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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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9,366 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,366
Reviews: 2,673
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 208
Gots: 1,469 | 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 Hockeyabe
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Deep Gold. A 2 finger off white colored head with a hint of lacing.

S: Citrus, perhaps mango , and a hint of pine.

T: This is very well balanced, the hops want to dominate, and the malts keep them in check. It is not as musty as other beers of this style.

M: This is a dry beer, with only mild carbonation.

D: Sierra Nevada Torpedo weighs in at 7.2, and it does not do anything to lighten its impact. It is Very well balanced, and a nice way to open an evening. I would not likely have more than 2 glasses in a session.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Phillie
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Initially a large frothy head erupted but did not stay long. Lacing is quite apparent - a colour I would relate to pearl. This beverage is a beautiful amber colour bordering on an apple cider look.

The smell is certainly of pine needles and fresh lemon grass. I detect an undertone of malt that brings this IPA back down to Earth. Odour is pleasant and not overpowering.

Taste is dominated by the evergreens and is very refreshing.

A very smooth feeling around the mouth and not too bitter.

This is a great IPA by Sierra Nevada. Highly recommend to anyone who loves an IPA/Double IPA.

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

a nice white head around an inch and a half the aroma is there a nice golden body the taste is very well balanced the hops are there but I can still taste the malt. The mouth feel is nice and it is a very drinkable. This is another good beer in the Sierra Nevada line up.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy one and half finger head. Off white in color. Golden and clear body. Wheres the hops on this one. I get a faint carmel, slight earthy note, some alcohol. Tastes sweet and carmel at first then some earthy, resinous and piney notes. Lingering clean bitterness on the finish. Some coating oily slickness as well. I could drink a few of these but not much more. Medium carbing, medium bodied, alcohol barely noticeable. $1.75 a single

Photo of rrski198
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful red, gold, amber, yellow colors. Huge white fluffy head with outstanding lacing. THis beer looks delecious.

S: Ok, wow, I'm surprised at how balanced this beer smells. The hops are obvious and everything you think they would be (piney, citrus) but, the malt is very promenent and just fantastic. I used to enjoy the "hop bombs" and now I have a true appreciation for a well balanced IPA. THis nails it. Slight booze in the background.

T: Again, just really well done here. The hops are perfectly interwoven with the malt. Neither overpowers the other. I can say that I am desiring something that really catchs my attention here in terms of flavor and not getting it, but the attention to detail is great.

M: Big time carbonation. Fills the mouth and coats it in a spicy, sweet liquid. Spicy up front, sweet in the back.

D: This is a very nicely done beer. There is nothing that will blow you away in terms of the flavor, however, the balance will leave you wanting more, many more!

Photo of leedorham
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium reddish amber with a 1 inch head. Head lingers in a thin layer throughout.

S - Smells like a hike around my town during spring runoff. Nice and piney with a floral background.

T - Resiny but with a strong caramel character to balance it out. More robust than I expected. Nice and balanced.

M - Not too viscous but not thin. Good full body to it.

D - Goes well with a meal of seafood pasta. I could drink the whole six pack.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper with thick off-white head and somewhat clear looking (no haze).

S- Pine hops are big on the nose.

T- Quite a bit of malt for an IPA, but still has a nice herbal-piney hop hit to it. Moderate bitterness and a slight citrus near the end.

M- Medium thick body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy and the bitterness from the finish clings to your mouth.

D- Pretty good beer, couldnt drink a lot of these in one night due to a strong aftertaste. Drinking this though makes me think that it would pair well with grilled meat, and would actually make a nice summer IPA

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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is an excellent, well crafted beer. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer at first glance. I'd purchased one for a tasting prior to Superbowl 45 (Go Packers) to go with our usual home party fare of chicken wings, bean dip, and good beer.

Let me tell you, at first taste, you know you are drinking something really good. It's a bold IPA, as the label suggests. It's right up front and assertive with great florals piney bite and a hopsy finish. You will taste this one from the first sip to the last drop, but it isn't quite as overpowering as others have suggested. After having sampled a few Belgian style White beers prior to this one, it was nice to taste an unabashedly forward beer on the pallete.

A: Golden amber in color. Has a decent, lingring head that doesn't retreat.

S: In your face with hops pine and floral scents.

T: Delicious, nice bite up front and a slight linger from the pine notes. Otherwise dry and meaty.

M: Not overly gassy, good amount of carbonation. Bitter finish fades slowly.

D: Definitely drinkable. You'd want to pair it with bold foods that can handle the hops. Works well with chicken wings, beef brats and all manner of meaty comfort food.

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

Color is golden straw and hazy with a white head. Hops are very big in aroma and flavor. I don't taste the citrus, as Sierra Nevada mentions in their descriptions, but I do taste a LOT of the pine (even though I have never eaten a pine tree before). It's nicely balanced as I can taste some malts in the background. Body is light to medium.

Photo of KyleVick4
2.47/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz in a 16oz pint glass

A: Pours a deep copper with a honey hue. Looks syrupy off the bat. A finger of head that dissipates quickly. Leaves beautiful lacing down the glass

S: Smells of deep piney and syrupy. A touch of sweetness from the malt.

T: uhhhh. not my type. But it smelled so good!!! Harsh and overpowering malt taste with a harsh bitterness of hop. I've never liked Sierra Nevada in taste and this follows the trend. Maybe it's the yeast... Sigh. OK I get a strong citrus before the hard hitting malt that I find borderline aversive.

M: This is really bad mouthfeel. It feels like it stings. Not an alcoholy sting, but almost a bubbly sting. Yet it doesn't appear over-carbonated. Leave a stringent taste in my mouth after each sip. Does not make me want more...

D: There really is no drinkability. I keep putting it back because I am trying to find what everyone is raving about. American IPA is my favorite style and I can drink most all day all night. But this is terrible.

Altogether I think the beer looks and smells terrific. It's a great picture beer to hold in your hand and smell while at a social gathering. I would not recommend sipping the beer though. I had three of these beers out of the six pack and felt sick the next day. Not hungover just sick. Wondering if there is an ingredient SN uses that doesn't get along with me...

Photo of CASK1
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Pale amber with good clarity. Thick, long-lasting white head.

Strong citrusy/resiny hop aroma. Surprisingly well-balanced with a decent sweet caramel malt aroma in support of the hops. Yeasty esters are present, but hard to separate from the citrusy hops.

The flavor is hop-forward, but balanced like the aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor hit first, and finish last with a long, dry, lingering bitterness. There is a solid supporting malt backbone that stands up to the hops. Sweet and caramelly, with a lightly toasted character. The hops are complex, with a nice blend of citrus and pine.

The beer is medium to medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A lighter body would improve drinkability, but I wouldn't change a thing.

Photo of engagechad
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dark honey color with impressive head. Good carb and soapy foam. Smells of pine and earth with present hop aroma, not so much on the citrus or fruit. Full in body, pleasantly bitter with some earth in the taste as well. Personally I'm not a huge fan of earthy/piney IPAs (ala two hearted) but they do have their place with me. I can absolutely see why this beer is a go to IPA. At 7.2 % ABV it's a great value for your $$.

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

A - Pours a light amber, with about 2 fingers of thick white head. The foamy head retains for a long time and has some good lacing.

S - Big hop character, very piney. Less intense citrus than I expected, but overall, very IPA classic.

T- Pretty much what I expected from the smell. Very bitter, not much malt to balance the bitterness, which is unfortunate. The pine really shines through, though. Pretty delicious, overall.

M - The bitterness lasts for quite a while, which is to be expected. The carbonation is very well done for the style.

D - Could be excellent, but the bitterness almost gives me heartburn. Absolutely a drinkable beer, but could be more drinkable.

Photo of diomz88
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured in a tulip, bright amber, clear with white thick head and a fair amount of lacing.
S - piney, citrusy, not as strong though, herbal, bread, with some hoppy aroma that's mild for me.
T - piney, citrusy, slight grapefruit but more lemon and orange peels, light on alcohol even if it's 7% ABV.
M - mid bodied, smooth, slightly carbonated, hops will hit at the finish and goes right away.
D - easily drinkable, very affordable. refreshing, a great brew from Sierra Nevada!

Photo of BigHeavy
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was consumed immediately after pouring and enjoyed while listening to Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Radio City.

A: Beer pours a very clear orangeish red color. An egg shell colored and pillowy head one finger in height forms atop the beer. There is some pretty intense bubbling in my glass and beautiful lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

S: Aroma is oil hops, all the way. Citrus, pine, and grassy aromas erupt from the glass in a volcano of scents. There are some bready malts trying to stick their neck out as well. Torpedo smells a little tart at times, too.

T: Intense hop bitterness slams into the taste buds and does not relent for a few seconds. Once that subsides, it's like biting into a grapefruit for a moment. Just a smidge of a white bread malt presence there to balance it a smidge, but not too much. This baby is all hops, and I love it. Hop bitterness lingers forever.

M: Mouthfeel is oily like every other Sierra Nevada IPA I have ever had. Flavors cling to the inside of your mouth like dog hair to a fleece jacket. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

D: Drinkability is high for a beer of 7.2% ABV. Hop bitterness detracts a little bit, as the flavors can overwhelm the palate after a beer or two.

O: Talk about a great way to get a hop fix. Full of fresh hop flavors, a hop heads dream, and only $8 a six pack to boot. Shares some qualities with other great Sierra Nevada IPAs. Will be buying more of this in the near future.

Photo of muttyd
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a thick foamy white head. Decent lacing as i swirl it around the tulip glass. Earthy, piney, slightly citrusy hop aroma. Some grainy malts in the nose as well. Flavor is mildly sweet with a faint butterscotch presence. Hop profile comes through more in the finish with an herbal, lemongrass flavor. Rather bitter with a slight astringency. Overall, a well balanced, drinkable beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass

Pours a see through auburn with some copper tones. A thinner white head fades out into some spotty layers of film. Spotty curtains of lacing run around the glass.

A zing of piny hops with some slight citrus sweetness. Toasted grain with lemongrass as well.

Bitter pine hops up front with a nice splash of juicy fruit. Some tropical and citrus tones with rind and zest. Lighter grain malt base with some bready notes. Slight sweetness towards the middle. Finishes with more pine bitterness and a very small alcohol bite.

Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty smooth and refreshing on the palate. A solid, accessible, and reasonably priced IPA.

Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright herbaceous hops display an herbal spiciness bordering on peppery. Fruity esters are present, as is faint butterscotch, amidst a backbone of lightly toasted grain.

T: Begins off-dry and clean, with faint toast and slowly building grassy/piney hop aromatics into the middle. Malt takes on some caramel quality, becoming complex and slightly spirituous, while bitterness reaches its moderate peak. It finishes as it started, clean and herbaceous, with greater dryness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Torpedo puts its identity as a Sierra Nevada ale before any identity it may have as a West Coast IPA. The result is a bright and clean tasting IPA with all kinds of vegetative complexity and all-but-lacking the ubiquitous presence of grapefruit citrus. While the flavor remains strong, the smell could benefit from some more citrus influence--or something, to add intensity.

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

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color with some cloudyness. Fluffy, white, 2-3 head. Looks mouth watering. The head eventually disappears into very thin sheet of white.

Aroma is very citrusy. Especially a good amount of orange. Hints of floral aromas in there too.

Taste is great. Subtle sweetness to hold up the hop character. Citrus and floral notes. Getting some of that orange that was present on the nose in the middle. Finishes with some great tasting hops. The floral notes make their return.

Medium body and crisp. Extrememly satisfying and drinkable. I can definitely see myself getting some more of this brew.

Overall, an excellent brew! A textbook American IPA from Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peers a deep golden amber, solid two finger creamy head, plenty of carbonation rising up from the bottom in almost a vortex style. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Nice pine aroma, a bit of fruityness in there. I don't deeply smell that much citrusy, but it just brings a little sweetness to the nose. Smells good and earthy.

T - Just a very full taste. On the first drink, I taste an abundance of those whole-cone hops. Quite piney, again, that citrusy fruit I feel is hidden deep within the taste just to balance out the bitterness of those hops. There's a ton of flavor in this.

M - Very thick mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation in this one. After taste leaves the mouth somewhat dry with just a bit of stickiness.

D - Remarkably drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well and this goes down very smooth for the amount of hops and fullness.

Overall - Sierra Nevada knows IPAs, and this is no different. Just a very full beer. This may be my new 'go-to' IPA.

Photo of sturner26
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass pint.

A - Solid 3 fingers of cream colored head with good retention. Beer pours a translucent a golden-amber color. A lot of lacing as well.

S - A very nice blast of citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt as well.

T - Initial rush of hoppy goodness that transitions into a pleasant blend of the citrus hops and crystal malts. Has a medium bitterness but is well balenced with a sweet fruity malt as well

M - Significantly more carbonation than I expected but very pleasant and refreshing. Crisp and very enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable, could have drank several. The alcohol is barely noticable even in the final few sips. The bitterness and sweetness blend well though I prefer a more bold IPA in general. Still good.

Overall a very good beer but nothing truly outstanding.

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

Poured a clear, ruddy copper with a mostly lasting and easily regenerative rocky two finger off-white head, leaving some bubbles & thickness on the sides of the glass. Lime, pine, grapefruit hops and caramel/toffee malt aromas. Grapefruit & pine bitter hop flavours with a lovely strawberry, peachy sweetness in the back. The finish isn't too lingering or harsh, nicely rounded with just a bit of clinging peppery bite. Some brightness from the carbonation keeps the mouthfeel fresh on a medium body.

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

A- Nice medium dark copper hue with nice creamy head

S- Piney,resiny herbal hop aromas

T- On par with aroma,pine ,resin herbal character,citrus and caramel malts present yet subtle

M - Good yet ever so slightly less than rounded,drying on the palate

D- High, despite slightly warming alcohol,goes down easy

This my third revisit to Torpedo or so.Although never wowed by this offering it is always enjoyable.
As an IPA Drinker I cannot deny this being a fine example of the style.Personably a preference for a citrusier,fruitier hop profile I do have yet Torpedo makes it easy to like a hop character different from my ideal favorite.
I deem this a fine IPA,a hophead delight and a IPA lovers must try.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful slightly hazy light caramel orange. Lots of bubbles, sticky lacing and lasting head. Very well done.

Sweet caramel sugar hops, orange peel, lemon lime. Some dry oaky scents. Again well done.

Aforementioned hops along with honey, citrus and dry bitterness.

The remarkable smoothness of the beer contrasts with the dry bitter hops and carbonation. Long, sticky sweet finish.

Not as hop intensive as the SNPA, but this beer does not dissapoint hop cravings. This is the first hop-central beer I've reviewed as hops tend to be too bitter/dry for me, but I hope to revisit and continue to journey into this style.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Dark copper color with a nice one finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is all out hops, hops and more hops. Some hints of pine in the aroma but dominated by hops.
Taste is high on hops, but perfectly balanced with malts. Some might call it over the top, but in my opinion it is very well balanced. If there is one brewery that knows how to use hops the best, it is Sierra Nevada.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass. Crisp and refreshing IPA coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is VERY good. This is one IPA that I can have anytime, anyplace.
Very highly recommended. This is a hop-heads delight.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,366 ratings.