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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
92
outstanding

2,739 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,739
Hads: 10,063
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 280
Gots: 2,232 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Flatbread. A good Ipa and drinkable good bitternes. The c-hop in the aroma, the foam on a darker colour.Works for me.Nice balance, with each aspect working. Representative American IPA. Not Celebration.Carbonation could have been mre perfect and could have been served not as cold, but hey this ain't SR fault. (329 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear pale orange color with a chunky 1 inch head that fades to a small 1/2 inch cap. Most excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Smells of fragrant pine/citrus hops. I get no other smell from this beer.

T - Tastes of fragrant pine/citrus hops only. Very hoppy.

M - Somewahat flat and this one left an acid/oil quality in my mouth from what I can assume are the hops.

D - Fair drinkability. I wouldn't buy this one again, but I might have another at a restaurant or a BBQ. (498 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark clear amber with a lovely thick white pillowy head.

Clean and pure grapefruit hop nose, very inviting and with hints of sweet lemon in the nose.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of lemon-pine resin hops. A creamy hop flavor and not the "hop bomb" otherwise expected but very nice and clearly a drink of quality. Very drinkable and an all around pleasant quality IPA that shows just the right amount of bitterness. Pure hop grapefruit flavors, character and finish.

I don't mind extreme hops (which this is just short of) but this is very nice in a readily available and very well priced hoppy beer. (604 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is moderately carbonated with a single finger head. As other have noted it maintains its head through most of the The mouthfeel is a little more bitter than other Extra IPAs I have experienced however is not overwhelming. Full bodied. The aroma is what you would from an Extra IPA' you can sense the bitterness before you even taste. The taste is spicy and sharp. (372 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but for the most part left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as lacy rings down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very hoppy and is filled with piney flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness; it also has some hints of caramel malts. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness from the hops does not overpower your palate. (926 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful cherry-amber beer with a creamy white head. The head is maybe two fingers thick with plenty of bubbles. A little bit of visible carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Strong. Sweetness and hops galore.

T: Lots of hops, although it definitely has a solid backbone to it as well. Generic citrus without any one fruit-type flavor dominating others. Quite balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. No real taste of alcohol--goes down smooth.

D: Definitely drinkable, although not as much so as SN Pale Ale, or as much so as some of the truly great IPA's. (622 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very good, very big ipa. smells like a ton of hops, cascade, and centennial is my inclination, but my senses havent been dialed lately. its robust blooming hops in the aroma through and through, some sweeter caramel type malts in there too, but they take a way back seat, in fact they ride bitch here. flavor is more balanced, but the hops star here. very grassy/herbal flavor to the hops, with less bitterness outright than i first assumed. good body with excellent carbonation, bright and easy drinking for what it is. im surprised how sessionable this really is. one of my favorite springtime brews (603 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy head; great retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Pink grapefruit; incredibly sweet and floral

Taste: The sweet and tart flavors of pink grapefruit battle one another to a crescendo by mid-palate; and then contrast with one another as the flavor goes into a lengthy fade; although I was rooting for a bit more attenuation, the sweet flavors wind up persisting long after the bitter ones have faded

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the residual sweetness limits the drinkability, this is one fine entry into the world of the West Coast IPA for a neophyte; and not a bad refresher for one who has tasted more than their fair share (729 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color. The head was big white and sticky. The smell of the beer had a great nose full of hop aromas. The taste of this beer was also very hoppy, with some elements of pine and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a damn good brew from Sierra Nevada, there are only a handful that I enjoy more from them. (402 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can imagine the delight on my face as I saw this beer on the shelves of the Lexington-local Liquor Barn. Of course I'm rushing home to drink this beer. Now that I've had a few... too many, I'm going to attempt my review...

The pour gives me something that lands somewhere between the standard SN Pale ale and the Celebration ale. The color is deeply golden, but not quite amber. Not brilliantly clear, but glowing. Good head formation retains well throughout the session and leaves memories of lacing on the glass. A standard Sierra Nevada look.

Very citrusy in the nose with orange rinds, ruby-red grapefruits, pineapples, and maybe a pine cone or three. Sweet ginger-bread malts blend with caramel for a grahm cracker crustiness that leads to a well attenuated yeasty and cracker-like flavor.

The feel is supurb. Aside from a slight nail-polish-like taste and feel, the alcohols are well hidded, leading to a dry finish that accomodates the resiny hops well. Highly attenuated for a very palatable, clean, refreshing citrus finish.

Do IPA's taste better? Sure. But do they finish as well? Doubtful. Does the drinkability fare as well? Doubtful. This is a beer where the mouthfeel and palatability fares even better than the signature-quality taste. Thumbprints of Sierra Nevada are all over this beer... keep up the good.. (er) great work! (1,349 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus hops with a nice clean bitter finish with some dry caramel malt. Hops are easily discernable but well balanced with great overall drinking factor. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing extreme about this one but very well balanced and easily drinkable. (437 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Toronado. Pale amber in color with a quarter-inch of white froth. Nice looking stuff. The nose is absolutely loaded with vibrant and fresh hops. Citrus and pine with an undercurrent of cut grass. This stuff has one hell of an aroma, and I'd probably have given it a 5 had I not followed this up with a pint of Blind Pig. The flavor mirrors the aroma; tons of fresh resiny hops and a hint of dry biscuity malt behind it. The dry finish is spot-on for the style, and the restrained bitterness greatly enhances the drinkability. (534 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange copper colour, with two fingers of chunky off-white head, which leaves an array of webbed lace around the glass. It smells, quite frankly, of pine trees dipped in caramel pudding. The taste is citrus and pine hops, caramel/toffee malt, and a bit of warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body sticky, and medium weighted, and it finishes dry, the leafy, bitter hops closing down shop.

A very tasty bridge between IPA and DIPA. (468 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 12 oz. Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip, Torpedo swelled above the rim of the glass, and hovered there. It showed off a dimpled surface, creamy with a meringue sheen. Plenty of lacing, practically an unbroken sheet coating the whole glass. The orange color had a nice clarity to it, and little trails could be seen on the sides, just below the surface.

A fresh floral aroma, grassy hop notes. Earthy and herbal, but not overpowering. Firm dry bitterness in the back, pine and floral notes up front, grapefruit rind, plenty of caramel malt in the middle. Soft creamy feel, with lasting residual bitterness. A quenching IPA, it struck me as being nicely balanced with a moderate level of bitterness. Thanks to Chris for leaving this one at my house ;D (751 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"

--Admiral David G. Farragut (and Tom Petty)

Radiant pumpkin with bumblebee yellow borders. The liquid looks good and the crown looks great. The foam is a beautiful shade of pastel orange-tinted pearl and has a rich, milkshake creamy texture. There's a ton of gorgeous lace as well.

The aroma is solid without being special. Keeping in mind that IPA noses are all about the hops, this brew uses an rather unconventional combination of Magnum, Crystal and Citra (a new variety). It's a little citrusy and is also herbal and faintly funky. In the end, I much prefer the Chinook, Cascade and Centennial excellence of Celebration Ale. Having said that, I understand Sierra Nevada's need to change things up a bit.

Torpedo Extra IPA is wonderful beer that manages to distinguish itself from the rest of the brewery's lineup. Compared to Celebration, Torpedo is less caramel malty, less hoppy, less deliciously hoppy (personal opinion) and slightly stronger with respect to ABV. Although I'm not blown away, quality IPAs aren't easy to come by in this state, so we'll take what we can get.

The malt tastes modestly toasted and borderline caramel-like. Again, hop flavor doesn't stand out because none of those three hops are among my favorites. A little grapefruit zest (from Citra, presumably) helps. Pine makes a brief appearance, as does an herbaceousness that I can take or leave.

The mouthfeel is pure Sierra Nevada, which the same as saying pure quality. It's at least medium for the style and is full of rounded edges. I like a little rawness in some IPAs, but this one has either too much malt or not enough hops to get there. Perfect carbonation... as always.

I'm amazed that Torpedo Extra IPA is the first year-round IPA in the long, storied history of Sierra Nevada Brewing. I would have much preferred year-round Celebration Ale, but then anxiously anticipating that iconic brew and then tasting it change over the next few months is half the fun. Bottom line: this is a solid addition to SN's lineup that I'll come back too now and again. (2,091 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with scattered, small bubbles. It had a foamy, off-white, two-finger head that left great looking rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine notes with citrusy tones. It had a subtle malty aroma.

T - It tasted of bitter hops and burnt toast maltiness. It balances out more as it warms up.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. I am glad it finally made it out our way. (480 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of being able to finally try this one at Barley's last night. I had been tracking this one down forever. Went upstairs and got a glass on tap right away!

Appearance - The pour was nice, your typical IPA pour with a deep brownish amber, with great clarity. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top of the glass throughout the session, letting me know this one was definitely not going to be dull in anyway. A nice two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.

Smell - The aroma was rich with pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. Still though, this was a solid IPA, with a classic west coast aroma.

Taste - The flavor was spot on, and exactly what I had been looking for. The first flavor to hit my mouth was a deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well. Virtually no alcohol present, so I cannot imagine this one as coming off too terribly strong, it was a nice solid IPA. Some nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitter, with the long lasting taste of pine coming through quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this came off very smooth, and at the same time, quite refreshing and light. I really enjoyed how nicely this all came together here as it was quite lively and crisp and really the nice way to start an afternoon.

Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. Crisp, clean and with fresh hop bite, I could have continued to drink this one all day long. Every sip left the mouth dry, and left you waiting for one more.

Overall this was definitely as good as I wanted it to be. The most solid offering yet form Sierra Nevada it really was very well done. Too bad this is not a regular item, as this would be fantastic to have on a regular basis. (2,281 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass. (671 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a beautiful amber color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: A huge hop aroma to this beer. Lots of citrus and pine, with just a touch of malt.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls a bit short of the nose. Good grapefruit and pine flavors providing bitterness with some sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium body with substantial carbonation.

D: This is a nice standby IPA that is quite affordable as well as good tasting. (428 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but that's just me. Overall, it's a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA. (765 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head on a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and the lace is reasonable.

S - Strong pine hop aroma with a little bit of citrus. Toasty malt in the background that blends nicely with the hops.

T - Big pine hop flavor and lots of sweet, toasted malt. The resinous pine notes from the hops blend with the sweet caramel malt to produce darker, tobacco like character as the flavor develops on the palate. It cleans up quite a bit in the finish with some fruity yeast and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice IPA that, not surprisingly, is kind of like a bigger, badder SNPA. The hop character is robust and very fresh, but a bit one dimensional; it is all pine. The best IPAs I have had feature a more complex hop profile that showcases more than one facet of hop flavor. This is a good IPA but due to lack of complexity is falls just short of great. (986 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Each year I go to New York and find the Torpedo on tap somewhere, but I've never seen it in Philly! Anyway, it's kind of like a bumped-up version of SNPA. It's bigger (it's not huge), but it's not really any more caramelish (it's certainly not like Celebration ale). And it's a little more hoppy, but it's certainly not a brash and bitter IPA. Just like the regular SNPA, it's very well balanced and refined. It's kind of like the IPA, but I don't think it's as piney and dry. Maybe it's just Sierra Nevada IPA with a different hop bill.... ?

Anyway, it's a bright, clear amber beneath a thick-fingered head that holds well. It eventually drops, but leaves a complete surface covering, and the glass is ringed with splatters and smears of lace as it goes.

The aroma offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a light maltiness. Cascade immediately comes to mind, but I think it's more complex than that. Perhaps some Chinook, but just a touch. Most likely dry-hopped.

The body is medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that awakens the tastebuds.

The flavor is a combination of tangy, fruity, citrusy hop flavors over a lightly caramelish & biscuit-like maltiness. There's also a touch of pineyness to it as well, but it's very limited. It's solidly backed by bitterness, but it's not brash (I'm guessing around 50 IBU's). It finishes dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness and a bready/biscuity maltiness.

Well balanced. Refined. Full flavored but not over-done. Highly drinkable. A decent cross-over between an American pale ale and an American IPA. (1,569 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several fingers of slightly of head. This settles down into a rich finger, leaving back robust sticky lace that clings in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, and maybe even a touch minty, with some borderline medical feeling herbal character and tight green citrus character. Buttered cracker and caramel notes from the malt sit across the back of the nose with some softness.

The taste has leafy and spicy accents that spread out and surround a fresh and crisp feeling bitterness. Sweet flavors of bread and caramel from the malts balance the bitterness here well while simultaneously pushing that bold hop character to the front of the profile and helping keep it front and center, as this finishes moderately aggressive with a touch of raw pith and then some leafy spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that firms up on the tongue yet still has a smooth slick creaminess to the overall feel that lets this go down easily. There’s a touch of alcohol on tail end of this but it isn’t overly noticeable.

Man, this is just a really solid American IPA, with full hoppy flavors and a malt backbone that balances yet still keeps the focus on those hops. It’s awesome that are packing this in tallboys now. I definitely see more of these in my future. (1,388 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to oversized DFH snifter.

A: Amber rusty brown color pretty clear, big thick rich head that takes its time to fade

N: Some piney hops, a strange tangy yeasty nose, some dark crystal malts, touch of citrus, little biscuit,

T: Starts with some dark crystal malts, piney hops, slight tangy yeasty taste, a little soapy, very bitter and spicey high alpha hops (maybe chinook, magnum, nugget, something like that) as well as a slight foral centennial, amarilla, cascade type, some nice malty bread taste adds a good flavor, the hops build as it goes, a slight warming alcohol also builds

M: Pretty frothy and sticky, kinda thick

F: Lots of piney spicey hops, pretty juicy. Finishes pretty dry as well. A slight sawdust also seems to come out at the end. The lingering hop bitterness stays for 30 seconds or so, drinkability isn't the greatest.

Final thoughts: AN interesting beer. At first I thought it may have been old, with the strange tangy yeastiness, but the hops shined right through giving it an interesting quality. Lots of bitter hops, good malt base, strange extras like yeast, saw dust, etc. Its also pretty juicy. It's a slow drinker. (1,168 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness and fruity citrus sweetness. Both flavors remain dominant the whole time you're drinking the beer. There's a hearty malt character and a background flavor of caramel. The after-taste is likewise slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely an excellent beer with a lot of flavor and substance that is worth drinking for a whole evening. (873 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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