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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

2,743 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 2,743
Hads: 10,075
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 283
Gots: 2,247 | 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: 2,743 | Hads: 10,075
Photo of mdexter
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (651 characters)

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

If I am completely honest I think price point plays a role in my rating, but I can't separate how good of a beer this is for the price. This beer would be worth it at 2-3$ more a six pack - it just happens to be cheap, available and wonderful. With that caveat out of the way, into the review.

L- Poured into a weiss glass (not sure why) poured from a 16oz can. Poured clear and copper with a big, fluffy off-white head. It really is a good looking beer. Darker than many west coast IPA's.
S- Pine and citrus steals the show with a subtle sweetness.
T- mmmm - big pine and citrus flavor (dry hopped with citra). Super balanced and not too bitter but still allows for HUGE hope flavors which is what I think makes a great IPA, all the things that we love about hops without the palate wrecking bitterness.
F- Medium bodied, pretty sticky for an IPA (boarding on DIPA) carbonation is really good.
O- This is one of my favorite IPA's and not in a nostalgic way, since I had many before this - It is just an excellent IPA. Sierra Nevada is quickly gaining much respect from this guy. (1,085 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of ch196h
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of BBeagle73
4.81/5  rDev +17%
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. (182 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Shadow10185
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (798 characters)

Photo of MikeyLegend
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an updated review. I had reviewed this before, but got a fresh batch in a four pack of pint cans and I must say that there is a noticeable difference. 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 thick head that lingers, 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. The lacing is slightly drooping, strong, and white like the head.

S-The aroma of this beer is more floral and full of dank citrus hops than anything I have smelled before—except for some imperial IPAs like Rampant. 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 citrus like mango and apricot.

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. Be sure to find a very fresh pack of cans and I think you’ll love it as much as I do. (2,151 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
4.48/5  rDev +9%
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.
Excellent! (382 characters)

Photo of Triple_Seven
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was just ok for me. I liked their regular pale ale better. IPA I tried before this was Long Trail Limbo which I thought was outstanding. Would not buy this again. But.. Would not turn down if offered one either. (REVISED) ok, this beer has really grown on me. Maybe the first time I got a bad batch. Love this stuff more and more! (335 characters)

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

Look: Pours a copper/orange color with one finger of head. Slightly hazy, yet clear. Like a photo with soft focus.

Smell: Piney with a hint of lemon.

Taste: On par with the smell: Very piney with lemons. Very hoppy, but still balanced and moderate.

Feel: Medium bodied and creamy (285 characters)

Photo of iRaven99664
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/22/14 Drinking 02/01/15

Drinking from a bottle. Can't see through the beautiful dark bottle. Cannot recall if a reddish hue or amberish. By looking at another review someone says medium amber. Nice smoke when opened.

Smell first comes out like a piney marijuana. Shortly fades with subtle notes of pine and slightly sweet from malt. maybe a slight grapefruit hint. Very lovely. Pepper and flora are noted as well.

Taste still piney like eating a forest. Still subtly sweet. It coats the tongue nicely and lingers. This it the right amount of hopness, solid bitter; bready sweet combines for a true IPA treat.

Mouth is slightly creamy thats the slightest watered (just a little so you are not chewy, its not bad). Bubbly carb, definitely from yeast which is nice.

Along with Alaska Brewing Co. IPA and Ruination form Stone, this is one of my new favorite IPAs. Not for new "better beer" drinkers. Not a gateway, needs some mild experience with other crafts. (973 characters)

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

Solid, solid, solid. Very nice IPA. One should not hesitate to try and enjoy. Not one that would cause you to "phone the neighbors and wake the kids," but very good. (168 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated December '14, consumed January '15. Pours into glass a medium amber color with a finger of off-white, foamy head. Light retention and leaves light lacing as it falls.

Aroma is hop-forward, with woody, herbal, floral, pine, and big grapefruit flavors. Very perfumey, some pepper, and a bit soapy. A little biscuit malt for balance.

Flavor follows the nose with a menagerie of hoppy flavors: grass, perfume, pine, and spice. Tons of grapefruit still. Every so slight chewy bread crust provides a nice base for the hops. Little bitterness, and finishes clean and dry.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Clean and crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Torpedo is a classic late-2000's West-Coast IPA, and I say that in the best way. It doesn't use the trendiest hops, but it's still a solid choice.It finishes great in that way that just makes you want to drink another one. (891 characters)

Photo of djura
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Honey golden color. Beautiful carbonation with half finger white foam.
S- Different as most ipa`s, weaker aroma of hops, honey, orange and fresh grains.
T/M- Bitter all the way. Sweeter finish from honey. Lots of barley.

O- Not my favorite ipa. (248 characters)

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

A classic, hoppy, west coast IPA. Pine and citrus shine through, light body and active carbonation complete a satisfying, we'll balanced brew that should be in every hop heads normal rotation. (193 characters)

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)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,743 ratings.