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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9,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,944
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 262
Gots: 2,106 | 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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Ratings: 9,944 | Reviews: 2,817
Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Massive foamy head. Clear reddish/Amber. Excellent sticky lace retention.
Smell- Sugary and citrus aroma. Reminds me of lemonade.
Taste- complex and intense. Very Hoppy with a bready and malty backbone. herbal, piney and resinous. Bitter grapefruit finish.
Feel- Amazing feel goes down quickly and easily. Medium bodied. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.
An excellent beer overall. A hop bomb!

Photo of Bali_hi
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can of Torpedo extra ipa drank.

Photo of pbechtel
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Love Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...decided to give this one a try. Wasn't a big fan. I traditionally love the overtly "hoppy" taste but this had a sharpness to it that didn't cooperate with my tastebuds. Critiqued it before checking its review on here and I was shocked with how high it was rated. Decent, but not an instant favorite.

Photo of JonnyBoyy
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great overall IPA, but Celebration Ale has a bit more character. This is a good IPA for the hop forward characteristics

Photo of vincentmass
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not over the top hoppy. though i dont know what "extra" ipa means. otherwise beautifully well rounded. i might just go pour one more tonight.

Photo of mdexter
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's among my favorite of the high-hop-content American IPAs at 65 IBUs with some unique ingredients and inventive hopping techniques. It pours a deep amber with soapy head and resilient lacing. The aroma is that familiar hallmark of American West Coast IPAs: fresh Magnum bittering hops with their pungent citrus, juniper, and grassy notes and typical floral charm. Take a sip and the smokey-sweet malt coats your mouth while the Citra hops - the sour diesel of hops - settle on your breath for the long haul. The balance is perfect. To me this is one of the best strong IPAs by one of the best - one of the pioneers - of the American pale ale genre.

Photo of chaseparker9
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great, smells great, quality beer as usual.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle poured into hotel rocks glass. Clear amber with a finger of white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, caramel, mint, pear. Taste is slightly sweet fruit and caramel followed by herbal, citrus rind, and aspirin bitterness. Medium body, sticky texture, moderate carbonation, dry medicinal finish.

Photo of ch196h
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While this IPA is a little over-the-top on the hops and bitterness it manages to retain an excellent balance of mouth-feel and aroma. The taste is a bit of an acquired taste for anyone not already conditioned for the more extreme IPA styles. Those of us that do like the hop punch in the face, this beer certainly does satisfy. It is a great example of the power of Magnum hops to bitter.

Photo of sporklift87
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber and orange with a finger of light tan head. Head is foamy and soapy in appearance with long, stringy lacing walls all the way through. Excellent head retention, and a smaller film will remain until the beer is finished. Floral aromas of citrus, pine and hops right off the bat. Some semblance of grapefruit and lemon, among other citrus fruits. Tastes much more bitter than nose suggests, with more emphasis on the pine. Grapefruit notes become stronger throughout aftertaste. Somewhat drying feel. Mouthfeel indicates strong carbonation and a slick, viscous sliding over tongue. A sip seems to expand in my mouth, leaving a smooth residue that lingers for several minutes. Overall, this is a beautifully made IPA that will satisfy any hophead. This is a very sessionable hop explosion and goes down a little too easy; try to not let these get you in trouble. I am surprised how often I find these available for about a dollar per beer, even in Western Montana. When I do, I buy them in bulk and fill my closet. I know with their high hop and alcohol content, they won't lose much fidelity after their supposed expiration date.

Photo of buckslayer50
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a solid extra ipa, can easily be a go to with availability.

Photo of BBeagle73
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first go round with this beer,great taste,not quite as good as good as Dog Fish Head 90 minute,but smoother flavor than 21st amendment Brew Free or Die,will defiantly drink again.

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice smell and flavor, a little too hoppy but still an excellent beer.

Photo of justjonas
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly a benchmark for the ipa style. Usually easy to find at a decent price as well.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/1/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pineapple, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Shadow10185
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great staple ale. No wonder so many people like this brew. Very tasty and crisp. I prefer the kellerweis to this but this one is a great choice as well.

Photo of 31Sam13
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada still makes great beer and the hop explosion that is this beer is a prime example. Excellent if you're a hop head.

Photo of guru_gonzo
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you like hops this is how an Xtra IPA should be .

Photo of Harvest06
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my review notes taken in fall of 2013:

A: Clear reddish amber (filtered). Conservative bottle w/ no ABV on lable, tall white head.

S: strong pleasant citrus & flowery pine. Suble malt sweet smell.

T: Beginning malt dry malty, middle hops; citris & flowery pine,. Bitter end & lingering bitter aftertaste covers up any alcohal taste.

M: medium body, dry, above average carbination, refreshing & not filling.

O: Crisp, lite, hop forward, dry hopped IPA. Pleasant smelling & hoppy leaning but more balanced than most ipas. Not filling. I'd rather some more malt backbone. The dry finish makes it very drinkable.

This ale is dry hopped using the torpedo device.

From the SN Website:
Bittering hops: Magnum
Finishing hops: Magnum, Crystal, Citra
Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel

Photo of MikeyLegend
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It poured a medium brown with about an inch of head. It laces nicely around the glass. After settling it appeared to trn a darker brown. It looked delicious just sitting in my glass. First smell was a spicy pine smell. Nothing overbearing. It adds a citrus kick upon drinking and is smooth as hell going down. Fantastic beer.

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

Pours a tangerine color with a two finger white head. Aroma is piney, resin and slight grapefruit. Taste follows with tons of pine and resin and more grapefruit tan the nose. Mouthfeel is medium, super drinkabke for 7.2%. Overall a nice, solid ipa and another well crafted beer from SN.

Photo of hopphead31415
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a cool 7.2% ABV which is sort of the sweet spot for this variety even though I generally prefer a more stout content like 8.4% as you would see in like a Rebel Rouser by Sam Adams. The carbonation is perfect and pours a silky fine head that slowly disappears, but can get rather thick if you pour it properly. Chill this beer down to near freezing and you will find it difficult to coax that silky thick head out of it.

A-This beer pours a cloudy dark golden brown that glimmers a golden hue in the right light. The active and plentiful carbonation bubbles tickle the lips and make for a large head if poured correctly.

S-The aroma of this beer is more floral and herby than anything I have smelled before. I think that this prepares the palate to receive this highly drinkable beer. If you do the Belgian dip properly then you will have a nose full of the true essences of this beer as you drink it.

T-The malty flavors and character of this beer are exhibited by a toasty nutty cracker that is perfectly balanced by the alcohol content and a punctuated hoppiness. This beer has a lingering grassy herbal taste that melts into waves of cascading floral overtones that were promised by the aroma.

M-The mouthfeel is smooth and very quickly gives way to the zingy qualities that come with the carbonation and then you get the bite of the hops. If you inhale through your nose simultaneously you will pick up more floral content at the end of your sip.

O-Overall I would say that this beer is all that I had hoped it would be. I was worried that it might not have the right complexity of flavors when I bought it, because most reviews focused on the hops and couldn’t precisely describe the background flavors and complex aromas. I was pleasantly surprised and I think you will be also.

Photo of JohnnyI
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy carbonation batman!! This one had me slurping the top of the IPA glass to prevent a waterfall of suds. What a pretty looking beer though. The chilled auburn appearance is graced with a massive cream colored crown of epic proportions. So fluffy and rich, like a giant dollop of whipped cream. Incredible lacing remains as the head recedes. As if it were perfectly etched in to the glass itself. This is easily one of the most picturesque beers I've ever seen. The aroma is a big, bold bouquet of hops. Complex and aromatic. Perfume-like. Elements of grapefruit citrus, lemon zest and spicy floral scents dominate. Malty bread notes punch through a little too. So fresh and vibrant! The taste brings a delicious blend of caramel sweetness and puckering hop bitterness. Amazingly, the malts hold their own here, striking a very improbable balance. Wow, simply delectable. It's quite a feat to pack in so much complex hop character and still have the backbone to bring it full circle. The mouthfeel is smooth, robust and full. Juicy, yet creamy and soft. An incredibly rich texture. To me, this beer stands tall on the sheer impact of the whole cone hop potency and remarkably sturdy malt base. The feat of balance is commendable, given the mega-hopped nature of the brew. It is certainly worthy of the name "Torpedo" because it is an unmistakable West Coast hop bomb. However, the stealth and sturdiness of the malts are equally fitting for this explosive namesake. World class all the way.

Photo of jadpsu
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright, clear copper with a slightly off white creamy head with excellent retention as well as sticky side glass lacing.
A: Hops, and more hops. Grapefruit rind and tart but also gets some balance from some bready malts, but the hops still dominate.
Taste: Get the citrus of grapefruit rinds and pineapple, spice and also creamy malts. Is dry with a bitter finish.

Photo of derekgw123
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just not a fan of IPA's, but my wife likes them, so I try them. Just not my kind of beer. A little too potent on the floral tastes.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,944 ratings.