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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

9,366 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,366
Reviews: 2,673
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 208
Gots: 1,471 | FT: 3
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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Photo of aristeros
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Pours a coppery gold with over two fingers of off white head that reached up over my glass by an inch. Sat like that for about a minute, then faded to a half inch just peeking over the rim. Visible carbonation, good clarity.

Nose is moderate-strength floral hops over light grapefruit. Lurking in the background is some sweet malt. Nose is not at all bitter, which is good.

Strong citrus up front over sweet malts. Creamy texture, light but still feels like a solid APA. The carbonation is perfect. Good mouthfeel. Bittering hops are there throughout, but there's a great deal going on and you get a 'big beer' without it trying to beat the crap out of you while laughing like some pale ales. Good alcohol masking; feels like a 5%. Interesting and light enough to be sessionable.

Superior. Glad I got a six pack of this one, sad to see the last of them go.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange, pretty clear, with two fingers of light tan head. Appealing.

Smell: all hops: some citrusy, some spicy, some earthy. There's a little hint of funk which works, as well. Pretty good.

Taste: big bitter hops at first with more than enough caramely malt to stand up to the hops. Earthy hops work well with the malt but as the flavor fades it changes over to a more spicy, piney hop flavor. Through all this it manages to be pretty smooth and balanced; I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. It works well.

Drinkability: tasty and complex; it's very imbibable for its relatively high ABV. Good stuff.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a reddish hue. Head is big and foamy with large and small bubbles. Retention is great with unbroken rings of lacing around the glass. Head stays until the end.

Strong hop nose, but with a surprising amount of malt coming through also.

Flash of malt sweetness, then piney and citrus hops take over, fading into a strong residual bitterness that lingers long into the finish. 7.2% ABV is barely perceivable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation levels.

Very drinkable if you're in the mood, but the intensity would get to me after a few. Overall pretty nice.

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a clear copper colored beer that has about one finger worth of head. Nice looking i.p.a all around.

Aroma: Nice floral hop aroma with light sugary notes from the malts in the background. Grapefruit notes round it this one out well.

Taste: This one has quite the hoppy bite to it nicely crisp mouthfeel. Well rounded citrusy notes such as grapefruit. The malt is way in the back yet it balances it out. Still nicely hoppy.

Notes: This is a very well rounded i.p.a. Cheers.

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

12-oz bottle. Light copper color. Creamy 2-fingered head. Citrus and pine in the aroma. Nothing weird so far. Looks and smell like an IPA. Love the texture. Creamy with medium carbonation. Very pleasant. Just enough citrusy sweetness to introduce the bitter goodness of the big American hops. No distracting or unwanted tastes here. I can't find anything to not like about this beer. It is not a complex beer but it is full of flavor. Very drinkable. Another solid offering from S.N.

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

poured the 12 oz bottle into my goblet:

a: pours amber, suprisingly clear. about a finger of thick frothy head, white with just a touch of yellow. head seetles awasy quickly and leaves good lacing.

s: Hops up front with a bit of a citrusy feel
smell was not as strong as expected.

t: IPA all the way, the heavy malt takes a backseat here

m: low carbonation, full mouthfeel. NIce generous BIG beer

d: this is great, no session beer IMHO but first class nonetheless.
THANKS SIERRA NEVADA
enjoy life in beautiful California

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This is a great looking IPA. Has a bright golden yellow color with only a slight haze to it. When you hold it up to the light it almost has a glowing halo effect. The beer gives a yellow creamy looking crazy big foamy head with huge amounts of lacing. I was a little disappointed with the smell. It wasn't bad, actually still better than the average IPA, but this is a pretty hyped beer and I just expected it to be a little stronger. Hops are the dominant feature in the smell, pine if I'm not mistaken, probably some citrus as well. Taste is a slight step up, same characteristics, but it's stronger. Sweetness in the beginning from the roasted malts, followed by the hops. I find the taste to have more citrus than pine as opposed to the smell, in my opinion anyway. Mouthfeel is very good, medium bodied. Clean, bitter finish, medium bodied, pretty refreshing. Good drinkability to this. Overall it's a good American IPA.

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

Disclaimer:
OK. I drink what I like. I usually choose IPAs. My apologies to Beer Advocate (the greatest website and magazine in the world), but, alas, I'm going to totally manipulate the ratings to reach my own preferred generic, overall rating. Honestly, I don't care about the appearance, smell or mouthfeel. Here's my rating system:

5.0: The BEST
4.0: Hella good
3.0: Decent
2.0: Better than Lone Star
1.0: Worse than Lone Star

(PS. Lone Star gets a bad rep.)

Review:
I love IPAs. Period. This is one of the best.

I lived in Portland for several years. Had I never experienced the perfection that is Terminal Gravity IPA, this would be the best beer ever.

I live in Austin. This is the best beer available. Runner up for the best beer ever. Sierra Nevada is kind of a punk. They hook me on Torpedo, pull it off the market, put it back, pull it off, and now its back. This makes me angry/sad.

Torpedo is ridiculously hoppy and not for the faint of heart. But for the IPA lovers, this is the greatest thing to ever grace your grocery store beer aisle. Dogfish Head 90 Minute is a peer, but ultimately falls slightly below when considering the non-Beer Advocate factors such as availability and price (for the working class beer lovers out there). I have nothing but praise for this beer.

In fact ... yesterday, I was at my local Spec's (the greatest liquor store in the world), when a very large, boisterous and apparently drunk, smelly man ran my wife from the beer aisle while I was shopping for an experimental beer (Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout ... awesome!) and my staple IPA. I'll be damned if, after a hell of a lot of weirdness, I didn't pick up a sixer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which led to the deepest Friday evening disappointment in recent history. Fortunately, the Texas game is today, so, at 10am this morning, I returned a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for the Torpedo, and I am a happy, happy man. (and Go Longhorns.)

Bottom Line: If you ain't in Portland, Oregon, you won't find a better IPA. Period. Double cheers to Sierra Nevada, bringing good beer to (most of) the world.

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Had about a finger of head that receded to leave some nice lacing. It has a golden brown color. The smell is very powerful. A strong piney hop presence dominates the aroma. Right out of the gate a bitter hoppiness is noted in the taste. The pine presence from the aroma definitely carries over to the taste. There a some floral notes as well but the pine hop presence dominates completely. Overall another good offering from Sierra Nevada. I think the beer would be a little better if the strong hop punch could be balanced a little better. I feel the drinkability is affected by the sharpness, but I also appreciate the aggressiveness.

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, amber in color, high carbonation, 1/3 inch head

Smell: piney hops

Taste: pine is the foremost flavor, there is a small citrus element

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, light bodied, moderately bitter

Drinkability: This beer is almost a one note piney hopped beer that is very drinkable. I could have three. Not the most complex beer I have had, but a solid one.

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

A- Pours a light amber with a small off white head fades to the edge of the glass.
S- Pine hops up front with some floaral hop aromas floating around as well. Sweet malts in the background.
T- Lots of pine hops bitterness, some citrus hops too. Great hop blend in this one. Not too sweet but malts are there. A bit of alcohol heat as well.
M- Medium carbonation and a crisp dry finish.
D- Drinkability is good. Could use a little more sweetness for to balance out all the bitter hop flavor, but overall its a great readily available IPA.

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

A- Poured into tulip glass, quarter inch of off white head with large bubbles. Golden amber in color with nice clarity and slight carbonation visible.

S- Citrus and pine with some malt aroma as it warmed a bit.

T- Strong big Cs hop presence, well balanced and not overly sweet.

M- Dry and light not too much carbonation.

D- Great ipa, almost a shame they released this as it is a different league from their standard pale ale.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I am totally addicted to this beer. Can't seem to leave the grocery store w/o a sixer.

Beautiful poofy tan head on top of the light tan appearance. Carbonation is perfect.

Aroma is extremely inviting and complex. Obviously a combination of multiple hops here to get this kind of complexity - citrus, pine, resiny. The combination works wonderfully well to me. Nice assertive bitterness, but not strong enough to make it over the top.

A well rounded IPA that will leave you wanting more. Great blend of hops in this one.

Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, thick off white head, dissipated fast barely lacing

smells like oily hops and a lot of pine. Hint of citrus
tastes the same as it smells with a nice dry finish
....
drinkability is good but the flavors stick so long I enjoyed it slowly

Photo of JTahoe
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice deep gold color with warm amber hues. Good slighly rocky one finger off-white head settles down by about half, beautiful lacing.

S - Solid IPA aroms with citrus and hops (a trace of pine), though somewhat delicate.

T - The hops come right up front, but in a very smooth manner; mellow pine, citrus juices and zest, floral (including notes of rose petals), and a faint herbaceousness. Toasted malts flirt with a slight caramel flavor providing quite a bit of balance.

M - Very much like other Sierra Nevada beers. Medium body and perfect carbonation. Fairly smooth for an IPA.

D - Very, very drinkable... I could have a few. Very round and mellow, missing the sharpness of other IPAs, but it is a pleasing take on the style. Probably a great gateway IPA. Perhaps not my favorite, but I'll gladly drink it anytime.

Photo of Zaccone
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Cascade Hops, Batman. Really good beer. It's as if Sierra Nevada condensed their Pale Ale into this syrupy, piney brew. There's some malt in the background but this one is all about the hops. Strong pine-biterness and grapefruit have me not noticing the 7%. I could drink too many of these at once.

Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a one finger off white head. Leaves some lacing. The hop aroma is dominant, with citrus and pine needles. Some sweet malt in the background. Same for the flavor. There is a nice balance of hop bitterness and sweet malt, but the malt does take a back seat to the hops. Good carbonation, medium bodied, and the mouth is left feeling dry. This is a nice beer from Sierra Nevada. If I have one criticism, it's that too many of their beers taste the same. They need to find a way to make many of their offerings more unique in my opinion.

Photo of apbarwood
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A warm coppery color with a good amount of head. Dissipates leaving a little bit of lacing around the glass. Smells as expected with a nice blend of citrus and pine needles but could have been a little stronger in my opinion. The flavor is very pleasant with a resinous pine taking the lead and a nice backing of grapefruit hop characteristics and a good malt counter balance. Nice bubbly mouthfeel with a light to medium body. Overall a very drinkable IPA. I've had better and there are many that I would choose over this one but it's balanced exceptionally well and is a great representative of it's style. A good jumping off point for a new IPA drinker.

Photo of ruckus232
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly amber in color with a white/off white sticky head with nice lacing.

Smell: Semi sweet smell with a slight pine scent

Taste: Crazy bitter with the pine taste that hangs around but the bitterness dulls a little. Even though I can't handle the bitterness usually this is pretty good. It actually has that gin taste to it which is a good thing.

Photo of cassanoj
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a flute glass. Amber color with a bubbly white head. High carbonation. Leaves some lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops and pine. Orange peel, maybe some grapefruit.

Tastes like pine. A lot of hops, too. Grapefruit, orange peel, also a bit malty.

The mouthfeel is crisp. Medium carbonation. Bitter.

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to picking up a single of this. After the initial round sold out so fast, took a while for it to filter back to MN.

Pours a crisp, clean color, on the amber side of a typical IPA. Clear white head is persistent even after a minimalist pour. Smell is sharp hops with a definite mark of grassiness to it. Hmmmm.

Torpedo comes out of the chute more like a hopped-up IPA than an "extra" IPA. Perhaps I've been spoiled by my proximity to Furious, & admittedly Cascades aren't my favorite hops, but this one is much more 'balanced' than I like. The hops impart a sharp bitterness & some piney aftertaste, & the malts have been dealt with a purty heavy hand. Some grapefruit comes through, but Cascades often leave me with a soapy-type aftertaste. Although my burps smell fantastic.

If I wanted a solid IPA to drink while doing something else, having a heated conversation, this might be one I'd reach for; but I'd reach for a readily available Furious 99 times out of 100. Good beer nonetheless.

Photo of VTbeerbroad
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the "World's Best Beer Glass." (Sam had to be the best at something, so I suppose I will give them the glass.)
This beer was recommended to me by a co-worker who is also a beer geek. He couldn't believe I hadn't had it, since it had already been in the store for like, twelve hours, and was the awesomest thing that Sierra ever made. So I bought it and clocked out early. And man, was he right.

The head is lacy and promising, like fine lingerie. So far this is a sexy beer.

Smells clean and crisp, with hints of pine. Reminds me of a lumberjack I dated.

As promised, this is a bitter, citrusy, piney blast in the face. Oh, how I love a cascade. Nice, lingering finish that calls to mind an afternoon of post-coital bliss without all the hassle and bitterness of a real relationship. This stallion is definitely going to be in my stable for a long, long time.

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

poured into my favorite pint glass...

Appearance: rosy copper with really nice lacing - looks like a winner

Smell: great hoppiness, downplayed alcohol

Taste: really solid fragrant pine mixed with citrus and of course an underlying bitterness that really carries the day

Mouthfeel: first very crisp, then a nice transition to something mellower and creamier than the taste would typically present....then a dry, lingering finish

a really solid, widely available "big IPA" that I will return to when more boutique options are not present...

Photo of Arnie2709
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice Amber Color with a good strong head.
Good lacing
Smell is grassy, citrusy and piney. Holy Cascade!
First taste is great. a very nice balance between light an caramel malts with a smack in the face from hops, hops and more hops.
flavor lingers a good 5 to ten minutes after first drink. very good beer. smell and taste move to more hop and earthy notes as it warms.

Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold with one-finger head. Good retention and lacing

Earthy, even slight peaty aroma. Good hop presence with a balance of pine and very tart fruit.

Hits very bright with lots of hops. Finishes fruity, with a pineapple twist. A little bread and toast in there as well.

Feel is spot on for the style. Just the right heft to it.

Suprisingly easy drinker for 7%+. Alcohol slides right by you, with only the slightest of hints.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,366 ratings.