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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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2,754 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,754
Hads: 10,137
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 286
Gots: 2,321 | 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: 2,754 | Hads: 10,137
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Brilliantly clear light copper with golden yellow edges. Solid finger of pillowy, light beige head. Great lacing. Classic Sierra Nevada cascade hop nose with loads of fresh grapefruit, and flourishes of pine, sap, and resin. Sugary malt and fruit notes balance it out.

Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Faintly sweet bread and fruit malts follow. Big grapefruit and numbing pine bitterness take it away to the finish. Dry, bitter and appetizing finish. Lingering fruit notes, but mostly numbing bitterness. Unmistakably Sierra Nevada, with a very clean, fresh, aggressively bitter cascade character. Oh, and quite delicious too! Medium body with a creamy feel. Much like an amped-up SNPA, that I kind of was expecting. Glad to have this around!

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

A: A clear orange-bronze color with large carbonation bubbles. A big, densely foamy off-white head with very nice retention and lacing. Definitely looks the part.

S: Strong citrus aromas - lemon, orange, grapefruit, you name it. Definitely some substantial floral hops there to back up the citrus. A hint of caramel malt, but this one is dominated by the citric and floral scents.

T: Floral hops are much more assertive than the nose initially suggested, as they offer a fairly robust initial kick of bitterness. Definite citrus notes as well - mostly grapefruit and lemon zest. Perhaps a bit of resiny pine hop flavor too. Light hints of yeast and biscuity malts are present, but certainly don't offer much.

M: Rather medium-bodied. Carbonation is fairly active and lends a nice crispness that accompanies the bitterness well. A dry, slightly puckering finish and a lingering aftertaste.

D: As always, high-quality stuff from SN. The hop flavors are quite floral, in my opinion. Take your pick: a big, assertive IPA, or a somewhat mild yet extremely drinkable double IPA. Either way, a very nice beer.

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

I really what Sierra Nevada is going for with this brew. It bridges tthe gap between the American Ipa and IIPa nicely.

Picked this up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown - poured from the stubby 12oz into my Dupont Saison willibecker

A - A dark golden/medium amber w/ good clarity and a medium khaki cap that is smooth w/ spacious bubbles from a vigorous pour. The lace clings almost instantly as the head settles and the beading is very fine

S - All the aromas you expect w/ a strong pungent,yet fresh blend of mango, orangey citrus and grapefruit w/ pine and herbal aromas like inhaling hop flowers

M - A nice + mellow hop feel w/ mild bitterness, just slightly more bitter than your average IPA w/ subtle pale malt sweetness and moderate carbonation

T - The taste is bitter w/ grapefruit acidity at first followed by sweet citrus like a valencia orange perhaps with a squirt of passionfruit, the pale malt and hop flavors seem more floral and sweet as it gets warmer w/ more herbal notes and juicy flavor w/ a side of sweet malt in the finish. A nice balanced taste you don't normally find in a 7% ipa with tea-like sweet and less bitter grass in the finish

D - A truly drinkable IPA with a little extra juice - in every sense. It is balanced, but doesn't lack for fresh hop flavor or aroma and is just bitter enough to let you know it is an IPA without going overboard. The hop flavor doesn't just deliver bitter tastes, but a wide range of hoppiness and is a unique method that obviously hits the mark. I could drink these one after another.

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Photo of Shannon
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.99 a sixer at Total Beverage in Fairfax, VA.

A - 1/2 in head, off-white head with good lacing. Deep copper color denoting a higher malt content of a double IPA.

S - Flat, a little malt, not what I'd expect. Will check other the other bottles from the sixer but this one was disappointing for lack of hoppiness.

T - Very good hoppy tang. Also, recognizably Sierra Nevada. Like the pale ale, but with increased hop and malt. Same blend of hops (just with a different process and increased amount)?

M - Smooth and hefty. Fine carbonation.

D - Good. What you'd expect from a heavier or double IPA.

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Photo of ThirdLap
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a $7.99 sixer purchased at Nugget Vacaville on February 12, 2009. Poured into a Firestone pint glass at 55°F.

Pours a golden amber with a foamy 1" light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Head is long-lasting, and after receding to 1/2 cm, stays for most of the ride.

I sniffed and sniffed, but there just doesn't seem to be a whole lot happening on the nose. Light grapefruit citrusiness with a bit more malt than expected. Notes of pine.

Wow, this is different. There's this nutty, creamy, tanginess complementing the hops that sets it apart from many other IPAs I've had in the past. The finish is piney with a slight alcohol burn. This is a well-balanced beer, if just a bit malty for a west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with lots of carbonation. Alcohol is quite apparent for a 7.2% beer.

I could go through these pretty quickly. Solid IPA, especially for the price.

Retasted a week later, forgot about my first review. Scores were exactly the same save for drinkability.

A - Deep copper amber with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a resilient film. Some lacing noted.

S - More pine than citrus. The citrus says grapefruit.

T - Tons of citrus with a maltier-than-expected finish. Notes of caramel. The balance seems to be lacking.

M - Lots of carbonation, medium bodied, almost chewy consistency. Bitter finish that sticks around till the next sip.

D - Every time I crack a Torpedo, I wish I'd opted for a Celebration instead. :/

I'm a huge SN fan, so this was somewhat of a letdown.

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Photo of bosco7
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear pale orange color with a creamy white head. Lacing is thick and sticky.

Pineapple, grapefruit rind, caramel,and a light pine aroma in the nose.

Starts with some malt and a blast of lemon. Grapefruit rind and pine flavors follow. You can definetly tell this is a SN ale, with its beautiful hop profile and near perfect balance. Bitterness is high yet pleasant.

I really enjoy this beer, big surprise everything this brewery puts in a bottle is balanced, full of flavor, and exrtremely drinkable. Recommended for sure.

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

Pours a dark copperish color with a creamy off-white head that started out at a half-inch in size and rapidly grew to about 2 inches after I set the glass down.

The nose consists of a nice, FLORAL pine bouquet with a little hint of citrus hidden away in the background with a nice balanced malty, caramel aroma to finish it off.

Taste is definitely not your typical Sierra Nevada affair. This really seems to have a much more balanced profile, deliciously hoppy up front, predominated by pine flavors accenuated by grapefruit citrus flavors backed up amazingly well by delectable caramel and toffee flavors. Finish dry and bitter, but not crazy-style bitter due to the great balance they achieved with this beer, just delicious and juicy.

Really good mouthfeel on this beer, so refreshing, leaves a great aftertaste. What can I say I love this beer. I could be biased as this is my first beer after a 10 hour day at work, but wow it's going down so good!

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Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

here we go. i saw this last night for the first time at total wine in greenville, sc. HAD TO HAVE IT! i love hops. i love bitterness. i am always looking for a new beer that makes my mouth feel the taste long after the pint is gone.

so it is with torpedo. wow! what hop character! it isn't ruination, but it is in the unique hop category. if you don't like aftertaste, if you don't like bitter, then this beer is not for you.

the standard sierra nevada color and head are present. you can really get a generous head out of these bottles. they settle very well. your standard citrus, pine, and floral tones are in the nose, but this beer does have a twist all its own...must be the torpedos talking. floral. very floral.

the taste is even more unique than the smell. it has that signature sierra nevada touch, but after the swallow, this beer goes in a whole new direction---a direction most people probably won't like---a direction I LOVE!

mouthfeel is full enough and even chewy at times. shadows in comparison to the smell and taste.

drinkability...3 in and i'm asleep on the couch. my wife woke me up this morning. i guess 7.2 can still pack a bit of a punch after a long day.

if you like hops, try it! if you like hops, but prefer a malt balance, try anniversary or celebration.

a notable and worthy offering from sn.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass

pours a clear dark golden with a big off white sticky head.

smell is fruity. citrus, rich ripe fruit. Sweet malty backbone. Not as piney. Different.

First is mildly bitter, then malty balance. Clean taste disappears. Great beer.

Full mouthfeel and very easy drinking.

I am thoroughly impressed. The best SN I have had yet.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper color with nice big clumpy head that rings the glass repeatedly. Big floral hop bouquet with lots of umph. Taste of grapefruit and some piney bitterness that puckers your mouth on the finish. Drinkability is through the roof for the price I was able to get this. Are you kidding me, $32/case for a world class IPA. This beer rocks.

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

7.2% ABV listed on bottom side of bottle. Chill hazed bright blood orange with a thick frothy cream colored head. Very pillowy froth...quite striking in the SA BA glass. Pungent grapefruit nose. As it warms a little, I get this mango/coconut aroma...very unexpected.
Piney, chewy hop flavor. Very perfumey, somewhat bitter. Touch of sweetness up front, then a beautiful hop bouquet. The chewy/chalky bitterness keeps me from scoring the taste higher, but this is a really tasty IPA from Sierra.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and rich golden copper in color. The off white loose head left modest lacing.

Smell was leafy and earthy. Not strong.

Taste was also earthy hops. Husky grains. There was a lingering grassy bitterness after the sweeter middle.

Mouthfeel was appropriate in body and carbonation. Nicely zippy. I do not like this beer as much as the Anniversary Ale or the Celebration Ale, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of BenJames1984
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass; I let it sit for about 10 minutes. Pretty good IPA, very smooth for a 7.2% ABV. This one does not leave much of a ring around the glass, as opposed to most IPAs I've had.
Sierra Nevada did a great job with this IPA. If you like this, I also recommend their Anniversary Ale. which is still hoppy, but a bit maltier. Cheers.

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

You can imagine the delight on my face as I saw this beer on the shelves of the Lexington-local Liquor Barn. Of course I'm rushing home to drink this beer. Now that I've had a few... too many, I'm going to attempt my review...

The pour gives me something that lands somewhere between the standard SN Pale ale and the Celebration ale. The color is deeply golden, but not quite amber. Not brilliantly clear, but glowing. Good head formation retains well throughout the session and leaves memories of lacing on the glass. A standard Sierra Nevada look.

Very citrusy in the nose with orange rinds, ruby-red grapefruits, pineapples, and maybe a pine cone or three. Sweet ginger-bread malts blend with caramel for a grahm cracker crustiness that leads to a well attenuated yeasty and cracker-like flavor.

The feel is supurb. Aside from a slight nail-polish-like taste and feel, the alcohols are well hidded, leading to a dry finish that accomodates the resiny hops well. Highly attenuated for a very palatable, clean, refreshing citrus finish.

Do IPA's taste better? Sure. But do they finish as well? Doubtful. Does the drinkability fare as well? Doubtful. This is a beer where the mouthfeel and palatability fares even better than the signature-quality taste. Thumbprints of Sierra Nevada are all over this beer... keep up the good.. (er) great work!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a filtered, amber-bodied brew with infrequent and relatively large effervescence. The one-finger off-white head has average retention and leaves some nice spider web-esque lacing after it recedes - the lacing actually lasts around the top of the glass for quite some time.

Aroma: A little too subtle, perhaps, with a lot of what I expect from an IPA getting lost It's mostly just light, tropical fruity esters and faint backing sweetness. It's pleasant, but, as mentioned, a little too mild.

Taste: A very balanced flavor profile. Smooth, gentle bitterness is moderate and perfectly in check with a citrusy, piney hop profile. Hints of pineapple, coconut, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, resinous pine needle, and mint. The malt backbone is similarly well-crafted, bready, slightly roasted, relatively sweet, with slight hints of gummy bears provided by those great tropical fruit notes mingling with soft saccharine overtones.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly soft and gentle, with a moderate amount of carbonation in a moderately-thick body. Just a very nice, balanced, even, crisp, but soft mouth.

Drinkability: This really is a smoother IPA. I know there's been a lot of discussion lately about being "underwhelmed" by this brew, but I don't think this beer is meant to overwhelm, or even ... well, whelm. It just is what it is, a smooth, soft, gentle, flavorful IPA, well-balanced and drinkable. It's very sessionable, as well, and though the abv% isn't listed, I can't assume it's 6%, 6.5%. If you've gotten used to the harshness of overly hoppy beers, this one might even be too tame for you, but if you're looking for a good introductory IPA, this one's a winner.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz bottle for just under $1.50, so the deal on this beer may sway the voting a little because this is a good deal!

Poured a nice amber colour, completely transparent, with a nice fluffy bread-like head that slowly disappeared and left nice spotty lacing throughout.

Smelled of a little bit of hops, some malty backbone, and a little mango and wet grass in there. Slightly watery.

Tastes great for as cheap as it is, but to be honest there are better.

Right amount of effervescence, medium bodied.

Almost drank the whole bottle ina oner, but this is a great little beer!

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,754 ratings.