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

Clear amber. Dense medium stacked capping of off-white foam. Lots of spongey sticking lacing sticks like glue to the glass.

Aroma has a nice floralesk and high ended pine hoppyness twisted in with a clean white grapefruit and peach resin to it. Partial toasted malt and caramel backing underneath.

Taste is clean, crisp, and mellowing with a nice display and array of hop tones backed by a firm toasty backing. Pine, white grapefruit, peach, and some amazingly interesting character in its overall tone. Its a smoothed over softness, yet has a tattered and torn scrappyness to its bittering bite. Uniquely balanced and has favorable finish of soft hoppy fuzz and a toasty twisted pineyness.

Feel has a nice crispy yet bold tone of mediumness that rounds out well with a very nice balance of a lightly toasted background under its hop cloud and bittering soft rain.

Its not quite Harvest, and not Celebration, nor their regular IPA or the Pale. Its a nice 'somewhere inbetween' them all. I was, however, hoping for something more for it being labeled an Extra IPA. (1,067 characters)

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

A: Spots of frothy head, light amber with golden hue, crystal clear - 4.00, S: Heavily hopped, lots of grapefruit, extremely citrusy, some crystal malts are noticeable - 4.00, T: The palate follows the nose in this case, lots of citrusy and piney hops, the tail almost has a puckering sort of bitterness to it - though that isn't bad, heavily hopped though nicely balanced for an American IPA - 3.50, M: Medium bodied, slightly silky - 4.25, D: This is a pretty solidly crafted IPA, it follows the style of an American IPA to the tee, I would happily drink another Torpedo - 4.00 (579 characters)

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle after work and poured it into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color with two fingers of sticky off white head that dissipates over the course of the beer but lasts throughout. Although when it is first poured the head looks stick this brew leaves frothy lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrusy hops with undertones of pine, grapefruit, caramel malts and bread.

Not as strongly hopped as I was expecting but overall the taste is similar to the smell with piney hops up front with citrus, sweet malts, and bready undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I was expecting it to be dryer then it was. This is somewhat disappointing because all of my favorite IPA's have that crisp dryness that this beer lacks.

This is a drinkable and affordable brew. A solid IPA by a great company in Sierra Nevada. This isn't my favorite IPA, but it is still pretty good, and pretty affordable. (937 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a german pilsner glass

A - orange/amber color with 1.5cm of white head that never showed signs of dissipating.

S - grapefruit, pineapples, pine resin. this is the first time I have ever smelled pine resin in a beer. no malt aroma.

T - hops: citrus, with a load of piney hops. the beer has a strong bitter taste that to me seems to overpower the hop aroma. thus, it's more bitter than floral/citrusy/piney.

M - typical IPA mouthfeel.

D - I'm not a hophead, but there are plenty of IPAs I've drink before this because, as I said, it's more bitter than hoppy. (586 characters)

Photo of harvester
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours very clean and smooth with lots of bubbles danceing around in there. Has a very lite head and little laceing ( maybee because I had it on Ice for two days)
I liked the lite amber tint to it very clean looking, not like a sese pool of crap swiming around in there.
I really liked the smell of this beer I get very sweet notes kind of reminds me of a fresh Cara Cara with a splash of grapefrute very nice. To my likeing this beer has a very nice lite bitter bite to it at first taste leaveing a hint of citrus on the back of my tounge very non abraseve.
At 7.2 I think I could sit back and drink a six pack in a sitting hides it very well. I am glad this is on the year round line up.
Well done SN (703 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a willy

A-Nice deep amber/copper color with a big nice 2 finger head.

S-Lighter than i expected notes of hops and citrus also a very bready nose to it.

T-True to SN form this delevers a crisp and very fresh hop flavor. Nice and piny with just the right dry bitterness and sweet malt balance.

M-Very lively on the palate medium body and very smooth

D-This also with the boulevards single IPA being new year rounds make me one very happy hophead! (462 characters)

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: nice caramel base with some grapefruit, pine, and a hearty but not overpowering floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice sessionable IPA. Nice flavors keep you interested through a few bottles. (513 characters)

Photo of optiontwo
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. poured into tulip
Appearance: Clear light orange/amber color with half inch head, decent retention, and some lacing.

Smell: A nice amount of hop presence in the nose, slightly earthy but mostly citrus with some herbal hints. Very subtle malt aroma in the background.

Taste: The first taste provides an amalgamation of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine/herbal tones. This if followed by a slight sweetness from the malt and then plenty of bitterness. This brew is definitely all hop oriented but it's a nice change from some very hop forward IPA's and DIPA's, not because it is maltier than most but because the hops used provide a different type of "hoppy".

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, great bitter bite, and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very high. It's 7.2%ABV but drinks very easy and is tasty, this could very well be my new go to IPA.

Overall: I was excitedly awaiting this beer and am not disappointed in the slightest. I understand why they call this an "extra IPA" because that's pretty accurate for each of its attributes. It's not a hop bomb and doesn't have the typical thicker body a DIPA has, but still has a substantial mouthfeel. Another reason this is going to be my new go to IPA is because a six-pack is 8$, less than two hearted, and you just can't say no to that. Great job Sierra Nevada! Can't wait for the other new year-round! (1,365 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange/amber color with a respectable off-whiute head that sticks around and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is citrus, pine resin and caramel malt in the background.

The taste is grapefruit, bready malt, hints of caramel with a lasting pine resin finish. Definitely for the hop heads, but not overpowering and balanced somewhat by a caramel malt flavor that really works well.

Medium bodied, smooth, oily mouth feel that drinks very well. Some hints of the alcohol content at the finish. A very nice IPA. (532 characters)

Photo of pdxwhisky
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, little to no head or lacing. Strong herbal hop aroma. Well balanced, with a strong hop finish, but not a "fresh hop" finish. More of a secondary hopping taste, but that's what the torpedo does. Doesn't live up to all of the hype, but for and XIPA, it's a good beer. (276 characters)

Photo of david131
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very clear copper orange color with a few streams of carbonation. The head is craggy and white with some surprising retention and lacing.

S- Very grassy and piney with a bit of cinnamon. I also noticed some herbal quality when I took note of what the neck label had to say. Pretty aromatic and reminds me of a well-backed west coast IPA.

T- Very bitter hops at first, but it fades pretty quick to a sweet malt backing. There seem to be a whole bunch of hops in this, but it is surprisingly smooth. A huge amount of pine flavors though. Pretty tasty.

M- Very clean, dry, and with a lasting bitterness that isn't overwhelming. Just what I look for in a west coast IPA.

D- Tastes amazingly fresh. Very tasty and drinkable. I can't believe how cheap this beer is when you factor in shipping across the U.S., the quality of flavor, the amount of hops, and the alcohol by volume. I hate to say it, but this is moving dangerously close to replacing their regular pale ale in my fridge. (987 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a thin tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty pine and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste is of resiny pine and grapefruit. Although it has a bitter touch, it has a strong sweetness that approaches a DIPA character. Fruity alcohol shows in the finish.

Near full-bodied with a bit of an oily slickness, the heat lingers a bit on the palate.

Hoppy, but with a big maltiness. It doesn't quite mask the abv that some others of the same abv do, but still very drinkable. It has some DIPA characteristics without quite going that far. Much improved over the IPA I had from this brewery a couple years ago. It does have a SN character, making it like the pale, but bigger and pinier. (713 characters)

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

Orange to amber with a soft offwhite head. Inviting. Citrus and pine flavors, as in the aroma. Malt backbone is there and fairly strong. Balanced. Definitely an IPA and definitely Sierra Nevada (these are good things). Smooth, not too heavy. Good carbonation. For 7.20, hella drinkable. It is flavorful enough and light enough to be an IPA you could stick with for awhile. Reminiscent of other west coast IPAs, Lagunitas, Racer 5...etc. A solid addition to the SN lineup. (471 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alvey at the Four Firkins for getting this one in...have been looking forward to it getting to MN for a while...

A- Gorgeous auburn-amber, golden rust color, with a nice 2 fingers of frothy creamy head poured out of the bottle into a British Ale Pint glass, good carbonation action/float balanced in the glass. Slight lacing in clumps down the glass.

S- Very nice citrus, orange clove, spice, lemon, ginger...very nice hop character.

T- Well balanced, with a nice hop bitterness to end, tingles on the back of the taste buds.

M- Buttery and clean to the pallet, refreshing and crisp. Aromatic and light to the tongue, tingle of the carbonation well balanced. The only fault may be the minimal notice of malt character to create the harmony with the hop sting.

D- Very drinkable, but I would say that the hop bitterness would burn out my taste buds after 2-3, very clean to drink, and smooths out through the glass, served at a nice temperature really shows off the complexity of the hop character. Served at Cellar temp, about 56 deg F.

Well worth the wait, great beer, nice addition to the American Extra IPA arena, sweet, but bold, complex, but overall pretty balanced. Nice beer, and definitely quenches my hop thirst!! (1,239 characters)

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

Pours into a curvy Sam Adams glass. Great thick white head settles slowly and leaves excellent lacing behind. The beer is a pale orange amber with good clarity, especially for an IPA.

Aroma is not super strong but has nice sweet citrus and grapefruit notes to it. Hoppy but not over the top.

Flavor is just about perfect for the style with lots of fruity citrus hops, some pine, grass, and orange peel. Great balance between sweet and bitter with an obvious emphasis on the latter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of alchol burn on the finish. Pretty bitter and dry too. Not great but acceptable for the style.

Drinkability is very good. As I said earlier, nice balance leads to a feeling of not being overwhelmed by hops but you still get your kick.

A very good west coast IPA. I can't wait to start seeing this in bars and restaurants around the country. Where the SNPA was the go-to beer in bars with weak selections, now this can be the hophead's savior. (970 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer has a tremendous billowy head. Lots of lacing on the glass.
Color is a deep amber, not quite as deep as celebration.
Aroma: citrusy, grassy, malty, in that order.
Taste: clean , good hop bite. Mid level of malt. Bitterness lingers for awhile.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: good silky mouthfeel. Easy drinking. Another SN beer to hit for my hop fix. (359 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper. Perfectly clear. Slight dirty white head. Lace is quite abundant. Aroma is nice and fresh and hoppy, but in all honesty, not as hoppy as I was expecting. It's got floral hop notes and points of pine and citrus. Just not as bold as I'd like. However, hops are a lot more prevalent on the buds. They make their presence known in both the bitterness and the flavor. Bright citric characteristics and some piney flavors as well backed by a biting bitterness not seen in many regular IPAs today. I guess this is where the "extra" comes into play. The malts provide a good enough amount of caramel sweetness for such a beer. But the cutting bitterness defines this beer and would probably make it perfect for spicy foods. I think I'll try this out tonight with some jerk seasoned sirloin and rosemary baby reds. (819 characters)

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

A: Orange amber with puffy bone white cap. Head retention is average, but a generous lace is left behind.

S: Heavy pine forest scents, with a generous backing of grapefruit citrus. A faint honey sweetness lingers out back.

T: Powerful hop flavor, without a too overpowering hop bitterness. Pine, lemon, grapefruit and pepper flavors create a nice harmony of hop flavors. Malt is there with an agave sweetness that rides through the whole experience. Despite all the hop flavor, the bitterness isn't over the top. But it's still quite powerful. Finishes with a puckering lemon tartness and lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body is quite oily and slick. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: A nice IPA that I would happily revisit. Not quite at the same level of complexity as my benchmark IPA, but still quite good. (820 characters)

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

Friend gave me a bottle, she's so sweet.

A - Poured orange with a 3 finger, orange-white head. Disipated slow with plenty of lacing.

S - Notes of honey, toffee, and flowers.

T - No honey, but plenty of toffee, flowers and grass.

M - Full bodied and well balanced. Very good.

D - Good overall. Will revisit with this beer some other time. (343 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty stoked about this. It's been well regarded, so I'm optimistic.

Appearance - A real nice copper with almost an inch of head. Very clear and sharp looking. Very nice.

Smell - I can smell it from the table. Nice. Nice pine hops with some grapefruit. Real piney.

Taste - Starts with some nice citrus, with the pine. With some spiciness and a little warmth on the follow. It's a little thin. I wish it'd really gone for it and been a real DIPA. It's close but not quite there. There's just a layer of oomph missing. It's not even that it's balanced, it's just that it's a tad flat on the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. A little watery pretty good carbonation, but not quite enough of that tongue coating goodness.

Drinkability - Very nice. It's crisp, it's pretty tasty, it's pretty mellow. Very drinkable.

This is a good, not great, beer. It's kind of what one would expect from a "strong" IPA that's being more broadly distributed. I'll happily grab a sixer of this, but I'm not going out of my way to introduce someone to it. And frankly, this beer isn't likely to really introduce itself. (1,099 characters)

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

Just picked this up tonight, its now out in MN.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an oversized snifter. Semi-rigerous pour produces a good 2 inches of white fluffy head.
Leaving huge amounts of sticky thick lace all down the glass...this lace is super thick.
Retention is hlf an inch and very generous.
Color is a transparent darker amber.

Aroma is sweet with hemp, pine and loads of citrussy hops. Some floral hop aroma, its smells like weed. The aroma is very pungeant and sweet.

Smooth and carbonated up front with decent sweetness, orange peel, pine and mango.
The beer becomes a bit more peppery prior to swallowing with a spicieness. Minerally water at the swallow.
Its gets really hoppy through the swallow, maintaining a dry crisp fresh hop appeal. The first one I had I didnt like, but this beer quickly has grown on me.

Everything about this beer is awsome. Overall fantistic beer. (899 characters)

Photo of BeenJammin
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a copper color with a nice big head. The aroma is very piney and herbal. It tastes very piney and has some grapefruit notes to it as well. It is very bitter. It has a pretty full flavor and the mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It is very drinkable. (259 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

torpedo pours a rich amber color with a finger of head.
the aroma is of spicy floral grapefruit hops. apricot with a depper sniff. there's some, but not much, caramel maltiness beneath. a little cracker-y yeast.
the taste starts off on the same note as the aroma, though more on the earthy grapefruit/pine side of things. the bitterness is pervasive, touching all aspects of the flavor. after the grapefruit and pine it then smooths itself out with a little more floral apricot?tropical fruit aspect, moves to white pepper, and finally to crackers and light caramel malt, before finishing with a substantial final kick of sharp bitterness.
the mouthfeel is slightly oily, but medium bodied with somewhat active carbonation. pretty dry.
the drinkability is good, it's got sufficient depth to keep you intererested and good kick as far as bitterness, but nothing that demolishes your palate too much. a nice ballsy IPA, that i'm pretty pumped is gonna be available year round. (974 characters)

Photo of Stockfan42
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a Sam adams glass and The first thing I had noticed was the nice orange amber color it gives off in the light. Nice creamy head, not chunky at all and it has a nice bitter yet sweet hop bite to the taste.

Smells of Pine and grapefruit with a little hoppy aroma smells delicious.

I'll always say bitter is better and this beer is pretty bitter with a nice bite of hops. Grapefuit is present and so is a nice malty undertone.

Very light bodied and well carbonated.

A very tasty beer and I highly recommend it to fans of a good and bitter ipa. (566 characters)

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

Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly hazed amber/copper color with a tight formed 1/2 finger head that stuck around for awhile leaving broken shotty lace behind.Fresh aromas that were heavy in the citric hops,mainly grapefruit with underlying lemon pith with a bit of overripe pineapple,a light but noticeable caramel note shows thru as well.Flavors well were alot like the aromas,citric hops blast out up front with a bit of white pepper-like spice wich was odd but not a bad thing,the caramel sweetness holds up well but is obviously over taken by the big hops.You would never know the ABV. of this beer it just goes down easy and is rather refreshing,kick ass. (671 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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