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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

8,752 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,752
Reviews: 2,597
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 176
Gots: 1,050 | 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 pilotgod
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into 20oz tumbler.

A: Pours a nice copper color that is moderately clear and forms a half finger head that does dissolve down to a thin film of white froth that covers the entire glass. Lacing is moderate with good bands being left on the glass after every sip.

S: The aroma is textbook IPA style. The pine presence from the hops dominates with hints of citrus and flowers becoming apparent from time to time. If you seek it out the malt notes can be detected, but you must search for them.

T: Hops dominate (as they should in an IPA or Extra IPA) and give a pronounced bitterness, but this is offset by the citrus flavors that follow. The malt presence is defined by a bready and sweetness that helps cut the hops bitterness a bit.

M: Dry, very dry. But, that is perfectly OK from an IPA. This beer sits well with mild carbonation, respectable ABV (no alcohol can be detected), and the hops bitterness. The dryness is just enough to keep you coming back for more.

D: I enjoyed the beer and will definitely have more. While there are styles that I would prefer to drink more, Sierra Nevada has hit a perfect balance between the higher end IPA's and the affordability of a standard "six pack" IPA.

pilotgod, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend Justin bought a couple of these and he didn't like it so he sent his other bottle my way. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice hazy straw color with about a finger of creamy white head. Lots of lively carbonation in the body. Real bitter pine hop aroma with this one. Smells very dry with a slight hint of citrus in the background. Very dry flavor to this. Lots of piney hop bitter flavors with a dry grapefruit finish here. Seems a bit on the heavy side. A little stick and thar carbonation is pretty good. Pretty good drink here. I like the crisp body and relatively low ABV.

Bendurgin, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Writing this review after a long day and a nice workout playing ultimate frisbee. Didn't even pour it in a glass, just straight into my belly. This is definitely my kind of IPA. Smell is incredible, can definitely detect the citrusy hops. Taste is incredible. Plenty of hops in this one to keep me satisfied. Goes down very easy. At 7% a 6 pack of this could be dangerous.

bigdrewsmoove, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light amber, 1 finger head, good retention. Medium in carbonation from the looks of it.

Floral and pine like, slight graininess as well as a lemon/orange peel aroma. Yep its an IPA

Hop bitterness is very strong, pine and grapefruit flavors coming to mind. The bitterness doesnt last to long as the malt sweetness takes over. The alcohol becomes apparent after the first few sips as the roof of my mouth starts to heat up. The finish is nice as a a big bready malty flavor finishes off the flavors of this beer.

Pretty crisp, refreshing, light in body, pretty drinkable and for the value and availability if this brew its a damn fine beer

Fenris244, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of nsabo
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label reads "Extra IPA," but I can't imagine anyone considering this a DIPA. This drinks like an English IPA: hoppy, but not excessively so like so many American takes. I consider pale ales to be a boring style because the balance between hops and malts seems neutral to me; this feels like a hoppier pale ale. The hops are grassy mellow instead of intense bitter, with the malt is never far behind. Many drinkers comment on the "crispness" and "cleanness" of SN brews, and Torpedo is no exception.

I enjoy IPAs, and with so many microbrews predictably chanting "more hops!" in celebration of their next IPA recipe, this is a welcome change of style.

nsabo, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of miket163
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at the Cork in the West Village, Dallas. Poured an Orangish/Coppery colour with some haze and a big fluffy off-white head. The nose was full of citrus, pine, flowers, and bread.

The taste was superb! Rich hoppy flavour--tons of citrus, pine, and even maltyness which mellowed out the intensity of the beer. Excellent brew.

miket163, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of IllNate
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light copper with a good hop haze. Loads of nice fluffy white head. Great retention.

S - Great aroma. Light floral with bolder citrus hops and some delicate herbal notes. Malt aroma is just barely perceptable. Wonderfully complex.

T - Big bold hop flavor. Pretty intense for a standard IPA. Citrus/grapefruit hop is very prominent. Bit of herbal hop as well and just alot of straight bitterness. Kinda blows out the palate after several samples.

M - Very bitter and puckering. But very smooth otherwise and a nice well rounded beer.

D - Good for such a bold IPA, but it is a bit overpowering.

IllNate, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of ggilman
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color, off-white thick foamy head laces the sides of the glass.

S - Not overly fragrant, slightly sour and hoppy nose

T - Citrus hop bitter finish, not a lot of leafy hop flavor up front. Some bready malt & herbal flavor. Grapefruit bitterness lingers. Dry.

M & D - Smooth, on the creamy side. Good carbonation, not overly crisp. Not sure where the "Extra" comes in, other than in ABV. At 7.2%, it's very present after just one.

A decent IPA that I'm guessing is readily available. If you come up empty handed on your next beer run, this will get you by in a pinch.

ggilman, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of London1985
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this beer after seeing numerous beer reviews and having it recommended to me from some friends of mine in the states.

Purchased from Utobeer in Borough market, London. Ive always been fond of Sierra Nevada's beers and they are a regular option of mine when drinking from the good ol' USA.

This was no exception. A very nice and enjoyable IPA. Big on the nose and pallate with the hop explosion you expect from big American IPA's.

Lovely on the nose with hints of spices like cinnamon and even cumin (dont ask lol).

All round this was a very nice and well made beer from Sierra Nevada.

London1985, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of iRoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Oh, those sweet sweet hops. Great smells, pours a cloudy golden hue. Dig the smell, smells sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth for a brew with an above average ABV. I dig it, only had 1 bottle but I would definitely try it again. Sierra Nevada is pretty awesome, this is probably my favorite beer thus far by them.

iRoy, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A -appealing clear copper; dense, almost craggy, nearly 2 fingers of dark cream colored head; nice lacing all the way through

S - initially reticent, but with a little agitation and a few degrees warmer (it was fully fridge cold) it starts to show really nice hop aroma - pungent pine/resin and floral with warm lime note as well; malt is faint on the nose; suggestions of nut meats and dried fig

T - the malt is just there in support; hints of malty sweetness are enveloped in layers of hop flavor and bitterness; the front end is all hoppy goodness followed by a small symphony of hop flavors, then a brief moment of malt peeks out only to be buried in slightly bite-y hop flavor and bitterness again; finish is long on hops - going to earthy and rising to pine/baked orange

M - really nice texture - enough weight from the malt (practically its only contribution, but a good one) to keep things in balance; a good density balanced by CO2

D - highly drinkable; enough there to keep me coming back for more

nezelrac, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty dark for an IPA. Slightly reddish/deep golden color with a massive eggshell colored head.

S: Sierra Nevada floral hop smell, a hint of funk and wet hay and some marzipan.

T: Piny hops with a peppery bite and some grapefruit. Finish has a little funk along with hop resin, citrus hops and a hint of smoke.

notchucknorris, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of hotzenklotz
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the beer is a really good example of an west coast ipa. The hop aroma is really nice and strong. Let it be noted that it is stronger than average.
There is hardly any malt body present on the palate because the hop flavour dominates the taste. The smell is exceptional and straight hop forward.
It is a nice beer but not for everyone. Hopheads will love it though!

hotzenklotz, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't remember specifically the last time I drank Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA, it must have been long ago, but I do remember that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It's time I had another try at this beer, though. Sierra Nevada's regular Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers. It's a quality pale ale with plenty of flavor but is very drinkable, though keeping its quality. There's a reason why the beer is very popular. After trying the Torpedo this is another excellent beer from Sierra Nevada (even though I'm not the biggest fan of their more specialty beers :P).

Pouring the Torpedo out I knew right away I would like the beer, even though I had the thought of not liking it in the past. It's barely hazy and has a beautiful color like golden honey. The head pours an off-white that's bubbly-frothy. It fizzes out pretty quickly but there lingers about a centimeter or so of head on top throughout drinking the brew. Torpedo leaves a significant amount of lacing every time I take a gulp.

The aroma is wonderful. It screams of hops, being extremely floral and herbal. If you like hops in your beer then the aroma is like heaven. The expected smell of pine tree comes out too. This might be the quintessential beer if you want to smell HOPS. I wouldn't say it smells a lot of citrus but it's there too. There is some maltiness there to balance it out, as well as a bit of booziness, but that doesn't take away.

How does she taste? Oh, she tastes wonderful. It tastes like a dry-hopped beer but I'm not sure if it is. As with the aroma, hops are prominent but are balanced very well with malts that give it the grain/barely/bready flavor. The hops come out more during the middle of tasting and at the end with a good, clean bitterness that lingers long after the beer has gone down. It's delicious. Pine and citrus flavors bring more flavor throughout tasting and keep the beer balanced. I wouldn't say Torpedo isn't a very complex beer but it is very flavorful with the hops and malts and it tastes great. If you want a hoppy, herbal IPA then this is definitely something to try. The mouthfeel is not heavy and it has mild carbonation.

I have no idea why I think I didn't like Torpedo when I first tried it but I definitely like it now, a lot. If you want it to be more hoppy then drink it colder. Unlike other beers that I think are exceptional because they are very complex and flavorful, Torpedo isn't too complex but has great flavor while being very drinkable. It's like Sierra Nevada's regular Pale Ale but better.

BeardedRiker, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of notalagerlugger
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer I do not know why I do not drink it more often. It is available at Target for a good price. It has a good hoppy flavor and is similar to Sierra Nevada beers. maybe if was more rare I would long for it more.

A - good color and head

S - pine and citrus true IPA

T - dry light malt assertive hops and tastes similar to aroma

M - good bubbles

D - great any only $8.99 for a bold IPA it is cheap

notalagerlugger, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of aranheaney
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH Snifter:

A-very nice orange with a finger of head and lacing that hangs around

S-Awesome, great hoppiness, a bit like Celebration, but it keeps coming back through with pine and citrus, just plain great

T-Again amazing, I really think that the folks at Sierra Nevada can do almost no wrong when it comes to their hop-forward line-up

M-a bit of a bite at first, but clean and leaves you wanting more

D-Very high, see the above...

aranheaney, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of dstc
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown color with a very foamy, light tan head. Head is slow to fall. Decent clinging lace.

Aroma is very much of pine with an herbal, hop character. Bit of mild citrus buried in there as well. Smells good.

Taste is similar. Pine taste hits you up front, mostly because you smell it as it hit your palette. Citrus quickly takes over and is very noticeable. Ends with a mild, lingering bitterness from the oily hops.

Medium bodied and a bit oily in the mouthfeel. Rather simple carbonation.

Good stuff and fairly easy to drink. Sierra Nevada sure knows how to brew a beer.

dstc, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Tartarus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Dark, mostly translucent amber color, with about 2 fingers worth of head that stuck around for a little while.

S: Lots of hops and a little bit of malt, I can also smell a bit of the pine in the beer.

T: Hops, lot of delicious hops. I can also get a bit of the pine taste. There is a aftertaste of alcohol after reflecting on the flavor. There is also a bit of a spicy taste partially due to the carbonation, overall VERY tasty.

M: Medium bodied with an acceptable amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is really delicious, I love IPA's and I love this take on that style. I think it's better than the normal Sierra Nevada IPA.

Tartarus, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of hophopandaway
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer and it looked just as I've come to expect an american IPA to look: amber/ lburnt orange with a bit of chill haze and light carbonation. There was a decent head that maintained fairly well and there was a respectable amount of lacing as the beer went down.
The smell wasn't anything amazing but there were some gentle floral, perfume and citrus notes on top of some caramel malt.
The taste was much better than the smell and that distinctive US IPA stye was evident. There were definate touches of pine, big grapefruit and a little bit of black pepper. Although the beer is quite bitter and hoppy, the hops still allow a bit of the sweet malt to come through which I like. On the finnish it's quite dry and bitter, leaving you wanting a bit more. Some of the American IPAs seem to just want to have maximum hops and nothing else and I hate that. This beer is nicely balanced.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is what I like: nice and light.
As far as drinkability goes you're not gonna be knocking back a load of these because of the strength but it slips down nice, although a bit of sunshine would surely improve the effect. I'd definately buy this again as it is a very good, if not massively outstanding, version of the American IPA.

hophopandaway, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of 100floods
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clearly burnt yellow hue with a little haze. Smells of that typical Sierra Nevada "clean smell". This is the first time I've had this beer and I'm not smelling a lot of the hops (the pour did finish with no real head to be seen). After a few sip, I can really put my nose into the glass and I smell minimal citrus flavors. I really have to really for not a lot of reward.

After getting over the smell, I tasted the brew and initially I get an opposite experience from the smell. Bit burst of pine tree hops. Still very clean for an IPA. Light, chewy, fruity finish. The malt kind of lingers and creates a lemonade flavor. Nothing in the pint jumps out a you. While there's some hop flavor, the clean aspect of this beer kind of kills any ability to enjoy the true nature of a beer like this. I'm pretty sure I'm drinking a bad batch. I've had better versions of this. I think it's interesting that they'd made a beer like this in the first place. Aside from Big foot, hops aren't their strong points.

100floods, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber shade with some noticeable haze and a white 2 finger head. Lacing remains on the glass until the end. Strong dominant piney/citrusy hop smell. No surprises here, pretty much what should be expected. Taste follows suit, although I found this beer to have a bit more of an oily residue in the mouthfeel than I find in other SN beers. Definitely a safe choice to pick up at the bottle store, in that you might not be blown away, but you certainly won't be disappointed.

smokeypeat, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a perfect pour pint glass.

A- Nice medium amber color with a fluffy white cloud for a head that stays with the beer through most of the glass.

S- Solid mix of strong citrusy hops and strong malts. Plays much like an English IPA.

T- Fresh hoppy goodness, lots of floral and fruity tastes, with a sweet turning to strong bitter finish.

M- Well bodied IPA, with a nice dry finish from the bittery hops.

D- Extremely drinkable beer, this beer goes down so smooth and tasty. Pretty inexpensive as well. All in all a very well rounded IPA that really hits the spot.

gabedivision, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice two finger head, seems to be hanging in there pretty well. The color is beautiful, looks just like an IPA should look like, hazy, golden orange in color. Yeah, on the smell you detect a lot of hops. It's very clean and fresh smell though, it smells like it will be very easy to drink, not harsh at all. Hmm, more hop bite than I thought there would be, not as smooth either. The taste isn't bad, just much harsher than I was hoping for, but hey, it's an IPA. It does have that clean feel I was smelling, but the hop bite is for sure more present than I thought. Overall a good beer, but I'm not wowed.

MaltsOfGlory, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a trip down to Vermont at the Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

A: Beautiful copper with a sufficient frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of pine, with grapefruit and honey tones that follow.

T: Primarily pine hops upfront with grapefruit and a sweet malty (honey-like) quality, and finishes nice and dry. Very well balanced.

M: Moderate carbonation. Again, well balanced when it comes to the viscosity. Bitter finish lingers in the mouth a little (but not a bad thing in this case).

D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink this all night long. Very well rounded IPA.

Digimaika2, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Hockeyabe
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Deep Gold. A 2 finger off white colored head with a hint of lacing.

S: Citrus, perhaps mango , and a hint of pine.

T: This is very well balanced, the hops want to dominate, and the malts keep them in check. It is not as musty as other beers of this style.

M: This is a dry beer, with only mild carbonation.

D: Sierra Nevada Torpedo weighs in at 7.2, and it does not do anything to lighten its impact. It is Very well balanced, and a nice way to open an evening. I would not likely have more than 2 glasses in a session.

Serving type: bottle

Hockeyabe, Feb 13, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,752 ratings.