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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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9,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,497
Reviews: 2,701
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 1,637 | 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 BeerBuckeye
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peers a deep golden amber, solid two finger creamy head, plenty of carbonation rising up from the bottom in almost a vortex style. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Nice pine aroma, a bit of fruityness in there. I don't deeply smell that much citrusy, but it just brings a little sweetness to the nose. Smells good and earthy.

T - Just a very full taste. On the first drink, I taste an abundance of those whole-cone hops. Quite piney, again, that citrusy fruit I feel is hidden deep within the taste just to balance out the bitterness of those hops. There's a ton of flavor in this.

M - Very thick mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation in this one. After taste leaves the mouth somewhat dry with just a bit of stickiness.

D - Remarkably drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well and this goes down very smooth for the amount of hops and fullness.

Overall - Sierra Nevada knows IPAs, and this is no different. Just a very full beer. This may be my new 'go-to' IPA.

Photo of sturner26
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass pint.

A - Solid 3 fingers of cream colored head with good retention. Beer pours a translucent a golden-amber color. A lot of lacing as well.

S - A very nice blast of citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt as well.

T - Initial rush of hoppy goodness that transitions into a pleasant blend of the citrus hops and crystal malts. Has a medium bitterness but is well balenced with a sweet fruity malt as well

M - Significantly more carbonation than I expected but very pleasant and refreshing. Crisp and very enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable, could have drank several. The alcohol is barely noticable even in the final few sips. The bitterness and sweetness blend well though I prefer a more bold IPA in general. Still good.

Overall a very good beer but nothing truly outstanding.

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

Poured a clear, ruddy copper with a mostly lasting and easily regenerative rocky two finger off-white head, leaving some bubbles & thickness on the sides of the glass. Lime, pine, grapefruit hops and caramel/toffee malt aromas. Grapefruit & pine bitter hop flavours with a lovely strawberry, peachy sweetness in the back. The finish isn't too lingering or harsh, nicely rounded with just a bit of clinging peppery bite. Some brightness from the carbonation keeps the mouthfeel fresh on a medium body.

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

A- Nice medium dark copper hue with nice creamy head

S- Piney,resiny herbal hop aromas

T- On par with aroma,pine ,resin herbal character,citrus and caramel malts present yet subtle

M - Good yet ever so slightly less than rounded,drying on the palate

D- High, despite slightly warming alcohol,goes down easy

This my third revisit to Torpedo or so.Although never wowed by this offering it is always enjoyable.
As an IPA Drinker I cannot deny this being a fine example of the style.Personably a preference for a citrusier,fruitier hop profile I do have yet Torpedo makes it easy to like a hop character different from my ideal favorite.
I deem this a fine IPA,a hophead delight and a IPA lovers must try.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful slightly hazy light caramel orange. Lots of bubbles, sticky lacing and lasting head. Very well done.

Sweet caramel sugar hops, orange peel, lemon lime. Some dry oaky scents. Again well done.

Aforementioned hops along with honey, citrus and dry bitterness.

The remarkable smoothness of the beer contrasts with the dry bitter hops and carbonation. Long, sticky sweet finish.

Not as hop intensive as the SNPA, but this beer does not dissapoint hop cravings. This is the first hop-central beer I've reviewed as hops tend to be too bitter/dry for me, but I hope to revisit and continue to journey into this style.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Dark copper color with a nice one finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is all out hops, hops and more hops. Some hints of pine in the aroma but dominated by hops.
Taste is high on hops, but perfectly balanced with malts. Some might call it over the top, but in my opinion it is very well balanced. If there is one brewery that knows how to use hops the best, it is Sierra Nevada.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass. Crisp and refreshing IPA coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is VERY good. This is one IPA that I can have anytime, anyplace.
Very highly recommended. This is a hop-heads delight.

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

12oz brown bottle
7.2% abv

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA was amber in color and a touch hazy. It had a creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was citrus and pine hops. The taste was pine and grapefruit hop flavors with some crystal malt and mild bitterness. The finish was long, dry, and mildly bitter. This beer was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a good IPA and worth trying out.

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

I always find Sierra Nevada's beers to be beautiful, and this one is no slouch. The beer is a glowing amber and orange with a thick creamy tan head. The lace on the side of the glass is sticky and thick. The head isn't going anywhere.

The nose is full of pine and a bit of citrus. As I smell it more, I find much more pine then I do citrus fruit. Not overly sweet or candied; smells like a Christmas forest.

Bitter taste with a finish of pine and resin. A slight floral taste but a very well-balanced IPA. Nothing particularly outstanding or new here, which is to say, a bit disappointing after the beer's near-perfect appearance and aroma.

Perfect "Sierra-Nevada-mouthfeel," which in my mind could be added to the beer lexicon. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel simply sings "Purest Ingredients" and "Finest Quality."

A very drinkable and well-balanced IPA. This is not a typical West Coast uber-hoppy and fruity IPA, but an artfully crafted, well-balanced IPA with a strong malt backbone.

A high quality product from a high quality brewer. Nothing groundbreaking or brand new, but an excellent product.

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

I'll start with saying I am incredibly impressed with SN for this great IPA. Its impressive that they still really have the focus and high quality production as large as they are. On to the review:

Poured into my Dfh snifter, pours a dark orange color, with nice head that filled to the top of my glass and then receded, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Smell: nice citrus, pine, and maple syrup. Taste: nice bitter hops, and sweet malty balanced presence. This is just a really well balanced IPA.

This is going to be one of my go-to daily IPAs going forward.

Photo of dutchlq7
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance-Poured a medium amber,dark orange. A thick, creamy head that hung around and laced nicely.

Smell-Pine and Herbal hop aromas.

Taste-Very Piney hops with hints of citrus and a peppery backround,bready malt tries to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and leaves a slight oily residue in the mouth.

Drinkability-I love this one.

Photo of boyfromthenorth
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loved this beer when it came out and sooo cheap compared to other IPAs. Then , the more I tasted other IPAs and came back to Torpedo, it just tasted too slick. Too precise. I know , lame review but taste it again. It is wonderfully made but seems to lack soul or something. All the talented reviewers will truly look down on this. That said, put it to the taste test- somethings missing.

Photo of NATOuk
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper colour, dense but thin head which dissipates to a White ring around the glass.

Zingy citrus/orange, a touch of hops. As it warmed this became more pronounced.

Initial sweetness followed by what might be pine, quickly giving way to a massive eruption of hop bitterness (and some citrus notes) along that dominates and lingers at the back of your mouth for several minutes

Medium body, medium carbonation, just right for this type of beer.

Just... wow. I am one for citrus and heavy doses of hops and this IPA delivers by the truckload. A massive kick of bitterness but not unpleasant. I plan to buy tons of this before it disappears from the local specialist.

Photo of danronian
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Foamy, tall head that slowly dissipates with lots of lacing from the bottom of the glass.

Mellow amber in color.

The smell is mostly pine and a little citrus. Great aroma.

Tastes are mostly of pine with some citrus. Slightly bitter but not overly hoppy since it is balanced with some sweetness.

Overall a balanced brew.

Not too hoppy but enough so that you can drink it slowly.

Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice orange/copper color with a three finger white head

S- Piney hops, with a hint of citrus and floral hops.

T- Pine, citrus, and floral hop flavors are very balanced with a solid malt backbone.

M- Nice medium body, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- Very well balanced IPA that is very easy to drink. Hops could be a little more aggressive.

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

A - hazy orange color with nice stable head
S - nice and strong hoppy and pine smell with citrus tones - grapefruit and a little bit of malt
T - nice pine and hops with grapefruit with semi-dry end, not so hoppy and bitter end as expected from IPA and really nic
M - medium carbonation with medium body
D - very drinkable IPA! and very smooth

Photo of ncfranklin
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Just like you'd get it at a bar where Sierra Nevada is the best thing on the list.

A: Bright orange with golden highlights, strong carbonation bubbles rising, murky with a thick finger tan head. This is more impressive than I thought it would be.

S: Strong pine hops, some citrus notes of orange and a light biscuit malt to the nose.

T: Pine is overpowering any of the citrus. Bitterness is quick and lasting. A little warming loosens this one up, and some more grass flavors come through. Balances out as well with time.

M: Medium bodied, with plenty of tingle. Nice slick mouth coating.

D: At $8.49 a sixer year around, this ain't a bad go-to IPA. Competes well with SweetWater IPA, which finds itself in the same price bracket. Not quite the glory that is Celebration ale, but good.

Photo of djbreezy
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - excellent transparency, medium orange/amber, minor lacing, excellent head and retention

smell - herbal and pine notes, floral and citrus hops

taste - the brewery description of pine and floral flavors is incredibly accurate, to a T, has a really nice finish that doesn't leave the often aggressive bitterness from pine hops

mouthfeel - full body, medium-high carbonation

drinkability - flavorful big hop profile, highly drinkable ipa

Photo of thebierbrewery
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz bottle

A- Very clear, golden amber hue, slight-medium head retention.

S- Piney then citrus, then slight malty

T- Nice hoppiness, resiny, good malt backbone, slight lingering bitterness, well balanced

M- Medium mouthfeel, even on the tongue, medium high carbonation

D- Very drinkable, hops dominate, but very smooth

Photo of MattyV
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden-amber in colour with a creamy 1.5 finger head that shows decent retention and lacing.
Lots going on in the aroma-- sweet fruitiness and honey, citrus, and pine.
Wonderfully balanced-- solid caramel toasty malt backbone that supports the piney, floral hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of lingering pine but not overly bitter.
Medium body and modest carbonation create a rich and creamy mouthfeel.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. It provides a ton of hop flavour without being one-dimensional/overly bitter. I'd gladly/easily knock back a few of these in a row.

For 7.99 a sixer, this puts any Ontario craft beer (which start at around $11-12), let alone IPA to shame. I'll definitely be picking more up on future trips to that country to the south.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours a golden copper, 1.5 finger offwhite frothy head that dissipates over a couple minutes. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Citrus hops (tangerine, grapefruit, lemon peel), tons of pine, sweet grainy malt

T: I get a whole bunch of mellow fruit that blends into one complex, deep, and rich juicy flavor. Most noticeable fruit is grapefruit. There's a ton of pine bashing the palate with bitterness, it comes fiercely out of the background to almost overpower the fruit flavors. Malt character is fairly light and is just toasted a bit, a clean 'golden' flavor, not as grainy as I thought it would be. Alcohol is a little peppery in the middle and finish. Finish is bitter, resiny, pine, and grapefruit. I feel that the malt character is almost perfect in this, just sweet enough to add juiciness and make the pine bitterness bearable, but it doesn't steal the show.

M: Low Carbonation, medium body, very juicy. Chewy, sticky, resiny. Could be a little smoother with just a bit more carbonation.

D: I might have consumed this in record time, this might very well be my second favorite IPA to date. It's that good.

I honestly like this better than Hoptimum, I feel it's more balanced and juicy.

Photo of spree92
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy burnt orange with a two-tone tan head.

S- A lot of hops. Citrus and oak are prevalent.

*T- From what I was smelling, it wasn't as strong as I was hoping. This may be my fault. I feel like it sat in the fridge to long and lost most of the bit. I will abandon my review as it doesn't do justice to what SN deserves.

*Bottle lot# of 033 521717

Photo of websherpa
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light burnt orange. Very clean with virtually no clouding. The head is very modest and leaves something to be desired. Agitation produces small and quickly diminishing head. Lacing is moderate but only when the beer is agitated to produce a larger head.

Smell: Hops up front for sure. Pineapple being the primary note with subtle and somewhat sweet grapefruit coming in behind.

Taste: Plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Pineapple and grapefruit again, that die slowly as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with nice carbonation. Ends dry and with just a hint of stickiness.

Drinkability: Wonderful beer. Just picked up my first 6er of this and I'm already thinking of making it a staple. I could easily have this all night, and tomorrow night too.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden orange color with a big fluffy white head that is there til the end. Never seems like it settles. Beautiful beer.

S: Hops and quality. That's what I smell with that. It's got that big hop smell and you know you're getting into a beer that's going to hit you like a hammer with the hops.

T: Hops, obviously, and I could go on all day about that because that's the point of this beer. But behind the high hoppiness, there's a great beer, in fact complimented by the hops. Citrus and good hop flavors envelop the mouth. and create one of my go-to beers.

M: Perfect carbonation levels that lets the flavors dance on your mouth and still finish smooth.

D: If you're a hophead, you'll like this beer and can drink plenty of these without skipping a beat. Great IPA, great beer. You know that SN made it with quality in mind.

Photo of minterro
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: translucent golden red colored beer. interesting smiley face is forming in the off white colored head, specks of lacing are left along the glass. no carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: smells like pine needles and christmas-e goodness

T: super bitter nice and crisp. Fresh is a good word

M: full body, mid carbonation

D: even with the full body i could drink these all night

overall: sierra nevada is my fav ipa that u can find anyway, no matter if it the original, torpedo, or their seasonal they put out a good product. I would deff recommend this beer and the rest of the lot to anyone

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a clear, dark golden amber color with a frothy 1.5 finger off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Floral hop aroma with a lot of earthy pine needle and citrus fruit notes.Hitsnifts of grapefruit and orange peel counter the earthy chracter and there is a subtle malt presence in the nose.

Medium bodied wiu a nice crisp, bitter hop blas. Up front that lingers throughout over he subtle malt and sweet citrus flavor into a lingering dry finish. Lots of bitter earthy pine needle up front countered by grapefruit and orange peel. Subtle malt backbone providing decent balance but this beer is all about the delicious, fresh hops. A bit one dimnesional, which is exceptable considering the style, with a well masked ABV resulting in another flavorful, easy drinking hop bomb from Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,497 ratings.