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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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9,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,032
Reviews: 2,619
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,196 | 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 djbreezy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - excellent transparency, medium orange/amber, minor lacing, excellent head and retention

smell - herbal and pine notes, floral and citrus hops

taste - the brewery description of pine and floral flavors is incredibly accurate, to a T, has a really nice finish that doesn't leave the often aggressive bitterness from pine hops

mouthfeel - full body, medium-high carbonation

drinkability - flavorful big hop profile, highly drinkable ipa

djbreezy, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of thebierbrewery
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz bottle

A- Very clear, golden amber hue, slight-medium head retention.

S- Piney then citrus, then slight malty

T- Nice hoppiness, resiny, good malt backbone, slight lingering bitterness, well balanced

M- Medium mouthfeel, even on the tongue, medium high carbonation

D- Very drinkable, hops dominate, but very smooth

thebierbrewery, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden-amber in colour with a creamy 1.5 finger head that shows decent retention and lacing.
Lots going on in the aroma-- sweet fruitiness and honey, citrus, and pine.
Wonderfully balanced-- solid caramel toasty malt backbone that supports the piney, floral hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of lingering pine but not overly bitter.
Medium body and modest carbonation create a rich and creamy mouthfeel.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. It provides a ton of hop flavour without being one-dimensional/overly bitter. I'd gladly/easily knock back a few of these in a row.

For 7.99 a sixer, this puts any Ontario craft beer (which start at around $11-12), let alone IPA to shame. I'll definitely be picking more up on future trips to that country to the south.

MattyV, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours a golden copper, 1.5 finger offwhite frothy head that dissipates over a couple minutes. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Citrus hops (tangerine, grapefruit, lemon peel), tons of pine, sweet grainy malt

T: I get a whole bunch of mellow fruit that blends into one complex, deep, and rich juicy flavor. Most noticeable fruit is grapefruit. There's a ton of pine bashing the palate with bitterness, it comes fiercely out of the background to almost overpower the fruit flavors. Malt character is fairly light and is just toasted a bit, a clean 'golden' flavor, not as grainy as I thought it would be. Alcohol is a little peppery in the middle and finish. Finish is bitter, resiny, pine, and grapefruit. I feel that the malt character is almost perfect in this, just sweet enough to add juiciness and make the pine bitterness bearable, but it doesn't steal the show.

M: Low Carbonation, medium body, very juicy. Chewy, sticky, resiny. Could be a little smoother with just a bit more carbonation.

D: I might have consumed this in record time, this might very well be my second favorite IPA to date. It's that good.

I honestly like this better than Hoptimum, I feel it's more balanced and juicy.

Satchboogie, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of spree92
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy burnt orange with a two-tone tan head.

S- A lot of hops. Citrus and oak are prevalent.

*T- From what I was smelling, it wasn't as strong as I was hoping. This may be my fault. I feel like it sat in the fridge to long and lost most of the bit. I will abandon my review as it doesn't do justice to what SN deserves.

*Bottle lot# of 033 521717

spree92, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of websherpa
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light burnt orange. Very clean with virtually no clouding. The head is very modest and leaves something to be desired. Agitation produces small and quickly diminishing head. Lacing is moderate but only when the beer is agitated to produce a larger head.

Smell: Hops up front for sure. Pineapple being the primary note with subtle and somewhat sweet grapefruit coming in behind.

Taste: Plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Pineapple and grapefruit again, that die slowly as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with nice carbonation. Ends dry and with just a hint of stickiness.

Drinkability: Wonderful beer. Just picked up my first 6er of this and I'm already thinking of making it a staple. I could easily have this all night, and tomorrow night too.

websherpa, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden orange color with a big fluffy white head that is there til the end. Never seems like it settles. Beautiful beer.

S: Hops and quality. That's what I smell with that. It's got that big hop smell and you know you're getting into a beer that's going to hit you like a hammer with the hops.

T: Hops, obviously, and I could go on all day about that because that's the point of this beer. But behind the high hoppiness, there's a great beer, in fact complimented by the hops. Citrus and good hop flavors envelop the mouth. and create one of my go-to beers.

M: Perfect carbonation levels that lets the flavors dance on your mouth and still finish smooth.

D: If you're a hophead, you'll like this beer and can drink plenty of these without skipping a beat. Great IPA, great beer. You know that SN made it with quality in mind.

chodinheaven, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: translucent golden red colored beer. interesting smiley face is forming in the off white colored head, specks of lacing are left along the glass. no carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: smells like pine needles and christmas-e goodness

T: super bitter nice and crisp. Fresh is a good word

M: full body, mid carbonation

D: even with the full body i could drink these all night

overall: sierra nevada is my fav ipa that u can find anyway, no matter if it the original, torpedo, or their seasonal they put out a good product. I would deff recommend this beer and the rest of the lot to anyone

minterro, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a clear, dark golden amber color with a frothy 1.5 finger off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Floral hop aroma with a lot of earthy pine needle and citrus fruit notes.Hitsnifts of grapefruit and orange peel counter the earthy chracter and there is a subtle malt presence in the nose.

Medium bodied wiu a nice crisp, bitter hop blas. Up front that lingers throughout over he subtle malt and sweet citrus flavor into a lingering dry finish. Lots of bitter earthy pine needle up front countered by grapefruit and orange peel. Subtle malt backbone providing decent balance but this beer is all about the delicious, fresh hops. A bit one dimnesional, which is exceptable considering the style, with a well masked ABV resulting in another flavorful, easy drinking hop bomb from Sierra Nevada.

corby112, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of tragicrock
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer to me is the best choice for an IPA drinker. I'm also happy Sierra Nevada starting making this year round. For about $8 per six pack, nothing comes close to the value and quality of this beer. The ABV & hop balance are perfect, and the hops come correct. This is basically an amped up hoppy and classic Sierra Nevada brew. Cheers!

tragicrock, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange amber. A straight pour into a pint glass landed 3 full fingers of peaky head with great lacing.

S - Pine and lemon-herbal tarragon. Slightly woody.

T - Soft opening rolls into light malt, followed by a rapid rise into a sharp bitter pine. The hop crescendo holds for a second or two before mellowing back out. Some grapefruit and pepper in the finish.

M - Smooth with a sweet finish. Bitterness builds throughout the drink. Leaves a touch of waxy bitterness in the back of your palate.

D - Nice drinkability. While prominent in the flavor profile, the bitterness mellows in the finish, and it's cumulative effect grows slow enough that it doesn't beat you down.

vfgccp, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle in to a pint glass. It has a date on the side of the bottle but i don't really know what this mean or how to read it.

This is overall a really good beer i have had it before but never really rated it so nows the time. The appearance is overall quite well. brings a nice dark orange color not really on the copper side. But it didn't really have a nice strong smell to it like i think it should have like a lot of other IPA's.

The TM&D all go against what i have said about the smell of the brew. For not having much of a smell you get a lot in flavor. Right away i'm hit with hops and heavy piney taste. A little bit of citrus but a nice dose of piney hops. Great. Also a nice consistency. Smooth and covers the 7.2% ABV really well. Good job SN.

HOPPYKC, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's really amazing that you can get a beer like this almost anywhere in the US. I think folks take SN beers for granted; their pale ale and this, their IPA, are really solid beers available anytime of year and almost anywhere.

Poured a 2 finger head in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Lots of thick lacing is left behind as the foam recedes and warms. The beer is a hazy, but brilliant orange.

One sniff and you know this beer is about hops. Tastes are pine-y and bitter hops. Not quite as tasty as Bell's Two Hearted Ale or their own Celebration Ale, but it makes up for it in mouth-puckering bitterness that lingers on the back of your tongue. The malts balance this IPA pretty well on the front of the tongue, but there's no doubt what the brewers at Sierra Nevada were going for. The mouth feel is solid, medium and crispy.

If you're a hop head, you have to try this beer. If you think that American IPAs have too many hops and are unbalanced, this may not be your type of beer. I'm in the former group.

airheadmtrcycle, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Stoutman88
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Orange color, transparent, quick rising bubbles. Very thin lacing of foam

S - Grains, floral notes

T - Slight malt sweetness. Hops are were most of the flavor is from. Citrus, tobacco, some spice, bitterness. Smooth clean finish

M - Carbonation is strong. Light and smooth body

D - Suprisingly well for an IPA. The bitterness is not to overwhelming and other hop flavors are present. Refreshing

Notes: A good IPA, not as bitter as I thought. definatly one of the best IPA's out there.

Stoutman88, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of canuckns
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for a few months now ever since a buddy of mine told me about it after having SN Celebration.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip with a nice 1 finger head. had lacing all the way down the glass. Deep amber colour

Smell: Hoppy

Taste: Matches the smell, intense hoppiness

Feel: Thick and satisfying

Drinkability: could drink this all night.

canuckns, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of NegativeSpin
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this beer on and off for a few months now, and can't stop coming back to it. It seems like many of the smaller mini-marts around town have been carrying it along with the Pale Ale (also quite good... but not as good), and it's by far my first choice amongst the usual suspects.

Appearance: I poured some out of a 32oz. bottle into a 16oz. glass about 5 minutes ago, and there is still a healthy, .5 inch head of what appear to be nitrogen bubbles floating on top. The beer itself is a deep amber.

Smell: Hoppy as hell... they spared no expense.

Taste: Matches the smell... intense hoppiness (is that a word? It is now), but not so bitter. The higher-than-average alcohol content is difficult to detect until after it hits your bloodstream.

Feel: Thick and satisfying... even halfway finished with my 16oz glass that I poured, there is still a bit of foam at the top of every sip and it is enjoyable.

Drinkability: There's a reason why you buy these in 32oz. glasses... they were meant to be consumed in that manner, although I doubt that I'd be ready for another after having one, as I'd usually accompany it with some Macallan 12 and would lose interest in beer by then. Still, it wouldn't be too hard at all to bust another open and drink it.

All in all, for the price, you can't beat this IPA. God bless Sierra Nevada.

NegativeSpin, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of unclejimbay
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/2/2010 Educated Update...
I flounder once again to decide this is still a very enjoyable IPA but notably a bold piney hopped version. Easily accessible, always a good price, notably bitter, and a well hidden abv. I have decided this is a more pine forward IPA example, especially after brewing a few more citrus oriented homebrewed IPAs at home.

Okay it's official and my palate is changing, either I am less sesitive to pine, or I have just sold out to Sierra. I officially declare Torpedo to have much more hop citrus aroma and taste than my newb palate could initially handle. I have come around to enjoy Torpedo as my go to hop fix @ 6.99 a six pack. I have found it to have similiar taste as SNPA, but just a bit more body, abv, hops and malt sweetness. Overall I love it, and I would edit my review to now claim it's equally citrus as it is pine on the hop profile. In short, the most accesible, best priced, consistent , and always available IPA in my area. $6.99 on sale, $8.99 most other days. A showcase IPA from a flagship American brewer, hat's off the Sierra for a welcomed suprise new offering.

original 7/16/09 review;
A soild 4.5 across all catergories. Almost a DIPA if you will. This one is a bit to piney for my hop preference, otherwise I would have given it a 5 on taste and drinkability. Regardless... this is a fine example of an extremly intense palate scraper by the talented SN Team!

A 4.5 with a good 2 finger head, excellent head retention, orange/copper/amber in color with a smei hazy clarity.
S 4.5 Bold aroma with hop dominant profile. Some citrus is present but overwhelmed by the 100 decibel pine notes! This one screams pine notes, it's a forest of an extreme compostion of an intensely pine-sapped symphony...
T 4.5 Solid malt backbone is bulldozed by the same momentum of hop aroma... Omptimus Pine duels with some Superior Citrus in this show... which may be exiciting if you like this type of outcome... I mostly prefer citrus to win the duel and prefer pine mostly in my floor cleaners, but this battle is worth showing up to...
MF 4.5 Medium body, high carbo...
D 4.5 see my summary above...

unclejimbay, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Per the neck label, I'm ready for the whole-cone American hop experience!

Appearance: This has a great bready head. Nothing looks better on a beer than big pockets of thick dough. This one almost bubbled over onto my laptop, have to be more careful. Amber/golden hue.

Smell: The aroma isn't as hoppy as I would have expected. I feel like I smell a hint of alcohol, but maybe that's the advertised ABV playing tricks on me.

Taste: This is surprising. After reviewing DFH 60 Minute last night, I was expecting (perhaps, hoping for) an even hoppier Torpedo experience. Not so. In fact, this is much more balanced than expected.

Mouthfeel: This is nice, just the consistency I prefer in a good beer. Right balance of carbonation and moderate aftertaste.

Drinkability: I see no problem here, whatsoever. Again, the beer is extremely balanced for an "Extra" IPA. And the 7.2 ABV will only serve to sneak up on you, not prohibit you.

JednoPivoProsim, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A = pours a dark amber with a good amount of carbonation, 2 finger head quickly dissipates with minimal lacing

S = mix of hops greater than malt with citrus underneath

T = Citrus up front, followed by a ton of hops, smooth with a bite of alcohol at the end. Hops definitely linger

M = little carbonation, light

D = high drinkability, not too much alcohol. Not quite as good as their Celebration, but very good nonetheless. I'm glad this is a year rounder

ncketchum, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes written on 1/9/11.

Torpedo appears a clear orange-gold into a standard pint glass. A fluffy, two finger head of the lightest khaki recedes to leave a frothy, full-covering film. Sparse, medium-paced carbonation bubbles drift upward. The lacing is nicely clumpy and splotchy.

The bouquet contains lots of citrus upfront. Aromas of fresh orange and lemon-lime are countrered by biscuit, sourdough, and just enough of a sweet caramel malt balance. Piney and floral hop scents are released when I swirl the beer, along with a bitter citrus rind component.

The taste is similar to the smell and is quite yummy. Toms of orange and lemon abound at the top of the sip, followed by a full caramel sweetness, and finished off by a resinous, piney hop dryness.

The mouthfeel is quite good. A light to medium body complements just the appropriate amount of sweetness, tartness, and bitterness. Excellent carbonation contributes to produce the prototypical feel for an IPA.

This is a solid, hoppy West Coast IPA. I could throw it into the IPA rotation and be perfectly happy with it's place. I could also have several of these in a sitting.

TCHopCraver, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Clear orange with a hint of red. 1 finger head lasting a couple minutes.

Smell. Orange, grass, strawberry and lemon. Nice

Taste. Pineapple, orange, red grapefruit and pine needles. Alchohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Prickly and bitter. Dry and crisp. Really nice.

Drinkability. A good drinker. I'm sure we'll meet again.

Rutager, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of confer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid gold,completely clear. Lots of carbonation activity going on. The big head fades but a cap and lacing are left behind.
The smell is definitely of the piney hops, at a very reasonable level.
Taste is also all hops, but the flavor lasts a few seconds and then seems to disappear quickly. There is no lasting aftertaste.
I could certainly have one or two of these in the future.
This was a January Selection in our BOTM club.

confer, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Clear reddish coloration with a deep orange hue. Large fluffy head with good retention and some nice, thick lacing.

S - Big floral hop aroma with something else behind it, sweet, reminds me of caramel.

T - Big hop bite. Mostly flowery. Bitter as an IPA can be, and I like it.

M - Crisp and clean feel, with a mildly dry finish. A bit of the bitterness lingers on the palate. Carbonation was mild.

D - Very very enjoyable. Excellent IPA, especially at the price point. I'm definitely going to have to get another sixer. Reco for sure.

PhageLab, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 12/2/10

I haven't had a Torpedo in a while, so figured I would grab one in a mixed 6er. Pours with a very clear, light copper body and a finger of light tan head leaving lots of sticky lacing on my pint glass. Not the most aromatic IPA, but still pick up plenty of piney / grapefruit hops in the nose. Citrus hops upfront in the taste is balanced out with a malt balance in the middle, eventually giving way to an herbal / piney bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, dry, and maybe a slightly below average level of carbonation for the style.

A nice IPA, I still think I like Celebration a bit more but I'll never complain about some fresh Torpedo's in my fridge.

prdstmnky, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Erish
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. I poured this bottle into a large wine glass.

A: honey color, orange-white head falls quickly, decent cap and good lacing.

S: orange, grapefruit, grass, pine, and a healthy dose of sweet malt.

T: loads of citrus up front, grassy/floral/citrus hops in the middle, the long finish is bitingly bitter with plenty of grass and pine. Like many super-hopped IPAs, I think this one would have shown better when it was fresh enough to still spank!

M: medium bodied, creamy to oily, moderate to light carbonation, finish is mineral-like.

D: a very tasty IPA, and one I would love to try fresh on tap.

Erish, Jan 09, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,032 ratings.