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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9,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,229
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,311 | 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 twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, light copper color with a stiff, creamy off-white head. Retention is great as is the lacing.

As far as IPAs go, this one smells pretty darn good. Big, citrusy and tropical hop notes with a sweet whiff of caramel and toffee maltiness.

Resinous, bitter floral hop flavor shines bright, as the malt background takes a backseat...a waaaay backseat, limo-esque, to the big hops. Something in there, however, is giving it a ticklingly noticeable sweetness. One of the most lupulin-packed non-double or imperial IPAs I have tasted.

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to oversized DFH snifter.

A: Amber rusty brown color pretty clear, big thick rich head that takes its time to fade

N: Some piney hops, a strange tangy yeasty nose, some dark crystal malts, touch of citrus, little biscuit,

T: Starts with some dark crystal malts, piney hops, slight tangy yeasty taste, a little soapy, very bitter and spicey high alpha hops (maybe chinook, magnum, nugget, something like that) as well as a slight foral centennial, amarilla, cascade type, some nice malty bread taste adds a good flavor, the hops build as it goes, a slight warming alcohol also builds

M: Pretty frothy and sticky, kinda thick

F: Lots of piney spicey hops, pretty juicy. Finishes pretty dry as well. A slight sawdust also seems to come out at the end. The lingering hop bitterness stays for 30 seconds or so, drinkability isn't the greatest.

Final thoughts: AN interesting beer. At first I thought it may have been old, with the strange tangy yeastiness, but the hops shined right through giving it an interesting quality. Lots of bitter hops, good malt base, strange extras like yeast, saw dust, etc. Its also pretty juicy. It's a slow drinker.

Photo of jbone78
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We just now started getting it in Panama City. So, I will not have to go out of town to buy it.

Poured into an american pint glass. Orange/yellow color with a nice lacing head. If poured into a warm glass can create a frothy head. Smells of sweet, fruity, wonderful hops that carries you into the flavors. When I am brewing with crystal hops, when I open the package and the smell of crystal hops is how Torpedo tastes. The floral citrus hop flavor is blended perfectly with the caramel malts that finishes not all that sticky.

Wonderful beer and we thank the wonderful folks at Sierra Nevada for inventing the Torpedo Hop filtering thing. I like it.


Photo of aquaderek
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Michael Jackson Beer Hunter Session glass. The beer looks a little lighter than I would have imagined, the color is a golden orange with a white frothy head. The nose is intially citrus and lemony, followed by a sharp hop spiciness. The taste is think hoppier Redhook, really good. The mouthfeel is on the viscious side. The high alcohol content makes it a rough session beer, but the big dogs should have at it.

Photo of Psyopticon
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

Appearance - Poured a nice heavy gold. About 1/2 inch head. Lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - Smells very citrusy.

Taste - Has a very nice citrusy flavour.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is just right!

Drinkability - This things kinda fill me up a little bit more than my normal selections. So I could probably only kick back 1 or 2.

A great beer!

Photo of MattyDonny
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful tasting beer. Poured into a 12oz. glass this beer has a nice golden see through body that keeps it's carbonation until the last sip; looks extremely inviting. Good amount of head for an IPA, little more than a fingers width, doesn't get in the way. The best part about the body is the great lacing that it leaves on the glass after every sip

The best part about this beer is the refreshing citrusy, bitter taste. It is quite bitter since it is an Extra IPA, buy Sierra Nevada manages to allow the great citrusy flavor and biscuity finish come through.

The mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Goes down easy.

Highly Recommended if you haven't had it yet.

Photo of after5
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not really an IPA fan and the beer nerd at my store just raved about this beer when it hit my market.

6 six from Cool Spring Wine and Liquor and then I found myself picking up a case on my next visit.

These over hopped beer I thought would mask any real flavor in the beer. I was so wrong and found myself craving that taste time and time again.

It was like the Harvest Wet Hop but on overdrive.

Let's hope this beer sticks around if they can afford to keep making this beer.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark shade of gold. See through body with an tremendous white head! Lacing leaves layers after every sip.

S: Smells of piney hops and sweet malt. Definite citrus aroma as well.

T: Tastes very piney! Bitter grapefruit balanced by sweet malts. Orange/lemon zest stand out. One of those IPAs that make your teeth and tongue feel bizarre. Aftertaste has strong malt presence, very bready and toasty as the bitterness of the hops fade.

M/D: Nice full body. The bitterness may be too much for some, but it absolutely refreshes me.

Overall, an exceptional IPA. Highly drinkable and extremely affordable. This makes for a perfect summertime thirst quencher. Also great if you want to get knocked on your ass by a cheap craft beer.

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden pour. Smells and tastes a lot like piney american hops. Thick and malty. Quite bitter but not one dimensional. A good amount of carbonation; stings the tongue a little bit. Had with some tacos. Why do people always want to pair IPAs with spicey food? I don't get it, I'd rather have an easy drinking lager. Worth buying again.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color with 1/2 finger head. Steady carbonation in the glass.

Smells of grapefruit, caramel malts, pine, sweetgrass. It's a strong aroma coming off of this one...

Tastes like a good Pale Ale...strong, ringing in at 7.2%...but the ABV is masked well behind the other flavors involved. Citrus for sure...pine needles, tart berries, cereal, caramel...pretty hoppy, but not over the top.

This beer is well-balanced, tastes great, and is one that can be enjoyed again and again. I'm quite please with this one.

Photo of barknee
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Torpedo is a generously hopped-up IPA with boatloads of sweet & sour citric hop aroma and flavors. Very well carbonated and well endowed with massive bittering, this is a sorta' one brew show; and it's certainly the best way to enjoy and admire this offering. Comparatively heavy in weight for the style, there is much packed into the bottle. Rich malts paired with massive hops makes for a very impressive and respectable brew, though you will probably illuminate the "stop" sign after one of these!

Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber reddish color with a small (1/4 inch) tan head, and smells of hops, pine cones and floral hops, but not the strong hop odor that the Pale Ale or Celebration Ale release. Tastes hoppy and sweet, like caramel and malt mixed with hops that has some pine and citrus notes and give it a slight spice flavor. It is very balanced with medium carbonation which allows the hops and malt to both add flavor and do their jobs well. Has a dry bitter finish that fades with roasted malt and hides the alcohol level well. Nice lacing on the glass.

Overall very tasty with a nice floral malty taste throughout. A very good beer that's halfway between Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, which are both outstanding beers. A top tier IPA with nice bitterness and flavor, worthy of being a year round offering by Sierra Nevada and a beer that I highly recommend.

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

A-golden yellow with a slight amber tint. Nice and frothy white head

S-floral citrus lemon orange spice

T-floral citrus lemon orange spce pine bitter crisp finish

M-moderate carbonation. Low to medium body.

D-really really drinkable for how hoppy it is. Not overly hoppy either. Just right.

Photo of sevopie
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a large rocky tan head. Some lacing.

A whole lot of hop juices, mostly citrus with some pine evident as well.

More of a balanced hop flavor comes out in the taste, with a mild smokiness laced in. There's a bit of graininess there, but in the end there's a whole lot of pine and citrus hops, perhaps slightly favoring the piney side in the flavor.

Almost as oily as I'd like it to be, just slightly less. Carbonation is a little light though.

Fairly easy to sip on, this one is definitely good. However, I wouldn't call it great in any single category, which leaves it a few steps behind some other favorites.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clear copper amber with a soft one inch head, lots of lacing in spots and spiderwebbing down the glass. The aroma if full of hops, herbal, floral, citrus, not much malt as far as i can see. Tastes very good, lots of citrus and hop oils, good bitterness, hints of grapefruit rind, pine, a bit of caramel and biscutty malt, very nice. Mouth is smooth, just above medium bodied, carbonation is light and playful. In all, a very drinkable IPA. Yum.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this after I have some IPA experience under my belt. I didn't feel like I gave this an informed review before.

Appearance: You may want to thank sierra nevada for the huge white head they have bestowed upon us. Color is on the darker side of light amber. Head then dissipates into a rocky, white lacing.

Smell: For an IPA this doesn't have a strong aroma. You'd expect hops to invade your nostrils. The aromas, not weak its moderate but I want it to knock me off my ass. Still you get citrusy and piney hops nothing else, nothing more

Taste: the taste makes up for whatever issues that I had with the aroma. Its a citrusy, herbal and piney delight without being over powering. It finishes with a toasted biscuit taste. Really neither the malt or the hops occupies more flavor characteristics in this beer, they work in harmony even though the obvious taste is hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and dry finish are not that high considering 70 IBUS. Still more than likely too bitter for some. But I'm amazed at the balance of this IPA.

Drinkability: A hoppy, flavorful IPA that won't do your head in with bitterness. I'm not a bitterness pansy myself, but my friends are. A really drinkable, but BIG IPA. High in alcohol but refreshing and very sessionable if you don't mind staggering home. A great IPA

Photo of Jdecarol
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange hue with a small half finger head that fades to an ring around the glass. Small amount of lacing left behind here and there.

Smells very sweet, almost not so good sweet with an overabundance of pine sol.

Taste is phenomenal. It has the perfect combination of citrus, pine and sweet malt. This may be my new favorite.

The big hop presence is balanced perfectly with the malt. Could use a little more carbonation.

If it wasn't for the 7.2% alcohol I could pound these back all day.

And my GF who hates beer said "not bad"

Photo of omahawk
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in pint glass.

A - nice sized head, OK lacing, golden copper color. Nice looking beer.
S - A little lacking compared to the rest of this beer. Hints of pine and citrus.
T - Very nice, drinkable. Surprising 7.2%. Taste of piney and citrusy hops.
M - A little harsh, not as smooth as other IPAs.
D - Excellent. This is a dangerous 7.2%, as it goes down easily.

Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a nice IPA. A great offering from SN. Beautiful in color and smell. Tastes piney and citrus notes are there. Lots of lemon zest as well. Nice juicy bitterness. This goes down very smooth. This isn't really a session brew bc the alcohol can catch up to you after a couple.. but it's hard to stop drinking! Solid IPA, this is the real deal! Cheers!

Top-notch American IPA.

Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a very thin one. The aroma did not knock me out, I barely got any hops at all. The taste did not bowl me over either, not a bad thing, as any style of IPA can be overdone. The usual suspects were there, grapefruit, a little malt and a pine needle bitter aftertaste. I liked. Medium body and just a bit oily. Good drinkability.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a rising off white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Smells mostly of citrus hops with some herbal notes in the background. I also detect a hint of pine resin.

Tastes of the hops up front, but is balanced out by a moderate malt sweetness. The hops are mostly citrus and pine flavors with the malt having a toasted, caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is a perfect medium and has a crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect.

This is very drinkable.

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

Cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a bright clear copper with a fluffy eggshell white head of 3.5 cm foaming up easily and receding slowly. Hop aroma is apparent immediately with pine sap and sticky resin notes mixing with some herbal notes. The head is fading slowly leaving large craters on the surface and sticky lattice on the glass.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carbonation. The beer thins a little on the finish, but also dries my palate immensely. Flavor is caramel for a nanosecond up front then rolls to some sticky resiny hop flavor and finishes grapefruit rind bitter, making me thirsty for another sip.
The alcohol is well hidden, and the beer is drinkable, but make no mistake there are hops in that bottle!

Photo of Winter
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber in color with a creamy off-white rocky head. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass. The wonderful aroma consists of piney hops with a touch of grapefruit citrus. Some nice malt in the aroma also. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and mostly smooth, with just a touch of carbonation on the sides of the tongue.

Taste is amazing for an IPA. For starters this ale isn't shy on the hop bitterness, but it balances the piney and citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt sweetness. The piney hop bitterness is really accentuated in the long finish. I would never have guessed this IPA was over 7% abv. It goes down smooth with plenty of flavor. I could see this being dangerous. Great IPA.

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

An outstanding and versatile IPA from one of my personal favorite brewers.

Appearance: Amber, cloudy; thin head with adequete lacing

Smell: Hoppy goodness with hints of pine and malt

Taste: Hop kick in the beginning with a malty finish

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Sippable and goes well with lighter meals or even a burger; a decent all around IPA

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

Straight into a generic pint glass .. at first there's a 1/2 inch of head leaving some nice ring-like lacing on every gulp. Hazy, dark copper colored. A nice cap of foam stays until the very end.

Right when I pried open the cap, the dank, earthy pine'ness went straight to my nose. All I could say was "Oh Yeah!". After a few swirls and heavy sniffing I get some peppermint and grapefruit.

There isn't that much sweetness you get from a typical IPA. The herbal, piney'ness dominates the tongue. Lemon zest, grapefruit skin and some peppery spiciness show up at the end. Good stuff.

I really enjoy this beer. Can't really complain about the carbonation and body, they are spot on for an IPA. I wish it had a bit more sweetness to it because the herbal & pine flavors can become a bit too much even after one bottle.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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