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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,219 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,219
Reviews: 2,632
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,299 | 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 brewerburgundy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Tasting notes from late August 2009.

A: Pours absolute amber orange with three fingers of dimply head. I don't see any rising carbonation. Settles to a quarter inch, bone colored. 4

S: Resinous pine and sweet citrus, there might be some very feety malt in the background. A bit floral. 4

T: Hops, hops, orange rind, and grapefruit astringency. Like a grapefruit seed facial cleanser I once used. I could wash my face with this. Sweeter as it warms but still finishes with coating bitter grapefruit. 4

M: A little oily, slick, coating. 4

D: Overall; not really balanced, a bit more malt wouldn't hurt this beer. I enjoy it however and will re-review next time I get some. 3.5

6/15/10, 12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on 11 April 2010 or '0111'. Current scores reflect this more recent review, as my palate has changed significantly.

This is a great looking IPA, and in the Sam Adams glass the pour turned out perfectly with a solid three fingers of yellowed ivory head on top of the glistening orange copper body. The lacing is fantastic.

While not nearly as intense in aroma or taste as my first time out with this beer, I still get lovely big grapefruit rounds that have been zested. Now, however, I can tell that there is malt and that that malt has a biscuit character.

The flavor is still big on grapefruit and I now pick up lemon zest, biscuit, mint, and something rougher that might be tobacco-like. The bitterness is still big but doesn't destroy me.

It's dry without being thin and I think that the carbonation helps there. Last night I had my first Oskar Blues Gordon and the carbonation was a real problem; more bubbles would have made it a vastly more enjoyable drink.

I love these 7% American IPAs for the most part and I usually get more of a buzz than I'd like from them.

Photo of TK5150
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours topaz/amber with a small off-white head. Great lacing on the glass as I swirl.

S- Lemon and grapefruit come through first. A hint of orange. Very herbal and floral. Bready malt backs everything up.

T- Piney resinous bitterness, lemons, grapefruit, and an herbal quality that I find in most Sierra Nevadas...with bready malt to balance. Not intense or in-your-face, but a solid effort here.

M- Medium bodied, nice bite from the hops, palatable. Not particularly rich, but this is an IPA.

D- I see myself picking up a couple six packs over the summer as a nice, easy drinking IPA (especially at such a cheap price). I could drink a few of these on a nice summer day.

Overall, I like it. A good beer for summer. I don't think they need to call it an "Extra IPA", as this is more of a standard version in my opinion.

Photo of klikger
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Medium-dark shade of amber with a substantial amount of off-white head and very good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, and tart orange

T - Citrus hops are detected within a nanosecond, and a fair amount of creamy, sweet malts quickly follow. This adds just the right amount of offset to the stunningly bitter hops, which are dominant throughout. The finish is pine and a lot of it - distinctive, refreshing, and truly a thing of beauty. It continues on the palate for minutes.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied, and delightfully crisp. So fresh and so clean clean.

D - Easy to drink for how intense the flavor is.

This is an incredible beer, and I'm pretty mad at myself for not having bought any for several months. There are several IPAs with higher BA scores, more buzz, etc., but don't make the mistake of overlooking this beer. Torpedo and Sierra Nevada's winter seasonal Celebration Ale are *by far* the best American IPAs for the money. I vow to keep this a fixture in the fridge from this day forward.

Photo of Fengzi
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

what matters most 'to me' is the taste and how well it holds in the mouth. Not for the average person on the smell and the what I'd like to call (coin) I-P-A-ness, which is just what you expect from a IPA; bitter with a hint of a bite. It's almost like a real -cocont (mins the sweet); bitter and strong. Overall, this beer feels the cheeks and with a higher than norm alcohol level it makes it even better.. :)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo poured a copper color with a good sized head. It smells almost like gin, a very strong pine smell, and also very hoppy. It tasted very hoppy, with a hints of pine. It is a bit hard to drink, but overall a fantastic beer, similar to there pale ale, but much more hoppier.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with plenty of carbonation evident in the glass. 1.5-finger head dissipates slowly leaving ample lacing down the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma is immediately of citrus and pine hops with grapefruit and a hint of lavender in the nose.

Taste is of citrus and piney hops with some herbal and floral notes. Nicely peppery on the tongue.

Quite drinkable, not a bad IPA for a warm afternoon.

Photo of alli4051
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a clear, dark, copper. Prouduces a large, creamy head that leaves an average amount of lacing when its gone. Smells of floral and piney hops but the scent is a little underwhelming. Taste is a refreshing break from the typical citrusy hop bomb. Lots of floral and pine notes with hints of citrus and a faint malty sweetness in the finish to provide a bit of balance. A very drinkable beer, although its 7.2% it doesn't really feel it.

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

Gave an aggressive pour from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep amber color with a thick creamy head over 1" thick. As the head reduces, it leaves an almost soapy film down the side of the glass and on top of the beer.

Smells of pine, citrus, sappy-tar and hops. The smell stays with this beer throughout; it doesn't get up and leave like with so many other beers.

A nicely bitter, hoppy taste greets the tongue and stays with it throughout the experience of this beer. Beyond the hops, there is a sweet, almost honey like malt underneath. For as strong a beer as this is (7.2%), it has a rather crisp taste to it, making it go down wayyyy to easy.

It has a bitter aftertaste which sticks to the tongue and dries out the mouth. Mouthfeel starts sharp, and ends dry.

A very drinkable beer, one which I've bought a few times this year if only to make sure I can share it with friends. Try it!

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

Poured a bottle into a clean pilsner glass and was treated to an tarnished copper colored beer with about 1.5 fingers of head. The head receded after a few minutes to a cap and left a ring around the glass in its place.

This beer smells wonderful and fresh. Floral, pine and citrus hop smells are dominant. The first sip is heavy on the tongue and hits the tongue hard with hoppy bubbles and ends with a hop oil and salty aftertaste. Good malt body backs up the bitterness on the after taste.

Each sip continues to leave lacing along the glass which is one of my favorite sights after drinking a beer.

I would definitely pick up another 6 pack of this beer.

Photo of Agold
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice amber color with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head. Fairly good lacing on this one. The first thing I smell with this beer is fresh piney hops with a citrus twist to it. Very nice hop character in the nose. The nose is reflected a lot in the taste of this beer, except I'm missing a bit of the citrus that I was hoping for. The mouthfeel is good, but I think it is a bit over-carbonated for me, but medium bodied nonetheless.

Photo of IBU99
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said.

Poured a beautiful copper color with a one finger head.

Smells of pine. Great hoppy aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Just the right carbonation.

Great flavor and perfect finish of hops.

This would be a great session beer if not for the ABV. I would still finish a sixer in a night with no regrets.

Great IPA!!!

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

A - Pours a nice copper with good head.

T - This is just right for a session IPA, it has a great balance and just the right amount of bitterness. There are notes of citrus.

D - I've had this beer on numerous occasions and I have immensely enjoyed this beer each time. This is a beer that I could pound without even thinking about it. It's a very drinkable beer that goes down real smooth.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this beauty in a mix a six, and i've had a few sierra nevada beers so i'm sure this will be good. poors a really nice copper color with a medium size head that laces an average amount. smell is really damn good, floral and piney hops dominate the nose, with just a kiss of malt. taste is very good too, easy to drink and has a nice mixture of maltiness and hops, a very solid and textbook ipa, nothing bad about this one, wish i had a full sixer and not just a single beer.

Photo of kalkavekkian
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my favorite tulip glass and was impressed with the deep golden amber color and the creamy white head. The smell was absolutely delicious with pine the dominating factor. Tasted very good with a citrus bias and a well blended hops character. Drier finish. Pleasing to the buds! Mouthfeel is medium light with a slight creamy texture. Very drinkable and not overpowering abv. Goes down smooth and crisp with a pleasant aftertaste. I like this!

Photo of scottyb88
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2010

A- pours a dark orange hazy color with sticky two finger head

S- orange and grapefruit rind, pine needles, and a little butterscotch?..maybe

T-the pine and citrus bitterness hits you up front but leaves a caramel toasty sweetness at the end

M-really impressed; great carbonation level, slightly thick and quite smooth and creamy; the bitterness coats the sides of your mouth with a dry orange pith flavor

D-a really nice IPA, but the bite and dryness doesn't encourage me to grab a second bottle unless I'm in the mood, that goes for most IPA/DIPA; I need to try a six-pack that is fresher to compare one of these days

Photo of Freethyhops
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a bright orange-copper color with great clarity and an exceptionally persistent head. nice heavy lacing. really on point with all factors
s- not the most robust aroma though it is a pleasant mix of floral, piney hops and a clean caramel malt sweetness balancing well with the hoppy side.
t- a aggressively bitter beer, especially considering the substantial malt profile. a huge pine presence is other most influential hop character followed by a bit of citrus. the finish is bitter, bready, and slightly dry.
m- a medium body and moderate carbonation make for pleasantly smooth feel with just a tad of stickyness. a bit dry in the finish.
d- fantastic really. a very smooth easy drinking IPA

Photo of DarrinRasberry
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fat, rich head disappears quite quickly over a tan body.

S: Surprisingly tame. Took a while to identify the orange and malt flavors.

T: Bitter beginnings are quickly overtaken by a strong fruity finish. Enjoyable and refreshing.

M: Thickness and carbonation, coupled with the fruity finish the beer provides, makes for a nice treat while consuming this beer.

D: The combination of the fantastic taste with the entertaining mouthfeel with the nice price of this brew makes for a very drinkable IPA.

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangey Color with just off white head. Very nice lacing around the glass

A: No scent is overpowering, a nice blend of hoppy and earth tones.

T: Tastes like citrusy hops but not too overpowering. Undertones of caramelized malt that blends too leave the slight bitterness you expect from an IPA

M: Pretty light for an Extra IPA but just thick enough to let you appreciate all the flavors it has to offer

D: very balanced. This one will definitely sneak up on you.

Photo of parris
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color, thick, creamy head, medium-high carbonation.

Sweet hop aroma, could be dry hopped, maybe a little peppery.

Taste is kind of plain, no malt, tons of bitter, lingering bitter after taste. I love IPAs, but this seems to have no balance, and nothing special, maybe even a bit watery. Little bit of alcohol taste too.

Mouthfeel is a bit papery, slightly oily.

The wateryness makes it pretty drinkable though, "tastes meh! less filling!"

I like Sierra Nevada just as much as the next guy, and I've heard nothing but good for Torpedo. As an IPA I guess this is pretty good by-the-books, but to me, it's pretty forgettable.

I'll definitely finish it tho.

Photo of ScottyC
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty clear, nice orangy-tan.

Smell: Acidic -- smells like pumpkin. Nice, full aroma.

Taste: The first taste hits you with a lot of hops, but then mellows out at the end to a nice aftertaste. As you drink it, the bite doesn't hit you as much. Does compromise on taste.

Drinkability: A little harsh in the offset, but gets better.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a preface, I am a huge fan of SN, but I think they fell short with this brew.

A - Beautiful amber with a nice white head.

S- Doesn't really have too much of an aroma for such a highly hopped beer.

T- Sierra Nevada was a little disappointing with this one. With so much potential with tasty Cascade hops, they overdid the bittering to the point where you can't get the usual fruity sweetness from the west coast hops. All you taste is a bitterness that coats your entire mouth and stays with you.

M- Nice crisp texture with some carbonation.

D- The bitterness really limits the number of beers you can have because it truly stays with you.

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

a - Looks great. Pours a deep amber, almost like thick tree sap. Two fingers worth of head that is very chunky looking with big bubbles.

s - Has a roasty smell with mellow hints of hops.

t - Considering how strong Sierra Nevada's regular pale ale is, I was surprised by how mellow this IPA is. Hops are very balanced with that roasted pine taste.

m - Medium bodied, more noticeable in the back of the mouth than on the tongue.

d - All around a great IPA. Very smooth and balanced. And with a 7.2% abv, it makes a great session beer.

Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Eyes- This beer looks perfect, has a nice copper/ burnt orange color. Had a 1 finger head that went down to a thin ring after awhile, left nice lacing on glass all the way down.

Nose- Slight citrus aroma, but mostly piney hops.

Mouth- Tastes piney and hoppy, bitterness sticks around for a little bit after a sip.

Mouthfeel- Feels nice and smooth, a little oily.

Drinkability- This is a pretty good IPA, could be better, goes down smooth, but if you don't like hoppy deliciousness this isn't for you. Solid brew.

Photo of matjack85
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this at the local Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL. for $9.99 a six pack. This is a new Sierra Nevada product for me so I was anxious to open one up and give it a try.

The beer poured a clear copper/orange color that made a 2½ finger creamy white head that lasted several minutes. It also left an incredible amount of lacing on the glass. A perfect 5.0 as far as appearance goes.

One sniff and there is no doubt that this is an IPA. It has a really nice hoppy smell - a mix of pine and citrus. Not much malt in the smell but the hops are nice. So far so good.

Oh no. What started out so promising falls completely apart in the taste department. The combination of 7.2% alcohol added to the huge amount of piney hops make this taste like I'm drinking Pine Sol cleaner. I wish there was more of a citrus hop presence to this to cut into the pine, but there isn't. There is also a serious lack of malt for balance. This is all alcohol and pine. At 65 IBUs I expect a good dose of bitterness, and bitterness is usually a good thing. I love most IPAs, but this one just doesn't have the right mix of bitter flavors. It needs to be balanced with other flavors besides the pine and the alcohol. The aftertaste is all alcohol. Don't get near a flame when breathing out or your breath might catch on fire.

The mouthfeel is on the smooth and creamy side but with a lot of carbonation to make it kind of spritzy as well. It's medium bodied in its thickness and makes no effort to hide the 7.2% alcohol content.

I'm not a fan of this one, although looking thru the other reviews I see a lot of people are, so be your own judge.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair IPA, nothing extra about it but a good brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Dark green Sierra Nevada seal label, with hops over a mountain background. Brief neck label describing the composition, and intent of the brew. Shows some batch codes, but not a legible freshness or bottling date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.2%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Fair aroma, not too assertive, but with a nice hoppy citrus range, touch of herbs, a bit malty and generally pleasing.

T -Taste follows with a good hoppy profile, a bit subdued, and it leans a bit to bitter rather than to hoppy ranges at times. Fortunately some citrus, and resin hop touches return to the surface to provide a good balance.

M - Medium to medium-light, there is a bit of a thin edge but does not quite fall there, good carbonation and a nice finishing bite.

D - Works rather well and it is nice to drink it. Good one to have around if not particularly noticeable.

Notes: A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. I believe I had had this one but remembered very little, it was nice to revisit and I'll be glad to have it again, albeit I won't be seeking for it in particular.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,219 ratings.