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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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8,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,540
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 163
Gots: 949 | 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 marvin213
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aside from the foamy cap, this beer could pass for a sweet tea. It's got a dark yet translucent glow about it. A brownish, orange hue makes me think this is a fall-time beverage. Sticky lacing evidences the hops, so I conclude that this tea-brew-looking hopper will indeed prove refreshingly tasty...its appearance, at least, suggests as much.

The citrusy hop-smell is certainly there, but I detect more malt than I have on previous occasions. I like the lemony fragrance, as the beer is again reminiscent of sweet tea (with lemon, of course). I'm hopeful, however, that the hops I taste are pronounced like the laces as I see rather than subtle like the hops that I smell.

The taste is a well-balanced, expertly-crafted extra IPA. I'm ecstatic that this light little hop brew with a touch of lemon is available at my favorite Charlotte grocer. I find that very impressive, actually. When the West Coast breweries get these lemon hoppers right, they're delightful. I've yet to have one from anywhere else. The fact Sierra Nevada's got this thing so down to a science--available alongside my milk and cheese--quite frankly, it makes me proud to be an American. I keep wondering if I could brew this in a bag with boiling water. If sweet sea is distinctly Southern, I'd say this SN IPA is distinctly American. Though I gravitate toward extreme experiments more characteristic of DFH, this beer is undoubtedly a safely simple American craft beer.

Mouthfeel is a little on the light side, and the lemony carbonation makes it less aligned with my sweet tea motif and more in line with my occasional beer/soda comparisons. The hops are pleasant--prompting proper puckering--and the feel is consistent with what's got to be a well-established SN formula. In all regards, it's safe to say it's an at least a better-than-average beer from a better-than-average brewery.

Drinkability is solid. The hops, of course, are best enjoyed fresh, but this beer's appropriate for the autumn day it looks like, and a hot summer day like the sweet tea to which it also strikes resemblance. It's another solid winner from Sierra Nevada.

marvin213, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a beautiful amber color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: A huge hop aroma to this beer. Lots of citrus and pine, with just a touch of malt.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls a bit short of the nose. Good grapefruit and pine flavors providing bitterness with some sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium body with substantial carbonation.

D: This is a nice standby IPA that is quite affordable as well as good tasting.

womencantsail, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden witha a small, slightly off-white creamy head. Good lasting power of the head and decent lacing. Good amount of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is of citrus, malts. Hops are definitely present but not overpowering.

Taste is of grapefruit, caramel malts and some floral elements. Like the smell, the hops are definitely present but not as overpowering as some IPA's.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, this is a very drinkable brew. Very enjoyable. Not an overpowering IPA, but much more balanced than most. Highly recommend this brew.

atigerlife, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Gambelli
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Fairly aggressive pour into a Sam Adams tulip glass produces two fingers of creamy white foam atop a reddish-orange base.

S- Fantastic; pine, citrus, fresh-hops smell. One of the better bouquets of any American IPA.

T- Hops plus more hops with a decent caramel-malt base. Not an overwhelming hop bitterness, but definitely the main pupose of this brew.

M- Strong hop bitterness at start and finish, adequate malt backbone in between. Not as malty as their Celebration Ale,
but enough to balance out the hop explosion.

D- Very quenching for a 7.2 ABV beer. I've got to keep this in mind before I turn this into a summer session beer.

I've heard this compared to an amped up version of SN pale ale, but I find this to be a brew all it's own. Probably the freshest hop taste around, and an excellent example of SN's

Gambelli, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer proves that SNBC is still a craft brewer.

A. Cristal clear amber body with a perfect column of bubbles from the bottom of the pint glass to the top. The 2 finger head falls fast to a dense pool of large and tiny bubbles lacing on its way down

S. The best part of this beer is its smell, true hop aroma, citrus and pine impale the nose. And keeps strong the whole way through.

T. Its is a solid IPA, it is a very good rendition of the Mid pacific IPA. Its a bit more balanced then some IPA's but this is to its benefit. Each Hop note is clear and strong and not muddled by any leaft overtones from an over hopped IPA. IT has a good caramel malt backbone to keep this beer standing up. Well Balanced.

M. Medium, the strong carbonation keeps it light on the pallet. Dry finish makes you want, no, need anther sip.

O. This extra IPA is a very good interpenetration of the mid pacific IPA. Strong and true hop notes are clear and defined. Harp on how large they have gotten, SNBC made a very good beer here.

DwnTwnBwn, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Very enticing.
S: Wonderful floral, herbal, citrus, pine hop smell.
T: Herbal, citrus, pine hops. A bit much with more bitterness than I appreciate. Not much balancing it out...all out hops.
M: Light body. Bitter sharp bite.
D: Definitely drinkable, but the overly strong and bitter hops knocks it down a peg here. A bit more balance would serve this brew well.

mwilbur, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden amber body with some orange highlights...a big fluffy head that falls into a rocky cap...great lacing

S - Could smell this as soon as the cap was popped...big aromas of pine and citrus hops...great aroma

T - Tastes like a kicked-up version of their Pale Ale...the caramel maltiness makes its appearance right off the bat...it also comes back at the end to provide a nice balance to the bitterness...the hops are there throughout...great citrus flavors mixed with piney resin...good balance

M - Medium bodied...sticky but smooth

D - Like I mentioned before...a kicked-up version of the Pale Ale...the hops and the balance played a great role in this beer...very drinkable

thain709, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of HopHed
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A beautiful, deep, bright amber color, bordering orange, with a small white to off white head with nice lacing.

AROMA: The first thing out of the gate is the freshest smell of hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's that distinct grapefruit bordering on pine scent that is so common, and wonderful, in IPA. Only, in the Torpedo is more concentrated and stronger from the time you pop the cap to the last sip.

FLAVOR: This beer has a distinct and noticeable hop character, and the Magnum Hop really comes through. The malt is perfectly balanced, in my opinion, to keep the harshness of the hops subdued. Don't get me wrong, though, this is all about the bitterness of the hops. While not huge, by some standards, the 7.2 ABV is hidden very well by the layers of flavor. The most noticeable are the grapefruit (rind), pine, a slight almost black pepper notes. Also I noticed, especially when it started to near room temp, an odd almost fruit character about this beer. After researching the Citra Hop used in the beer, I am guessing that this is where the fruity notes come from.

MOUTH FEEL: A medium-bodied beer, but extremely well balanced. It's on the higher side of carbonation, which I think helps really coat your mouth with the beautiful taste of this hop bomb. I think the best part is how the taste lingers on the palate long after you've swallowed.

NOTES: Sierra Nevada is known for their use of American Whole Cone Hops. I think this amplifies the fresh, dare I say almost dank, smell and taste of hops in this beer. I had this wonderful 7.2% ABV poured from a bottle into a pint glass, and straight from the bottle. This could easily be my go to summer beer, with as crisp and fresh as it is. I could, once again, see the 7.2% making it tough to really session this beer, but it is the kind of beer you need while working on a laptop from a hammock... Which is what I'm doing right now! Cheers!

HopHed, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a frothy, white head. Very good retention and ample lacing.

S - Nice grapefruit and pine hop aromas with a sweet toasted malt character in the background.

T - Crisp, bitter hoppiness up front with hints of mostly grapefruit and pine. Has a solid, toasty, bready malt backbone that balances it all out nicely. Some floral hop tones blend with the malt flavors in the aftertaste. Moderately bitter. Tasty, full flavors overall, really better than I expected.

M - Medium bodied with a nice, crisp feel. Slight piney resin feel.

D - Very drinkable IPA. I was pretty impressed with this offering, and for slightly over 7% abv, it was very easy to put down. Interesting hop flavors and a well balanced beer. I definitely wouldn't mind drinking this again.

GarrisWH, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A copper color with a hint of amber and nice bubbles floating up. For an IPA there's a ton of drippy lacing and minor sporadic sheets, along with big drops hanging out around the top of the glass.

Smell: Good citrus and rind-like bitterness, some caramel malt, and bready, doughy malt sweetness are balanced pretty damn well here.

Taste: What makes this so sessionable is the pungency of the citrus and pine bitterness, but there's a good backbone of bready malt and caramel to balance everything out so well. Finish is mostly hoppy and resiny, but again there's still enough malt sweetness to keep things in check and melded so well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good, full carbonation, and coating as any.

Drinkability: One hell of a year-round IPA, especially for the price and the quality. SN did a good thing with this. Balanced, extremely flavor, and highly drinkable, for both the hopheads and those who want a sessionable and balanced IPA.

asabreed, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Medium amber. 2.5 finger head fades and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Major hop hammer. Like carrying a basket of grapefruits through a pine forest.

T: Given the aroma, it should have come as no surprise that hops dominate the flavor. Lots of pininesss and citrusiness. A bit of bready malt to balance it out, but not as much as I'd prefer. More or less a souped-up SNPA.

M: Medium-bodied, quite resiny.

D: I'll admit being somewhat skeptical initially given SN's track record of creating same-ish hoppy pale ales. But this is a very solid IPA. Don't take my word for it, though. Give it a try. Even if you come to scoff, there's a good chance that you'll remain to pray.

BarrelO, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- Beautiful burnt amber orange color. A frothy bone white head that rises a good 3 fingers. Sticky lacing coats my glass time on end.

S- smells of grapefruit and pine hops. a faint toasted malt smell as well that rounds out the smell.

T- a very strong IPA taste. Dry on the citrus and pine hops. There is some caramel syrup type of flavor as well that coats the hops which makes the dry taste so much better.

M- oily, syrupy and dry.

D- a nice IPA even though i am not a huge fan. Great quality from Sierra.

Dodo2step, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a 2 finger, off white head which dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Lots of citrus with a toasted malt backbone.

T- Very bready flavor, lightly toasted, caramely, grapefruity hop flavor.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This is a delicious brew to drink in the summer. I find it exceptionally well rounded ... breadier and a tad hoppier than SNPA but not quite a IPA.

Lothore, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Poured a nice light amber/orange. Crystal clear with minimal visible carbonation. Thick sticky white/off-white head that took a long time to recede, leaving sticky lacing behind.

S- Great hop aromas of pine, floral, and a bit of citrus. Some sweet caramel in the back.

T- Pine and grass notes predominate coupled with that 'oh so wonderful' California signature of citrus hop oils. Nice sweet caramel comes through but stays subdued. Quite refreshing!

M- Well carbonated but nothing extraordinary in this subject. Alcohol hidden well.

D- Another great beer by Sierra Navada. I don't care what some others say about this brewery. They continue to make excelent beer and rarely disappoint. This ale iis no exception. Refreshing, drinkable and oh so hoppy.

SFBeerGuy, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of FishGetter
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6-16-09
Brassy orange color. Slight head, thin lacing throughout drink.
Smell is of sweet orange floral hop. Very clean and pure.
Quick shot of caramel malts followed by citrus-orange hop with a lasting pine bitterness to finish.
Slight syrupy mouthfeel. On the heavey end of a medium body.
Enjoyable offering here! Nothing too exciting, however good enough to quench the hop desire. Good stand-by for hot summer days.

FishGetter, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter orange-amber color with a creamy head that falls to a nice covering of frothy foam. Decent lacing patterns, though nothing exceptional.

S: Very intriguing and complex. There's a solid malt bill here of bready, caramel, and pepper like aromas. Citrus and floral hop aromas are the primary focal point, however. A solid aroma, worthy of a 4.5 if it was a bit bolder.

T&M: Great flavor. Big flavors of citrus and floral hops are met nicely with a peppery, bready malt flavor that really provides a great backdrop. The finish is drying and more piney and herbal, with a reprise of dry maltiness. It's complex, yet clean. A well crafted beer, like most other SN offerings I've sampled. Body is medium and strongly carbonated, also fairly resinous and sticky. Definitely to style, but not uber-sticky or worthy of the higher score.

D: This is a big-ish IPA, so it's not REALLY drinkable, but still quite good. It's about darn time SN put out an American IPA--and this one is great. Definitely a good one to sip on and enjoy.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, to be on the west coast again after touring the southern US! First Bevmo we hit has this nectar from SN.
Pours a nice amber clear, the smell is citrus hop heavy, very nice.
Taste is oh my ghod good, hops and hops almost a double but more drinkable, maybe a little on the unbalanced side in a good way.
Thank you Sierra Nevada! been a fan of yours since you were in a garage in Chico and hauling kegs out to the international festival of beers in San Luis Obispo.

mudbug, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

look is orange-brown hued, with steady carbonation and a strong head

aroma is hoppy heaven. strong with fresh cut flowers, citrus, and mega-pine.

taste is surprisingly balanced between a smooth, caramely maltiness and an array of hoppy notes including pine, grass, and citrus rind, all very fresh.

feel is rich, smooth, creamy, and plenty of body. very drinkable esp. considering over 7% abv.

This was an excellent beer and might be my favorite from SN so far because it achieves greater balance than others I've had from them. Very hoppy but there's flavor and sweetness, not just killer bitterness.

NatetheGreat, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second time having this excellent brew. Pours a slightly haze, orange golden color with medium head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells of somewhat citrusy, piney hops with a hint of malt. Tastes very similar - hoppy, more pine than citrus with a touch of maltiness. Very smooth, just lightly slick. Very drinkable, I could have plenty of these.

NewGeneric, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper with a big three finger head. The smell is a mix of all different kinds of hops, I'm able to pick out spicy, herbal, grassy, and citrusy hops. The taste is simliar to the smell, a tiny bit of malt up front in order to balance out the smorgasbord of hops that follow it, including pine and citrus that goes into some spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer for being so hopped, and I had no problem finishing the glass.

TheTrevor, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a DIPA tasting, this one held its own (and was actually favoured by the majority!).

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention but it has some nice leg.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and a wonderful cotton-candy fruitiness.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, biscuity american pale malt, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A drinkable hop monster.

Derek, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind tasting of four IIPAs, with Pisgah Vortex, Sebago Full Throttle, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Derek's homebrew - this one knocked out the Vortex and went on to win the whole shebang (though I preferred the homebrew).

Orange pour with a generous white head, good retention and lace. Strong c-hop aroma, but nicely balanced by a firm maltiness. Almost perfumed flavour, with grapefruit and flowers, though at its heart there's a chewy breadiness. The flavours aren't as amped up as you would expect with a double IPA, but more intense than a regular IPA, so I'd suggest this is an IPA and a half. Full and slick mouthfeel helps out a lot.

A nice not IPA, not quite IIPA.

Cheers Shawn.

bobsy, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks good in the glass with a three finger head with a easy pour. fluffy and a good head retention and a sticky lace to the finish.

strong aromas of citrus, herbs, pine, hops.

sweet tasting up front, herbal notes then bang resinous pine hits the palate, bitter grapefruit rind with a long bitter after taste.

bready grainy medium mouthfeel carbonation holds up well as the beer warms.

another nice beer from sierra nevada but a little to strong to be a session for me but something nice for a two or three beer change of pace.

billybob, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Maction
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/gold colored ale, it has a small but dense cream-colored head that leaves rings after every sip.

S: I smell sweet pine, perhaps some hard candy, a very pleasant aroma.

T: Bitter astringent at first, almost perfume-y, then a brief saltine cracker tasting middle, and dry but resinous finish.

M: This feels weighty, slightly viscous, with prickly carbonation, and slightly sticky finish.

D: This is not balanced but pretty well put together. The first bottle went quickly, but I didn't immediately crave more.

Notes: I was a little surprised this wasn't a DIPA, from the aggressive hop character.

Maction, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this one for sometime now, finally got it here in front of me, now...is this overly hyped....

A - transparent amber w/ a beautiful and lasting cream head with amazing lacing. goergeous beer

S - floral/grassy hops with a little pinnsol

T - hop bitterness opens up, but leaves plenty of room for a grainy/bready malt taste w/ some caramel. a spice comes through that gives it a tea like flavor, before closing dry and bitter. but not overly so. the name of the game is balance here.

MF - medium to medium full bodied, and moderate carbonation, only slightly oily, and not to a fault. again, balanced just right

D - good cold, even better as it warms slighty. this is easily one of if not the best session IPA i have ever tasted/smelled/looked at. nothing is ever too much, but this beer lacks in no department.

bonsreeb85, Jun 12, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,540 ratings.