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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
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9,003 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,003
Reviews: 2,617
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,178 | 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 whatthehull
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted April 10th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A semi-cloudy amber/copper, one finger head and a bit of lacing

S - Malty, pine, sap, bark, floral and citrus hops, smells of a malted pine tree. A bit of orange and pineapple and a bit soapy. Lots of malt and hop, but very balanced in that respect

T - Orange, pineapple, floral, sweet toasted malt, sap, bark and it tastes a bit oaked. Nicely sweet and beautifully bitter. It tastes very natural and earthy

M - A bit chewy, very acidic, finish is long and while it is chewy it is still velvety

D - If IPA isn't your game, stay away from this one. tastes of bitter and awesome hop pellets. If you are an IPA fan, this beer is a must. I do hate the name though

Final thought - At $6.99 a six and a 7+ ABV, this beer is worth it's weight it cash

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with a mound of ivory colored head that can be as large as you want to pour it and had good retention and good stick on the glass.

Pine, herbal and citrus hops with strength descending in that order. Also a strange mustiness that makes some of the herbal tones smell grassy especially out of the bottle, 420 comes to mind. Good malt backing, bready but reserved allowing the hops to take center stage.

Malts provide a spectacular balance for the citrus and pine hop flavor. Slightly bready caramel malts but transitions to being toffee sweet before notes of grapefruit, pine and a building bitterness take over. Slightly acidic on the after taste.

Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel that lacks in carbonation. Offers a good body but doesn't dry very well. Some sticky residue, bitterness lasts long after the drink.

Great version of an IPA from one of the most regionally available breweries. Creamy and bitter-sweet which engulfs an entire spectrum of hop flavor.

rawfish, May 02, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm good. Poured a 12 ounce bottle in a nonic. Pours a clear amber with a towering off-white head. Light to moderate lacing.

Piney and citrus hops plus caramel malt smell. Very balanced taste. The caramel malt is tasty and makes a solid base for the hops, which shine with piney, earthy and even grassy notes, with a bit of esters coming through just before a sharp hop finish.

Pretty smooth to a bit creamy mouthfeel with some alcohol warming. Medium carbonation.

Overall, enjoyable IPA with a complex array of hops layered on a solid caramel malt base. I have had it before and will have it again.

hiku7, May 02, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a great beer. this is dangerous beer. but it is great. this is the type of beer that begs you to just keep chugging it down -- because it is so rich and satisfying and well made. "beer-wise" this is something you can really enjoy as one of the finest examples of American craft beer. Sierra Nevada pale ale was the first standard bearer for american pale... and now torpedo is the standard bearer for West Coast IPA.

pours a clear rich amber with an excellent head and sticky glass coating foam. on another day i might rate the aroma higher -- but right now i can only state clean, piney hops -- not a grapefruit bomb.

this is a rich, full, bitter-sweet beer. this is not a SOCAL dry as weeds hop devil -- this is a succulent drink. (just pointing out the difference here, not a value judgement.) i will point again to the piney goodness of the hops -- and the malt base is very strong, sweet and well-developed. pure caramel yumms...

this would go great with a soft shell crab -- or any succulent seafood dish... would sit well next to a giant lobster and a dish of butter and some sourdough bread.

colforbin73, May 02, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear copper body. Creamy off white head.

Smell - Skunky. Grassy with a small bit of hop.

Taste - Grassy and acidic. Very average IPA.

Mouthfeel - Decent body. Some texture and creaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Average in style. Nothing special. Acidic and hoppy. Not very balanced.

ZenAgnostic, May 01, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn! That thing has some bite to it. I've seen this in the stores for several years and finally picked up a bottle at Beercrazy. It's color depends on the thickness of the glass, from light to medium copper. The aroma is hoppy with a touch of fruit. The taste has an abundance of hops with orange, lemon, and maybe a touch of chives. The body is good with the hops hitting your tongue hard and not letting up easy, end up to be a bit harsh. Overall this is a good hop head brew but could just a bit more subtle.

DesMoinesMike, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with a little bit of residual cream colored head on top. The nose is great on this beer, lots of pine notes, and a bit of citrus as well. The flavor is pine on the front with a pleasant hop bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is light, but with all the flavor going on it balances out to be pretty drinkable. Overall, a great beer for a hot afternoon.

RedSpecial1, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of mellowmark
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to a Leffe Chalice. Brewed on date is cryptic #109022043. $6.79 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a 2-finger frothy tan head. Decent retention, very nice lacing all over.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops, but more forward with the pine. Breadiness. Kind of a fruity twang.

Taste: Bitter hops with a nice balancing malt character. Sweet on the back end but the bitterness is still prominent throughout. There's a nice citrus fruity almost funky character in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: This beer is pretty much full bodied which is rather surprising. Extremely smooth and the carbonation is at a perfect level, I would say medium-low.

Drinkability: High

I wish I would have come across this sooner. Highly recommended.

mellowmark, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of morehoppps
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, into pilsner glass.

A: Poured a rusty amber, one finger head, with a nice amount of bubbles commuting from the bottom.

S: Smells hoppy, but not as much grapefruit aroma as I was expecting. Not too too much in the nose really.

T: Smooth, hoppy, but not overly hopped. Like New Belgium Ranger, This is an IPA that some non-hopheads may enjoy. For the somewhat high ABV, not much alcohol taste. As far as malt, it is nice and bready, balanced brew.

M: Medium-Bodied. Nice carbonation, and a clean finish.

O: Great IPA that is available in most decent grocery stores, and liquor stores. A very good mainstream, "Non-Regional" ale. Thumbs up SN!

morehoppps, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tall white fluffy head leaving lacing once it dissipates. The color is excellent deep amber and very good clarity.

Very good balance in the nose on the herbal and citrus hops. The malt aromas just come off as flat and non-descript. Somewhat funky and very unlike most American IPAs.

Grapefruit like hops, somewhat interesting herbal flavor, and I’m starting to pick up on some pine. This bottle might be a hair old, I can’t read their dating system, but what I’m getting her is a truly well balance IPA. The hops build like they are going to take a bite out of my tongue and then they step back and let a strong toasty malt mellow things out. The end result is a rather different IPA than I’d have expected.

Smooth, creamy, and just darn clean finishing. One of the better drinking IPAs I’ve had recently, but far from the best. The weight of the alcohol is certainly in here even if I can’t taste it. This beer hits imo the line between a double and single IPA. Up the IBU’s and this alcohol and body could be a double IPA by any standard.

I like this offering from Sierra. I have to say my memory of the first time I had this is far better than this experience. This won’t be a regular beer for me, but I’m glad that it is around when I’m looking.

bobhits, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled March 30, 2011

A - Bright and clear orange body, hints of brown and pink. Decently large offwhite head. Nice lace

S - Excellent crisp hops, pine, citrus, fresh cut grass. Mostly fruity aromas, not too biting or bitter.

T - Creamy and bitter hops, citrus and other fruits. Nice hop profile, and well backed by malt.

M - Nice and big, very smooth. Great feel

O (D) - A fantastic beer, a great, affordable, readily available IPA. No complaints.

ColdPoncho, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at one of the best spots on earth to grab one, memphis taproom.

A- comes to me with a inch and a half cap of light tan head that rises above the glass for a second before slowly creeping down the glass and leaving a cm or so on top. That perfect copper orange in color and as the sun shines thru the windows its glows like nobodies business.

S- bigs pungent grapefruit and piney hops with a simple bready sweetness and a bit of toast underneath.

T- a tug of war between the bitter sweet grapefruit and slightly astringent pine all sitting on top of nicely balance bready malt and light caramel sweetness.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a fizzy mid level carb that keeps things easy and fun.

O- a great brew and one that is a gem on draft. Hoppy enough to satisfy the hop head in you and accessible to the masses. A winner in my book.

oglmcdgl, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in a “make your own six-pack” at my local grocery store. I’ve heard of Sierra Nevada, but this is the first time I’ve tried it. I consider myself a bit of a hophead, so if anything says “Extra IPA” on the bottle, I’m down.

A: Surprisingly dark. A nice amber/rust color, with an enormous white head that creates a ton of bubbly lacing. Looks great!

S: Hops, hops, hops. Some citrus zest (mostly lemon), but it’s all about the bright, American hops here.

T: This is a very hoppy beer. A lot hops can sometimes mean an overwhelming saltiness, or a diminished palate. Not here, though. This is good old-fashioned craft beer at its best: don’t be stingy with the flavor, but don’t overwhelm the drinker. It’s hoppy, yes, but in a smooth way that brings other flavors to the taste buds with ease. There’s the lemon again, with some herbal/floral notes (a little less than I would like, but still a nice addition). Just a hint of roasted malt and breadiness leaves the aftertaste crisp and refreshing. A great taste for summer.

M: High carbonation dances on the tongue and brings out the piney bitter flavors even more. If they toned down the carbonation, I feel the smoky/biscuit undertones would come out even more (which would bring a little more complexity to the palate). But hey, it’s an “Extra IPA,” so it works well with the style.

O: This isn’t a head-turning “gourmet” beer. It’s just great American hops, loaded with even more hops, then brewed slowly and carefully. The second I tasted it, I thought “Wow, what a great session beer.” Then I saw the 7.2% ABV. Well, a good beer, anyway! If all of Sierra Nevada’s brews are like this, then they just found a new fan.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark murky gold with a light tan head that stays. some lacing

S-fairly hoppy with a scent of grass, slightly stale smelling. medium to high strength

T-comes in a lot more fresh than the smell suggests. hits the tongue with a good citrusy bitterness. the citrus hops then transform in to a good piney taste. it ends with quality grassy hops that form the after-taste. there is a good bitterness that lasts throughout the experience.

M-good, creamy medium carbonation with a good creamy finish

D-this is a fantastic IPA. it took me quite awhile to try this. i'm glad i finally did. this is a high quality IPA for a great price. its goes down easily and the great tastes stay.

AdamBear, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Jreb79
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Very nice clear blaze orange hue with an inche of off white head. Reminded me off fall. Very nice on the eyes.

S - A distict hoppy citrus and grainy smell from 2 feet away. Under my nose, I could find fruity alcohol esters and a desecnt bready malt backbone. Nothing compared to the citrus and grain from the hops. Very nice.

T - Very much of the same. I didn't expect the malt to come through like it did. It balanced this hoppy brew very nicely.

M - I think this is one of the fullest mouthfells on an IPA to date. Oily resins coat the mouth after each swallow.

IMHO - I really enjoyed this beer. If I had the option, I would choose SN's Celebration Ale IPA over this one. Definately made my top 5 though. If you love IPA's, don't pass it up.

Jreb79, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this one tonight, craving a solid, reasonably priced ipa. Not disappointed. Poured a nice amber color with a nice off-white head. Aromas of light hops, mostly pine. On the palate this one is light to medium bodied, with flavors of piney hops, with some good balancing malt.

emmasdad, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of iSip
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA: As I walk by the beer isle, there are many great IPA’s available. Why should I try something new? I took a chance on the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, and it turned out to be a good move. The Torpedo pours with a luxurious off-white head, has a light aroma of hops and a nice deep color. So far so good. The hop flavor comes early when you taste the Torpedo, and goes the distance. Nice bitters aftertaste. Very nice balance of hop and malt, a drinkable IPA. While not a Double IPA, as the “Extra” in the name may imply, this IPA sits solidly in a group of IPA’s that an IPA aficionado will appreciate.

iSip, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one extremely drinkable IPA. grapefruit hops, sweet bready malts and a chewy mouth that gets better with every sip. the drinkability it addictive without sacrificing any flavor whatsoever. sierra pale ale became the quintessential over the years, an american craft beer standard. torpedo does not disappoint and is destined to become a go-to IPA for BAs nation wide.

on a side note, this reminds me of DFH 60 min.

dbmernin83, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip glass

clear cooper color with a white head that had good retention

Smell is more piney than citrusy.

Taste is piney with a slight malty sweet taste on the finish.

I was hoping for a beer between the IPA and DIPA category. This one just didn't hit that target for me, I guess I like the citrusy ones more than the piney ones.

jsulko, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Torpedo, an old standby when I'm feeling like a good beer that'll get me buzzed with my hispanic food.

A - A lovely golden brown with a frothy head and lacing that melts away as soon as it forms. Promising!

S - A floral yeasty aroma around this beer, kind of like fresh baked bread with a lot of edge to it.

T - The flavor starts light and slowly develop as the sip fills your mouth. As the carbonation fades away the beer becomes quite aggressive with sharp hop bitterness and yeast to give the beer a real bite. Torpedo keeps the citrus mild, preferring to give the drinker unrelentingly sharp bitterness...which is welcome for a change.

M - Opening up into an aggressive brew, it is definitely an acquired taste and not for the faint of heart.

O - Great for lovers of bitter beers, not for fans of wheat beers and light drinkers.

ManuelHerrera, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of RossCain
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint

A: Poured a hazy apricot hue with a fluffy yet dense off-white head of about 2 inches on an aggressive pour. Lots of lacing around the sides of the glass with this beer and the head really stuck around with a bubbly retention.

S: Piney with a certain resinous quality blending with nuances of fresh fruit strongly reminiscent of pineapple. Bold a definitely with a nice finish of sweet malty character in the background.

T: Bitter and assertive piney hops assault the palate from the first sip, rushing into a woody earthiness complimented well by the sweet notes of tart fruit and ripe pineapple. Bittersweet in the finish with a final overture of caramel malts, an overall aggressive but at the same time remarkably well balanced beer.

M: Medium body with a sticky quality when it enters the mouth. It does have a coating character that fills the mouth with a moderate pucker in the finish. The alcohol is unfortunately a little hot and more noticeable than I believe it should be.

O: A great strong and robust IPA in my opinion. The notes of pineapple were certainly a nice deviation from the normal grapefruit and citrus peel. Certainly a beer I will revisit for both the great, bold character and the price! My only hope would be to taste a little less alcohol the next time around.

RossCain, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of NaLoGra
1.65/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Honestly, I enjoy IPAs every once in a while, but this one was just way too strong for me. Average white head, smelled strongly of hops, just like the taste.

I can see how those who love IPAs will enjoy this, but for the occasional IPA drinker like me, its a bit overpowering and dry with a very, very strong hop flavor, with an aftertaste that just doesn't go away.

It definitely deserves the "extra IPA" label that appears on the bottom. Gave me a headache after drinking. Will not buy again.

NaLoGra, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of NickRivers
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Stone Snifter.

A&S - Clear copper, two-finger white head, medium/heavy lacing very carbonated with lots of bubbles. The nose is mostly made up of pine hops with a little citrus and a little bready malt. Theres few other nots I can't get through the pine.

T&M - Very sweet crisp front with an almost honey feel, turns to a pine sap flavor, kind of maple in the middle then the citrus hops kick in and turns everything to a very bitter finish. May be to bitter for some.

O - A fantastic beer.

I like to think of this as the piney SN Pale Ale. Despite the DIPA title, its got a great medium body thats balanced for the most part. I wouldn't say this is as balanced as DFH 90, theres definitely more hop presence here as appose to all the malt floatin' around in the 90. I respect the gent that noted its evergreen forest feel. I've always said that SN takes you to the image on the label. They're a very earthy brewery, even there porter hits home. Bottom line? An amazing beer everyone should try, personally a great session beer for a nice dinner at a friends house? Fancy picnic? Pick it up! you won't be disappointed! Stay thirsty my friends.

NickRivers, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, medium carbonation. Thin white frothy head. Nice lacing and stability. Looks quality as expected from SN.

Nice fresh hoppy aroma. You can smell the whole coneness of the hops. Piney and a bit floral/citrus. Some forrest evergreen natural character. Mild malt sweetness gives it some depth.

Another great balanced example of the style. Not the biggest malt or hop flavors you will find but what is there combines well and meshes together nicely.
For me it sort of mirrors the interpretation of their pale and celebration. Lots of hop character but balanced by big malt as well.

Glad I grabbed a six pack of this cause I will enjoy going back and giving this more attention. And at the price, it's a steal!

joecast, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a orangish yellow color with nice 1 finger head

S-Has a piney citrus smell

T-Has a nice hoppy flavor upfront with some maltiness and citrus in the middle.FInishes alittle on the dry side

M-light bodied,clean feel

D-Very drinkable beer. Really like this beer. HAs alittle more flavr then i was expecting. Has a slight dry finish but overall a wonderful beer

LiquidBread219, Apr 10, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,003 ratings.