Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,123 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 bgjohnston
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just tried a fresh bottle of the 2009 release. It poured a very clear dark amber, good carbonation, and had a very generous off-white foamy head.

It has a subtle, citrus smell. When you taste it, it gives you a solid, but not overwhelming hop flavor that stays with you for a while, then quickly finishes in a neutral, slightly sweet fashion.

I had enjoyed many bottles of the 12th release Wet Hop Ale this past fall, and was hoping this would be as good. I think it is even better, as the hop flavor with this one finishes more cleanly, and the hop bite is a bit more moderate. It is entirely too drinkable for a 7.2% beer.

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Photo of ironlung
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo "extra" IPA is now out in my area, and I'm pleased to see it. This beer pours so clean it seems to "wink" at me from the glass. Big citrus hop profile, and a lighter version of the nutty malt they use in their harvests. I have to say it's a damn good IPA from Sierra. It's hard to find a beer in SN's line-up that I don't enjoy. At 7.2%, and this tasty it's going to be a tough call between this and Firestone's Union Jack. If your a fan of SN(like I am)go get yourself some immediately!

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Photo of Slynger
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear bright orange with a fluffy cap of slightly fizzy white coloring, with a caramel tone.

Smells super fresh and citrus hoppy, lots of oranges.

Taste a good balance between lightly toasted, crackerish malts and and those citrus hops. It's pretty dry as well and has a piney bitterness. Good feel, real slick and smooth with a nice amount of soft and tingly-fluffy carbonation.

Good IPA worthy of the SN brewing company.

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Photo of JBogan
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, here it is. We've waited a while here in Vegas for this beer to arrive, and now there it sits in my favorite brew store.

Pours a really nice looking amber-ish color with a beautiful creamy slightly off white crown. Wonderful and plentiful lacing left in it's wake.

Smells of the usual west coast hops. Now, I'm not much of a hop head but this was rather good. Pine is there, along with the citric qualities we expect.

Taste mirrored the scent. Sierra Nevada's trademark pine is there in full force, joined by a grapefruity-ness which balances out nicely. I honestly can't say it stands apart from a lot of their other offerings, except for a bit more hop bite and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was superb. On the thick side, but with a perfect amount of carbonation to keep it from being dull. Creamy and smooth going down. Me likes this a lot.

If you're an IPA lover, this is one you have to try. Hops are the main attraction, but they are not too over the top as in some beers. For the money it's got to be one of the hop bargains around.

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Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on the 13th day of 2009. That means this beer is exactly one week old. Nice and fresh, the way an IPA should be tasted. Pours a brilliant amber orange color with large off white head and lots of sediment floating around. Aroma is hoptastic, plenty of pine and citrus to go around, lightly sweet. Upon the first taste, there is not as much bitterness as I expected. It has some nice citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit and orange peel, maybe some light piny flavor, and it's extremely dry on the finish, with a decent pale malt, cracker-like backbone. Mouthfeel isn't as solid as I hoped it would be, lower end of medium bodied to be sure. This is a highly drinkable IPA. The bitterness is not very harsh on the tongue while still retaining plenty of hop flavor. A very good IPA, and if the price is similar to other SN offerings, I can see this in the regular rotation next to Two Hearted.

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

Thorpedo? Pours a mostly hazy orange color with a light brownish-red hue to id. A fizzy white head with good retention and lacing through the entire tasting.

The nose is along the lines of a west coast IPA. Big citrus and grassy notes up front. Some minor herbal and spicy hop notes on the back side. No real specific hop comes out as it is blended very nicely. The malt comes out a bit but plays second fiddle to the hops. Some bready and biscuit notes. Very clean yeast.

The taste is very similar. A strong hop presence that is mostly representative in the finish. There is some bittering hops that do balance the finishing hops a bit but does leave a fresh vegi finish. The hops have mostly a citrus and spicy flavor with some minor piney and herbal flavors. The malt comes out a bit more verse the nose and balances well. Could be a bit light for some though, but good. A nice malty backing with some grainy notes and a more sweet caramel representation. Very clean yeast but some minor mineral and chalky taste in the finish.

The body is moderate. A bit sweet but I think it helps balance the hops out nicely. Very nice beer overall. Some minor water effects and a touch nit picky on the soupy hop notes but still very drinkable.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a translucent copper with a nice head and lots of bubbles working their way to the top. A really beautiful looking beer - one of the prettiest I have had.

Pine scents dominate, with some more subtle notes of citrus fruits and malt.

Upfront the pine dominates. It is bitter - but not overly so - and fantastic. It does have less citrus flavor than I would have imagined from the nose. Great balance exists between the initial bitterness and the underlying malt. As the beer warms a bit, the malty notes tend to come out a bit more. Overall, a great tasting beer.

Great carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability is exceptional. It is very pleasant and refreshing with great balance. The alcohol is noted, but not so overwhelming as to impede one from drinking 2 or 3. Have a couple, this beer is great. A very welcome addition to the SN lineup and one that will be in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

couldn't wait to try this one, so it was reviewed and drank a little warmer than room temp.
pours a light ambery-orange with a nice and thick, frothy off white head. not great retention, but good lacing.
aroma is a fairly subtle grass and earthiness, with grapefruit and pineapple in the back.
tastes really nice, very herbal and grassy. there is also a good deal of pine in the middle with a strong malt backbone and a clean finish.
mouthfeel is a little sticky, but that could be due to the temperature of the beer.
overall a great IPA. I do not ordinarily love IPA's, but this one was a nice surprise. definitely a new classic.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Medium-orange in color with some yellow highlights. Excellent clarity, formed a two finger off-white head the collapsed down to half a finger, left some lacing on the glass and is holding up well.

S - Upfront grassy and herbal notes are followed swiftly by a citrusy kick. Pleasing variety of hop aroma and at an appropriate intensity for this style. Citrus aroma seems to be of a grapefruit nature. Picking up some mango too.

T - Much of the hop aroma coming through on the flavor. Grassy and citrusy hit first. Bitterness lingering on into a medium-dry finish. Malt is certainly present but the hops are taking center stage for this show. Bittering level is moderately-high, not what I usually expect from an SN beer.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - When one of America's oldest craft brewers suddenly releases a new beer, it certainly grabs a BA's attention. Sierra Nevada did not disappoint on this. American IPAs - you've got a new kid on the block.

Plenty of hop flavor and aroma, great mix of citrus/herbal/grassy. I'd easily take a few more and am looking forward to the rest of my six pack.

A drier finish could certainly benefit the drinkability but that's all I can suggest for improvement.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper color; thick tanned head is tall and sticky. Great lacing. Great look.

Nose is bigger than SNPA, but mostly similar citric, piney notes. Lightly malty.

Almost certainly dry-hopped - this one has that "back of the mouth" quality that I really love. So I guess I'm a sucker for this brew. Nice and citric, with enough pine to bring a little bitterness.

Malt is mild, bready, and unobtrusive. A little more would bolster the the mouthfeel a bit, which is just medium. Not bad, but a little thin for something you're calling an Extra IPA.

Flavorful and balanced, with good drinkability for style. Sound like anything else that's really popular and comes in a green bottle?

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local beer store only got one case of this beer and I was fortunate enough to grab a six pack.

12 oz. Stubby bottle with a forrest green label with yellow trim and logo.

Very nice looking beer, an awesome, thick white head rests atop a brilliant amber brew with golden highlights. Small lobs of lacing.

Aroma is lighter than I was expecting. I was expected more hops! I get light hints of caramel, what little hop aroma I get is rather complex however. Citrus, pine, and a little pungent hops, a touch of yeasty must in back.

Full-bodied texture with a little slickness, bite from carbonation.

This beer is two faced Dr. Jekyll begins with a sweet caramel malts with an awesome, juicy, citrus hop flavor that backs up. The beer is so crisp, sweet, and delicious with a flavor of pineapple. After I swallow the brew there is a delayed effect before an everlasting Mr. Hyde of a piny, bitter finish completely takes over and leaves the palate dry with aspirin aftertaste.

Honestly, I expected this beer to be a year round celebration. Torpedo is much more complex in terms of hop flavor, character, and profile. Torpedo is an interesting and delicious IPA. A treat for any hop head like myself.


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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Light lacing left on the glass. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, pine, and a little toasty. Tastes of pine, citrus, the same floralness, and some caramel.

Notes from and tasted on 1/15/09

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Photo of aforbes10
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Davis Graduate. Pours a mud-colored brown with a short pond scum pattered white foam on top. Looks a bit dead. Smells hoppy, slightly sweet caramel odor. Flvoar is a big attack of dry bitterness. This overwhelms any hop or malt flavor at first. Lemon citric acid sensation. Once the bitterness has killed all of my tastebuds, i get a bit of a sweet malt base trying to fight its way through. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Too bitter, imo. And yes, unapologetically and intentionally so, but its still lacking in delicious hop flavor, so i call foul.

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

Pours clear light amber with tiny bubbles in a finger or two of head. Head recedes quickly leaving a literal coating on the glass.

Aroma is deeply citrus and melon like, similar to smelling pelletized "C" hops.

Taste is pungent with hop flavor. oily, resiny, and bitter. A strange sweetness cuts through the hops. finishes dry and bitter. Drinkability is moderate due to such an intense hop presence.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had this tonight on-tap at Bocktown. Served in a pint glass.

Body was a rich amber hue that was somewhat cloudy. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Served with a 2 finger head which had great retention and left lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell and taste were similar. A big presence of citrus hops with a hint of piny hops and a sweet caramel malt back bone. The initial flavor is rich in citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. These two characters balance nicely. The finish at first seemed to be very clean non-existent but as I drank more the piny hop flavor and slight bitterness became more evident.

The mouthfeel was decent. Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Smooth but not particularly rich in hop oils.

Overall I really liked this beer and I will have it again. It does not stand out as a superior IPA but it is a very good one. This was a nice treat to have out here in Pittsburgh being that it is only available on-tap.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap (thanks Diora!) at American Flatbread in downtown Btown. Poured a crystal clear orange amber color with a thin head. Modest retention but good lacing. Big nose of fresh hops and exotic spices, pineapple mint and lemon basil. The flavors were as intense as the aromas, fresh, green hops in your face first, then tangy citrus and pine, then the standard IPA bitterness at the end. Medium carbonation and good mouthfeel. Lots of flavor packed in with the different kinds of hops but a little one sided. Still, this is a great American IPA and well worth the sample.

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Photo of opwog
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Slits - Heard It Through the Grapevine

A- hazy dark amber, with a good strong head
S- mild nose, but smelled of herbal and citrus hops
T- Intense SN hop caracteristics, as is found in most of thier beers. Pine with malt immediately following
M- Well carbonated, very dry
D- For fans of SN, this drinks like a new shade of the old formulas.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Ginger Man in New York City...
Never heard of this brew before I came to this great bar...
Pours a dark-orange, ruddy-copper appearance with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited modest staying power...
Smell: Hop-dominated aroma with hints of lemongrass, citrus, and earthy tones...
Taste: Superb, classic American IPA refreshing, crisp taste with a pepperish bite reaking of fresh citrus, lemons, and grass...
Good mouthfeel with a great level of drinkability...

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

Poured an orangy amber and relatively clear body below a thinner, but long lasting head that leaves good lacing.

Smells are good old citrusy american hops and some biscuity malty.

As was said in previous reviews, it reminds me a bit of Celebration, but not quite as bold in flavor or body. It is sort of what I would expect in a standard micro brewed IPA. Good hop flavors without being simplistically bitter, good c-hop aroma, and enough malt to keep things balanced and simple.

Worth trying since it seems to be tough to find a keg.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Each year I go to New York and find the Torpedo on tap somewhere, but I've never seen it in Philly! Anyway, it's kind of like a bumped-up version of SNPA. It's bigger (it's not huge), but it's not really any more caramelish (it's certainly not like Celebration ale). And it's a little more hoppy, but it's certainly not a brash and bitter IPA. Just like the regular SNPA, it's very well balanced and refined. It's kind of like the IPA, but I don't think it's as piney and dry. Maybe it's just Sierra Nevada IPA with a different hop bill.... ?

Anyway, it's a bright, clear amber beneath a thick-fingered head that holds well. It eventually drops, but leaves a complete surface covering, and the glass is ringed with splatters and smears of lace as it goes.

The aroma offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a light maltiness. Cascade immediately comes to mind, but I think it's more complex than that. Perhaps some Chinook, but just a touch. Most likely dry-hopped.

The body is medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that awakens the tastebuds.

The flavor is a combination of tangy, fruity, citrusy hop flavors over a lightly caramelish & biscuit-like maltiness. There's also a touch of pineyness to it as well, but it's very limited. It's solidly backed by bitterness, but it's not brash (I'm guessing around 50 IBU's). It finishes dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness and a bready/biscuity maltiness.

Well balanced. Refined. Full flavored but not over-done. Highly drinkable. A decent cross-over between an American pale ale and an American IPA.

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

I was surprised to see this on the beer menu at Summits near Stone Mountain. I had not heard about this beer. Without knowing it's kind of a Celebration clone, I was very impressed. Nice hoppy/citrus aroma. Was served with zero head, unfortunately. A bit of a malt aroma and taste. Nice crisp mouthfeel was a good bit of carbonation.

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Photo of ski271
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Olde New York in State College, PA
Hazy orange-amber with a large, frothy, slightly off-white, slowly diminishing head. Good lacing. The smell is of huge juicy citrus fruit. Big-time hops here, with a light biscuity malt barely detectable. Taste-wise, more of the same. BIG hops up front. Grapefruit and lemon. Very noticeable alcohol, especially on the finish. And on the finish there's a lingering bitterness and keeps growing long after and stay around for quite some time. It has a medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation and stinging alcohol. At first I thought I was going to love this beer because of its great hops aroma and flavors. But I don't know if the problem here is that the hops are too arrogant or that the malt base is too weak, but it just lacked balanced. Good hop bomb, but a bit of a disappointment from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Nickls
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at home after picking up a growler.

A - Nice amber(y) color, that is slighter darker than the Pale Ale Sierra Nevada does. Lacing and head retention were really great

S - Malt cuts through the expected hop aroma that I normally associate with an IPA from the U.S. Was not overly impressed with the aroma, but still pleasant

T - The familiar SN hops, great stuff, but had a strong bit of help from the malt to have a great taste

M - The sampling that I had didn't have as much carbonation as I would have like in this style

D - Pretty good drinkability, and I enjoyed a couple without any trouble. Would have to clean your palate big time before having anything else.

Overall, a really good brew and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to IPA fans.

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Photo of onthefarside
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was sitting at the Lionheart in Albany,NY last night and looked around the taps and saw this Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale, which i had never seen, nor heard of. I was rather confused by this beer as it tastes almost exactly like Celebration ale, come to find out that its practically the same recipie but they are testing a new hopping technique. Celebration Ale being one of my favourite beers, i am very excited to practically have it fresh all year long. Anyways on to the beer

A- A nice dark amber with lots of noticable carbonation very pleasing.

S- Very nice sharp hop smell here, with a hint of some malt, i didn't spend too much time here, i needed to devour this beer.

T- Just like Celebration ale, upfront with an enjoyable sweet maltyness followed by that amazing cascade hop bang that lingers perfectly.

M- Typical Sierra Nevada carbonation with a medium gravity, it flows nicely through your mouth and down to your stomach.

D- I didn't know the ABV on this and neither did the bartender. I had about 3 of these and was feeling it, so i'd say its around 7%. I could drink these till the cows come home, so quite dangerous.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Toronado. Pale amber in color with a quarter-inch of white froth. Nice looking stuff. The nose is absolutely loaded with vibrant and fresh hops. Citrus and pine with an undercurrent of cut grass. This stuff has one hell of an aroma, and I'd probably have given it a 5 had I not followed this up with a pint of Blind Pig. The flavor mirrors the aroma; tons of fresh resiny hops and a hint of dry biscuity malt behind it. The dry finish is spot-on for the style, and the restrained bitterness greatly enhances the drinkability.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,123 ratings