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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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8,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,533
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 945 | 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 TheBierBand
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

I poured the 12 oz brown bottle into my pint glass. The pour resulted in a 1-1/2" head of off white foam that lasted and slowly dwindled down to a thick cap leaving tons of lace on the glass. The beer is a light-ish amber.

Nose: Some hoppy notes... mostly citric.

Taste: Very good American IPA! Piney/earthy hops with a nicely toasted malt backbone. Well-balanced.

MF: Nice robust ale. Not too thick and chewey, but just right.

Drinkability: Nice American IPA. Right on style. I'd be good for 2-3 in a sitting.

TheBierBand, May 26, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a light amber that is very clear with minimal head but a persistent sticky film was clinging to the surface. Smells like clean citrusy hops and a faint whisper of malt. Taste is bitter, clean and crisp. This is an expertly constructed IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and familiar. Drinkability is two thumbs up.

merryjoulton, May 26, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Glowing amber coloring with nice fluffy head. Heavy lacing apparent. Really good looking beer.

S: Nice citrus tones coming from the nose. Very pleasant and whets the appetite for the taste.

T & M: Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel spot on, carbonation and hoppiness make it quite refreshing. Citrus tones from the nose not as apparent in the taste but finish is very nice. Alcohol not apparent at all.

D: One of the most drinkable IPAs that I've encountered. Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

elniko, May 26, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours dark clear amber with a lovely thick white pillowy head.

Clean and pure grapefruit hop nose, very inviting and with hints of sweet lemon in the nose.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of lemon-pine resin hops. A creamy hop flavor and not the "hop bomb" otherwise expected but very nice and clearly a drink of quality. Very drinkable and an all around pleasant quality IPA that shows just the right amount of bitterness. Pure hop grapefruit flavors, character and finish.

I don't mind extreme hops (which this is just short of) but this is very nice in a readily available and very well priced hoppy beer.

GRG1313, May 25, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4.2/5  rDev +1%

pours an amber/copper with good clarity. creamy hop head formed on top.

smells of pine and bitter citrus with a touch of malt bread.

taste is heavily hopped with plenty of bitter pine and resin flavors. a touch of citrus, grapefruit maybe.

mouthfeel is hop sticky and a bit of sticky resin.

drinkable hop bomb if that's your preference.

skrib09, May 25, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

Pours a great copper color with wonderful initial head, excellent lasting head, and some very nice lacing as it goes down. It has a deep scent, very bitter and piney, with enough citrus to keep the edge off. Great taste, a wonderful bitter with great hop attributes: a great pine, Christmas tree forest like; hints of citrus, some nice pineapple/orange; bit of English hops to give it a nice cross-Atlantic flavor. Very smooth, no alcohol flavor which is great, and has a long lingering pine hop flavor. A great IPA.

JamesS, May 25, 2009
Photo of BZero007
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Finally picked up some up from the Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA

Poured from a bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip.
The brew is a very nice copper color with hints of amber to it. The head forms with ease and release allot of good smells. The aroma of this brew is nice, refreshing, and strong. The smell is nothing new but is strong. Taste was good the hops were up front and present and supported by the sweet malt in the back ground. This brew drank light and alcohol level was barely felt or present. This particular brew for me was good nothing was out of the ball park and nothing was average. A tasty brew that I will have again.

BZero007, May 25, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev -3.8%

I'm trying to judge this beer apart from the hype. It is indeed a very good IPA. Reminds me a lot of Hop Devil.

Pine upfront. Relatively balanced as the beer warms.

Has a great copper color.

Seems to be a very good bang for the buck. I reserve the right to try this again and pass further judgment on it.

GeoffFromSJ, May 25, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Beautiful coppery pour with a big creamy colored head which stays around for a long time and leaves generous lacing on the glass.
Grapefruit hops dominate the aroma and the flavors. A big shot of grapefruit/orange peel hop bitterness leads off, but there is a bit of biscuity malt in the middle to provide a little relief. The long-lasting finish is again suitably hoppy. Sweet malt becomes apparent as the beer warms and persists into the finish. This is not a particularly complex taste experience. It's pretty straightforward so it's a good thing I like hops.
Pretty easy to drink and pleasantly bitter on the tongue. A worthy representation of an American IPA, but, given the choice, I'd probably opt for the Celebration Ale.

kwakwhore, May 25, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Copper Orange with a good head and good lacing.
Mango, Pine, and citrus aromas with a slightly funky yeast aroma.
Citrus with lots of fruity esters and a slight phenolic character. Mango and some other slight tropical fruits play a role. Finishes with a light malt finish and a lingering bitterness.
Very full mouthfeel. And perfect carbonation.
A fantastic beer I will be consuming on a regular basis.

alovesupreme, May 24, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: A nice finger and a half of beautiful off white head. It has a very clear copper color. It also has some lacing.

Smell: The body of the smell comes from sweet malt, but the pine hops really cut through. There is a definite citrus aroma to this beer.

Taste: Wow is this beer balanced. This beer starts of with a sweet malt flavor and finishes up with some awesome bitter flavor. There is also some citrus to this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied and drinks pretty smooth. The carbonation is not bad, but I wish it was just a tiny bit more carbonated. This beer finishes really dry.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer and could definitely session it, but I feel like the hop bomb nature of it would kill any beer you have after it, unless its another torpedo ofcourse. I was expecting something a little more spectacular from the threads I saw when this beer came out. It didn't blow me away, but it was definitely a good beer.

OnThenIn, May 24, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Review from notes

A - poured clear amber red with foamy off-white head. Good retention and very good lacing

S - sweet malts, fresh grapefruit, and piney hops in high balance

T - immediate sweet caramel malts followed by bittering hops on the sides and back of the tongue, then a wave of herbal and citrus zest. Bitter, hoppy finish

M - medium bodied with balanced carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel

D - very good, could do a couple of these in an evening

Overall - a good, solid IPA. Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

DmanGTR, May 24, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Light amber color 1/2 finger head after pour into St. Bernardus glass.

S - Slight Pine and citrus smell.

T- Prickly, hoppy a good DIPA taste.

M - Tart, citrus, dulling (in a good way)

D - Great DIPA for price and availabilty could drink a bunch and would will get more.

Casey10, May 24, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

A - This honestly looks very much like the standard SNPA, and that's not a bad thing. This might be a shade darker, but its still that vibrant golden-flax hue with a big fluffy white head and tons of foamy lace.

S - Oh my God. Hops, glorious hops! This is a hop forward nose that balances some of the juiciest hop notes that I've sniffed in a long time. The pine forest SN DNA is definitely detectable, but this adds more complexity than the standard APA version. Fresh, juicy, slightly fruity, and very sappy... this smells wonderful.

T - Even better than the nose, the flavors EXPLODE with fresh hop oils. The word "juicy" keeps flashing across my brain. This is like diving into a green hop filled wine press with bare feet and stomping around like a baptist preacher. Can I get a witness!

M - Medium bodied and FRESH. This is thirst quenching and highly carbonated, and all of those suds really help keep it lively and active in the mouth. It's almost electric with zingy hop flavors and zesty carbonation. This is as fresh tasting as ice-cold freshly squeezed OJ.

D - Perfect. One of the most well rounded (for a hop bomb that is) and drinkable brews that I've had in a long time. I tried one of these out at The Brewhaus and I'm sold. I'm going to pick up a large quantity of this stuff to keep around the house. This would be a perfect outdoorsy grillin' out sort of session brew. The hops would stand up to some spicy brats, and its dangerously gulp-able. Another impressive creation from Sierra Nevada... and I would have expected nothing less from the west coast masters of hop.

pmcadamis, May 23, 2009
Photo of CJthirty7
2.3/5  rDev -44.7%

You ever look in the fridge and wonder what beer you wouldn't mind sacrificing for cooking with? I thought it was this one. Mistake. I wouldn't cook with this crap either. Don't get me wrong, its bitter (hence the "Extra" in the name), but since when does Extra translate to unbalanced? Its like the fat kid sitting on the end of the see-saw. Not only that, my pork tastes like a grapefruit rind.

Ah Sierra Nevada, I love you. I just don't love this beer.

CJthirty7, May 23, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Pours a nicely clear golden-copper hue with a thick off-white head of foam. Head shows moderate retentive properties, fading somewhat quickly, leaving behind a light amount of splotchy stick on the walls of the glass.

A nose of citrusy, slightly floral American hop aromas presents itself, with notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Aroma is somewhat subdued and none-overpowering.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a base palate of slightly grainy and faintly sweet malt, glazed over with citric hop notes of bitter grapefruit peel. Hop bitterness builds toward the middle and back, lending a very dry finishing character that lingers on the tongue, with just a touch of malty sweetness.

The dryness lends itself well to drinkability, and this is one bitter hop bomb; still, while good, it fails to live up to the hype that has been vested in it by the beer rating community. Balanced well more toward the hop end of the spectrum, it fails to present itself as much other than a well-crafted and very well-hopped American IPA, which it holds to well but fails to become anything much more than that.

superdedooperboy, May 23, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Orange amber with stiff peaks of foam that slowly melt over several minutes and leave sticky rings of lace all down the glass. The nose is leafy hop forward with a bit of caramel malt. The flavor is similar to the SN pale ale but with a more resinous hop flavor and bitter finish nicely balanced by caramel tasting malt. Warming alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A great addition to the SN year-round offerings.

biggred1, May 22, 2009
Photo of Icehouse57
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

I bought this beer in anticipation of great things. I LOVE Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, so had great expectations here... as I LOVE hops.

It poured a very nice amber color... clear, very nice off-white head...

It smelled of clean citrusy hops, but I don't think I picked up as much Cascade as I anticipated. Not an overpowering hop aroma.

The taste was the opposite of the aroma... Very pungent hop flavor. Wasn't as smooth as I expected. Now, I love IPA's.. and usually the more hops, the more I like it. I found this to be merely average.

It is quaffable, but not more than about 2 per session...

Overall, a nice beer, but I'll go with the regular old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale next time.

Icehouse57, May 22, 2009
Photo of Masterson
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

It was a real treat to finally try this. I bought it from Whole Foods in Logan Circle. They couldn't stock it fast enough. They were out of it in about 2 weeks. They are hoping to restock it for the rest of this summer.

A: Poured it into a tulip glass. It poured with a golden amber hue with a thick white head. I didn't expect that amount of carbonation so I had to wait a minute to pour the the last few drops into the glass.

S: It smelled unbelievable! Very clean spicy citrus aroma (thought is was Cascade at first.) I let the head subside before I took a sip...

T: I have to admit, I was a little disappointed here, expecting a hop bomb from the aroma. There was almost a "soft" bitterness to it. However, after letting the beer open up for about 15 minutes, the hop bitterness and flavors really started to shine. It has a very nice malt balance to it.

M: The mouthfeel was a little slick, and it probably had a bit too much carbonation for the style.

D: Way too easy to down for a +7% abv, but really nice for sipping.

Masterson, May 21, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-Nice amber color. Nice two finger head.

S-Citrus, pine, hops

T-Nice hop bite. Citrus notes are present.

M-Medium body, nice carbonation level-not too much or too little.

D-Couldn't session this one, but one is easily done.

Lerxst, May 21, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

12 ounce bottle poured into a chilled standard pint glass. The color is a bright copper with a lovely foamy head that lingers. The smell is a mix of pine and citrus, very floral. The taste is a nice initial blast of hops but the shift to the caramel tasting malt just doesn't strike me well and it seems to accentuate the high alcohol content. I can appreciate their effort to make it a balanced beer, it's by no means horrible. The mouthfeel in general is fine, lively. I wouldn't want to drink a sixer of this in one sitting but throwing one or two into the rotation would be very satisfying.

ThickestHead, May 20, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz. 2nd time having this 'Extra IPA' - first time was blindly tasted. Pours a bright orange with a nice foamy, creamy off-white head that leaves great lacing that sticks to the glass. Aromas are floral hops, citrus rind - mainly grapefruit, and pine. Initial taste is a sweet malty, biscuity backbone that is quickly taken over by the hops - grapefruit rind, and the bitterness is mild to start. Hop characteristics build though - more bitter, piny, dry, and acidic with each sip. Mouthfeel is juicy and oily - especially toward the bottom of the glass as the hop oils have coated the palate completely by now. Alcohol is well concealed throughout - not even the least bit noticeable. This is a solid American IPA, but as far as representing the style it's almost in a style of its own with its complexity and brewing techniques - close to an Imperial IPA. Price is outstanding - $6.99 for 6 - you can't beat it for a high quality brew like this!

barnzy78, May 19, 2009
Photo of quinlin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A - pours a deep honey amber. Thick almost latte like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass.

S - floral, citrus, loads of pine. Sweet malty background.

T - taste mimicks the smell. Right up front sharp hop bitter with a malts that hang around the finish.

M - high amount of mouth tingling carbonation. Medium/full body

D - Nice, drinkable IPA. Went great with the steak sandwich i had.

quinlin, May 19, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a deep gold, forming a massive two fingers of off-white head. Medium spots of lace cling to the glass.

S - The aroma consists entirely of hops, but does not have as strong of an aroma as I expected.

T - The palate is dominated and coated with a citrusy hop flavor, and then gives way to a noticeable malt backbone, only again to have the hops dominate in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. The taste remains on the palate long after the swallow.

D - Very full flavor. Aside from the higher ABV, I could easily see having a few of these. Maybe not as great as it was hyped up to be, but still a good beer from Sierra Nevada.

D -

beeragent, May 19, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours golden amber with a caramel colored head.

The nose is very perfumy and spritzy. Herbal and floral notes are dominant with a lot of pine and hops.

This beer got better as it warmed to room temperature. Piney, hoppy, and grassy. Taste has a crisp bite to it like putting your nose in a fresh bag of cascades. Small citrus character.

Not as assertive as I'd hoped and lacking compared to many other high ranked examples of this style. This is what i would imagine a dry-hopped/hoppier SN Pale Ale would taste like.

natelocc787, May 18, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,533 ratings.