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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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This does have a nice flowery aromatic that comes through when you pour a splash in the glass. A nice amber-tinged golden color, less orange than a lot of IPAs.

Some rich malt at first. Hot and spicy. An overabundance of hops, but that's why you bought this stuff. I don't taste much else, but it is a sophisticated and mellow flavor in a world of over-excitable hop bombs.

Well made as with all of the Sierra Nevada products. It fills the niche for extra-hoppy in their beer range. Actually more drinkable than I remember from previous attempts. Bitter aftertaste mellows out eventually, but it is quite hot tasting. From the 12 oz bottle

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Photo of DCDevilDancer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice (oddly) balanced American IPA.
Looks good.
Smells good.. a tad sweet, but a nice floral, fruity hoppy nose.
In terms of taste, the finish is really nice.. notes of ambrosia, pineapple and mouth tingling herbs as it fades into a lingering bitterness. Upfront, however, there is a cotton candy sweetness that really bugs me. The flavors manage to balance eachother out, but I prefer less of those banana sweet spikes in my 7% range IPAs.
Mouthfeel is messed up a little, consequently.
Still drinks just fine.. the fresher the better.
Considering it's price and availability, depending on where you are it may be a good choice. But IMO it is not even in the same league as the likes of Green Flash West Coast, Ska Modus Hoperandi, Surly Furious, or even New Belgium Ranger. Then again, I like a more earthy, consumingly abrassive IPA. I do think it is well worth seeking Torpedo out if the likes of Bell's Two Hearted is in your faves.. reminds me of it quite a bit.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber, slightly hazy, thick sticky head that leaves an equally sticky lace down the glass.

S: Very hoppy. Can't distinguish the varieties, but there are some amazing smells coming out of this beer.

T: This is a very good IPA, and I prefer it to their other IPA. Very hoppy, but with a great malty sweet backbone to back it up and balance it out. The bitterness is pretty high, but not overpowering.

M: Medium body, fairly low carbonation, slightly syrupy. Very appropriate for the style.

D: One of these is great at the end of a long session, but I wouldn't want more than a few.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Golden amber with a beige head. Aroma is dripping with C hops, mostly grapefruit notes. Smells like they used pale malt and no caramel malt. Flavor confirms this, as it's basically a hop showcase. Tons of zesty pine needles and a semisweet citrus note. Good bitterness but some astringency too. Welcomed dryness helps the drinkability. This is pretty much a bigger, more complex, much more enjoyable SNPA.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep orange with very few bubbles rising through. Huge rocky off-white head on top that stayed throughout the drink like the top of a milkshake. Decent lacing globs on edge.

Smelled of citrus and some pine. Floral tones as well. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. I did not like that at all. Very weak. Carbonation level was low. Nice crisp hop bitterness right off the bat and throughout the entire drink. Not harsh at all though. Definitve citrus play.

I liked this beer, but the mouthfeel could be better.

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Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a beautiful inch and a half off white head. The head lingers with good retention and leaves some spotty lace as it subsides.

The aroma is great, and pretty typical Sierra Nevada/West Coast. Big hop notes smacking you with some sappy pine and some sweet citrus. Delicious.

The taste is decent. A good hop presence giving a big sappy pine note, with a touch of citrus. It's slightly sweet up front, but gives way to a moderately bitter finish. A little rough around the edges with some boozy qualities, and a flavor profile that seems to be missing in mid pallate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and subdued carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a tasty IPA, though lacking slightly. It's certainly easy to drink, and pleasureable as well. Another solid hop forward offering from our friends at Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of mjw06
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

two finger size big bubble rocky pearl colored head that has moderate retention and leaves a nice lacing. the beer is a true amber color, and not like an amber beer, but like amber itself. everything from its color to its transparency makes me feel like i should find a mosquito trapped in it or something.

a rich spiced hoppy smell. with a hint of floral and herbal.

a consistant hoppiness with an array of characters as it flows down the palate. it starts off slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. becomes slightly citrusy, particularly grapefruit, and spiced as it moves towards the back. and finishes florally on the back of the tongue.

properly carbonated light to medium body.

the taste of this beer, though good at first really wears on me. after awhile i feel like im drinking spiced liquid flowers. and its the trademark use of the cascade hops by sierra nevada. this beer is without a doubt a sierra nevada selection, however i think some beer styles require flexibility in the brewery style to make it work, and thats what i would have appreciated from sierra nevada on this extra ipa.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer before and it's been great. Time for an official review. 12oz bottle...

A: A clear golden honey color with a hint of reds blended in. A 1/2 inch tan head that fades at a slow pace. Good.

S: Smells of honey malts upfront quickly followed by a blended hop citrus. Some mild iced tea scent on the backend. Good.

T: A mild watery clean malt upfront quickly followed by a slow ramping hop bite. It starts out not very bitter, and ends up more bitter as it sits on your taste buds. It ends with a nice hop bitterness that is citrusy with a mild pepper. Decent.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A bitter dry finish.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I like it, for the fact that it blends malt and hop well. It's not overly hoppy, but you shouldn't expect that from an American IPA. Try this if you're a fan of well blended IPA's.

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Photo of JVEyck309
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, tawny reddish orange with thick head that slowly dwindles down.

S: piney hops. oranges

T: Orange/citrus/piney hops, biting dry finish, sweet biscuity malt backbone.

M: a bit chewey, nice carbonation... uhm..

D: for it's price and its ABV (let's not kid ourselves..) it is a great go-to IPA.. Is it a great IPA in general?? ehhhh.. you be the judge! But for me, and my alcoholism, it's a great go-to beer when everything else seems too expensive or too weak..

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Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty stoked about this. It's been well regarded, so I'm optimistic.

Appearance - A real nice copper with almost an inch of head. Very clear and sharp looking. Very nice.

Smell - I can smell it from the table. Nice. Nice pine hops with some grapefruit. Real piney.

Taste - Starts with some nice citrus, with the pine. With some spiciness and a little warmth on the follow. It's a little thin. I wish it'd really gone for it and been a real DIPA. It's close but not quite there. There's just a layer of oomph missing. It's not even that it's balanced, it's just that it's a tad flat on the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. A little watery pretty good carbonation, but not quite enough of that tongue coating goodness.

Drinkability - Very nice. It's crisp, it's pretty tasty, it's pretty mellow. Very drinkable.

This is a good, not great, beer. It's kind of what one would expect from a "strong" IPA that's being more broadly distributed. I'll happily grab a sixer of this, but I'm not going out of my way to introduce someone to it. And frankly, this beer isn't likely to really introduce itself.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Served cool from Pint can into pint glass.

A) Attractive copper colour and white foamy head that does persist.

S) Spritzy resin-like hops. Very appealing even though I am not a big hop-head.

M) Pleasantly fizzy. Consistency not really different from most beers.

T) Fairly pleasant hop-forward taste with slightly astringent aftertaste.

O) Very good, enjoyed it more than I thought I might, not being a fan of American-type hops. Maybe this one works a lot better than British imitations because the hops are balanced out by robust use of malt (which boosts the alcohol content). Will buy again if I see it.

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Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:t Pours a rich copper color with a huge pillow of tan head.

S: Aroma is of sweet citrus and piney notes.

T: Sweet citrusy piney and a great balance of flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that clears the palate.

O: Ovaerall would not hesitate to drink this one every day, very good indeed, thanks Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of JimHulley
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Medium amber color, little head.

Torpedo is always a pleasure to drink with a delicious piney and citrusy taste. GREAT balance of fruity essence with hoppy flavors. In my opinion it’s really the that balance that sets it apart from your everyday IPAs as it has strong, but not overly one-sided flavor.

Another beer that goes great with cake.

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Photo of NavyVet1959
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly, I stumbled across a 12-pack this one at Wal-Mart one evening and decided to give it a try. I liked it well enough to order a 15.5 gal keg of it for my kegerator. It takes me about 6 months to finish a keg, so I guess it says something that I liked it well enough to drink it for the next 6 months. Shiner makes a Wicked Ram IPA and this is definitely better than it. A bit more expensive though, worth it.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Clean golden amber with just a few bubbles meandering to and fro. Head is full figured and simply dope. A full pillow of light beige foams guards teh top of the beer.

S: Faint grapefruit, pine oil, copper and red fruit.

T: Begins lightly fruity with a toasted grain malt background. Moments of metallic copper and ripe red apple also add the beers personality. Then the bitterness hits...it sneaks up on you, smacking you upside the head before you realize its there. Finishes sort of bready, very bitter with tickles of orange, apple and star fruit.

M: Medium body with a fairly full mouthfeel. Bit fuzzy.

D: Interesting brew. Not really complex but thats not the point. This beer serves its purpose very well...a tasty amber bitter bomb.

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Photo of BillRowe
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a really nice IPA it says citrus and pine flavor but i get more of the piney IPA flavor and my preference is slightly leaning towards the citrus side but overall a really good beer I definitely would buy it again but probably only 6 and not a 12pack but the more you drink the better the mouthfeel the better the taste..etc. i poured this into a tall beer glass and it brought more of the flavors out and not just the pine

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Photo of NefariousR
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a medium yellowish amber with a frothy white head. The head dissipated after a few minutes, but left a nice webby trail down the glass.

S - Flowery; both malt and hops are present in the aroma, with maybe some light fruit scents.

T - Hops are present upfront with a bittersweetness, which then fades to a malty aftertaste. Some light, fruity complexities balance it out.

M - Mildly thick feel, leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky. Light carbonation

D - Overall a solid beer, a little too thick and complex to drink repeatedly, plus the alcohol content is a bit much. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden amber, on the copper side with generous foam and lots of lacing.

Smell is strong - the hops jump out and smack you in the face. Earthy, piney with a malt back.

Taste is all hop - from dawn to dusk. They're powerful and dominate the taste. The residual bittering can be a bit much, but not enough to dampen the enthusiasm. The grassy pine comes through, almost bordering on being minty.

Flavorful enough to drink several, though the full on hop assault takes some getting used to. A quality brew, nevertheless.

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Photo of tykees88
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber lots of carbonation. Nice fluffy head

S- Smells fantastic. The hoppiness is evident, but also smells piney

T- Throws this one off for me. It's too much hop finish. The pine taste is right at the beginning and is a nice start, but the swallow leaves a terrible bitter aftertaste.

M- Carbonated for sure, feels light and almost bubbly in the mouth.

D- I didn't like this one so my drinkability is going to be lower. However, I know alot of people really enjoy this beer, the abv is not bad and you could easily drink a few.

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Photo of djura
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Honey golden color. Beautiful carbonation with half finger white foam.
S- Different as most ipa`s, weaker aroma of hops, honey, orange and fresh grains.
T/M- Bitter all the way. Sweeter finish from honey. Lots of barley.

O- Not my favorite ipa.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich amber with a generous head. The aroma gives me sticky pine, a touch of tangerine, and pineapple. The flavor starts with rich whole grain malts, followed by a pleasant dose of pine, tropical fruits, and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Overall this is a very pleasant well contructed brew that I honestly have not tried up until now.

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Photo of rodney45
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the color of this beer, its more Irish red then amber. This beer is a very good example of what an Extra IPA should smell like. The Magnum hops are fantastically overwhelming upon even opening the 12 oz bottle, chilled, but not cold. I don't know why, but i was a bit underwhelmed by the beer itself. I was expecting a big bitter Extra IPA, and was kind of let down. By all means, this beer is extremely good, but... I wanted more. I love Sierra, and this was a good addition to their line of enjoyable, well balanced beers. The problem with this beer is that I was spoiled by the Anniversary and Celebration ales... Buy it!

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Photo of bobhits
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tall white fluffy head leaving lacing once it dissipates. The color is excellent deep amber and very good clarity.

Very good balance in the nose on the herbal and citrus hops. The malt aromas just come off as flat and non-descript. Somewhat funky and very unlike most American IPAs.

Grapefruit like hops, somewhat interesting herbal flavor, and I’m starting to pick up on some pine. This bottle might be a hair old, I can’t read their dating system, but what I’m getting her is a truly well balance IPA. The hops build like they are going to take a bite out of my tongue and then they step back and let a strong toasty malt mellow things out. The end result is a rather different IPA than I’d have expected.

Smooth, creamy, and just darn clean finishing. One of the better drinking IPAs I’ve had recently, but far from the best. The weight of the alcohol is certainly in here even if I can’t taste it. This beer hits imo the line between a double and single IPA. Up the IBU’s and this alcohol and body could be a double IPA by any standard.

I like this offering from Sierra. I have to say my memory of the first time I had this is far better than this experience. This won’t be a regular beer for me, but I’m glad that it is around when I’m looking.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass. Label calls it a "Big" American IPA and tells me something about u-boats and hops...or something.

Anyway, pours up in that oh-so-comforting consistent Sierra Nevada way: every one of their beers, even the porter, has given me two fingers of mellow dense foam, in this case white. Plenty of cottony sheets come down the glass throughout the tasting, and the body is another signature reddish-caramel, just a twinge more brown than an amber. Unless you're an absolute gimp I'm pretty sure you can get two solid fingers that won't quit on a pour.

For such a big IPA I was expecting more on the nose. The Harvest Ale release, in the big bottle, yielded much more in the way of hop aromas for me, with a huge citric and floral bouquet. This emphasized much more grapefruit and lemon, and in particular the non-flesh parts of the fruit, like the zest or the seed, the parts with all the oil, rather than the juice, in it. One thing that was fantastic on the nose was the creeping thin sweetness of crystal malt. Lent a neat sugar cookie dimension to the bright hop notes. I also got some more resinous notes on this that suggest a piney palate.

This goes from a suggestion to a shout when you drink the beer. Lots of great parching conifer needle goodness on the back end of this poppy. Enough to really wallop you into another sip--I drank this much more quickly than usual, so I don't really know how this changes with warming. In the front and middle you get more of those grapefruit oil/seed extract flavors along with a little clementine or tangelo or some other dark skinned orange (maybe tangerine?), followed by a soft wash of biscuity light sweet malt that forms the backbone of the flavor profile. Exceedingly well structured for the level of hops in this.

Mouthfeel as always is smooth, rich, and creamy. The brewers at SN get my vote for best mouthfeel out of any American at least brewery. Impeccable. Drinkability was average to me just because that much pine wears this drinker out. I feel like Jim the Hacksaw Dugan has taken his white pine plank and walloped me on either side of my tongue.

I liked the Harvest Ale better, but then again that was the beer that made me realize hops were special, so saying I like it less ain't saying much. This is still a worthwhile IPA I'd recommend checking out.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber color, pretty classic look, slow and mellow carbonation gets the job done with a towering and clumpy...very healthy looking off-white head, amazing retention and very sticky. SN brews seem to always look great.

The aroma is full of herbal, earthy hops with a fruity edge. sour and red berry fruits with a spicey herbal balance.

A very crisp and very hoppy flavor, it is very much like the classic Pale ale and IPA with perhaps a bit more red fruits invloved. SN brews always have a rightous, heady feel, medium bodied, crisp but smooth, almost full feeling. Not as complex as some big-boy IPA's out right now, but it's a classic example if you like slightly less intense versions.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.