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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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9,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,377
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 210
Gots: 1,479 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an opaque coppery golden with a decent amount of creamy head, fading to leave a nice bit of lacing...

S-sugary sweet citrus hops, a subtle hint of bread...

T-peppery bite followed quickly by a nice piney hop bomb...

M-decent body, nice mouthful without being chewy or gummy...

O-This is the type of brew that gives a new face to American beer. I enjoyed this when I first tried it over a year ago, but now it is becoming more and more readily available everywhere i turn. Would much rather run across this than the usual macro suspects when I hit the store...not bad.

Photo of godlessape
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my trusty Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Clear and brassy, with a gorgeous beige pillowy head that holds on to the last drop.

Smell: The nose comes through with all the citrus and pine one should expect with a West Coast IPA--but that's not all. Lurking in the back are some sugary caramel notes and I swear I'm smelling weed with this. The good kind.

Taste: Despite the tongue shredding, mind swirling hop bitterness that I've come to love with this style, I can still taste that ever sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied velvet caress of the palette.

Overall: One of the best IPA's that ever crossed these lip's.

Photo of david370
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured froma bottle about 6 weeks out from bottling.A nice deep orange color with a nice frothy head
Boy the aroma just jumps out of the glass.Hops and floral and resin aromas
A little bit of sweetness up front then a nice slight bitter finish
This one is nice especially since its available everywhere and a go to IPA when you dont want to break the bank

Photo of BeerBuggy
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a coppery hue. The lacing is spotty with occasional chunks of foam but the head is a well maintained two fingers thick with a peculiar plasticidy. I see very little carbonation. I don't see an obvious sell by date on the bottle. The smell is like fresh green herbal buds. The hops smell warm(forgive the synesthesia) and inviting. The taste is of citrus ,pine, and pepper. The hops aftertast is a momentary blast of hops then fades to light but lingers. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and coats the roof of my mouth in a way I like . This is a very good beer and i wanted another and so had one. Goes down well. The taste of alcohol content is not present the way I expected for a 7.20 ABV.

Photo of pielager
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has kept with this beer from what I know of 2006? Maybe earlier, but that was when I wasn't ready for such am intense IPA such as this.

A well marbled medium Rib eye steak pairs nicely with this one, cajun and a little bit of smoked salt/paprika goes great. And beef shank stew prepared with a little bit as aforementioned.

This beer is great and will drink often, unless it goes above the nearly $9.00 I'm paying now.

Photo of EnJeiBee
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Transparent and coppery with a thin white head, decent retention and noticeable carbonation

S - Piney floral aromas dominate the hints of citrus and sweetness coming through from the malt (I know this sounds strange, but there are some aspects of it that smell like marijuana to me)

T - Very similar to the nose with a resiny aftertaste and a sweetness that balances the brew out nicely

M - Smooth and medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation

O - This is a great AIPA! I would gladly (and most likely will) buy this again.

Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:t Pours a rich copper color with a huge pillow of tan head.

S: Aroma is of sweet citrus and piney notes.

T: Sweet citrusy piney and a great balance of flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that clears the palate.

O: Ovaerall would not hesitate to drink this one every day, very good indeed, thanks Sierra Nevada.

Photo of D11
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from bottle into pilsner.

A- a goldenish orange color. very thick head, nice lacing that lasts.

S- very nice, hoppy and citrus.

T- pretty good taste. hoppy and some citrus but not too sweet at all, just enough. maybe some pine also

M- had a nice feeling to the mouth. love the carbonation. satisfying.

O- this is a good beer. slight aftertaste i wasnt crazy about but others might really enjoy that. the mouthfeel was so nice though it made up for anything else i didnt like about the beer.

Photo of Flux
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from fridge into pint glass.

A- Frothy head and the lacing lasts. Copper and clear. no haze.

S- Upfront floral, pine, and citrus hops. Subtle bread/ yeast notes.

T- Yup! All the hops are there! Glad to still detect some malts too that add a touch of sweetness.

M- Slightly viscous and medium carbonation. I'm glad it has a good body to back up all the hops.

Overall this is one of the more drinkable American IPA's before you start getting into some serious west coast styles. I could session this if only a 7% ABV beer could be sessionable...

Photo of negroobserver
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brownish amber color. Pours with a nice thick cream colored head, which lingers for a few minutes and leaves behind sticky lacing.

Smells sweet with a hoppy mossy scent in the back. The hops are definitely noticeable here, as with most IPAs.

Sweetness on the front end which isn't dominating or too weak. This turns into a resin-y bitterness, which lingers in the mouth for at least twenty to thirty seconds.

In terms of the mouthfeel, the beer is nicely carbonated with a smooth rounded texture. Very nicely done.

Overall Grade: B+/A-

Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orange copper, one finger white head, lacing the snifter nicely..

Smells, Piney, citrusy, floral..

Immediately I get the floral, citrusy hops slapping the palate but still smooth for 7 percent brew.

Good carbonation, light to medium body..

Hoppy as hell, but balanced and easy to drink.. One of the best ipas you will find in a regular stop in shop liquor store.. or grocers fridge.. so keep an eye out for this one if you havent had the pleasure.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/24/11
12oz & pint glass

A: Torpedo pours a clear brassy copper looking pale ale with a thick and lively khaki foam head. Sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of danky florals with some nice citrus and pine notes. An herbal spice and that tart fruity signature Chico yeast.

T: Bright citrus and pine flavors. Sticky resinous hops. Floral and leafy. Lingering but with a low bitterness effect to the palate. Freshy fresh hops on a bready pale malt backing. Touch of spice. Quite refreshing and juicy with hop flavs.

M: Light creamy texture that coats the tongue with a resiny sleekness. Good carbonation. Dry crisp finish.

D: Loaded with hop flavor at lower than expected bitterness levels make this one an easy drinking IPA. There are many IPA's out there that will crush your palate but not Torpedo. Nicely balanced and lots of frsh aroma/flavoring hops.

A definite staple in my beerfridge and one beer I would have to say I take for granted.

Photo of Dave128
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark green 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A pretty rigorous pour yields a 2 finger head that has some surprising lasting power. Beautiful semicloudy amber in color. Lacing is pretty nice as well for this one.

S - American hops! Smells mostly piney. I was expecting this one to be super cascady like a super version of SNPA, but still smells great nonetheless.

T - Alcohol is hidden fairly well. I didn't realize this was a 7.2% abv until I started feeling the buzz off of one bottle. I can tell this beer is generously hopped. There is not much flavor on the malt side of things, which seems to be my opinion of SN's other hoppy varieties, but it's sweet enough to provide a good base for the hop blast that follows. As this beer warms its getting so much better. The citrus is starting to pull through on the hops and the bitterness is not as crushing.

M - Medium bodied. A little overcarbonated to start with in my opinion, but it mellows out nicely after the beer sits for about 15 to 20 minutes.

O - A great tasting dynamic IPA. I was about to give this one mediocre reviews until it warmed up then it became a completely different beer. SN always provides great results!

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep orange almost copper color with a nice 1 inch head and good retention and lots of carbonation bubbles

Smell: Nice combination of floral and citrus hops very nice balance. Has a bit of caramel in the background

Taste: Taste is very malt heavy and not much hops in sight and for 102 ibu's there is no bitterness in sight. Really lacking flavor maybe my bottle is old?

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation lots of carbonation sting on the roof of the mouth

Overall: Not my favorite IPA to me the beer is lacking balance and flavor

Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/24/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a 1-2 finger eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing.

Smell: Grassy and piney hops with a touch of citrus and malt. Smells like a beefed up version of SNPA.

Taste: Bitter citrus up front followed by sweet citrus and a touch of apricot in the middle before ending with pine and lemon zest at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Goes down very smooth. You could drink several without much difficulty.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I really like the bottled version, but on draft it's even better. Definitely worth trying if you see it on draft.

Photo of Finite
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark golden hue, thick forming head with great retention. Moderate lacing on the glass, few slow rising bubble.

S- Rich amber, caramel malts, wonderfully fresh hop oils, floral, Orange peel, dark honey.

T- Strong grassy hop flavors, rich amber malts, rich phenols and alcohol punch. Powerfull hop tones, floral, hop vine, a real clarity of bitterness. Well balanced with malt sweetness.

M- thick and sticky, mild soft cabonation

O- A great IPA one of the best, bitterness come across a little harsh but still wonderfull.

Photo of lancecenter
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear, golden amber. Three fingers of head. Really good lacing.

S - Lots of hops with some citrus and piney notes. Excellent and strong.

T - Bitter, piney hops.

M - The mouthfeel is very underwhelming. A little watery and not enough carbonation.

O - I feel this is kind of average for IPA's. It's possible I got a bad batch because the mouthfeel on this one just was not there.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color w/ a off white one finger head. Nice carbonation and lacing. Fairly dark in color from what I was expecting. Nice nose, with some caramel, hops, slight malt, citrus. Excellent tasting IPA. Wow. Nicely blended, with all the right buttons for me. Mouthfeel is really nice as well. Really excellent balance between the malt background and hops. Medium feel w/ excellent aftertaste.. Overall, this is a really great beer, and you should check it out if you haven't.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good IPA. About as good as they come. Close second to the Stone IPA, which is tops in my book.

Pours a crisp, clear golden amber color. The hops are immediately present. Smell is orange, hoppy, and floral heavy. Taste is surprisingly smooth for so much going on.

A great IPA and one you must try.

Photo of hmf05
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, but slightly hazy gold/amber with a two finger soapy head. The smell is light citrus and light tropical fruit. The aroma isn't powerful, but this smells like a tasty ale. The taste is crisp apples, mango, orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Very balanced although slightly more bitter than sweet. Very tasty brew, but this will not knock your socks off. Very drinkable and tasty. Overall, a solid IPA and more robust than their pale ale, but not very memorable.

Photo of fmccormi
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Bruery tulip; bottling date of July 29, 2011 (121021728), I believe, printed on the side of the label

Appearance (4.0): A thick, two-finger off-white head fading to a thick ring around the edge of the beer, leaving some very nice lacing on the sides. The body is a nice, medium reddish-amber, not quite clear but not close to “hazy,” either.

Smell (4.0): Citrus—pink grapefruit and something a little sweeter—with a bit of conifer forest in the background. Yes, conifer forest. If there are malts in there, they’re nice and subdued.

Taste (4.5): Following the nose, the first thing to come up is tart citrus, just a little fruity, but that piney bitterness comes in quickly to dominate the hop profile. The malts are nice, smooth and balanced, but rightly stay in the background—the mildly sweet breadiness just anchors the hops, letting them flourish and whatever. Works for me. And, true to the neutral reputation of Chico yeast, there’s no discernible yeast flavor in here.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Excellent! Just enough body, good mix of lively and smooth carbonation, and slightly viscous but with a dry finish. Really great.

Overall (4.5): This is a damn good IPA, by any standards. If you’re looking at the bottling date of the beer I drank and asking why I waited so long, I had some from this sixer a couple weeks ago and it was suitably more bitter / fresher than it is now, so I’m neither detracting points unfairly, nor delusional in giving it a good score. Just, y’know. For the record. And I want to see “conifer forest,” or even better, “secondary succession coniferous forest,” on more reviews.

Photo of idurra
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish copper color, with an thick, creamy off white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of the typical citrus and hops of IPAs, but the citrus is peculiarly grapefruit like. The first sip had very pleasant floral and herbaceous quality, grapefruit again, but no bitterness. Second sip, I noticed pine resins, still very pleasant. Subsequently, hops bitterness becomes more evident, with a dryness and tannic feel on the tongue that is less pleasant. Overall, a good beer.

Photo of JohannBock
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice 2.5 finger head that recedes into one finger on top. Bright amber if I can say that. Deep shades of orange in there. Fantastic lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Hoppy. Some grapefruit, piney.

T: Really nice. Hop kicks your palate the whole way through. Some grapefruit rind upfront followed by that pine I smelled. Maybe a little bit of malt trying to sneak through near the front but this is definitely got hops if you are looking for them. Finish lingers on the back of your tongue but not too long, invites you to take another sip right away.

M: Crisp, refreshing. A nice carbonation prick on your tongue.

O: Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. I could see this being a very nice go to IPA. Good Stuff.

Photo of IPhantom
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous amber-red color poured into my bellowed pint glass, with an enticing "drink-me" head that dissipates quickly (lacing sticks around, though). Smells like a really healthy breakfast...grapefruit and a toasted english muffin. Taste is exceedingly well-balanced. Hoppy enough for a hop fan, with enough backbone to be introduced to a casual beer drinker. Outstandingly (to my mind) light and crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable on account of the balance, but still sharp and piney on the back.

Very good stuff, I might have to Pepsi Challenge it with the base Sierra PA, but right now I don't think I would go back.

Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Rock & Brew, El Segundo

Here goes my introduction to the world of cask-conditioned beer. I've been looking forward to trying something on cask for a while now. This pours a gorgeous honey/amber color with a very bubbly half-inch head which dissipates quickly, leaving minimal traces of lacing behind. First thing I noticed was the overpowering aroma of dank, resinous hops. There was also a nice floral and citrus scent in there as well. This thing is a hop bomb. Pungent hop taste, leaving a peach aftertaste in my mouth. Definitely much better than the bottled version. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a little under-carbonated, which I expected from the cask. The only thing that could have made this better, is if it was just a little bit colder(another thing I expected from a cask, warmer temps.) Overall, I would say this is one of the best brews I have had. Feels like a totally different beer. Cheers.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,377 ratings.