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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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8,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,739
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 174
Gots: 1,043 | 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 garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not that there is anything wrong with this beer, there isn't, but overall I've been under impressed.
Nice fresh hop aroma. A tap spicy with floral, herbal and somewhat sweet. Just a start of the heavier oily or resin aroma. Mild malt backing to help round it off.
Full rich head. Poured into SN glass with nucleation on the bottom helping the visual presentation. Kinda' dark for style, but seems within parameter of darker amber with reds stronger than golds.
The flavor is where this falls somewhat flat for me. It's not as bright and showy as the aroma. Every bottle I've had plays out a little differently. This current one lays out the bitterness strongly, something not evidence previously that i liked. Balance is pretty good in that malt presence is noted, however, not necessarily that flavorful and not showing any particular flavors that I'm finding appealing. Full hop qualities throughout the taste.
Body is nicely done. Medium feel with carbonation done as it should be.
I find I'm not as excited by this beer as I thought and hoped for, and it's the flavor that lets me down. I take a Celebration Ale over this, thank you.

garymuchow, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of VTaler
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - looks like any old IPA with a big head. Kind of a dark gold color.
S - Overall not much smell but there is a strong floral hop flavor. Citrus and spice smells
T - First hit tastes almost like a sweet citrus flavor quickly followed by a bitter hoppiness. Malt is there but mostly dominated by hops. Not very balanced at all. I am a big hop lover but this tastes more like hop flavored seltzer water. Sparkling hop juice. The hops however tastes amazing but it needs more malt
M - very light mouthfeel
D - probably the most drinkable 7.2% beer ive ever had

VTaler, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of kurp001
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

A gentle pour yields a rocky, off-white one-finger heads that holds up very nicely. Body is a reddish gold, slightly cloudy.

I can smell the hop aroma on this one without even leaning in close to the beer. Somewhat grapefruity, very nice.

Taste definitely showcases the hop presence upfront, citrus and pine notes dominate here. A mild biscuit malt is apparent on the finish. Very nice balance on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation that doesn't overpower the flavors of the beer.

Drinkability is great on this one, given the higher ABV and bold flavors. I probably couldn't put back as many of these as I could SNPA, but still very good for an "extra IPA." I'm hoping production on this one will kick into high gear again, soon, I could see having a sixer of this in my fridge regularly.

kurp001, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another one of those beers that I had to have a few sixers of before the review. Not that I thought I'd taste anything different, but it's good, available, and I never felt the urge to review it. The pour is orange/light amber with a pretty frothy off white head. From here, the review may be a bit of an amalgamation because the last sixer I drank seemed to lack the hops punch of the previous few. Really piney hops scent with some citrus and maltiness in the background. Has the pine taste/feel, but not terribly sticky. This may be to rope in a crowd more diverse than a bunch of hopheads. Nice citrus that blends right into the slight malty sweetness. This is my fave from SN. Obviously doesn't have the gusto of DIPA's...But as an American IPA, it doesn't need to. Good beer.

alkemy, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of fropones
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice burnt orange amber color. An aggressive pour yielded about 2.5 fingers of head with good retention. A lot of nice lacing. The smell is a lot of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit and citrus, with some underlying pine. A little funky, pot-like aroma going on. Taste is actually some malt up front with the hops in back. Some sweetness, and a decent amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body and creamy. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent IPA.

fropones, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of wonderbread23
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2 finger creamy and frothy head. Medium golden-copper color with good lacing.

Smell: Awesome dryhopped aroma of citrus and a little pine resin. Nice carmel aroma on the malt.

Flavor: Aggressive hop bitterness with well balanced malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Round creamy mouthfeel with medium finish.

Drinkablility: For a double IPA, the alcohol is very tame. Very drinkable and balanced. Quite refreshing.

wonderbread23, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one of these at a friend's house. Really a nice, solid American IPA like SN is known to do. Lots of fruitiness, well balanced with a caramel malt that makes this one really drinkable. However, it's balanced nicely with a hop bite that makes you know it's not pansy Pale Ale. While it doesn't quite bowl me over like the Celebration does each and every year, it's still very nice.

soupyman10, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Al's of Hampden, the best pizza joint/beer bar in Enola, PA.

A: The IPA is a golden copper color, a nice looker that glows at its base. A finger of white head left prodigious lace as it receded.

S: The IPA has a great aroma, citrusy with a floral sweetness. The nose doesn't knock my socks off but it is pleasant.

T: The IPA has a full citrus bitterness, one that envelops the palate with a mild grassy flavor. Pine and grapefruit become more pronounced as the ale warms, amping up the hop intensity. Caramel malts have a high balancing aspect, a nice foil for the hops. The hops have a peppery finish, a lively end to each sip. A flavor that comes close to peppermint sees the ale out.

M: The IPA is appropriately bitter, a bold ale that doesn't leave the tastebuds wanting. The bold pepper and mint flavors at the end of each sip are a highlight.

D: At nearly 7.5%, I took my time with the bottle. The hop profile is strong but the overall flavor doesn't match some of the harvest and estate ales.

akorsak, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of CBlack85
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a nice nearly clear amber/copper color with three fingers worth of foamy white head. The head has good staying power with quite a bit of lacing.

S-Piney, hoppy aroma that seems to get richer as the beer gets warmer

T-A nice malty presence that quickly takes a back seat to the hops. The perfect amount of hop flavor, piney at first with a citrus finish on the back of the tongue

M-silky and smooth, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D-This is a very easy beer to drink. The perfect example of an American IPA. I will definately keep this on my list.

CBlack85, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers I've tried in a while. Thoroughly enjoyable in pushing the hop envelope while maintaining an amazing balance and drinkability. This beer simply tastes great without overwhelming the senses or coming across as some clumsy attempt at "extremeness." It smells, tastes, and drinks like a great beer should. Can't say enough, really. This is especially true as I bought a sixer at the amazing sale price of $7 at the local Stater Bros. I sound like an advertiser for Sierra Nevada in the review but don't mean to. I'm just happy to have a widely available beer of this caliber.

FacistCannonBall, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into DFH Specialty glass on 9/23/09.

A - Poured a hazy orange/copper-tinged body with solid finger's width of sturdy off-white head that settled to a thin, patchy retention and some strands of lace.

S - Hodge podge hop bouquet with hints of citrus, pine and floral notes. Nothing really jumps out at me, however. Malt character is quite grainy with toasted and bready notes. Hint of spices and burnt caramel round out the aroma.

T - Opens with a surge of hop bitterness combining sappy pine and tangy citrus as well as floral and perfumy notes, all of which merge together to create an aggressive bitter sting that puckers the tongue a bit. Traces of alcohol are sprinkled throughout, giving the flavor a bit of boozy warmth. Finishes with an assertive resin-esque hop bite paired with a toasted grainy malt character to balance the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, resulting in a slight fizzy sensation on the tongue. Mouthfeel is sticky with some residual hop oil adding a bit of slickness. Finishes with fairly aggressive, lingering hop bitterness and mild astringency on the palate.

D - Not bad overall. The bitterness is there, but the flavor is lacking a bit. This seems to be a trend with Sierra Nevada's hoppy ales, in my opinion. They are generally very good but they never manage hit the ball out of the park.

ffejherb, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - pours an orange-ish copper with a nice, white foam head, with good retention and lacing.

Smell - Floral character, piney notes, hops

Taste - A good roasted, malty taste at first, but an assertive hop bite makes it's presence known shortly afterward. Very pine-ish flavor from the hops. Overall, hops are dominant, but the malty character balances the beer very well. Citrus notes become more noticeable as the beer warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, medium bodied, and satisfying.

Drinkability - The 7.2% ABV hides itself quite well. Almost sessionable.

Overall: Another very good beer from a very good brewery. This is definitely a great IPA, especially for the price. Definitely recommended!

Flightoficarus, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of felipe2toes
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Orangey-copper colored with nice one finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smelled some citrus, floral, and piney hops. I also detected a bit of grapefruit on the nose as well.

Definitely piney on the palate, great balance--not overly bitter. Some citrus and sweetness on the tongue too.

Mouthfeel was good, with some lingering bitterness--which I liked. Very, very drinkable.

felipe2toes, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of wd40
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Allagash chalice. No freshness date :(

Appearance is exceptional. Mix of gold and amber with bright highlights. Pours a thick foam that looks great and leaves quite a bit of lace behind. The aroma is good. There is a sweetness in the aroma along with a astringency, but also a kind of weird smell in that is subtle but not appealing (like something not quite fresh). Taste is quite astringent. The bitterness lingers a bit longer than I would like. The hop profile is difficult for me to distinguish. There's not a lot of citrus, but there is a lot of bite! I guess it's very herbal to the point of being almost medicinal tasting.
The carbonation is great and the beer is very drinkable despite the few idiosyncrasies.

wd40, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of mikel52588
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden amber hue with a 2 fingerlength head with high retention and a soft frothy lacing

Smell: it has a full citrusy malt with a strong hop presence

Taste: Pretty freakin hoppy; the hops make an appearance right at the first touch of the tongue; a citrus resides in the middle and the following taste has both hop and malt qualities.

Mouthfeel: Soft and fluffy on your tongue, light carbonation; it stays true to the bitter aftertaste that lingers for a good while.

Drinkability: Its pretty drinkable, it has a strong bitter hop presence and of course that's what you would expect. This beer is definitely worth a try if the highly hoppy beers are your forté. I'd drink it again.

mikel52588, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a short and stout 12 oz into a sam adams 'perfect pint'. Hue is a crystal clear golden copper and pours a big fat frothy two finger head that leaves behind a nice coating.

Smell: Has a very assertive aroma with nice juicy herbaceous pine cone hops at the forefront to punch your nostrils that mix with a bit of citric grapefruit with a bunch of barley to back it up.

Taste: Has a good deal of complexities going on inside. Its crisp, piney and bitter but nothing over the top to scare the meek away. Has some sweeter malt characteristics especially in the finish that give your palate a break. There are alot of grains in there which is nice and the barley from the nose is surely a steady character in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Is fizzy and medium bodied on the tongue and leaves behind a velvety slickness from the hop oil long after it is past your throat.

Drinkability: Easily could session without a doubt, has a nice crisp quality without being too much like a soda. Leaves you feeling refreshed and quenches that thirst for hops.

Overall: Got as part of a 'mixer sixer' and almost wish I had a full sixer. This is a very well crafted IPA and really gets the job done with a nice balance of all its nuances.

craftaholic, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of DanielDanza
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.

This is quite a beer. Nice amber color with great IPA lacing. The expected pine, citric, and grapefruit aromas dominate. Very assertive.

The flavor is dominated by big citrusy hops up front with some malty sweetness on the back. It has a great juicy character and very little alcohol flavor for a 7.2 beer. Great coating moutfeel which still manages to be refreshing, but strong enough to drink all year round. I can easily drink a couple of these, but might wish to switch to something a bit lighter.

In short, perhaps the definitive west coast IPA, and a great step up for those of us who took a while to warm up to the style.

DanielDanza, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a lackluster first beer for the night at dinner, the time had come for a trip to Abe's Cold Beer to grab a solid second. The wife came along and we had quite a fun trip and amongst my purchaes I decided to finally try the well regarded Torpedo IPA as my second brew for the night.

A: Fairly translucent, deep copper color with a lovely head that retains well and laces the pint glass.

S: Grapefruit and citrus dominate the aroma with a touch of hoppy spiciness.

T: Grapefruit and citrus show up on the scene and are balanced pretty well by a good malty undertone. Strong hoppy burst really provides a nice finish, a rock solid brew.

M: Medium body but just a touch too light and moderate carbonation.

D: I was pretty excited to finally try SN's new brew and was not disappointed, this is a high quality brew. This would be an excellent intro or everyday IPA, easy drinking and very well rounded. SN has done it again, no surprise there, with another rock solid member of their beer family. Those guys deserve a ton of credit for bringing an everyday IPA to the masses, I always felt this was a whole in the portfolio amongst the widely distributed micro's and this beer definitely fills that hole. You shouldn't have any problems finding this brew, so do yourself a favor and try it, you won't be sorry.

jdg204, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A..Drank straight from the bottle; I'll give it an average score based on my own ignorance.

S..Very nice hoppy scent, as you might expect -- but in no way overpowering.

T..WOW, what an incredible IPA. Easily the best IPA I have had to date. This beer has a rich, complex series of flavors I wish I could describe better, needless to say, hops are the main ingredient.

M..Terrific. Medium bodied with no excessive carbonation feel/presence.

D..I could drink these any day of the year. Easy to drink, especially given the 7+% ABV. I was happy to find this beer...and ten times happier to drink it. I cannot wait for another someday.

bbeerman, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the better IPA's I've ever had and I didnt expect that. I love SN but didnt expect so much quality in a mass produced beer. Usually drink from a pint glass golden copper in color with 2 finger white, creamy head. Amazing retention and perfect lacing. A great looking beer! Smell was good, mainly the citrusy hops but a slight dry malt smell as well. Taste is great as well. A very citrusy, almost grapefruit taste with some dry malt, then you get a nice bitter hop kick on the back of the tounge. Not too malty, but a good balance though heavier on the hop side as you would expect. A creamy but light mouthfeel, slighly oily feeling leftover on your tounge and a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall an amazingly drinkable beer. I love everything about it and cannot thank SN enough for bringing this beer to us!

bunnyhustle, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this one. American IPAs are not my thing, but i can appreciate a well made one. And this one is!

Poured a deep golden cider color with a thick off white head. Lacing sticks to the glass for the duration.

The aroma was more of barley than i was expecting from the description. definite citrus and pine in the background.

Tastes of sweet barley then a smack in the face with the pine then citrus bitterness. It'll make you do a double take to try to get that barley back. Then BAM! In your face again!. This is a great IPA. Exactly what it's supposed to be.

Mouthfeel could have been a bit more carbonated. Other than that no complaints. Very drinkable.

Wish I would have got a 6 pack now. Just picked it up in a make your own 6er.

ditch, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Genuine
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - The pour resulted in a nice 2 finger off white/brownish head that sits on top of what reminds me of a pumpkin ale orange body. Very pleasant to the eyes.

S - lots of malt with a citrus kick

t - lots of citrus. Not as hoppy as I expected but it does have some nice bitter characteristics to it, which cleans the pallet. I'm finding this one to be very refreshing.

M - Very smooth, easy to go down and have another.

D - I could have a few of these without second though. Very delicious and beer that I'll keep coming back to.

Genuine, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - caramelly orange color, a big fluff of sticky foam above that leaves chunks and hunks of lace behind.

Aroma - biscuit malts at the ready, nice citrusy grapefruit zest and pine in tow.

Taste - as in the sniff, the grains make a brief but pleasant statement up front, followed by a nice zing of hops that show mostly bitter pine, a touch medicinal too. Aftertaste goes arid, the finish is the same without a trace of the 7.2 abv.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth beer with a good dose of crispness.

Drinkability - I've been popping these babies down pretty quickly this summer, despite my usual aversion to the medicinal nature of some highly hopped brews.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of hops4me
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer. Deep gold in the glass with a white fluffy head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace in its place. Nice aroma. Thought it would be a little more but still nice. Pine, grass, hay, and a slight graininess in the aroma. The taste is the big winner. Very nice hop zing right up front that moves to the sides of the mouth with a sappy residue staying. Some malty sweetness is also evident. Some bitter citrus in the aftertaste as well. Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied that balances the hoppiness. Very nice IPA indeed.

hops4me, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of alexhammond
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, my favorite west-coast IPA, if you factor in taste, cost, and availability. Pours with a small head, light amber color, but give it a swirl and out comes terrific pine & bitter hop scents. The taste is everything I'm looking for: crisp, biting bitterness, but not overpowering enough to scare me away from drinking a few of these. A sweeter, citrus taste as it goes down helps for a smooth finish. Not many of these "bigger" IPAs qualify as refreshing, but I'd say this one makes the cut. Truly a beer worth seeking out.

alexhammond, Sep 13, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,739 ratings.