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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Reviews: 2,724
Hads: 10,005
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 269
Gots: 2,160 | 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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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured with a half inch of off-white head that left a lot of sticky lacing. An attractive, clear Orange-Amber color. A very good pine/citrus hop aroma. The flavor follows the lead set by the aroma, with SNs typical lack of malt, this beer is all hop flavors. The body is good, but could use a more solid foundation to build upon. A very drinkable beer, palate fatigue will become an issue due to the lack of balance. I'll admit that I liked this beer more than I expected, due to all the hype surrounding it. I generally find SN to be a one-trick pony. While I like their beers, the focus on hops only is boring. That said, this beer will likely find it's way into my regular rotation. (709 characters)

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

Pours a clear copper color with a beautiful inch and a half off white head. The head lingers with good retention and leaves some spotty lace as it subsides.

The aroma is great, and pretty typical Sierra Nevada/West Coast. Big hop notes smacking you with some sappy pine and some sweet citrus. Delicious.

The taste is decent. A good hop presence giving a big sappy pine note, with a touch of citrus. It's slightly sweet up front, but gives way to a moderately bitter finish. A little rough around the edges with some boozy qualities, and a flavor profile that seems to be missing in mid pallate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and subdued carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a tasty IPA, though lacking slightly. It's certainly easy to drink, and pleasureable as well. Another solid hop forward offering from our friends at Sierra Nevada. (860 characters)

Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous crystal ruby/amber with a generous cream colored head.

S- Big notes of citrus, tangerines and ruby red grapefruit.

T- Starts slightly sweet yet not with a distinguishable flavor, mid palate brings sour grapefruit notes. Finishes with a nice bitter piny and herbal hop.

M- Moderate high carbonation. Could have a bit more body to it a little thin.

D- This is a pretty nice IPA. Could have bit more body, and flavor could be slightly more pronounced. (472 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 13, 2009... this is from a fresh sixer purchased a week ago. Served in a tasting tulip at a few degrees above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Four tall fingers of soapy, off-white head adorns this clear, deep burnished orange beer. Lacing is moderate, it's just plain juicy looking.

Smell- Clean, pungent aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut pine trees leap from the glass. A nice floral character wafts alongside, it's a classic West Coast hop profile. Similarites to Nugget Nectar in the nose surprise me, as I've never gotten that from any of SN's other offerings.

Taste- Deep, luscious hop juice envelops the mouth, rich and meaty with plenty of malt for balance. The whole cone hopping delivers a fullness and honesty that any IPA lover will find really enjoyable. It begins with a mild astringency, then grips the tongue and finishes with an eternal bitterness... the malts are there the whole time lending their backbone to support the massive flavor rush.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Entering the mouth the beer sizzles just slightly, then gently eases up and glides effortlessly down the gullet. At 7.2%, the alcohol is warming enough to be noticable... I wouldn't session this particular IPA if given the choice. Big, bold, and very tasty... two thumbs up as usual for the boys and girls in Chico, CA. (1,332 characters)

Photo of TEXTONE
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 120z bottle with freshness date in to a pint glass. Beautiful white frothy head on this beer also has nice head retention and lacing. The body is clear, and clean with a pure copper color. The smell of this beer is grapefruit/citrus hops and sweet malts does not come off over hoped. Taste is sweet malt flavor right away, followed by citric flavor with a bitter feel in the back of the mouth. Full mouthfeel, nice and clean, goes down smooth with a bitter back end. Overall this beer has good malt and hop flavors with an astringent and bitter aftertaste. There is a lot of talk about this being the same or close to Celebration Ale but it is not. I prefer Celebration Ale due to the hop profile. Torpedo does sport a 7.2 ABV and is a good addition to S.N. line. I enjoyed this beer and will be drinking it again. (840 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to find this in the bottle @ Foodery after sipping a kegged version (which may have been from an earlier recipe iteration?)... poured into a large flute.
Glowing hue of deep honey. Mostly transparent. On top of this sits the 1/2 finger cap of cream colored head, that leaves only hints of head throughout, complete with a wall of lace with each sip. Smells heavily of biscuits and a biting, almost 'skunky' style of hop aroma, that softens just a bit into some citric notes. Taste starts with a soft floral hop, a superior opening, and then opens up to a pronounced hop bite of the citric variety, followed quickly by a well backed and complex malt middle. Roasted notes, caramel and just a whisper of dryer pale malts slides into a very soft finish, with a milky honey type sweetness that soothes the tongue. This combines with the ample carbonation to provide an extremely pleasant finish. Pockets of hop oils adsorp to the corners of my mouth, and this is the best part of this beer. Raw, wild and especially 'floral' in this aftertaste. Overall it is a bit too far on the sweet side. Well put together, but could use more bitter notes and some lighter malt presence. (1,175 characters)

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

Exceptional color and clarity with this beer, so much so that its surprising for an IPA. Head poured to be perfect thickness and hung around for a long time with lots of lacing.

The nose of this brew is very floral with hops peeking through.

The taste is citrusy sweet which is well balanced by a strong hop finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also surprising to me. It goes down very smooth, little carbonation and leaves a nice taste in the mouth without any hoppy sting residue.

While I might not drink more than 2 of these, its very very drinkable. However because this beer is so well balanced I wouldnt doubt that those of you out there who love Harpoon IPA or anything comparable could throw back a bunch of these in a session. Try it out, the hops profile of this beer is very intersting. (804 characters)

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

This is an interesting chestnut/auburn color, not much of the red edges I expect to see in an AIPA. Clear and pretty nonetheless. White head is medium in size and staying power.

A strong citrus hop nose, some piney earthy notes in the background that make a brief acquaintance with caramel malt. the taste is orange citrus and some hop spice. Some balance here with sweet malt, but the hops are king and they remind you over and over.

Body is nice, carbonation is perfect. This is a nice drinkable 7.2% AIPA. But lets face it. Line this up with Celebration, SNPA, Harvest Ale, etc., and the average BA would be hard pressed to identify which is which is which. You will all argue this point with me because you all have more refined palates, but this is a majorly recycled recipe.

Love the beer, but it is nothing new to me. Still...great beer. Drink it! (858 characters)

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

Orange-amber, decent head, good lacing.

Smells bready, with piney hops.

Tastes of sweet malt, fresh-baked bread, and piney hops. Balanced, and pine-dominated.

Mouthfeel resinous.

This was solid, but didn't quite live up to my expectations. Of course it followed my first Hopslam, which I thought was phenomenal, so maybe that biased me downwards. (350 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a chill hazed clear copper color with a small off white head that leaves traces of soapy sticking on the glass. A welcomed hop aroma filled my nose the second after putting down the bottle cap, the fresh hop scent that booms off of this thing is excellent, pine resin, i dont get too many citrus notes going on here but oh god, this thing screams hops! Good balance is achieved throughout, the sweet malts lay beneath the immense usage of the humulus lupulus for the most part but its slight hint of caramel sweetness in the nose and mid palate, makes the cone attack so much more effective. Lightly herbal, mostly grassy though, its not so much bitter as it is hoppy, if that makes any kind of sense to you, the hop character is like none ive experienced before, it really kicks itself into overdrive a few seconds after the quaff is swallowed, the finish is long and ultra hoppy. Medium in body, bigger than i had initially expected, very bright with carbonation. I expected a different beer when i first heard of (and was tortured by) Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA, honestly i expected a Celebration clone, i was wrong, in a good way, well done Sierra Nevada, i look forward to seeing this one around permanently. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Brew33
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, I had low expectations going into this. I'm not a huge fan of West Coast IPA's. Generally I think they are 1 note chords but this was nice.

The taste was fairly straight forward. It had a really nice malt backbone. Very crisp, easy to drink. I like the hops in this brew. Similar to Commodore Perry in that the malt has a say in the taste. Slightly grassy, citrusy. Good stuff. Not a blockbuster but a nice, easy drinking beer that hides it's ABV very well.

I will buy this again for sure. (507 characters)

Photo of drlumps62
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since the first announcement of the Torpedo Ale, I have been waiting with baited breath. Maybe, next time I will stay away from the hype. The torpedo press was supposed to eliminate all of the bitterness of the hops while accenuating the full citrus flavor. And while this beer certainly is full of rich hop flavor, there is still a lot more bitterness than I expected.
At the end of the day, it is merely a great beer.

A: Poured into 20 ounce glass. Clear copper color. Thin white head. Not much retention. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Full and fruity. Citrus tickles the nose from the light carbonation.

T: Light malt. Bright citrus hops. Raisins? Slight floral hoppiness. Blends the best of flavors from SN's Celebration and ESB

M: Light carbonation gives it a light to medium kind of feel.

D: 7.2 ABV. But again, like all SN beers it will try to talk you into bad things. (875 characters)

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

2009 Edition

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, nice to see this one in Utah now.

2008 Edition

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from SN, could drink a few of these easy, even at the 7.2% ABV, Thanks Brian. (966 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber. About a finger of off white head rises; retention is moderate to good. Decent lacing.

S - Although good, I'm not picking up as much as I thought I might in this department for an IPA. There's a pleasant piney/herbal/leafy hop aroma but it's a bit subdued. Faint, sweet malt is detecable as well.

T - This wasn't quite the hop blast that I expected (think Anniversary and Celebration) but it is an amazingly balanced brew. Ample fruity sweetness in the beginning with a touch of caramel and suggestions of apricot. The hops really pull through mid palate but there's a firm malt backbone throughout. Hop flavors mostly center on the piney/herbal part of the spectrum with flavors of mint, flowers, tea, and obviously pine. Some fresh cut grass makes its way into a few sips as well. Late palate most of the flavor fades and there is a modest hop bitterness with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

M - Luscious silky, medium body with a perfect medium carbonation. Exquisite for a brew focusing on both the malt and the hops.

D - Fantastic. This brew is all about balance. While I had expectations of something hoppier, what fun would life be if Torpedo was just another Anniversary or Celebration? Everything blends beautifully in this picture, and now that this is a year-round release there will certainly be nights of sessioning Torpedo. Excellent stuff. (1,425 characters)

Photo of slayer3604
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- nice little golden amber color, with firm bubbles stickin to the side of the glass, capped by a VERY slightly off white head that takes its time leaving.

s- pine, refreshing mint, and a little tropical note creeps in at the end of the breath.

t- slightly tangy, nutty, and crispy bitter trenches of flavor. very nice balance between malt and high-hop!

m- medium bodied, full apparel of the usual dry hopped beers ive tried but the body is just so satisfying!

d- i could drink this sucker all day long. so refreshing and it keeps my hop fiending at bay! (560 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty, copper color.

Delightful hoppy aroma. Foamy 1 finger head.

Initial sips - very well done. Exceeds expectations and prior SN IPA attempt. I actually enjoy the malt to hop flavor balance (something I usually avoid).

Nice clean finish.

From the brewery that hooked me on good beer comes a surprisingly good American IPA. Here's to consistently seeing this on tap at average bars and restaurants across the country! (425 characters)

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

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a large off white head. The head slowly disappears and leaves a nice thin ring that sticks around for the entire time. There is also considerable lacing on the side of the glass. There is a ton of small, tightly packed bubbles that rise to the top of the glass and burst into the head formation.

The nose is filled with citrus flavors such as grapefruit and oranges. There is also the piney notes that you might expect from a Sierra Nevada beer. You can barely detect some malt tones, but the majority of the aroma is hops.

Upfront the citrus taste washes through your mouth and the hops come alive. This taste is not all hops though. There is a nice malt backbone that balances out the flavor. The hops make a resurgence in the finish to add a little bitterness. The beer finishes slightly on the dry side and very clean. Alcohol is well hidden and almost completely untraceable.

This is a very good beer and much creamier than I would have expected for an IPA. It is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but still very smooth. (1,089 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark golden with a big two inch head- Nice lacing

Big hop aroma with subtle citrus and pine notes

Taste- Big hop bitterness up front and pretty much all the way through- Also orange rind and subtle pine tar bite in the finish that hangs around for awhile

Overall, not bad, but could be balanced a little better for drinkability. Certainly worth a try. (378 characters)

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

bottle from psprings...

pours a perfectly pale copper color with a crazy fluffy creamy off white head. loads of lacy rings are left behind with each sip.

this smells like walking through the pine forests of west virginia... wet rocks, moss, pine trees, dry leaves, earth and faint sweetness in the air.

the flavor is far less poetic and far more maltier than i wanted it to be... it's got orange and grapefruit rinds and pith, pine and hoppy dryness but caramel and maltiness show up to spoil the show. there's a fair amount of bitterness to help out but it can't quite break through. the carbonation is pleasant and quite soft. the body is medium though only from the sugar content... 7/3/7/4/15/3.6 (705 characters)

Photo of Mattysox
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very pretty looking beer; a crystal clear, orange/amber body is topped off with a dense, rocky off-white head that lingers for a long time and leaves great lacing down the glass.

On the nose, it's lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus notes, balanced by a faint whiff of pine, bread and caramel. The flavors follow along with the nose. The flavors are very clean and defined, yet everything tastes harmonious. The hops are very prevalent, but well balanced against the malt. This is not a big California hop bomb, but rather a restrained, well thought out melding of flavors. The mouthfeel is super smooth and even slightly creamy, but the astringency of the hops on the finish still leaves the palate invigorated and ready for the next sip. This is a super drinkable beer, even if the abv is around 7ish. Nothing about this beer jumps out at you, but on the whole it is well-made, delicious and a welcome addition to the SN line. (939 characters)

Photo of Spidey13
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo pours a crystal clear copper color with a big, sticky off-white head. The nose has lots of hops; citrussy, lemony, and piney. Very nice.

The taste is also pretty much all hopes. Lots of spicy hopness. There is some underlying caramel and a smooth bitterness on the back. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a very easy-drinking beer that hides its 7.2% alcohol, so watch out! (429 characters)

Photo of tzchandler
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less prevalent than the green labeled IPA, Torpedo comes in with much more alcohol (7.2%) and heavier copper flavor. Nice aroma of hops but I would hope for a bit more being a hops lover. The Celebration Ale, from the same company, seems to hit the spot more than this beer but still worthy of a place in the fridge and still better than many micro beer IPA II.

This beer slides down easily and has a pleasant long lasting flavor.

Sierra Nevada seems to me to be the only mass beer company that brews excellent beer for "mass beer" prices. These guys deserve a big pat on the back. Bravo! (591 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tangerine-orange, subtle warm amber color. A modest white frothy head bubbles up into 1-2 fingers thick. It settles into a light patchy cap that dissipates into almost nothing. Very light lacing, almost none.

Aroma is interesting. Not an overpowering hop bomb, but a smell that is very well blended with the sweet malty backbone. Starts sweet with apple sweet tartness and moves to a middle with melon and tangerines and moves to a light alcohol-malt warmth at the end.

Flavor is very well established and balanced. Flavors of tart fruit, light fresh bready sweetness, subtle spicy pine, and finishes with a brief citrus bite then an aftertaste of lingering bitterness.

Light to slightly medium bodied with slightly bitter feel from start to finish. Subtle sweetness adds a thicker feel but is balanced by nice carbonation that makes for a very drinkable beer. (879 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack yesterday at Oak Tree Beverage in New Jersey.

The beer looked excellent on pour, great clarity, nice light amber in color with a dense egg shell white head.

All down hill from there. The beer is good but at best it is a amped up version of SN Pale Ale. Simply nothing about the aroma or flavor matched the presentation of a bold American IPA.

Beer was clean, with some biscuity light toasty malt and a cavalier hop profile.

A solid English IPA with firm bitterness. (490 characters)

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

A - This shit looks like a beer commercial. I mean it. Poured a bottle and a half into my Short's imperial pint, and the 2 finger froth emanates from the top of the glass. A light amber/deep orange brew that has copious amounts of bubbles rising through the clear body. Ridiculous lacing. Fucking ACE.

S - A subdued American IPA. The hops are nice and herbal up front, and a little more citric on the backend. The malt plays a nice role in the smell, adding a light, sweet background for the hops to play around on. Not the usual SN "C" profile, but definite west coast vibes.

T - Perhaps I expected a little more out of this, but to me it's good, not great. Mostly herbal, piney hops, with a slightly bitter, dry backend.

M - Quite light with a crisp carbonation.

D - The price is right and the beer ain't bad. Easy drinking IPA, especially with the mouthfeel.

Notes: Not my fave IPA of all time, but not a slouch by any stretch. I would definitely pick this up again. (975 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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