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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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of Cavalier92
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent year-round offering from Sierra Nevada. There isn't a bit of bitterness in this American IPA. Instead, the floral dryness of the hops is balanced well by sweet maltiness that makes this one of the best mainstream IPAs on the market today.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep amber orange, excellent head retention, carbonation, and lacing.

S: Piney, herbal-fresh hops with some malt. Hoppy and grapefruity.

T: Nice short burst of hops, then some malt, then some nice bitter, tasty hops. Complex, in a good way. Finish is extremely well-balanced, long and clean with no oily hop aftertaste which is nice. Tons of awesome hop flavor without being bity, cloying, chewy or overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied, great for the style, nice carbonation.

D: Exceptional. If you are a hop head, this is right up your alley. Alcohol is well hidden, my new favorite IPA. Will definitely be picking up a case of this.

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Photo of btuthill
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber from 12 oz stubby bottle. Small head recedes quickly. Smell is of fresh cut citrus - stronger and more fresh than anticipated. The taste is similarly fresh and citrusy, but too much like SNPA for me. The hops may be mitigated a bit too much by the malt presence. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick. Drinkable and well-priced session IPA. I will drink this again, but it isn't a go-to.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored brew with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of a very bitter piney aroma with a citrus backbone.

Citrus and bitter taste upfront, followed by a medium, bready body. A little buttery in the back and carbonation adds a nice crispness. Very drinkable for what it is: a hoppy IPA, although balanced compared to other west coast IPA's.

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Photo of tzchandler
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less prevalent than the green labeled IPA, Torpedo comes in with much more alcohol (7.2%) and heavier copper flavor. Nice aroma of hops but I would hope for a bit more being a hops lover. The Celebration Ale, from the same company, seems to hit the spot more than this beer but still worthy of a place in the fridge and still better than many micro beer IPA II.

This beer slides down easily and has a pleasant long lasting flavor.

Sierra Nevada seems to me to be the only mass beer company that brews excellent beer for "mass beer" prices. These guys deserve a big pat on the back. Bravo!

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Photo of tubeboy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice strong IPA with a great mouthfeel and lasting taste. A reasonably aromatic pour with a decent head and nice lacing. I will put this on my list of quality alternatives to 90 minute IPA. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and hope it's not just a seasonal offering.

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

Exceptional color and clarity with this beer, so much so that its surprising for an IPA. Head poured to be perfect thickness and hung around for a long time with lots of lacing.

The nose of this brew is very floral with hops peeking through.

The taste is citrusy sweet which is well balanced by a strong hop finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also surprising to me. It goes down very smooth, little carbonation and leaves a nice taste in the mouth without any hoppy sting residue.

While I might not drink more than 2 of these, its very very drinkable. However because this beer is so well balanced I wouldnt doubt that those of you out there who love Harpoon IPA or anything comparable could throw back a bunch of these in a session. Try it out, the hops profile of this beer is very intersting.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper golden hue. Foam that sticks around for a bit and trails down the glass very nicely.

S: I Set this beer down for a sec before trying it to hold a brief conversation, caught herbal piney notes from about 3 feet out. Hophead stimuli on the increase.

T: Pine right up front. Hop oils demand the palate's attention as does a bready undertone. Piney hoppiness lingers. Absolutely delicious. I like to savor this one

M: Smooth. Medium. On the carbonated side and it works.

D: I could have 2-3 to start but would like to move into something lighter after that. Not a "session brew," to me anyhow.

A good beer from SN. For an Extra IPA it's decently balanced but it will definitely kick your tongue's ass. Be ready for the pine, and if you're a hophead...be ready for a buzz.

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Photo of jerskine
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, copper appearance with a minimum amount of foam but lots of nice caramel colored lacing

S: big hop aroma, which should be expected from this one; some citrus scents that are characteristic of a standard ipa; the unique scent in this beer is the strong lemon grass aroma that arises as you take gulp after gulp

T: very unique tasting ipa; the hops used in this beer give an unusual spicey, pungent flavor that hit the tongue hard; this is very "peppery" with a distinct vegetation-like taste

M: nicely carbonated; hits the tongue sharply and leaves considerable hoppy resin feeling in your mouth

O: I've had this beer quite a bit and I can say it is very unique when compared to the dozens and dozens of other IPAs I've had. If you are looking for a beer to hit your taste buds hard, this is the one.

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Photo of cbbjr
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark, clear gold with a couple fingers of white, fluffy head and lacing so strong I that I think I will have to do a lot of scrubbing to get the glass clean.

S-mostly pine with a bit of citrus

T-very piney and maybe some sweet grass. I'm not picking up much citrus the label mentions. Pretty hoppy with a bit of a malt backbone, but definitely not balanced.

M-very easy drinking, almost goes down too easily for what is nearly a double IPA. Medium carbonation,

O-solid beer, but not amazing. If you prefer an IPA strong on pine and light on citrus, definitely try it.

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

In my opinion, one of the best beers you can find at the large chain grocery stores. I've always been impressed by Sierra Nevada brews and this one does not disappoint. I admittedly have simplistic tastes, but I really like this beer and will continue to purchase it as my "go to" IPA.

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

Serving type: Tap

Apperance: light amber, Golden brown

Smell: light hops and hints of citrus

Taste: Like a solid IPA, this beer was filled with piney hops , and but not over bearing. A well balanced amount of bitterness and added citrus. (not as piney as their Celebration though)

Mouthfeel: Fresh, the right amount of carbonation, and a great piney aftertaste.

Drinkability: just the right amount of ABV for the typ of IPA, but I Think i will keep it to one or two of this beer a session.

to sum it up Sierra Nevada made a Solid Balanced Strong IPA, I strongly Recommend this if you are a big IPA fan

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Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Sierra Nevada tulip glass

A- Perfect golden-orange color. Very lacey with a long-lasting eggshell-colored head. Not super bubbly.

S- Oranges, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a hint of malt in a very refreshing nasal assault.

T- Bitterness appears early, but a strong citrus presence balances this. Gorgeous balance of citrus and flora. There is almost a tang of yeast, but this is never quite fully realized. Very complex, yet very clean-tasting.

M- Resinous but not very syrupy. Solid body yet very clean and light on the finish. Perfect amount of carbonation for the flavor.

D- There are few IPAs as widely available and inexpensive as this one. That said, I've seen few IPAs as consistent, drinkable, and well-rounded. This is absolutely a "go to" beer.

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Photo of mayorwalda
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second review of one of Sierra Nevada's brews, I’m expecting good things.

Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA pours a really nice golden amber color and the head forms just like I expected from an IPA. The bouquet is pretty strong, giving off all of the piney, floral, (slight) citrus notes I was looking for. The head dies off into a rim of bubbles and leaves very sporadic lacing around the edge of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are almost nil, so I can see this sweetening up as I let it sit for a bit, which is something I've come to enjoy in Pale Ales.

Looking down into the amber depths of my glass I take my first sip and lo and behold! I got exactly what I paid for! Torpedo, in taste, is a notably floral IPA (though this taste could mostly be the herbs they apparently use as well) that allows you to focus on the bitter notes before you’re brought the delicate sweet taste of very light caramel malts.

As far as mouthfeel is concerned, well, Sierra Nevada has created the very typical IPA in that sense. You’ve got a crisp taste which is complimented by a clear, crisp beer that doesn’t give you too much bite from carbonation or (any from) alcohol.

What I like about this beer the most, besides it being a good example of a drinkable IPA, is that it isn’t too carbonated and as I had hoped, this minimal carbonation allows you to really taste the malt sweetness—something I’ve only recently become attuned to.

The skinny of it goes like this:

A: Really, really nice amber, golden color with a good finger-and-a-half head that leaves almost no lace.
S: Smell is great, smells like hopps and some faint grassy aromas.
T: You’ve got a typical IPA with a neat flourish. The subtle, sweet malty note makes this brew stand out a bit and makes it a pleasure to drink!
M: Mouthfeel’s good, lightly carbonated, crisp, clear, could drink these a while without becoming overwhelmed.
O: Sierra Nevada has kept their own pace making a somewhat less distinct beer with maximum drinkability, and I really think that’s the point.

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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured vigorously from a cold 16oz can into a weizen glass, Torpedo Extra IPA yielded a massive 2 and 1/2 fingers of rich, cream-colored head which died very gradually, leaving extensive, elaborate lacing on the glass with almost glue-like retention. The color is a dark, opaque almost rusty burnt orange. One of the best-looking beers I've ever seen!

S: A fruity, robust magnum hop scent hits your olfactories immediately, along with notes of pine needles and a faint caramel malt back end. What a righteous smell...

T: A true marriage of bitter, citrus hops and caramel-candy maltiness with a vaguely boozy finish. Balance is the theme of the day here...carbonation is extremely mild, barely tickling the tongue as a functional vehicle for the hop/malt dynamic duo to do their thang. Poetry in motion!

M: Although mild in carbonation and very balanced in flavor, that tiny bit of lingering booziness tends to cause of a bit of 'tongue jumping' that accumulates gradually as you drink the beer. Hell, I don't even know if it's a good or bad thing...it just 'is'.

O: Torpedo Extra IPA blew my sensory doors off...while it's not quite the smorgasbord of perfection that their 'Hoptimum' Imperial IPA is (not a fair comparison, after all), it's probably in my "Top Five" when it comes to medium gravity, moderate microbrewed IPAs.

A little over halfway through this beer and my weekend has improved immeasurably because of it. Thank You, Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of dc87
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy amber body with a thick white head. A very good looking IPA.

S - Hops. Earthy, pine, a little citrus. A little subdued compared to the taste.

T - Deliciously hoppy from start to finish. Piney hop bitterness. Just a little, barely noticeable malt in the background. Dry pine and grapefruit finish with just a little sweetness to keep it interesting. As the beer warms the sweetness increases. Refreshing and flavoursome but never overstated.

M - Pleasant, quite full bodied and creamy.

O - A wonderfully hoppy and drinkable IPA. Bitter. A go-to beer when needing a hop fix.

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Photo of FoamInnovation
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the bottle, the earth and cedar of the hop grenade that is Torpedo offers a solid double IPA experience. The alcohol is exceptionally well balanced (7.20%) for the flavor presence, offering a bit of sweetness to offset the flourish of bitter and citrus that are playing first string here. The aroma, while pleasantly cedary, does not match the strength of the flavor profile (like sliding tongue-first down a mountainside of pinecones and citrus peel, but in a good way).
Very satisfying for hopheads overall.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of PhillyMonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine beer from a very fine brewery. This bottle poured beautifully - dark amber color with a near-perfect thick, sticky head. Fresh, hoppy smell to accompany a similar taste. This beer definitely has a little extra kick compared to your average American IPA, but in a world of increasingly hoppy, increasingly alcoholic beers of this style, Sierra Nevada does a nice job of finding some balance in this quality brew. I was even more impressed since my six-pack cost the same as the "regular" SN IPA. I'm looking forward to enjoying the other five...

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Photo of 908carson
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo, huh? I'm expecting this to be a targeted attack to my tastebuds and liver...

A: Perfect clear, coppery, amber hue. Decent lacing, but a thin layer of head

S: After opening the bottle, i got a solid whiff of pine tree. When I poured it into my favorite pint glass, the pine opened up to a sweet, hoppy smell.

T: In the great words of Usher... "Make me wanna say... Oh My Gosh." Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is my "go to" beer... it's everywhere, right? it's practically always on sale! even when it's not, it's usually at least a dollar cheaper than my favorite competitor! so imagine their Pale, but only BETTER! the Extra IPA takes everything i love about the pale ale but just amps it up a notch... this one goes to eleven, k?

M: incredibly smooth... alcohol is no more present in this than an Amstel Light. I could drink this every day of the week...

Overall: When it comes to taste, value, and availability, Sierra Nevada's "Torpedo" Extra IPA takes the cake... I have had better beers, most definitely, but they all cost at least 50% more than this! At 8.99, NOTHING beats Torpedo. I love this beer, and I almost always have it on hand.... when I can't find it, I get the regular Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada has been in the game for a long time... and they're good at it, damnit.

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Photo of jlapennas
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Low/moderate spicy hop aroma with a bit of a fruity note. Almost seems like a european or noble hop. Slight malt sweetness in the background. Some clean alcohol

Appearance: Orange-amber. Fair amount of color here. Great clarity and moderate head.

Flavor: Immediately has that crisp SN character but it's followed by a tone of spicy, juicy, and fruity hop flavors. Hops are more intense here than in aroma. Moderate bitterness, not high like other American IPA's, but it's almost more crisp than it is bitter. Malt sweetness is restrained with caramel notes. Malt sweetness supports the fruity hop flavors well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with persistent crisp character and moderately high CO2.

Overall: An interesting take on the IPA style. Compared to most American IPAs this brings it pretty weak. It lacks bitterness, hugely lacks resin in the mouthfeel, and is a bit more crisp than typical IPAs. I like the beer and it has good drinkability. Very much a Sierra Nevada beer.

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Photo of kellywilson50
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass has an exceptional head and great lacing. There is plenty of carbonation that creates a steady stream of thousands of little bubbles. The aroma is very similar to what I remember of the Celebration Ale, but more pronounced. There's definitely plenty of essential oils being transferred in the torpedo. Flavor is also very similar to the Celebration, except lighter in body and more "drinkability". My favorite used to be the Celebration, but this has definitely taken its place. I hope they're able to keep producing it.

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Photo of herbalist
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange color, almost a dark amber but more on the orange side of things. It has a foamy white head that disapates quickly but leaves a nice lace. It has a very appealing color to it certainly darker than most IPAs.

The aroma is light which is kind of surprising. Pine dominant with nice blend of citrus and freshness. It almost smells like fresh air. It is hoppy upon the initial smell but has a distinct malt background. The malt scent is almost honey like.

The taste is light and hoppy upon the initial sip but it lingers in your mouth after you have finished your sip. It is a nice blend of freshness and pines which is both very refreshing and tasty. It does not have an overwhelming taste to it but the blend of citrus and piney hops certainly wakes up your taste buds. The malt background comes out upon the finish and it makes each sip well balanced and enjoyable.

The drinkability of the beer is nice in that it is light and refreshing.. not too heavy at all. The carbonation is a bit much but it fits well with the hoppy character of the beer. It is not an outstanding IPA by any means but it is certainly good and worth trying. I'd def pick it up again and it is well worth the price.

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

A - This beer pours a clear copper with a finger width, off-white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving delicate lacing.

S - The aroma is all hops, mostly pine and citrus.

T - Again, the taste is all hops. With an assertive bitterness

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, goes down easy.

O - This is a very enjoyable IPA from Sierra Nevada, and for the price, and availability, it can’t be beat. I purchase this fairly regularly.

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle -> snifter

A - Pours a light golden copper. An inch or so of light sticky head that stood a good way above the rim of the glass and lingered a while and clung nicely on the way down. a quick swirl quickly summoned a decent amount of foam and aroma.

S - Very prominent citrus hops up front. A closer sniff reveals a generous amount of pine straw, jasmine, mango, and other tropical fruits. As the beer warms a very light sweet aroma peeks its tiny head out of the mountain of hops. Everything here appears in perfect harmony; I really couldn't ask for a better aroma out of an IPA.

T - Tons of brutally uncompromising bitterness dominate the palate off the top. The bitterness fades off a little and lends way to a flavor of grapefruit juice, pine oil, and tropical fruits. As these fade I can detect a very pleasant slight malty sweetness. The bitterness remains aggressive throughout the entire beer. All flavors are still perfectly balanced; there isn't quite as much sweetness as you find in many IPAs, and that's just the way I like it!

M - Moderately thick while never seeming too sticky or syrupy. Medium carbonation, perfect for the style. Again, I couldn't ask for any more.

This is a fantastic IPA. It may not be the best in the world, but it's about the most bang for your buck, and very readily available. One of my all time favorites. I just can't wait till I can get this in a can so I can take it with me on a biking trip!

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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