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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
outstanding

9,198 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,198
Reviews: 2,627
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 1,278 | 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 Luigi
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a sucker for any quality American IPA. From Sierra Nevada I would not expect less.

Once poured foamy two finger off white head is produced with a nice sticky lace that sticks around until the last sip. Not to mention a clear deep copper tone.

The aroma is a hop heads dream. Strong piney, and citrus notes, Almost a sweet sour hint as well.

If you are looking for a big IPA this ale delivers. Big west coast hop notes. Bitter, almost sharp on the palate. The finish is dry bitter but balanced with some bread like notes.

Good medium body, the high alcohol content gives it a slick feel on the tongue but it drys out quickly leaving a nice bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this IPA is what us hop heads expect and cannot get enough of. It has so far been around all year. If you love American IPA's you will never go wrong with brew.

Photo of forsakenpariah
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle -> snifter

A - Pours a light golden copper. An inch or so of light sticky head that stood a good way above the rim of the glass and lingered a while and clung nicely on the way down. a quick swirl quickly summoned a decent amount of foam and aroma.

S - Very prominent citrus hops up front. A closer sniff reveals a generous amount of pine straw, jasmine, mango, and other tropical fruits. As the beer warms a very light sweet aroma peeks its tiny head out of the mountain of hops. Everything here appears in perfect harmony; I really couldn't ask for a better aroma out of an IPA.

T - Tons of brutally uncompromising bitterness dominate the palate off the top. The bitterness fades off a little and lends way to a flavor of grapefruit juice, pine oil, and tropical fruits. As these fade I can detect a very pleasant slight malty sweetness. The bitterness remains aggressive throughout the entire beer. All flavors are still perfectly balanced; there isn't quite as much sweetness as you find in many IPAs, and that's just the way I like it!

M - Moderately thick while never seeming too sticky or syrupy. Medium carbonation, perfect for the style. Again, I couldn't ask for any more.

This is a fantastic IPA. It may not be the best in the world, but it's about the most bang for your buck, and very readily available. One of my all time favorites. I just can't wait till I can get this in a can so I can take it with me on a biking trip!

Photo of richkrull
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on sale at Jenny Street Market in Madison.

Poured a darker copper/amber color with an average head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is nice citrus hops. Very nice. Some pine notes as well.

Taste is very good. Great bitter flavor throughout with some malt some malt coming through.

Mouthfeel was light to medium. Went down smooth and easy.

Great beer. I really enjoyed. Would love to get some more of these.

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

A- a very appetizing golden amber color. great and exciting look

S-overwhelming hops, very prominent smell

T- HOPS! HOPS! HOPS!. This beer immediatley attacks your pallat with a strong but still wonderful spicy flavor. really intense

M-Medium carbonation, with light spicy body.

O- Very good beer. If you love hops this beer is a must try. Definitely not for everyone. This beer assaults you, but in a strange wonderful way, just awesome.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Normal, nothing too crazy, more copper than amber.

S. Again, normal, nothing too crazy, maybe a hint of sweetness.

T/M. Taste is moderate to heavy, peppery with bite, pretty damn good for a Sierra, I've always loved Sierra, it was a beautiful stepping stone into craft brewing, and this makes me feel young again, exciting flavor and taste, waaay more hops than malt.

Overall. Not too shabby sierra, still manage to hang with the big dogs considering they paved the way for west coast APA/IPA .

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a very cold 12oz bottle.

A. A light amber that tinges almost orange hues around the edges of the glass. The head fluffs up quite nicely if the bottle is fresh, but dissipates down to nothing relatively quickly. Lots of effervescence is present in both appearance and mouthfeel. Its a pretty one, all right.

S. Grapefruit rind, pine needles, vaguely jasmine-like floral notes, and a back end of mango chutney! However, I cannot smell the malt at all until the glass was allowed to warm for a bit. This was probably my fault, as the bottle was unusually cold to begin with. Also, the malt scent probably was being partially masked behind so much fresh hop scent.

T,M. What you smell is what you get for hop flavor, except for the mango. I'm a little disappointed that the mango smell didn't quite translate as well into flavor notes as all the other hops characteristics did. If I were in charge at Sierra Nevada, I would have slightly increased the amount of Citra relative to the crystal and magnum. But than I am partial to citrus-y IPAS and YMMV, whatever. DO NOT SERVE TOO COLD LIKE I DID. At first it tasted way too astringent. An one-trick pony, if you will. Five minutes of warming to room temp in the glass and everything snaps into perfect balance as the malt appears and provides the baseline that anchors the furious guitar solos on your tongue that the hops make with a context that makes sense.

Overall a very crisp, refreshing IPA that hides its ABV surprisingly well and showcases many of the different aspects of flavor that hops can do all within the same beer. And balances them well against each other. This IPA is one of the 'old standbys' I try to maintain a regular supply of in my fridge.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
A strong pour into the glass gives a full and thick off-white head that laces very well. Color is redish-orange with some chill haze. Smells piney with a complimenting sour grapefruit flavor. Taste is spot-on. Hop forward with a nice malty undertone that bring some balance. Lots of citrus notes and a alot of bitterness. Dry finish with good body. Another great ale from Sierra Nevada. Keep 'em coming.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Typical golden brown. Good lacing and foam. Fairly active carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and hoppy. Pretty strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I really like the taste a lot. Extremely hopped. But I like the crispness with it.

Drinkability: Good if you can handle the hops.

Overall: Sierra Nevada's greatest. It will torpedo your senses.

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A :slightly unfiltered deep gold with a creamy full head

S : hop and pine

T : complex bitterness, nice hoppy flavor

M : creamy intense flavor with aftertaste leaving you looking forward to the next drink

D : crisp and refreshing enough to drink a few; strong enough to stop at a few

very happy with this beer

Photo of sweett3k
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer from a constant brewing company. I have always enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Pale ale and this IPA kicks it up a notch. She is a gorgeous looking brew with a amber color and great head. Aroma of deep earthy hops and malt with a mellow taste and finish. A very relaxed IPA and very enjoyable.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Gemstone amber with a very nice, cream colored foamy head that leaves a layer on the glass as it recedes.

Smell:

Hop-centric with herbal/pine at the forefront. A bit of grapefruit citrus is evident as well as a hint of sweet caramel malt.

Taste:

A great bitter kick that brings an herbal flavor with it. Grapefruit follows and lingers nicely in the after taste.

Mouthfeel:

Full bodied IPA (almost borders on a DIPA in my opinion) that coats the palate in a very bold way. Good carbonation level adds to the rich full bodied flavor of this brew

Overall:

A very good IPA from the first pour to the final sip. Hops give a good, balanced amount of bitterness that lingers very nicely without tasting stale. I can definitely appreciate what Sierra Nevada has produced here

Photo of Seeker41184
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 1/9/11

12oz into pint glass

The smell of this beer is all pine. Very dry/bitter hops with pine and grapefruit after taste. It's a mediocre beer, but can be used as my daily drinker, or my guest beer (but normal guests won't like it, so then don't drink my beer).

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nightwing002 for this extra...
A: clear amber/copper color. really thick, dense, lasting head leaves a ring of lace from the top of the pour that just won't go away.
S: caramel, citrus, floral, and resiny notes. i would've loved a paler malt base here to let the hop aromas shine through more clearly.
T: medium sweet malts are almost balanced out by the smooth hop bitterness, finishing with a touch of sweetness. hops are juicy rather than abrasive or astringent. hard not to score this higher here.
M: perfectly carbonated, which for me is to say well-carbonated. medium-bodied and frothy.
O: very well done, another solid offering from sn.

Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and soapy three finger head with an effervesent body that leans toward a light tea hugh. Very high levels of carbonation are visible in the pint glass, and ample lacing adds to the beers overall look. The smell is of fresh hops..piney, and resiny with a slight malt sweetness at the finish. The hops are slightly muted on the taste, but the pine and resin do come through. The taste is a tad bit one demensional. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a great beer for the price.

Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled: 107421349; March 15, 2011

A: Pours burnt orange ale with excellent clarity and a two finger peanut head which falls over a couple minutes to leave a broken quilt of the same. cobweb lacing.

S: Plenty of hops up front. Nice resiny, piney hops that SN is well known for. Some hints of citrus rinds. Healthy malt backbone for support.

T: Malty and hoppy. Pine, resin, grapefruit. Biter and nice. Hints of metallic flavors.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium lo carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Good brew. I have always preferred this to their flagship. Such a nice beer, and even better fresher.

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

Appearance: A honey color with off-white head.

Smell: Piney hops predominate here.

Taste: Some malt backbone behind piney hops. Not much citrus here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Overall: A decent IPA but not mind blowing. NIce to try but there are others I prefer.

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

Enjoyed many times, finally getting around to a review. Pours a very clear amber body with a two finger, creamy light tan head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Solid hop aroma featuring grassy pine and grapefruit notes. Plenty of caramel malt aroma in the background.

Tasty hop blend with the caramel maltiness. As it warms, the toffee-like malt comes through a little brighter than the hops. But, plenty of bitter hop taste to put this one on the edge of being a DIPA.

Medium mouthfeel, oily hops, but finishes cleanly. Solid IPA, no doubt. I like Celebration much better, but glad SN has a year-round IPA.

Photo of AndersonGT
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this. Nice pine aroma. Descent color. Great hoppy hit in the beginning. The trademark Sierra aftertaste. A little filling for me. HOWEVER, WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST IPA FOR THE MONEY!!! I will definitely be purchasing many more six packs in the future.

Photo of nickshep7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice robust and rustic orange/copper. 2 fibers of off white head. Nice hop attack on the nose. Pine oil followed by citrus notes. Bitter on the mouth with a taste that echoes the smell. Great brew, difficult if not impossible to b eat for the price in this category.

Photo of cobrarax
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color. The foam is thick, butter-colored and sinks slowly, leaving fine lacings.

S: Bread, caramel, pine tree, resin, some oak, hints of citrus and herbs.

T: Peppery, lots of spruce resin, some eucalyptus, hints of caramel and sweet bread, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Some malt sweetness, and also a highly subtle hint of unripened gooseberries in the aftertaste.

M: Medium thick liquid, low carbonation. Smooth and quite drinkable. Not too dry.

O: Well balanced, the bitterness matches the malt body very well.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,198 ratings.