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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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9,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,006
Reviews: 2,617
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,178 | 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 eljefe21
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours to a huge billowy head. Copper in color and translucent.

S: Sharp citrus hop smell.

T: An explosion of hops and malt balanced and avoiding bitterness.

M: Smooth and light to medium in body over the front of the tongue. Exits the mouth with a dry finish that leaves you wanting for more.

D: Love the style, love this beer. Tasty and easy to put away, especially in warm weather or with spicy food.

Served in an American pint glass.

eljefe21, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of jizdepski
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 45 degree bottle into a room temp snifter. looks a nice orangy-amber color, with a tan head that starts thick then thins a bit. decent retention with some patchy lacing edging down. smells pretty clean, some hops, a bit grassy, with some notes of a honey sweetness underneath. smell really belies how hoppy this sucker is. tastes fairly tame and sweet up front (some honey), then the hops pretty much "torpedo" your senses on the finish. hops really dominate this one. has a strong aftermath of a piny hop bitterness after the finish as well, accompanied by a bile-like grapefruit flavor left in the mouth; not in a bad way however bad that might sound. thought it tasted better as it warmed slightly. mouthfeel is good. nicely carbonated, medium bodied, with a thick, resinous quality all the way through. scores well on drinkability as well, you don't really notice the alcohol save for the warming feeling after drinking. but it went down easy, and several could be put down in a sitting. very enjoyable, and one of the better american ipas out there...i would put it right up there with bear republic's racer five.

jizdepski, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on the 90th day of 2009

pours golden orange with a white 2 finger head that leaves lacing all down the glass. nose is all citris with hints of pine. taste is very grapefruit bitter upfront and finish of sweet malts. this is very balanced for a extra ipa. mouthfeel is lively but not overly carbonated. overall this is the best year round beer SN makes and at this price it will be a staple ipa i know i can find anywhere i go - well once production gets ramped up - this is very much the "it ipa" right now

jsh420, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a creme head. Flavor is pretty intense on the hops. Citrus, pine, salty tones, with resin in there as well. Thick bitterness with a persistent acidity. Feel is typical on liquid. Carbonation is typical as well. Well this is definitely an "extra" IPA. Whatever that means. I think I like this version better than when I had it on-tap.

RblWthACoz, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of broozer81
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada's new yearlong Extra IPA is a much needed addition to there line up.They say its between a IPA and Double IPA, so they made the Extra..Pours to a deep golden orange with a two finger fluffy head.Aromas of pine herbal strong hops grapefruit, taste of bitter hops perfectly blended with malts leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste..abv is well hidden in this blend leaving the Torpedo's drinkability through the roof..Probably the best IPA I've had so far and very happy this ones year round...

broozer81, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear copper with a dirty off-white head, and really good lacing.

smell of citrus, floral, some caramel, and lots of hops.

taste is of hops, some citrus, pine, and some earth, ends bitter.

overall a decent IPA, lacking on the smell and mouthfeel.

froghop, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of adamette
2.58/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A 1 to 2 inch basic head over a translucent orange brown body. Kind of basic really.

S No surprise here. Lots and lots of bitter hops.

T Nuthin but hops here. From the first taste through well into the aftertaste is the objectionable grapefruit bitterness that I have never liked...in a grapefruit or a beer. It is true to the style for sure.

M Bitter, biting and full for sure.

D I will not likely drink this beer again after this pint.

adamette, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of natasharai
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a large tan foamy head, which dissipated leaving very nice lacing all down my glass. The head has great head retention standing about 1/2 inch over the rim of my glass. The beer is clear, with a dark orange-gold color.

Smell: Flowery hopps, some citrus, sweet malt, and a bit of piney hops.

Taste: Piney/flowery hops, a lot of bittering hops, small sweet malt, some soapy taste, strong bitter pine flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly bubbly, pretty refreshing, leaving mouth really bitter.

Overall: Not bad drinkability, a little more bitter than preferred, nice hop character at the beginning but it turns to a strong bitter flavor. Gets much better as it warms up, which is convenient for a hot summer day when the beer gets warm before you can drink it all.

natasharai, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper colored with a small off white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Light smell of hops, more pine than grapefruit. Not much else in the aroma.

T- A little malty at first for an IPA, then the hops kick in. Again, more of a piney / grassy hop than a grapefruit one, but they were the right choice. Grapefruit would have overwhelmed the malt and the best aspect of this beer is the interplay between the malt and the hops.

M- Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation. Finish is clean and crisp with no oily hop aftertaste.

D- Easy to put this one down, the 7.2% ABV is well hidden.

Would have like a little more flavor, but this is an interesting take on an IPA.

ToddT, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of jebert
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bit cloudy amber, with a very orange hue. A diminutive head awaits you, perhaps an inch plus of off-white foam. Very cool looking bubbles and the head retention was good. The presentation is excellent. It cleared a bit after sitting.

Smell: The nose appeal is a bit mild but has a great pine scent with some orange lemon-like citrus. Did I mention the hops? Yes, they are evident and inevitable.

Taste: The taste of this beer rules. I was expecting something intense, given the name Torpedo, but it's incredibly balanced but flavorful. It's a race between the malt and the hops. Malt? Hops? Both are evident and balanced well. The dryness is very appealing and adds to the beer's character.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium bodied beer, to be sure. Not too light, not too heavy. The dryness isn't overbearing and makes the mouth feel a bit relaxed but not shy to receive more.

Drinkability: Sierra Nevada made this a year-round brew. I think, off the cuff, it will do well. I would have no problem having several in a night. The name is a bit over-stated. I think Torpedo means the consumer will be heading down...deep. This beer doesn't offer up the brutality one "thinks" it may contain, so perhaps it's a bit over-marketed. In the end, delivering less allows the consumer to repeat and repeat, stating at the end of the night that "I've had x number of Torpedo's."

jebert, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of medic25
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with a white head that laces nicely along a Rare Vos glass. Piney aroma, like a fresh-cut christmas tree. Taste is a powerful hit of hops, a little bit of fruit flavor, but there is no doubt which ingredient is running the show. Clean aftertaste, and drinks easily. Paired this with some homemade thai chicken and rice; great combination!

medic25, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine and More in mid-March for $1.49.

Beer poured amber-orange with a solid long lasting head that is leaving a ring trail behind. Nose is good, floral and piney hops. Taste starts with a decent malt backbone and finishes with a blast of citrus and piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very smooth and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is good as this is another fine effort from Sierra Nevada.

arizcards, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours an unclouded orange amber with a creamy off white head and very nice sheets of white lacing.

Smell-Some amber malts and a bright citrus pine hop aroma.

Taste-A perfect balance between a malty backbone and a flowery, piney and citrus hop presence. Hop finish carries on the palate for quite some time.

Mouthfeel-Crisply carbonated and moderate body.

Drinkability-One could drink quite a few of these based upon the beautifully balanced flavor. It's very hard to believe that the ABV is over seven percent.

olmatty, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper/orange...very clear. A finger of white foam dissipates quickly.

S: Pine, resin, citrus. Hops. Lots of hops. Yep. It's an IPA.

T: Citrus hops lead the way, with a nice blend of pine and resin into it as well. The malt is there, but very subtle. Still, the hops dominate but do not overwhelm. Solid balance, and almost no showing of the alcohol.

M: Smooth and crisp, and finishes dry.

D: I've always wondered when Sierra Nevada would do an IPA. Their Pale Ale has always been a standard, and I'd say this is now poised to join it. This is a well-crafted and tasty beer.

YonderWanderer, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of engisch
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the hype and semi-limited availability, I am excited to try this beer. Coming from Sierra Nevada, I know this will be a typical hop head ale, which I'm completely all for!

Pouring this beer it is a hazy orange that quickly forms a frothy head and settles into a very clear ale. This ale laces nicely. The smell is of fresh citrus and pine. And now what I've been waiting for... tasting! It's tastes go with the smell. It is dry and very hoppy, as should be expected. This will leave your mouth feeling very dry. I enjoy this, but I wouldn't say it is on the top of my list. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to enjoy it.

Overall this is a very tastey hop-head ale!

engisch, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of mmcary
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been drinking as much of this as I can, hands down the best thing from SN in a while, although the fresh hop and celebration are also amazing!

A- Hazy orange pours smooth with little head and leaves a nice lace on the glass, a very nice looking beer.

S- Citrus and pine dominate the smell, very fresh.

T- the best aspect of this brew is the taste, it is dry and hoppy, not overpowering, but very nice for an IPA. I could drink this beer all night, the alcohol is well hidden and it is so refreshing.

M- dry and flavorful, it leaves a nice bitter aftertaste that makes you want more.

D- I could drink this all the time, I try to have this in my fridge all the time. It goes down smooth and leaves an amazing aftertaste, dry and bitter.

I hope I can get this year round, it is fantastic. I enjoy this IPA and think SN deserves high praise for this wonderful brew!

mmcary, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a moderate 1 finger head. Color is orange with a slight amber tint.

S. Citrusy hop aroma. Packs less of a nasal punch than other IPAs.

T. Nice hop taste. Taste the citrus thta was present in the aroma. Malt bows to the hop presence.

M. Nicely carbonated light-medium bodied.

D. Highly drinkable IPA. More Hop centric than malt, which is a personal preference.

siradmiralnelson, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of greengorilla
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass.

It was orangish in color with a thick head and good lacing.

The smell was of floral hops and pine.

The taste was great with the hops dominating yet not overpowering the malt.

The mouthfeel was very smooth.

Overall this is a great drinkable beer that I will drink again routinely.

greengorilla, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Jekster
1.85/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: This beer pours a pale golden orange with a slightly off white one finger head. It is crystal clear and the head dissipates to a thick and sticky lacing.

Smell: The aroma on this beer is mild for an "Extra" IPA. There are hints of fresh flower stems but also this funny musty wet leaf component. The citrus character is mild with only the slightest hint of spicy orange zest. There is a definite yeasty bread component to round out the aromas.

Taste: The flavors on this beer are shocking. The flavor is dominated by a hot alcoholic apple / warm white wine flavor. This is followed by a stingy hop bitterness but and a lemon rind bitterness like no other (not in a good way either).

Mouthfeel: This beer is too highly carbed and has a weak and thin light body.

Drinkability: No thanks. One is enough and I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Overall Impression: I hope, hope, that this was a poor six pack of beer. I respect Sierra Pale, but this beer is absolutely horrible. The aroma is tolerable, but the flavor is biting and harsh making it unpleasant to drink. I'm not one to pour out a beer, but this one might just be destined for the kitchen sink. It's getting slightly better as it warms, but still nowhere near the quality of beer I could have gotten for nine bucks a six pack. Very disappointed to say the least.

Jekster, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber, with a hint of brown. Two-finger slightly off-white bubbly/foamy head. Decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: smells of appealing hops balance with a nice malt back. Fruity, citrusy hops, with some pine. The hops are less descript and seem to just darken up the nose a bit, adding some sweetness as well. There is also a slight off smell as well, kind of like rubber or soap?

Taste: The taste is very well balanced. The hops provide a nice flavor, but nothing too intense. Little bit of a bite to start, and they taste dark than they smell. Kind of a generic hop taste, though; no one flavor stands out. The malts are also there to give it a nice body and some sweetness. The off smell also presents itself here as a slight off taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. Some bit up front, but noting too notable. Pretty smooth. A little syrupy at times.

Drinkability: A good, but not overally special IPA. Good balanced smell and flavor, but nothing sticks out too much. It does look beautiful though, one of the best. Not a bad one to try. Definitely something I’ll keep drinking, but there are better choices.

jonziefle, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= Nice deep amber color. Very clear. Huge 3 finger white head produced. Decent lacing throughout. Poured this about 50 degrees.

S = Mostly citrus and floral hops.

T = Initial syrupy sweet but quickly the citrus hop bitterness dominates throughout and lingers in the aftertaste. Quite bitter overall.

M = Has a good thick, sticky, oily mouthfeel. I like thick and robust mouthfeel in a beer, so this is my style.

D = The bitterness keeps this down somewhat. But overall not bad.

JonMich13, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one finger white head with substantial lacing over amber/orange body. Floral hop aroma balanced by a bit of biscuit malt. Grapefruit citrus predominates the taste, not a very piny hop flavor, this 'new' hop varietal hits you more on the back end where you can taste the whole cones. Pretty dry mouthfeel, with a bit of alcohol presence.I can see what the fuss is all about. A pretty unique offering in a widely populated category. Recommended.

jdense, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of robclark19
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic. Grapefruit zest and pine resin aroma. It makes me nostalgic for my favorite gin. Thin head and lacing. Orange-whiskey colored. Most IPA's can only claim balance, but this lives up to the promise printed on the bottle. Dry, sour grape mouthfeel compliments the flavor. The flavor has less focus on floral aspects of the hops, but instead is sweet and piney. This is an IPA drinkers IPA. I could drink it all night and not get overwhelmed.

robclark19, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into Duvel tulip.

A- cloudy, bright orange, with a white head.

S- grapefruit and guava aromas from the hops. Fairly sweet, but no distinct malt aromas.

T- sweet guava followed quickly by very bitter, dry grapefruit. Swallow is more distinctly grapefruity and less bitter, while the aftertaste is the opposite.

M- juicy to dry in the mouth, juicy to dry after the swallow.

D- decent, I suppose. This isn't my favorite category, so I don't enjoy this as much as I'm sure some people do, but I will finish off my half of the 6 pack. Not my favorite hoppy beer that I've had, but not my least favorite, either. I see how this is well done, but it isn't really for me.

EDIT: today I made some nachos out of leftover chicken fajita stuff, along with green salsa, and shredded some cheddar over the top. The Torpedo was a phenomenal accompany to the nachos, each took the other to the next level. Infact, the Torpedo was a much better company to the nachos than the Hop Devil at the restaurant was to the original fajitas.

WalrusJockey, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Roeters
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark amber color with a solid 2 fingers of off white foam.

Big hop aroma of grapefruit.

Nice balance of great hop balance for a big IPA, nice hop flavor and finishes with a great bitterness. A little alcohol comes through in the middle.

Dry all the way through.

Very easy to drink with all the parts that I want in an IPA.

Roeters, Apr 22, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,006 ratings.