Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,120 Ratings
Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo 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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful cherry-amber beer with a creamy white head. The head is maybe two fingers thick with plenty of bubbles. A little bit of visible carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Strong. Sweetness and hops galore.

T: Lots of hops, although it definitely has a solid backbone to it as well. Generic citrus without any one fruit-type flavor dominating others. Quite balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. No real taste of alcohol--goes down smooth.

D: Definitely drinkable, although not as much so as SN Pale Ale, or as much so as some of the truly great IPA's.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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 dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Dark amber, small, compact, lasting creamy head. Pops away slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.
Nice mix of citrus and pine in the smell, but also caramel sweetness. Big hops predicted.
Rich tasty hops, fruity, crisp, with lots of lime and grapefruit, some peach and faint pineapple, bathed in some floral honey, on top of caramel "covered" biscuity malts. Nice pine and hop resin afterwards, developing into a bigger leafy bitterness in the finish, hinting some "sticky icky" dankness.
Medium body, a bit oily, low to medium carbonation. Very bitter, sure, but the aftertaste is full of fruity hoppy tastiness. Big plus in my book.
This is a really gentle monster. Tons of hops without being a one-track beer, quite big hidden ABV, just a few steps from being Imperial, really great.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber orange in color wit ha full inch and a half of frothy foam filling the glass right to the top. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of grapefruit and pine top it wit ha bit of a lemony citrusness to it as well. it has just a touch of some fruity, mango like flavors to it as well. A moderate malty flavor comes through and provides a nice base for all the hops.

The taste hits you with a big blast of pine and grapefruit right from the start. It's very bitter at first but it mellows a bit towards the finish when more of the lemony citrus and a hint of sweeter malt come through. The dry, bitter, grapefruit flavors linger for a while as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It has some very nice hoppy flavors to it overall. It's a very taste and drinkable beer overall. Very solid in all categories as well.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several fingers of slightly of head. This settles down into a rich finger, leaving back robust sticky lace that clings in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, and maybe even a touch minty, with some borderline medical feeling herbal character and tight green citrus character. Buttered cracker and caramel notes from the malt sit across the back of the nose with some softness.

The taste has leafy and spicy accents that spread out and surround a fresh and crisp feeling bitterness. Sweet flavors of bread and caramel from the malts balance the bitterness here well while simultaneously pushing that bold hop character to the front of the profile and helping keep it front and center, as this finishes moderately aggressive with a touch of raw pith and then some leafy spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that firms up on the tongue yet still has a smooth slick creaminess to the overall feel that lets this go down easily. There’s a touch of alcohol on tail end of this but it isn’t overly noticeable.

Man, this is just a really solid American IPA, with full hoppy flavors and a malt backbone that balances yet still keeps the focus on those hops. It’s awesome that are packing this in tallboys now. I definitely see more of these in my future.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy off-white head that leaves chunky lace islands on the rim of the glass. Deep dark copper color. Clear.

Fresh green hop aroma--not overly strong. Very little malt smell.

Strong hoppy bitterness. Not as floral as the aroma would suggest. The malt briefly appears at the very beginning of the taste, but it seems more suited as the delivery engine of the hop bomb. Solid body with appropriate carbonation. A solid IPA

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Photo of REVZEB
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with copious amounts of sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Rich bready notes, grassy & piney notes

T: Grassyness, piney & bready notes as well along with a touch of grapefruit up front. Pineyness, grapefruit & a little caramel as this warms, plus lemongrass notes. Finishes grassy, grapefruitty & piney with juicy notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation balance

A solid AIPA that will be in my summer activities canned beer rotation. Not as tasty as say Dale's PA, but one I could never say no to

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems as though I am going for the cycle, having previously reviewed this on-tap and from a CAN.

From the bottle: "Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aroma highlighting the complex citrus pine and herbal character of whole cone American hops."

The humidity of the day is really playing hob with my initial pour! Once more, I began to see a massive head building and had to back off. I finally ended up with just over a finger of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was minty, like an evergreen forest in the dead of winter. Man, if that doesn't set your mouth to watering, turn in your hophead status soonest! Mouthfeel was medium and the mintiness of the hops was counterbalanced beautifully by the caramel of the malt. I have heard of hops candy, although I have yet to try some, but this is what I imagine it would taste like! The dense stcky lacing that began to appear was riotous. I swear that I even started to taste coconut at one point. Finish was dry, but not overpowering. Damn, but this was one tasty beer. I love that they are putting it in a CAN, but bottle and draft are no slouch, either.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but that's just me. Overall, it's a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper color with a chunky tan head. Nice lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Similar to the nose, citrus/fruit up front (more grapefruit here), has a sweet/dry finish, not bitter. Some nice maltyness on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, a more than solid IPA. Glad SN now has a year round IPA.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"

--Admiral David G. Farragut (and Tom Petty)

Radiant pumpkin with bumblebee yellow borders. The liquid looks good and the crown looks great. The foam is a beautiful shade of pastel orange-tinted pearl and has a rich, milkshake creamy texture. There's a ton of gorgeous lace as well.

The aroma is solid without being special. Keeping in mind that IPA noses are all about the hops, this brew uses an rather unconventional combination of Magnum, Crystal and Citra (a new variety). It's a little citrusy and is also herbal and faintly funky. In the end, I much prefer the Chinook, Cascade and Centennial excellence of Celebration Ale. Having said that, I understand Sierra Nevada's need to change things up a bit.

Torpedo Extra IPA is wonderful beer that manages to distinguish itself from the rest of the brewery's lineup. Compared to Celebration, Torpedo is less caramel malty, less hoppy, less deliciously hoppy (personal opinion) and slightly stronger with respect to ABV. Although I'm not blown away, quality IPAs aren't easy to come by in this state, so we'll take what we can get.

The malt tastes modestly toasted and borderline caramel-like. Again, hop flavor doesn't stand out because none of those three hops are among my favorites. A little grapefruit zest (from Citra, presumably) helps. Pine makes a brief appearance, as does an herbaceousness that I can take or leave.

The mouthfeel is pure Sierra Nevada, which the same as saying pure quality. It's at least medium for the style and is full of rounded edges. I like a little rawness in some IPAs, but this one has either too much malt or not enough hops to get there. Perfect carbonation... as always.

I'm amazed that Torpedo Extra IPA is the first year-round IPA in the long, storied history of Sierra Nevada Brewing. I would have much preferred year-round Celebration Ale, but then anxiously anticipating that iconic brew and then tasting it change over the next few months is half the fun. Bottom line: this is a solid addition to SN's lineup that I'll come back too now and again.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,120 ratings