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

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 jwc215
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a thin tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty pine and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste is of resiny pine and grapefruit. Although it has a bitter touch, it has a strong sweetness that approaches a DIPA character. Fruity alcohol shows in the finish.

Near full-bodied with a bit of an oily slickness, the heat lingers a bit on the palate.

Hoppy, but with a big maltiness. It doesn't quite mask the abv that some others of the same abv do, but still very drinkable. It has some DIPA characteristics without quite going that far. Much improved over the IPA I had from this brewery a couple years ago. It does have a SN character, making it like the pale, but bigger and pinier.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze/amber color, nice 1/2" creamy, rocky head.

Faint aroma,lightly hoppy, lemon peel, creamyorange and tangerine..and something I haven't put my finger on, quite yet....but none too bitter. More muted than I expected for an "extra IPA" though.

Taste: blast of hops, smack of bitterness, then fading back, ...sweet, caramel malt-y...a little chocolate meeting citrus hops...there's orange in my cocoa.
A bit maltier than I'd like, not sure if those particular malts were right with these particular hops.

Balance is great, but this is over-balanced. A bit too much sweet, and not enough bitter.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this one on tap at Brooklyn's Spuytin Duyvil, It poured dark honey amber, quite clear, with a light tan head and leaving typical "good beer" lacing. The nose was found to be pleasantly hoppy. This a grainy, oily, hoppy AIPA, notes of maple, and pine sappy hops. A wonderful addition to the SN line, fine, hoppy, tasty and sessionable. I'd love to see this one more widely available some day.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a nice copper-red coloring with a decent light, foamy head. The aroma is hoppy, with a hop-forward taste on the tongue to match. Also, an undertone of light spice and bitterness balance out the beer very well. The beer is smooth on the tongue and in the mouth, with a sharpness to the aftertaste. It is very easy to drink, and even easier to drink in quantity. A very tasty beer overall, and at a decent price. I have no doubt this will frequent our fridge in the future.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05/11/06- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- From the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour...a touch cloudy. Slight creamy white head with fairly nice lace left behind.

Smell- Very nice grapefruit and pine...maybe more pine, hop scent. Mild toasted malt beneath.

Taste- Tastes like this one is wet hopped. A bit yeasty...kinda reminds me of the flavor of some of the Pyramid brews. Sticky pine resin hops make up most of the flavor. A bit sweet and chewy. Nice! Malt balances out pretty well.

Mouthfeel- As said up top...sticky, a tad sweet and a really nice low carbonation level. Coming close to a cask pour.

Drinkability- Nothing wrong here. Really nice flavor and texture. I was told it was an amped up version of the Celebration....not in my eyes, but it's still good.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden/amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops and some sweet malt in the background. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with high carbonation level. Bitterness is really high in this one, of course. Tastes of strong hops up front and some sweet malt in the background. This beer leaves you wanting more after the hops; it's pretty much hops boom, then an almost watery flavor because of the intsense hops. There is a very smooth finish though, which is nice for an IPA. Pretty good beer, but a little less then I was expecting with all the hype.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. No visible born on date or "best by" date, but the beer is copper / orange, really good color. Holy head batman, the head forms a thick layer of yellowish tiny bubbles three or four fingers thick on the top of the beer. Head falls away slowly leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. carbonation is medium and the beer is slightly hazy.

Aroma is less than I expected, kind of a muted soapy pine hop smell. Not much else there. I was expecting the smell to burn out my nose for the night with hop aroma, just not there. It definitely smells like hops, just not as strong as I expected.

Pretty sweet for an IPA. Its interesting, almost too sweet. The hops are pushed so far back in the flavor and palate they show up as an aftertaste. The aftertaste of hops fades quickly but not what I was expecting at all. AT ALL! Second taste: hops were a lot more obvious in the second sip, the head has fallen to barely cover the top of the beer. Tastes great. Lots of pine in the back. Clean finishing.

Mouthfeel is great. There is a lot of midpalate connectivity, lots of good medium to full body, finishes cleanly. Drinkability high. I love IPAs and this is a great example. Not the best but its up there.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inch thick white head on top of a cloudy orange IPA. Wonderful head retention and very good lacing.

S- I'm getting pine and grass notes.

T- Piney hops with a caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is it if you're a "hophead", stay away if you're not. Some citrus detected. Leaves the mouth watering for more.

M- Big mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- Is this considered a "classic" yet? I know it hasn't been out too long (2 years maybe?) but this has to be the best widely available IPA in America. Overall, I'd throw this into the upper echelon of IPAs, albeit on the low end. At 7.3% just a few of these will have you acting goofy. Thanks Sierra Nevada for making a great "go-to" beer, even in the beer black hole that is known as northwest Illinois.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: nice caramel base with some grapefruit, pine, and a hearty but not overpowering floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice sessionable IPA. Nice flavors keep you interested through a few bottles.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured into a pilsner glass, it basically just looks like SNPA, clear amber with a white head. I'm a fan, this is on the heavy end of IPA's Great Divide's Titan IPA. There's a rich mix of grassy, citrus and pine that, well, reminds me greatly of normal Sierra Nevada, but without the malts. This is a fine IPA and I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with a copper tone. One finger off white head and lacing, nice carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts, light hops, light pine, nice. Moderate body. Solid sweet malt, moderate spicy hops, light pine and pineapple, light fruit. Not as robust as some IPAs, but very pleasant and worth trying again.

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Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm hosting a tasting at work for International IPA Day so I might as well rate a beer. This one pours a bright and clean copper in color with a white lacing around the glass. It poured light to medium in body. It smells of sweet pine sap, sweet caramel malts, is very dry and very resinous. The flavors are very dry and resinous. The hops flavors are sticky and again, very dry. It is one of the pinier IPAs I've had. It gives me pretty bad cotton mouth, which I don't prefer. Overall it's a good IPA I just don't care for how dry it is.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid IPA. An amber, clear light amber pour and a good foaming head introduces the beer as above average. The aroma is a good balance of the three biggies, IMO: citrus/pine hops, earthy hops and sweet malt. Of course the malt is the least of the powers, but it balances well. Most of the beer is non-aggressive. That is, it doesn't overpower with loads of hops. It has just enough to throw the kilter towards bitter. Nice bite, but it won't distract you. Clean, crisp. Under the a torpedo? ha.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice Amber colour with a thick, white foamy head.

S - Citrusy hops with some earthiness & pine. Very strong nose.

T - An explosion of citrus. A nice bitter hop profile with a clean grapefruit aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with some chewiness. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice, smooth DIPA. This will definitely become a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with an outstanding citrus hop nose. It's not overly done, but you can tell this is borderline DIPA territory. The taste is good. It has a tremendous hop bitterness that resinates in the finish. The malt character is good, although it's surprisingly thin. The mouthfeel is fine. Again, I was thinking it would be fuller, but a thinner, more drinkable hop bomb is certainly good with me. This is a tastey beer. Sierra Nevada is really coming out with some great new beers. They're bold and full flavored; very nice.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, nice to see this one in Utah now.

2008 Edition

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from SN, could drink a few of these easy, even at the 7.2% ABV, Thanks Brian.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.86/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Now....I hope learn what all the fuss is about with Torpedo IPA. On to the beer:

Copper colored body with hues of orange, the finger thick head forms and holds up well while leaving a good display of patchy lacing. The aroma starts off hoppy and piney, but the hop burst fades into some bready malts, alcohol, and esters.

There's a lot going on in the flavor. Pine starts off the journey. Grape skins and nectarines follow, but with a low intensity. The extra kick of alcohol in this beer gets in the way of things throughout, even as it warms. There's a good share of bitterness found. Mouthfeel is right on the spot for an IPA, not too bubbly, easy, medium...and surpringly the booze doesn't numbs my senses. Finishes is pretty clean, with crackery malts lingering on in the aftertaste.

There is some good in this beer, but the alcohol washes over the levees at times. Not to mention the raw bitterenss gets in the way too. Methinks bigger levees or developing a flood control system would help this beer, because without one or the other, I will be hesistent to try this again given what's available on the market.

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Photo of tone77
2.48/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A big thanks to woodychandler for this can. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brownish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is a hop bomb, extreme bitterness, wow, I like hops but this is the most bitter beer I have ever had. Feels medium bodied and very bitter in the mouth and overall is way to unbalanced for my liking.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, bottle thanks to freud via BIF! Had this in my sights for quite some time, great to finally get my hands on this. Popping the cap on this bad boy, and all I get is hops, hops, hops from the bottle. Piney hops. Poured this out and gave a nice couple finger head, dissipated to a thin, creamy looking layer with a golden brown/red body. Thick and chunky lacing. Sniffing this and I'm getting lots of hops, piney again. Taste is hoppy too, piney, a bit sweet with very little malt coming through. Great mouthfeel, not too carbonated or anything. Dangerously drinkable, ABV is not at all discernable until you've put one back, definitely quaffable and something I'd definitely look to pick up next time I'm in the states.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%

Can purchased at Skylark in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange, with a one inch head, and a lot of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit, pineapple, and slight bready malt.

I don't get any malt in the taste here, just a big hop explosion. There's a good amount of spicy and peppery hops, a good amount of searing pine bitterness. This is balanced out by some juicy orange and grapefruit citrus flavors. This definitely has the classic Sierra Nevada hop flavor to it- rustic and earthy, and very full- due to the use of whole-cone hops, I'd guess.

This one is medium bodied, with a higher amount of carbonation, a crisp and juicy mouthfeel. This one is really, really drinkable for it's intensity.

A classic IPA, one that I can have again and again and not get sick of.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a peppery hop and a solid caramel malt.

The taste consisted of full malts and a thick spicy and citrusy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a very good and robust IPA. . Good drinkability.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass. It's good to see another year round beer from SN.

A- SN Torpedo has a color a bit brighter than copper, perhaps bronze to a burnt golden color. A sturdy pour produced a 1/2 inch dismal white head that faded quickly. A thin sheet of bubbles were left on the top as well as minimal lacing.

S- Torpedo smells like something from the left coast for sure. A bunch of American hops and a good malt base which you would expect. This gives of citrus & earthy scents with sweetness from the malts. Some bready characteristics as well. Hops are the dominate force.

T- Torpedo hits its target with a blow of west coast hop goodness. Not the biggest assult of hops but a good enough profile for a year round brew. They give off the usual grapefruit and pine taste which is evenly split. After the initial strike Torpedo lowers its arms and gives off a good maltiness for the injured tastebuds with a slight caramel sweetness. This is a well executed IPA.

M- A bit thicker on the mouth than I expected But this is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carb felt on the tounge. A nice amount of bittering power but nothing over the top. A smooth IPA with the hop cones lingering well after I am finished. Well balanced with no alcohol distractions.

D- This one is year round to my knowledge so I think I found a new IPA for the rotation. I would gladly drink this at anytime. I could probably finish 3-4 bottles over an evening without killing my palette. Not a hop bomb but a damn smooth American IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Torpedo pours with beefy eggshell white foam that leaves decorative lacing nothing short of lovely. The body is a little clouded and its deep tawny amber colour is a shade or two darker than many IPAs. That said, it looks absolutely afire when held above eye level and has a complexion resembling a fully illuminated stain glass window.

Just when IPAs were starting to feel redundant, leave it to a widely available ten year veteran to rekindle my interest. This aroma had me fully captivated from the first sniff. There are many dimensions to this one, ranging from leafy and resinous to zestful and spicy to citrusy and just a touch tangy. It's fetching in a way only whole-cone hopped beers can be.

There's also a noticeable amount of toasty, buttery-sweet malt, a feature that also plays out on the palate. The pine and candied citrus are still there, but there's a reliable amount of nutty, caramelized grain they've got to compete with, especially in the finish. The two sets of flavours compliment each other splendidly.

The question must be asked: what makes Torpedo an "Extra" IPA? Admittedly, it has a lot less restraint than is typically for a Sierra Nevada beer but it still pales in intensity compared to other American IPAs. On the spectrum of "hop bomb" to "hop sparkler" this probably ranks as a "hop grenade". It's impactful but not maximum damage.

Sierra Nevada's branding is modest and elementary, but also consistent and charismatic - their recipes are much the same. Torpedo is probably their boldest regular offering yet still has the brewery's trademark approachability, balance and purity of flavour. It's these reasons I appreciate it even more now than when I first tried it 8 years ago.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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