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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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2,745 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,745
Hads: 10,077
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 283
Gots: 2,250 | 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: 2,745 | Hads: 10,077
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)

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

Pours a crystal clear golden honey color with a pillowy egg shell colored head that left plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. Very purty look'n beer. Nice fresh hop aroma, grassy, spicy and buddy. Aroma doesn't knock you off your feet but this is how I like my hoppy brews to smell. The hop profile transfers over in the taste. More of a floral hoppy flavor IPA than a bitter IPA. A light bready malt presence rounds out the brew. Definitely a more balanced IPA than most. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, again finishes balanced. A very easy drinking IPA, well made. (573 characters)

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

Orangey-amber with a rocky, off-white head; clear with good carbonation; leaves clumpy lacing

Great sharp aroma--piney, citrussy, and herbal notes really come together in a focused way; I like it!

First few sips surprise me as it's not quite the hop assault I was expecting. There are plenty of hops, but they're really kept in check by the malt. Every sip brings (and leaves) a strong hop taste but it just doesn't quite command attention in the kick-your-teeth-in manner of other IPAs out there. However, after 10 minutes or so in the glass, the hops really become even more pronounced, yet it's still a malty IPA. Hop qualities are extremely piney, citrussy, and a bit minty--I love it.

Texture is really smooth with a slightly oily coating. Body is medium: not the fullest but by no means on the thin side; just right there in the middle.

It's not quite as good as Celebration Ale, but I'm OK with that (it's nice to look forward to an annual treat that's really, really good). It's a solid IPA and I happily welcome it to the year-round lineup and into the regular rotation of IPAs in my fridge. (1,147 characters)

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

Golden bronze bodied covered with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves rings of lace as it slowly disappears.
The nose features pine- needles, sap, and cones- grapefruit, toast, and lime juice.
The malt presents first in the mouth with roasted nuts and burnt sugar, segueing towards (unburnt) caramel and honeyed cereal grains. Hops hammer down, midway. Lots of pine, again. With the pungent sappy tones, as well as earthier cone-like notions. Fruitiness is larger than in the aroma. Oranges especially, but there are myriad citric notes here, with a separate emphasis on grapefruit. It ends with a fade out of the overt pine and citrus tones towards a lingering peppery bitterness.
Perhaps a notch above medium in build, glossy in feel from the low level of carbonation.
This is no world beater, but when price and availability are considered, this is a very attractive option. (886 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a short 12 ounce brown bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Off-white head. Clear dark orange body shows off great carbonation.

Smell: Lots of pine and grapefruit from the hops.

Taste: Guess what? It tastes like hops. The pine characteristics are more easily noticed in the aftertaste. I thought that this beer was rather boring. It packs a big punch of hops, but beyond that there wasn't much going on. (417 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent amber with a half inch off-white cap. Head eventually dissipated into a pocked swirl of foam. Sheets of lacing are revealed with each tilt of the glass; very good adhesion. Nose was piney grapefruit. Taste consistent with nose - some sweetness up front and a light hops bite at the back; however, it doesn't stick around for long - great balance. Mouthfeel was light and crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. By far, one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've ever had. Need to pick up more of this soon. (558 characters)

Photo of mattffrost
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance A clear dark amber. Head is a little than darker off white. Head dissolves but leaves good lacing.

Smell Sweet carmel, pine nuts, grassy floral. Nice earthiness.

Taste Very nice. A sweet carmel up front flavor that finishes a little bitter. The hops are very strong and I like that about this beer.

Mouthfeel Low carbonation hoppy beer.

Drinkability. For me I could drink these all day. (429 characters)

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

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured into a pilsner glass, it basically just looks like SNPA, clear amber with a white head. I'm a fan, this is on the heavy end of IPA's Great Divide's Titan IPA. There's a rich mix of grassy, citrus and pine that, well, reminds me greatly of normal Sierra Nevada, but without the malts. This is a fine IPA and I'd definitely have this again. (387 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark amber color. Slightly hazy, like thousands of microscopic bubbles are trapped in it (hopefully this is resin from fresh hops?)

Smell - Aromatic, although not particularly floral. Mostly citrus, with a hint of evergreen. Definitely some honey coming through as well. This was served at refrigerator temp (roughly 40 degrees) so I'm sure it'll liven up as it warms.

Taste - A bit of a letdown after the build-up from the appearance and smell. Not nearly as citrusy or honeyed as I was hoping. Much more bitter pine and astringent hop flavors. If you're hoping for something like Hopslam (or even Caldera IPA) this will disappoint you. It's closer to Green Flash IPA in "balance". Still, there is a bit of latent sweetness and the flavor does have its merits.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture. What I'd deem as "microcarbonated". Not oily or syrupy, but no big bubbles either. Almost reminds me of the texture of a hand-pulled cask ale.

Drinkability - While I love the texture, and the flavor is above average, it's not the easiest beer to drink by the pint. I don't think I'll want a second. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fellow BA thryn gave me a bottle tonight. Thanks!

It's a beautiful deep copper in color with a large sticky off-white head. It has a good hop aroma. Nothing extreme, just a nice note of hops.

The taste is wonderfully bitter, in an IPA way. The malty biscuit flavors are very apparent at first, and give way to the bitterness. The hop flavor is lower: this isn't a dry-hopped bomb. I can see why they called it an extra IPA, instead of a double/imperial IPA. It's much more restrained than the extreme beers.

The body is full and smooth: very nice.

Overall this is a very good beer, which should be no surprise coming from Sierra Nevada. Well worth seeking out, especially for IPA fans. (689 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

I always love a new Sierra Nevada release, especially when they're good and hoppy. Torpedo Extra IPA pours a clear, golden-amber hue with a decent carbonation level and a modest half inch of off-white, foamy goodness. Heat retention is decent, but the lacing on this brew is impeccable--webbed glory! The aroma is unmistakably that of Sierra Nevada IPA, as it bursts with resinous, piney, citrus, and floral hops. A nice balance from the malts adds some toasted caramel, but this baby is all hops. Me likey...

Somehow, the bitterness of this IPA stays at the same level throughout each and every sip. Aggressive, but restrained and not at all harsh, the alpha acids cling to the tastebuds while a chewy, creamy caramel malt note balances the flavor profile nicely. Good mouthfeel, too, with a medium consistency and a fantastic, bitter bite of lingering hop resin. Not a lot of complexity to this IPA, but for hop lovers like myself, it's a dream. Highly recommended. (1,017 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a seethru golden body with copper tint and a well-carbonated, fluffy two-finger head that stuck around awhile. A dominant citric and floral hop smell but a definite malt smell as well; caramel, bread, toasted(?). Almost full-bodied, a little thick and chewey with bread malts and some caramel tucked in there. But this beer is about the hops, and they come in aplenty for a dry beer that has citric fruit along with some heavier fruits like grape for that floral, earthy hop taste that hopheads love.
The mix of hops and some sweetness make this a great beer to have, but I'm not sure I'd session this b/c it dried my tastebuds out a little. (647 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very happy to try this one as everyone knows sierra neveda kicks ass. drank this one alongside some nicely made really spicey stuffed shells and they balanced each other out very nicely. it pours a very copper amber color that looks somewhat orange when held up to the light. had some nice off white colored head off the pour that stuck around for while. some nice lacing as well. the nose isnt too big, but its definately there. very piney with that classic sierra neveda hoppy smell going on. the taste is very well balanced for an ipa. lots and lots of piney and citrus hops flavors with a nice pale malt background. this absolutley a great IPA and even at 7.2 i could drink these all night and not see a problem. another great offering from sierra neveda, get it while its around. (784 characters)

Photo of naterock
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip with amazing head retention and a deep copper color with a very small bit of floaties. Thick lacing on the glass.

smell is quite citrusy for a SN brew, I don't get a lot of piney notes. but some nice smooth malt.

taste is so sweet and balanced. Nice piney and some slightly citrusy hops. a strong malt quality keeps this beer well balanced.

mouth is crisp and slightly dry, but overall this is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, I am glad that I can get this anytime I want it. This pairs well with a nicely crafted Mac and Cheese. (563 characters)

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

This beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: From the get go I like the way the beer looks. The beer pours a clear orange / amber coloration. The head is a finger and a half high light biege coloration. Good retention is noted super rings left behind on my glass.

Smell: The hops are the center of the aroma. The hops come in floral and pine resin. Grapefruit and a bit of pineapple float on a malty bready base.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is dominated by pine resin hops. A bit of grapefruit combines with a cracker dryness. Starts bitter and pretty much remains throughout flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is slick and medium. Carbonation is appropriate to the beer. This beer has great drinkability. I polished a six pack of this off the first night I bought it. I never got bored with the flavor during that evening. This is what I wish SNPA was like. (891 characters)

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

This is a very nice, thick and rich IPA from SA. The beer pours a copper amber color, clear, with an off-white head that is quite creamy and foamy. The beer laces fairly well and has very good retention. The nose on the beer is strong herbal and piney hops and maybe a touch of malt underneath.

The taste won't disappoint. It is quite dry, herbal, piney and a touch of acerbic bittering hop. It is not a juicy or oily hop character in the beer, more the herbal and piney variety. It is quite good. The beer is medium bodied and does have some bready malt grains underneath. The mouthfeel is slightly acerbic and mouth puckering sourish with a slightly lingering bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. This is a nice IPA, very solid, very respectable, and more traditional in its interpretation of the style. L'Chaim. (819 characters)

Photo of TStandley13
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice see through orange color with a fluffy head that stayed around for a while.

S- Hops, citrus fruits, and a definite leafy smell. Also has a real thick pine smell.

T- great taste....definite hop bite that is closely followed by a sweet citrusy grapefruit taste.

M- nothing notable but nice

D- Very good for a fairly strong IPA (338 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is coppery amber with a whitish small head that settles fast, leaving behind a small amount of splotchy lace.

S: Citrus and piney hops with a hint of malt underneath.

T: Very light malt foundation -- bready or biscuity-type malt -- acts as a springboard for the hops. We're talking piney hops -- think pine sap or resin. Finishes with a mouth-coating piney/lemony drying hop bitterness that stays with you.

M: Very good. Call it lighter side of medium with good prickly carbonation that brings it to life on the palate.

D: Excellent if you like a big, bitter, piney, hoppy IPA. I do, so I like this one.

Notes: I see I reviewed this from the tap last July and in that review I wished it was bottled. Well, here it is and I like. Not a world-class IPA on par with, say, a Stone IPA (a personal favorite), but very solid. Glad to see this will be a year-rounder for SN. . . . (913 characters)

Photo of Nizinski
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Flying Dog pint glass. Serving temp was anywhere from 52-55f Nice amber color, awesome nice sticky head. Smells good, very hoppy, citrus, some malts.
The lacing on this glass was very cool.

Taste is bitter at first to me, but after trying it more it grown on me. The only beer I have really had close to this was a APA by Schlafly, Dry-Hopped. Tastes pretty close to it but much on the more bitter side, but I really dig the hops taste. It has a grapefruit taste to me as well.

I really came into this expecting to not enjoy it, but I do love the Dry Hopped APA and this is just a bit more hardcore version of it. I could see myself drinking this again. My first Sierra Nevada beer and I think they did a good job! (732 characters)

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)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.