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: 2,724
Hads: 10,009
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 270
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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 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 (1,947 characters)

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. (1,557 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a dark copper with a thin lacing of head. Smells piney and floral; really enticing for a hop head like me. Taste is piney up front with a more floral finish. The hops are intense and very bitter giving this beer a bite. There is only a very mild malt character that comes through. This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, I thought this beer was good, but comes off a little too hoppy and not as balanced as I'd like. In comparison to SN Estate Ale, Hoptimum, and Southern Harvest IPA this IPA is just OK. (559 characters)

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. (513 characters)

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. (464 characters)

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. (405 characters)

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). (1,027 characters)

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber orange in color wit ha full inch and a half of frothy foam filling the glass right to the top. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of grapefruit and pine top it wit ha bit of a lemony citrusness to it as well. it has just a touch of some fruity, mango like flavors to it as well. A moderate malty flavor comes through and provides a nice base for all the hops.

The taste hits you with a big blast of pine and grapefruit right from the start. It's very bitter at first but it mellows a bit towards the finish when more of the lemony citrus and a hint of sweeter malt come through. The dry, bitter, grapefruit flavors linger for a while as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It has some very nice hoppy flavors to it overall. It's a very taste and drinkable beer overall. Very solid in all categories as well. (987 characters)

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 radar...like a torpedo? ha. (521 characters)

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. (571 characters)

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. (1,122 characters)

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. (387 characters)

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. (538 characters)

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

I've always been partial to Sierra Nevada brews, so I was happy to see this on tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

Pours amber with ruby highlights. Relatively thin head, but good lacing.

Smells like fresh wort. Very fresh smelling with a slight roastiness to it.

Tastes malty, grainy and hoppy- and very balanced and delicious. Mostly grainy up front with just a touch of malt sweetness, sort of like malt o' meal. This is followed by a rich middle that is pretty evenly balanced between the hops and malt with some faint sweet cherry flavors. The finish is long and hoppy with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rich and grainy and chewy. Good body.

Very drinkable- goes down easy, is super fresh tasting, and different enough to hod your interest. (759 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a clear, dark golden amber color with a frothy 1.5 finger off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Floral hop aroma with a lot of earthy pine needle and citrus fruit notes.Hitsnifts of grapefruit and orange peel counter the earthy chracter and there is a subtle malt presence in the nose.

Medium bodied wiu a nice crisp, bitter hop blas. Up front that lingers throughout over he subtle malt and sweet citrus flavor into a lingering dry finish. Lots of bitter earthy pine needle up front countered by grapefruit and orange peel. Subtle malt backbone providing decent balance but this beer is all about the delicious, fresh hops. A bit one dimnesional, which is exceptable considering the style, with a well masked ABV resulting in another flavorful, easy drinking hop bomb from Sierra Nevada. (879 characters)

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. (567 characters)

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

Pours a clear but deep coloured amber, with an excessively good froth of off-white foam on top. Surprisingly, it doesn't leave a lot of lacing, but it does have a good body, and the bubbles in the body swirl around in its thickness. It's a pretty lovely looking American IPA all up.

Nose is alternately sweet and bitingly pungent. On one sniff, it's tropical and fruity liked tinned pineapple, and on the next, the apple drops out, leaving the sharp and fragrant aroma of pine - resiny and needle-y. Not as full bodied and overpoweringly robust as some of the best, but it's pretty nice.

Taste is also good, although it definitely shears towards the pungent robustness of pine, giving a straight and direct vector of hop bitterness slicing through the centre of the palate. Finish is slightly nutty, with a touch of peach and a very light hint of phenol. In some ways, apart from the pineapple on the nose, it reminds me of an East Coast IPA - the clean body, the sharp, almost herbal hop bitterness. Feel is smooth from the extra body, and is untroubled by whatever carbonation is present in the visuals.

A tasty brew no doubt, from a brewery renowned for doing tasty brews. Drinkable, but with plenty of character. (1,219 characters)

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. (516 characters)

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

A: Poured a orangish copper color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap and some good lacing

S: Fresh hop cones leave a floral note and some light citrus and very light whiff of pine

T: Big malt background with some floral and citrus notes, a bit muddy and slightly thicker than I want leaves with some light hop bitterness and oils

M: Medium to big body for an IPA, beyond balanced but plenty of taste

O: Pretty good (433 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket in town, it comes in a 350ml short brown bottle, BB 09/09/2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark orangey amber in colour, coming with mild carbonation, a thick and tight dark beige frothy head, and very good clarity.
S: clean citric hop aroma intertwined with perfumy, sour-sweet esters and lightly sweet pale malts; a good swirl brings out nectar-like intense sweet liquid, lychee shell-ish flowery aroma of hops, some pine-ish notes of hops (again), toasted tea, a touch of sultanas or overripe white grapes, and many good elements harder to relate to anything specific. Very enticing and yet well balanced.
T: a refreshing swallow of lubricating bitter-sweet malts and piney-resinous hops shows a beautiful integration of malt’s dark fruity edge and hop’s juicy citric & pine-ish flavour; growingly bitter, chewy and even dry (like the dry-ish touch of roasted tea) in the aftertaste with an edge of phenol, with an intensifying flow of herbal hop tannins creeps up to render a satisfyingly long and complex finish.
M&D: moderately carbonated but very refreshing on the palate, this is a full-bodied ale that tastes ever so light and even thirst-quenching due to a marvellous balance. This is now my favourite from the whole range of Sierra Nevada ales that I have tried, and this is a permanent brew! So lucky I am to be able to get a bottle every now and then in my neighbourhood. (1,451 characters)

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

The beer pours the typicial SNPA copper color, but with considerably better head retention and lacing. Lot's of sticky lacing all around in this one. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a seriously hoppy IPA. There is pepper, a touch of pine and bitter citrus, which comes across as pretty dry. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except I confess I was completely unprepared for the amount of hoppy bitterness in this one. Wow. The beer starts off with some malty sweetness, but the sweetness is quickly buried in an avalanche of hoppy, dry, spicey bitterness. There is a huge hoppy presence in this beer, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the abv. is very well disguised.

This is an impressive IPA from SN and is clearly not for the faint of heart. This is a very big, very impressive, very hoppy IPA. Yummy! (878 characters)

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. (524 characters)

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. (1,345 characters)

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden brown body with a white thin head that has a yellowish hue to it. The carbonation is a fair amount of tiny strings of bubbles racing to the surface.

S- The smell of big juicy pine hops with a green hop finish has a faint toasted malt note with a light sweetness.

T- The big pine hop bite dominates the flavor for the first few sips. The grapefruit pungent hop flavor starts to show in the finish with big hop bitterness after a bit. Then as it warms there is a caramel malt flavor that has a sweetness the shows up after the hop flavor hangs on the palate for a bit. This beer is all about the big bitter hops with some hops flavor and the malt remains in the background.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight dry fizz in the finish that only boost the hops bitterness even more.

D- This beer has big hops that have some complexity to them. There is good sweet malt support in the background that comes through a bit more as it warms. I like big bitter beers and lots of hops but this is a bit to offensive. (1,108 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.43/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney nose. Flavor is piney hops, not finding any malts, finishing with a lingering bitter aftertaste. The 'extra' in the name is only a word - this is just an IPA that's loaded with hops. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (401 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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