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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
91
outstanding

8,818 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,818
Reviews: 2,603
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 178
Gots: 1,084 | 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 fsimcox
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in the back of the frig, and noticed I had not reviewed this one.

Pours a nice amber color, a little cloudy. White foamy head that stays firm for some time. Some nice lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, and pine. Hints of grapefruit, a crisp scent, very refreshing.

Taste is hops and orange citrus. Smooth when it hits the lips, with hops and citrus in the middle, a bitter dry grapefruit finish. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, with some carbonation in the finish.

A great IPA, very drinkable, but be careful of the abv.

fsimcox, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange to dark yellow mix with a one inch head that lingers with good lacing throughout.

Smells like citrusy pine notes.

Tastes like citrus with some hops, although not a lot.

Smooth mouthfeel that is an easy drinker and not over-priced at all.

AllFineThings, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. A moderate head that quickly faded leaving a very sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Strong scents of sweet hops, the scent almost makes my mouth yearn for the first taste. Very robust flavors of tangy pine, a strong citrus profile along with a small malt and nutty profile. Mouthfeel is less oily than I expected. Very tasty, alcohol is well balanced. This beer is pairing well with homemade meatballs, pasta, and homemade bread.

mtnbikerpa, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of chefhatt
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice cloudy golden color to it with a nice 2 inch white head that hangs around for a while. The smell is very much of fresh hops and some pine. The taste is very dominate of fresh hops and has a nice bitterness to the beer. It has a great mouth feel, the bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and is very drinkable.

chefhatt, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Radome
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Cloudy, deep golden color. Off white head is thick, creamy, and long-lasting and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Great fresh, piney hop aroma. There is lots of grapefruit as well. No malt or alcohol can break through the blanket of hops aroma.

T - The taste is dominated by sharp hops bitterness and flavor, but there is some malt sweetness in mid-palate that balances. Alcohol is not evident.

M - The body is medium to thick. There is an astringent feel from all the hops bitterness, but there's enough mouth coating sensation from the malt to offset it.

D - The thick mouthfeel hurts the drinkability some. Overall, this is a very good fresh-hop IPA, but it does not have enough malt and alcohol character to make me think of a Double or Imperial IPA. Maybe that's why the label says "Extra IPA." This is a bit too one-sided for me to consider it one of the greats.

Radome, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful polished bronze with a nice creamy thick head that slowly recedes. Nice retention that leaves nice creamy walls of lace.

S- Citrus, sappy pine, funky musty notes, and sweet malt.

T- Sweeter than expected. Citrus and pine shine through. Funk in background with caramel swirls throughout.

M- Nice tang in the front, refreshing and light

D- Very easy to drink, but the bitter stays on the tounge. Very well balanced for its style.

JayS2629, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished golden colour with very light haze. Head is lovely but modest-ish, dense and cratered on top. Bead is very slow, but steady, and lace is pretty wonderful. That's a nice-looking beer. Not mind-blowing, but the 'little beer that could'.

Nose is a bit weak. Need to really whiff to get anything off that. Hints of royal funk with cardboard and metallic characters, some honey sweetness and a hint of fresh berries and underripe granny smith. Decent, really could use more though, it's just a bit lacking.

Taste is far more IPA-esque. Quite rich with bitterness prevailing throughout palate. Quite funky at times with oaky notes and a musty forest kind of character. Some rusty metallic notes and a hit of nuttiness, but more nutshell than the flesh itself. Leaves very dry with a nice silky touch to the texture overall. The main issue is that there's no profile, it's kind of flat and needs more peaks and troughs. Find it a bit dull, and it really does leave very dry.

A bit bland yet very bitter. Not terrible but I couldn't see myself downing a lot of these.

laituegonflable, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of JohnScav
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very nice copper color with a two-finger width off-white head. Once settled, head retention is good, leaving a thin creamy layer on top. Good lacing.

S-Crisp, citrusy

T-After my first sip I was shocked at the initial maltiness...in a good way. The bitter hops cuts through quickly. Notes of citrus, maybe grapefruit, sweetness.

M-Smooth, medium body. The frothy head is very creamy.

D- Very Drinkable. The hops bitterness is still lingering on my tongue so I wouldn't move between different beers or styles. It might mess up the other flavors.

JohnScav, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: 2 finger off-white head on top of a clear, apricot colored beer. Fine bubbles head for the surface.
S: Hops. Pine, citrus and peach. A hint of malt in the background.
T: The first sip tastes like a semi-dry white wine which gives way to a dry citrus taste. The finish is a bready malt sweetness.
M: Very soft, smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is barely noticed

goalie33, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of tbern007
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick head, lasts quite a while, sticky lace. Golden honey color. Not quite clear but not cloudy, maybe mildly hazy.
S - pine, hops, floral, grass.
Tastes like it smells - pine, floral, predominant hops, mild sweet citrus.
M & D dry and hop aftertaste. Lasts a while. Don't try any other kinds of beer after this one because the hoppiness will taint anything afterwards for quite some time. Very good overall.

tbern007, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA has a thin, off-white, creamy head and a cloudy, orange appearance, with light carbonation. The aroma is of sharp, piney hops, and the taste is of an overriding hop bitterness, with some citrus and oiliness. Mouth-feel is moderately heavy, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA finishes delicious and refreshing. I highly recommend this beauty!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of bboelens
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Golden brown with hints of orange, large off-white foamy head that sticks around

S-Hops, citrus, slight malt and maybe toffee

T-Solid hop and citrus flavorings rush immediately leaving a subtler sweet caramel taste as an afterthought

M-Medium bodied, mild carbonation

D-A very drinkable brew, easily able to put away 3-4 without a care

bboelens, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of csiewert
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with one finger of off-white head that clings to the glass all the way down as you drink it. Aroma is strong with fruity hops. Tastes of sweet malt and citrusy hop flavors... But not as much hoppy bitterness as you would think for an "extra IPA". Overall a very balanced good IPA that finishes very smooth.

csiewert, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but deep coloured amber, with an excessively good froth of off-white foam on top. Surprisingly, it doesn't leave a lot of lacing, but it does have a good body, and the bubbles in the body swirl around in its thickness. It's a pretty lovely looking American IPA all up.

Nose is alternately sweet and bitingly pungent. On one sniff, it's tropical and fruity liked tinned pineapple, and on the next, the apple drops out, leaving the sharp and fragrant aroma of pine - resiny and needle-y. Not as full bodied and overpoweringly robust as some of the best, but it's pretty nice.

Taste is also good, although it definitely shears towards the pungent robustness of pine, giving a straight and direct vector of hop bitterness slicing through the centre of the palate. Finish is slightly nutty, with a touch of peach and a very light hint of phenol. In some ways, apart from the pineapple on the nose, it reminds me of an East Coast IPA - the clean body, the sharp, almost herbal hop bitterness. Feel is smooth from the extra body, and is untroubled by whatever carbonation is present in the visuals.

A tasty brew no doubt, from a brewery renowned for doing tasty brews. Drinkable, but with plenty of character.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of jduffy21
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is clear copper color with good carbonation and nice white head retention. Hints of pine ruminate from the glass. Another winner by Sierra Nevada. Notes of pine, and nice hoppy bite towards the end. This is a very drinkable IPA. I love this one.

jduffy21, Dec 14, 2010
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
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 8,818 ratings.