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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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8,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,534
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 947 | 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 CASK1
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Pale amber with good clarity. Thick, long-lasting white head.

Strong citrusy/resiny hop aroma. Surprisingly well-balanced with a decent sweet caramel malt aroma in support of the hops. Yeasty esters are present, but hard to separate from the citrusy hops.

The flavor is hop-forward, but balanced like the aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor hit first, and finish last with a long, dry, lingering bitterness. There is a solid supporting malt backbone that stands up to the hops. Sweet and caramelly, with a lightly toasted character. The hops are complex, with a nice blend of citrus and pine.

The beer is medium to medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A lighter body would improve drinkability, but I wouldn't change a thing.

CASK1, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dark honey color with impressive head. Good carb and soapy foam. Smells of pine and earth with present hop aroma, not so much on the citrus or fruit. Full in body, pleasantly bitter with some earth in the taste as well. Personally I'm not a huge fan of earthy/piney IPAs (ala two hearted) but they do have their place with me. I can absolutely see why this beer is a go to IPA. At 7.2 % ABV it's a great value for your $$.

engagechad, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber, with about 2 fingers of thick white head. The foamy head retains for a long time and has some good lacing.

S - Big hop character, very piney. Less intense citrus than I expected, but overall, very IPA classic.

T- Pretty much what I expected from the smell. Very bitter, not much malt to balance the bitterness, which is unfortunate. The pine really shines through, though. Pretty delicious, overall.

M - The bitterness lasts for quite a while, which is to be expected. The carbonation is very well done for the style.

D - Could be excellent, but the bitterness almost gives me heartburn. Absolutely a drinkable beer, but could be more drinkable.

gdrydenc, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of diomz88
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured in a tulip, bright amber, clear with white thick head and a fair amount of lacing.
S - piney, citrusy, not as strong though, herbal, bread, with some hoppy aroma that's mild for me.
T - piney, citrusy, slight grapefruit but more lemon and orange peels, light on alcohol even if it's 7% ABV.
M - mid bodied, smooth, slightly carbonated, hops will hit at the finish and goes right away.
D - easily drinkable, very affordable. refreshing, a great brew from Sierra Nevada!

diomz88, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of BigHeavy
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was consumed immediately after pouring and enjoyed while listening to Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Radio City.

A: Beer pours a very clear orangeish red color. An egg shell colored and pillowy head one finger in height forms atop the beer. There is some pretty intense bubbling in my glass and beautiful lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

S: Aroma is oil hops, all the way. Citrus, pine, and grassy aromas erupt from the glass in a volcano of scents. There are some bready malts trying to stick their neck out as well. Torpedo smells a little tart at times, too.

T: Intense hop bitterness slams into the taste buds and does not relent for a few seconds. Once that subsides, it's like biting into a grapefruit for a moment. Just a smidge of a white bread malt presence there to balance it a smidge, but not too much. This baby is all hops, and I love it. Hop bitterness lingers forever.

M: Mouthfeel is oily like every other Sierra Nevada IPA I have ever had. Flavors cling to the inside of your mouth like dog hair to a fleece jacket. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

D: Drinkability is high for a beer of 7.2% ABV. Hop bitterness detracts a little bit, as the flavors can overwhelm the palate after a beer or two.

O: Talk about a great way to get a hop fix. Full of fresh hop flavors, a hop heads dream, and only $8 a six pack to boot. Shares some qualities with other great Sierra Nevada IPAs. Will be buying more of this in the near future.

BigHeavy, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of muttyd
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a thick foamy white head. Decent lacing as i swirl it around the tulip glass. Earthy, piney, slightly citrusy hop aroma. Some grainy malts in the nose as well. Flavor is mildly sweet with a faint butterscotch presence. Hop profile comes through more in the finish with an herbal, lemongrass flavor. Rather bitter with a slight astringency. Overall, a well balanced, drinkable beer.

muttyd, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass

Pours a see through auburn with some copper tones. A thinner white head fades out into some spotty layers of film. Spotty curtains of lacing run around the glass.

A zing of piny hops with some slight citrus sweetness. Toasted grain with lemongrass as well.

Bitter pine hops up front with a nice splash of juicy fruit. Some tropical and citrus tones with rind and zest. Lighter grain malt base with some bready notes. Slight sweetness towards the middle. Finishes with more pine bitterness and a very small alcohol bite.

Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty smooth and refreshing on the palate. A solid, accessible, and reasonably priced IPA.

xnicknj, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright herbaceous hops display an herbal spiciness bordering on peppery. Fruity esters are present, as is faint butterscotch, amidst a backbone of lightly toasted grain.

T: Begins off-dry and clean, with faint toast and slowly building grassy/piney hop aromatics into the middle. Malt takes on some caramel quality, becoming complex and slightly spirituous, while bitterness reaches its moderate peak. It finishes as it started, clean and herbaceous, with greater dryness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Torpedo puts its identity as a Sierra Nevada ale before any identity it may have as a West Coast IPA. The result is a bright and clean tasting IPA with all kinds of vegetative complexity and all-but-lacking the ubiquitous presence of grapefruit citrus. While the flavor remains strong, the smell could benefit from some more citrus influence--or something, to add intensity.

beagle75, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Beertinez
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color with some cloudyness. Fluffy, white, 2-3 head. Looks mouth watering. The head eventually disappears into very thin sheet of white.

Aroma is very citrusy. Especially a good amount of orange. Hints of floral aromas in there too.

Taste is great. Subtle sweetness to hold up the hop character. Citrus and floral notes. Getting some of that orange that was present on the nose in the middle. Finishes with some great tasting hops. The floral notes make their return.

Medium body and crisp. Extrememly satisfying and drinkable. I can definitely see myself getting some more of this brew.

Overall, an excellent brew! A textbook American IPA from Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended

Beertinez, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peers a deep golden amber, solid two finger creamy head, plenty of carbonation rising up from the bottom in almost a vortex style. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Nice pine aroma, a bit of fruityness in there. I don't deeply smell that much citrusy, but it just brings a little sweetness to the nose. Smells good and earthy.

T - Just a very full taste. On the first drink, I taste an abundance of those whole-cone hops. Quite piney, again, that citrusy fruit I feel is hidden deep within the taste just to balance out the bitterness of those hops. There's a ton of flavor in this.

M - Very thick mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation in this one. After taste leaves the mouth somewhat dry with just a bit of stickiness.

D - Remarkably drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well and this goes down very smooth for the amount of hops and fullness.

Overall - Sierra Nevada knows IPAs, and this is no different. Just a very full beer. This may be my new 'go-to' IPA.

BeerBuckeye, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of sturner26
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass pint.

A - Solid 3 fingers of cream colored head with good retention. Beer pours a translucent a golden-amber color. A lot of lacing as well.

S - A very nice blast of citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt as well.

T - Initial rush of hoppy goodness that transitions into a pleasant blend of the citrus hops and crystal malts. Has a medium bitterness but is well balenced with a sweet fruity malt as well

M - Significantly more carbonation than I expected but very pleasant and refreshing. Crisp and very enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable, could have drank several. The alcohol is barely noticable even in the final few sips. The bitterness and sweetness blend well though I prefer a more bold IPA in general. Still good.

Overall a very good beer but nothing truly outstanding.

sturner26, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, ruddy copper with a mostly lasting and easily regenerative rocky two finger off-white head, leaving some bubbles & thickness on the sides of the glass. Lime, pine, grapefruit hops and caramel/toffee malt aromas. Grapefruit & pine bitter hop flavours with a lovely strawberry, peachy sweetness in the back. The finish isn't too lingering or harsh, nicely rounded with just a bit of clinging peppery bite. Some brightness from the carbonation keeps the mouthfeel fresh on a medium body.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of BudWizeMan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice medium dark copper hue with nice creamy head

S- Piney,resiny herbal hop aromas

T- On par with aroma,pine ,resin herbal character,citrus and caramel malts present yet subtle

M - Good yet ever so slightly less than rounded,drying on the palate

D- High, despite slightly warming alcohol,goes down easy

This my third revisit to Torpedo or so.Although never wowed by this offering it is always enjoyable.
As an IPA Drinker I cannot deny this being a fine example of the style.Personably a preference for a citrusier,fruitier hop profile I do have yet Torpedo makes it easy to like a hop character different from my ideal favorite.
I deem this a fine IPA,a hophead delight and a IPA lovers must try.

BudWizeMan, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful slightly hazy light caramel orange. Lots of bubbles, sticky lacing and lasting head. Very well done.

Sweet caramel sugar hops, orange peel, lemon lime. Some dry oaky scents. Again well done.

Aforementioned hops along with honey, citrus and dry bitterness.

The remarkable smoothness of the beer contrasts with the dry bitter hops and carbonation. Long, sticky sweet finish.

Not as hop intensive as the SNPA, but this beer does not dissapoint hop cravings. This is the first hop-central beer I've reviewed as hops tend to be too bitter/dry for me, but I hope to revisit and continue to journey into this style.

ptykozoon, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Dark copper color with a nice one finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is all out hops, hops and more hops. Some hints of pine in the aroma but dominated by hops.
Taste is high on hops, but perfectly balanced with malts. Some might call it over the top, but in my opinion it is very well balanced. If there is one brewery that knows how to use hops the best, it is Sierra Nevada.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass. Crisp and refreshing IPA coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is VERY good. This is one IPA that I can have anytime, anyplace.
Very highly recommended. This is a hop-heads delight.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle
7.2% abv

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA was amber in color and a touch hazy. It had a creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was citrus and pine hops. The taste was pine and grapefruit hop flavors with some crystal malt and mild bitterness. The finish was long, dry, and mildly bitter. This beer was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a good IPA and worth trying out.

afinepilsner, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

I always find Sierra Nevada's beers to be beautiful, and this one is no slouch. The beer is a glowing amber and orange with a thick creamy tan head. The lace on the side of the glass is sticky and thick. The head isn't going anywhere.

The nose is full of pine and a bit of citrus. As I smell it more, I find much more pine then I do citrus fruit. Not overly sweet or candied; smells like a Christmas forest.

Bitter taste with a finish of pine and resin. A slight floral taste but a very well-balanced IPA. Nothing particularly outstanding or new here, which is to say, a bit disappointing after the beer's near-perfect appearance and aroma.

Perfect "Sierra-Nevada-mouthfeel," which in my mind could be added to the beer lexicon. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel simply sings "Purest Ingredients" and "Finest Quality."

A very drinkable and well-balanced IPA. This is not a typical West Coast uber-hoppy and fruity IPA, but an artfully crafted, well-balanced IPA with a strong malt backbone.

A high quality product from a high quality brewer. Nothing groundbreaking or brand new, but an excellent product.

ehammond1, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start with saying I am incredibly impressed with SN for this great IPA. Its impressive that they still really have the focus and high quality production as large as they are. On to the review:

Poured into my Dfh snifter, pours a dark orange color, with nice head that filled to the top of my glass and then receded, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Smell: nice citrus, pine, and maple syrup. Taste: nice bitter hops, and sweet malty balanced presence. This is just a really well balanced IPA.

This is going to be one of my go-to daily IPAs going forward.

lnashsig, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of dutchlq7
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance-Poured a medium amber,dark orange. A thick, creamy head that hung around and laced nicely.

Smell-Pine and Herbal hop aromas.

Taste-Very Piney hops with hints of citrus and a peppery backround,bready malt tries to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and leaves a slight oily residue in the mouth.

Drinkability-I love this one.

dutchlq7, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of boyfromthenorth
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loved this beer when it came out and sooo cheap compared to other IPAs. Then , the more I tasted other IPAs and came back to Torpedo, it just tasted too slick. Too precise. I know , lame review but taste it again. It is wonderfully made but seems to lack soul or something. All the talented reviewers will truly look down on this. That said, put it to the taste test- somethings missing.

boyfromthenorth, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper colour, dense but thin head which dissipates to a White ring around the glass.

Zingy citrus/orange, a touch of hops. As it warmed this became more pronounced.

Initial sweetness followed by what might be pine, quickly giving way to a massive eruption of hop bitterness (and some citrus notes) along that dominates and lingers at the back of your mouth for several minutes

Medium body, medium carbonation, just right for this type of beer.

Just... wow. I am one for citrus and heavy doses of hops and this IPA delivers by the truckload. A massive kick of bitterness but not unpleasant. I plan to buy tons of this before it disappears from the local specialist.

NATOuk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of danronian
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Foamy, tall head that slowly dissipates with lots of lacing from the bottom of the glass.

Mellow amber in color.

The smell is mostly pine and a little citrus. Great aroma.

Tastes are mostly of pine with some citrus. Slightly bitter but not overly hoppy since it is balanced with some sweetness.

Overall a balanced brew.

Not too hoppy but enough so that you can drink it slowly.

danronian, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice orange/copper color with a three finger white head

S- Piney hops, with a hint of citrus and floral hops.

T- Pine, citrus, and floral hop flavors are very balanced with a solid malt backbone.

M- Nice medium body, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- Very well balanced IPA that is very easy to drink. Hops could be a little more aggressive.

larryi86, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of pinkano
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange color with nice stable head
S - nice and strong hoppy and pine smell with citrus tones - grapefruit and a little bit of malt
T - nice pine and hops with grapefruit with semi-dry end, not so hoppy and bitter end as expected from IPA and really nic
M - medium carbonation with medium body
D - very drinkable IPA! and very smooth

pinkano, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Just like you'd get it at a bar where Sierra Nevada is the best thing on the list.

A: Bright orange with golden highlights, strong carbonation bubbles rising, murky with a thick finger tan head. This is more impressive than I thought it would be.

S: Strong pine hops, some citrus notes of orange and a light biscuit malt to the nose.

T: Pine is overpowering any of the citrus. Bitterness is quick and lasting. A little warming loosens this one up, and some more grass flavors come through. Balances out as well with time.

M: Medium bodied, with plenty of tingle. Nice slick mouth coating.

D: At $8.49 a sixer year around, this ain't a bad go-to IPA. Competes well with SweetWater IPA, which finds itself in the same price bracket. Not quite the glory that is Celebration ale, but good.

ncfranklin, Jan 25, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,534 ratings.