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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2,720 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,720
Hads: 9,998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 268
Gots: 2,149 | 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: 2,720 | Hads: 9,998
Photo of enjambed
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: bottle into tulip glass. packaged 9/23/14, consumed 1/24/15. I expect the hops will be a bit faded, but still think it's fair to review. (There is no official best by date for Torpedo).

Look: Dark orange, almost red. Moderate pour produces a creamy head that settles to a thick layer of lace. Lots of lacing, very sticky!

Smell: Floral, a little sweet, some grapefruit, some biscuity malts. Pretty mellow overall.

Taste: The hops have actually held up pretty well. A good amount of citrus and grapefruit with a punch of bitterness still dominates the flavor. Malts add substance and balance out the flavor to make it smooth and easy-drinking. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

Feel: Smooth, almost creamy. Finish is sticky and lingers like a resiny IPA should.

Overall: Torpedo is a solid go-to IPA for a good reason. It packs considerable flavor, hops, and ABV at a reasonable price. (899 characters)

Photo of lushes22
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Nice light copper color with hint of brown. Very inviting.
S. Citris, pine, and a little grassy. Inviting smell that makes you look forward to first taste.
T. Similar to smell. Grapefruit with a bit of tangerine. Very enjoyable and can pick up the fresh dry hops.
M. Medium carbonation with dry feel.
O. Just a very solid ipa on all counts. Great that this is a year round brew. (386 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful reddish amber color. Pours smooth with nice one finger head that lingers. Smell of pine and grapefruit. Wonderful hop explosion with dry finish that slowly rolls across the tounge. Even a hint of cherry picked up within the citrus and pine. All in all a very nice robust American IPA. Truly a go to favorite for me. (325 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, with a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Standard hop fare across the board.

Grapefruit and Piney hop notes, with a lasting bitter for the finish. Relatively boring, as all IPAs are to me.

Rather thick on the feel, medium carbonation, leaves a residue after a swallow. Alcohol can be felt as it goes down. (350 characters)

Photo of EvieE
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Maybe I poured it wrong, but it had barely any head and no lacing. The color was nice and coppery, very inviting.

S: The smell was light, barely noticeable. Piney, could tell it was going to be hoppy.

T: The hops are strong with this one. I loved it.

F: This is my first review, so I don't know how to describe this bit. But it was strong, and smooth.

O: Would buy this beer again. I love a good hoppy IPA, so this was a win. (436 characters)

Photo of lewzer99
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: pours golden yellow with a one finger white head
S: pine, citrus and sweet malt and a hint of bubble gum and malt sweetness
T: sweet malt and bubblegum, some orange, and a bit of lingering bitterness
M: effervescent, but a bit slick feeling
O:pretty good, but not what I think of when I think of an ideal IPA (312 characters)

Photo of mrc282917
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what I want to taste in an IPA, when I think of a nice IPA I prefer the piney aroma with a hint of the fruityness that fades and the bitterness that sticks around, overall very solid beer that I can enjoy every sip of (225 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Clear copper with great head and lacing.

Smell - lots of grapefruit and malt

Taste - bitter grapefruity, piney hops create a tingly feeling on the tongue. Bread on the finish and the hop bitterness remains strong.

Feel - very hop forward, coats the tongue/mouth. Sticky.

Overall - very nice beer that I find has quite a unique feel. (371 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel obliged to rate this beer not only because it is a great, go-to IPA, but because it was the brew that got turned me into a hophead. I've come to find that most people who love IPAs were introduced to them at a young age, and usually by SN. At least, that's how it was with me. There really isn't a whole lot to say about Torpedo other than 'buy it, drink it' and you'll know why it's so widely accessable and rated so high. It's good, accessible beer. (462 characters)

Photo of emere11
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale smells and tastes like the Big Sur CA coast, with a mix of wild sage, pine, and citrus. Probably the best American I've ever tasted. Extremely complex flavour profile and just lovely. It doesn't get any better than this. (229 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy IPA, one of the stronger ones I've drank. Incredibly bold and potent citrus flavors, this IPA has incredible depth of flavor. This being said, I would not consider this a session beer but rather a sipping beer. (221 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Quite a dark amber, almost brown - quite clear. Couple of fingers of off-white head which diminished in good time. Some lacing.

Smell: Has that lovely, pine-resin aroma that heavily hopped beers tend to have. Fairly overpowering though - swirl it around a bit and you'll get some citrus fruity notes (lemon, grapefruit etc.)

Taste: It'd be nice to say that some of the fruity notes come through in the taste, but they don't. It's hops, pure and simple. All other things considered, it's actually pretty one-dimensional. There's almost no evidence of malt whatsoever.

Feel: Not too bad - it's crisp, clean and there's not much in the way of carbonation Fairly dry and astringent finish.

Overall: I'm trying to get excited about this but it's not doing anything for me - I get that American IPAs tend to be hopped to death and, slowly but surely, my palate is getting acclimatised to them but with this it feels like the hops are trampling over any other more subtle flavours that might be present. May be worth revisiting at a later time once I've got a few more IPAs under my belt. (1,129 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always pay extra for the Torpedo.

It is quite simply a very good higher ABV beer and tastes in line with the SNPA standard. That said it is a little too one-dimensional for me to push it beyond a 4/5. Sierra Nevada hops are always so rich and powerful, its hard to taste much else here. (291 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hoppy IPA option. I usually prefer IPA's and DIPA's to be well balanced or leaning more toward the malt side. This one is on the other end of the spectrum, with little malt backbone. This not a bad thing though when a beer in this style is made so well. It really lets the hops shine through, with nothing to cover them up or mask them. It is something I would need to be in the mood for though, when I want a hop bomb and something a bit different. As far as IPA's go, this also pushes these boundaries, almost flirting with the line between an IPA and DIPA.

I will seek out and purchase again, but only when in the mood for a very hop forward beer. This is a change of pace beer for me, not necessarily a purchase every chance I get type of beer. (756 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't know what's extra about this, not even average. Light pine aroma with a mild banana hops up front and a dry sticky malt finish. Tastes more like hoppy pilsner. That being said, it is very drinkable. (209 characters)

Photo of aderousseau
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the one beer where I just can't seem to understand the Bros rating of 99 and massive praise. Overall it's a nice beer, but far from the massive hop ratings it has noted below. I think it's a nice common IPA, not "Extra IPA". The defining characteristic for me is a grape-like presence in the taste. I don't get a lot of citrus/piney-ness that I like in big IPAs. Lacks much malt. It's more enjoyable in the 16 oz can. I do enjoy the bitterness and spicy-ness. (474 characters)

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

Looks great..copper colored with a nice lacing on the glass..smells like fresh bread and hoppy goodness..taste like fresh water(like most Sierra Nevada beers)with a nice hoppiness as expected..overall well balanced and one on my top 10 list..4.50/5 in my book (259 characters)

Photo of Henry_Stahl
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good IPA, however nothing really stands out about it. If i were to recommend somebody to try their first IPA I would definitely recommend this one. (163 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Format: reasonable 355mL brown bottle with an original and decent label.

Appearance: pours a bright orange-brown in colour with with very sparse visible carbonation. An off-white head froths up to a finger before settling to a thick half-finger. Thin lacing.

Aroma: a fairly moderate aroma of grapefruit and particularly pine hops. Some biscuit malts behind also.

Taste: stronger on the palate than on the nose. A great mix of grapefruit, pine and those biscuit malts. As expected there is some bitterness, but predominantly the hop flavours which is fantastic.

Aftertaste: some sweetness from the citrus hops and a nicely metered out hop bitterness. This really is a damn good IPA.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. Still reasonable, but it feels a touch flaccid. I wouldn't mind a touch more carbonation.

Overall: quite a nice AIPA as expected fro Sierra Nevada. Not sure it's worth AU$92 a case, but I'll take a 6-pack every now and then. Very flavour-forward, rather than some AIPAs that just taste of bitterness. (1,045 characters)

Photo of oldglory78
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. One of the first American IPAs I tried and it never fails to deliver. Always have a couple (can or bottle both are excellent) in the fridge. Great taste, not too bitter, nice pine/citrus zesty smell and perfect balance. Not too heavy or light. Perfect with spicy food. All in all an excellent beer that I recommend if you like IPAs. (358 characters)

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.

4/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25 (608 characters)

Photo of Jiveturkey75
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an IPA available most everywhere in the country, as well as most large grocery stores- this is a well balanced citra/pine IPA with smoothness and good color. There are better, but this qualifies as THEE default IPA from sea to shining sea. (244 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a copper-gold color with a short white-ish head that sticks around. Tons and tons of white lacing.

Aroma: Smell has a big, citrusy/piney hops presence.

Taste: The taste is even more heavy on hops. The pine and citrus in the nose are even more present on the palate. Lots of bitter hop bite, and some alcohol burn. It's a sipper for me - one to drink slowly, though the taste isn't very diverse, it's more like just really bitter.

Mouthfeel: It has the right depth for a really hoppy IPA. Not watery, but not too thick either.

Overall: Pretty good hoppy IPA. I paired this with some Mexican truck food, which was kind of a mistake. This is a better beer to have slowly on its own or with a big, time-consuming meal. (780 characters)

Photo of Alexander_Hyduk
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely my favorite beer right now, and it has been my go to brew for the passed 2 years...absolutely love the piney citrus kick and the decently high percent with the minimal alcohol taste, #1 sierra nevada beer in my book of brews, highly recommended...cheers lol (268 characters)

Photo of GerryPendry
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big malt and big sticky resinous hops in just the right proportions. Highly drinkable but dangerous, since its ABV is well hidden. My go-to beer, and a bargain at a local price of about $15/12.
Update 7/15/15: I just noticed a significant amount of sediment in a bottle of Torpedo. I thought this beer wasn't bottle conditioned, but it looks like it is. (353 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.