Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,939 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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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L - Medium amber color with a towering 4-finger bubbly and sticky cream-colored head. Really good retention and amazing lacing. Crystal clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Sierra Nevada always seems to get the look down perfectly.

S - Very interesting aroma. There’s a solid bread-like and caramel malt presence along with a broad hop bouquet with grapefruit, orange, pepper, grass, pine, floral, and marijuana notes. I’ve heard that Humulus and Cannabis are related and I’ve always heard people talk about marijuana hop aromas, but this is the first time I’ve experienced it. Even with this diverse bouquet, I’d like to see the hops more involved here. The sweet malt presence is a little too much.

T - Starts off sweet with caramel, orange, and pine flavors and builds to a very pleasant bitter finish with spicy floral and grass notes. Not as bitter as I expected this to be, and as much as I love bitter beers, this turns out to not be a bad thing at all (see Overall).

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and a pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Spicy and floral hop bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time. This spiciness blends nicely with the smooth throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - Due to the smooth bitterness (as opposed to daring, palate-wrecking bitterness that a lot of DIPAs have these days), this is probably the most drinkable DIPA I’ve ever had. With the lack of strong bitterness, one would expect the hop aromas and flavors to be subdued. That is not true at all. All of the hoppy goodness is still there and is really more enjoyable due to the pleasant bitterness as opposed to in-your-face bitterness. Great DIPA. I can see why everyone loves this so much. The fact that it’s not only delicious and drinkable but also widely available, cheap, and available in cans makes this a 5 overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish, orange, light brown color that pours clear with a thick off white head and good lacing.

S - Hops are pretty much all I got, fresh and very floral and earthy aroma.

T - Again fresh hops off the bat that are mainly piney, earthy but transition to a light citrus in the middle of the beer. Then comes a slight hint of malt, but only briefly, before returning to a piney finish and aftertaste.

M/D - It has a light body with medium to high carbonation and finishes very dry on the palate due to the hops.

A more extreme SNPA with a great hop characteristic and complex body.

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Photo of soze47
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this using my 33 Beers tasting book. I'll include notes and flavor wheel profile from the book below and translate into BA ratings above.

Appearance Notes: Amber/orange in color with a two finger pillowy head.

Aroma Notes: I get citrus and malt on the nose. Background notes of pine are also there as well.

Taste Notes: Big flavors here. Very hop forward, with the citrus flavors being brought out at first by the malty sweetness. However, when the malt fades and aftertaste develops, the piney, almost sappy hop flavors build to a strong, bolt sensation on the palette.

Flavor Wheel Scores (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 3
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (pine): 5
Floral: 4
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3
Malty: 4
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 1
Bitter: 5
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes: Born on 12/1/13 (consumed 07/17/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: Slight golden color with 2 fingers of white head. The head settles down to one finger and stays there.

S: Very little nose. Slight grassy smell. Grains and malts.

T: Sweet up front from the malts - then a dry mostly bitter finish. The front has hints of caramel.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Slightly coating and warming from the alcohol.

O: This has a cryptic bottled code. Once I decoder ring'd it I realized it was 7 months old. That is BAD for an IPA. However, I soldiered on and tried it. I expected garbage. I was really pleasantly surprised. Torpedo is kind of a flagship in the IPA world - but I have never had it. It is really good. Nice balance and very goo mouthfeel for this style. The nose was lacking - but that could be due to hop fading from the aging.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Agold
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice amber color with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head. Fairly good lacing on this one. The first thing I smell with this beer is fresh piney hops with a citrus twist to it. Very nice hop character in the nose. The nose is reflected a lot in the taste of this beer, except I'm missing a bit of the citrus that I was hoping for. The mouthfeel is good, but I think it is a bit over-carbonated for me, but medium bodied nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance is a clear orange color with a one finger white head that left quickly.
Aroma is pine, malt balanced with some grassy notes.
Taste is grassy and malty but in a good way.
Alcohol sort of comes through but not in a bad way.
Nice bitter hop punch.
Mouthfeel is medium with a nice lingering bitterness.
Really enjoyed this. Goes well with food.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,939 ratings.
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