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 smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to Torpedo land, it's in da can and now in my nonic pint glass!

Great super foamy off caramel whit colored head, with a crystal clear body, some cola like sticking bubbles, but that great orange and red amber body, real great looking as usual.

Nose seems a mild pine hop pungency, some nice fresh chewy sense, a little bit of citrus but not much.

Taste is earth and dirt hops, simple good malt backbone. Mouthfeel washes over with a good body, nothing crazy or mindblowing. Very soil dirt finish.

Overall pretty solid no complaints works in the can just as well.

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

Pours a crystal clear deep copper almost orange color with a huge creamy/bubbly beige head that sticks itself to my glass all the way down. Aroma is pine and resin and citrus with a hint of caramel deep underneath. Taste is much the same. Starts with some pine and resin followed by some caramel that peaks through followed by more bitter citrus with a bone dry finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium as well, mouthfeel is resinous and a little sticky. Another hops showcase from Sierra Nevada. Lots of West Coast hops with a hint of malt. 7.2% is well hidden.

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

Happy to find this one on tap at Brooklyn's Spuytin Duyvil, It poured dark honey amber, quite clear, with a light tan head and leaving typical "good beer" lacing. The nose was found to be pleasantly hoppy. This a grainy, oily, hoppy AIPA, notes of maple, and pine sappy hops. A wonderful addition to the SN line, fine, hoppy, tasty and sessionable. I'd love to see this one more widely available some day.

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

05/11/06- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- From the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour...a touch cloudy. Slight creamy white head with fairly nice lace left behind.

Smell- Very nice grapefruit and pine...maybe more pine, hop scent. Mild toasted malt beneath.

Taste- Tastes like this one is wet hopped. A bit yeasty...kinda reminds me of the flavor of some of the Pyramid brews. Sticky pine resin hops make up most of the flavor. A bit sweet and chewy. Nice! Malt balances out pretty well.

Mouthfeel- As said up top...sticky, a tad sweet and a really nice low carbonation level. Coming close to a cask pour.

Drinkability- Nothing wrong here. Really nice flavor and texture. I was told it was an amped up version of the Celebration....not in my eyes, but it's still good.

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

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with an outstanding citrus hop nose. It's not overly done, but you can tell this is borderline DIPA territory. The taste is good. It has a tremendous hop bitterness that resinates in the finish. The malt character is good, although it's surprisingly thin. The mouthfeel is fine. Again, I was thinking it would be fuller, but a thinner, more drinkable hop bomb is certainly good with me. This is a tastey beer. Sierra Nevada is really coming out with some great new beers. They're bold and full flavored; very nice.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

This is a very solid IPA. An amber, clear light amber pour and a good foaming head introduces the beer as above average. The aroma is a good balance of the three biggies, IMO: citrus/pine hops, earthy hops and sweet malt. Of course the malt is the least of the powers, but it balances well. Most of the beer is non-aggressive. That is, it doesn't overpower with loads of hops. It has just enough to throw the kilter towards bitter. Nice bite, but it won't distract you. Clean, crisp. Under the a torpedo? ha.

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

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured into a pilsner glass, it basically just looks like SNPA, clear amber with a white head. I'm a fan, this is on the heavy end of IPA's Great Divide's Titan IPA. There's a rich mix of grassy, citrus and pine that, well, reminds me greatly of normal Sierra Nevada, but without the malts. This is a fine IPA and I'd definitely have this again.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: nice caramel base with some grapefruit, pine, and a hearty but not overpowering floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice sessionable IPA. Nice flavors keep you interested through a few bottles.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a nice copper-red coloring with a decent light, foamy head. The aroma is hoppy, with a hop-forward taste on the tongue to match. Also, an undertone of light spice and bitterness balance out the beer very well. The beer is smooth on the tongue and in the mouth, with a sharpness to the aftertaste. It is very easy to drink, and even easier to drink in quantity. A very tasty beer overall, and at a decent price. I have no doubt this will frequent our fridge in the future.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.86/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Now....I hope learn what all the fuss is about with Torpedo IPA. On to the beer:

Copper colored body with hues of orange, the finger thick head forms and holds up well while leaving a good display of patchy lacing. The aroma starts off hoppy and piney, but the hop burst fades into some bready malts, alcohol, and esters.

There's a lot going on in the flavor. Pine starts off the journey. Grape skins and nectarines follow, but with a low intensity. The extra kick of alcohol in this beer gets in the way of things throughout, even as it warms. There's a good share of bitterness found. Mouthfeel is right on the spot for an IPA, not too bubbly, easy, medium...and surpringly the booze doesn't numbs my senses. Finishes is pretty clean, with crackery malts lingering on in the aftertaste.

There is some good in this beer, but the alcohol washes over the levees at times. Not to mention the raw bitterenss gets in the way too. Methinks bigger levees or developing a flood control system would help this beer, because without one or the other, I will be hesistent to try this again given what's available on the market.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass. It's good to see another year round beer from SN.

A- SN Torpedo has a color a bit brighter than copper, perhaps bronze to a burnt golden color. A sturdy pour produced a 1/2 inch dismal white head that faded quickly. A thin sheet of bubbles were left on the top as well as minimal lacing.

S- Torpedo smells like something from the left coast for sure. A bunch of American hops and a good malt base which you would expect. This gives of citrus & earthy scents with sweetness from the malts. Some bready characteristics as well. Hops are the dominate force.

T- Torpedo hits its target with a blow of west coast hop goodness. Not the biggest assult of hops but a good enough profile for a year round brew. They give off the usual grapefruit and pine taste which is evenly split. After the initial strike Torpedo lowers its arms and gives off a good maltiness for the injured tastebuds with a slight caramel sweetness. This is a well executed IPA.

M- A bit thicker on the mouth than I expected But this is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carb felt on the tounge. A nice amount of bittering power but nothing over the top. A smooth IPA with the hop cones lingering well after I am finished. Well balanced with no alcohol distractions.

D- This one is year round to my knowledge so I think I found a new IPA for the rotation. I would gladly drink this at anytime. I could probably finish 3-4 bottles over an evening without killing my palette. Not a hop bomb but a damn smooth American IPA.

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

A - Deep orange amber. A straight pour into a pint glass landed 3 full fingers of peaky head with great lacing.

S - Pine and lemon-herbal tarragon. Slightly woody.

T - Soft opening rolls into light malt, followed by a rapid rise into a sharp bitter pine. The hop crescendo holds for a second or two before mellowing back out. Some grapefruit and pepper in the finish.

M - Smooth with a sweet finish. Bitterness builds throughout the drink. Leaves a touch of waxy bitterness in the back of your palate.

D - Nice drinkability. While prominent in the flavor profile, the bitterness mellows in the finish, and it's cumulative effect grows slow enough that it doesn't beat you down.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inch thick white head on top of a cloudy orange IPA. Wonderful head retention and very good lacing.

S- I'm getting pine and grass notes.

T- Piney hops with a caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is it if you're a "hophead", stay away if you're not. Some citrus detected. Leaves the mouth watering for more.

M- Big mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- Is this considered a "classic" yet? I know it hasn't been out too long (2 years maybe?) but this has to be the best widely available IPA in America. Overall, I'd throw this into the upper echelon of IPAs, albeit on the low end. At 7.3% just a few of these will have you acting goofy. Thanks Sierra Nevada for making a great "go-to" beer, even in the beer black hole that is known as northwest Illinois.

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

A - Poured a nice Amber colour with a thick, white foamy head.

S - Citrusy hops with some earthiness & pine. Very strong nose.

T - An explosion of citrus. A nice bitter hop profile with a clean grapefruit aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with some chewiness. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice, smooth DIPA. This will definitely become a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber-copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, but still has a light crystal malt edge to it as well. The malt lens some biscuit-like notes and a touch of caramel; this last melds with the citrus hop components that are the most noticeable part of the beer. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, a bit of herbal grassiness, spruce tips and a touch of pine seem to define the hop aromatics; actually this smells a lot like Meyer lemon, it is surprisingly lemony compared to many an American IPA.

The carbonation provides a solid fizziness, though this is not over-carbonated. The beer has a light crystal malt sweetness to it that is substantially dried out by the biting hop character. This has an ample bitterness to it that is noticeable from the biting through to the lingering finish of each sip. The hop flavor has quite a bit of sharp, herbal notes to it that leans a touch towards fresh pine needles; this is pretty well met by essential citrus oil notes that remind me of grapefruit, tart tangerine zest and orange zest. This has a nice biscuit like malt character to it that helps to dry out the finish just a little bit more. This has a touch of malt body to it, but is still quite quaffable and light enough to be a drinking IPA (though the alcohol percentage may tell you otherwise after a couple).

This is a solid IPA offering from Sierra Nevada. It is perhaps a little sharp, slightly astringent, and a little more herbal focused than I might prefer, but it is damn tasty. I still prefer the slightly more malt balanced Celebration as it brings out the fruity-citrus character from the hops a bit more than this beer does. Despite the noticeable malt presence, this is definitely an aggressively hopped IPA.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, bottle thanks to freud via BIF! Had this in my sights for quite some time, great to finally get my hands on this. Popping the cap on this bad boy, and all I get is hops, hops, hops from the bottle. Piney hops. Poured this out and gave a nice couple finger head, dissipated to a thin, creamy looking layer with a golden brown/red body. Thick and chunky lacing. Sniffing this and I'm getting lots of hops, piney again. Taste is hoppy too, piney, a bit sweet with very little malt coming through. Great mouthfeel, not too carbonated or anything. Dangerously drinkable, ABV is not at all discernable until you've put one back, definitely quaffable and something I'd definitely look to pick up next time I'm in the states.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Light hazy golden brown in color with a soapy head and some lace.

Smells of bready malt and some spicy hops.

The taste grows on me particularly. At first, just strong hop bitters, but as I delve into it further, orange peel notes, grapefruit juices, light malt backing tries to peek through, then the hops squash it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Interesting attributes to this brew. Spritzy and a bit spicey on the palate.

Drinkability is solid, this is a nice new yearly addition from SN.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber, medium white head, good lacing.

S: Kind of lacking since SN usually gives solid noses, but Cascade hops dominate.

T: Defintely maltier than SN's usual brews, but certainly provides a good backbone to the hop taste which is dominated by grapefruit and citrus, overall very good.

M: Resiny, medium-bodied, solid for an IPA.

D: Another good beer from Sierra Nevada, just making continously excellent hop beers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz picked up at the 16th St Albertsons last night... don't remember the price.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

Hefty creamy looking 2 finger head.. the brew is a polished lite honey..

the nose is a slam of citrus zest.. smells very fresh.. really very hoppy.. sorta blurring the line with a DIPA..

Not as bitter as expected... more of a teeth scraping hoppy flavor.. tons of zesty hops.. only enough pale malts to help keep it from being hop juice.. finish is fairly dry and very focused on hops.. the body is perfect so is carbonation..

Surprised I haven't ticked this one yet.


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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, nice to see this one in Utah now.

2008 Edition

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from SN, could drink a few of these easy, even at the 7.2% ABV, Thanks Brian.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3rd IPA of an IPA tasting evening on 8th Oct 2012: 350ml bottle, best before 23 Jan 2013. Poured slowly into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice at home.

Orange hue to the amber body: on top an impressive show of white foaming bubbles, the body has a slight haze, the head as white as the driven snow.

Hop nose (surprise, surprise): struggled to find the citrus notes others have mentioned, even as the beer warmed in its chalice. Pine, nuts and floral hop esters for me with a semi-hint of pink grapefruit as it changed temp.

There is a malty undertone but the hops rule the roost here in all aspects, the taste is supposed to be 'Extra IPA' and that is what the brewery has provided. The after-taste is dry and fairly bitter, had a whole lot hoppier stuff when over in the US though.

My taste buds are subtle and European (OK English): so this is too heavy on the hop front for me. I knew what I was buying and I've enjoyed this brew. I couldn't however see me buying a case of this and passing it around my mates (if I had any).

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

Pours a clear golden/amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops and some sweet malt in the background. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with high carbonation level. Bitterness is really high in this one, of course. Tastes of strong hops up front and some sweet malt in the background. This beer leaves you wanting more after the hops; it's pretty much hops boom, then an almost watery flavor because of the intsense hops. There is a very smooth finish though, which is nice for an IPA. Pretty good beer, but a little less then I was expecting with all the hype.

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Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored beer with a glass filling light tan colored head with staying power.

Smell is malty and woody with a mild hop aroma and strongly of no particular type. Slight pine aroma.

The taste starts out neutral and herbal with a good malt backbone. Bitter and herbal kicks in fairly quickly. Strong herbal beer with malt just right keeping everything in balance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkable IPA, could be more complex but this is a good beer. This is a great deal like Firestone Walker Union Jack.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

A beefy cloud of eggshell white. The lacing it leaves behind is nothing less than beautiful. Slightly darker than many IPAs, it's the kind of tawny amber found in stain glass windows. The body is clear, classy looking, and will turn shades at different angles to the light.

The aroma offers so much of the many attributes of hops: it has the earthy green leafy character, light zest, light spice, and just a splash of citrus with a fetching tang.

My first few sips sort of extinguished my enthusiasm for the beer. The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was not at all the least bit bitter which, along with equally low carbonation, left the beer feeling overly buttery and didn't give this IPA all the quenching power it was thought to be capable of judging by its aroma. More of a pale ale than IPA.

The tastes were also light. The malts were moderately sweet and with soft notes of toffee and nuts. The hops imparted a small notes of grapefruit pith and vinous, green pine.

Sierra Nevada's Torpedo was really just one more of the same thing they do - a simple, but solid, pale ale. And I have no complaints with that fact. While their beers - in particular their string of new IPA offerings - aren't overly innovative, they are always of wonderful quality, extraordinary balance and endlessly drinkable.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,845 ratings.