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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
93
outstanding

8,764 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,764
Reviews: 2,598
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 177
Gots: 1,061 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006)
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Photo of Josiah2729
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Josiah2729, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light copper color with a full finger of white head that leaves ring after ring of lacing. smell is strong on the pine side, but luckily has some citrus and sweet caramel malts to balance out. as this flows across the tongue it goes from citrus hops to caramel malts to a long bitter hops finish. a little oily on the mouthfeel from all the hoops, but that is expected. not hard to see why this is one of the all time favorites.

match1112, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 21 days ago. Clear, copper colored, with medium foam and subtle carbonation. Hoppy aroma with pine and fruit character, not so much on the citrusy side though. Very clean and overall reminds me of many of Sierra Nevada's IPA's.

Sharp bitterness jumps out instantly, paired with a nice dose of caramel malt. These clean, pine laced hops are almost medicinal, and I believe I'm overdue for my medication. It's a good thing there is some decent balance from the malts, because this thing is a bitter monster and lingers heavily on the tongue. The body actually comes up a bit soft, but perhaps it seems that way due to the carbonation being so fine.

A solid IPA that you can find available anywhere, and it offers a bit of a different flavor profile than many other West Coast IPA's in my opinion. It's classic Sierra Nevada style, and it's good.

bennetj17, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Torpedo was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- A large and in charge cap on this one! Off-white that looks like it has yellow stains. A great two and a half finger affair that has great retention. The sheet of bubbly lace just absolutely holds on for dear life to the side of the glass.

The body is reminiscent of an apple cider with dark brown highlights.

Smell- There is a little bit of pine and some floral hop scents. Maybe some citrus here, but it is almost inferred. The beer also has a quality biscuit malt smell to it. The slightly lower score is due to the fact that it took a lot of effort to "smell" anything on this nose.

Taste- The hops used to bitter the drink are the most prominent throughout and last very long into the finish. Pine resin follows up on strength of tastes. This also becomes easy to pick out in the finish.

The malt backbone shows up and does a nice job of sweetening up the drink. I was also glad to find some herbal/floral hop notes in there as well. It keeps the experience interesting.

Mouth feel- Sierra Nevada handled the mouth feel on this one really well. It has a solid medium body and is quite creamy. A dry finish still manages to come through thanks to those bittering hops.

Overall- A very solid IPA. It uses the sweet malt well alongside the hop profiles. Speaking of the hop profiles, in order to really hit it out of the ballpark, they need to make them flavorful! It would suit this IPA well to really have the hop flavors distinguish themselves from the malt backbone.

Pintofbrown, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of haz77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper with and in of firm white head. This reduces slightly, but a firm half-inch cap sits resolute. Minimal carbonation visible.

S - Resinous/citric/herbal hops, molasses, hint of banana skin, fig, melon.

T - Citric hops build towards the middle of the drink, along with some light fruit. Dark fruit and molasses move in at the end. The long finish is all caramel and resinous/herbal drying hops. Nice.

M - Very good. Medium carbonation gives way to a quite syrupy, full body. Some carbonation remains to ensure the palate is cleansed.

D - Doesn't disappoint in any area. Not hugely complex, but plenty of interest and a good all rounder.

haz77, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of madeofsteel
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, has a nice darker orange color. The initial head is about a finger high, which stuck around for about a minute. Very nice lacing, clings to the glass!

S - A very lovely citrus aroma with plenty of piney hops. Not much else going on, but it smells gorgeous nonetheless.

T - Tastes just about how it smells. Very hoppy, with nice citrus details. It has that recognizable Sierra Nevada taste, but with more hops, which I am all for.

M - Very, very drinkable. Smooth on the palate, with a dry finish that hangs around for a bit.

O - This is simply a wonderful IPA which I can see myself coming back to again and again. Definitely a must-have! Just beware of the 7.2% ABV ;)

madeofsteel, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice clear medium to dark gold, with a bubbly tan head building about one finger high. It dissipates fast leaving nice lacing.
Smelling the beer, I detect a beautiful composition of citrus, pine hops, as well as some malt. Just like the smell, when I walked into the deep beerkellers back home in Germany!
The taste is just like the nose. Nice citrus hops up front, a nice balance of malt in the middle and some more pine flavors and a more bitter hop finish. Great beer!

Hopfenpeter, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of KELPAK
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer. Poured a nice golden color with quarter inch head to it.

The taste was nice and smooth with a fantastic floral finish to it. Very drinkable and enjoyable when having more than just a few.

Very reasonably priced at under $9 a six pack and found commonly on draught.

KELPAK, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed November 2nd, 2011. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a JFF is my BFF novelty Pint glass.

A: Poured a nice creamy one fingered head. The body of this drink is a beautiful Tawny while a slight carbonation rises to the top. This is definitely the way I''m used to seeing a IPA.

S: Hops dominant this drink with a citrus coming to the nose.

T: Hops are what hits the mouth mostly and a twang of citrus comes at the end of this drink and is also this drinks aftertaste. As this drink becomes more closer to room temperature then the pine really comes out and damn does it bite.

M: The textrure of this drink is confusing it feels smooth, but almost oily and creamy at the same time. The carbonation is also medium.

O: This beer is best after it warms up a bit. I was actually really surprised by the quality of this IPA since I'm able to buy this at local grocery stores. Sierra Nevada did not disappoint here at all.

TheAlamoWrocker, Nov 03, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bright clear deep yellow beer with streams of carbonation and a dense clotted head.

Aromas of citrus and hop acids flood the nose but not in a POW! in your face way of many (well) dry hopped IPA's. As it warms some light malt sweetness came forward but for the most part this is a "lite" IPA in terms of mouth feel and balance. Hop bittering dominates - and not in the best way - almost makes me wonder if whole cones were really used as advertised and not pellets - it tastes like over boiled generic high alpha pellets to me. No distinctive flavors or intensity in terms of hop or malt. This may have been a tired bottle but it should have been fresh this time of year. I didnt check for a date on 6 pack - none on bottle.

Over all I enjoy this more on tap - less carbonated and harshly bitter on the finish for me. Not a bad IPA but not great and not nearly as good in any way as Celebration Ale.

Shiredave, Nov 02, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head.

Smells like dank full cone hops with lots of pine. Subdued citrus in the background. Resinous pine is just goin strong, some mint. Really fresh scent.

Taste is full of hop flavor and then bitterness. Really nice balance with malty sweetness. Fresh pine and grapefruit lead into a moderate bitterness. A little sweetness and lingering grassy flavors in the aftertaste.

Feel is a bit sticky, semi-dry finish

Everything an IPA should be.

TheMultiYeast, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of jimithebeerguy
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada's Torpedo is simply an amazing beer. This IPA pushes completely the boundary of what "hop-i-ness" is all about while sustaining a very unique pine-cone-like taste. The beer carries a certain bitterness as well and has a strong intoxicating aroma.

This is what brewing is all about....an amazing beer

too bad I can't get this puppy in Canada

jimithebeerguy, Oct 30, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark, clear gold with a couple fingers of white, fluffy head and lacing so strong I that I think I will have to do a lot of scrubbing to get the glass clean.

S-mostly pine with a bit of citrus

T-very piney and maybe some sweet grass. I'm not picking up much citrus the label mentions. Pretty hoppy with a bit of a malt backbone, but definitely not balanced.

M-very easy drinking, almost goes down too easily for what is nearly a double IPA. Medium carbonation,

O-solid beer, but not amazing. If you prefer an IPA strong on pine and light on citrus, definitely try it.

cbbjr, Oct 29, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - nice deep amber color with a nice 1 inch frothy head.

S - wonderful bouquet of citrus, pine, and "herbs".

T - I'm a big fan of SN so this doesn't surprise me at all. A great tasting IPA. Great example of a west coast ipa.

M - excellent, medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - I will buy this time and time again.

Koufax21, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic.

Feel like i'm always dragging nets along craft obscurity so I decided to give a try to some sierra nevada i've never had. Felt in the mood for an IPA so this seemed appropriate.

Huge hops burst through the nose with dry grasses and some dank and resin. The head retention is awesome and lacing is splatter. The taste was a little bit cloyingly sweet at time when I first sipped; i honestly even thought about drain pouring. As I drink more though the unique flavor has come to grow on me with its mysterious spicyness and still major hop character. Sweetness is hard to understand and describe, a very unique IPA. Worth trying, and I imagine for most this will be a love-it-or-hate-it.

Klym, Oct 22, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a a standard pint glass which produced a 1+ fingered, bright white, soapy head with solid retention. Unfortunately, no lacing from this transparent, pale orange brew. I smelled lots of pine mixed with the more subtle floral scents. Malts were also present. I could taste the hops, but they weren't as strong as I had hoped, malts were stronger than most of the variety. Medium bodied brew that felt soft and silky.

Overall, a very good brew!

tjkinate, Oct 17, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours sticky amber with a cap of white head.

S: Smells surprisingly sweet, with a marshmallow sugar element. Hops are all pine and resin with a dash of lemon.

T: Sticky, evergreen tree hops are prominent. Sweetness carries over and the balance is pretty nice.

D: Easy drinking stuff! Its a bit more balanced than I'm used to in West Coast IPAs, but that makes it all the more quaffable.

Overall: Not a bad brew at all, and I wouldn't mind having this as a staple in the fridge. That being said, it didn't exactly "wow" me, but that's just fine. No-frills IPA done right.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first selection of many beer trades with my western BA partner joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a nice copper colour with an orange hue, slightly hazy, two solid fingers of soapy head with solid retention (reminiscent of a Belgian brew) and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Cedar and pine notes dominate with a touch of musty caramel and citrus on the finish.

T - The flavour is fantastic, the cedar and pine hops come off surprisingly sweet and mask the bitterness. The bready caramel comes through on the finish and lingers alongside a touch of citrus.

M - Medium bodied, incredibly smooth and finishes nice and wet. Talk about an easy drinking IPA.

O - This stuff goes down like water, but boasts a solid flavour profile to keep your tastebuds wanting more. Hats off to joe for sending this one my way. Keep them coming!

andrenaline, Oct 15, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beautiful deep rich orange in color. Nice one finger head that lasts awhile and then fades yet sticks to the glass the entire time.

Smell - Incredibly juicy. Grapefruits and pine needles mixed ever so perfectly. Quintessentially west coast.

Taste - Again, a quintessential IPA from the west coast. Big juicy grapefruits, lemon zest, great bread quality and underlying toffee characteristics in the background

Mouthfeel - Perfectly carbonated, bubbly and slightly chewy

Overall - IPAs fresh are one of my favorite styles. I have had this beer not so fresh and it was terrible, if it is fresh it is gorgeous. Make sure you check your labels or if you find it in a place that you think has been sitting around for awhile dont bother! For the price, abv and availability this may be the best IPA you can get out there. Delicious brew

aorloski, Oct 15, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange color. White one-finger head. Half finger lingers. It's got that foamy lacing that I like to look at.

Strong American hop aroma. Not sure whether it would be described as "citrus" or "floral".

Tart bitterness. Hops in aftertaste are the same as the aroma. Bitterness lingers in mouth. The flavor is good, but lacks any kind of complexity.

Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The carbonation coupled with the strong bitterness feels pretty harsh on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great beer. One of my go-to IPA's. But, it's easy to get bored with.

UnderPressure, Oct 14, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: pours a dark brown/amber, 1 finger of head, retains throughout my nursing of the beer, nice curtains of lacing remain

S: Floral, and bitter piney hops dominate, no real malty character on the nose.

T: bitter, a bit of pine resin, very heavy on the hop side, ends with a mild caramel malt flavor/sweetness which mellow out the bitterness

M: bitterness and spiciness linger, the beer is very smooth on the palate

O: a great brew, I wish I could get this on tap here in Houston.

roodie, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of imasloth
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When people are selling Sierra Nevada sixers for $6.29 you don't pass them up. I chose the Torpedo because I'd had it in singles and liked it.

A- Poured into a pint glass it gives a nice pastel yellow head about a finger's width that withstands the elements for some time. The beer itself is filled with rapidly rising tiny bubbles and is a transparent copper color.

S- It's all hops, and quite citrusy at that- more specifically I'd say it smelled like ruby red grapefruit juice with a certain sweetness.

T- One again it's all hop with a good mix of bittering and taste. The grapefruit taste remains, but an added piney bitterness comes through that I quite enjoy.

M- For as bitter as it is, the mouthfeel is tremendous. There is no wincing of the jaw muscles, the body is light and smooth, and the feeling after swallowing is minimal, leaving you ready for another swallow.

O- This summer I have had two IPAs that have really stuck with me: Real Ale Lost Gold and this one. The Lost Gold is more delicate/nuanced with its hops and perhaps a bit more complex. This Torpedo is just as strong, but with the bitter component that is lacking in Lost Gold.

I really do enjoy, and could see myself having several in a row, which is saying something for a beer as hoppy as this one. Whether your a hophead or not, I'd get a sixer and enjoy.

imasloth, Oct 08, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color, fairly clear. Huge three fingers of white head with lots of larger bubbles. The head recedes leaving behings loads of caked on lacing and a foamy cap.

S: Mostly pine with citrus playing a supporting role. Familiar Sierra Nevada yeast smell with bready malts.

T: Pine way out in front with citrus present, but not as much in the nose. There's a big tea quality to this that I like a lot. There's some bread and sugar like tastes that balance things out a bit, but this still a pretty big hop bomb.

M: Full and creamy. Finishes dry.

O: Torpedo is very solid beer and one of the better everyday IPAs available in the Nashville market. I hope to get the opportunity to try this fresh at Sierra Nevada's new East Coast brewery..located in TN(fingers crossed).

titosupertramp, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far the best bang your buck IPA out there. It is high in alcohol, great tasting and very cheap.

The appearance is really nice. It has a darken golden color with not much head on it at all.

The beer's smell has a lot of hops and a little sweetness. I am also getting a bit of malt too.

The taste is almost exceptional. It is not the best IPA I have had, but very close. It has a lot of hops and a nice malt finish.

The mouthfeel is the part of the beer that isnt amazing. It is good, but a lot of crispness and leaves a chalky feeling in my mouth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I enjoy getting this and just relaxing. I cant think of a better session IPA.

gtermi, Oct 06, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,764 ratings.