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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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9,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,623
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 236
Gots: 1,745 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 9,623 | Reviews: 2,736
Photo of blackc5
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours the expected amber orange with a decent, lingering head and some moderate lacing.

S - A bit mild, but what is there is hoppy. Mostly get herbal and pine notes, with some decent caramel malt.

T - Fairly one-note hoppiness - herbal and pine dominate with little in the way of citrus. Moderately bitter, but lacking the qualities of a high quality IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of oiliness on the tongue. Medium+ carbonation.

D - A good IPA all things considered, but far short of the bar set by others. Nevertheless easy to down, and for the price it delivers.

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

torpedo bottled 161st day of 2010 (about 50 days before tasting)

a 4.5 2-finger head drops slowly and leaves a dense cap, good lace.

s 4-4.25 citrus (orange and grapefruit rind) and pine seem nearly equally represented; pale malt noted in the background, crackery, almost biscuity. could be bolder, but it's still nice. some tropical vibes as warms.

t 3.5 this beer seems better than the first time i tried it, shortly after its release. been avoiding it. pretty simple flavor profile, the hops are balanced by the malt, and a rindy aftertaste lingers long. soft around the edges. there is something unpleasant in the flavor to me, though, a raw onion pithiness or something.

m 4.5 mouthfeel pretty much nails it. the right combo of resiny, medium full bodied, fine creamy carbonation. does not quite risk an overlushness as Anniversary does (did).

d 4 flavor a bit too one sidedly rindy, and the ample malt sweetness makes it a little too soft, but things improve enough with some warming to come back to this offering now and then. a comfort ipa. yet after enough sessions of this it has seemed to reveal more and more of an oniony and a tealike astringency that is getting me out of torpedo groove.

Photo of mralphabet
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

First I have to say I'm not a big IPA guy... that being said.

A: Amber colored, nice big head (2 fingers), settle to a nice layer of foam and wonderful lacing... Great looking beer.

S: Hops.... Wow lots of it... Maybe a little piny & floral and a little hint of honey. (I love the way a IPA smells)

T: Taste like it smell, lots of hops, touch of honey midway through and then a hoppy bitter aftertaste... (This is what I don't like about IPAs)

M: Lighter than I thought it might be.... but gets a little thicker as it warms.

D: ABV is great for a IPA, but the over board hops makes this a one a session beer for me. If you like it hoppy give it a try....

This is a Sierra Nevada and they always do a great job, just not a big fan of the hop bombs.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear, dark amber brown with a considerable amount of head. Tastes of very bitter hops but thats about it. No real secondary flavours here as the finish kinda fades quickly. Its very easy to drink and I have had worse, but this didn't wow me away. Decent beer though.

Photo of salvo
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear tea brown with gold and red highlights under a finger of quickly dissipating head, which soon disappears leaving very little lace. Carbonation is fizzy -- seems added rather than natural.

Scent is straightforward west-coast hops: pine, citrus, grass, but without much complexity; some sweet malt in the smell.

Taste is bitter, then hops, then finishes sweet with the malt, but few nuances of flavor. It's a great "first" American xIPA to share, and I'll always pick up a six pack when they're on sale at the grocery or liquor store.

For a nationally-available volume brand, this is respectable stuff, and likely something approachable I would share with newbies or early in a tasting to represent American pale ales; certainly something to aspire to being able to do at home, but lacking an real depth of character.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is an amber and bronze color with a finger of head that dissipates quick. A few bit of lacing on the side of my glass, but it isn't sticky; the lace disappears with the slightest nudge. The beer is clear and it looks slightly effervescent.

Smell: The nose is a nice combination of herbal and citrus hops. A little bit of pine, grass, orange peel and grapefruit shine through on top of some light caramel malt.

Taste: The palate is in line with the nose, though it's more herbal on the tongue than I was expecting. More pine and fresh cut grass come through with just a bit of grapefruit for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on right from the get go. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: For six bucks a six pack and a lot of flavor and great feel, this will be an easy beer to pick up again.

Photo of kelticblood
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color with plenty of white foamy lacing. Clear with no cloudiness or sediment. Wasn't much head to speak of, but still looked pretty good. Nice deep hop aroma with hints of sweet malt. First sip will make you pucker for sure especially if it's your first beer of the day. Intense bitterness that lingers and isn't going away anytime soon. Hops and bitterness overshadow anything as for flavors. There is a little hint of a light sweet malt. Very dry with a lacking carbonated crispness. Moderate ABV that's well-hidden making it an average drinkability. If you need a hop fix here's your medicine.

Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a typical ipa with a peppery dry hop quality. and a hint of jasmine. an amber that is of the style... clear with a nice lacy head. the peppery quality is something that really puts the beer on a different level in that it has a different texture then most drying qualities... its soapy. interesting hop character. it extremely dry. and so floral its contorting on the palate. yet still have as grain and malt character. nose of lemongrass and pine resin. feel is a bit off when agitated or old though.

makes the abv stand out in a stale sharpness in the finish

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

A - Poured into a Gordie Schooner glass with a nice brown body with a hint of honey and amber tones. Body is transparent with a strong haze. Head is a nice slightly offwhite foamy pillow that sticks around quite well and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Smell is a little weak. Slight pine hop smell with a hint of minty freshness. As it warms, lemony esters come out. Good smelling beer, just wish it was a little stronger.

T - Wow. Great hop punch to this beer. Sweet as it rolls over the tongue, but slowly the bitterness settles in. Great balance of citrusy hops, piney hops (stronger than citrusy), and malts. Fresh malty taste. Very refreshing. One of my favorite tastes from a AIPA so far.

MF - Thick and creamy. Almost feels like a nitro. Carbonation isn't too strong. Adds a good bite to the beer.

D - Great drinkability. Refreshing, smooth, and complex. Can be a bit of a palette buster, however.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Pours a copper/orangey toasty color with a 2.5 finger white cap with huuuge retention and lacing. The head is like the color white that a vintage guitar that was originally in Olympic White looks when it has aged for 30 years. (if you know vintage guitars, then you know that is a compliment).

Smell has some sweet bready malts and some doughy yeast notes. Neither holds a candle to the big floral fresh hoppiness that SN has become known for.

On the taste I can tell that I've had fresher Torpedo... But I get those bready notes with the grapefruit and slight pine notes from the hops. a good solid bitterness.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

This scores high on drinkability--- I will be more than happy to pour one of these

Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep copper colour with about half an inch of head. Smell is hard hitting citrus and pine hops. I'd believe it was a double IPA from the smell. The taste has a very pleasant amount of bitterness, with lots of citrus hops. Some caramel malt in there for balance too. This is an IPA that I could frequently drink and not be tired of it.

Photo of Baraka
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with an impressive head that stains the side of my glass with lacing. Nose is dominated by citrus and piny hops, but i can just pick out a hint of sweet malt. My first sip is filled with an impressive amount of hop bitterness as well as the citrus and pine flavors that made up the nose. While there is certainly some malt sweetness to balance it a bit, this is still a very hop-driven beer.

Quite an impressive beer from the always top-notch Sierra Nevada. One of my staples since its release in early 2009, and a fantastic value as well.

Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a highland brewery pint glass.

A: butterscotch brown in low light, caramel, etc.

S: floral notes, a small hint of sugar, and malts.

T: a flat note, of floral, and sugar, with a small hint of citrus notes.

M: a little heavy in the carbonation, but alright considering the style and alcohol IPA

D: a good beer, I love IPA's and if I needed a supercharged version to fit the bill, I would have again.

Photo of vtfan77
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep gold with brownish/orange tinge. Decent head upon pouring dissipates into a persistent ring of lace. Lots of sticking lacing is left on the side of the glass.

S- Nice grapefruit and tea leaf hop character. A touch of bready malt is perceptible under the hops, but it's not particularly strong. This beer is clearly all about the hops.

T- Strong, leafy, raw hops dominate the taste. The malt doesn't play much of a part in the taste; one gets the feeling that it is only there out of necessity, in order to keep the hops from running rampant and causing an unpleasant, acrid bitterness. It manages to accomplish this, but just barely. The bitterness is rather high. A little more malt to back it up would be ideal.

M- Medium-bodied and with a good carbonation level. No complaints.

D- Not too bad, although the bitterness wore on me after a while. Plus, the alcohol is a bit high. I'd limit myself to one on most occasions, although I could envision a scenario in which I'd have a couple.

This beer seems like a cross between an IPA and a DIPA. It has the hop character of a DIPA and the malt character of an IPA (or even an APA, perhaps). I suppose that's what Sierra Nevada was implying when it labeled this an "Extra IPA." While it's a good beer, I'm afraid its lack of balance prevents it from being a great beer. It just seems like it doesn't quite know what it is. Still, I'd recommend it to any hop lover. It's just not my favorite. I much prefer Celebration.

Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with almost half an inch of creamy light tan colored foam. the beer is just slightly hazy (chill?) and light copper in color.

S - thick piney and herbaceous hops, wet grass...slightly assertive caramel malts.

T - hop heavy with massive amount of pine, grass, bitter grapefruit...very earthy. caramel carries for balance through the end

M - body comes off on the thick side and very creamy, sharp carbonations cuts through the body and dank flavors. lingering heavy pine bitterness.

D - good solid IPA, great value. bitter enough for a hop head's craving, just doesn't lacking a little subtlety and grace.

Photo of SourHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange Amber color with a thick white foamy head. Very nice Head retention.

S - Scents of pine and citrus.

T - Grapefruit and other citrus flavors with some pine and some spiciness. Fruity up front mellowing to a slightly spicy dry finish.

M - Medium to full bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - Beautiful blend of malt and hops. Well done and enjoyable IPA from our friends at Sierra Nevada!

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a thick, frothy white head. Excellent head retention and a whole lot of sticky lacing. A mouth watering beautiful IPA, probably the best looking I've seen.

S - Citrussy notes of oranges and grapefruits mx with spice and herbs. Some hints of coriander.

T - Grapefruit citrussy flavor has a very strong and agressive prescense. It hits you upfront and its stays through the finish. Some spice notes linger in the background, muted but not unnoticed.

M - Medium to full bodied with a nice big thick mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Some nice creaminess.

D - A masterful use of hops, a great IPA. Not a session beer, but a good sipper.

Photo of uberabr
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber, great carbonation. Creamy vanilla head with moderate lacing. Aroma isn't crazily hoppy...it's kind of spicy, some malty tones. Pretty average in this respect.

Taste is great. Rather heavy in the mouth, it's got a creamy, buttery feel. Fairly bitter, not outrageously so but you can tell it's an IPA. I tend to prefer the really bright, outrageously hopped California IPAs, and this one is a little more refined. You don't get as much of that dominant grapefruit citrus. But it's still very enjoyable and fruity. Citrus, sour green apple, and a sugary malt play with the piney hop bite. That buttery malt follows through. There's a sort of refined candy taste that mixes well with the bitters. A very drinkable IPA at a solid price that packs a good amount of booze. I'm a fan.

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour. Two finger head. Nice IPA color. Orangish amber.
S: Resiny pine some citrus.
T: Taste is similar to the nose. Resiny pine some citrus. Bitter as a IPA should be
M: Nice mouth feel. Definitely some creaminess.
D: More than a few may better a bit bitter and heavy ABV is high as well.

This is a beer I will pick up very fresh, occasionally. Not my favorite IPA but solid overall.

Photo of jonB
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just as advertised, the Torpedo is almost exactly like the pale ale, but with an extra dose of hops. It pours a little darker and has a very smooth finish. There is a pleasant malt profile with a strong, but not overpowering hop finish. Hops leave a dry citrus/grass flavor without being too dry. Very nice beer.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, heavy foam, takes a while to cool down, golden amber color, not cloudy like other IPAs, my first try of the double dry hopped style, and I must say I like it.

More of a clean and crisp IPA, tastes almost organic or grassy, like the ingredients are very pure and you can taste them. Strong hop presence, more of a golden IPA leaning towards a pale ale, but not as bitter if that makes any sense.

At first, I was not sure about it, but after I got into it I liked it more and more, and I think it is very smooth for an IPA, and it is different than most others I have had.

Definitely worth a try, I liked their Hop Harvest a little better, but this is still strong to very strong in my opinion. Give it a shot. Very cost friendly in a six pack. Drinkability is there, very smooth for an IPA.

I also must say Sierra Nevada is a very solid brewery, sometimes because they are so widely available I stray from trying them, but they make alot of very solid beers and I am rarely disappointed.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glas.

A- pours a nice light amber/copper color with a 2 finger, ridiculously puffy offwhite head. Lacing is some of the best I've ever seen...all the way up the glass with nearly no breaks. Amazing.

S- light nose of citrus with a backbone of pine. Kinda small...but works.

T- bitter piney goodness...not too overwhelming, though. The finish sticks for awhile...only 65 IBU? What a bunch of crap, seems a hell of a lot higher than that. I'm getting some bitter grapefruit in there, but its mostly just pine...pretty good, if not a little unoriginal.

M- feel is decent...its got some thickness to it. Helps numb the flavors of the pine a little bit.

D- very drinkable IPA. Best SN beer I've tried thusfar

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

A: Pours a nice amber color with some red twinges. Has a small foam head with short retention and decent lacing.

S: Ample amounts of citrus and pine hops, with some bready and caramel malts.

T: A very well balanced beer. The citrus and pine hops hit you on the front end and throughout the middle, the bready malt comes in on the backend to smooth the beer out.

M: Leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not really sessionable, but a really tasty IPA!

Photo of weller1js
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: clear, copper-orange with moderage carbonation, lingering light foam after pour

smell: very light hop aroma with faint flowery undertone

taste: hoppy flavor is present from the start, yet a mellow, almost citrusy flavor becomes apparent throughout the middle and complements the tangy hoppy finish

drinkability: with a strong hoppy presence throughout, definitely a winner for those who like hops, but may deter some who don't

Photo of dzni
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored
S- Hops, floral, and honey scents are present, but not really strong
T - Taste seems to match aromas, with a blast of hops initially, but then a slight honey/floral taste on the finish
M - Silky mouthfeel, lighter side of medium bodied
D - Quite drinkable, and its hoppiness with a lighter body makes this excellent for a hot day while not sacrificing some interesting flavors.

Those are my initial impressions on the beer. I've also read that there is some pininess, grapefruit, and a caramel-like body to it, which I agree is present the more I drink this.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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