (grass, spruce, fir, pine and brutal grapefruit) backed by maple-speaking malts that just wont quit (even when you want them to.)

That agressive Sierra Nevada carbonation is much appreciated for the style. Superb and familiar, but familiar. Ill try to not let that hurt this score.

With 5 more to go, Id be shootin myself in the foot if I said this wasnt drinkable, so I'll substitute smellable for drinkable and admit that I would order this fine brewski just to cram its volatile vapours straight into my hind-brain. Yum!

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep honey amber with a white head that slowly fell to a ring around the beer. Some lacing.
First aroma was of pine and grass, followed by some grapefruit rind. There are some malts there, but they are really secondary in the aroma.
Taste is similar to the aroma. The pine/grass hit first with the hints of grapefruit. Brown sugary malts subtly come in at the end.
Medium mouthfeel. Oily hops muted by good carbonation. Not enough malts for a full-body.
Fairly drinkable. Finishes very dry. I only had 1 as there were other tasty beers for me to try at BSP. But, the hops made it difficult to think about more than one of these.
If you are a hophead, this is a great beer. Very West Coast.

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Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good red colour and lacing and decent head.

S: Far more subtle than expected. Have to work hard for the hops. Citrus and pine. Some herbal nutty notes. Bit of malt. Green apple.

T: Quite a few bittering hops.

M: Decently thick and bitter.

O: Interesting beer. Not what I was expecting. Very restrained hop flavours (at 3 months old). Still enjoyable and different. I would like to try this fresher.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber, with a hint of brown. Two-finger slightly off-white bubbly/foamy head. Decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: smells of appealing hops balance with a nice malt back. Fruity, citrusy hops, with some pine. The hops are less descript and seem to just darken up the nose a bit, adding some sweetness as well. There is also a slight off smell as well, kind of like rubber or soap?

Taste: The taste is very well balanced. The hops provide a nice flavor, but nothing too intense. Little bit of a bite to start, and they taste dark than they smell. Kind of a generic hop taste, though; no one flavor stands out. The malts are also there to give it a nice body and some sweetness. The off smell also presents itself here as a slight off taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. Some bit up front, but noting too notable. Pretty smooth. A little syrupy at times.

Drinkability: A good, but not overally special IPA. Good balanced smell and flavor, but nothing sticks out too much. It does look beautiful though, one of the best. Not a bad one to try. Definitely something I’ll keep drinking, but there are better choices.

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Photo of garuda
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick off-white head that has good retention, and good lacing down the glass.

S - Nothing pungent, but a nice combo of citrusy and pine hops with a sweet, bready malt undertone.

T - A little spicy at first, then bready malts, with a very bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin finish/aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves some hop oils in the mouth after the finish. Lingering, bitter aftertaste.

D - Nice well-rounded IPA, but nothing spectacular. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of hayes31
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Geat smell and taste from this beer. Its appearance isn't anything special, but that doesn't really matter with a beer this flavorful. You can really taste a pine-ish tone to it with just the right amount of bitterness to complement it. The only downside to the beer is, for me, it's a little too strong to drink more than 2 or 3 in a row. But with a higher ABV, who needs that?

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint pour: very hazy, copper/ cider colored body, rich-looking. Typical white ringed head that seems to show nice sticking to the glass.
Smells of pine and malt. Subtle.
Taste follows the nose, but this is all about a citrus blast of bitterness in the way of apple/ pine. Astringency here in the biting finish is something I recall from the prior time I tried Torpedo years ago. It's still there, and it's kept me from trying it ever since until now. Let me check the bottle date just to be sure of freshness...
Dated 4 months ago. Not super fresh, but certainly new enough to get accurate impressions. This beer bites hard with the citrus. I normally don't mind aggressive IPAs, but this one just takes that direction using a taste that doesn't please my palette as much as it's imperial version does, for example. Too much sharp citric acid bite overtaking even the pine, and the sweet malts seem to remain far apart from that. Curious. I will revisit this down the road nonetheless. I certainly love Hoptimum. I would expect to feel similar toward this. Different acetaldehyde factor between the two, for certain. Interesting.

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Photo of Omnium
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange color, two finger head, medium lacing.
S - Very earthy, floral and herbal hops, spices, lots of pine, malts
T - You get the bitterness right off the bat, some of the spice and more earthy flavors, definitely has a strong malt backbone as well, but there's plenty of hop punch to go around.
M - Moderate, a fuller feeling IPA, with the IBU's tingling the mouth.
O - As much as I do like most SN brews, I really never could love this beer, its a decent IPA, nothing worth calling "extra" about though. For a run of the mill IPA, there's better out there, but its by no means bad.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized can care of Kegatron, thanks again Heath! Poured into a standard pint glass this brew appears a perfectly clear, polished color of copper. Sitting atop is more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap maintains with solid retention that slowly fades leaving a webbing of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh and herbal with hoppy notes of pine and resins. There is a bit of mineral character running through the nose coupled with a bit of alcohol sting. Across the back this brew is a bit cheesy with notes of sulfur and yeast. As it warms up, it gets a little vegetative with more of a focus on the leafy aspects of the hops. Not a bad thing, but overall not my favorite aroma that hops impart.

The taste is surprisingly toasty with plenty of malt backbone. A bit of toffee-like sweetness sits on the tongue before the resinous bite of hops comes into play with a flavor of herbs and pine. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of mineral component that blends into some sulfur/yeast/cheesy notes that while not bad is a bit distracting. As it warms up, the focus shifts to a flavor that is vegetative just like the aroma indicated but is accented by a slight spicy touch that keeps things interesting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For slightly more than 7% abv, the alcohol is really felt here with a warmth down the throat but it works to blend into the rest of the character. I am a fan of sierra nevada and most of their offerings but for some reason I just wasn't feeling this brew tonight. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to give this a try Heath, perhaps I need to give this one another go sometime.

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Photo of te4ch
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and tastes like liquid earwax. But, I liked it. It's like eating really dark chocolate. Very hoppy, dry, got a bite, better tasting cold, but not freezing. A bit thick, kinda sticks to your mouth and tongue, coats it in various flavors of grapefruit, tobacco, earwax, citrus, dark chocolate, hops.

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

Poured from bottle into taster tulip.
Nice thick foamy head and great hop and pine aroma. The hops really dominate the nose.
Taste is just ok for me. Its a bit too bitter and over hopped without any balance. Its aggresive for sure, and while it likely tastes exactly how is was brewed to, its just not for me.
The american hops really dominate and its way better than hop stupid, but I'd rather have a sierra nevada pale ale over this any day.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.