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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

8,739 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,739
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 174
Gots: 1,043 | 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 biteme398
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/darker yellow color. A little over a finger of head, slowly receding. I can immediately smell the beer even without putting my nose to the glass. Upon closer inspection, it is a very rich floral and hoppy smell, like other IPAs I've tried but more inviting. First sip; hops and more hops. I have mostly stuck to 'smoother' IPAs recently and this one is definitely anything but. After my initial shock, it develops a bit more complexity. Still hops most prominent in the mix, but also pine and maybe a little citrusy sweetness at the end. I feel the bitterness is overwhelming in this beer. Maybe it's just not my style but I think there are a number of others in the style I would reach for first. I'm actually a little disappointed, because the other two SN IPAs I have tried I really liked.

biteme398, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'r of these at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach for $7.99 and poured them into a pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean copper/apricot hue with a nice fat head and decent lacing from start to finish.

S: Smells a lot like Sierra Pale, but with a good amount of piney hop in the mix that is floral and earthy.

T: On point with the nose, real nice hop characteristics - floral earthy resins and a nice grapefruit bight that is very well balanced with tasty malts and that distinct Sierra Pale flavor that is on point and more consistent than most. Someone mentioned that the flavor "reminds them of Sierra Pale on steroids" and I have to agree. All the goodness of Sierra Pale with an extreme hop injection - love it!

M: Solid medium-bodied ale that is sticky yet smooth, with good carbonation and a nice bitter mouthfeel from the hop.

D: All night drinker, especially for an IPA at nearly 7.5%. Split the 6'r with my buddy before catching happy hour down the street at Sunshine Co. where we ordered more on tap.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of ztaylor1
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- a hazy amber color with a nice but fading tan head.

Smell- a floral, citrusy punch of hops with a light malt backbone.

Taste- strong floral hops with grapefruit undertones. Malt holds down the rear with a flowery bitter finishy.

Mouthfeel- creamy yet pungent.

Drinkability- I can sip only two.

ztaylor1, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Delirium tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick yellow head. Looks great.

Complex hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine sap, lemongrass. subtle malt backbone. Amazing.

Deliciously hoppy. Great floral and citrus profile. Very piney flavor but not too bitter like other IPAs. Shows the full spectum of hop flavors.

Smooth mouthfeel; great drinkability.

fantastic ipa. Recommended.

tzieser, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying this beer deserves at least an A for the fact that I can find 6-packs for $7.99 and it's solid for an IPA offering. I'll be rating this beer to style however which will subtract points. On tap and in bottles:

Appearance - Copper, and a nice 1 inch head from a semi-aggressive pour and the lacing sticks to the glass no different from SNPA

Smell - Subdued for a WC IPA. When you have Racer 5, Pliny, Blind Pig, Sculpin etc... as competitors I say yes! It's very subdued. Like a bigger stickier SNPA.

Taste - Good. Not great. Citris and sticky pine. Mainly a bigger stickier and hoppier SNPA. Best way to describe is SNPA on steriods. A bit above average for a IPA but there are SO many tastier and grapefuitier offerings when it comes to WC IPAs out there.

Mouthfeel - Very good. Bitter and typical SN profile.

Drinkability - Good. I don't know what else to say. Nothing to blow you away as I found every aspect of this beer.

Final Thoughts - This beer has grown on me some but if possible, purchase first for better examples of the WC IPA style:

PtE / Blind Pig
Sculpin
Racer 5
Green Flash WCIPA - although 6-packs to 4-packs FU GF!!! Never get my money again...your beer isn't THAT good.
Nelson - Duet - Pure Hoppiness
Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale - Lagunitas IPA

Cheers!

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a nice copper-red coloring with a decent light, foamy head. The aroma is hoppy, with a hop-forward taste on the tongue to match. Also, an undertone of light spice and bitterness balance out the beer very well. The beer is smooth on the tongue and in the mouth, with a sharpness to the aftertaste. It is very easy to drink, and even easier to drink in quantity. A very tasty beer overall, and at a decent price. I have no doubt this will frequent our fridge in the future.

GarthDanielson, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: finger head that dissipates into a thick lacing at the top. Nice thick looking gold color, plenty of carbonation. Very sexy looking beer.

Smell: Fresh hops, spiciness. Very light malt scent.

Taste: Assertive hops, nice pine and citrus. No off flavors.

Drinkability: Hands down one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Nice thick malt and great hop mixture. Very drinkable too.

wmtxbb, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a hazy copper color, with a foamy white head. The aroma of the beer smells of sweet malt, citrus and piney hops. In the taste there is a sweet bitterness right away, and ends sweet with just the right balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable beer.

arboristfish, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Copper pour with a big, frothy, white head. Fresh hop grapefruit and pine aroma with a slight floral note, lemon zest, and a balance of earthy caramel. Loads of wet, resinous piny hop flavor with a hint of lemon, some honey, toast, and faint caramel. The pine definitely dominates the flavor and lingers long after you swallow. Creamy medium-full body with soft carbonation.

punkrkr27, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of luisfrancisco
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle, might have been 500 ml or a little more.

This is a great IPA. It pours a nice orange/yellow, with a one inch white head.

Smells of piney hops, very delicious.

Taste is superb. It is a very nice dry IPA. Hop presence is very much the main taste element here. Nice citrusy, grassy taste. Not too much malt, and with a dry finish.

I would say this is probably stronger and hoppier than a regular IPA, but not as much as a Double IPA. Also it does not have the caramel or sweet malt backbone that will be present in some of the DIPAs.

All in all, one mighty go to hoppy and dry IPA. Excellent.

luisfrancisco, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a dark orange honey color. This beer has an awesome looking off-white head that seems to last forever, with tons of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells fantastic. Lots of pine with a little apricot in the middle mixed with some citrus/grapfruit. Ends nice, crisp, and clean. wow. hoppy. There's a lot of citric hops in the taste. With very little sweetness in the middle. Pine flavors pull throw towards the end, giving it a bitter aftertaste. It has a semi creamy light bodied mouthfeel, with a pretty high amount of carbonation. This is an excellent IPA. If i need a hop fix in the future I will keep this beer in mind. Can't beat it at 7.99 a six pack. I love SN price points. Quality beer at reasonable prices. The only reason this beers drinkability is a little low is because of the slightly higher than average ABV. But an evening at home with out the need to drive anywhere, this beer can easily become a session.

depechemode1983, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a nice size rocky/creamy/frothy off-white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and the lacing is excellent. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, cereal, caramel, lemon, pine

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue and the beer is creamy yet dry. The most noticeable flavours are cookies, pine, nuts, and caramel. There are also notes of citrus and a sort of rustiness. I can't put my finger on it, but something just tastes like it doesn't belong. It finishes with a nutty bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - It's definitely an above average brew, but something just didn't taste right. Perhaps I am just more of a fan of their Celebration ale and their Pale Ale. I expected more, but it was still worth a try.

spinrsx, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of capogeannis
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Love this beer. My point ratings on A/S/T/M/D are honest and may not look like high marks, but I was rating this based on the average person's palate.

I like bold and hoppy. This beer is beyond that. Not a party beer for the general public, but a fantastic beer for those that love the hopbombed, stronger styles.

A great winter warmer.

capogeannis, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of andyinsdca
1.78/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...
A: cloudy/hazy amber, a finger of head that lasted a couple of drinks, some lacing.
S: citrus, pine forest
T: Wow. Overwhelming bitterness. Just way too much. It's like they're in some sort of arms race on how much hops they can stuff into a beer. And, they've failed. All I can really taste is bitter and it's unpleasant.
M/D: Why bother? Mostly undrinkable.

This was my 2nd bottle out of the 6-pack; I was drinking a 2nd beer to see if it was as bad as my 1st and it was. I have dumped the rest down the sink.

andyinsdca, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange / amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of floral citrus hops, light malt and fruitiness fill the senses. Taste is citrusy hops with a bit of lemon peal, some light malt. Palate is nice full body, and good carbonation. Finish is citrusy hops, fruitiness and some sweet spices and light malt add some balance. As the beer warms the flavors and hoppiness become more pronounced and bitter hops dominate this brew. Overall a very flavorful and complex brew

Samp01, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: copper with a frothy white head when poured into the glass. Head starts off big put a slight head remains the whole time when drinking the beer.

Smell: piney, hoppy,floral, and citrus notes.

Taste: Pine hops are strong throughout the drink and dominate the finish. Citrus flavors in the beer and the pine hops bring out the grapefruit taste, which is pretty cool. Very little bitterness and maltiness when drinking too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body that is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.

The first time I hd this beer was at the EBF last February and it only took me 8 months to finally find it in a package store. Well worth the wait and a step up from the SN Pale Ale.

Flounder57, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of the Pale Ale, I'm looking forward to this. Poured into a pint glass.

A - The color's a beautiful copper, and it's clear as can be. I could see across a farm field holding this front of me, it's so clear. On the flip-side, the head is a weak 0.5-finger, and that's with a hard pour. At least there's some lacing, though.

S - Wow... potent hoppiness. It's like an IPA in an IPA, if you know what I mean. Pine and citrus hops all around. Very potent, very powerful... wondering what this smell would be like on my tongue.

T - Oh, that's what it's like: overwhelming. While I like the smell, the taste is exactly the same: hops overload. Pine hops, citrus hops, it's all there. Sadly, what it lacks is a bit of balance. The result is this sort of tongue-cutting beer that leaves me going, "Sheesh... couldn't they tone it down a notch?" Well-brewed, but over the top.

M - The not-surprisingly bitter finish is preceded by a nice, light body with good carbonation. Overall, it feels nice all of the way through. It almost floats off of the tongue. Very pleasant.

D - The good thing about most hoppy beers is that they get the easier to drink as you go on. This one is no different, and it's affordable. To rookies, though, this is going to be a tough ride.

Overall/notes - Man, this may be the hoppiest beer I've ever tasted. I've had Hop Stoopid and Pliny the Elder, too. What those two have, however, is a refinement this one lacks. A bit disappointed that it couldn't be more rounded off, but I'll live, I suppose. Fans of hops will adore it (as the rating suggests).

bbkd3b, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of honkey
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper with a beautiful head which fades to a half a finger as the glass gets sipped (or in this case, gulped)

Smell- very floral aroma with a hint of sweetness that follows

Taste- hello hops! First sip shows a lot of hops flavor followed by a moderate sweetness from caramel malts. Usually, I like my IPAs to have very little caramel flavor, but SN has shown that even caramel malts have their place in an IPA.

Mouthfeel/drink- could stand to be a bit drier, but that is getting nit picky. A great IPA. I hope this becomes as easy to find as their pale ale.

honkey, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a perfect 2 finger head that has great retention, splendid lacing follows the brew down the glass. Aroma is of citric hops, with some very subtle malt undertones. Has a very natural taste to it. Taste is of hops, hops, and more hops, the quintessential IPA in my opinion. The malt undertones complement the hops nicely, and the aftertaste sits perfectly in the mouth, but isn't too powerful. The ABV is completely hidden by the hop masterpiece. The beer is full bodied and thick, a tad chewey, and the carbonation level is good, giving it a bit of a pop as it slides around. Drinkability is surprisingly high, especially with how good this one tastes. I have put back a sixer in one sitting on a few occasions, not out of a desire to become inebriated, but because I really enjoyed the taste just that much. This is one of my favorite ales of all time.

ramseye4, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The pour was nice, your typical IPA pour with a deep brownish amber, with great clarity. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top of the glass throughout the session, letting me know this one was definitely not going to be dull in anyway. A nice two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.

Smell - The aroma was rich with pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. Still though, this was a solid IPA, with a classic west coast aroma.

Taste - The flavor was spot on, and exactly what I had been looking for. The first flavor to hit my mouth was a deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well. Virtually no alcohol present, so I cannot imagine this one as coming off too terribly strong, it was a nice solid IPA. Some nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitter, with the long lasting taste of pine coming through quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this came off very smooth, and at the same time, quite refreshing and light. I really enjoyed how nicely this all came together here as it was quite lively and crisp and really the nice way to start an afternoon.

Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. Crisp, clean and with fresh hop bite, I could have continued to drink this one all day long. Every sip left the mouth dry, and left you waiting for one more.

bigdonniebrasco, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of WildTurkey
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber to dark honey color. Thick 2 finger head. Creamy / Frothy.

S: Hoppiness. Heavy citrus - grapefruit and floral.

T: Fruit and citrus. Grapefruit tangy. Bitter and dry. Slightly piney and peppery. Good malt base.

M: Medium body. Very dry.

D: Hop forward but with desireable hop and Malt balance.

WildTurkey, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of crnipeter
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

350 ml, BB 03.03.2011, into tulip. Pours clear, light coppery body overlain by beige head gradually collapsing to a thick, stable cloth that lasts.
Citrusy aroma (grapefruit), coniferous raisins, flowers, malty sweetness penetrating through the hoppy aromas just listed, some alcohol. Citruy flavor of grapefruit and lemon with prominent bitterness and no malts to speak of. Bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied without noticeable harshness.

crnipeter, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of molinator
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that broke the camel's back. I had to make an account here after I ran through a few six packs. Before this Torpedo Extra IPA, I had been wary about tasting Pale Ale. My first encounter was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I enjoyed but found less drinkable.

Torpedo Extra IPA, however, hits the nail on the head.

Pours a dark amber, with a nice lingering head.

My gripe with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was that it left too much aftertaste for my liking. I think that's where this (India) Pale Ale's alcohol content works in its favor. It is able to harness massive flavor without having overwhelming aftertaste that prevents it from being drinkable - I believe the 7.2% ABV does a nice job of cleaning the slate for the next sip. That's not to say that the aftertaste is entirely alcoholic. It is masked nicely by pine tones that linger when the last traces of liquid line the pallet.

The carbonation is spot on, and lingers for a surprisingly long time after having been poured. I was watching CO2 bubbles rise to the top of my drink for quite a while after I poured it.

And as a personal anecdote, I made it my goal to try a wide variety of beers on my own when I turned 21 - certainly not due to bad experiences with cheap beers before, officer, sir. Since then I have tasted micro, macro, and in between. Don't let it sway you too much, but if I had to pick a favorite up until now, this would be it. Perfect balance of everything I wanted from beer.

molinator, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber orange in color wit ha full inch and a half of frothy foam filling the glass right to the top. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of grapefruit and pine top it wit ha bit of a lemony citrusness to it as well. it has just a touch of some fruity, mango like flavors to it as well. A moderate malty flavor comes through and provides a nice base for all the hops.

The taste hits you with a big blast of pine and grapefruit right from the start. It's very bitter at first but it mellows a bit towards the finish when more of the lemony citrus and a hint of sweeter malt come through. The dry, bitter, grapefruit flavors linger for a while as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It has some very nice hoppy flavors to it overall. It's a very taste and drinkable beer overall. Very solid in all categories as well.

billab914, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brownish orange color. Off-white colored head. Decent Lacing. Light citris aroma, more piney and floral though. No malt showing through, just hops. Moderate carbonation. Not a ton of citris in the flavor, some grapefruit rhine in the aftertaste. More Pine and floral flavor comes out in the start and middle. Mild sweetness. Hop bitterness shows through at beginning of finish, bitterness leaves to more light, mild citrisy rhine taste. Floral taste is the thing I am left with most. Overall, a simple flavorful beer. Good as a bigger transition beer, or so my wife says.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 17, 2010
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,739 ratings.