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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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8,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,556
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 961 | 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 jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice tawny orange. A nice head to it too. About an inch thick rocky head.
S- Smell is of citrus hops. A little more subdued than i expected, and lacked the malt backbone I hoped for.
T- Taste starts with the citrus/grapefruit hop flavor. The pale malt makes a presence here as it fades away hoppy. Much more well rounded than the scent suggested.
M- Full bodied ipa, with a bit of alcohol tinge on the tongue. Dry finish.
D- At 7.2 it's no lawn mower beer. Torpedo is definitely like SNPA 2.0, but it serves as a well balanced IPA. A good beer when you want something just a little more from SN compared to the pale ale.
last edit: 7/31/10

jsprain1, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange appearance. Good head and lacing. Hoppy aroma. Pine, lemon and orange zest, a hint of grapefruit. Pine hops to start. Not too overpowering, but strong. Grassy and a bit bitter. Also some lemon and grapefruit zest which balances out the other hops nicely. A little sweet caramel malt comes around at the end, but doesn't take away from the hoppy product.

uustal, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A big white head, with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops here. Spicey, citrus and piney hops with a very nice strong malt back bone.

T- Very well balanced here. A nice hop taste with a great malt back bone. A good amount of bitterness but nothing over powering.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink. Has about everything you could want, great taste and great price.

nrbw23, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of joeland
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- an very nice amber color with minimal head, that leaves a tiny amount of lacing.

smell- a weak hop smell.

taste- the bitter hits you right away and then fades quick.

mouthfeel- a carbnation mouthfeel

drinkability- an easy drink could have a couple with no problem.

joeland, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at the class six at Travis AFB last week.

Appearance- amber color, nice head

Smell- hops, very nice

Taste- hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. I would say it would probably be a standard IPA for me to drink. I enjoyed it a lot.

jeffjeff1, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never reviewed this beer before because it is one of my "go-to" beers that I drink on the regular. I decided to review this time because this happened to be the best tasting and most fresh batch I think I've ever tasted. This had to have been bottled no longer than a week ago. Pours a slightly cloudy orange/golden colr with a beautiful head that slowly minimizes. The smell on this batch of Torpedo is AMAZING. Definitely one of the strongest floral scents I have ever gotten out of an IPA. Along with strong hop and citrus smell. Upon touching my tongue I get immediate sweetness...a bit of candy sugars along with honey. Then followed by a strong bitter citrusy backbone. Then the sweetness comes back and lingers on the back of the tongue for a bit. The mouthfeel is close to perfect with a nice chewiness to it, but crisp at the same time. I really really really enjoyed this Torpedo. If only all the batches could taste like this.

DovaliHops, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Dusty honey-coloured beer with ridiculous amounts of bubbles and a huge expansive head which insists on sticking around. Heavy lacing.

S: Impressive. Crisp hops dominate the nose, buttressed by heavy citrus and faint pine.

T: Huh. It's really good, but not quite what I expected. The taste is quite mellow and smooth, with a gentle sweetness rounding out the flavour. The hops are present, of course, but as a subtle compliment to the malty main body. The aftertaste is really the only place bitterness appears as piney hops leave the mouth just a tad dry.

M: Pleasant. As described in the taste, the mouthfeel is mostly malty and smooth, with a hoppy dryness toward the tail end.

D: Quite good, though all told I think I prefer Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Torpedo is a bit stronger than I realised, but this is a point in its favour, I feel. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produces a great two finger thick head that is off white in color, and retains quite well. The body is orange gold and pretty hazy.

The aroma is light but floral and citrus characteristics are what stand out the most.

The taste is well balanced with bitter and citrus tasting hops on the forefront, but a hint of toffee is there too.

Torpedo feels medium in body, has crisp and lively carbonation that leaves the palate satisfied thirst.

TheSarge, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of nano
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

POured into a Guinness pint glass from a 12 oz bottle

A- golden color with a big white head

S- pine, citrus and hope, a little bit of honey

T- hop and caramel malts in the finish, and lime

M- nice carbonation, a lot if bitterness

d- I could drink a six pack with no problem, I love SierraNevada brews

nano, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer pours a deep honey/copper colour with slight tan head

aroma - pine, honey, grapefruit, hops

taste - hops upfront, pine, grapefruit, honey

Mouthfeel - bitter upfront, good carbonation, medium bodied, slightly sweet & syrupy middle, bitter again on the back end

drinkability - one or two of these on a hot night would suffice

keithmurray, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - is rich orange-honey amber with an excellent beigish head and great retention. Fantastic lacing!!!

Smell - is of citrus, hops, pine, some light malt and yeastiness

Taste/Mouthfeel - sweet on the front end aided by the malt. Hoppy and bitter and the back with a dry almost astringent finish. Mouthfeel is think and coating with medium/low carbonation

Drinkability - One is just fine any more than two and you're pushing it. You just won't taste much of anything after two of these.

Snamnoum, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Tasting notes from late August 2009.

A: Pours absolute amber orange with three fingers of dimply head. I don't see any rising carbonation. Settles to a quarter inch, bone colored. 4

S: Resinous pine and sweet citrus, there might be some very feety malt in the background. A bit floral. 4

T: Hops, hops, orange rind, and grapefruit astringency. Like a grapefruit seed facial cleanser I once used. I could wash my face with this. Sweeter as it warms but still finishes with coating bitter grapefruit. 4

M: A little oily, slick, coating. 4

D: Overall; not really balanced, a bit more malt wouldn't hurt this beer. I enjoy it however and will re-review next time I get some. 3.5

6/15/10, 12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on 11 April 2010 or '0111'. Current scores reflect this more recent review, as my palate has changed significantly.

This is a great looking IPA, and in the Sam Adams glass the pour turned out perfectly with a solid three fingers of yellowed ivory head on top of the glistening orange copper body. The lacing is fantastic.

While not nearly as intense in aroma or taste as my first time out with this beer, I still get lovely big grapefruit rounds that have been zested. Now, however, I can tell that there is malt and that that malt has a biscuit character.

The flavor is still big on grapefruit and I now pick up lemon zest, biscuit, mint, and something rougher that might be tobacco-like. The bitterness is still big but doesn't destroy me.

It's dry without being thin and I think that the carbonation helps there. Last night I had my first Oskar Blues Gordon and the carbonation was a real problem; more bubbles would have made it a vastly more enjoyable drink.

I love these 7% American IPAs for the most part and I usually get more of a buzz than I'd like from them.

brewerburgundy, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of TK5150
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours topaz/amber with a small off-white head. Great lacing on the glass as I swirl.

S- Lemon and grapefruit come through first. A hint of orange. Very herbal and floral. Bready malt backs everything up.

T- Piney resinous bitterness, lemons, grapefruit, and an herbal quality that I find in most Sierra Nevadas...with bready malt to balance. Not intense or in-your-face, but a solid effort here.

M- Medium bodied, nice bite from the hops, palatable. Not particularly rich, but this is an IPA.

D- I see myself picking up a couple six packs over the summer as a nice, easy drinking IPA (especially at such a cheap price). I could drink a few of these on a nice summer day.

Overall, I like it. A good beer for summer. I don't think they need to call it an "Extra IPA", as this is more of a standard version in my opinion.

TK5150, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Medium-dark shade of amber with a substantial amount of off-white head and very good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, and tart orange

T - Citrus hops are detected within a nanosecond, and a fair amount of creamy, sweet malts quickly follow. This adds just the right amount of offset to the stunningly bitter hops, which are dominant throughout. The finish is pine and a lot of it - distinctive, refreshing, and truly a thing of beauty. It continues on the palate for minutes.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied, and delightfully crisp. So fresh and so clean clean.

D - Easy to drink for how intense the flavor is.

This is an incredible beer, and I'm pretty mad at myself for not having bought any for several months. There are several IPAs with higher BA scores, more buzz, etc., but don't make the mistake of overlooking this beer. Torpedo and Sierra Nevada's winter seasonal Celebration Ale are *by far* the best American IPAs for the money. I vow to keep this a fixture in the fridge from this day forward.

klikger, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Fengzi
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

what matters most 'to me' is the taste and how well it holds in the mouth. Not for the average person on the smell and the what I'd like to call (coin) I-P-A-ness, which is just what you expect from a IPA; bitter with a hint of a bite. It's almost like a real -cocont (mins the sweet); bitter and strong. Overall, this beer feels the cheeks and with a higher than norm alcohol level it makes it even better.. :)

Fengzi, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo poured a copper color with a good sized head. It smells almost like gin, a very strong pine smell, and also very hoppy. It tasted very hoppy, with a hints of pine. It is a bit hard to drink, but overall a fantastic beer, similar to there pale ale, but much more hoppier.

vette2006c5r, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of kosmoraios
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with plenty of carbonation evident in the glass. 1.5-finger head dissipates slowly leaving ample lacing down the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma is immediately of citrus and pine hops with grapefruit and a hint of lavender in the nose.

Taste is of citrus and piney hops with some herbal and floral notes. Nicely peppery on the tongue.

Quite drinkable, not a bad IPA for a warm afternoon.

kosmoraios, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of alli4051
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a clear, dark, copper. Prouduces a large, creamy head that leaves an average amount of lacing when its gone. Smells of floral and piney hops but the scent is a little underwhelming. Taste is a refreshing break from the typical citrusy hop bomb. Lots of floral and pine notes with hints of citrus and a faint malty sweetness in the finish to provide a bit of balance. A very drinkable beer, although its 7.2% it doesn't really feel it.

alli4051, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gave an aggressive pour from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep amber color with a thick creamy head over 1" thick. As the head reduces, it leaves an almost soapy film down the side of the glass and on top of the beer.

Smells of pine, citrus, sappy-tar and hops. The smell stays with this beer throughout; it doesn't get up and leave like with so many other beers.

A nicely bitter, hoppy taste greets the tongue and stays with it throughout the experience of this beer. Beyond the hops, there is a sweet, almost honey like malt underneath. For as strong a beer as this is (7.2%), it has a rather crisp taste to it, making it go down wayyyy to easy.

It has a bitter aftertaste which sticks to the tongue and dries out the mouth. Mouthfeel starts sharp, and ends dry.

A very drinkable beer, one which I've bought a few times this year if only to make sure I can share it with friends. Try it!

TheHoppiest, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of bourbonbock
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a clean pilsner glass and was treated to an tarnished copper colored beer with about 1.5 fingers of head. The head receded after a few minutes to a cap and left a ring around the glass in its place.

This beer smells wonderful and fresh. Floral, pine and citrus hop smells are dominant. The first sip is heavy on the tongue and hits the tongue hard with hoppy bubbles and ends with a hop oil and salty aftertaste. Good malt body backs up the bitterness on the after taste.

Each sip continues to leave lacing along the glass which is one of my favorite sights after drinking a beer.

I would definitely pick up another 6 pack of this beer.

bourbonbock, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Agold
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice amber color with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head. Fairly good lacing on this one. The first thing I smell with this beer is fresh piney hops with a citrus twist to it. Very nice hop character in the nose. The nose is reflected a lot in the taste of this beer, except I'm missing a bit of the citrus that I was hoping for. The mouthfeel is good, but I think it is a bit over-carbonated for me, but medium bodied nonetheless.

Agold, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of IBU99
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said.

Poured a beautiful copper color with a one finger head.

Smells of pine. Great hoppy aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Just the right carbonation.

Great flavor and perfect finish of hops.

This would be a great session beer if not for the ABV. I would still finish a sixer in a night with no regrets.

Great IPA!!!

IBU99, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of slatetupelo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice copper with good head.

T - This is just right for a session IPA, it has a great balance and just the right amount of bitterness. There are notes of citrus.

D - I've had this beer on numerous occasions and I have immensely enjoyed this beer each time. This is a beer that I could pound without even thinking about it. It's a very drinkable beer that goes down real smooth.

slatetupelo, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of 1fastz28
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this beauty in a mix a six, and i've had a few sierra nevada beers so i'm sure this will be good. poors a really nice copper color with a medium size head that laces an average amount. smell is really damn good, floral and piney hops dominate the nose, with just a kiss of malt. taste is very good too, easy to drink and has a nice mixture of maltiness and hops, a very solid and textbook ipa, nothing bad about this one, wish i had a full sixer and not just a single beer.

1fastz28, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my favorite tulip glass and was impressed with the deep golden amber color and the creamy white head. The smell was absolutely delicious with pine the dominating factor. Tasted very good with a citrus bias and a well blended hops character. Drier finish. Pleasing to the buds! Mouthfeel is medium light with a slight creamy texture. Very drinkable and not overpowering abv. Goes down smooth and crisp with a pleasant aftertaste. I like this!

kalkavekkian, Jun 06, 2010
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,556 ratings.