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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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Reviews: 2,755
Hads: 10,149
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 286
Gots: 2,332 | 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: 2,755 | Hads: 10,149
Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's a big one for me from them old boys at Sierra Nevada - big because up until now I've been a Torpedo Extra IPA virgin and big because I know that I'm in for one hell of a ride - no need to descale my tongue of that 4.3% Ruddles County then...

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear copper bodied (I'm really running out of adjectives to describe 'amber' but who cares?) with what was once a proud white head but is now an even prouder minimal lacing - prouder because you know this beer is going to be a 7.2 ABV hop slap in the face.

S: Bitter bitter orange and pine hops assail the nose fairly lighter than expected but nonetheless with welcome arms wide open crying "Hooops!". The rest of the aroma is candi sugar water. Not bad, not great; no doubt a deceptive aroma for what lies ahead.

T: As expected this concoction is all about tripping the hop fantastic - a real hop lovers brew here. The hop characters are as diverse as the characters in a Robert Altman film; we have Sir Pine (the fourth Duke of Resinton), Madam Marmalade (of the prodigious Citrus line), Lord Tea-Leaf Tannin (part-time Sinonese adventurer) and the earthy (and seductive!) Eartha Kitt - also known as "Catwoman". Aside from the bold and varied hops there is a faint and sweet malt base at play here, thankfully though it doesn't distract from those fantastic hops. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this brew is the restraint of the bitterness. Yes it is bitter but not all-the-others American IPA bitter, well done Sierra Nevada. Would I be as bold to say dry even? Yes, yes I would.

M: Medium bodied with an oily but well balanced (i.e. light) carbonation.

D: Aside from the better than average aroma this is a damn, damn fine IPA, damn fine (in case the first two 'damns' weren't enough... and the extra 'fine' too). Expensive if you live in Real-beer-hater-land, aka Australia, but well worth the price in my opinion. If you love hops, and your nickname on Beeradvocate is "doktorhops" (that is one hell of an exclusive criteria) then this beer is for you.

Food match: I would savour and enjoy this excellent ale on its own if I were you. However if I weren't you and you were you and I was recommending something for you who I wasn't; then this beer would pair well with bold cheeses, dark meats and spicy food, but I am you and I'm telling you to "Shut up and enjoy this ale on its own", there.

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Photo of V3XX069
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pub glass.

A – Golden Oragne, with a full finger of head. Left gorgeous laces during consumption. Clear, no sediment.

S – Hops, Pine, Citrus, Earthy, Cedar even

T – Cascade of hops, blanaced, slight citrus on the finish

M – Smooth, balanced well. Not overly hoppy, though more so than a beginners hoppy ale, such as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

O - This is a favorite of mine to have on hand to drink. It wont break the bank like some of my faves will (Ruination, Hoptimum, Ethos) but is a good value for the general hop head. Purchased in a six pack, I now have 5 more to enjoy before the nights end, should I choose to do so. Overall, I am a fan, and I am happy to get it in my limited market. A go-to for me. Should definitely read up on the dry hopping process, using a technique they've developed called "torpedoed hops"

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Photo of washburnkid
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is solid finger off-white, airy/bubbly head; hues of copper, tan and amber and there is sticky lacing rounding out an everpresent head.
Citrus and herbal hop notes on the nose with just the slightest sweetness deep in the aroma.
Tastes of herbs, florals that glide smoothly over the tongue, lightly coating the palate. The beer doesn't leave the massive amounts of residue featured in DIPAs, but it's still pleasant. There's a brief sweetness at the front of the sip, rounded out by that pine/forest flavor. In general, the taste is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is my favorite part about this beer. Medium bodied and medium carbonation and smooth as hell. This beer goes down so easily that I polished off the 12oz in mere minutes. An exceptionally drinkable beer, with the alcohol creeping up on you only at the very end. I've already recommended this to friends and I look forward to trying some more.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Medium-orange in color with some yellow highlights. Excellent clarity, formed a two finger off-white head the collapsed down to half a finger, left some lacing on the glass and is holding up well.

S - Upfront grassy and herbal notes are followed swiftly by a citrusy kick. Pleasing variety of hop aroma and at an appropriate intensity for this style. Citrus aroma seems to be of a grapefruit nature. Picking up some mango too.

T - Much of the hop aroma coming through on the flavor. Grassy and citrusy hit first. Bitterness lingering on into a medium-dry finish. Malt is certainly present but the hops are taking center stage for this show. Bittering level is moderately-high, not what I usually expect from an SN beer.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - When one of America's oldest craft brewers suddenly releases a new beer, it certainly grabs a BA's attention. Sierra Nevada did not disappoint on this. American IPAs - you've got a new kid on the block.

Plenty of hop flavor and aroma, great mix of citrus/herbal/grassy. I'd easily take a few more and am looking forward to the rest of my six pack.

A drier finish could certainly benefit the drinkability but that's all I can suggest for improvement.

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Photo of ScotB260
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Amber color, decent two finger head that lingers. Mellow aroma of sweet citrusy/piney hops. Not as sharp as most IPAs. Taste has a great mellow hop flavor. Not too bitter at all. If you are looking smooth drinking IPA, this is it!

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Photo of monorailred
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a soft spot for a good, hoppy beer and this one does not disappoint. This beer has and keeps a really good head. The taste is pleasantly bitter, goes down smoothly with a nice finish. This is one of the better IPAs I have had and I most certainly recommend it.

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Photo of NATOuk
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper colour, dense but thin head which dissipates to a White ring around the glass.

Zingy citrus/orange, a touch of hops. As it warmed this became more pronounced.

Initial sweetness followed by what might be pine, quickly giving way to a massive eruption of hop bitterness (and some citrus notes) along that dominates and lingers at the back of your mouth for several minutes

Medium body, medium carbonation, just right for this type of beer.

Just... wow. I am one for citrus and heavy doses of hops and this IPA delivers by the truckload. A massive kick of bitterness but not unpleasant. I plan to buy tons of this before it disappears from the local specialist.

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4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer overall. Super hop bomb,almost perfect for a NW hop lover. Great piney,citrus smell and feels good on the palette as well,nice and thick. High quality beer for the price. Would recommend to anyone that likes really hops,stay away if hops are not your gig...Cheers!

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Photo of Arnone10
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened the bottle and the smell of hops hit me. Always a great sign of a great IPA. Taste like what a good IPA would on steroids. Torpedo would best describe how the smell and taste come at you. Poured to a golden color that was clear to see through. Goes down very easy. Glad it was on sale at Wegmans as I picked up 3 six packs of it.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light amber with a half finger of white head. semi clear

Smell is pine way up front, oranges, a bit of grapefruit, herbal

Taste is in 1 word nice.... Clean balance between citrus, pine and herbal hop flavors and the malt background.

Feel is on the heavier side for a single IPA, but given the ABV that is no surprise.

This is one I used to grab all the time but have not for a while due to my Lakefront IPA and Two Hearted addiction... But after getting this 12 pack I may be back to this one a lot more then I had planned on!

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Photo of websherpa
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light burnt orange. Very clean with virtually no clouding. The head is very modest and leaves something to be desired. Agitation produces small and quickly diminishing head. Lacing is moderate but only when the beer is agitated to produce a larger head.

Smell: Hops up front for sure. Pineapple being the primary note with subtle and somewhat sweet grapefruit coming in behind.

Taste: Plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Pineapple and grapefruit again, that die slowly as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with nice carbonation. Ends dry and with just a hint of stickiness.

Drinkability: Wonderful beer. Just picked up my first 6er of this and I'm already thinking of making it a staple. I could easily have this all night, and tomorrow night too.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

What gorgeous color! It radiates a warm and somewhat fiery amber, like the color of honey with golden and copper highlights. Substantial clarity and a pleasant rocky head clocking in at a finger and a half in a luscious khaki-stained white. The lace was moderately sticky.

The aroma rivals the color. It releases obvious American hop characteristics with a weightless and biting citrusy tinge of mostly grapefruit and pine. Beneath this lies a supportive grassy and floral sweetness that moves into a meatier malt character that smells more of orange, tangerine, and pineapple than grain or caramel. Everything here elicits cool early summer nights.

The taste is excellent, but somewhat predictable after the aroma that lends itself to the initial sip, a cool and light quaff of grapefruit, pine, grass, and flowers. Though this is quickly severed by an intense hop bitterness. What little malt characteristic there is works behind the scenes simply to balance out the aggressive hops. As the bitterness dissipates, it all dovetails into that pleasant, distinctive Sierra Nevada finish.

The mouthfeel is good. It's medium body slips and slides with a mild and pleasant effervescence from the subtle carbonation.

Honestly, this beer is explosively fresh and one of the most drinkable IPAs out there. And at 7.2%, you could get yourself into some hefty trouble with this one. I could drink this aaallll day long.

*I'd risk an unconventional food pairing here: seared scallops with tangy grapefruit pan sauce. Of course the standard spicy and aromatic cuisine would be great too...like Thai, Indian, or Moroccan.

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Photo of myelo
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can (packaged in Chico, Dec. 29, 2014) poured into pint glass.

Clear, light copper with large, stiff, off-white head and sticky lacing.

Big floral and ctirus aroma with some biscuit malt.

Taste is citrus rind, melon, lemon, pine, and roses with mild sweet malt backbone. Dry finish with citrus rind bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation and mild ethanol warmth.

Balance is more hop forward than malt and drier and crisper than many IPAs. The complex hop aroma and flavor make this a very interesting beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer in both can (tall) and bottle (12 oz) servings. The 7.2% ABV is hidden/blended very well for a smooth finish on the malt/alcohol end. While the IBU level is not off the charts (65), it finishes very hoppy due to the abundance of aromatic and dry hopping via the "Hop Torpedo". This beer is extremely pleasant for a hop head like myself.

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Photo of tallerich
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a spiderman pint glass. The head on this one was about an inch which is a lot considering my pouring style. It turned to air and beer quickly. Very earthy hops flavor with the perfect carbonation. This one was a gem in my book. Very comparable to their Celabration ale for 2013, but more hoppy. This beer will find its way to me again since I only got to enjoy half of a bottle. My 2 year old son felt the need to dip his stuffed crocodile's snout into my spiderman glass until it saturated like a sponge. After which the crocodile thanked my son repeatedly for allowing him to soak up such delicious nectar. I was not as happy as the croc since I did not know where the croc's mouth has been.

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Photo of Looneybiz
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and it comes out a very rich and deep bronze color with a full finger+ head. Leaves rings of lace after each sip.

The aroma makes your mouth water. You can pick out the different hops used and the citrus and pine aroma hits your nose hard. This has been the best smelling beer I've had in a while.

Upon drinking you get the rich full flavor of complex bittersweet hops that stays with you for a while.

Mouthfeel is right just enough carbonation.

Overall its worthy as a special treat beer when you want something to sip on that has full flavor nad a hard hoppy bitterness. Sierra Nevada accomplished what they were after with this one.

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Photo of goodbeerallday
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a clean dark orange with moderate number of bubbles rising from glass. thick off white head which resides over about a minute to a thin layer leaving white lacing.

S: pine notes are the major factor for me in this one. and hops, quit a powerful scent lingering around this beer, bitterness awaits!

T: hops, hops, hops! as the smell suggests there is plenty to go around. and they compliment everything that's happening in this beer. front pallet is quite overwhelmed but balanced as the bitterness calms down and accompanied by a slight strawy taste with big notes of citrus. bitterness still lingers at the end but much more relaxed. some slight malt feel to help keep this one tame. amazing!

M: quite light in the mouth and as strange as it sounds, a pleasant harshness relating to the bite of this beer. extremely session-able for a 2IPA.

O: this is not the first time ive had this beer and let me tell you it wont be the last. my favourite beer that is easily accessible! i recommend this beer for any ipa fan but perhaps not for those who are not a fan of some bite!

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Photo of mudbug
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh, to be on the west coast again after touring the southern US! First Bevmo we hit has this nectar from SN.
Pours a nice amber clear, the smell is citrus hop heavy, very nice.
Taste is oh my ghod good, hops and hops almost a double but more drinkable, maybe a little on the unbalanced side in a good way.
Thank you Sierra Nevada! been a fan of yours since you were in a garage in Chico and hauling kegs out to the international festival of beers in San Luis Obispo.

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Photo of davidaubrey
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers. Accordingly, I had high expectations for their "Extra IPA". While the beer is a fine pale ale, it is not quite as good as the regular pale ale in my opinion. It is has a sweeter taste, is very hoppy, but lacks that bitter hop taste of the other Sierra Nevada ale. I expected this one to be even stronger; like a real piney bite to the taste. Still, this is an extremely tasty beer.

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Photo of SLObeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: a very rich coppery orange/brown. poured a very nice fluffy and creamy head that was off-white. lots of lacing on the glass.

S: right off the bat you get a huge nose full of hops and pine. good amount of slightly sweet citrus going on too.

T: the hops and pine come through again here very nicely and linger on the tongue. lots of citrusy hop flavor, that is balanced well with a smooth malt. there is also a good spice flavor that i didn't pick up as much in the smell. there is also a definite taste of alcohol coming though as well, due to the high ABV(7.2%).

M: great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated in my opinion. its a perfect medium bodied feel.

D: while i love this IPA, i find myself only drinking two or three at a time. however, it is exactly what i was looking for when i bought this beer, a good, strong, IPA.

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Photo of jdklks
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- beautiful copper/golden body complimented by a frothy head with great retention and possibly the thickest lacing ive seen for ANY beer.

S- Citrusy, piney, hop aromas. fruit sweetness. fantastic.

T- everything you hope for from an ipa. very hoppy, yet well balanced. citrus fruits up front with a hop bitterness end.

M- fairly smooth on the palate with resounding hop bitterness mixed with fruit sweetness in the aftertaste.

D- give me this beer all day and all night. drinkability through the roof! a new year-round "go-to" beer.

instantly one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru light orange/amber body with a fluffy 2-finger off-white head. Excellent retention, loads of soapy lacing.

Smells like a freshly dried hop cone potpourri. Piney, citrusy, grassy- all very fresh and inviting. Tastes even hopopier than it smells, if that's possible. Malt backbone is biscuity and bone-dry. This works quite well with the hops- nice resiny pine and sticky grapefruit, some herbal notes as well. Minimal sweetness ensures things stay puckeringly pleasing. This stuff thrashes the tongue, no doubt. Very bitter, very delicious. Almost a painfully dry and gritty finish.

Overall impression: A badass IPA here, no surprise given the source. Might be 7.2%, but drinks more like 5%.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of fluffy head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Light-moderate carbonation. Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

N: Orange citrus, caramel, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Upfront there is pineapple, papaya and lemon juice followed by tangerine, navel orange and clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy florals.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter.

O: Pleasantly juicy and bitter. Has huge American hop flavors balanced by the traditional Sierra Nevada caramel notes. Very drinkable. Just an outstanding American IPA all around!

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Photo of estlinska
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a tulip glass on 4/14/13. The color of this beer is a deep orange to amber, like thick pine sap. It is quite lively in the glass with lots of carbonation evident. The light penetration is pretty good; no haze or sediment evident. There is a thick 2cm of sandy white colored head to the top of the glass, but dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is pretty thick throughout the glass. The smell is almost exclusively hops. The malt is muted and maybe lends a caramel sweetness. The hops, like in most good IPAs, takes the front row in this show. The most dominant note at first if the piney and resinous prototypical smell of a good northwestern IPA. Then there is the sweet tropical fruit that is muted at first, but blossoms throughout the glass as it warms a little. There is lots of juicy oranges and nectarines especially as you continue to smell it. The taste is definitely showcasing the hops for sure. The pine is there up front, but then the citrus takes the bulk of the flavor. The juicy oranges and nectarines are there still and are the star of this show. There is a good, strong bittering backbone that plays balance to the muted caramel malts. The caramel malts are sweet, but I would like a little more to handle the hops. The mouthfeel is very dry, very bitter, and has a good body. Overall, this is an excellent beer and an excellent example of the style of an American IPA.

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Photo of rabsten
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More awesomeness from Sierra Nevada that's now - finally - available in West Virginia.

Thick fluffy light tan head atop slightly cloudy amber body. Good head retention. Good Lacing. Sweet floral hop aroma promises hops, hops, hops and flavor delivers. Front of palate bitterness with solid malt backing that supports the hops superbly. Crisp start to mouthfeel but moderates out to a smooth watery-ness at the end. And for drinkability, well I can drink it all day long.

Bottom line: great, always available go-to beer.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.