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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9,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,940
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 262
Gots: 2,101 | 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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Ratings: 9,940 | Reviews: 2,817
Photo of ScrewBud
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - slightly darker Amber
S - crisp piney resin
T - piney, earthy
F - nice carbonation
O - Very good, lasting earthy hops, better as it warms

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a hops glass.....Pours a finger head, creamy off-white head, with medium lacing. Body is a nice warm copper color, slightly cloudy with no sediment. On the nose, right up front with the classic pine aroma, followed up with a nice grapefruit , not detecting much else, maybe a slight hint of clove. On the palate is a rush of pine, surprisingly the grapefruit on the nose comes through on the palate with a subtle citrus and sweetness, after the sip warms up. Lightly creamy mouth-feel with a dry finish.

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a bronzish amber color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Retention is great as it takes a while to settle into a thin bubbly layer atop the beer. Lacing is also prominent and beautiful.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and herbal hops.

T: Sweet malts, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, pine, tropical fruits, and resiny earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation, creamy crisp dry finish.

O: Torpedo is an amazing brew and true classic. It is easily one of the best readily available IPA's and has a constant spot in my (every day beer) rotation.

Photo of renatopi
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living on the other side of the planet from California, I most likely didn't have this beer as fresh as it's supposed to be.
Judging by other reviews I missed out on most of the citrus/pine aroma. It tasted more like English style IPAs rather than American, bitter but not fruity and flowery.

Photo of ralph-pine
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look wonderful and the smell is outstanding! Tasty with a bigger hop at the end. For special occasions with spicy food

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one caught me by surprise.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely amber color with a white head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell is very herby with pine and grass coming through strong. The taste was excellent with a lot of great hop flavors mixing well with the sweeter malt on the finish. Exceptionally clean finish and highly refreshing. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at my local Stein's Liquor. The bottled on dates states that it's two months old. Poured right from the fridge into a perfect pint glass.

L: Pours a rich amber with about an inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a long time and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Pine and grapefruit hop notes and caramel malt in the nose, though they are not particularly assertive. Just a bit of pineapple/tropical fruit in the mix. There's more malt coming through than I was expecting--this is a pretty complex bouquet.

T: Somewhat sweet caramel malt at the outset, but there's a tartness from the hops that kicks in almost immediately. The pine and grapefruit rind hop notes begin at the front and build throughout the taste. The middle is characterized by the pine and citrus hop flavor, though the malt underside is still assertive. There's also a bit more of that pineapple and tropical fruit coming through. There's a bit of earthiness in the mix, as well. The back end has more of the pine hops, more tart than outright bitter and still a nice malt presence to keep things from being overly bitter--there's actually a bit of sweet fruitiness to the close. This has a very well-balanced flavor.

F: Spot-on for this style: Medium bodied, creamy in the middle but still with plenty of brightness on the palate. Very nicely-carbonated, fairly clean-finishing, but leaving you with just enough stick and bitter.

O: This beer is probably my standard--along with Bell's Two Hearted--by which to measure all other American IPAs. This one does everything right, from the look, to the taste, to the feel. I do wish that the bouquet was a little more assertive, but it's hard to complain about a beer that drinks this well. I highly recommend.

Photo of Hopitality
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great hoppy go-to on the weekend when playing my Honeydipper resonator guitar with friends...but only one (or maybe two).

Photo of Hellvira355
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer. What can I say about this beautifully forged creation of the Norse God Ullr... well for starters it's basically a bottled version of what an orgasm feels like. The bright bronze glow that emits from a glass of this liquid ecstasy is reminiscent of the victorious glowing halls of Valhalla. The cathedral-like web of the head brings a feeling of distinct victory to any who attempt to consume such a piece of art. When one attempts to put their nose to such a prestigious pour, he buckles at the knees and bows in sheer fear it will offend this triumphant nasal display of pine and hoppy-love. If you haven't passed out by way of ecstatic cardiac arrest by this point, you're in for a pleasant surprise when the cold, sexy, nectar pours down your tonge like an Icelandic waterfall.. in which you will reach Shangri-La because now you've reached enlightenment and are no longer a Norse Warrior, but a spirit who's reached taste bud Nirvana.

Photo of MarkSansone
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid. Always a good choice.

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth flavor, really like it

Photo of furballkazoo
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very complex, well balanced, and great tasting IPA. One of the very best of Sierra Nevada's plethora of fantastic brews.

Photo of Phillip13
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty IPA. Sierra Nevada's top of the line beer.

Photo of running3dogs
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Old Bay 6th Annual Mai Fest mug. Clear orange-copper hue with an off-white head and scattered lace. Scents of grapefruity citrus and damp pine needles grow more complex on the palate as tropical and herbal flavors emerge. Smooth and creamy—perfectly carbonated for a 7.2% beer. Some alcohol harshness mars the finish for me. But who cares after a sip or two?

This was one of the first Citra-hopped beers I tasted, back in 2007. The flavor is not as startling as it once was, but I still appreciate the workmanship.

Photo of Grogsky
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think this is a good example of the American IPA boom. Very similar to most IPA's I've had in the USA. Overall, it goes too strong like most American IPA style beers.

Photo of Davidstan
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color
Very nice lacing
Aroma of floral and citrus notes
Taste follows nose, incredible start and finish
Overall a great IPA with some oomph

Photo of alfascencio
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You will definitely enjoy this IPA

Photo of gardengurl71
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this one is just ok for me. borderline too much bitter for my taste

Photo of KentuckyBrews
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic, very drinkable strong IPA.

Photo of Thomson805
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, piney, citrusy and smooth. Simple but delicious. Feels and tastes like a middle ground between ipa and double ipa. Best part is, it's even affordable!

Photo of Nickholland
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I big IPA bordering on a double. Lots of pine/grassy hops in the nose. Taste is peppery/spiced hops with just a hint of caramel malt, not really any sweetness at all and finishes quite bitter (in a good way) and clean. A nice creamy mouthfeel, it reminds me a little of their Celebration Ale. Well done again SN.

Photo of Myotus
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 19Dec14) into a Mikasa ale glass. Pours with a finger worth of off-white foam that dissipates to half a fingers worth within 30 seconds. Amber in color. Mild bubbles. Has an amazing balance of citrus, floral, pine, and malt aromas with none of them overtaking the other in strength. Initial taste is strong with floral flavors that combine with mild malt flavors. Strong pine flavors and mild citrus flavors enter shortly after as the intial floral and malt flavors persist to create an explosive symphony of deliciousness. Medium-bodied with a crisp finish that leaves the mouth dry. Sierra Nevada has once again created a work of art.

Photo of Zaktcc
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Did a fairly vigorous pour. Poured a beautiful amber orange color with a fluffy 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Fairly sweet and malty aroma. Various tropical scents present as well as that of peach. Sweeter than was expecting for the beer.

T - Lived up to and exceeded expectations. Related to the aroma, the taste is fairly sweet and mild; not too bitter. A blend of various fruity flavors are vaguely present, accompanied by a pleasant sweet malt flavor finishing up with a peppery and spiced taste. Vague sweet aftertaste present.

M - Incredible feeling beer. Very smooth, creamy and drinkable. Medium bodied and average to little carbonation. Semi-dry aftertaste though really not that present.

O - An amazing beer brought to you by SN that wow'd me. Very drinkable and incredible mouth-feel. Nothing sharply distinguishable or sticking out to me in the taste but overall delicious and awesome beer.

Photo of Jmaloof
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA so far in my young career. taste and price are both easy to swallow. Peace

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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