Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,960 Ratings
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 acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours deep golden with an abundant eggshell colored head that retains well. The retreating head leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Toasted malt and citrus and piney hops dominate the smell. It's a very pleasing aroma. The slightly sweet malt flavor hits the tastebuds up front as does the creamy head. Coming in on the back end are the citrus and piney hop bitterness that help balance this beer's flavor. The ABV is at 7.2%, but the alcohol does not come out at all in the taste. This is very well balanced and very delicious. The sweet and bitter balance only improves as it warms up. This is a medium bodied beer. The hops remain in the aftertaste and the carbonation is abundant enough to prepare the mouth for the next sip. Despite all the big flavors in this IPA, the mouthfeel is excellent and this is an easy drinking IPA. Overall, this is an excellent beer. With Sierra Nevada's nationwide distribution, there's no excuse not to try this one if you are interested in the IPA style.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

12 oz bottle (dated March in a cryptic code, unintelligible without Google) poured into a mug. Six pack was bought at Whole Foods in New Orleans for the bargain of $8.99.

A: Pours a nice, rich, opaque amber-gold. A hard pour gets you a one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is slightly clingy but not hugely impressive.

S: I'd advocate letting a Torpedo chill out for a few minutes after pulling it from the fridge. That trademark pine smell really comes out after some warming -- so does a strong grapefruit aroma.

T: Superb. Actually a little malty up front, then tasty citric bitterness and that gorgeous resiny pine. A unique and fantastic IPA taste. Incredible that a 6 of this is less than $10.

M: A little sticky. Quick carbonation prickle at first, then it really smooths out nicely and the piney hop taste clings to the back of your throat a little. Very drinkable. Dangerously so.

O: Obviously BA gets it, but this feels like a still-underrated IPA. Dying to find it in cans, but still haven't seen that in New Orleans. Would be curious to have a reviewer compare a bottle and can back to back.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with a huge off white head. The head is billowy and very persistent. Over time the fluffy head fades to give some very nice lacing. The look of this one is quite good.

Smell – Most potent is a very nice pine hop aroma. A little bit of floral and citrus hops are present as well and are mixed with a bready smell.

Taste – Throughout the whole taste the pine and the citrus hop flavors are present and mixed with a nice bready malt flavor. At the start the pine is the stronger of the hop flavor, but as taste moves on it becomes less piney and more citrus in nature. Toward the middle of the taste there is a lighter sweetness that becomes apparent. While the citrus is a more potent at the end, the pine taste is still quite prevalent. Overall the two hop tastes share the taste experience quite well and the transitions are all quite smooth. Well done.

Mouthfeel – The body is nice and creamy and has a medium level of carbonation. The brew really sooths the mouth with its body and really allows the flavors to permeates the tongue; allowing all those nice hop flavors to really be experienced.

Overall – this is quite a nice IPA. It has a very nice body and a very smooth, but still hoppy flavor. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A transparent amber in color with about two fingers of off white head and nice lacing retention.

S- Nice citrus notes with a bit of pine and nice mixture of malts, great nose on this one.

T- Well balanced taste, a bit more over powering than the nose. The booze is not so present but great mixture of pine and citrus, and malty.

M- Medium bodied with mid carbonation, sticky.

O- A great tasting brew from Sierra Nevada, enjoyed it very much, refreshing and well balanced brew.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy two-fingered beige head. Aroma of piney, floral and citrus hops, along with some fruity notes. The taste is pine and citrus hops, caramel malts, and bread. The hoppy bitterness nicely lingers through the finish. Medium bodied.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A cryptic batch code is printed on the label but no freshness date is provided.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is light copper and is a touch hazy. Two fingers of beautiful, thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated very slowly, leaving trails of foam along the sides as it dissolved; it eventually left an even foam cover across the surface.

Smell: The definition of “balanced.” Caramel, toffee, and toasted malts tinged with grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. There may also be a little pine in there (it is an IPA, after all) but it does not stand out as much as the citrus.

Taste: The smooth caramel and toffee malt foundation is just as strong but is less noticeable because the hop flavors shine, providing an even zest and astringency that is a perfect blend of grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. As the beer warms the malt foundation becomes more pronounced and creates an excellent balance with the hops.

Drinkability: Whoa. This is very well crafted and I should have never expected anything else from Sierra Nevada.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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