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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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2,739 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,739
Hads: 10,063
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 280
Gots: 2,232 | 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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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: beautiful clear copper and amber

Smell: very poignant piny hops with some malt sweetness

Taste: just like aroma. bitter hopiness throughout with a little bit of sweetness to add a little character and smooth out the bitterness

Mouthfeel: low-med body with little carbonation

Notes: very good IPA but was expecting a little more (338 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a full copper color with a very healthy white froth and very nice lacing. The aroma is mild but pleasant citrus hops with a subtle kiss of malt. The first mouthful impresses with a lovely full body that flows silky over the tongue with more of the citrus hop blend with malt sweetness. The bitterness lingers nicely while a caramel candy complements. Simple and very drinkable. Another hit for the Sierra folks. (417 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a beautiful dark copper color with a huge sticky off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma consists of some malt and caramel, as well as a good dose of some pine and citrusy hops.

T- The taste clearly has one purpose, and that is to be as bitter as hell. This one is a hop bomb all the way, with a long lingering bitter hop finish.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between the light-medium side with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not something I would want to drink in large quantities either.

Overall, Torpedo is another solid beer from Sierra Nevada that is recommended to any hop head. (667 characters)

Photo of dohastmich
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is tough after having so many SNPA in my time, not to mention I just finished my first Nugget Nectar. I will do my best

Surprised that this was not bottled conditioned like the PA

A - 1/4 inch head that leaves after a minute, appearance is a cloudy amber color

S - As close to the SNPA you can get without the strong Cascade, if that makes sense. Grapefruit and Pine smell

T - strong magnum taste, no sense of the higher alcohol content (7.2%), dry finish, spice apparent half way through

M - very smooth, low carbonation, balanced

D - this is a good beer, however, personally i would take the PA over the IPA Please note this is from someone is still not fully into IPAs (689 characters)

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

Pours a mostly clear orange with good looking eggshell colored head. Smell: spicy, pine, grapefruit, with a bit of graininess in the background. Taste: pine, herbal, spicy, salty, grapefruit, tangelo, toasty pale malt. The usual SN yeast flavor. Chewy, juicy, a little sticky in the finish. Tasty. (297 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden brown color with small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed 1 finger thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Citrus, mainly grapefruit, and piney hops. Pale malts in the background.

Taste: As with the aroma, citrus and piney hops up front, with the pale malt in the background. The hops grow stronger in the middle, and dominate completely in the finish. The finish is piney, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. The carbonation was lively, and balanced well.

Overall: A serious American IPA. If you like big hoppy beers you'll like this one. (715 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, finally a year-round IPA from one of the godfathers of craft beer. My only hope is that this beer will be as prevalent in hoo-hum sports bars as SNPA currently is. I know it won't happen for awhile, as Sierra doesn't want to cannabalize its pale ale draft lines, but it is inevitable. Basically this is the new go-to beer from Sierra. Sure I would love to call thier wet-hop harvest the go-to beer, but let's face it, wet-hop beers are meant to be drunk when fresh. Ummm, I mean, drank in staggering quantities when fresh because there is only a pitifully small window of time for you to enjoy thier knee-weakening deliciousness. Damn, I need to get back on track here. Torpedo. There we go. If you are looking for a description, basically take that brash, West Coast hop finger print that defines a beer from Sierra and crank that puppy up to 11! Rich, sharp, piney, herbaceous, spicy....mmm. These guys invented the wheel way back when with the pale ale, and now they have given us newbie hop-heads a brand new round thingie to roll around and play with. Cheers and please send some Chico Estate Harvest this way come Fall. Pretty please? (1,146 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper yellow with a nice head that remains, although in reduced form. Lacing is decent. Smell...am I in a hops field? Excellent hop aroma..inviting with floral, wheaty qualities that are very strong and pleasing on the nostrils. I was expecting a harsher assault on the taste buds, However, this eases into an excellent hops explosion, just enough initial malt serving as a springboard. Mouthfeel after the initial malt is dry, desert-like...nice quality. Just the right infusion of hops. The lingering taste and dryness remain, rewarding you for taking the first sip. Sierra N kicked it up and succeeded "hands down". (632 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, coppery-hue, with a bubbly, light-orange, two-finger thick head of foam. The head sports decent retention and contributes to a really pretty display of lacey layers.

S: Initial hoppy waft is of grapefruit. This is followed closely by pine, red apple, caramel, apricot, white grape, honey, and toasted malt. The hops eventually take on a definite spicy and/or herbal quality, as well.

T: Really big piney flavors dominate. Fresh-cut pine bough, fresh-squeezed pine cone...you name it, it's in there. Juicy grapefruit, caramel, apple, spiced honey, herbal hops, white pepper, and toasted malt.

M: Really juicy at first. Becomes much drier and spicier as time wears on. Finally finishes with a nice balance between juicy & sticky and dry & spicy.

D: Very nice. Lately I've found myself reaquainting myself with Sierra Nevada, one of my original "gateway" breweries from the early 90's. I've been pleasantly surprised with all the new product they've rolled out, as of late. (1,047 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben, AKA fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a bright golden hue with a nice creamy head. Pretty good retention with some head hanging around for the duration. Nice solid spotty lace noted.

S: Nice hop bomb. Bold blast of rich piney hops. Solid sweet malt backs this one with a blast of citrus as well.

T: Same as the nose. Wonderful rich sweet malt to cut through bold resinous pine with notes of citrus.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Tasty, drinkable, and easy on the pocket what more can you ask for? (546 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 hoplover82
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a beautiful clear deep golden color with a hint of amber. The head pours huge at first then settles to a nice 1/4 inch film on the beer, (great retention) and leaves very thick sticky lace. A sight for sore eyes indeed.

S-Very floral and citrus up front, a little piney, and as it warms, the hops really do become tropical fruitish. Like mango and orange. Not overrated in the least. Some malt in the back. Mainly pale malts, not so much caramel.

T-The flavor has a solid bitterness with tropical fruity hoppy goodness. Cirtus hops bursts on my tongue with each sip. Lots of pale malts in the back. Hops are the star in this show though.

M-Very crisp yet creamy,and almost full bodied. Slightly dry in the end, which is a good thing).

D-Very drinkable, I could almost session these, (almost). (806 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant, deep copper color, with a dense, frothy head that lasts and lasts. Sheets of lace cling to the glass.
The aroma is very assertively hopped. Resinous pine and grapefruit, with an undertone of toasty malt. Very clean.
The flavor opens sharply and immediately with hops. Just shy of being unbalanced, this one starts and finishes with dense hop flavor. Fairly full bodied, with moderate carbonation that carries the beer well. A light undercarriage of toasty, grainy pale malts provides some sweetness, but really this one is a study in american hops. Very citric and resinous, with a distinct pine bite. Very clean, with just a hint of pear fruitiness.
Great for when you want an aggressive IPA without quite so much of an alcohol kick. (754 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thin white head. Piney, resiny hop aroma that is different than Celebration. Some sweet caramel malt comes out as it warms. Bracing hit of hops initially. Nice base of malt sweetness to balance it out. Fairly carbonated. Is Sierra still bottle conditioned? I didn't see yeast. Long dry, mouth puckering hop finish. This is pretty drinkable for the ABV. You could get in trouble with this! (465 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Deep copper amber color shows exceptional clarity and holds a thin head and rough collar of foam that leaves fingers of lace down the glass.

S) I believe those are called "hops". Profile is like Celebration Ale with west coast pine being the major aroma. Some sugary base there too.

T) Matches style nicely, big hop presence but a big malty backbone so it doesn't get super bitter. Taste is pretty clean and tastes a lot like a cross between Bigfoot and Celebration.

M) Heavy body gives a lip smacking chew, oily, sticky finish. Carbonation level is a touch high for my tastes.

D) Easy, too easy at this abv. Good stuff and a nice beer to have in the IPA rotation. (671 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 finger head, very nice retention. Ruby color.

The smell could be stronger, but it's very nice; It's not weak, but it's not blow my socks off. The lemon character of the magnums with the pungent crystal hops mix nicely with the mango undertone of the citra.

Taste has an assertive, but clean hop bitterness with a bit of hop flavor. There is a bit of underlying malt sweetness to balance so the beer isn't too thin and dried out.

Crisp with some malt sweetness.

This could be a go to IPA when I run out of hoppy homebrew. (526 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with two-fingers of white head that has good retention. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind. The aroma consists of pine and citrus hops. The flavor is also dominated by the hops. Both citrus and pine flavors vie for top spot. Some earthiness is also detected. The malt lends just a touch of sweetness. Bitterness is moderate for an American IPA. No sense of alcohol. Has a nice texture but maybe a touch overcarbonated. Not much but there is a harshness at the finish. A nice American IPA at a good value price. The high ABV was a bit of a surprise so drinkability is lowered a bit. (611 characters)

Photo of Packforever1976
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in my British pint.

A: Pours a clear medium amber. A smallish off-white head recedes to a covering of the beer. Sticky lacing.

S: Nose is dominated by hops. A big blast of citrus and pine, with some earthy hop flavor following. Enough biscuity-malts to balance things out.

T: Nice and bitter. Grapefruit, pine. Some lemon. A nice sweetness from the malts in the back. A nice bitter aftertaste.

M: Thickness is ok, but the carbonation seems a little high. If it was toned down maybe 25-30% it would be alot better.

D: Another solid, drinkable offering from SN. I'm glad this will be a regular offering, as it's a very tasty, sessionable IPA. (662 characters)

Photo of sraimondi
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass. Nice 1" to 2" head to start which dissipates to a surface head. Nice sheet lacing throughout session. Pretty, medium amber color with a reddish tint.

S-No surprise here, it's all about the hops. Citrus/pine predominates with some earthy hops pushing through.

T-As with the smell, this is about the hops. Earthiness is more prevalent at first with some citrus in there too. Surprisingly balanced with malt in the finish, given the aroma. Very nice flavor.

MF-Low to moderate low carbonation. Full feel nonetheless, very nice, indeed.

D-This is a very drinkable IPA, as you don't really feel the elevated ABV. However, I couldn't give it a higher score, as the elevated ABV just doesn't make this very sessionable.With that said, I'm not sure you would find a much better IPA experience over 1 or 2 of these.

Another winner from the folks in Chico.

Steve (887 characters)

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

A- pours a clear reddish copper color with a small foamy head.

S- A ton of citric hops in the nose.

T- Starts out with a slightly sweet citric hoppiness. Just enough malt to take the edge off the hops. Finishes very earthy and piney. This one's all about the hops.

M- moderate body, plenty of carbonation. Plenty of hop oil in the aftertaste.

D- Very good overall. Nothing revolutionary here. Just a solid, sharply hopped west coast IPA. (441 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try Torpedo. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a stubby, twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Torpedo pours out a copper, almost rusty looking color. Beer has great clarity, with plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A somewhat hard pour resulted in about a finger of fluffy, off-white head. Not the greatest head retention, head faded rather quickly. Some random spotty lace was left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Definitely has a West Coast nose to it. Smells quite hoppy, with some pretty heavy citrus notes and a bit of faint pine. Citrus aromas consist of lemon and orange zest and some strong grapefruit. Also some thick, biscuitty malt aromas with a touch of brewers yeast. Hints of fresh cut grass in the background.

Taste: A serious hoppiness out front. Lots of orange and grapefruit peel. Definitely a thick, balancing malt backbone that this beer is built on. A bit of a slight metallic taste follows. Grassy and just a bit sweet. Nice earthy flavors make this beer quite enjoyable. Finishes dry, with a hoppy bitterness. Very little noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable medium bodied mouthfeel. A bit thinner than I would like. A good amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: A dangerously drinkable brew. Smooth, crisp, and very refreshing. A definite winner in my book. (1,367 characters)

Photo of marcpal
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After a trip to Easton PA yesterday and not finding my usual refill of Two Hearted to bring back to NJ, I saw this on the shelves and the six pack called my name. Streak of still never having a sub-par beer from SN continues.

12oz bottle into shaped Dogfish pint glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10

A: Gold orange with a meringue white head that fluffs together both on the head and on the lacing.

S: Invite pine tree cascade hop aroma. Bready flavors are balancing it nicely.

T: The initial take is that this one is more malty than most of the things I have had from Sierra Nevada. Not a bitter hop blast but the resin on the palate plays a good part and the pine flavors of this fine brewery is more than amply present. Good job in creating a grapefruit non-bomb with enough malt backbone.

M: Some oily residue which is a pleasureable note. Somewhat substantial body, nothing too heavy. If any hit, a little too much carbonation but that is stretching it.

D: I prefer some of their others such as Celebration but I like the label of 'extra' pale ale as it walks the gray line between IPA and PA, similar to Alpha King.
A terrific beer to pair with flavorful food as I did today and will do often in the near future. (1,216 characters)

Photo of tosshin
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a : Poors clear with a good bit of carbination which forms about an inch worth of firm, tan, head. The head does not disipate quickly, and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Deep gold to orange in color.
s : Very flowery, a good bit of citrus, and a hit of pine (that is the best way I can describe it). Not too much else going on here.
t : This beer tastes very dry. The citrus acidity is noticeable, but mostly what I taste is the hoppy bitterness. The hops hits you when you first drink and shows up more when you swallow.
m : The mouth feel on this is just about perfect. I like how the beer coats the mouth and then leaves without leaving a lot of residue behind.
d : To be honest this one is a bit difficult to drink. It usually takes me about 30 mins to finish a bottle, and that is about all I can drink for the day of this beer.

This beer is not my favorite Sierra Nevada brew. It isn't a bad beer by any means, but it is a bit on the hoppy side for my tastes. Actually, I don't mind the hops, I just wish there was some more variety in the beer. (1,050 characters)

Photo of APNumber3
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine, PBG, FL.

Been looking forward to trying this one for a while now. Anyhow, it pours orange bronze with an inch and a half worth of head. Highly carbonated. Piney hop aroma, not overpowering. But nice. Taste is very well balanced. Grapefruity bitterness up front, then some sugar cookie sweetness to balance it out. Finishes with an almost peppery bitterness.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It's not a kick your teeth in IPA. It is bitter. But balanced. Good stuff. I will drink this again. (534 characters)

Photo of currysage1
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beaufifully clear solid orange, topped with a three finger cream colored head, amazing lacing that slowly sinks down the glass.

Smell is of just cut pine board, slight sweat smell (not BO), lemon juice, malt is light but evident.

Taste is of toasted brown bread, then on to the hops, definately West Coast style, usual suspects of citrus and pine, vanilla, ends mostly with a nice bite to it. Very nice AIPA offering.

Feel is creamy and full for the style. Carbonation keeps it active flavorwise not stagnant, this evolves in your mouth. Awesome beer from an awesome company, they need to put out many more new beers to flex their artistic mucles. (658 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,739 ratings.