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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2,720 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,720
Hads: 9,998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 268
Gots: 2,149 | 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: 2,720 | Hads: 9,998
Photo of ghebel
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber to copper color, clear. Foamy head that leaves generous lacing upon dissipation.

S - Hops. Citrus and pine.

T - More hops with malty background. Nice lingering bitterness.

M - Moderate body. Nice bite and warmth.

D - Good drinkability, but my suspicion is that the ABV would sneak up on you.

Overall - Great American IPA. (336 characters)

Photo of jrw5061
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: About a half inch of head on top. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Pours a nice copper color.

S: Aromatic hop smell comes through strongly. I detect mostly a grapefruit orangey kind of smell.

T: The flavor comes in waves. The flavor of the hops comes through at the beginning then a biscuit flavor comes through finally finishing with the citrus bitter hop taste at the end at the back of your tongue.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Kind of velvety. Not too thick or thin. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Excellent beer but it is very bitter at 70 IBU. It will rape your taste buds after a while, but in a good way ;-)

Overall: Was very excited to try this beer. I love Sierra Nevada's beers and I am a huge fan of IPA's. This is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Would recommend checking it out if you are a fan of IPA's. Great IPA for the money. I would definitely get this beer again. (909 characters)

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with 1 and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention and some nice full lacing. Smells of grapefruit, melon, pineapple, spicy hops, honey, and some light biscuity notes. Tastes of honey and biscuit up front then some pineapple, mango, and tangerine with a strong bitter finish of grapefruit and a bite of spicy hops. Medium in body with good carbonation. Enjoyable, but a little too unbalanced with too strong a bitterness in the backend and nothing up front, nor enough sweetness. Still, a really good IPA that is easy to drink, you just have to really be in the mood for bitter. (626 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color is orange/gold. Nice and clear with a good amount of carbonation. Also has a nice off-white, foamy head that leaves a nice film on the glass.

The smell is spicy. Bold hop flavor and some floral feel to it.

The taste is a bit strong. It takes a minuet to get used to the nice hoppy flavor and great spicy flavor. Also has a nice sweet malt flavor.

Torpedo is well balanced between a nice better hop feel and a spicy/sweet malt feel. Goes down well with a aftertaste that only lasts through the first few sips. It really is a beer rollercoaster
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Photo of wiseguy142
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light copper color with a touch of yellow. Lot sof visible carbonation and a beautiful rocky, asymmetric head with lots of different shapes and sizes of bubbles. This may be a fluke, but the bubbles actually form a discernable geometric pattern that you rarely see. The head deflates after a couple minutes leaving the "pattern" of sorts and some sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich of sweet cascade and honeydew. Less pine and more robust citrus. Some berries and underlying base malt.

Taste is a little light up front, but follows with more pine and bitterness than was present in the aroma. Nice balanced, earthy malt base but with enough bitterness to keep it a very clean APA. A little lemony sweetness- I bet this beer would actually go well with a lemon (with an IPA... sounds blasphemous but would be worth a try).

Good medium body that suits the earthy malt base and doesn't interfere with the bitterness.

Really, this beer is what hop devil should have been. Enough bitterness to be a solid APA but enough substance and complexity to call it a beer. (1,065 characters)

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

A- Pours a thick 1 finger tan/white head (nice retention) over a caramel/orange body. There is a slight amount of sediment dancing in the bottle.

S- Starts off with a piney/grapefruit aroma but develops into a tropical fruit note. Nice malty notes here too.

T- Starts off malty but has a nice hoppy backbone with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and a semi-astringent/dry finish. The finish yields some fruitiness amongst the dryness.

M- Light carbonation. Nice tropical/dry finish.

D- I really liked this the first time I had this, but this time it seems a bit different. Definitely a unique IPA with a bunch of tropical fruit notes. It's definitely good, and for $7.29/6, a good deal, but who knows if I'll buy it again. (727 characters)

Photo of Lambstrong
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with a foamy white head. Good head retention. Great lacing.

Aroma:Very upfront hop presence. Spicy citrus notes.

Taste: Mostly bitter upfront flavor followed by floral subtle notes. Very bitter aftertaste. My first impression is that the hop flavor is not balanced well. After I drank half the beer I came to appreciate it more. Not sure if this was due to my taste buds getting used to the bitter hops. Still, I think this beer can be better balanced.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. Slightly acidic. (527 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a nice foamy head half inch of foam and great lasting lace.
The aroma of floral hops,light grapefruit,citrus hints and a sweet scent.
The taste of hops,fruit hints,sweet notes and citrus.

The feel was smooth,easy to drink and a bit creamy with only some mild bitterness. Carbonation and body were at a medium level.

Notes: Very disappointing brew and despite the fact that it was not a bad beer it was just making it to average. I will not buy this again,and I feel it was somewhat thin. It looked great though and I would have it for free any day or at a location where the offerings are thin. Some might say it is a good bang for the buck,but there is plenty more to offer for this style. (718 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear coppery color with a large off white foamy head. A real nice looking IPA. The smell is pretty strong with a real citrus aroma and sweet malt. The taste is crisp with sweet malt,citrus hops,and an aftertaste with bitter hops. A nice mellow IPA,not too harsh,with a nice flavor and all round good taste. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A real good beer that could be an everyday brew. (415 characters)

Photo of Cavalier92
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent year-round offering from Sierra Nevada. There isn't a bit of bitterness in this American IPA. Instead, the floral dryness of the hops is balanced well by sweet maltiness that makes this one of the best mainstream IPAs on the market today. (259 characters)

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

From the Sierra Nevada website
alcohol content 7.2% by volume
finishing hops Magnum & Crystal
bitterness units 70
dry hopping Magnum, Crystal & Citra malts Two-row Pale, Carapils & Crystal

Poured 1/2 thick white head with good lacing. Deep orange coloriing with pine smells. Great mouth feel with grapefruit and pine tastes. Very drinkable for a 7.2 ABV and is a very good session beer. Great offering from Sierra Nevada. (426 characters)

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

Pours a clear golden/amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops and some sweet malt in the background. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with high carbonation level. Bitterness is really high in this one, of course. Tastes of strong hops up front and some sweet malt in the background. This beer leaves you wanting more after the hops; it's pretty much hops boom, then an almost watery flavor because of the intsense hops. There is a very smooth finish though, which is nice for an IPA. Pretty good beer, but a little less then I was expecting with all the hype. (655 characters)

Photo of cpn920
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a finger of off white head that thins to lacing.
Smells of grapefruit/citrus.
Taste is similar to smell with a decent sweet malt backing. Very well balanced not overwhelming in hops or malt.
Mouthfeel is fine with for this medium bodied well carbonated beer.
Drinkability is high...very good beer, very smooth. I really enjoyed this as it was balanced which sometimes is hard to find these days where everyone wants to overwhelm you with hops. (476 characters)

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

12oz bottle served in a mug. Golden color. Medium white head with a fair amount of lacing. Aroma was predominately floral, but there were also some citrus notes. Taste also mostly pine, with some traces of herb, and grapefruit. Malt at the back end of things. I thought this was a nicely balanced beer, very easy to drink. (322 characters)

Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz pint glass

A- 1/2 finger cake batter head with a dark golden color that has a very clean transparent presence in my glass. Carbonation is moderate

S- Strong citrus presence including grapefruit, pineapple, orange and a hint of pine. Of course there is a nice strong aroma of hops present

M- Light to medium body with a strong front end flavor of hops and a slight malt finish. This beer is very balanced and does not overwhelm you with all hops like other IPA's or Double IPA's..

T- Very smooth with a strong dry hop presence and a back end malt finish. Very nice positioning of this beer between a standard IPA and an aggressive Double IPA which typically knocks your taste buds out with hops. The balance is key in this beer

D- Excellent beer that is drinkable even with a 7.2% abv. The alcohol is not really present in terms of taste. This is a great beer that is not like any of Sierra Nevada's other beers. Great work Sierra Nevada! (961 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking copper color. There wasn't much head and just a little bit of lacing. Pretty nice looking beer all together.

Smell is nice and malty with a pretty nice piney hop background. Decent smell.

Taste is better than it smells. A pretty good balance of hops and malts. I cant help but feel like there is an arrogant bastard feel to this in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good on the carbonation and malt ratio.

Drinkability is high because I feel like I could drink a few of these in a row. A nice session beer for sure. Good thing it comes in a 6 pack because I'm going to want some more. (612 characters)

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

Pours a nice copper color with a nice craggy head and lacing down the glass. In true Sierra Nevada style, a nice looking beer. Some scents of pine oil, but slight, not as much as I had heard. About the same mouthfeel, with the exception of bigfoot, in sierra nevada fashion. Light, clean, hoppy and crisp. A nice session beer. Very easy to drink, but I had heard it was a "hop bomb" inwhich case it isn't. It is just another good session beer in the sierra nevada tradition. (474 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent appearance. Amber/Golden/Copper in color. Wonderful textured pastel yellow head with great retention and lot's of sticky lacing. This one certainly looks the part.
Smells like a spruce tree. Pretty one demensional aroma but it smells good.
This IPA expands the whole hop flavor gammut with out going overboard. Grapefruit rinds, Pinetrees, and your favorite herbs are present, each playing an equel and integral part. How SN maintains this flavor and balance with out the beer being a total hop bomb is beyond me.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Refreshing with out too much hop bite.
Drinkability? Do not neglect your fridge! Stock up on SN Torpedo immediately. If SN were to release this one day only at the brewery and have an event to promote it; it would be a top 10 IPA imho. (790 characters)

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

Pours out a clear light rust color with a thick & frothy 2 finger deep off white head.

Smells of piney hops, bisquity malts, sweet caramel malt, citric hoppiness, grapefruit, lemon, grassy. Nice.

Grassy, earthy, and fruity hops up front, sweet caramel maltiness, ginger, nice bitter finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, clean, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Nice sessionable IPA right here. Usually nicely priced in Ca as well. Heck of a bargain. Will be buying again I'm sure. (496 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brass color with a two-finger, fluffy tan head that fades quite slowly into a pillow-top-like covering that never completely goes away. Bitter hops confront the nose as the citrus elements work themselves into the equation and linger slowly upward. Tastes of citrusy hops and some sweet malts. Mouth-feel is medium-bodied and just a bit powdery with some oiliness that makes it all go down well. Brews like this are sometimes hard to break down, as the elements fuse so well together that any distinction is lost in the perfection of balance. (556 characters)

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

Pours a dark orange/amber. One of the darker IPAS I've seen. Big white foam head.

Smells like fresh cut grass, floral notes, with a touch pine ... maybe a hint of citrus. Interesting.

Taste is actually much different. Frankly, it doesn't match the aroma. The taste has tangerine, apricot???, sweet citrus, and some balancing pine bitterness. It's kind of weird and exotic, actually. There's a medicinal/herbal/fresh grass quality that was offputting at first, but which I actually warmed up to.

Good mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. (530 characters)

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

Pours a crystal clear orange-amber, with a nice 1" head that retains. Great lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is of flowery hops, bitter citrus, and a bit of pine and pale malt. Simple, yet pleasantly crisp.

Taste is a slick refreshing hop blast, subdsiding soon after each sip. Very clean, yet flavourful. Nice minty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is excellent-smooth carbonation makes this an easy drinker.

Drinkability is excellent--smooth hoppy goodness. (461 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Torpedo is a clear copper with an off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is hoppy, resinous, earthy and dank, with flora and citrus notes coming to the fore as it warmed up a bit from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is assertive. Peppery bite to the hops and a firm bitterness, some oily fusels. Also a bit of a bready aftertaste, but mainly a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamily carbonated, medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability is OK, but it's not really my style of big IPA. I prefer more floral and citrus notes, smoother and less bite. A bit of a disappointment after the accolades and hype it's been receiving. Still, the high ABV is well hidden, and the price is good. I actually had two bottles in a row, both pulled from the fridge at once, as I wrote this review. (833 characters)

Photo of RomanW70
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours crystal clear deep amber with a medium white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and grain. High carbonation with a medium thick body. Taste is really hoppy up front, with some sweet malts, but very quickly overtaken by hops. The tastes slides to a bitter finish with a healthy amount of cereal grain. A good IPA, but I'm not sure this lies up to the hype. (374 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a clear amber with a thick white head that looked like foam on a cappucino. The smell is a classic Sierra Nevada. There is a citrusy hops with grapefruit and pine. Taste is a little thin and a lot like the SNPA. The hops are a little stronger than that but not much. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is top notch. (347 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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