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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

9,198 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,198
Reviews: 2,627
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 1,277 | 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 mcann2pu
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into my left hand brewing glass a light amber color with a finger's worth of head

Smell - some pine, hop smell.

Taste - Hoppy taste with a pleasant unripe orange taste for me

Mouth feel - good, smooth

Drinkability - a good beer, it's a good one for people to try who are just getting into drinking more hoppy beers.

Photo of blackbearywheat
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber with a big foamy white head that has excellent retention.

A big citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and some pine too.

Hops, hops and more hops. Starts with a big grapefruit taste and ends crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Slightly sticky but there is enough carbonation to make it a very drinkable brew.

One of my favorites!

Everyone who has tryed this one Loves it!!

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

Appearance - Pours into my SA perfect pint with a nice amber/golden color with about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell - A strong citrus/pine smell with just a hint of sweetness to it. There is also a bit of floral scent. Smells good but nothing that "wows" me per say.

Taste - Oddly I get a sweet/malty taste up front which is followed by a somewhat bitter/citrusy/hoppy/piney taste. Ends on a dry note. Flavors I taste are unripe grapefruit, grass, and pine. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth - about medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels good when drinking it.

Drinkability - Very much so. At such a high abv I cannot taste the alcohol at all and it would be bad news if I sat down on a Saturday or Sunday and had a six pack. Very easy to drink and you wouldn't think twice about downing a few at once. Honestly, a pretty sessionable beer for how much punch it packs. Will be getting these in the future to always have on hand in the frige.

Photo of TheFlern
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A couple of shades darker than regular Sierra Nevada. Lots of creamy head that laces well.

Smell: Lots of hops but also balanced. very fruity hops.

Taste: Fruity, waxy hops. Very balanced. Bold flavor that is greatly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Waxy and full bodied for an IPA. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: It tastes great, but the ABV prevents me from drinking a sixer of these when i have something to do. If you are just relaxing though, give this a shot!

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

A- Clear golden body with a slight amber tint. Big pillowy, white head that really sticks to the sides.

S- Big citrusy hop aroma. Can pick up a very slight bready malt note hidden in there too.

T- Semi-sweet bread malts just touches the tongue and then is blasted away by the huge hop flavor. Nice citrus and pine hop taste. Leave a slight lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body that is very smooth with a easy carbonation throughout.

D- Great example of a big-hop IPA using those distinctive west coast hops.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with an eggshell head that stays with the beer. Great lacing, too. Beautiful beer.

Smells like pine, hops, and even a little jasmine. Very nice smell.

I'm not an IPA guy, but this is pretty damn good. The hops aren't overpowering the malt. Great sweet and bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly average. Not bad, well-balanced, but it's just so damn pretty it was a little disappointing in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable. This isn't my style of choice, but I would try this one again.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A this SN IPA is light tan/amber and pours with over a finger of tan head, moderate carbonation meanders its way up

S - i swear, SN uses genetically engineered hops, all their hoppy beers smell so fresh and inviting, this is no exception slightly floral, supremely piney and refreshingly citrus with that underlying molasses/brown sugar hops related sweetness

T - power hops, piney and floral at first with a creeping white peppery spiciness that ambushes the tastebuds, the only downside is the aftertaste is a bit mediciney, like old school aspirin or popping a liquigel capsule by mistake

M&D - light bodied with some decent layering, not as balanced as i like in an IPA, but still damn fine tasty, i expect no less from this level of brewery

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

35 centilitre bottle in pint glass.

Pours copper coloured, large beige head and lots of lacing around two thirds of the glass.

The Torpedo has an intense hop-heavy smell. Notes of pine and grape fruit.

Bitter taste with citrus and more grapefruit. The beer has a rough, dry mouthfeel and while it isn't something you will sink in an instant, you can definitely have a second one.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours clear, golden copper in color with 2" of fluffy caramel tinged head. Retention is good. Leaves behind patchy lacing.

The aroma is full of grassy lemon smells with pine notes. Big presence of toasty sweetness.

Taste is dominated by pine, starting off sweet, finishing dry. Notes of citrus and grassy hops are in there too. It seems the more the beer warms, the more piney and sticky it gets.

Mouthfeel is a little bit sticky but the abundant carbonation makes it very drinkable.

Photo of endincolorado
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Hazy, pale copper with a thick, foamy off-white head. Good retention and nice lace.

Smell- Nice, fragrant hops. Citrus, pine, and a toasty sweetness to balance. Crisp and well-balanced overall.

Taste- Crisp, citrusy hops, orange peel, pine, and a great, toasty malt. Some lingering sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body. Fulfilling carbonation.

Drinkability- A well rounded brew for sure. Unfortunately, after one or two of these, i'm ready to move on to something with a little less hop-kick.

Photo of Mavajo
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. Significant lacing and eventually settles into a puffy ring. Nose has notes of pine, citrus and hops. The hops and bitterness are noticeable immediately, layered with citrus and grapefruit. Not overly bitter at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this brew doesn't try to shock your tastebuds with bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and unremarkable.

Extremely drinkable, especially for an American IPA. I'm generally not a big fan of the style, but I could definitely have a few of these. Alcohol is well hidden. One of the few AIPAs that I'd like to have again.

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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA pours an attractive dark orange color with a thin off white/yellowish head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lace down the glass.
the smell is pungent with grapefruit and pine sap backed by some light malt.

tastes very grapefruity and spicy. up front hop bitterness that gives way to some bready, biscuity malt. strong citrus hops are pleasantly bitter without being astringent. actually pretty well balanced for an 'Extra IPA'.

mouthfeel good as always. highly carbonated with a stinging hop bite one would desire from this style.

i really enjoy this brew and often pick some up when i need something this hoppy and tasty.

+ classic Sierra Nevada, consistent, assertively hoppy, well rounded ale that satisfies on every aspect.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced an off-white fluffy head that is covering almost every square inch of the inside walls with lacing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Very woody aroma of wet pine and lemon with a rather grassy funkiness that is interesting. Its like smelling a prairie after a rainstorm plus pine needles with lemon squeezed over them.

(T)- Very very dry pine and lemon with biscuits. Very piney actually. So much so that it becomes almost oaky. Has a light honeyed maltiness, but only very faint.

(M)- Very dry mouthfeel with a bit of bitterness. Great carbonation level with an overall great balance.

(D)- A solid to great beer that is very potent in the hops category. Pretty easy drinking, but still extremely dry and hoppy. I enjoy this alot, but I just might like their Pale Ale better in the drinkability department.

Photo of PappinAce
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured rather gently into a pint glass. Mid-sized head dissipated into a ring after about a minute. The overall appearance of the rest of it was fantastic though; a beautiful golden orange, sort of amber color. Held up to the light it's almost opaque.

Smell: Strong piney hop smell all over the nose, with a hint of orange and citrus.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, with strong citrusy flavors accompanying it; reminds me of a mellowed down Stone Ruination. In addition to the lemon I'm getting a strong grapefruit flavor as well. The malt is pretty well hidden, shows up just a little bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: The hops have a kick to them, and hop around on the tongue at the beginning. The alcohol flavor is well hidden, so it's rather drinkable if you like hops and bitterness. Not for me. Not my favorite beer.

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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo pours amber with fluffy head in a pint glass. Lots of great hop aromas fill the nose and capture your taste buds from the first sip. Think of Stone IPA with a little bit more snap in the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable for a "double" IPA. Just plain ol' good hoppy beer that does not cringe the palate with over-sweet grapefruit. Top-notch stuff.

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

Got to try this beer finally through a trade with Thecarster1, thank you! Whole bunch of lacing with good creamy head retention. A nice, bright bronze clear color. It smells like hops and alcohol. Taste is super bitter citrus hops that tingles the back of my throat but I'm a big fan of that so this beer is awesome. I love SA pale ale and this is just as good. Coats the mouth pretty hard and is easy to drink. Sierra Nevada is always a winner.

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

A light copper color with a ton of fast moving carbonation bubbles that move through the body in a random pattern and also in strands. About two fingers of off-white head are thick and creamy looking with great retention, leaving some nice, thick, sticky lacing behind.

The aroma is full of huicy hops with grapefruit, grassy and slightly bitter smells. Undearneath that is a touch of sweet malt that smells like caramel.

Tons of grapefruit and bitterness with a good amount of pine resin flavor to go along with it. A little bit of grassy, leafy flavor in there also, but just a touch. Hops definitely dominate this IPA. Underneath the hops is a slightly biscuit flavored malt that adds some balancing sweetness.

The mouthfeel is above average carbonation and a moderate body. Just slightly oily in the finish.

Pretty drinkable, another good beer from Sierra Nevada. The price is right too.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber/copper color with a thin white head. Decent lacing. If I had my eyes closed, I probably could've told you that this was a Sierra offering, as generous amounts of Cascade-inspired pine and citrus filled my nostrils, with bitter/floral character as well. The flavor hits you with grapefruit and pine, then dissolves mid-palate to bitterness mixed with biscuit and maltiness, and then finishes mildly dry and bitter. Very nicely balanced. The deceiving medium body and decent carbonation hides the alcohol content, and hence makes this a very sessionable ipa...probably TOO sessionable. Well done.

Photo of Squelch
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with creamy white head. Nice lacing. crystal clear

Smell: Lacking. Needs more aroma hops.

Taste: Hoppy. Unbalanced but I like it that way. hops are a slight bit harsh, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. tingly from the carbonation. medium bodied. Nice

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. Very nice

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not that there is anything wrong with this beer, there isn't, but overall I've been under impressed.
Nice fresh hop aroma. A tap spicy with floral, herbal and somewhat sweet. Just a start of the heavier oily or resin aroma. Mild malt backing to help round it off.
Full rich head. Poured into SN glass with nucleation on the bottom helping the visual presentation. Kinda' dark for style, but seems within parameter of darker amber with reds stronger than golds.
The flavor is where this falls somewhat flat for me. It's not as bright and showy as the aroma. Every bottle I've had plays out a little differently. This current one lays out the bitterness strongly, something not evidence previously that i liked. Balance is pretty good in that malt presence is noted, however, not necessarily that flavorful and not showing any particular flavors that I'm finding appealing. Full hop qualities throughout the taste.
Body is nicely done. Medium feel with carbonation done as it should be.
I find I'm not as excited by this beer as I thought and hoped for, and it's the flavor that lets me down. I take a Celebration Ale over this, thank you.

Photo of VTaler
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - looks like any old IPA with a big head. Kind of a dark gold color.
S - Overall not much smell but there is a strong floral hop flavor. Citrus and spice smells
T - First hit tastes almost like a sweet citrus flavor quickly followed by a bitter hoppiness. Malt is there but mostly dominated by hops. Not very balanced at all. I am a big hop lover but this tastes more like hop flavored seltzer water. Sparkling hop juice. The hops however tastes amazing but it needs more malt
M - very light mouthfeel
D - probably the most drinkable 7.2% beer ive ever had

Photo of kurp001
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

A gentle pour yields a rocky, off-white one-finger heads that holds up very nicely. Body is a reddish gold, slightly cloudy.

I can smell the hop aroma on this one without even leaning in close to the beer. Somewhat grapefruity, very nice.

Taste definitely showcases the hop presence upfront, citrus and pine notes dominate here. A mild biscuit malt is apparent on the finish. Very nice balance on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation that doesn't overpower the flavors of the beer.

Drinkability is great on this one, given the higher ABV and bold flavors. I probably couldn't put back as many of these as I could SNPA, but still very good for an "extra IPA." I'm hoping production on this one will kick into high gear again, soon, I could see having a sixer of this in my fridge regularly.

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

This is another one of those beers that I had to have a few sixers of before the review. Not that I thought I'd taste anything different, but it's good, available, and I never felt the urge to review it. The pour is orange/light amber with a pretty frothy off white head. From here, the review may be a bit of an amalgamation because the last sixer I drank seemed to lack the hops punch of the previous few. Really piney hops scent with some citrus and maltiness in the background. Has the pine taste/feel, but not terribly sticky. This may be to rope in a crowd more diverse than a bunch of hopheads. Nice citrus that blends right into the slight malty sweetness. This is my fave from SN. Obviously doesn't have the gusto of DIPA's...But as an American IPA, it doesn't need to. Good beer.

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

A nice burnt orange amber color. An aggressive pour yielded about 2.5 fingers of head with good retention. A lot of nice lacing. The smell is a lot of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit and citrus, with some underlying pine. A little funky, pot-like aroma going on. Taste is actually some malt up front with the hops in back. Some sweetness, and a decent amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body and creamy. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent IPA.

Photo of wonderbread23
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2 finger creamy and frothy head. Medium golden-copper color with good lacing.

Smell: Awesome dryhopped aroma of citrus and a little pine resin. Nice carmel aroma on the malt.

Flavor: Aggressive hop bitterness with well balanced malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Round creamy mouthfeel with medium finish.

Drinkablility: For a double IPA, the alcohol is very tame. Very drinkable and balanced. Quite refreshing.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,198 ratings.