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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9,942 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,942
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 262
Gots: 2,104 | 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:
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 patmcd
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pale orange color, with a full head that laced
Intense floral notes on the note, with hints of citrus and some serious pine.

With all the amount of crazy-hopped IPAs on the market now, this was a welcoming non-overpowering flavor, the hops were just right. However, I found that the flavor had too much emphases on pine and grass. On the back-pallete there seemed to be a hint of sweet caramel.

It was a little hot and jumpy, maybe slightly over-carbonated for my mouth, but still was very drinkable in terms of hoppiness and ABV.

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

[Best served in a Shaker]

Poured a reddish-orange that was a bit hazy with a medium sized off white rocky head that had very nice retention which allowed for some fair lacing. The aroma had a heavy dose of hops, a light grain malt and a horse blanket yeast scent with a nice citrus note that stood out rather well. It tasted moderately bitter of hops in the beginning and finished with a nice pronounced malty-bitter flavor that had a nice hint of citrus at the end, with the flavor only lasting a short time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with a very nice carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA that had a well balanced hop-citrus flavor working for it. I have to say I kind of enjoyed this one and I am not even a hop lover.

Photo of socon67
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Good Life, Massapequa NY

A - Amber color, and shiny. Tan foam is a good inch high and stays around. Lacing is a nice sticky ring pattern onthe glass.

S - Sweet smell of fresh fruit, and a fragrant scent of fresh hoppy goodness.

T - Subtle sweet flavor or tropical fruit gives to a blended flavor of fresh oily hops.

M - Medium bodied IPA that is rich in the finish, but still pretty easy to drink.

O - A solid representation from SN. I still like their pale ale the best, but this is a beer you won't regret getting your hands on.

Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
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 TEXTONE
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 120z bottle with freshness date in to a pint glass. Beautiful white frothy head on this beer also has nice head retention and lacing. The body is clear, and clean with a pure copper color. The smell of this beer is grapefruit/citrus hops and sweet malts does not come off over hoped. Taste is sweet malt flavor right away, followed by citric flavor with a bitter feel in the back of the mouth. Full mouthfeel, nice and clean, goes down smooth with a bitter back end. Overall this beer has good malt and hop flavors with an astringent and bitter aftertaste. There is a lot of talk about this being the same or close to Celebration Ale but it is not. I prefer Celebration Ale due to the hop profile. Torpedo does sport a 7.2 ABV and is a good addition to S.N. line. I enjoyed this beer and will be drinking it again.

Photo of PappinAce
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured rather gently into a pint glass. Mid-sized head dissipated into a ring after about a minute. The overall appearance of the rest of it was fantastic though; a beautiful golden orange, sort of amber color. Held up to the light it's almost opaque.

Smell: Strong piney hop smell all over the nose, with a hint of orange and citrus.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, with strong citrusy flavors accompanying it; reminds me of a mellowed down Stone Ruination. In addition to the lemon I'm getting a strong grapefruit flavor as well. The malt is pretty well hidden, shows up just a little bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: The hops have a kick to them, and hop around on the tongue at the beginning. The alcohol flavor is well hidden, so it's rather drinkable if you like hops and bitterness. Not for me. Not my favorite beer.

Photo of hockeymatt
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured I would do this as my first review. I am not an expert yet, so don't review my review too harsh.

Okay, I wanted to do this as a first review because it's a beer that sticks out in my mind. I will start out with what I like: It has a very citrus taste to it. Very clearly stronger than your average beer. Leaves a slightly bitter citrus aftertaste that for some reason I really enjoy. The smell and taste both have a hint of pear, but the aftertaste really leaves you feeling like you just took a big bite out of a pear. Very pleasant. Would be an excellent beer to have alongside a savory meal, I imagine.

Neutral: It pours, looks, and smells very run of the mill. Once you taste it you see it's very much not run of the mill, though it may not be for everyone. If you don't like bitter beers, you may not like this one.

Negative: Not a lot to say, but I will mention that is a very characteristic beer, I think your Average Joe will either love it or hate it. It would not be something I would stock at a party unless you know the participants have already tried it or a similar drink and enjoyed it.

Photo of Hockeyabe
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Deep Gold. A 2 finger off white colored head with a hint of lacing.

S: Citrus, perhaps mango , and a hint of pine.

T: This is very well balanced, the hops want to dominate, and the malts keep them in check. It is not as musty as other beers of this style.

M: This is a dry beer, with only mild carbonation.

D: Sierra Nevada Torpedo weighs in at 7.2, and it does not do anything to lighten its impact. It is Very well balanced, and a nice way to open an evening. I would not likely have more than 2 glasses in a session.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of suspect
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear copper color comes from the standard stubby Sierra Nevada bottle. Aggressive pour yields a 3 finger white fluffy head. Steady stream of tiny bubbles pour upwards to freedom at the top of the glass. Lacing was nice and retained as the glass emptied.

S: Strong pine aroma here with some fruitiness to it. Not as hop-forward as a double-ipa but definitely more hop presence than a typical American IPA.

T: Very nice flavor. A well balanced bitterness that dances on my tastebuds balanced ever so slightly at the end by sweet malt presence. Very piney hops in this one, not as much citrus here as in the nose.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Bitterness yields to a dry finish that gets dryer as you progress through the glass.

O: This could very well be my go-to when I need to bring a six-pack to a party. Decent ABV at 7.2, has all of the hop characteristics I appreciate about an IPA and cheap enough to warrant a rotation spot in the fridge.

Photo of harrymel
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled: 107421349; March 15, 2011

A: Pours burnt orange ale with excellent clarity and a two finger peanut head which falls over a couple minutes to leave a broken quilt of the same. cobweb lacing.

S: Plenty of hops up front. Nice resiny, piney hops that SN is well known for. Some hints of citrus rinds. Healthy malt backbone for support.

T: Malty and hoppy. Pine, resin, grapefruit. Biter and nice. Hints of metallic flavors.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium lo carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Good brew. I have always preferred this to their flagship. Such a nice beer, and even better fresher.

Photo of stawn
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a fingers worth of head into a pint glass
S - Smells of typical "C" hops. Not as much aroma as I expected.

T - Taste is light sweet with medium malt backbone. Actually more mellow than I anticipated.

M - This is a sleeper IIPA. Tastes like a single. Much bigger IIPA's out there.

D - This would be a good into if you have never had an IIPA and want to get a sliver of what they taste like.

Overall I was expecting more.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cooperstown Pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head

S: Nice hop character in the scent with a small amount of pine also present

T: Very enjoyable taste, high hop character with the addition of pine makes it a delicious brew to drink with a very strong taste

M: Very nice tingle, hope and pine notes really awaken the mouth and leave a nice taste right on the back of the tongue

D: Possibly a bit too "heavy" of a taste, not that its a thick brew by any means. Still a very nice drinking brew

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste that warms from the inside on a chilly fall day

Photo of jpiper
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel amber, with a 1cm white head atop a half bottle pour. Reduces quickly to a thin bubbly layer.

The smell is a touch medicinal, with sweet malt. Smells strongly of pine.

It's quite bitter - maybe moreso than the Dogfish Head 60 minute. Plenty of pine on the palate as well.

Nice, smooth, and clean. Well carbonated.

Decently drinkable. Maybe a bit too bitter. Low enough ABV to not slow you down too much.

Not a bad beer. I'll see how the full 6-pack sits with me. I'd go for Bell's Two Hearted any day of the week for a year-round IPA.

Photo of Maction
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/gold colored ale, it has a small but dense cream-colored head that leaves rings after every sip.

S: I smell sweet pine, perhaps some hard candy, a very pleasant aroma.

T: Bitter astringent at first, almost perfume-y, then a brief saltine cracker tasting middle, and dry but resinous finish.

M: This feels weighty, slightly viscous, with prickly carbonation, and slightly sticky finish.

D: This is not balanced but pretty well put together. The first bottle went quickly, but I didn't immediately crave more.

Notes: I was a little surprised this wasn't a DIPA, from the aggressive hop character.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A glowing sunset orange sits well in the glass topped off by a sturdy 1 finger marshmellow head that was buff in color. Clarity was good, revealing a rapid presence of micro-bubble jet streams.

S: A touch of grassiness is experienced upfront, soon followed by a perfumy mixture of oranges, flowery citrus, and some faint grapefruit. The strength is rather reserved here per style. There is some sweetly toasted caramel grains peeking through underneath but is the hops that play the main role.

T: Spicy citrus and dry toasted caramel grains come to play on the open. Semi-dry grapefruit is fairly dominant with some grassy nature and flowery citrus that is both dry and assertive in delivery. Some lemon peels, piney interests also come through with a spicy bite of citrus on the swallow. The malting as with on the nose, comes off a bit thin taking a back seat to the hops and hardly offering any support or structure to the drink, almost to the point of being a non variable. Grassy-citrus alcohol tones warm you in the end with a flowery coating on the tongue.

M: The mouthful is warming with a good deal of citrus and grass being offered. The alcohol is also generous in nature with a medium carbonation bringing some crispness to the overall delivery. A flowery bite, dry and bitter of pine and conifer notes leaves with good intentions on the tongue.

D: Fairly bitter on the take, not as smooth or refined as their traditional pale providing a bit more hops and edginess intended for limited servings. will definitly fill your hop fix.

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of rocky chunky batter-like tan head... Lots of moderate paced carbonation slightly accelerates as it rises to the top... A rich dense golden copper color...

S - Solid hoppy aroma... Quite pleasant without being overpowering... Overall quite piney, but some subtle sweet citrus notes... Faint malt backbone... Slightly floral...

T - An interesting mix of hoppiness... Perhaps it's the new citra hops, a variety that I'm not too familiar with... Some watery sweet citrus... Faint herbal notes... Bready notes with a mild caramel presence...

M - On the thin side of medium bodied... Lots of carbonation, though it only packs a modest bite... Slightly creamy... Mildly chalky... Astringent aftertaste... Overall, surprisingly smooth...

D - A solid and slightly above average IPA... I prefer to the SNs Celebration Ale... A refined a sophisticated sipper of an IPA, but I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting...

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle after work and poured it into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color with two fingers of sticky off white head that dissipates over the course of the beer but lasts throughout. Although when it is first poured the head looks stick this brew leaves frothy lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrusy hops with undertones of pine, grapefruit, caramel malts and bread.

Not as strongly hopped as I was expecting but overall the taste is similar to the smell with piney hops up front with citrus, sweet malts, and bready undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I was expecting it to be dryer then it was. This is somewhat disappointing because all of my favorite IPA's have that crisp dryness that this beer lacks.

This is a drinkable and affordable brew. A solid IPA by a great company in Sierra Nevada. This isn't my favorite IPA, but it is still pretty good, and pretty affordable.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Normal, nothing too crazy, more copper than amber.

S. Again, normal, nothing too crazy, maybe a hint of sweetness.

T/M. Taste is moderate to heavy, peppery with bite, pretty damn good for a Sierra, I've always loved Sierra, it was a beautiful stepping stone into craft brewing, and this makes me feel young again, exciting flavor and taste, waaay more hops than malt.

Overall. Not too shabby sierra, still manage to hang with the big dogs considering they paved the way for west coast APA/IPA .

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Light hazy golden brown in color with a soapy head and some lace.

Smells of bready malt and some spicy hops.

The taste grows on me particularly. At first, just strong hop bitters, but as I delve into it further, orange peel notes, grapefruit juices, light malt backing tries to peek through, then the hops squash it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Interesting attributes to this brew. Spritzy and a bit spicey on the palate.

Drinkability is solid, this is a nice new yearly addition from SN.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden orange in color with a nice big off white head that held to the bottom of the glass and left great lacing.

S- Lots of pine, floral and citrus aromas, some grapefruit and lemons in there. A little caramel sweetness comes through and a hint of white cake.

T- This is a very dry bitter beer, not much malt to balance the hops at all. Some pine and citrus flavors that give it a light fruitiness in the middle but in the end it drys out and becomes quite bitter.

M- Dry bitter bite. Well carbonated.

Overall- This beer is completely unbalanced. If you are looking for dry bitter hops this is where its at... if you like something with a bit more character this is not the beer for you.

Photo of Stoutman88
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Orange color, transparent, quick rising bubbles. Very thin lacing of foam

S - Grains, floral notes

T - Slight malt sweetness. Hops are were most of the flavor is from. Citrus, tobacco, some spice, bitterness. Smooth clean finish

M - Carbonation is strong. Light and smooth body

D - Suprisingly well for an IPA. The bitterness is not to overwhelming and other hop flavors are present. Refreshing

Notes: A good IPA, not as bitter as I thought. definatly one of the best IPA's out there.

Photo of Lerxst
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-Nice amber color. Nice two finger head.

S-Citrus, pine, hops

T-Nice hop bite. Citrus notes are present.

M-Medium body, nice carbonation level-not too much or too little.

D-Couldn't session this one, but one is easily done.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard IPA, pale orange/copper. Nice fluffy head-retains decently.

Smell: Not quite the kick in the face I was expecting, but definitely strong hop aromas. Mostly pine needles and lemon zest. It's definitely nice, but not as strong as I was expecting.

Taste: Torpedo has a strong West Coast hop presence and is definitely living up to the West Coast stereotype. The malt gives a little bit of sweetness but the bitterness is definitely winning the battle here. There is a touch of alcohol too. Actual flavours: Pine, orange, grapefruit, lemon.

Mouthfeel: Softer than I expected. It's got low-moderate carbonation, which is actually ok with this ridiculously bitter beer. Any more carbonation and it would be a bit of a mess. Malty sweetness is there to maintain some balance in the mouth.

Overall: Good! Not great, but a definite winner as a daily drinker IPA. The alc/vol (why the frig don't we rate drinkability any more?!?) is kind of high even for an IPA, but I could see this being a great Sunday afternoon beer.

Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is mostly of piney hops

T - Like the smell is a bunch of piney hops

M - I thought that this beer was a little thin and watery with medium carbonation

D - This beer is just ok when you compare it to Celebration it just doesn't live up to the seasonal don't get me wrong it has a good taste but its watery overall its an ok beer

Photo of jsdunlop
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color, fluffy white head that seemed to stick around for a while with decent lacing on the glass.
S: citrus up front, some lemons and orange peel notes, hop aroma is very pronounced, characters of fresh cut grass and strong piney notes.
T: sweet, solid malt backbone and full of fresh hop flavors. Alcohol is pleasantly masked by the overall balance and abundance of hop characteristics in this one.
M: moderate carbonation combined with a slick, slightly oily mouthfeel, nothing really stands out to me here.
D: Overall, this is a great balanced IPA that I will purchase again in the future. Even with the 7% abv, it would be easy to drink more than one of these.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,942 ratings.