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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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9,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,374
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 210
Gots: 1,477 | 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 Betmore
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass*

This beer poured a murky amber/orange color and formed a soft, off-white head that hung out for awhile. It eventually settled into a thin foam top that left some fair lacing.

Dank is the first word that came to mind when the aroma hit me. I'm getting boatloads of fruity (think grapefruit and pineapple) hops with a suprising amount of sweet caramel malts. There's a noticable amount of alcohol wafting out of there too. Its not so much as to be distracting, but its definitely there.

The flavor went a little sidways on me. Rather than getting the fruity hops that I smelled, I'm getting bitter pine with just a hint of citrus. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, it just kind of caught me off guard. On subsequent tastes, I'm getting more and more of those caramel balancing malts. They never come close to overtaking the hops, but they do come out of hiding and into the open reletively early, unlike a lot of other West Coast IPAs. This is a good beer. The only thing holding it back is that its nothing special. That sounds like a slam but its really not. Its a nicely balanced American IPA. I've had better, but I've had A LOT worse too.

This brew actually seemed to have a fair amount of body to it and the carbonation feels just right. The flavor does seem to fade a little faster than some of the other IPAs I've had.

I'm a little hung up on drinkability here. Its a good beer. I had no trouble at all drinking a single. And while I could definitley drink an entire 6 pack in one session, I don't think I'd want to. The hop profile just isn't my favorite; I prefer citrus to pine. And then there's the ABV... While its not a 10%+ mad man like the Imperials out there, 7.2% can put a quite a fuzz on things.

Overall, its good. If you like IPAs, pick up a sixer. I think mine was $7.99 or $8.99. Either way its, at the very least, a good value for a hophead.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brew with a foamy, long lasting head. Aroma is spicy hops, and caramel. Citrus hops dominate the palate, while caramel malt provides some balance. Medium, surprisingly smooth body. Bitter finish lasts forever. The beer must be a heaven for hopheads.

Photo of mshannon
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- bright amber color, nice frothy head lingers, looks great
S- citrus and pine hops in the nose, a little perfume
T- big hops, balanced well with biscuity malts
M- medium to big body, a good tingle too
D- This beer is big in all the right ways and still (almost too) easy to drink. I buy this often, and not just because its cheap and everywhere.

Photo of neilgavigan
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in pint glass

Clear red-amber, nearly copper in color. Cream white head is and inch thick. Sweet malty smell not overpowered by pine-heavy hops aromas. Citrus notes as well. Taste Initial very strong bitterness from the hops gives way to a host of pine and floral flavors. Dry finish with even more complex hops and almost no sweetness. Medium body and enough carbonation to enhance the hops flavors. Overall very drinkable and while the aromas are short of strength expectations for an 'extra' IPA the taste more than makes up for it.

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with a frothy white head. About two finger's worth of head that sticks to the edge of the glass with great lacing that spans the entire height of the glass.

S - Definite pine hops accompanied by floral and citrus notes. Very fresh bitter smelling.

T - Pine hops are strong throughout the drink and dominate the finish. Citrus flavours carry through along with a sweetness in the background that is hard to describe, tastes like a combination of very faint grain malts combined with fruits. Some people aren't fans of the bitterness, I for one find this drink to be a very tasty drink that favours hop bitterness without sacrificing any complexity.

M/D - Smooth medium body that is light on the tongue but still has some weight to it. Drinkability is great.

A good, solid beer that I am glad to find easily in the US.

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

Pours a copper color with a white head. Average retention but as it dissipates it leaves some lacing. Smells of pine hops and a little of citrus. Taste is similar, predominantly pine hops that give a strong bitter flavor.Mouthfeel is good medium weight beer that felt a little more smooth than I expected with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but it is very piney, I might have enjoyed this a tad more if it was not so piney.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, golden color with a one finger, off white head, that has great retention there is some pretty good lacing and a good amount of carbonation going to the top.

S - There are some good, but faint smells of pine hops.

T - This ale is a lot less aggressive in respect to hops than I remember last time I had it. There is still a prominent bitter pine hop presence. The after taste consists of satisfying pine hops.

M - Nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. Nothing special though.

D - This on the better side for an IPA. Good taste, good mouthfeel, can't go wrong.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A - Pours a nice copper. Slightly cloudy with nice carbonation and a relatively brief head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney hops and a little bit of citrus. Some light malt character to the nose.

T - Strongly hoppy up front with a hint of sweetness. Nice malt background and a finish that lingers well. Tasty.

M - Just right. Light to medium body and a nice feel from the carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Goes down easy and tastes wonderful. Feel is just right. No alcohol taste at all. Amazing to session.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with 2 fingers of solid white head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smells of citrus hops, pine and tangerine.

T: Tastes of grapefruit and some sweet malt.

M: The mouthfeel seems quite full for a single IPA and the carbonation level is optimal.

D: I'd say the drinkability of this is very high.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and very reasonably priced.

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

A-The beer pours a dark amber with a slight haze.

S-The aroma of this beer is a mixture of smells. There is a floral aroma of flowers that is accompanied by citrus with some notes of pine following. This is all backed up by a solid herbal aroma.

T-When you initially taste the beer there is a slight sweetness on the tounge that quickly is surrounded by hop flavor and bitterness. The flavor of the hops is grassy/herbal but is quickly dominated by the bitterness of the beer that is tasted in the back of your throat as you swallow. There is little harshness that can be tasted in high hopped beer.

M-The beer has a light medium body with a low level of carbonation.

D-The body and carbonation makes for any easy drinking beer that is dynamic with flavor and aroma.

Photo of Impfan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in verbatim agreement with The Brothers on this one.

Celebration was my go-to beer of the 80s-early 90s, and Torpedo eclipses it.

Beautiful honey/amber color, creamy, but sprightly body, super-complex aroma that is even juicier than Celebration's.

Citrus rind, grapefruit, resin, apricot, strawberry jam, apple, pepper, and just a touch of ashyness in the long, earthy, spicy hop finish.

As The Brothers said, may they brew this until the end of days.

Photo of pb9613
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: This beer pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head but it stays with the glass the entire way.

S: Nice hop character in the scent but a large amount of pine also present.

T: Very enjoyable taste but after awhile the pine flavor over powers the nice malty flavor

M: Very nice tingle, hops and pine notes but the pine overtones become too dominate.

D: A bit too heavy of a taste

Overall, I enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste but the pine overtones soon overpower the overall experiance.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cooperstown Pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head

S: Nice hop character in the scent with a small amount of pine also present

T: Very enjoyable taste, high hop character with the addition of pine makes it a delicious brew to drink with a very strong taste

M: Very nice tingle, hope and pine notes really awaken the mouth and leave a nice taste right on the back of the tongue

D: Possibly a bit too "heavy" of a taste, not that its a thick brew by any means. Still a very nice drinking brew

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste that warms from the inside on a chilly fall day

Photo of g00dness
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured semi-transparent orangy copper into one of my logo pint glasses.

The nose is pine forest floor. Piny and herby with only a hint of malt.

The taste was the same as the nose really. Lots of pine with some herbs, and maybe some citrus. Very bitter in the first sip, with an excellent dry finish. Not as complex as I'd hoped, but you can really taste the hops resin, which is cool.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly gentle and creamy for an IPA.

Drinkability is nice and high. The dry finish and the great mouthfeel make this very quaffable.

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got it in a safeway in virgina. Came in a six pack, poured into dfh glass.

A. Light clear amber almost copper colored. Finger sized head with lacing that doesn't go away.

S. Piney hops with some citrus. Sweet fruit aroma comes through.

T. Bitter hoppy up front with an oily lingering aftertase. The bitterness fades as you drink the whole beer.

M. Medium mouthful with low carbonation.

D. I like it but I can't drink more than three of them.

Photo of dropshotmusic
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper color with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Smells a piney citrus in the nose. Balanced malt to hop taste with bitter hot finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Overall a good IPA not my favorite but worthy none the less.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper color with a chunky tan head. Nice lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Similar to the nose, citrus/fruit up front (more grapefruit here), has a sweet/dry finish, not bitter. Some nice maltyness on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, a more than solid IPA. Glad SN now has a year round IPA.

Photo of musicforairports
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle bottled about three months ago, according to SN's weird bottling code.

Poured with a way bigger head than expected, Dark amber, relatively clear. Looks very nice.

Smells like sweet, pine-y hops, but not very strongly. Not much else.

Taste is surprisingly crisp. It's my first time having this in close to a year, and I remember thinking it was syrupy hop juice. But it feels reasonably light on the tongue, quite carbonated, not as hoppy as I remember, but they're there. Finishes quite bitter and pine-y.

I could keep drinking this no problem.

Photo of soze47
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this using my 33 Beers tasting book. I'll include notes and flavor wheel profile from the book below and translate into BA ratings above.

Appearance Notes: Amber/orange in color with a two finger pillowy head.

Aroma Notes: I get citrus and malt on the nose. Background notes of pine are also there as well.

Taste Notes: Big flavors here. Very hop forward, with the citrus flavors being brought out at first by the malty sweetness. However, when the malt fades and aftertaste develops, the piney, almost sappy hop flavors build to a strong, bolt sensation on the palette.

Flavor Wheel Scores (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 3
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (pine): 5
Floral: 4
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3
Malty: 4
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 1
Bitter: 5
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

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

Poured a ruddy caramel amber into a tulip with a finger of slow-fading off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit with touches of caramel, honey, and bubblegum sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel (one of the most enjoyable that I can recall). Sweet up front with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced by grapefruit hops and returning to bitterness on the finish with a hint of tangerine. Alcohol is well-masked, and the result is extremely tasty and easy-drinking. Exceptionally well-balanced.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head from the pour of the orange/amber IPA. Rates a 20 on the SRM beer color chart. A little cloudy in appearance with good bubble action. Smell has grapefruit, lemon, lime, green pinecone, along with other hints of wheat, corn, malt and hops. Wonderful citrus taste, with citrus being in the forefront, but also good amount of hops in the finish. Good bold feeling in my mouth with plenty of zing. This is a beer worth drinking and often. The more I have of it the better I like it.

Photo of oluap
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Delicious bouquet & taste of grapefruits and citrus, slight hints of tropical fruits and pine... bubble gum perhaps? Emanating sweetness from malt that gives a great balance! Good mouth feel (that gets better as beer warms) with a rocky yet pillowie head that has good retention and lacing..

yet another great beer from SNB!
<3 Sierra Nevada!

Photo of surlytheduff
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Smith nonic glass. Color was rich coppery amber, with a 1.5 finger offwhite head. Fairly clear looking through it, you could see thing trails of co2 trailing upwards through it.

My nose was greeted with a strong but not over the top citrusy hop aroma, with some pine and a bit of malt.

Citrus scent carried over into flavor, but the overriding element was that of hops. The pale malt flavor was also very apparent.

It really coats your mouth, feeling almost frothy. It's a real pleasure to drink, and (for me at least) is hard to pass up at the local party store considering the low cost and high quality.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark orange-copper with a nice white head of foam. Great lacing and retention, this has a head on it 15 minutes later.
S - Very hoppy, specifically pungent pine and citrus. There's a sweetness from the malt in there as well.
T - Deep, pungent hops lead to very sweet, bready malt. Again, this one's very hoppy, you can spot a dry-hopped beer from a mile away.
M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Really coats the mouth, and the bitterness lasts for some time on the palate.
D - One of the most drinkable IPAs on the shelf, especially at such rock-bottom prices.

Another amazing brew from Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,374 ratings.