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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 SShelly
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with large fluffy white head, decent retention, immediately hits you with some citrusy hop aroma.

Not as bitter as I was expecting, more supercharged with hop flavor then anything else. nice amount of hoppy flavor lingers on the pallet.

Thumbs up for this SN offering, could have had more hop aroma to go along with the flavor but overall very good.

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

Appearance: A deep burnt-orange, clear body with a big fluffy, off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Lovely grapefruity, herbal, and piney hops over a solid caramel malt base.

Taste: Pleasantly bitter hops right off the bat with all the same characteristics you find in the nose. Right behind the hops, a big sweet malt background keeps everything in order. Superbly balanced, just what I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. The moderately-high alcohol content is masked well. Great lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Just about average for a good IPA.

Verdict: I think Sierra Nevada is right about Torpedo being somewhere between an IPA and a Double IPA, but it's probably closer to the former. While I prefer Celebration to Torpedo, this is anything but a let-down. I can see this playing a big role in my regular rotation, especially during the Summer when Celebration is just a fond memory.

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

I've been wanting to try this beer since release, I finally got to yesterday.

A: A dark amber orange color with a nice one finger white sticky head. Not much in the lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice, a ample amount of citrus on the nose with some pine hops and a nice underlying sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with grapefruit, orange and maybe some pineapple or lemon. The deeper pine notes come in after the citrus and the bready malty sweetness lies underneath the hops. This is one hoppy beer. Finish is hops bitterness. Very good beer.

M: Medium and dry, my only complaint is it does not really stick around as much as I would like. Still, alcohol is undetected and the beer feels good in the mouth.

D: High, another Sierra Nevada drinker. Have another!

Overall I can't see how people say they are let down by this beer, I thought it was fantastic. The hops are plentiful, the malt holds it together and makes it ever so drinkable. Another great brew by SN, might even rival the beloved Celebration as it has more fresh hops flavor. Nice work, I'll be drinking this for years to come.

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

Poured from a bottle, this is a red/orange color with a quarter inch of white head. Smells moderately of citrus--not like a west coast hop bomb, but respectable enough. Tastes as it smells--a respectable hop hit, but not overwhelming like some of the west coast hop bombs. Lingering bitterness aftertaste. Carbonation was just right, and I cruised through this one pretty quickly. A nice solid middle-of-the road IPA that I like already.

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

Bottle thanks to MrChopin, thanks man! This beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. The aroma consists of pine, citrus, and caramel. The taste has a nice pine bite with a good malt backbone. The carbonation is medium bodied. A nice addition to the SN lineup.

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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA pours amber with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is nice, hoppy, mostly in a citrusy way. There is a medium body. The flavor is very hoppy, but not as intense as a double IPA. More citrusy than pine like, but there is definitely some pine. The malt is in the background, but balances this beer nicely. Very drinkable.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this as I love all the other year round SN offerings. Overall, though, I was a little let down. Torpedo is not a staple of its style in the same way that SNPA or SN Stout are.
The look is outstanding right off the bat though. Beautiful dark golden amber with a robust and fluffy head that lasts all night long. One of the things I really love about IPAs is their aroma. I love the citrus and pine in the nose. I was most let down in this area with the Torpedo. Its nose just doesn't measure up with other standard IPAs like Stone or DFH 60. I took deep pulls into my nostrils and it keep coming up empty. What smell was there was not all that pleasing. The taste is fine, but not mindblowing. Too much pine and too little citrus in my opinion. The bitterness is good, not overwhelming, making it quite drinkable despite being over 7% ABV.
As with any SN beer, I can't completely crush this beer because it has plenty of redeeming features, but its probably not going to find a permanent place in my rotation. There are plenty of IPAs in the same price range that I like better.

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Photo of cbn
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle poured into an English pint glass.
Thick foamy off-white head sits above a clear golden amber body leaving curtains of lace throughout the session.

Soft sweet tea aroma with a bitter citrus edge growing larger as the ale warms.

Grapefruit juice, a little sweet tea with honey and lemon, lasting hop flavor. The nutty malt flavor is barely a spectator in this match.

Prickly carbonation cuts though ample body leaving a creamy scrubbing film.

A well made ale, weighted to the hoppy side, average in the drinkability department.

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Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright clean copper color witha very thin white head.

The smell was very funky with a wet basement/gym sock quality to it.

The flavor had a nice bit of toasted grain and bready malts mixing nicely with the citrusy and piney hops. A very balanced and barely bitter IPA.

The mouthfeel was fairly light and a bit sticky.

A very drinkable IPA that won't burn out your pallatte. Would make a nice session IPA.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber-copper with a modest soapy head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is definite caramel malt base with herbal and earthy hops.

Taste is bready caramel malt up front, along with a touch of brown sugar. Light citrus fruit - orange and pineapple. Hops come on strong with an earthy bitterness that lingers in the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slight hop oil residue.

Overall a pleasant and flavorful IPA.

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Photo of theghost3
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SN Torpedo pours a deep copper with a 3-finger golden white head. Some lacing.

The smell is strong of grapefruit and orange citrusy hops along with pine, floral hops and some caramel malts. The taste is bitter--grapefruit, hops, pine, and slightly roasted malts. Mouthfeel is crisp, acidic, yet doesn't burn the mouth.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited to see this IPA from Sierra Nevada. I knew it would be good!

I was not disappointed-- the beer poured a dark amber into a pint glass, and left a light lace as I drank.

It reminded me of Sierra Nevada Celebration without the stronger malt characteristic-- still had plenty of piney, resinous hops! YUM!

This is a session IPA. I hope I can find it in Colorado-- had it while visiting family in AZ last week.

If you like traditional American west coast IPAs, this is one for you!

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

Pours a crystal clear deep copper almost orange color with a huge creamy/bubbly beige head that sticks itself to my glass all the way down. Aroma is pine and resin and citrus with a hint of caramel deep underneath. Taste is much the same. Starts with some pine and resin followed by some caramel that peaks through followed by more bitter citrus with a bone dry finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium as well, mouthfeel is resinous and a little sticky. Another hops showcase from Sierra Nevada. Lots of West Coast hops with a hint of malt. 7.2% is well hidden.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a copper color with a nice foamy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell is very impressive nice west coast hop, citrus and earth tones and a bit of lemon zest. Taste is upfront and in your face hop, very bitter and strong with an overall nice malt backbone. This also leaves that nice hop aftertaste. Overall quality product that is nicely priced for the package that you recieve, it is nice to have this year round.

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Photo of jculler82
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a nice orange tinted amber, with a two finger frothy off white head that settles to a 1/4" frothy foam. Just like all Sierra Nevada beers, the head on this is great and earned it a bump in the appearance rating.

Smell is the expected cascade hop, piney, citrusy ripe grapefruit. Smells good, but wasn't anything more than what I expected from SN.

The taste is exactly what you would expect from the smell. Piney and citrus hop notes, actually more to the pine side, with a subtle malt background. The malt kicks in so briefly it takes another sip to make sure it was there. Hops rule the beer, but they should in an IPA. The bitterness hits after the swallow (right after the brief malt note) and lingers well after it too.

Overall, a very good IPA.

Note: To me, this beer is very similar to the Harvest Ale, which is a good thing. If you liked the Harvest Ale, you'll probably also like Torpedo.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass.

Fairly clear copper. Big pale rocky head.

Smells like grapefruit and pine.

Tastes like grapefruit and pine. Very smooth delicious hops. Hop profile reminds me of a toned-down Hopslam. Pretty good malt taste, but very much in the shadow of the wonderful hops.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very very drinkable. I'm truly impressed. An outstanding IPA, and maybe the best I've tried so far. I'll definitely be drinking this again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wesl56
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dirty amber, really small head that fades

s- straight up smells like what a an IPA should smell like- strong piney/citrus hops

t- fantastic, exceeded what i expect from a solid IPA, sharp biter bite with a really smooth finish

m- perfect amount of carbonation, i didn't have this with a meal, but it would be perfect with seafood or something spicy

d- i guess this is a little more solid than typical IPAs

overall- this beer pretty much is a perfect example of an IPA, it has a strong, bitter bite, and a tasty full finish... id recommend as a great starter, or to have with seafood or anything spicy

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Photo of charlzm
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 03/20/09.

Beer pours a very clear coppery hue into a pint glass. A very sticky, fine 1.5 finger head forms and eventually just coats the inside of the glass. Few active bubbles.

Herbal, grapefruit, grassy, oily hop aroma. Slightly woody smell as well. Very aromatic - I smelled it at least 18 inches from the glass.

Slightly thick mouthfeel. Some creaminess and oiliness. A little bite on the back end.

Flavor is smooth. Loaded with caramel/crystal malts, it starts off a bit bready, stopping shy of sweet. Then the grapefruity, oily, piney hops come in on the dryish finish, leaving an easily noted, near aspirin bitterness to linger a long time on the tongue.

Cleanly dry, almost evaporative finish.

Considering the ABV, this is an easy drinking beer. In this style (California almost-but-not-quite double IPA), I think I'm going to have to give a slight edge to Firestone's Union Jack. Still, this is a really well done brew.

For the record, I also tried to drink it in 2015 from a can and it was awful right out of the can. Poured it into a glass and it was fine.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a hazy copper color with a solid two fingers of fluffy, off white foam. A really nice pour. The nose and taste is dominated by grapefruit, orange/tangerine, pine, skunky hops, bread, and caramel malt. Finish is a bit spicy, crisp and slightly warming. The beer is medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation. A beer that will find a spot in my rotation quite regularly.

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Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours an impressive, radiant golden amber body with a tall and sturdy almond head. Abundant lacing is patchy and sticky.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit, but more citrusy than most of the SN pale ales. Toasted caramel underneath.

Body and carbonation are medium, with a pronounced hop bite on the tongue.

Taste is nicely balanced between a bready maltiness and the dry bittering hop profile. Alcohol is not detected. Hops have more of a sweetish pink grapefruit character than most of its SN cousins, but there is still an assertive pine cone dry bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

This is a solid IPA. I like the hopping. I hope this one becomes as common as SNPA, as it has the potential to be quite a standard.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting to try on of these after both a SN Pale and then the ESB as you see the brewery profile carried through from PA to ESB then to IPA but the hops get cranked up along the way. A bigger darker and hoppier cousin to the famous PA this is really balanced in the malt side but the hops are in your face in both the nose and the finish. A great beer that SN fans have been waiting years for them to make.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper gold with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts with some fruity metallic hops.

The flavor is a little caramel bready malt at the base and some melon followed by a big sweet and fruity resiny hop finish that has a big bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy and slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a really well done IPA. Big on the bitterness, but semi-balanced as well.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for letting me swipe this from his stash to sample.

A- Sparkling clear copper/amber. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers of off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Solid grapefruit hoppiness, with a touch of floral notes. After the initial hoppy rush, some malty notes emerge.

T- Big hit of pine resin/floral bitterness on first sip, but mellows somewhat immediately thereafter. Citrus notes are surprisingly less than the nose led me to expect. Fairly solid malt sweetness works to balance the bitterness. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation with a nice crisp bite, and goes down quite smoothly. Nice and dry on the finish, but with a fair amount of residual oiliness.

D- Quite good. This was one of those beers that surprised me in how quickly it was gone...

Future outlook: A really good brew. Really seemed to fit the bill nicely as a bridge between and tamer IPA and a huge DIPA. I'm sure I'll want to give it another whirl sometime.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been regularly asking several of my favorite stores when they're getting this beer. Finally arrived to DFW in March.

A - Pale amber color. Nothing special about the way this beer looks. Not a lot of foam, but nice sticky lacing.

S - Piney hops bouquet and sweet malt. From its smell I might could be prepared for a DIPA or harvest ale.

T - Bright intensely hoppy. Very good IPA hops flavor with malt holding its own in the background. Malt flavor is not complex. Very bitter as it should be.

As it warms the malt comes out more but the beer remains dry true to the California style.

M - Medium bodied

D - Fits its intended purpose and definitely meets my expectations.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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