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

2,721 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,721
Hads: 9,998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 268
Gots: 2,153 | 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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Reviews: 2,721 | Hads: 9,998
Photo of October
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this slightly past its prime, so I'll have to try it again fresh because I am underwhelmed. Not exactly the flavor bomb I was led to expect. Love the mouthfeel though and still a solid IPA. Will definitely buy again fresh. (233 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a frosty mug; not my typical taste activation glass. Golden color with a lot of carbonation for an unetched glass. Extremely hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Very bitter as most Pales are but good flavor. (219 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. The nose is a bit mild for my liking, good but mild. Pine, tangerine, pineapple. What it might lack in smell it more than makes up in flavor, one of the few beers that tastes better than it smells. It has a nice, sharp bitterness that lightly sits on top of a smooth, malty sweetness. Very good. (357 characters)

Photo of CDTDubstep
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tastes like cat piss. Hoping this is just a bad bottle.

Edit : not sure what was up with the first time I had this. It's actually grown on me now that I'm at the end of the 12 pack. There is still definitely a cat piss flavor going on here that is absurdly growing on me.

Some Starburst like fruit flavors with some light biscuit bready tinge. The hops are not as strong as I was expecting but they are very pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent and the abv is on point. Very drinkable. (485 characters)

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

A swirl of pine, flowers, and citrus. Surprise appearance by some sweet malt here as well, which easily could have been drowned out by the hop bomb. It's not a ton of malt, but it is there, and gives this some nice balance. I get sort of a pleasantly bitter grapefruit aftertaste here. Definitely more bitter tasting in the aftertaste, because this goes down very smoothly. It's 7.2% ABV, but you'd never know it unless you looked at the can or drank too many in one sitting. An excellent IPA. (493 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a nice clear darkish amber with an off-white head and plenty of lacing.
S: I'm not getting any distinct smell, more a flattened mix of pine and citrus. A tad musty.
T: more malty than I'd expected, some dark fruits mixed with citrus somehow, hoppy bitterness at the end. Very complex, some amber or barleywine characteristics which are welcome.
F: has a refreshing yet satisfyingly sweet and malty character. Not sure whether to neck or sip! Dry at the end, I like the flavours but would love them to whack my palate a bit more.
O: I applaud this for surprising me. Not just another IPA, it takes some interesting turns. Would love another. (647 characters)

Photo of Naked_Batman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: honestly a beautiful beer. Clear amber with an incredible head that sticks around till the very end.

S: Citrus right up front, to be honest it reminded me a little of the musty sweetness synonymous with white wine, other notes of toasted bread, slight pine

T-Again, for me it's all citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit, I'm also getting some bubblegum, finishes dry and just bitter enough with a slight malty backing

F-Excellent carbonation, very drinkable, could maybe be a little heavier for my taste, but that's just preference

O-A great, classic IPA. The balance and restraint used by Sierra Nevada really makes this a standout beer. In a game where so many breweries are trying to blow your tastebuds off with hops, it's refreshing to find a beer that manages to emphasize the punch of the hops all while incorporating the right level of malty sweetness and fruity esters/citrus. Drinks easy and refreshing-a homerun for Sierra Nevada. (955 characters)

Photo of cubbyZilla
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden look. Crisp and refreshing herbal notes tickle the throat on the way down with a more dominate pine after taste. Crisp and a light with a hop forward experience. (173 characters)

Photo of Masonz223
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
Look: light Amber brown very nice looking
Smell: floral hops fruity strong on the nostrils
Taste: crisp refreshing very hoppy light fruit lingering after taste
Overall: very nice ipa one of the best I've had great taste great looking. Definitely purchasing again. (300 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a spiegelau glass. Great tasting IPA. Poured beautiful with a finger head, hops and citurs aromas then the citrus grapefruit taste with some hops. Overall balanced great IPA and prolly the cheapest around. Sierra Nevada never disappoints! Cheers! (264 characters)

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml M and S, Bristol, UK - Pours clear orange/brown with a frothy, white head. Good lacing. Smell - hoppy with strong citrus, grapefruit. Taste - starts sweet but nice bitter finish. Nice well balanced hoppy IPA which I will seek out again. (243 characters)

Photo of jongleich
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's that I haven't gotten a fresh enough batch as I live in Europe but I can't figure out the serious love for this beer. It's quality for sure, but a bit heavy. I suppose I like my ipas a bit lighter with more fruit. Well priced though, and solid, just after a few tries hasn't blown me away.... (307 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Big thick off-white creamy head fights the glass the whole way down. Lacing all the way. Bright, clear copper in color. Pretty decent carbonation.

Smell: Floral citrus hop. A little spicy. A little wet grass too.

Taste: Juicey fruit. Floral hops. A peppery backbone. Biscuity malt.

Feel: Bone-dry. Well rounded and full body. Chewy.

Overall: This is my party beer. If I'm trying to not drive later on, this is the sixer I grab. Great quality and great price. (468 characters)

Photo of ScrewBud
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - slightly darker Amber, frothy head
S - crisp piney resin
T - piney, earthy
F - nice carbonation
O - Very good, lasting earthy hops, better as it warms (154 characters)

Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

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

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

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

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

O: Torpedo is an amazing brew and true classic. It is easily one of the best readily available IPA's and has a constant spot in my (every day beer) rotation. (660 characters)

Photo of renatopi
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living on the other side of the planet from California, I most likely didn't have this beer as fresh as it's supposed to be.
Judging by other reviews I missed out on most of the citrus/pine aroma. It tasted more like English style IPAs rather than American, bitter but not fruity and flowery. (293 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely amber color with a white head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell is very herby with pine and grass coming through strong. The taste was excellent with a lot of great hop flavors mixing well with the sweeter malt on the finish. Exceptionally clean finish and highly refreshing. Would definitely recommend. (330 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

O: This beer is probably my standard--along with Bell's Two Hearted--by which to measure all other American IPAs. This one does everything right, from the look, to the taste, to the feel. I do wish that the bouquet was a little more assertive, but it's hard to complain about a beer that drinks this well. I highly recommend. (1,815 characters)

Photo of Hellvira355
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer. What can I say about this beautifully forged creation of the Norse God Ullr... well for starters it's basically a bottled version of what an orgasm feels like. The bright bronze glow that emits from a glass of this liquid ecstasy is reminiscent of the victorious glowing halls of Valhalla. The cathedral-like web of the head brings a feeling of distinct victory to any who attempt to consume such a piece of art. When one attempts to put their nose to such a prestigious pour, he buckles at the knees and bows in sheer fear it will offend this triumphant nasal display of pine and hoppy-love. If you haven't passed out by way of ecstatic cardiac arrest by this point, you're in for a pleasant surprise when the cold, sexy, nectar pours down your tonge like an Icelandic waterfall.. in which you will reach Shangri-La because now you've reached enlightenment and are no longer a Norse Warrior, but a spirit who's reached taste bud Nirvana. (949 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty IPA.This IPA has a wonderful hop flavor with citrus and pine overtones that last sip after sip. It drinks very smooth with a bitter aftertaste. Sierra Nevada's top of the line beer. (194 characters)

Photo of running3dogs
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This was one of the first Citra-hopped beers I tasted, back in 2007. The flavor is not as startling as it once was, but I still appreciate the workmanship. (532 characters)

Photo of Grogsky
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think this is a good example of the American IPA boom. Very similar to most IPA's I've had in the USA. Overall, it goes too strong like most American IPA style beers. (168 characters)

Photo of Thomson805
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, piney, citrusy and smooth. Simple but delicious. Feels and tastes like a middle ground between ipa and double ipa. Best part is, it's even affordable! (161 characters)

Photo of Nickholland
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I big IPA bordering on a double. Lots of pine/grassy hops in the nose. Taste is peppery/spiced hops with just a hint of caramel malt, not really any sweetness at all and finishes quite bitter (in a good way) and clean. A nice creamy mouthfeel, it reminds me a little of their Celebration Ale. Well done again SN. (312 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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