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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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9,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,020
Reviews: 2,619
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,186 | 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 TheTrevor
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper with a big three finger head. The smell is a mix of all different kinds of hops, I'm able to pick out spicy, herbal, grassy, and citrusy hops. The taste is simliar to the smell, a tiny bit of malt up front in order to balance out the smorgasbord of hops that follow it, including pine and citrus that goes into some spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer for being so hopped, and I had no problem finishing the glass.

TheTrevor, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a DIPA tasting, this one held its own (and was actually favoured by the majority!).

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention but it has some nice leg.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and a wonderful cotton-candy fruitiness.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, biscuity american pale malt, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A drinkable hop monster.

Derek, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind tasting of four IIPAs, with Pisgah Vortex, Sebago Full Throttle, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Derek's homebrew - this one knocked out the Vortex and went on to win the whole shebang (though I preferred the homebrew).

Orange pour with a generous white head, good retention and lace. Strong c-hop aroma, but nicely balanced by a firm maltiness. Almost perfumed flavour, with grapefruit and flowers, though at its heart there's a chewy breadiness. The flavours aren't as amped up as you would expect with a double IPA, but more intense than a regular IPA, so I'd suggest this is an IPA and a half. Full and slick mouthfeel helps out a lot.

A nice not IPA, not quite IIPA.

Cheers Shawn.

bobsy, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks good in the glass with a three finger head with a easy pour. fluffy and a good head retention and a sticky lace to the finish.

strong aromas of citrus, herbs, pine, hops.

sweet tasting up front, herbal notes then bang resinous pine hits the palate, bitter grapefruit rind with a long bitter after taste.

bready grainy medium mouthfeel carbonation holds up well as the beer warms.

another nice beer from sierra nevada but a little to strong to be a session for me but something nice for a two or three beer change of pace.

billybob, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Maction
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/gold colored ale, it has a small but dense cream-colored head that leaves rings after every sip.

S: I smell sweet pine, perhaps some hard candy, a very pleasant aroma.

T: Bitter astringent at first, almost perfume-y, then a brief saltine cracker tasting middle, and dry but resinous finish.

M: This feels weighty, slightly viscous, with prickly carbonation, and slightly sticky finish.

D: This is not balanced but pretty well put together. The first bottle went quickly, but I didn't immediately crave more.

Notes: I was a little surprised this wasn't a DIPA, from the aggressive hop character.

Maction, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this one for sometime now, finally got it here in front of me, now...is this overly hyped....

A - transparent amber w/ a beautiful and lasting cream head with amazing lacing. goergeous beer

S - floral/grassy hops with a little pinnsol

T - hop bitterness opens up, but leaves plenty of room for a grainy/bready malt taste w/ some caramel. a spice comes through that gives it a tea like flavor, before closing dry and bitter. but not overly so. the name of the game is balance here.

MF - medium to medium full bodied, and moderate carbonation, only slightly oily, and not to a fault. again, balanced just right

D - good cold, even better as it warms slighty. this is easily one of if not the best session IPA i have ever tasted/smelled/looked at. nothing is ever too much, but this beer lacks in no department.

bonsreeb85, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint

a: nice professional appearance, crystal clear, copper color, rich silky head and nicely carbonated

s: suble piney hops with a caramel malt background. nice balance

t: piney hop flavor up front with the sweet caramel malt second. has some late bitterness that lingers, but not long enough to make it an issue

m: rich and full feeling, a little sticky though

d: average drinkability, nothing special here for me

Naugled, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of inathought
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter bodied than most IPAs which enhances drinkability. You can enjoy more than one. Has a good amount of hoppiness with a bit of spice. It's a clean taste with good coloring, maybe a tad lighter than other IPAs, but certainly not lacking in flavor and aroma. A good summertime beer.

inathought, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear dark copper liquid. Nice looking!
S: Some earthy hop over clean malt skeleton, then citrus Ameri-hops come in and pack a punch. Very nice and complex. Some fruit esters.
T: Malt and biting hops fight back and forth with hops almost dominating, but final flavor is biscuity malt. Pine, grapefruit, and white fir needles. Deliciously diverse flavors are well balanced. Marked down in points for boozy finish.
M: Bracing bitterness and smooth overall. Well carbonated. A little syrupy.
D: Solid. A little high in alcohol flavor/feel - so minus points there. But, overall...great!

dfillius, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a medium copper color with a slightly off white two inch head that resides on average. Lacing is left behind scattered around.

Floral notes with a grass/piney hop smell.

Very subtle notes of hops very floral like with a mild bitterness. Caramel malts give this a nice balance.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, crisp and smooth and refreshing.

Overall this is a good session beer to drink.

tr4nc3d, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been itching to try this and haven't got around to it. I was secretly hoping it was going to be my year round Celebration.

A: The color is an attractive reddish amber. It has a slight haze but is fairly clear with large bubbles rising to the surface. The head becomes a three finger with little effort and it is a nice craggy off-white. Head retention and lacing are great.

S: Mixed bag of aroma. Citrus, floral, grassy, sweet caramel. You can tell it is big and robust. Promises a great deal.

T: Really nice progression with this beer. The sweetness hit me first. Mixes of sweeter fruit, grepfruit and caramel. The middle moves into a more bready and biscuity type maltiness. The finish falls headlong into an aggressive piney hop that is massive without having a bad bite. It's a lovely grassy dry resin end that makes you thirsty to pound more. So nicely done. Lots of moving parts but everything working together.

M: Medium body. Perfectly medium level of carbonation. Nice and clean with a good bite on the palate.

D: Delicious beer. It's not Celebration, it's something different but just as good IMHO. This is going to be my new go-to IPA. Great value and a nice, robust, complex and balanced brew. Really drinkable - dangerously drinkable. Man, I wish I had one right now!

sgoodship, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a lite golden/amber with a big frothy head, head retention is excellent, and leaves some patchy lacing. Has medium-high carbonation, it really just looks like a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. Smells of ultra dry, earthy, pungent hops! Super dry herbal, citrus notes tingle the senses, some grapes, hint of raisins, some fruity pineapple & grapefruit, basically like champagne dryness! Subtle grains & malt manage to break through the powerful & dominate hop profile, a little to dry & alcoholic overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of pungent & herbal hops, very dry and citrus like, lots of pine, followed by fruity pineapple, grapefruit flavors, not to strong though. Some sweet malty notes sneak in towards the finish, and quickly snap away with a load of alcoholic, dry bitterness, not to much complexity here, just very dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent with some bite of carbonation on the tongue, a little smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I wasn't impressed with this one, it's dry & herbal in the smell, as well as the tastes, with no complexity or even some mild sweetness to balance it out. The intense herbal notes in the smell & tastes make it seem very fresh, that's about it, wasn't to great to me, or exciting. It tastes more like an amped up Pale Ale, or strong Ale, rather than an IPA, which was really something that through me off. All in all not bad, but I think Id rather just stick with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I think that has more balance & complexity, and is certainly more drinkable.

PintOHops, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber color, pretty classic look, slow and mellow carbonation gets the job done with a towering and clumpy...very healthy looking off-white head, amazing retention and very sticky. SN brews seem to always look great.

The aroma is full of herbal, earthy hops with a fruity edge. sour and red berry fruits with a spicey herbal balance.

A very crisp and very hoppy flavor, it is very much like the classic Pale ale and IPA with perhaps a bit more red fruits invloved. SN brews always have a rightous, heady feel, medium bodied, crisp but smooth, almost full feeling. Not as complex as some big-boy IPA's out right now, but it's a classic example if you like slightly less intense versions.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish, orange, light brown color that pours clear with a thick off white head and good lacing.

S - Hops are pretty much all I got, fresh and very floral and earthy aroma.

T - Again fresh hops off the bat that are mainly piney, earthy but transition to a light citrus in the middle of the beer. Then comes a slight hint of malt, but only briefly, before returning to a piney finish and aftertaste.

M/D - It has a light body with medium to high carbonation and finishes very dry on the palate due to the hops.

A more extreme SNPA with a great hop characteristic and complex body.

VaTechHopHead, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange hue with a frothy one finger head and a meager amount of visible carbonation. Sticky lacing grips the sides of my glass.
Smells of lively pine resin scented hops and a mild sweetness almost like fruity caramel or candied citrus peel.
The knockout blow....
The taste is so flipping balanced. Nothing is overpowering, a faint sweet, citrus flavor on the front followed by a subtle alcohol warmth. Then evened out perfectly with a less than overwhelming dose of pine forward hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel is where it should be, ample carbonation and pretty crisp. A little less syrupy and it would have scored higher.
Drinkability is extremely good for a 7.2% brew. Not a huge IPA but big enough and smooth enough to get you in trouble.
Will seek out again and again.

BDLbrewster, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper looking, small head with pretty good carbonation.
Smell is in a word...."hops". The smell of freshly picked hops that leave that sticky residue on your fingers.
Holy cow! Taste in a word...."WOW".
An assault on the taste buds, citrus rush of hops and bitter to beat the band. Love it. Nice smooth, sweet malt also around to help balance this hop monster.

dmamiano, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of budgood1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazy burnt amber colour with a half inch off white head. nice lace with gentle carbonation. aroma is a full noseful of juicy herbal hops with a citric kick. some malt is available to waft in and out. yummy. the taste is a superb bold balance of piney hops and a pleasant maltiness giving some caramel and toffee notes. this one is splendidly balanced but bold with plenty of flavour to go around and bitterness that will spank your tongue. the body is pefect for this IPA and the mouthfeel is luscious and vibrant. drinkability is great.

overall, while certainlly not celebration by any means...this IPA stands on its own merits. great malt and hop profiles. loved it. glad i got a case.

budgood1, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle. 7.2% ABV, OG=17.3p, FG=4.2p, Brewed with Two-row Pale, & Crystal malts. Hopped with magnum for bittering, finished with Magnum and Crystal, and dry hopped with Magnum, Crystal, and Citra. 65 IBU.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a tall off-white head with superior retention and nice thick sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The nose can be had at an armful...full of juicy green hops with a background malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and a bone dry finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma, followed by a medium bitterness, which although potent is relatively smooth compared to other IPA's. The finish is very long and as the malt diffuses, one is left with a bone dry hop bitterness lingering on the tongue.

A decent IPA. I like the way it is initially balanced with the malt sweetness, but I don't care for how it ends in the grapefruit pith bitterness. Not quite a sessionable IPA for my tastes, although it's a good beer.

Mitchster, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with a long-living, dense, creamy, rocky, gigantic cream-colored head rising above the lip of the glass and staying there. Lively carbonation, and a joy to look at.

Nose is fresh-squeezed grapefruit up front, with pine and spicy hops in the background. I'm not getting much beyond that, but this still smells great.

Taste is grapefruit hops up front that manages to be bitter and plenty sweet. The sweetness seems as though it ought to be coming from a more orange-leaning citrus hoppiness, but all I'm getting is grapefruit citrus. Interesting. Plenty of earthy pine hops to balance the sweet citrus. Well balanced on the whole, with a strong malt backbone and long lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied and luscious, and very drinkable. A great IPA regardless of the price, and at $8.99 per six-pack this easily tops my "Best Values" list. Kudos to Sierra Nevada.

wnh, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful billowy white head. A nice copper color, beautiful ipa. It also leaves a nice lacing.

S-The hops are very present. Smells piney and spicy. It has a much more spicy/peppery smell to me than any other ipa I've tried.

T-Hoppy, spicey like the nose. Citrussy, but to me it is the spice that stands out. I also noticed some pear in the finish. The alcohol is slightly present.

M-Slightly carbonated, not too thick, just about perfect.

D-This is one highly drinkable ipa. I was expecting it to be much heavier. The 7.2% alcohol might hinder this from being a true session beer, but it is very easy drinking.

Overall, this is one great ipa. It is deffinitely is better than I expected and worth the hype. I highly recommend trying this beer.

thegodfather2701, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge foamy, almost stiff, off white head that fades slowly with a good amount of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is floral and citrusy. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is on the lighter side. The hoppy citrus flavor is good, but not a 'stand out' by any means. Quite drinkable, the 7.2% ABV is well integrated...wouldn't have expected that it was that high.

jjayjaye, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of blaje
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice orange-amber coloured IPA. Served cold in a sniffer, topped with a nice white head

Nose: Pine hops and floral odours comes first. Sweet malt became apparent after warming a bit. Citrus notes.

Mouth: Wow, neer perfection for me. A great chalenge to my all time favorite IPA (60 min form DFH). Carbonation is vivid, hops are crisp and almost dry which make this beer VERY drinkable. Bitterness is awesome. Aftertaste is long and topically full of hops oil and floral flavours.

This beer is certainly one of my favourite IPA. Very pleasant to drink. You won't stop at the first one...

blaje, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: almost clear dark copper color, finger-thick pillowy head just stays, rings of lace, minor bubbly activity
s: very nice interplay of sweet malts and spicy hops
t: citrus hops with consistent spiciness, malts make an appearance just before the bitter hoppy finish
m: almost creamy with crisp carbonated finish
d: this was a solid hop adventure that isn't overdone, only wish the malty sweet smell had shown more in the taste

belgbeerdrinker, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Nice 2 finger head. Pours a light amber color or a dark gold color. The head was very retentive and left sticky lacing all along the glass.

S - Very attractive piney and floral hop aroma. It's very inviting! Some bready malt hints.

T - Dry hop charachter. Spicy and piney hop character as well. Very refreshing and crisp. Soem mild bready malts in ther. Reminds me a bit of theri pale ale only hoppier.

M - Very crisp and well balanced CO2. Hop is prevalent as expected but there is a malt finish that makes it less bitter.

D - ABV is ok and hop charchter isn't so intense. Very drinkable

JoEBoBpr, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish honey color with a sturdy cap of foam.

Biscuity malts with fruit notes on the nose. Citric hops are highly present--grapefruit and rind.

Oily, earthy, and spicy hops with a short kick of citrus on the palate. Small rindy astringency tags alone with the malt base.
The mouthfeel is perfect aside from some excess astringency.

I wouldn't drink these back to back, but it's definitely a top notch IPA.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 03, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,020 ratings.