Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
11,252 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 Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ol' Torpedo (what a great name) pours a clear and enticing amber / copper with a full load of ivory head. Good Brussels lace in the Corsendonk tulip.

Plenty of sharp and cutting citrus and pine in the aroma. Those two are balanced well with the malt in the quaff. Touch of woody resin in the finish. Rich and a decent brew, this is in-between an IPA and a DIPA - but still closer to an IPA. Almost a session type IPA, sipper-wise, as the $8 a sixer won't break ya, and that sixer could last an evening. Did for me.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra IPA

This is the first time I've seen this and I'd consider it an Extra IPA for us SN lovers.

Pours a light copper color with a sticky white lace.

Very floral nose with a nice amount of citrus but it doesn't seem to be much more than I get from the regular pale ale.

Now the taste is bolder and has a bigger malt bill along with the hops to pick it up into the IPA region. Good amount of caramel but less than celebration and less pine. The hops seem toned down in citrus and pine and more have more of a floral bouquet. There is a bitterness, almost a spiciness that is hard to place. Very sharp though.

The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Finishes with a strong spiciness and leaves a very pleasant trace of hops.

Nicely done and I'll take an extra IPA any day of the week.

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Photo of Rchap1
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this as I write, straight from the bottle. From the start, poured out a little to gauge the color; it's a great deep golden color, not quite copper but pretty close.
Smell is surprisingly light, definitely getting the hop scent. It's not nearly as strong as I would have expected. Pretty floral overall, I'm not picking up a whole lot else.
Taste is pretty aggressive. I can see why this is called an extra IPA. The hops hit you pretty quick, and kinda flare your nostrils a little bit. Picking up some citrus in there as well. The taste holds for quite some time after the swallow too. Nice and bitter.
Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a decent IPA, good bite to it, nice and full, decent carbonated feel.
Drinkability is also quite good. I imagine I'll have several of these this evening...
All in all, a good strong IPA from Sierra Nevada, definitely something I'll buy again!

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Photo of bigkahunas4
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, a beautiful amber body appeared. Really nice, quite translucent, with a steady carbonation. A half finger cloud appeared, before the head eventually settled on a fluffy film. Solid lacing. Nose is quite fruity, not brash like a pine or citrus. Rather, some dark fruits, plum and strawberry.

Flavor as expected leans towards the hoppy side, but it's very refreshing and smooth. Some floral notes, but mainly a bitter apple?? Certainly unlike anything I've had before. Mouthfeel is a medium body, and a slightly dry finish.

This guy is unlike any IPA I've had before. It's a perfect grab if you're looking for an IPA that doesn't take over with bitterness, but provides just enough. Top notch - definitely need to get some more. Could see this being a mini session beer.

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

Poured into the Sam Adams special glass (the official name escapes me); two finger head consisting of fluffy bubbles leaves rings around the glass. There's a good amount of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass, leaving nice trails in the golden-bronze colored beverage.

The nose is biscuity and leads to a pine and mildly grapefruit/pineapple. A decent amount of sweet malt appears as well that exposes the nostrils to some sugary, toasty grains.

Like most Sierra Nevada ales, this one is very balanced. The initial flavor is the sweet, sourdough bread flavors of the malt; nice and robust. As it crosses the palate and heads towards the throat the hops really take charge. You can really make out the citrahop with the appearance of grapefruit, pear, apricot and rounded out with some serious bitter pine.

The smooth mouthfeel gives way to a sharp tart feel to the mouth; oh my how it's dry! The finale lets you know that you are dealing with an IPA.

A solid addition to the SN portfolio and a beer I look foward to enjoying throughout the year.

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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured with a half inch of off-white head that left a lot of sticky lacing. An attractive, clear Orange-Amber color. A very good pine/citrus hop aroma. The flavor follows the lead set by the aroma, with SNs typical lack of malt, this beer is all hop flavors. The body is good, but could use a more solid foundation to build upon. A very drinkable beer, palate fatigue will become an issue due to the lack of balance. I'll admit that I liked this beer more than I expected, due to all the hype surrounding it. I generally find SN to be a one-trick pony. While I like their beers, the focus on hops only is boring. That said, this beer will likely find it's way into my regular rotation.

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Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a beautiful inch and a half off white head. The head lingers with good retention and leaves some spotty lace as it subsides.

The aroma is great, and pretty typical Sierra Nevada/West Coast. Big hop notes smacking you with some sappy pine and some sweet citrus. Delicious.

The taste is decent. A good hop presence giving a big sappy pine note, with a touch of citrus. It's slightly sweet up front, but gives way to a moderately bitter finish. A little rough around the edges with some boozy qualities, and a flavor profile that seems to be missing in mid pallate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and subdued carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a tasty IPA, though lacking slightly. It's certainly easy to drink, and pleasureable as well. Another solid hop forward offering from our friends at Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous crystal ruby/amber with a generous cream colored head.

S- Big notes of citrus, tangerines and ruby red grapefruit.

T- Starts slightly sweet yet not with a distinguishable flavor, mid palate brings sour grapefruit notes. Finishes with a nice bitter piny and herbal hop.

M- Moderate high carbonation. Could have a bit more body to it a little thin.

D- This is a pretty nice IPA. Could have bit more body, and flavor could be slightly more pronounced.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 13, 2009... this is from a fresh sixer purchased a week ago. Served in a tasting tulip at a few degrees above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Four tall fingers of soapy, off-white head adorns this clear, deep burnished orange beer. Lacing is moderate, it's just plain juicy looking.

Smell- Clean, pungent aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut pine trees leap from the glass. A nice floral character wafts alongside, it's a classic West Coast hop profile. Similarites to Nugget Nectar in the nose surprise me, as I've never gotten that from any of SN's other offerings.

Taste- Deep, luscious hop juice envelops the mouth, rich and meaty with plenty of malt for balance. The whole cone hopping delivers a fullness and honesty that any IPA lover will find really enjoyable. It begins with a mild astringency, then grips the tongue and finishes with an eternal bitterness... the malts are there the whole time lending their backbone to support the massive flavor rush.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Entering the mouth the beer sizzles just slightly, then gently eases up and glides effortlessly down the gullet. At 7.2%, the alcohol is warming enough to be noticable... I wouldn't session this particular IPA if given the choice. Big, bold, and very tasty... two thumbs up as usual for the boys and girls in Chico, CA.

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Photo of TEXTONE
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 120z bottle with freshness date in to a pint glass. Beautiful white frothy head on this beer also has nice head retention and lacing. The body is clear, and clean with a pure copper color. The smell of this beer is grapefruit/citrus hops and sweet malts does not come off over hoped. Taste is sweet malt flavor right away, followed by citric flavor with a bitter feel in the back of the mouth. Full mouthfeel, nice and clean, goes down smooth with a bitter back end. Overall this beer has good malt and hop flavors with an astringent and bitter aftertaste. There is a lot of talk about this being the same or close to Celebration Ale but it is not. I prefer Celebration Ale due to the hop profile. Torpedo does sport a 7.2 ABV and is a good addition to S.N. line. I enjoyed this beer and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to find this in the bottle @ Foodery after sipping a kegged version (which may have been from an earlier recipe iteration?)... poured into a large flute.
Glowing hue of deep honey. Mostly transparent. On top of this sits the 1/2 finger cap of cream colored head, that leaves only hints of head throughout, complete with a wall of lace with each sip. Smells heavily of biscuits and a biting, almost 'skunky' style of hop aroma, that softens just a bit into some citric notes. Taste starts with a soft floral hop, a superior opening, and then opens up to a pronounced hop bite of the citric variety, followed quickly by a well backed and complex malt middle. Roasted notes, caramel and just a whisper of dryer pale malts slides into a very soft finish, with a milky honey type sweetness that soothes the tongue. This combines with the ample carbonation to provide an extremely pleasant finish. Pockets of hop oils adsorp to the corners of my mouth, and this is the best part of this beer. Raw, wild and especially 'floral' in this aftertaste. Overall it is a bit too far on the sweet side. Well put together, but could use more bitter notes and some lighter malt presence.

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

Exceptional color and clarity with this beer, so much so that its surprising for an IPA. Head poured to be perfect thickness and hung around for a long time with lots of lacing.

The nose of this brew is very floral with hops peeking through.

The taste is citrusy sweet which is well balanced by a strong hop finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also surprising to me. It goes down very smooth, little carbonation and leaves a nice taste in the mouth without any hoppy sting residue.

While I might not drink more than 2 of these, its very very drinkable. However because this beer is so well balanced I wouldnt doubt that those of you out there who love Harpoon IPA or anything comparable could throw back a bunch of these in a session. Try it out, the hops profile of this beer is very intersting.

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

This is an interesting chestnut/auburn color, not much of the red edges I expect to see in an AIPA. Clear and pretty nonetheless. White head is medium in size and staying power.

A strong citrus hop nose, some piney earthy notes in the background that make a brief acquaintance with caramel malt. the taste is orange citrus and some hop spice. Some balance here with sweet malt, but the hops are king and they remind you over and over.

Body is nice, carbonation is perfect. This is a nice drinkable 7.2% AIPA. But lets face it. Line this up with Celebration, SNPA, Harvest Ale, etc., and the average BA would be hard pressed to identify which is which is which. You will all argue this point with me because you all have more refined palates, but this is a majorly recycled recipe.

Love the beer, but it is nothing new to me. Still...great beer. Drink it!

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

Orange-amber, decent head, good lacing.

Smells bready, with piney hops.

Tastes of sweet malt, fresh-baked bread, and piney hops. Balanced, and pine-dominated.

Mouthfeel resinous.

This was solid, but didn't quite live up to my expectations. Of course it followed my first Hopslam, which I thought was phenomenal, so maybe that biased me downwards.

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Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a chill hazed clear copper color with a small off white head that leaves traces of soapy sticking on the glass. A welcomed hop aroma filled my nose the second after putting down the bottle cap, the fresh hop scent that booms off of this thing is excellent, pine resin, i dont get too many citrus notes going on here but oh god, this thing screams hops! Good balance is achieved throughout, the sweet malts lay beneath the immense usage of the humulus lupulus for the most part but its slight hint of caramel sweetness in the nose and mid palate, makes the cone attack so much more effective. Lightly herbal, mostly grassy though, its not so much bitter as it is hoppy, if that makes any kind of sense to you, the hop character is like none ive experienced before, it really kicks itself into overdrive a few seconds after the quaff is swallowed, the finish is long and ultra hoppy. Medium in body, bigger than i had initially expected, very bright with carbonation. I expected a different beer when i first heard of (and was tortured by) Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA, honestly i expected a Celebration clone, i was wrong, in a good way, well done Sierra Nevada, i look forward to seeing this one around permanently.

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Photo of Brew33
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, I had low expectations going into this. I'm not a huge fan of West Coast IPA's. Generally I think they are 1 note chords but this was nice.

The taste was fairly straight forward. It had a really nice malt backbone. Very crisp, easy to drink. I like the hops in this brew. Similar to Commodore Perry in that the malt has a say in the taste. Slightly grassy, citrusy. Good stuff. Not a blockbuster but a nice, easy drinking beer that hides it's ABV very well.

I will buy this again for sure.

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Photo of drlumps62
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since the first announcement of the Torpedo Ale, I have been waiting with baited breath. Maybe, next time I will stay away from the hype. The torpedo press was supposed to eliminate all of the bitterness of the hops while accenuating the full citrus flavor. And while this beer certainly is full of rich hop flavor, there is still a lot more bitterness than I expected.
At the end of the day, it is merely a great beer.

A: Poured into 20 ounce glass. Clear copper color. Thin white head. Not much retention. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Full and fruity. Citrus tickles the nose from the light carbonation.

T: Light malt. Bright citrus hops. Raisins? Slight floral hoppiness. Blends the best of flavors from SN's Celebration and ESB

M: Light carbonation gives it a light to medium kind of feel.

D: 7.2 ABV. But again, like all SN beers it will try to talk you into bad things.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber. About a finger of off white head rises; retention is moderate to good. Decent lacing.

S - Although good, I'm not picking up as much as I thought I might in this department for an IPA. There's a pleasant piney/herbal/leafy hop aroma but it's a bit subdued. Faint, sweet malt is detecable as well.

T - This wasn't quite the hop blast that I expected (think Anniversary and Celebration) but it is an amazingly balanced brew. Ample fruity sweetness in the beginning with a touch of caramel and suggestions of apricot. The hops really pull through mid palate but there's a firm malt backbone throughout. Hop flavors mostly center on the piney/herbal part of the spectrum with flavors of mint, flowers, tea, and obviously pine. Some fresh cut grass makes its way into a few sips as well. Late palate most of the flavor fades and there is a modest hop bitterness with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

M - Luscious silky, medium body with a perfect medium carbonation. Exquisite for a brew focusing on both the malt and the hops.

D - Fantastic. This brew is all about balance. While I had expectations of something hoppier, what fun would life be if Torpedo was just another Anniversary or Celebration? Everything blends beautifully in this picture, and now that this is a year-round release there will certainly be nights of sessioning Torpedo. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- nice little golden amber color, with firm bubbles stickin to the side of the glass, capped by a VERY slightly off white head that takes its time leaving.

s- pine, refreshing mint, and a little tropical note creeps in at the end of the breath.

t- slightly tangy, nutty, and crispy bitter trenches of flavor. very nice balance between malt and high-hop!

m- medium bodied, full apparel of the usual dry hopped beers ive tried but the body is just so satisfying!

d- i could drink this sucker all day long. so refreshing and it keeps my hop fiending at bay!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty, copper color.

Delightful hoppy aroma. Foamy 1 finger head.

Initial sips - very well done. Exceeds expectations and prior SN IPA attempt. I actually enjoy the malt to hop flavor balance (something I usually avoid).

Nice clean finish.

From the brewery that hooked me on good beer comes a surprisingly good American IPA. Here's to consistently seeing this on tap at average bars and restaurants across the country!

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Photo of CMW
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a large off white head. The head slowly disappears and leaves a nice thin ring that sticks around for the entire time. There is also considerable lacing on the side of the glass. There is a ton of small, tightly packed bubbles that rise to the top of the glass and burst into the head formation.

The nose is filled with citrus flavors such as grapefruit and oranges. There is also the piney notes that you might expect from a Sierra Nevada beer. You can barely detect some malt tones, but the majority of the aroma is hops.

Upfront the citrus taste washes through your mouth and the hops come alive. This taste is not all hops though. There is a nice malt backbone that balances out the flavor. The hops make a resurgence in the finish to add a little bitterness. The beer finishes slightly on the dry side and very clean. Alcohol is well hidden and almost completely untraceable.

This is a very good beer and much creamier than I would have expected for an IPA. It is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but still very smooth.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Dark golden with a big two inch head- Nice lacing

Big hop aroma with subtle citrus and pine notes

Taste- Big hop bitterness up front and pretty much all the way through- Also orange rind and subtle pine tar bite in the finish that hangs around for awhile

Overall, not bad, but could be balanced a little better for drinkability. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from psprings...

pours a perfectly pale copper color with a crazy fluffy creamy off white head. loads of lacy rings are left behind with each sip.

this smells like walking through the pine forests of west virginia... wet rocks, moss, pine trees, dry leaves, earth and faint sweetness in the air.

the flavor is far less poetic and far more maltier than i wanted it to be... it's got orange and grapefruit rinds and pith, pine and hoppy dryness but caramel and maltiness show up to spoil the show. there's a fair amount of bitterness to help out but it can't quite break through. the carbonation is pleasant and quite soft. the body is medium though only from the sugar content... 7/3/7/4/15/3.6

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

This is a very pretty looking beer; a crystal clear, orange/amber body is topped off with a dense, rocky off-white head that lingers for a long time and leaves great lacing down the glass.

On the nose, it's lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus notes, balanced by a faint whiff of pine, bread and caramel. The flavors follow along with the nose. The flavors are very clean and defined, yet everything tastes harmonious. The hops are very prevalent, but well balanced against the malt. This is not a big California hop bomb, but rather a restrained, well thought out melding of flavors. The mouthfeel is super smooth and even slightly creamy, but the astringency of the hops on the finish still leaves the palate invigorated and ready for the next sip. This is a super drinkable beer, even if the abv is around 7ish. Nothing about this beer jumps out at you, but on the whole it is well-made, delicious and a welcome addition to the SN line.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,252 ratings