Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,960 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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

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 AdmiralDiaz
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper body with a two-finger off-white head with amazing retention staying around the entire drink. Leaves a perfect sheet of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smells strongly of hops and pine with some small traces of caramel maltiness.

T: Very heavy on the hop side. Strong hops with hints of citrus and strong pine almost completely mask the small caramel flavor of the malts. Very dry bitter finish. The alcohol kicks in and out throughout the drink starting from the 3rd sip to the seems to be some weird affair of SN pale ales.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, decently carbonated and oily. The drinkability goes down a bit due to the lack of balance, but still very good. I'm sure that if SN put this in a bomber and released it once a year it's rating would make it on the top 100.

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Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange/amber color with a respectable off-whiute head that sticks around and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is citrus, pine resin and caramel malt in the background.

The taste is grapefruit, bready malt, hints of caramel with a lasting pine resin finish. Definitely for the hop heads, but not overpowering and balanced somewhat by a caramel malt flavor that really works well.

Medium bodied, smooth, oily mouth feel that drinks very well. Some hints of the alcohol content at the finish. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of beerman207
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this great brew at Party Town in Florence, KY. Been a fan of Sierra Nevada so I figured I'd give it a try.

A: Very clear, orange color, 2 fingers head, great lacing

S: Citrus, floral hops

T: hops, bitter in front and back

M: Creamy, medium carbonation, drying finish

D: High - I could definately try this again.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dirty golden amber with a massive whipped shaving cream foam head that lasts and lasts. The head leaves ample sticky lace and the glass supports loads of busy CO2.

Smell - Very obvious lemon and resinous pine hops from the American whole cone hops used. This beer smells fresh and inviting like a pine wood early in the day when the sun hits the canopy.

Taste - Very heavy pine and resinous hop flavour from the outset. This beer is very herby and has some very light sweet bread malts making it full and punchy, boisterous and confident.

Mouthfeel - Full in the mouth with decent body and a lovely puckering tingle from the heavy hop. The final element is a great drying feel in the roof of the mouth that leaves you sucking your gums and causes the mouth to water.

Overall - If you are going to drink American IPA then drink one that is brewed in the USA as they simply do it better than we do. Stands to reason that it is their baby after all. This beer is rounded , boisterous and punchy with great hops flavour it is refreshing and confident. This is a great example of the style. Be sure to serve in a Tulip/Thistle to trap and enjoy those aromas and flavour.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Gordie Schooner glass with a nice brown body with a hint of honey and amber tones. Body is transparent with a strong haze. Head is a nice slightly offwhite foamy pillow that sticks around quite well and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Smell is a little weak. Slight pine hop smell with a hint of minty freshness. As it warms, lemony esters come out. Good smelling beer, just wish it was a little stronger.

T - Wow. Great hop punch to this beer. Sweet as it rolls over the tongue, but slowly the bitterness settles in. Great balance of citrusy hops, piney hops (stronger than citrusy), and malts. Fresh malty taste. Very refreshing. One of my favorite tastes from a AIPA so far.

MF - Thick and creamy. Almost feels like a nitro. Carbonation isn't too strong. Adds a good bite to the beer.

D - Great drinkability. Refreshing, smooth, and complex. Can be a bit of a palette buster, however.

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Photo of MikeZ9654
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty damn good!!

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Photo of moundbz
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

lots of bitter, not bad, kind of a sipper

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Photo of Winzlow
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my "go to" beverages - especially at $14 a 12er when on sale (no - not old beer - today it is 3 weeks in the bottle) A great example of an American IIPA and yet another killer brew from SN.
No sense in me repeating what millions of other have said and I am not into "foo-foo" beer reviews so I will just leave it at that.
Although ABV is not reaIly a double IPA - I do like to have one of these about 45 minutes before bedtime :)

This is not wine (thankfully)
It is beer
It is good beer
You should drink good beer

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erish
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. I poured this bottle into a large wine glass.

A: honey color, orange-white head falls quickly, decent cap and good lacing.

S: orange, grapefruit, grass, pine, and a healthy dose of sweet malt.

T: loads of citrus up front, grassy/floral/citrus hops in the middle, the long finish is bitingly bitter with plenty of grass and pine. Like many super-hopped IPAs, I think this one would have shown better when it was fresh enough to still spank!

M: medium bodied, creamy to oily, moderate to light carbonation, finish is mineral-like.

D: a very tasty IPA, and one I would love to try fresh on tap.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

710ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey amber with three fat fingers of foamy beige head that leaves chunky clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus zest, sliced orange, stone fruit, reserved caramel malt and piney hops.

Tastes of white grapefruit flesh, bitter orange, peach cobbler, biscuity caramel malt and more pine resin.

Feels sturdy and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with firm carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Big, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdrankin
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jebert
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bit cloudy amber, with a very orange hue. A diminutive head awaits you, perhaps an inch plus of off-white foam. Very cool looking bubbles and the head retention was good. The presentation is excellent. It cleared a bit after sitting.

Smell: The nose appeal is a bit mild but has a great pine scent with some orange lemon-like citrus. Did I mention the hops? Yes, they are evident and inevitable.

Taste: The taste of this beer rules. I was expecting something intense, given the name Torpedo, but it's incredibly balanced but flavorful. It's a race between the malt and the hops. Malt? Hops? Both are evident and balanced well. The dryness is very appealing and adds to the beer's character.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium bodied beer, to be sure. Not too light, not too heavy. The dryness isn't overbearing and makes the mouth feel a bit relaxed but not shy to receive more.

Drinkability: Sierra Nevada made this a year-round brew. I think, off the cuff, it will do well. I would have no problem having several in a night. The name is a bit over-stated. I think Torpedo means the consumer will be heading down...deep. This beer doesn't offer up the brutality one "thinks" it may contain, so perhaps it's a bit over-marketed. In the end, delivering less allows the consumer to repeat and repeat, stating at the end of the night that "I've had x number of Torpedo's."

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Photo of Sniper7mm
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cadebro
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden copper color with two fingers of yellowish white head which is quite foamy and leaves a good lacing behind.

S - Smells strongly of pine with a hint of citrus and caramel. I caught just a whiff of skunk.

T - Piney with a hint of citrus and caramel again. The nice hoppy bitter at the end covers up the average grain bill.

M - A nice medium body, but perhaps a bit light for an extra IPA. There is medium carbonation as well.

O - I enjoy this IPA. It is hopped well and contains a few nuanced flavors. It's a bit light bodied and clear for double IPA though.

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Photo of hopschomping
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sturner26
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass pint.

A - Solid 3 fingers of cream colored head with good retention. Beer pours a translucent a golden-amber color. A lot of lacing as well.

S - A very nice blast of citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt as well.

T - Initial rush of hoppy goodness that transitions into a pleasant blend of the citrus hops and crystal malts. Has a medium bitterness but is well balenced with a sweet fruity malt as well

M - Significantly more carbonation than I expected but very pleasant and refreshing. Crisp and very enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable, could have drank several. The alcohol is barely noticable even in the final few sips. The bitterness and sweetness blend well though I prefer a more bold IPA in general. Still good.

Overall a very good beer but nothing truly outstanding.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fern22
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fellmaniak
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bali_hi
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can of Torpedo extra ipa drank.

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Photo of videofrog
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matzat
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,960 ratings.
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