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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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9,528 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,528
Reviews: 2,708
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 228
Gots: 1,655 | 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:
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 MADhombrewer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Caramel color with a pillow-like off white head. Small amount of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Piney and earthy at once. Some malt as well. 4/5

Taste- Great bitterness first off. Second off... bitterness. Also some caramel malt as well. Lastly, bitterness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- This is a little thicker than I typically like, due to all the malt. The big hop flavors mask it well, though. 3.5/5

Overall- I use to think this was too bitter and malty. Guess I grew in to it, because I think this is a pretty well balanced IPA. If there was an actual style between an IPA and a DIPA this would be the poster child. 4/5

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

A smooth appearing beer that leaves me wanting for some missing element. The hops were a little in too much in the background with all the other flavors. The smell is also a little too sweet and citrus-ish.

Not sure what is missing here but not a bad beer at all. Certainly would drink this beer again but am wondering if I was expecting a little more HOP bang from a beer named torpedo.

Photo of chocosushi
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time reviewing, but greatly enjoy consuming.
12oz->Young's Pint

A ~ Red forward Amber with an auburn hue

S ~ An american hop palette. Pineneedles, tree sap, forest floor, citrus (grapefruit/orangepeel). Bit of wet earth.

T ~ Citrus follows through, but less than expected. Awesomely balanced. Forest notes are the star if the show with alot of resin with a malty backbone.

M ~ Smooth, thick, well carbonated. Tastes like two different beers in and out of bottle.

D ~ Love this buy it as much as possible

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Orange like a hazy sunset. A nice full, fluffy,off white head on top, with a touch of haze in the glass.

S: Resiny Pine scent, a good bit of caramel sweetness. There is a nice freshness to the aroma in this.

T: Fresh pine flavor. There is a good bit of bitterness in here, resiny, aggressive and herbal. Once you get get past the bitterness there is a caramel flavor, but it takes a backseat to the hops. There is almost a floral or leafy note in the finish.

M: Medium in body, and high carbonation.

O: Good overall, a nice bitter kick, and a fairly enjoyable brew overall.

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

A - Golden Orange Copper crystal clear color with a few carbonation bubbles. A nice frothy barely-off white head that leaves chunks of lacing behind.

S - A BIG combination of detailed floral and citrus hops that scream out at you with a nice malty sweet smell tucked in between.

T - A beautiful blend of sweet malt and hop bitterness. The taste is very malty and citrusy...and floral like! The smell is exactly as the taste is. I'm trying to put my finger on the fruit that it tastes and smells of and I can't think of it. Perhaps canalope?

M - A nice creamy light-medium bodied beer that's sure to quench your dry mouth on a hot summer day and at the same time, is formal enough to sit and talk about.

O - Sierra Nevada never fails at creating a great beer. It's appearance in most grocery stores now would tell you otherwise about a brewery, but they aren't cheap skates with their beer.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice copper color. 2 finger foamy tan head that has wonderful retention. Really sticks around. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Pine hops dominate, hints of citrus in there along with a subtle malt presence.

T - Starts with the malt bill then the piney hops click in very subtle towards the finish.

M - Its light to medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. Slightly oily, and that really builds the bitterness up as you drink this one.

O - A great looking brew. The taste is more subtle than everything else in the beer suggests it would be. Thats not a bad thing, just a little unexpected. Solid overall

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but for the most part left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as lacy rings down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very hoppy and is filled with piney flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness; it also has some hints of caramel malts. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness from the hops does not overpower your palate.

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

350ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011.

A - Slightly hazy burnt orange body with a tightly bubbled head that thins out but hangs around for a long time, along with a lot of cling.

S - Big hop aromas of pine and citrus take the lead, with some sweeter fruit notes in the back.

T - Sweet opener which quickly gives way to a big bitter hop hit in the middle of the taste, with a lingering bitter finish. The taste follows the aromas, with pine, citrus and other fruit notes.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, quite smooth and lingering.

O - Overall a fantastic example of the style. Possibly getting up there a little for a session beer (7.2% ABV) but a great one to sit and enjoy.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer as should be expected from Sierra! Poured beautiful caramel color with nice sticky white head and good lacing? Fantastic body with creamy smooth rush through the mouth? All the hops flavor you would expect and loaded! Not the boldest I've had but very pleasing with nice finish that last for ever? Good to know this will be around for a long time?

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

This is one monster flavored IPA that Sierra Nevada really did a fanstastic job with. Serious notes of pine and earthy, peaty hops really dominate both the scent and taste. Its an IPA lovers delight as its extremely well balanced and has some hop bite but it doesn't linger into much prolonged bitterness at all. A very well made IPA and one I plan to make regular returns to.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.79 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This poured an attractive golden amber into my pint glass with an off white 1 1/2 inch foamy head that stuck to the glass.

The fragrance was dominated by hops with some bread and herbal tones.

Upon first sip, i was immediately blasted with piney hops front and center. I picked up some grapefruit characteristics as well.

I will tell you up front, I am not a hophead so take that in consideration here. I liked the beer but wished it was more complex and less hop forward. If you like piney hops with little else mixed in, you will like this. Some reviewers said it was complex. I think there were some complex things going on, but they were buried deep beneath the hops. I prefer complexity with more balance. I'm newish to the IPAs and maybe I'll never develop a full appreciation, however, by comparison I much preferred the Founders Double Trouble.

Photo of FrozenJoe
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I'm drinking it straight from the bottle, so I can't speak to the actual appearance of the beer. The bottle is pretty good, hence the 4.

Smell: Sweet and refreshing. Very complex. Allow the beer to get fairly warm before smelling it and tasting it for best results.

Taste: This is a sweet beer with strong bittering hops. The sweetness is almost like what you would get from a good apple cider. Hops are bitter and not really floral at all.

Mouthfeel: Perfect.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer, best drank on the warm side.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: From the growler to pint glass, this beer pours a orange to amber color, clear and with a massive frothy white head. Head retention was amazing and so was the lacing on the glass.

S: Hops shoot out first with a herbal, and citric punch in the nose. Some apricot and pine notes too.
Bready, biscuity malt sweetens the aroma a bit and some hints of honey on toast add to the malt richness.

T: Hops taste fresh and bitter but so refreshing. Grapefruit, apricot, are clean and herbal notes are slightly spicy and bittering.
Toasted malt, toffee, bready but enough to add some balance.

M: Crisp light to medium body and clean, dry finish.

D: So nice on a hot day and so easy to keep drinking at first. Alcohol is modest and well hidden. Bitterness becomes a bit much for my tastebuds after a while but it is a great beer nonetheless and worth trying!

Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. Label code gives date of bottling in Mid-April.

Pours a nice copper color with a resilient head of two fingers that has a tan tinge to it. Excellent lacing. Minor turbidity.

Restrained aroma hinting at a lot of hops. Bit of malt mixed it.

Starts sweet with some tropical fruit notes, heads into bitter territory with some citrus and pine. Finishes with lingering bitterness with a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel is dry, beer is medium bodied.

At first I was unimpressed. I thought the malts took over this beer too much. I tried it again and let the beer warm a bit and now it really impresses me. It's not a hop bomb by any means, but rather, a multi-layered IPA worth trying.

Photo of azdback
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Spaten tumbler glass. I think this is fresh but not sure. There are some numbers that don't make sense to me, but no definite fresh until date.

A very clear, dark orange color. Medium carbonation bubbles that lead to a three finger head. Head is just a shade dark of bright white and soapy in appearance. Lace is looking pretty good for now.

Smell is mostly of bread. Soggy ass, old bread. Just a hint of bitter citrus. Not a sweet citrus though, kind of like the smell of a bag of old tangerines.

Taste is much better than the smell. Much sweeter on the lips. Hop flavors of mild, bitter citrus. Not quite as bright and bitter as I prefer. The sweetness comes from the malt bill of this pretty well balanced IPA. As this warms I get much more of the biscuity taste i smelled at first.

The mouth is pretty average to above average for the style. Silky and refreshing, not a bit watery or thin and a bit over carbonated to me. Just a hint of alcohol on the throat. Very refreshing and overdrinkable.

Overall I enjoyed this even though it's not the hop bomb I expect California IPA's to be. It was well balanced without being too wimpy. Definitely a must try, and that's probably the greatest thing about this. It was very affordable. Pick up a 24oz bottle, you wont be let down.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 12/4/10
Slightly updated 12/1/12

Appearance: A nice, crystal clear copper color - in comparison, it is a bit lighter than SN Celebration, and it is a bit clearer - the head is good, but not mind-blowing

Smell: Very hoppy - lots of citrus, resin, grapefruit - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some oily rind - some mint, like spearmint - malts are on the light side, some caramel and pale grains, some sweetness

Taste: Great - hoppy with a tons of citrus and resin - nicely bitter - malts help balance, lightly toasted biscuits - lightly earthy, with a touch of spearmint - overall, very clean tasting except for a slight salt flavor that I taste in all SN bottled beers

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth, very polished - very clean, finishes dry

Overall: A great year-around offering

Last December (2010) I attempted to decide whether I liked SN Torpedo or SN Celebration more. My conclusion was that I could not pick a favorite, for they are both great beers. Overall, Torpedo is a bit lighter (in both color and malt flavor, not necessarily body) and cleaner.
(2012 Update:) Torpedo is indeed (still) similar to Celebration, but each has some distinct differences that are clearer to me now than they were 2 years ago. Celebration tastes like a bigger beer (more toasted, more caramel, more intense hops), yet it's somehow lower in ABV. Torpedo is smooth, streamlined, and surprisingly easy to drink. Which is better? I used to lean towards Torpedo, but now I lean towards Celebration.

Photo of zbuc919
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass or mug. Right away was taken back by the lack of aromatics I would come to expect from something termed an "extra IPA." The aroma wasn't non-existent but left a lot to be desired. The taste wasn't as hoppy as expected either, a little citrus and piney but again I was expecting more from the label. It seemed to finish overly malty where I prefer the hops to be more balanced with the malt or to have it dried out a little more.

All in all this is far from a bad beer, I wasn't overly impressed the first time I had it, so I bought it again to be sure a few months later. It's not what I'd expect from an "extra IPA" but if you like some moderately hoppy beer with a bit more piney than citrus flavor with stronger malt finish give it a whirl. In my opinion you'll never go wrong trying a SN brew, this one was just not my favorite.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into an elegant glass that I picked up at Crate and Barrel - sort of a cross between a chalice and a goblet? I'm not sure how to categorize it but it's a great glass for a quality IPA or a DIPA.

Pours a nice, clear orange-copper color, slightly off-white head. One thing Sierra Nevada does well is build a nice head into their beers. This is very similar to their Pale Ale in having a resilient head that is there until the last sip. The lacing on this puppy is epic - leaving something akin to tree rings around the glass, memorializing each succulent sip. Swirling the liquid produces a new flurry of carbonation at the surface, replenishing portions of the sticky head. Danged good looking beer - worthy of a 5.0.

Hoppy nose, with bitter grapefruit coming through strongest. There are some floral notes, a bit of graininess and some other bitter citrus notes.

Herbal bitterness mixes in with the grapefruit rind - no grapefruit itself, just the rind. Someone mentioned some apple flavors to me, and I can taste that after it was mentioned. Bitter finish of pine resin and a bit of dryness. Describing the flavors doesn't quite give justice to the balance of flavors Sierra Nevada pulls off. A well done brew.

Clearly well-carbonated, but remarkably creamy and smooth. Not a light-ish beer by any measure - this is moderate bodied, but not heavy.

Good, drinkable beer. Affordable, too - I picked up a 12 pack of the stuff at Ralphs for $15. I have a feeling this will be a go-to this summer.

Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color. Very clear. 1 finger head, off white. Small bubbles. OK lacing. Lots of carbonation from bottom of glass. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Hoppy. Not real strong. Piny. Little floral scent. Not getting the citrus that everyone else gets. Mostly Pine. Fresh scent.

T: Again Pine in the taste. Not real bitter. Not what I expect from an IPA. Maybe a little grapefruit. Hides the ABV well. Not overpowering in any area.

M: Kinda dry. Coats the mouth but hurry's to the back. Leaving the taste behind. Makes you want another drink. Not super refreshing.

O: Another good beer from Sierra Nevada. Was expecting more hoppiness being called an "Extra IPA". But overall more quality from SN.

Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color. Slight haze, this beer has a small white head. Here is a wonderfully forceful flavor. The smell has a little citric, orange-peel flavors, mixed with fresh, leafy-hop character. The taste has more malt than the smell telegraphs...pale, mild malt flavor. Firm hop bitterness throughout the beer. Full in body. This is a great beer.

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

Pours a deep copper/amber with a dense one finger white head.

Tons of pine upfront! Citrus and grassy notes in the background. Very pleasant.

Right away a sharp pine bite hits the palate. A lingering citrus flavor behind it and right before a bit of caramel sweetness comes in. Finishes slightly dry with little hint of alcohol.

Medium bodied with medium amounts of carbonation that really compliments the bite of the hops.

Really impressed with this offering from Sierra Nevada. While many of their beers have left me wanting something a bit more, this one really shines. Tons of sharp pine flavor perfectly balanced against a subtle malt sweetness. Not only is it "good for Sierra Nevada," but also as good, if not better, than many other IPAs.

Photo of Spider889
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard on 4/8/11. Served in a signature Sierra Nevada imperial pint that I got to keep. The glass had a hop leaf laser etched into the base, sweet!

Amber in color, very good clarity, smallish head with just 'ok' lacing.

Smells sweet and hoppy. Lots of pine and light bitter citrus.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Mostly a pine-forward hop bill, but not really resinous.

Crisp, clean, and with a sweet finish. Very very dry though which became detracting.

Overall a very solid beer and a good value usually. But there are plenty of much better IPA's out there. I'll take a CIPA next please.

Photo of falcozappa
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper or bronze with a head that is not as dense as for some IPAs leaving a little lacing on the glass. The scent as very piney. The hops dominate the flavour of this beer, with the piney taste being rounded out by a few light citrus notes. The effervescence of this beer gives it almost a champagne-like mouthfeel.

Along with Bell's Two Hearted, this is my go-to American IPA

Photo of ranger7
2/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

A - Nice and clear amber coloring.

S - Pleasant traditional flowery aroma.

T - Very hoppy. Good taste, but very strong.

M - The feel is smooth. The aftertaste is extremely bitter. Almost soapy. Not a fan.

Summary - I've been trying to expand my beer experiences. One area in particular I've been wanting to explore is IPAs. So far, I've enjoyed Dogfish Head, but not Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. It's simply way too strong with hops and an awfully bitter aftertaste.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: deep amber body, nice 1 finger head, good lacing

S: big lemon grass, nice malt,

T: grapefruit/orange, big pine malt, slow long bitter finish

M: med body, good oily mouth

O: Finally had a nice SN offering. Nice IPA and the ABV is well hidden. Interesting and slightly different American IPA.


Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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