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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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2,812 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,812
Hads: 10,422
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 314
Gots: 2,620 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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. . . .

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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!

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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.

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Photo of deereless
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Spots of frothy head, light amber with golden hue, crystal clear - 4.00, S: Heavily hopped, lots of grapefruit, extremely citrusy, some crystal malts are noticeable - 4.00, T: The palate follows the nose in this case, lots of citrusy and piney hops, the tail almost has a puckering sort of bitterness to it - though that isn't bad, heavily hopped though nicely balanced for an American IPA - 3.50, M: Medium bodied, slightly silky - 4.25, D: This is a pretty solidly crafted IPA, it follows the style of an American IPA to the tee, I would happily drink another Torpedo - 4.00

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle after work and poured it into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color with two fingers of sticky off white head that dissipates over the course of the beer but lasts throughout. Although when it is first poured the head looks stick this brew leaves frothy lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrusy hops with undertones of pine, grapefruit, caramel malts and bread.

Not as strongly hopped as I was expecting but overall the taste is similar to the smell with piney hops up front with citrus, sweet malts, and bready undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I was expecting it to be dryer then it was. This is somewhat disappointing because all of my favorite IPA's have that crisp dryness that this beer lacks.

This is a drinkable and affordable brew. A solid IPA by a great company in Sierra Nevada. This isn't my favorite IPA, but it is still pretty good, and pretty affordable.

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Photo of bowersdm
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a german pilsner glass

A - orange/amber color with 1.5cm of white head that never showed signs of dissipating.

S - grapefruit, pineapples, pine resin. this is the first time I have ever smelled pine resin in a beer. no malt aroma.

T - hops: citrus, with a load of piney hops. the beer has a strong bitter taste that to me seems to overpower the hop aroma. thus, it's more bitter than floral/citrusy/piney.

M - typical IPA mouthfeel.

D - I'm not a hophead, but there are plenty of IPAs I've drink before this because, as I said, it's more bitter than hoppy.

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Photo of harvester
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours very clean and smooth with lots of bubbles danceing around in there. Has a very lite head and little laceing ( maybee because I had it on Ice for two days)
I liked the lite amber tint to it very clean looking, not like a sese pool of crap swiming around in there.
I really liked the smell of this beer I get very sweet notes kind of reminds me of a fresh Cara Cara with a splash of grapefrute very nice. To my likeing this beer has a very nice lite bitter bite to it at first taste leaveing a hint of citrus on the back of my tounge very non abraseve.
At 7.2 I think I could sit back and drink a six pack in a sitting hides it very well. I am glad this is on the year round line up.
Well done SN

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a willy

A-Nice deep amber/copper color with a big nice 2 finger head.

S-Lighter than i expected notes of hops and citrus also a very bready nose to it.

T-True to SN form this delevers a crisp and very fresh hop flavor. Nice and piny with just the right dry bitterness and sweet malt balance.

M-Very lively on the palate medium body and very smooth

D-This also with the boulevards single IPA being new year rounds make me one very happy hophead!

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: nice caramel base with some grapefruit, pine, and a hearty but not overpowering floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice sessionable IPA. Nice flavors keep you interested through a few bottles.

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

12oz. poured into tulip
Appearance: Clear light orange/amber color with half inch head, decent retention, and some lacing.

Smell: A nice amount of hop presence in the nose, slightly earthy but mostly citrus with some herbal hints. Very subtle malt aroma in the background.

Taste: The first taste provides an amalgamation of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine/herbal tones. This if followed by a slight sweetness from the malt and then plenty of bitterness. This brew is definitely all hop oriented but it's a nice change from some very hop forward IPA's and DIPA's, not because it is maltier than most but because the hops used provide a different type of "hoppy".

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, great bitter bite, and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very high. It's 7.2%ABV but drinks very easy and is tasty, this could very well be my new go to IPA.

Overall: I was excitedly awaiting this beer and am not disappointed in the slightest. I understand why they call this an "extra IPA" because that's pretty accurate for each of its attributes. It's not a hop bomb and doesn't have the typical thicker body a DIPA has, but still has a substantial mouthfeel. Another reason this is going to be my new go to IPA is because a six-pack is 8$, less than two hearted, and you just can't say no to that. Great job Sierra Nevada! Can't wait for the other new year-round!

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Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange/amber color with a respectable off-whiute head that sticks around and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is citrus, pine resin and caramel malt in the background.

The taste is grapefruit, bready malt, hints of caramel with a lasting pine resin finish. Definitely for the hop heads, but not overpowering and balanced somewhat by a caramel malt flavor that really works well.

Medium bodied, smooth, oily mouth feel that drinks very well. Some hints of the alcohol content at the finish. A very nice IPA.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.