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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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8,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,731
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 1,041 | 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 Flux
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from fridge into pint glass.

A- Frothy head and the lacing lasts. Copper and clear. no haze.

S- Upfront floral, pine, and citrus hops. Subtle bread/ yeast notes.

T- Yup! All the hops are there! Glad to still detect some malts too that add a touch of sweetness.

M- Slightly viscous and medium carbonation. I'm glad it has a good body to back up all the hops.

Overall this is one of the more drinkable American IPA's before you start getting into some serious west coast styles. I could session this if only a 7% ABV beer could be sessionable...

Flux, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brownish amber color. Pours with a nice thick cream colored head, which lingers for a few minutes and leaves behind sticky lacing.

Smells sweet with a hoppy mossy scent in the back. The hops are definitely noticeable here, as with most IPAs.

Sweetness on the front end which isn't dominating or too weak. This turns into a resin-y bitterness, which lingers in the mouth for at least twenty to thirty seconds.

In terms of the mouthfeel, the beer is nicely carbonated with a smooth rounded texture. Very nicely done.

Overall Grade: B+/A-

negroobserver, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orange copper, one finger white head, lacing the snifter nicely..

Smells, Piney, citrusy, floral..

Immediately I get the floral, citrusy hops slapping the palate but still smooth for 7 percent brew.

Good carbonation, light to medium body..

Hoppy as hell, but balanced and easy to drink.. One of the best ipas you will find in a regular stop in shop liquor store.. or grocers fridge.. so keep an eye out for this one if you havent had the pleasure.

hopking311, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/24/11
12oz & pint glass

A: Torpedo pours a clear brassy copper looking pale ale with a thick and lively khaki foam head. Sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of danky florals with some nice citrus and pine notes. An herbal spice and that tart fruity signature Chico yeast.

T: Bright citrus and pine flavors. Sticky resinous hops. Floral and leafy. Lingering but with a low bitterness effect to the palate. Freshy fresh hops on a bready pale malt backing. Touch of spice. Quite refreshing and juicy with hop flavs.

M: Light creamy texture that coats the tongue with a resiny sleekness. Good carbonation. Dry crisp finish.

D: Loaded with hop flavor at lower than expected bitterness levels make this one an easy drinking IPA. There are many IPA's out there that will crush your palate but not Torpedo. Nicely balanced and lots of frsh aroma/flavoring hops.

A definite staple in my beerfridge and one beer I would have to say I take for granted.

Nugganooch, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Dave128
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark green 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A pretty rigorous pour yields a 2 finger head that has some surprising lasting power. Beautiful semicloudy amber in color. Lacing is pretty nice as well for this one.

S - American hops! Smells mostly piney. I was expecting this one to be super cascady like a super version of SNPA, but still smells great nonetheless.

T - Alcohol is hidden fairly well. I didn't realize this was a 7.2% abv until I started feeling the buzz off of one bottle. I can tell this beer is generously hopped. There is not much flavor on the malt side of things, which seems to be my opinion of SN's other hoppy varieties, but it's sweet enough to provide a good base for the hop blast that follows. As this beer warms its getting so much better. The citrus is starting to pull through on the hops and the bitterness is not as crushing.

M - Medium bodied. A little overcarbonated to start with in my opinion, but it mellows out nicely after the beer sits for about 15 to 20 minutes.

O - A great tasting dynamic IPA. I was about to give this one mediocre reviews until it warmed up then it became a completely different beer. SN always provides great results!

Dave128, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep orange almost copper color with a nice 1 inch head and good retention and lots of carbonation bubbles

Smell: Nice combination of floral and citrus hops very nice balance. Has a bit of caramel in the background

Taste: Taste is very malt heavy and not much hops in sight and for 102 ibu's there is no bitterness in sight. Really lacking flavor maybe my bottle is old?

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation lots of carbonation sting on the roof of the mouth

Overall: Not my favorite IPA to me the beer is lacking balance and flavor

DarthKostrizer, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/24/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a 1-2 finger eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing.

Smell: Grassy and piney hops with a touch of citrus and malt. Smells like a beefed up version of SNPA.

Taste: Bitter citrus up front followed by sweet citrus and a touch of apricot in the middle before ending with pine and lemon zest at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Goes down very smooth. You could drink several without much difficulty.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I really like the bottled version, but on draft it's even better. Definitely worth trying if you see it on draft.

adam42381, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Finite
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark golden hue, thick forming head with great retention. Moderate lacing on the glass, few slow rising bubble.

S- Rich amber, caramel malts, wonderfully fresh hop oils, floral, Orange peel, dark honey.

T- Strong grassy hop flavors, rich amber malts, rich phenols and alcohol punch. Powerfull hop tones, floral, hop vine, a real clarity of bitterness. Well balanced with malt sweetness.

M- thick and sticky, mild soft cabonation

O- A great IPA one of the best, bitterness come across a little harsh but still wonderfull.

Finite, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of lancecenter
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear, golden amber. Three fingers of head. Really good lacing.

S - Lots of hops with some citrus and piney notes. Excellent and strong.

T - Bitter, piney hops.

M - The mouthfeel is very underwhelming. A little watery and not enough carbonation.

O - I feel this is kind of average for IPA's. It's possible I got a bad batch because the mouthfeel on this one just was not there.

lancecenter, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color w/ a off white one finger head. Nice carbonation and lacing. Fairly dark in color from what I was expecting. Nice nose, with some caramel, hops, slight malt, citrus. Excellent tasting IPA. Wow. Nicely blended, with all the right buttons for me. Mouthfeel is really nice as well. Really excellent balance between the malt background and hops. Medium feel w/ excellent aftertaste.. Overall, this is a really great beer, and you should check it out if you haven't.

jayhawk73, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good IPA. About as good as they come. Close second to the Stone IPA, which is tops in my book.

Pours a crisp, clear golden amber color. The hops are immediately present. Smell is orange, hoppy, and floral heavy. Taste is surprisingly smooth for so much going on.

A great IPA and one you must try.

devinoconnor, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of hmf05
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, but slightly hazy gold/amber with a two finger soapy head. The smell is light citrus and light tropical fruit. The aroma isn't powerful, but this smells like a tasty ale. The taste is crisp apples, mango, orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Very balanced although slightly more bitter than sweet. Very tasty brew, but this will not knock your socks off. Very drinkable and tasty. Overall, a solid IPA and more robust than their pale ale, but not very memorable.

hmf05, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Bruery tulip; bottling date of July 29, 2011 (121021728), I believe, printed on the side of the label

Appearance (4.0): A thick, two-finger off-white head fading to a thick ring around the edge of the beer, leaving some very nice lacing on the sides. The body is a nice, medium reddish-amber, not quite clear but not close to “hazy,” either.

Smell (4.0): Citrus—pink grapefruit and something a little sweeter—with a bit of conifer forest in the background. Yes, conifer forest. If there are malts in there, they’re nice and subdued.

Taste (4.5): Following the nose, the first thing to come up is tart citrus, just a little fruity, but that piney bitterness comes in quickly to dominate the hop profile. The malts are nice, smooth and balanced, but rightly stay in the background—the mildly sweet breadiness just anchors the hops, letting them flourish and whatever. Works for me. And, true to the neutral reputation of Chico yeast, there’s no discernible yeast flavor in here.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Excellent! Just enough body, good mix of lively and smooth carbonation, and slightly viscous but with a dry finish. Really great.

Overall (4.5): This is a damn good IPA, by any standards. If you’re looking at the bottling date of the beer I drank and asking why I waited so long, I had some from this sixer a couple weeks ago and it was suitably more bitter / fresher than it is now, so I’m neither detracting points unfairly, nor delusional in giving it a good score. Just, y’know. For the record. And I want to see “conifer forest,” or even better, “secondary succession coniferous forest,” on more reviews.

fmccormi, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of idurra
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish copper color, with an thick, creamy off white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of the typical citrus and hops of IPAs, but the citrus is peculiarly grapefruit like. The first sip had very pleasant floral and herbaceous quality, grapefruit again, but no bitterness. Second sip, I noticed pine resins, still very pleasant. Subsequently, hops bitterness becomes more evident, with a dryness and tannic feel on the tongue that is less pleasant. Overall, a good beer.

idurra, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of JohannBock
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice 2.5 finger head that recedes into one finger on top. Bright amber if I can say that. Deep shades of orange in there. Fantastic lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Hoppy. Some grapefruit, piney.

T: Really nice. Hop kicks your palate the whole way through. Some grapefruit rind upfront followed by that pine I smelled. Maybe a little bit of malt trying to sneak through near the front but this is definitely got hops if you are looking for them. Finish lingers on the back of your tongue but not too long, invites you to take another sip right away.

M: Crisp, refreshing. A nice carbonation prick on your tongue.

O: Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. I could see this being a very nice go to IPA. Good Stuff.

JohannBock, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of IPhantom
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous amber-red color poured into my bellowed pint glass, with an enticing "drink-me" head that dissipates quickly (lacing sticks around, though). Smells like a really healthy breakfast...grapefruit and a toasted english muffin. Taste is exceedingly well-balanced. Hoppy enough for a hop fan, with enough backbone to be introduced to a casual beer drinker. Outstandingly (to my mind) light and crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable on account of the balance, but still sharp and piney on the back.

Very good stuff, I might have to Pepsi Challenge it with the base Sierra PA, but right now I don't think I would go back.

IPhantom, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Rock & Brew, El Segundo

Here goes my introduction to the world of cask-conditioned beer. I've been looking forward to trying something on cask for a while now. This pours a gorgeous honey/amber color with a very bubbly half-inch head which dissipates quickly, leaving minimal traces of lacing behind. First thing I noticed was the overpowering aroma of dank, resinous hops. There was also a nice floral and citrus scent in there as well. This thing is a hop bomb. Pungent hop taste, leaving a peach aftertaste in my mouth. Definitely much better than the bottled version. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a little under-carbonated, which I expected from the cask. The only thing that could have made this better, is if it was just a little bit colder(another thing I expected from a cask, warmer temps.) Overall, I would say this is one of the best brews I have had. Feels like a totally different beer. Cheers.

BrewtifulMind, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was copper. About a ½-inch of head. Light lacing on top. Some film on the sides after initial pour, and lasted on the sides after. Looked good.

Smelled of a balance of citrus hops, pine/spruce hops and caramel malts. Also a sharp, bitter alcohol smell at the end. Good mix.

Initial taste was slight caramel, followed by an astringent pine flavor. Some citrus in there, too. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Still good flavor all the way down.

I’ve had this before, but this was my first time reviewing it. It’s a Sierra Nevada, anything less would be a surprise.

BucannonXC5, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of UDbeernut
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Dutch. pours a nice pale hue, sticky head with good retention. grapefruit and pine dance on the nose. caramel joins to party on the tounge. bitterness is cutting but palatable. alcohol warms. this is a nice beer to sip in chilly autumn temps.

UDbeernut, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz SN style brown bottles poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip imperial Pint glass.

A - copper in color. Bright and clear. Pours a thick off white head. Creamy head and sticky lace are fantastic.

S - pine like hop aroma. Grapefruit is dominate and tops off the citrusy smells of lemon and other citrus notes. A hint of grassy hops with a touch of pepper as the whiff continues.

T - fruity and citrusy notes of grapefruit, crisp apples, and a little bit of lemon. Lovely pine notes up front and linger around the rest of the way. This ipa is very well balanced in taste and full of different flavors. A hint of pepper or maybe even some sort of spice in the background of this brew. The hoppy flavors are there from the start and continue quite nicely to the finish when a perfect touch of bitterness creeps in.

M - upper medium to full body. Very well carbonated and drinkable even at 7.2%. this beer was pleasantly smooth, crisp, and clean in the mouth.

O - Sierra Nevada are very underrated in this day and age, and I'm not sure why. They should be a lot higher in the top 100 rankings ive seen. This brewery just keeps pumping out quality and class in a variety of styles. This is one of the best Am IPAs I've ever had anywhere. Has a great look, fabulous aroma, a variety of flavor, and is drinkable. What more could anyone want from a craft ipa? This is an amazing IPA from a world class outfit at Sierra Nevada.

BradtheGreat7, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of klaybie
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colored with an excellent 3 finger head (after a vigorous pour). Very nice lacing, head retention is excellent.

S: Grapefruit and some piney hop resin aromas.

T: Grapefruit and resin flavor, much grapefruit than resin but its there. Nice bitterness at the finish, no malt detectable at least to my palate.

M: Medium bodied, creamy. Nice carbonation, light but enough to let you know its there.

O: A great beer from a great brewery, Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint. I will be buying Torpedo again.

klaybie, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of pBRale
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 8-23-11

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber, creamy off-white head that settles slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: A powerful burst of a plethora of hop notes--pine, grass, lemon, citrus. A very inviting beer.

Taste: An almost caramelly maltiness initially followed by lots of hops. Tastes of pine and citrus. Bitter finish that is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Average carbonation and very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious Extra IPA that I will definitely be buying more of in the future. A standard.

pBRale, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of bramsdell
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a gold with some ruby to it. Huge, soft white head. Bubbly and thick looking, this is some good head. Excellent retention, the head never fully recedes. Excellent lacing, as well, as the foam will not leave the side of the glass, all the way to the end.

S: Smells strongly of piney hops. Smells very hoppy, but not as sweet as many stronger IPAs, which is a big plus to me. Has the bitter with a bit of sweet aroma. A bit of citrus, but mostly a very piney aroma.

T: The taste is what sets this beer apart. It's a hoppy IPA, so the first taste is obviously the hops. They're not quite as piney as their smell, but pine is certainly the first taste I recognize. The hops smooth out very quickly, however, which was a big surprise to me. After the initial flavor, everything smooths out. There is really not much in the way of malt flavor, but then again, I doubt anyone bought this beer with any expectation of such. The final taste left is a nice, bitter hop note. No specific pine/citrus flavor, but a definite hoppiness. Never found the flavor to be overly sweet, as I tend to find many stronger IPAs.

M: Great. Feels very carbonated when it hits the tongue, but reveals itself to be far less bubbly. Smooth and sweet on the tongue. Does not make me recoil from bitterness, but leaves me wanting to re-up the flavor after just a minute or two.

O: A very nice stronger IPA. This is not a hop-bomb of some 10% IIPA, but it is certainly more agressive than the regular SNPA. Overall, this is a good beer for those who love hops or for those who don't like hops but feel like the occasional hoppy beverage.

bramsdell, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Pours a lucid red-copper with a structural 3 finger eggshell head. Great retention.

Smells of pine, a lot of grapefruit and a hint of soap suds.

Slightly creamy malt core is overtaken by a wave of sharp, clean grapefruit hops dries down clean, if resinous- with only the hops lingering 10 seconds or so. Good amount of booze warmth too.

Mouthfeel is fairly oily, coating of the palate, with a hint of effervescence, but really only there for the slightest support.

Overall, a host of big clean hops, lot of huge grapefruit that lasts for days. Not a lot of subtlety or layering of flavor, but I guess that's the "Extra" part. If the citrus IPA's your thing, don't hesitate.


Crossmd, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of BrewMaester
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange color with a thick head. The nose consists mostly of hops with some citrus. The taste is on the bitter side with pine, hops, grapefruit and malt. Its a full bodied creamy IPA that is better than most it is very dry especially on the finish but the flavor is superior to most IPAs i've had

BrewMaester, Sep 11, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,731 ratings.