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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,739 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 2,739
Hads: 10,061
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 280
Gots: 2,230 | 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: 2,739 | Hads: 10,061
Photo of davidnrobyn
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly world-class beer, and I can't believe I can get it for $2.49 a 24-oz bottle!!! The maltiness, hoppiness, and overall greatness of this beer can't be exaggerated. (178 characters)

Photo of 911CROFT
2.92/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

350ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.00 for a single bottle.

Pours a semi opaque, shiny dark orange/ copper body with lovely reddish pink tinges that show through when held to the light. A thin off white head made of large soapy bubbles quickly forms to two fingers in height and later condenses to a thicker foam upon a short rest. It leaves excellent lacing all the way down the glass, even towards the bottom when the head has been reduced to a thin white cap.

Powerful citrusy hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit is the main scent but also noticeable are marmalade, pine and floral notes. It has a medium bodied feel with a very slight oily consistency. Small bubbles rise quickly from the bottom of the glass to give a lively carbonation that playfully foams up with a light swill around the mouth. The initial taste hints at a slightly sweet, fruity malt that doesn’t last long enough before handing over to more dominant dry bitter hops. Pine and citrus fruit pith are the main overriding flavours after this point. To my tastes, once these have kicked in, they are all that is left. The finish is a little too bitter, it has a slight astringency but not so much that it leaves the palate dry, in fact it is quite crisp and refreshing. At 7.2% the alcohol is well hidden, perhaps it was just masked by the bitterness but my bottle went down quite easily.

Overall I found the further I got down the glass, the more I liked the beer. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had a stronger malt backbone, or if the hops came in a little later. I will probably look to revisit this one in the future if I develop a greater taste for more hop forward or bitter styles. (1,699 characters)

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

A: Maple like/ dark golden color, amber tint

S: Hoppy with a citrus scent, a little grapefruit in there as well

T: Smooth taste with that extra hoppy/bitter feel. Hint of grapefruit like the smell, the tail end of the beer is sweet, and is not extremely carbonated.

M: Medium-bodied, not extremely carbonated

O: Loved this beer even though I am not an avid IPA drinker. With an IBU of 65, it was a great level of bitterness that accented a great flavored beer. Definitely recommend to others! (497 characters)

Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: nice shade of almost a dark orange. Almost looks unfiltered but you can see through it. Smell: citrus, fruit, hops, pine. Taste: amazing! Very fruity with just enough hopiness to prove that it is an IPA. Feel: perfect, just the right amount of carbonation and not too heavy/ light. Also has a wonderful aftertaste but it doesn't linger very long. Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had! I would Recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys Good beer. (459 characters)

Photo of mjmay12
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a favorite. It seems to appear at places that don't have any good craft beer. It will do in a pinch, but would choose many others before this IPA. (151 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bomber into a tulip

a: massive puffy head that sticks around and leaves great lacing...dark copper/amber
s: floral and earthy hops, caramalt, toast and marmalade...substantial but not terribly bright or wet/dank
t: follows the nose, but a little sweeter balanced by a decent bitterness and smooth earthy hoppiness. a little medicinal on the after-taste. Very nice and fairly distinctive, but there's something a little odd to me about the finish..as hoppy as it is, I don't get much bite or snap.
m: pretty smooth, but a little lacking -- in comparison to its nose and taste -- when it comes to edge or development; there are layers of flavor, but the mouthful doesn't progress much, and it is also a little bit soapy; tongue is coated though...it's big but not overwhelming.

this is good and distinctive...it isn't one of my favorites, but I won't deny its virtues. I'll return to it, I'm sure, but it's not on the same level as SNPA or Celebration... (964 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. This IPA has an ABV of 7.20% and pours out a deep amber color. There is also a nice off white head to this IPA. The smell is rich with flavors, you pick up on hops, grains, and toasted malts. Now for the taste is bold with mild bitter flavors. You pick up on the hops in this brew. There is a lot going on in Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, it has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel is bold rich and full bodied. I like how the hops are there , but they do not overpower the brew. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. (750 characters)

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very bold taste when taking first drinks, then finishes very smooth and flavorful as it hits the back of your palate. Smell consists of pine and citrus (Orange and lemon hints) and looks golden/darker amber like color consistency. Overall, extremely impressed with this IPA. Good one to start with when exploring the world of IPAs. Good job Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (366 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great readily available IPA at a decent price. Very good balance with smell, taste, mouth feel, front and back end with citrus and more so with malt. Malt forward IPA but the resin and dankness does not over power the pine and hops. Can't go wrong with this one. (262 characters)

Photo of ARoman
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. The initial aroma is a bright evergreen forest that quickly ducks to a fresh cut grass, which in turn, fades and is replaced by bright peaches and grapefruit and pine with a hint of fresh baked, crusty bread sneaking in underneath. Near the end there's a warm, sweet honey and caramel note that starts to dominate. It pours a brilliant, shimmering orange with effervescence, and just a slight haze. The head is a dense soap / gelatin texture with an egg white hue that leaves a dense, heavy lace, and has great retention. The taste is a medium high bitter and sweet; well balanced. The texture is a slick, waxy quality with a soft fuzz and a medium full body. Flavors of juicy bittersweet citrus and waxy pine are first noted with caramel and honey pushing through as it warms. It finishes dry with a zip of pine and waxy grapefruit membrane. It's zesty and potent, but not offensive, long, and astringent with an aftertaste that'ss clean, chalky and dry. (994 characters)

Photo of mark5692
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of gaulsandman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.78/5  rDev -8%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (193 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of Psychromatic
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
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". (245 characters)

Photo of Andymac28
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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! (322 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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 piney hops, strong peach, and mango with caramely malts.

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. (968 characters)

Photo of Sveninho12367
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Reema
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (369 characters)

Photo of Good_Ale84
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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)!!! (501 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of oregonduck
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (442 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,739 ratings.