Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of erikm25
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent gold and sharp copper with burnt reddish hues. This one is pure crispness as it sits in the glass. No haze at all through the body. The head, like every SN I have tried, is a pillowing mass of fluffy bubbles. Retention is very strong and long lasting all the way to the grave. Sprial lacing around the glass like a tornado of bubbles and froth.

S: Aromas are strong with both citrus tang and peppery pine freshness. Hints of lemon, melon, and grassy herbs. A faint floral undertone. The hops smell vibrates from out of the glass. While not overwhelming it is an aroma that should be expected with some subtle apple undertones. .

T: This is straight hops zest with every taste. A great combination of grapefruit and pine needles. The bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Very minimal pale and caramel malt balance that kicks in towards the end. Seems to lean more to the citrus hops. Crisp and refreshing with a long and dry finish. At over 7% this is a rewarding and fun beer to throw back.

M: Very sticky and resined despite having a relatively light body.

D: An absolute deal for the price. I need to try this in conjunction with the Celebration Ale to see which one I like more. It isn't quite a double but it is much more than your typical IPA. It delivers on the hops front. If bittering hops, with little balance, is your thing than this is recommended. Soundtracks for this one included Artillery and Clutch.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased from Harris Teeter in Cary, NC.

A - Golden color with good clarity and large off white head. Nice spider web like lacing.

S - Strong citrusy and floral hop aromas with some toasted malt and a touch of yeast coming through.

T - More balanced than I expected from a west coast IPA. There's a nice citrusy bitterness that you'd expect from a Sierra Nevada IPA. But it's joined by a nice toasted malt foundation with some almond and biscuit.

M - Good body and moderate carbonation.

D - This beer has a lot going for it; especially appearance, flavor and availability. I love the way Sierra Nevada embraces the business side of brewing (volume, distribution, etc.) without losing touch with the beer itself.

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Photo of karst
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent citrusy American Hop Aroma (from Magnum, Crystal and Citra dry hopping) bit resinous. Clean malty sweetness in background. Clean neutral fermentation character with some low alcohol (7.2 abv) with warming. Low/no esters no diacetyl

Appearance is light reddish copper or Deep golden amber with orange-ish tint. Clear (no expected haze from dry hopping with whole cone hops) Ivory well formed head is persistent with fine beaded creamy cap, ring and lace.

Strong hop flavor with piny citrussy and perhaps lightly herbal note. High hop bitterness (70 IBUs) with additional supporting bready malt backbone. Balance is well toward hops. Very low lovibond Crystal malt gives little/ no caramel flavor but a light toasty malt flavor. No Diacetyl. Hints of tropical fruitiness nearly overwhelmed by dominate hop flavors from Crystal and magnum finishing hops. Long lingering bitterness that noes not become harsh. Medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is of medium body with a medium high carbonation. Light bite from carbonic acids and higher IBUs tingles tongue. Smooth alcoholic warming. Never astringent. Round smoothness in mouthfeel - Dextrins from CaraPils specialty malt.

Outstanding drinkability even with its top of the range American IPA characteristics. Don't just expect a bumped up version of SN's Pale Ale this borders on a well balanced lower alcohol intrepretation of an Imperial IPA

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Photo of hwwty4
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconisaveggie for giving me this.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a deep amber red that shows some tangerine hues when held up to the light. The head was a bit small for a normal IPA but it did leave some very sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is, well, hoppy. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, handfuls of fresh pine needles, a bit of grapefruit and some lemon zest thrown in, to add a bit of bitterness. The flavor isn't as hoppy as the aroma. The pine is more prevalent, with the lemony citrus playing second fiddle. There is also just a bit of biscuits. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but it really doesn't affect the quality of the beer. I'm glad to see Sierra Nevada pushing the boundaries and I hope they really continue doing it.

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

3/6/09 Pint glass from 12 oz bottle

Clear light copper color and fresh appearance. One finger of head and some lacing.

Smell is faint, some hops and a little malt.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, similar to the pale ale with more complexity. Medium mouthfeel, very well balanced.

Drinkability is excellent. This is my new favorite IPA, and quite possbily the easiest drinking 7% ABV beer I've had.

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Photo of chilly460
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured out of a 12oz bottle to a plain pint glass, sat for 5minutes.

A - Very nice, coppery color with a thick off white head. Excellent lacing down the glass with every sip.

S- Pure hops for me, piney

T - Smooth up front, decent malt. Big piney/grassy hops in the middle, then a clean finish. Not overly bitter (I'm not a real hophead) which I liked.

M - Decent, nothing exceptional. Felt "clean" to me.

D - Excellent, nicely balanced, smell made me want to take another sip. Light drinking, but it does have a decent alcohol warmth.

A nice heavier IPA for guys like me that aren't true hopheads.

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Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear amber. Pours a large head that slowly falls leaving excellent lacing.
Smell is fresh pine and citric hops though on the mild side. A bit of malt comes in at the end.
Taste is a light hop presence with a bit of mild bitterness. Light malt, again at the end.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium.
Drinkability is good. Not especially hoppy or balanced. It's still a decent beer. Not my favorite for this style by a good 10-15 other IPAs but better than most.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent golden color that produces a nice 2.5 finger head when poured aggressively. The lacing is nice around the glass.

S: Suuuper hops with a nice malty note that drifts through. Also, a sugary/sweet nose that was hardly present, but still there. Overall nicely balanced on the nose.

T: Again, super hoppy (although not as hoppy as I had expected from the "extra IPA" slogan. Also, the alcohol is not really noticeable to me, but the warmth is there for sure, especially when the beer warms up and open out. The hops will absolutely kill the shit out of your palate...

MF/D: A lot less "sticky" than I had anticipated, which was a relief to me because I do not tend to care for that aspect of the average IPAs. Goes down smooth, the body is good, but I could have appreciated a little thicker texture, but well done anyhow.

Overall ANOTHER solid offering from Sierra Nevada. The strange thing is that I do not ever remember seeing this particular brew before, but I'm glad I jumped on it!

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Photo of Adouble
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was curious what the torpedo would add. I really liked it. I read some people were dissapointed, not me.

A Copper with nice white head. Nice lacing too.

S Hops. smelled like hops

T Hops. taste like hops. smooth bitterness but still bitter, not an assault. i expected more malt judging by the color but hops rule. of course the american citrus hop festival.

M light. pretty light.

D after a few sips i started wondering about the abv. 7.2 huh? thought it was a little stronger.

i for one think this beer lived up to the hype. and i got it for 7$/6pack. bargain!

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color with white head that dissipates quickly. Relatively low carbonation. Clear.

Lots of pine and herbal hop notes on the nose, with a little lighter citrus component than I was expecting. Definitely an IPA nose, though.

Piney herbaceousness follows through on the palate. Decent malt backbone with a lingering dry, bitter finish gives the impression of a more full mouthfeel to an otherwise medium-bodied beer.

It's been a long time since I've had anything from Sierra Nevada, so I won't even try to compare this to my memories of their flagship pale ale. On it's own this is a pretty good beer and I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra flavor, extra fun, with wrigley's spearmint gum.

Pours out an uninspired flat looking orange. Like if Brittney Spears had a fake tan when she had her "comeback" performance on the VMA's.

Smells a little malty sweet, a little citrusy hoppy. Not very good on either account. Siskel and Ebert give it two thumbs down.

At least it tastes ok. Hoppy, not well balanced, but hoppy. It's lacking that something extra i'm looking for in my Extra IPAs.

Overall, Kate Moss thin, but you get a piney resiny aftertaste. Not impressed, they usually do IPA's right, but not with this blend of 11 secret herbs and spices.

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Photo of strangebrew52
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a bout a fingers worth of head.

S: I'm not getting much from the smell, a trace amount of piney hops but not much else

T: You can't smell much but the taste is great, lots of piney bitterness up front with a hint of citrus a tad bit of sweetness but it works really well

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, nice an crisp and goes down smooth.

D: Great session beer, especially for the price.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2009. Courtesy of Phil, thanks!

Poured in 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large thick tan head. Moderate carbonation. Clear washed out copper color. Strong aroma of grapefruit, resin and ethanol. Stars with a lot of sweet hops, floral and resin. Lots of bittersweet bruleed grapefruit, some caramel. Bitterness kicks in towards the end and finish. Strong tangy citrus notes in the aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is nicely warming.

Full of hop flavors without being overly bitter.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a thin white head and light lacing.

The smell is not very intense. The strongest smell is floral/herbal hops complimented by light earthy tones.

The taste is much more defined than the smell. It's dominated by bitter floral hops with a hint of citrus. This is more bitter than I expected. There is a touch of caramel sweetness.

I enjoyed the mouthfeel. This is very smooth for the style and leaves a crisp, dry finish.

This goes down very easy and sessionable.

For the price, very good beer.

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

Appearance: Torpedo's very clear and copper in color. Not a single bit haze in the glass. The head is a tad off-white and stands about two fingers tall. It was pretty slow to recede and left a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is not quite as strong as I'd like, but it is good. It's a little biscuity and yeasty up front. Some very refreshing citrus grapefruit, lemon, and orange scents emerge giving it a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are very vibrant. They smell a little piney, but mostly citric. A nice mix of pale and caramel malts is noted. Smells like the pale variety is the stronger of the two. Doesn't smell overly malty though. Good sign. Alcohol is not noted. Nice smell, but could use some more strength.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon strike first here. It's a very refreshing sweet flavor. Pale and caramel malts add more of a sweet flavor. Pale malts are definitely stronger and really lay a nice foundation for the hoppy flavor that follows. The hops are mostly citric, but have a bit of a pine flavor. It's nice and bitter. They're not at all affected by the malts. It remains bitter overall, but is somewhat close to being a well balanced IPA. There's some yeasty/biscuity notes on the tail that linger into the aftertaste. Alcohol is blended very well and is not noticeable. It finishes bitter and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth overall. Carbonation is nice and crisp. Not exactly a creamy feel, but good nonetheless. Drinkability is very high. It goes down very easy, has a lot of flavor, and an abv that doesn't scare you away. I could take down a few of these easily.

Torpedo's an impressive beer. I'm intrigued by the "Extra IPA" label. Is there really such a thing? This one probably falls into the good ol' IPA category if you ask me. There really isn't anything about that ventures out of that territory. Whatever you want to call it, it's very good beer. I like it quite a bit. The nose could use a little more strength, but that's about the only minor complaint I have. Very solid beer otherwise. Check it out.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange into a Sam Adams glass with an inch or so of puffy off white head. Offers decent retention and random bits of lacing.

Hops on the nose are present but cloaked a bit by a light orange sweetness, which diminishes as the head settles. Then revealing a deep wet earthy hop nose and notes of lightly roasted malt, along with some hop spice notes.

Taste follows as expected given the color and the nose. Very smooth initially and with a subtle carbonation, piney on the swallow and then a rush of orange citrus on the finish. A touch of lingering bitterness concludes. Offers good drinkability as the moderate sweetness hides the alcohol and most of the bitterness. The same citric factors hide the nuances a bit yet create their own, making this a good but not quite remarkable IPA that offers a different character than their Harvest series.

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Photo of porterboy57
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice clean golden copper color , with a half inch of lather
on top which laced very nicely.

S- Noticeable citrus, pine, and hoppy nose. With a malty back- ground

T- This is the area I was a little disappointed in. The citrus, pine, and hops come through, but the malt is very faint.

M- The faint malt flavor leave it feel a little empty to me.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA.

Overall an above average IPA, that is not a bad value compared to a lot of DIPAs. Although I would say it is more like a very hoppy single IPA.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an golden amber with a dense white head that lasts and lasts.

S - Big fresh hop aroma.

T - Some malt flavor detected, but quickly replaced with a smooth hop bitterness that lingers, but doesn't linger.

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - This is good for several pints. I think this is better than their flagship IPA.

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Photo of GregPearson33
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured dark amber/golden with a small, lasting head. Lacing was terrific.
T - Hoppy and delicious! The IBUs were right on with this one and its strong IPA (IIPA?) personality more than covered the considerable ABV. Very satisfying
D - Put this down pretty easily, could definitely grab another.

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Photo of dakid618
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours a deep golden amber color with a half finger of fizzy head that leaves gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is all citrus, grapefruit mostly. This is a hoppy beer, but seems to have balance. Citrus hops upfront that blend into a pine backbone with a biscuity aftertaste that shows up several seconds after I swallow the drink. Medium bodied dry mouthfeel that leaves my tongue dry and piney, in a good way. Very drinkable. I see myself purchasing this very often.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brassy gold. A two finger white head falls quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amounts of sticky lace.
Aroma is smack yourself hops. Citrus, some pineapple. Some sweetness, honey.
Taste is all hops. Big huge hops and lots of bitterness. No noticeable malt. A good chunk of harshness to the bitterness.
Light body with lots of carbonation.

A decent but not overly enjoyable IPA for me. It has a sort of harshness I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Just not a fan.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Light hazy golden brown in color with a soapy head and some lace.

Smells of bready malt and some spicy hops.

The taste grows on me particularly. At first, just strong hop bitters, but as I delve into it further, orange peel notes, grapefruit juices, light malt backing tries to peek through, then the hops squash it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Interesting attributes to this brew. Spritzy and a bit spicey on the palate.

Drinkability is solid, this is a nice new yearly addition from SN.

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Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, bright golden coppery color. It poured with a huge, sticky, craggy white head.

s: Fresh hoppy aromas of pine with lemon zest and a little generic, abrasive bitterness. Sweet balance from caramel maltiness.

t: Very flavorful, yet balanced at the same time. Big piny, citric, somewhat solventy hops backed caramel sweetness.

m: Long lasting, fizzy carbonation and a slick body.

d: Very good overall, but there was an unrefined roughness here that suprised me coming from SN. Still, this is a delicious and very hoppy bargain.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a 1-finger, off-white head atop a ruby red body. It's pretty clean with heavy-medium carbonation. The head fell to a full lace that left nice sticky rings on the glass.

S- The aroma is initially hop forward. It's a nice mix of pine and citrus. Further inspection leads the nose to a nice malt backbone, which comes off with a sweet, caramel scent.

T- The hops are quite pronounced and earthy. I pick up a lot of pine and grassy notes. The flavor isn't nearly as balanced as the aroma would suggest. There's a faint flavor of caramel malts, but they're pushed to the background.

M- The hops play all sorts of games in your mouth. It starts with a nice bite. A dry finish leaves the tongue nearly paralyzed until the next sip. Very interesting.

D- It's not a bad drinker. It straddles the line between a traditional IPA and a double. I'd say it's closer to an extra-hoppy traditional, American IPA. The lesser balance takes a little bit from the drinkability.

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

Clear ruby-gold in color, pours with a fluffy head, crazy lacing. Smells very piney.

Taste, of course, is very piney. Very good hoppy aftertaste, bitterness is balanced nicely against...some kind of splash of sweetness when it hits your tongue.

Feels light but clingy on my tongue. Very drinkable, for someone who can handle the hops.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,844 ratings.