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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,940 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,940
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 262
Gots: 2,099 | 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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Ratings: 9,940 | Reviews: 2,817
Photo of grey_guava
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very hoppy, an IPA! sierra nevada Torpedo last one similiar is jeremiah red Bj restaurant! follow @irnva

Photo of ipalover91
2.23/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

REALLY soapy mouthfeel. too much pine flavor. not a fan.

Photo of Marwall
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect ipa for day/night drinking. Easy to drink, makes me feel great! I could drink a few of these in a row without getting sick of the taste.

Photo of mark5692
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada makes some of the best beers. I'm not expert on beer, I just love drinking it and trying new ones. 7.2% alcohol! And it tastes delicious. So crisp, so refreshing and just so flavorful. It isn't overpowering and it isn't too bitter. Just a great beer. To me, it is a great summer night beer.

Photo of Libeertarian
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amber to orange depending on thickness of glass (in this case a wonderful new Spiegelau IPA glass). Semi-opaque beneath a well-retaining lemon-white head. Smells perfumy or floral, almost raisiny (hops colliding with malt caramel), but to a lesser extent it is herbal and resiny. Taste is citrus-tart throughout, strongest up front, moving on to piney, resiny, and vegetal with malt character coming through. Rind-like bitterness and black pepper on the back end and in the finish. Medium- to full-bodied. A bit oily on the teeth, only a tad astringent. Super smooth from beginning to end, medium carbonation notwithstanding.

Photo of gaulsandman
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours smooth and taste even smoother. There is no dominant smell that jumps out at me, probably an herbal smell described it best. I'm use to IPAs having a strong floral or citrus taste but that doesn't exist here. I taste a subtle orange and pine taste ... you can definitely drink more than one and it does drink smoothly without a strong bite.

Photo of K-Dog
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best go to ipas at a great price when you want to be able to drink more than just a couple in one evening. An enjoyable offering

Photo of ElJacobian
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The smell was very weak to me - my beer was about 5 weeks old though, so maybe it would be a little more pungent if it was newer. I like the bitter kick to the face upfront, but I didn't taste enough fruit on the backend to really enjoy this beer. Decent, but Sierra Nevada makes some better beers than the Torpedo.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle. Did not particularly care for this one

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour deep amber beer with a white foam head. Smells hoppy and sweet. Citrusy and herbal. Taste is fresh, bitter and lightly sweet. Feels medium body with low carbonation. Overall very good IPA.

Photo of maedhros09
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Golden amber with huge lingering fluffy head
Smell: Big grapefuit-like citrus notes and some floral soapy notes.
Taste: lightly sweet maltiness but mostly dry bitter resiny soapy citrus hops. Alcohol flavor is noticeable.
Feel: light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: It had been a while since I last had the Torpedo. I was hoping I might come back to it with a more positive opinion, as happened with Bell's Two Hearted (now a favorite), but I think my impression remains mostly unchanged. First the positive - it looks great, smells delicious and I like the fairly dry maltiness (too many oversweet IPAs out there). However the flavors associated with the hops just don't get me very excited, particularly the soapiness. Also, it has a pretty high ABV, which to me should imply more depth of flavor. In any case, I find the Torpedo enjoyable - it just doesn't live up to the hype in my view. I will say, however, that the Celebration Ale remains one of my very favorite beers.

Update 4/26/2015 - A subsequent tasting led me to soften my view of the Torpedo. For whatever reason the things that didn’t sit right with me the first time didn’t stand out as much this time. It seemed a bit maltier this time as well. Generally the hop character isn't as attractive as my favorites, but it's a good standby that is widely available.

Photo of Psychromatic
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this here is sheer delight in a bottle, for most anyone who loves IPAs.

I recently rewarded the friend who got me hooked on IPAs by introducing him to this.
he took a couple of sips and announced, "thanks, man, for showing my new favorite IPA".

Photo of Andymac28
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nothing else to say but great beer! Color is incredible. Smell is mild citrus, mild pine. Taste is completely balanced throught. Not too hoppy but it's there running along side the malts the whole time! Could be an every dayer in the fridge especially with the price point! Perfect for this weather break here in NY today!

Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic. I've had it in several states and several situations but it never disappoints. Time for a review.

Look: Looks like an IPA; classic deep amber color, nice slightly off-white head, and great carbonation. Absolutely beautiful in the glass, especially when the sun shines through it leaving rays of dancing amber light like flames on the table.

Smell: Full on pine hops with caramely malts. The smell works like 1+1=2; simply and brilliantly.

Taste: Again, classic IPA taste. The bitterness is piney and resilient. Timeless, if you will. The malt body provides a solid beat like John Bonham and John Paul Jones working together.

Feel: Full body with just the right amount of coating. There is mild astringency on the back of the tongue.

Overall: The classic and perfect IPA. I'd like to call it a starter IPA but I've seen people run screaming after one sip back to their light beer. More for me, I guess. And there will be more because this one is the Coca-Cola of IPAs.

Photo of Sveninho12367
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rust colored. Small, tan head. Alcohol comes through a bit more as it warms but a wonderful malt, hop balance with some pine,citrus, and grapefruit in the aroma. Great Extra IPA. A little more than a regular IPA but not a DIPA as the label says. Great beer.

Photo of Reema
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This blurs the line between IPA and DIPA beautifully. The fact that most anyone can get this wonderfully consistent IPA means that anyone can enjoy it.

Photo of Kerosene13
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I'm afraid that I'm not much of a fan given its unusual taste. More of an EPA (a la Summit) than a DIPA. Meh.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a great dark gold color. Smelled like hops with some citrus. Tasted great, overall the main thing you will taste is hops. But not as strong as I was hoping for. But overall it was very nice. Mouthfeel was also great. Bubbly and smooth. Overall a great beer! While I was hoping for it to be a tad stronger in the hop department, it tasted great and somewhat unique.

Photo of Good_Ale84
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice American IPA, much better than the original SN Pale Ale. It has a very nice flavor at a very nice price. Also a nice 7.2% ABV. A nice natural citrus flavor with a nice piney aftertaste,good smelling. Beautiful in appearance (a nice shiney,dark gold color) 1 finger foamy head with a nice thin lacing. A must try if you haven't had this one. One guy that rated this IPA on this very site said it tastes like ol' Mary Jane. But truth be told, after 2 or 3 it kinda does (in a good way)!!!

Photo of Extol
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Super solid. Well balanced. Like perfect.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, light amber/golden brown in color with a nice foamy white head.
S: Smells mild citrusy, a bit piney, bready, very dull in smell complexity overall.
T: First sip I notice some bitter, dry hops and then it fades to some slight malty sweetness. It's hard to distinguish the exact flavors as it seems to mesh all together. Perhaps a hint of grapefruit aftertaste.
M: Dry, medium bodied beer, medium carbonation. Hops prick tongue, but not excessively.
O: So far this is the best SN beer i've had. It's super refreshing and well balanced between it's hop profile with a nice slightly sweet/malty finish.

Photo of Scottyboy
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good IPA, however I thought it lacked some malty balance.

Photo of oregonduck
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So different than the typical west coast IPA. So much more balanced. Not the typical grapefruit flavors of most IPA's. Initially sweet & malt forward with a little bitterness at the end. If there were any criticism it would be that this could be a little too sweet. But overall solid and a go to IPA. Easy to drink. I give Sierra Nevada credit for having their own style and not just following the trend of overly bitter and unbalanced IPA's.

Photo of pianoguy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden light brown body with a fluffy 1 inch off white head. Moderate lacing.

I smell fresh bread, oranges,some pine. Reminds me a little of Portuguese sweet bread.

A lot of bitter hops in the beginning and the finish, but in between there is a slightly sweet malt taste

A dry feel

This is a complex hop dominated IPA . There's a dry bitterness that grows on me.
Love the 7.20 ABV !!

Photo of PGD120
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: nice translucent darker golden/ light amber color. Some visible carbonation. 1.5 finger white fluffy head. Nice lacing

Aroma: grapefruit. Orange, lemon and some pine

Taste. Same as aroma. Balanced with a little bit of malt. Nice bitterness not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied . Lingering bright carbonation.

Iverall: consitenrly delicous beer

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,940 ratings.