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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
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8,612 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,612
Reviews: 2,582
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 166
Gots: 976 | 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 TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some breweries just get it; how to make a well rounded, clean-tasting beer, and go from style-to-style with ease. Sierra Nevada can do just that and proves it with this easy drinking, hoppy, balanced IPA. The hops are of course the star of the show, piney, peppery, light metallic twang. The malt provides sweetness and base, but cedes the spotlight to that big hop blast. Very well-rounded and enjoyable in the IPA style.

TastyTaste, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip pint.

A: Clear, medium amber with a massive, rocky off-white head that leaves residue on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, pine, lemon, strong herbal notes. Bit of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet malt in the background.

T/M: Bottle is a couple months old, so the hops have faded slightly, which emphasizes the bready, toasty malt character. Impressive malt backbone for a hop-focused beer. High bitterness level. Herbal and grapefruity in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light; good summer beer.

Overall: This is a serious IPA.

MurphyMacManus, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of happygnome
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the top of the beer and edge of the glass. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Biscuit malts followed by strong piny and citrusy hop bitterness. The aroma is very inviting.

T: Biscuit malts, grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness to balance.

M: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a really good ipa, I will purchase again

happygnome, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First bottle from case dated 5/19/2011. Not as fresh as I'd like, but it's difficult to find super-fresh West Coast IPA out here in PA. To be poured into a standard curved-rim pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter shade and rather clear golden-orange color, with a nice thick head on top, a full fingers worth, with big thick pancake-batter like bubbles scattered throughout the top (but not centered near the middle).

S: The nose is piney and sweet... not very dank or citrus at all. A bit disappointing, from what I remember of this guy.

T: Huge sweetness. Need to recheck the date on this. The bottle is listed as "1139 112 56". From "Fresh Beer Only", that indicates the 139 day of 2011, or a little after Mid-May. Roughly 6 weeks old... certainly not "ideal", but I wouldn't have thought it was sufficient to turn this thing so malty.

Some grapefruit and a touch of bitterness is present on the back end, but far less than needed here.The beer starts smooth and light, with immediate malt sweetness shining through, before a thicker malt backbone comes together with what's left of the hops here to round out the flavor profile.

M: Thick and full, but lacking the hop oils on the finish that I like from an IPA.

D/O: This beer is "fine". Not particularly "good". Not exceptionally "bad". My only frustration is I bought an entire case of this... and I'm not thrilled about filling my beer fridge with this "ok" brew.

psuKinger, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color. The head was big white and sticky. The smell of the beer had a great nose full of hop aromas. The taste of this beer was also very hoppy, with some elements of pine and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a damn good brew from Sierra Nevada, there are only a handful that I enjoy more from them.

Knapp85, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a sixer of this because I found a very fresh case to crack open. I've had a few of these before, but I figured it was time to review one...
Pours nicely with a dark orange color and a decent foamy head. The lacing rings stick to the side as I drink it down. I get a definite citrus hop aroma from this one. Not overpowering, but pleasant. The taste is pretty similar. Kind of tangy, somewhat bitter. Overall, a very solid IPA. Not the best, but Torpedo is one of the regular IPAs that I can always count on. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

DrStiffington, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of PollardsVision
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a beautiful rich amber. Darker and less hazy than many IPAs.
Very slight citrus in the background, but this one's all about that piney, hoppy bite. I could see some not finding this one to be very balanced, but for me, it's just right. Most other IPAs get too grapefruity for me, but not this one. For me, this has just enough citrus flavor to keep the hops from overpowering, but nothing more.

This is the perfect beer for me for satisfying a big hop craving.

PollardsVision, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of jgreenearrow
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden amber color with fluffy thick head forming at the top of the pour. Significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and biscuity malt dominate the nose. Some pine and floral hop aromas present as well.

T: Sweetness of honey and citrus burst onto the tongue at the onset of the sip. Some biscuit joins the citrus in the middle as some pine sneaks into the flavor profile. Strong hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light body is the feel on the tongue with adequate carbonation.

This is a delicious ipa. The flavors are complex and well blended. The hop profile is balanced well by the citrusy sweetness. A very good offering from Sierra Nevada.

jgreenearrow, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint. Bottled on 133rd day (May 13) of 2011.

A: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit with a bit of mango, tiny whiff of pine.

T: Pure grapefruit up front and through the finish. Mango/peach in the middle and pine on the end. Dry overall, but the sweetness swells a bit in the middle. The pine notes have a cumulative effect and dominate after the first few sips into the glass. Still, the flavor has a clean quality that is nice. Further into the glass, a dry biscuit flavor comes forth.

M: Light and slightly astringent, a bit soda-like.

O: Solid, tasty and worth revisiting. If you like your IPA on the dry side, this one is for you.

AmericanGothic, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a burnt orangish amber with a finger and a half of off white head that sticks around.

S- predominately big leafy pine aromas with an awesome grapefruit rind citrus note. A tinge of biscuity malt sweetness some how makes it's way into the aroma like a gentle whisper. Finishs with a dry hoppiness.

T- starts of with a canvis of biscuit malt that is soon painted with a leafy piney hop flavor that transitions into an assertive yellow grapefruit. Agressive bitterness towards the end that dries out the palate leaving a lingering herbal citrus hop flavor long into the aftertaste.

MF- active slick mouthfeel with average carbonation and a medium body.

D- hoppy enough to appease a hop craving but balanced and smooth. Great option if you have to get beer at a grocery store. Overall this is one solid American IPA that beautifully showcases American hops.

Viciousknishs, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Swim424
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my patriots freezable beer mug, so the appearance will be somewhat hard to see and describe.

A-appears to be a dark orange. small head that retains very well. poured a couple minutes ago and hasn't moved.

S- slightly fruity and hoppy. I would maybe say a grapefruit. and again hops. smells malty. makes me want to drink it.

T- hits hard with a prickly hop feeling on my tongue almost immediately. then becomes like a malty/fruity taste before finishing with a very strong hop bite. the fruit would be described as slight grapefruit mixed with some hops. and then builds into the hop bite.

MF- basically just leaves me with a very potent hop aftertaste. maybe a slight malt type coating in my mouth but basically just a hop aftertaste.

O- Not bad. Could definitely drink again. As I always like to mention I am not the biggest IPA fan but never mind having one. Just not my favorite type. For an IPA though I really don't mind this one. Not my Favorite but pretty good. I feel like there is a lack of some flavor. I don't mind the hops but for amount I would like a bit more flavor to compliment it. But again overall a pretty good IPA.

I am almost done with the beer now and the head still has yet to move. Which does say something about the good quality of this beer.

Swim424, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. The smell is of pine citrus and a slight Buiscuty malt aroma. The Tate is hops up front followed by a good bitterness and the. A slight malt finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium and overal this is one of he Better readily available ipas

rowingbrewer, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of IrishEyes32250
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a regular in my fridge and it's about damn time I review it. I shouldn't be this lazy about reviewing a beer this good. Shame on me. Here goes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle of Heaven into my tulip, which is probably the greatest beer drinking vessel ever devised.

A - Hazy copper in color. Like a well used penny. Hard pour brings out just over a two finger off white head. Again, my glass must be clean because I'm getting some decent lacing from this gem.

S - Swirling the glass I get that head back and it immediately kicks citrus rind and caramel malts right into my face. I also detect an ever so slight amount of pine at the very end as well.

T - I can't believe a beer that is this flavorful is this available and this inexpensive. HUGE grapefruit with caramel malt to balance and then more citrus and pine on the back end. Finishes dry and bitter. Phenomenal. Sierra Nevada does it again. And it hides it's 7.2% abv well. As a side note I'm beginning to think of Pale Ales like Saiyans from Dragonball Z. Saiyan (Pale Ale), Super Sayain (IPA), Ultra Saiyan (Sierra took liberty and created a new category with the Extra IPA), Super Saiyan 2 (Double/Imperial IPA), Super Saiyan 3 (Triple IPA), etc. This is an Extra IPA so it's PAST IPA and NOT QUITE SS2. It's toeing that line. And damn if it doesn't do it perfectly. I love West Coast IPA's. And I'm apparently a dork.

M - Medium body. Nice Carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O - Again, I can't believe a beer this good is so available and inexpensive. I can get a 6 pack of this for 7.99 to 8.99. As the Alstrom brothers noted, Sierra was one of the only one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round IPA. And then they go ahead and utilize a new device called a Hop Torpedo to get every bit of hop goodness they can into the beer and go one step further release it as an Extra IPA. Year round. Thank you Sierra Nevada.

IrishEyes32250, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is moderately carbonated with a single finger head. As other have noted it maintains its head through most of the The mouthfeel is a little more bitter than other Extra IPAs I have experienced however is not overwhelming. Full bodied. The aroma is what you would from an Extra IPA' you can sense the bitterness before you even taste. The taste is spicy and sharp.

kylehay2004, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/6/11. Purchased at The Corner Store in Central Lake, MI and poured into a nonic pint glass. The pour yields about a finger of off-white head. Retention is excellent, perhaps the best of any IPA I've purchased. Lacing clings to the glass all the way to the end of the experience. Active carbonation can be seen through the glass. The brew is an orange tinted mahogany color. This is really what an IPA should aspire to look like.

Not surprisingly, the aroma is very hop-forward. Sweet citrus hop aromas dominate, bringing to mind tangerine and grapefruit. There is also a nice undercurrent of floral aromas and some pineyness as well. It is quite sweet smelling. It's not the usual take on India Pale Ale, but it seems to have covered all of the bases, just in case.

The flavor is playing it a little safe, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. There is a solid balance between hops and malt. Mild grapefruit bitterness comes into play early. Piney hops are subordinate but none the less present. The malty side kicks in soon after, putting a big sweetness and chewy graininess on display. The finish is bitter with more citrusy hops. It's riding the line between APA and IPA, but ultimately, this is both hoppier as well as maltier than Sierra Nevada's classic (and definitive) Pale Ale.

This is a medium bodied brew, and pretty much perfectly to style. The carbonation is moderate and it cuts nicely through the sizable malt profile. It's not astounding, and maybe even just a touch on the thin side, but it's difficult to find fault here. It may not be a homerun in the mouth, but it's easily a standup double.

Overall, this is a nice, somewhat-above-average IPA, and a safe standby. The 7.2% ABV is nowhere to be found on the tongue thanks to the ample hop and malt profiles. The taste and mouthfeel are pretty much to style. The price and availability ensure that there is almost always a descent IPA around that isn't going to gouge your wallet. It's not my first pick for an IPA, but even amid a poor beer selection I know I can always feed a hop craving with Torpedo Extra IPA.

The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
On most days I would probably give two Schlitz for a Torpedo.

weizenbob, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Dohdaman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a quickly dissapating finger size off-white head, with some lacing.

S: Fragrance of citrus, hops and carmel.

T: Hops and citrus with a bitter finish, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, good carbination.

O: Excellent IPA, very refreshing and the 7.2 abv kicks it up a notch.

Dohdaman, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of scinerd3000
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium hard pour into a traditional pint glass

A: Raised a one finger white head whic fizzled fairly quickly. Excellent lacing. Slightly hazy which is not unexpected from an american IPA. Has an almost dark gold color. Well carbonated.

S: Sweet hops and a whole lot of fruit. Some carmel sweetness along with the american hops. Mellon, maybe honeydew?

T: Lots of flavor and very drinkable. Hops are up front with a piney citrus and then on the back end as well with more bitterness. Big grapefruit. It is not overdone at all...No alcohol warmth. Carmel sweetness balances this out nicly and it finished clean with hop bitterness on the end. Slightly peppery.

M: Well carbonated with a low-med body. Somewhat lighter than i would have expected however still an excellent beer. After swallow my pallet comes clean with exception of hops lingering around the back of my tongue.

O: Awesome beer from SN. I would drink this again...Very sessionable

scinerd3000, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of goom
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep orange with a creamy two finger head, soon settling with gorgeous lace.

Smell isn't as massive on as you might expect, rich caramel malt, fruity hops - passionfruit and grapefruit. Sort of bitter piney hop note as well. Both malt and hops compete for attention.

Tastes amazing, lovely caramel malt character is married with the fresh, fruity hops. Bittersweet finish, bitterness is mild but does linger. Hint of alcohol becomes noticable, though it is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is absolutely spot on for me, medium bodied with lively carbonation, feels thick and full.

My second SN beer, I very much enjoyed this one, perhaps not as special as the Celebration but very enjoyable.

goom, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of sionanni
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

710ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Light on smell with hop and citrus notes.

Colour is a fantastic deep orange, pouring a low full white head that retains faint white lacing.

Flavour is powerful: hops dry the palate and give a sensational IPA mouth feel with a noticeable citrus kicker. Very dry IPA.

Overall a fantastic IPA. With its alcohol content at 7.2 it is difficult to place it in either the double or single IPA category. Drawing some parallels personally to the Dogfish Head 9.0, I am tempted to place it closer to the double IPA category. It therefore bats on par with some of the best double IPAs I have had encountered so far. Excellent beer Sierra Nevada.

sionanni, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

over the past few months I've been drifting from one ipa to another. There was a time when I wasn't much of a fan. I had a weak sissy lady palate. Now that I have worked on it I quite enjoy the bitter piney flavor. The sierra navada torpedo is one of the best I've come across. The color is fantastic. A rich electric copper with a white gold head. The smell is a complex bitter like the rind of a piney orange. The flavor is a rush of citrus and bitter swirled into an explosion.

mattkoon, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Copper in color with a short, fizzy head.

S: Smells lightly hoppy with some lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus that work very well together. You’d expect an “extra” IPA to be a bit more pungent, but this is actually quite nice.

T/M: You can taste the hops right off the bat with that complex citrus flavor. It has a medium amount of carbonation and finishes just a little bitter.

For a citrus IPA, this is a solid offering. I’m sure there’s some aquatic, submarine missile defense system reference in there somewhere, but my brain isn’t working right now.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a tulip.

Pours a light clear amber with a small white head but no lacing. Nose is fantastic, its fruity and sweet - mango and tropical fruits.

Taste is way better than bottle, much less harsh, it's smooth and crisp with a light hop bite that's much more mellow and smooth.

kingcrowing, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a slight haze on a brilliant copper body. off-white/tan head. a very visable carbonation.

S: a flowery hoppy aroma is so pungent and yet welcoming. dandelion and a hint of toast. very nice.

T: deliciously hoppy. still floral, but there is a definitive bittering/flavoring. flavor compromised of cereal graininess.

M: sticky and distinctive carbonation. medium/full body.

D: dam good. just flat out enjoyable, easy to find six pack of good shit. if you are a big fan of SNPA, notch up the hops and this is your beer.

Jimmys, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good cover of off-white head rests on top of a slightly hazy amber body. Lots of sticky lacing.

This smells about as nice as I could hope for. Tons of juicy tropical fruit: lychee, passion fruit and pineapple with light pine and candy malt.

Bitterness is fairly high but just right for my taste in IPAs. The flavour presents more pine than did the nose, though there is still a nice sweet citrus element underneath. Some roast character enters along side some sweet (but well-balanced) candy sugar. Grapefruit lingers perfectly on the finish, with just enough drying. Alcohol might be a bit too hot for it's weight; I think it does end up blending in pretty well though. I definitely appreciate a higher ABV in an IPA.

The feel is a little on the thin side, though not too bad. Medium body and moderately carbonated.

This is a really well-made IPA. I wish we had commonly-available IPAs like this in Canada. Sierra Nevada is a widely-distributed brewery and the US is pretty lucky to have easy access to this stuff (and their fantastic pale ale) over much of the country. Crazy drinkable. Another amazing hoppy American brew I would pick up regularly were it to be available in Canada.

eat, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Caramel color with a pillow-like off white head. Small amount of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Piney and earthy at once. Some malt as well. 4/5

Taste- Great bitterness first off. Second off... bitterness. Also some caramel malt as well. Lastly, bitterness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- This is a little thicker than I typically like, due to all the malt. The big hop flavors mask it well, though. 3.5/5

Overall- I use to think this was too bitter and malty. Guess I grew in to it, because I think this is a pretty well balanced IPA. If there was an actual style between an IPA and a DIPA this would be the poster child. 4/5

MADhombrewer, Jun 13, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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