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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

9,028 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,028
Reviews: 2,619
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,192 | 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 ThePortlander
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a big mug.

This pours a phenomenal dark gold with shades of red as the light shines through. The head is delightfully thick and frothy.

The combination of Magnum and Citra hops come through quite nicely against the thick caramel malt. There's definitely some citrus on the back end, and the bitterness is evident.

The hops hit first and are clear, bright, and tangy with some lasting bitterness. The malt is thick and caramel-like. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not used to this particular pairing of malts and hops, but it's a little different to me. It's not a bad pairing, but it's not what I was expecting. The mouthfeel is very nice, perfectly thick for an IPA. The finish reveals a piney, citrus lingering bitterness.

Overall, I recommend this strongly. It's certainly something different, providing a thought provoking mix of flavors.

ThePortlander, May 05, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass

Orange/amber color with lots of carbonation coming from the laser etched ring in the bottom of my glass....large amounts of lace stuck to the glass

piney, touch of grapefruit, hops all well represented in the nose....i could probably close my eyes and tell this was a SN product

great balance of all the scents and flavors as you take the first sip

medium carbonation and a slight hint of a bite at the end

the ABV is a touch over 7% but that wouldn't keep me from drinking 2 or 3 in one night....also the price ($7.99/6pack) keeps me coming back for more

most people swear by NN here in the northeast, but to me the Torpedo from SN edges it out

SPRichard, May 04, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours an orange amber with a huge, rocky bone white cap. Moderate visible carbonation and large amounts of sticky lace.

Aroma is of herbal hops, pine needles, faint grapefruit and sweet, sticky caramel.

What a terrific balance without being too balanced. Pine needles and herbal hops up front with a clean caramel sweetness that finishes with a grapefruit bitterness that lingers. The hop profile is very characteristic of SN. A very palatable flavor profile and rather enjoyable.

Medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering bitter finish.

If it weren't for the bitter finish and a higher abv, this score would be perfect.

A great addition to the SN lineup.

ColForbinBC, May 04, 2009
Photo of kellywilson50
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass has an exceptional head and great lacing. There is plenty of carbonation that creates a steady stream of thousands of little bubbles. The aroma is very similar to what I remember of the Celebration Ale, but more pronounced. There's definitely plenty of essential oils being transferred in the torpedo. Flavor is also very similar to the Celebration, except lighter in body and more "drinkability". My favorite used to be the Celebration, but this has definitely taken its place. I hope they're able to keep producing it.

kellywilson50, May 04, 2009
Photo of fank2788
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass
Wow great pour, beautiful bright copper in color with a huge IPA head that laces like crazy. The smell is all west coast hops floral and citrus very impressive this is definitely an IPA but with balance I can catch a bit of grain in there as well. The taste is upfront floral hop flavor yes the hoppiness is the main focus but it isn't overdone and it is all tied together with a firm caramel malt base this isn't just a hop bomb there is a solid beer at the heart of this one. The mouthfeel is nice and lively a good deal of carbonation mixes with the slightly puckering but not overpowering bitterness of the hops and a mild sweetness to create a great combination. Drinkability too is good, yes this is a 7% ABV IPA but the balance is so good that, with pacing, you could drink these all afternoon another winner from Sierra Nevada.

fank2788, May 03, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus hops with a nice clean bitter finish with some dry caramel malt. Hops are easily discernable but well balanced with great overall drinking factor. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing extreme about this one but very well balanced and easily drinkable.

Phyl21ca, May 03, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why I waited to try this, considering I'm a huge SN fan. Poured from the bottle into a standard US pint glass. A very pretty amber copper with a limited head and some residual lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell is a little more subdued than I was expecting - some pine, a little citrus and surprisingly I got a hint of malt. Very inviting.

Taste is excellent and you can certainly immediately id this as a SN product. I would fit this in right between their Pale Ale and one of their fresh hopped Harvest ales. I really like the balance on this.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with a good clean finish. Makes you want to dive right back in.

Drinkability a little limited for me, simply because of the ABV. But sipping a couple of these is just fine.

OldYoda, May 03, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper color with a huge, foamy, off-white head. Nice retention and a copious lacing.

S - Mild aroma of pine resin with a touch of citrus and sweet malt. Definitely a muted aroma compared to a lot of other IPAs.

T - A sharp hops bite up front, fading into bitterness. Some citrus notes are present, but pine dominates. A little caramel sweetness balances things out at the end, but the bittnerness lingers.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. The finish is clean with no offensive aftertaste.

D - This is an easy drinker that I could have a few of. Unfortunately around here, it's almost the same price as other IPAs that I prefer more like 60 Minute and Two Hearted. Great bang for the buck if you can find it for $7-8 a sixer.

gabe23, May 03, 2009
Photo of mattster
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 Fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Glass.

Poured a nice frothy 1" head that slowly dies, leaving lace on glass. Brew is a clear amber/copper liquid with nice bubble action.

Rarely do I smell an IPA and think "Refreshing" but this one has a nice and uplifting pine/citrus smell. Taste is what counts, and this one provides a nice, slightly bitter brew with nice citrus note, a tender pine forest floor.

Nice mouth-feel and finish, I feel like I could drink several of these, because the alcohol is very balanced.

mattster, May 02, 2009
Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with streams of bubbles rising up to an inch high light beige head that settles slowly leaving a ring of lace up the sides.

Aroma of honey, cinnamon, floral and citrus hops.

Flavor of balanced malt and hops upfront, morphing to piney hops and back to semi-sweet chewy malt with notes of honey and toffee. Finishes with a grapefruit rind bitter.

Full and rich mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Tasty and drinkable.

far333, May 02, 2009
Photo of phantomwyse
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fantastic copper color with just a twinge of honey and perfect clarity. Thick frothy head builds to about a finger and half and then settles into a dense crown. Lots of quick moving carbonation, almost volatile.

S: Thick pine aromas, very sap-like. Loose amounts of citrus here and there, grapefruit predominantly. There's a candy sweetness displayed by the malts surrounding it all.

T:A good pine tartness washes over at the beginning moving to tropical fruits like mango and then heading in the grapefruit direction. The malts are well represented with a whole grain breadiness along with warm biscuit qualities. There's a brief glimpse of raw alcohol at the back along with a pleasant and lingering tartness.

M: Medium bodied, there's a peculiar sting, but also deceivingly silky.

D: I could certainly enjoy this more often, a well balanced IPA with subtle complexity revolving around the hop profile. I can't quite call this a bitter IPA, rather it's tart but never crosses the line, making it a superb beer for those who think hop bitterness get in the way or is over-rated.

phantomwyse, May 01, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with so much Sierra Nevada stuff, this looks marvelous...big fluffy, creamy, long-lasting head which leaves a ton of lace stickage--and the color is an entrancing burnt orange/rust.

If you're familiar with S.N.'s many hop-based beers (pale ale, Anniversary, Celebration, Harvest, etc.) you'll recognize the smell. Herbal, grassy, piney C-hops. Clean, fragrant and fresh--and well-controlled. Obviously not meant as an over-the-top hop-bomb.

Full, fluffy, springy hops are the featured flavor. This hits all the great hallmarks of the hop: piney, rind-like, prickly, grassy, flower/herbal, exotic. Just enough malt to add balance, taking on a kind of rye-meets-brown sugar assertiveness. Flash of cinnamon/allspice. Excellent mixture of grapefruit, brown sugar and freshly-mowed grass in the finish.

Texture is almost perfect: fluffy and bouncy with just enough carbonation and an overall creaminess--lots of depth in this department as well.

Boy...wow...this is great. This would make a fantastic hops gateway beer. Yes, it's intensely-focused on the hops, but balanced and not at all harsh. I think some of S.N.'s hop-based stuff has been kind of samey, but it's always good to one degree or another. Torpedo is simply great; easily one of their best. This has already gained instant-classic status, and I'll add one more huge thumbs-up to that. Oh, and its ridiculously drinkable...this went down way, way too quickly...

Metalmonk, May 01, 2009
Photo of heintzer
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very pretty amber-golden, moderate head and not much lacing.

Smell: Sweet, with a little alcohol biting through some serious piney hops.

Taste: Straight off the pour, intensely bitter as you'd expect it to be. If nothing else, it's truth in advertising - I feel like I'm getting some extra IPA here.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, agree with other reviewers re: creaminess

Drinkability: Oddly, it's a long glass - a little too bitter even for a huge hophead at first, but it grows on you as it sits.

heintzer, May 01, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - amber honey with a huge rocky head that leaves a shit ton of sticky lacing

S - Piney and citrusy

T - Lots of pine and citrus. The bitterness is very high but doesn't come across bone dry like most very bitter IPAs. Nice malt backbone.

M - oily slick.

D - a very drinkable beer.

xhcadamx, May 01, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy head; great retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Pink grapefruit; incredibly sweet and floral

Taste: The sweet and tart flavors of pink grapefruit battle one another to a crescendo by mid-palate; and then contrast with one another as the flavor goes into a lengthy fade; although I was rooting for a bit more attenuation, the sweet flavors wind up persisting long after the bitter ones have faded

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the residual sweetness limits the drinkability, this is one fine entry into the world of the West Coast IPA for a neophyte; and not a bad refresher for one who has tasted more than their fair share

brentk56, May 01, 2009
Photo of TequilaSauer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been hearing a lot about this one. I've always appreciated SN's products, but I'll confess, I usually only buy their stuff if I'm at a grocery store and little else is available. The only SN products I'll buy outright even at a beer store are Bigfoot and Celebration. Let's see if Torpedo can make that list.

A - Puffy white head, much thicker than I was expecting. It settles quickly though. Hmmm. Very pretty amber color to the beer itself.

S - Wow. Great smell. Spices, pine, citrus, and fresh produce. Reminds me of Celebration for sure. This is a nice smelling beer.

T - Orangy sweetness on the attack, giving way to a veritable Hop swarm. It's as if my palette is the Rohirrim at Helm's Deep and that Hops are the Orc brigade. The first sip is almost offensive to the tastebuds, but it's also quite pleasurable, like getting kicked in the nuts by a gorgeous supermodel. Perhaps the craziest thing about this beer is how LONG it lingers after the swallow. It's there and it's staying there. If you want it to go away, you'd better dig out some bread, peanuts, or some other carb, because it's staying until you make it leave. But why would you want to?

M - Very pleasant and smooth with little carbonation, it's creamy in a way. VERY nice.

D - Though probably not as drinkable as Celebration (which is a tough comparison anyway as Celebration is one of my favorite drinking beers), Torpedo is one you can definitely enjoy, often.

If you're a Hop Head, this is not one to miss. It packs a wallop and doesn't relent. It is what it is and takes no sh*t about it. If you're NOT a hop head, your brain might seize up from bitterness overload, so be advised.

TequilaSauer, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: 12oz bottle
A: Actually, most of this beer was consumed from the bottle since it was at a frat party and my gf was drinking it but decided she didn't like it a couple of sips into the bottle. Oh well, so much for being a beer advocate haha.

S: Heavy scent of pine cones, pine resin, and some faint hint of citrus fruits. Just the faintest hint of a biscuity malt backbone, but only after the beer warms to room temp.

T: This is a pine bomb - the first blast of flavor is all pine cone and pine resin. This abundance of pine is followed by a faintly bitter grapefruit note. Thankfully, a fresh bread/biscuit note perks up mid sip. Finish dries and brings out more biscuity malt. Not very balanced - the piney/resiny hops overpower here, and what malt backbone there is seems timid and mostly an afterthought.

M: Carbonation is decent; overall mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with the slightest hint of creaminess.

D: In terms of ABV and drinkability, I thought it was comparable to DFH 60 - alcohol remains well in check.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a huge IPA drinker, so take this with a grain of salt. SN Torpedo is a decent IPA, but I must admit that I'm not overly impressed given all the hype surrounding this beer. In KY, it's just as readily available as DFH60 or Stone IPA, but if I want an IPA, I would actually prefer both of those choices to a Torpedo. In all fairness, I did want to try it to see what the hype was about, but I think I would rather pick up IPA that focused on more than just intense pine/resiny flavors, and one that had better balance from the malts.

Buschyfor3, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a nice creamy head. It was a reddish-amber color and very clear. The smell was not not as overpowering as expected. There was a nice floral aroma with hints of pine. The taste was there, pine and grew with each drink.

Cheers!

buschbeer, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a hop farm with mountains in the background.
The body is a crystal clear amber with low carbonation and an off white creamy buttes head and a rocky center. Great retention and beautiful lace.
Nice mellow pine hop scent.
Great resin hoppy flavor with a rough edge and mild caramel notes. Wheat and nuts and earthy character. Long pine hop aftertaste.
Full massive thick body, lots of coating and just a bit of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability. This is a well balanced brew that still has the hop weight expected of an IPA.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Jedimaster1
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just one great beer! It tastes like a celebration ale gone very hoppy. When I first tried this brew, I was very skeptical after reading others' thoughts. But after trying it for myself, I was addicted and the 6-er didn't last long before it was quickly gone.

Great beer and well done. Another winner from Sierra.

Jedimaster1, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of gpogo
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber body with a tan head that dissipates to a foamy covering. Left a sparse lacing.

A- Pine and grapefruit hop aromas. Light hints of caramel.

T- Initially hops dominate the taste, with a sweet malt taste in the background. Finishes dry and bitter.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- Quite delicious. It's nice to see such a great American IPA produced by a bigger brewery.

gpogo, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep amber orange, excellent head retention, carbonation, and lacing.

S: Piney, herbal-fresh hops with some malt. Hoppy and grapefruity.

T: Nice short burst of hops, then some malt, then some nice bitter, tasty hops. Complex, in a good way. Finish is extremely well-balanced, long and clean with no oily hop aftertaste which is nice. Tons of awesome hop flavor without being bity, cloying, chewy or overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied, great for the style, nice carbonation.

D: Exceptional. If you are a hop head, this is right up your alley. Alcohol is well hidden, my new favorite IPA. Will definitely be picking up a case of this.

IPAs4lyfe, Apr 29, 2009
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
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,028 ratings.