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.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this after a LONG ASS DAY at work. Pours a nice orange color. Not a whole lot of head or lacing on the glass. Lot of hops in the nose. Traces of juniper. Bitter up front on the taste and becomes citrusy, hoppy, with traces of alcohol. Very bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel. Good flavor and good drinkability. I would buy this again for more of a session IPA.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored brew with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of a very bitter piney aroma with a citrus backbone.

Citrus and bitter taste upfront, followed by a medium, bready body. A little buttery in the back and carbonation adds a nice crispness. Very drinkable for what it is: a hoppy IPA, although balanced compared to other west coast IPA's.

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Photo of irishevans
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a medium dark goldish brown, with a thick foamy three finger barely off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving an ample amount of lace behind, and seems to settle at a half-finger depth.

N- I could smell this very strongly as I poured it. Rather floral and a bit of sweet fruity esters in there as well, I almost pick up on a pineapple scent.

T- Peppery right off the bat, and then developing a floral hop taste, and shortly there after some citrus taste, most of the hop "bite" is up front, with a milder finish, all in all pretty balanced, although a little more hop bite would be nice. I do like the apparent blend of citrus and floral hops.

M- not too thick or thin, although more toward the thick side, and with a refreshing quality that I wasn't expecting.

D- I'm not usually the biggest IPA fan on the planet(IMO they are summer beers, but I am in hawaii where there is no other season), and maybe this is from my recent lack of access to any craft of otherwise decent beer at all (hence the malt liquor reviews as of late). but this is rather enjoyable, not fast drinker, but nice to sit in what anywhere else on the globe would be a summer evening and sip on. given that it's like a dollar more than a "40" down the street, I think I may have found a new night cap.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very cloudy orange with 2 fingers of chunky head with a lot of lacing. I smell some malt and hops with some booziness, but the taste doesn't reflect the alcohol. It has pretty nice malty bitterness balance, but not near as good as Celebration. I don't get the fresh hop impression in Torpedo. There is a dirty/earthy pine taste, which I do enjoy as a variety in an IPA. As I drink through this beer, I notice dark fruits that are represented in the smell and taste. The body is mildly heavy, I think I will stick with just one of these. Solid beer.

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

Don't know why I waited to try this, considering I'm a huge SN fan. Poured from the bottle into a standard US pint glass. A very pretty amber copper with a limited head and some residual lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell is a little more subdued than I was expecting - some pine, a little citrus and surprisingly I got a hint of malt. Very inviting.

Taste is excellent and you can certainly immediately id this as a SN product. I would fit this in right between their Pale Ale and one of their fresh hopped Harvest ales. I really like the balance on this.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with a good clean finish. Makes you want to dive right back in.

Drinkability a little limited for me, simply because of the ABV. But sipping a couple of these is just fine.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, bright copper color with a dense, rocky off-white head. Beautiful tracing covers the side of the glass; clarity is excellent. Aromas are extremely herbaceous and spicy with black pepper and orange dominating followed by some spicy alcohol. A real citrus zing is not to be found in this beer. On the palate, the first thing that hits me is the huge mouthfeel for an IPA. It is extremely full bodied and has a solid malty background. The hops, however, just aren't as huge as I'd like them to be. It's plenty bitter, but the presence and flavor is really lacking; nowhere near as good as Celebration. Worth a shot, and is well priced, but I'd like the see the afformentioned produced year-round over this one.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The smell was very weak to me - my beer was a little old though, so maybe it would be a little more pungent if it was newer. I like the bitter kick to the face upfront, as well as the malts, but I didn't taste enough fruit to really round it out. Decent, but Sierra Nevada makes some better beers than the Torpedo.

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Photo of ShameAndFailure
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle six pack. Julian date of 2011, November bottling.

Appearance is pumpkin ish. A little lighter than copper. Nice 1 inch head when poured into pint glass. Cabronated bubbles flowing upwards. Lacing was excellent all through the session.

Smell- I don't get too much. Maybe some piney or earthy hops with a trace of grapefruit.

Taste- Excellent as always.Love the slightly neutral creamy taste followed by the hops slapping your taste buds for the bitter finish. I taste a little piney hops and maybe breadiness (is that even a word?) from the malt.

Mouthfeel-Creamy like most of SN offerings. Excellent drinkability.

Overall-Awesome as usual.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- A burnt orange color with 1 finger of off white head that slowly dissipates leaving sticky multi layered lacing on the glass.

Smell- I get pine and grapefruit and the slightest touch of floral hops.

Taste- Like the nose, I get some piney hops with a big dose of earthy/herbal hops and the slightest citrus twang.

Mouthfeel- Nice crisp well carbonated mouthfeel making for an easy drinker.

Overall- I was hoping for a little more bitterness but the earthy/herbal flavors seem to dominate. Still all in all a decent beer, just not what I like.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge foamy, almost stiff, off white head that fades slowly with a good amount of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is floral and citrusy. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is on the lighter side. The hoppy citrus flavor is good, but not a 'stand out' by any means. Quite drinkable, the 7.2% ABV is well integrated...wouldn't have expected that it was that high.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Copper pour with a big, frothy, white head. Fresh hop grapefruit and pine aroma with a slight floral note, lemon zest, and a balance of earthy caramel. Loads of wet, resinous piny hop flavor with a hint of lemon, some honey, toast, and faint caramel. The pine definitely dominates the flavor and lingers long after you swallow. Creamy medium-full body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of VTaler
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - looks like any old IPA with a big head. Kind of a dark gold color.
S - Overall not much smell but there is a strong floral hop flavor. Citrus and spice smells
T - First hit tastes almost like a sweet citrus flavor quickly followed by a bitter hoppiness. Malt is there but mostly dominated by hops. Not very balanced at all. I am a big hop lover but this tastes more like hop flavored seltzer water. Sparkling hop juice. The hops however tastes amazing but it needs more malt
M - very light mouthfeel
D - probably the most drinkable 7.2% beer ive ever had

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Photo of CrystalGregory
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a very crisp, clean, and refreshing taste. The hoppy flavor smells and tastes so good to me, especially after a long day. You can smell it immediately after you pour it. It has a beautiful amber color, No bad after-taste. Very easy to drink. It leaves a nice lacing behind on the glass. I could drink this by itself (preferably), or with a meal. I love the taste so much I even use this beer in some of my cooking. Delicious

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Photo of schmitter
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light reddish gold with about a finger head and fair lacing.
Smell wasn't much, not too hoppy or spicy; I likely couldn't differentiate it from the SNPA.
Not too spicy in the mouth, but a pleasant hop presence. Piney aftertaste.
I've read up on the definition of 'session' beers but I offer this; great taste, good price, and an above average ABV is what I like in a session beer, so there, this is the first time calling a beer definetely session-able.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Very enticing.
S: Wonderful floral, herbal, citrus, pine hop smell.
T: Herbal, citrus, pine hops. A bit much with more bitterness than I appreciate. Not much balancing it out...all out hops.
M: Light body. Bitter sharp bite.
D: Definitely drinkable, but the overly strong and bitter hops knocks it down a peg here. A bit more balance would serve this brew well.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it is just because I finished the Bigfoot but this one didn't have the same reaction.

The bottle says that it is an Extra IPA but for me, it wasn't even an IPA....Maybe a minor IPA. When drinking it, I thought to myself several times....did Sierra Nevada forget to add the Hops to this beer? It is there but very mild.

Clean looking beer. Very Fresh. Almost a light carmel watery look to it. 1/2 inch head that sticks around to form a nice lacing all the way down.

Taste is the downside for me....just above average for Sierra Nevada. There are regular IPAs that are more hoppy and bitter than this "EXTRA" IPA.

Somewhat of a disappointment from a fantastic brewery. Oh well....I didn't say that it was bad....puts to shame most IPAs out there but nothing that is over impressive.

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Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of those beautiful Pacific coast hops; highlighted by floral, citrus, and lighter grapefruit. A little bit of bready maltiness is also detectable.
The tastes follow the nose, but reverse. Initially you are introduced to the full bready maltiness but soon after you are welcomed with the greenery. Fruity and grapefruit are in the forefront with lesser amounts of floral and pine flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is full and sticky/chewy but finished quite dry as well. Overall this is a great beer, the drinkability isn't the highest because of the higher ABV, which lowers the sessionability, but I'm really nit-picking at this point.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconisaveggie for giving me this.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a deep amber red that shows some tangerine hues when held up to the light. The head was a bit small for a normal IPA but it did leave some very sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is, well, hoppy. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, handfuls of fresh pine needles, a bit of grapefruit and some lemon zest thrown in, to add a bit of bitterness. The flavor isn't as hoppy as the aroma. The pine is more prevalent, with the lemony citrus playing second fiddle. There is also just a bit of biscuits. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but it really doesn't affect the quality of the beer. I'm glad to see Sierra Nevada pushing the boundaries and I hope they really continue doing it.

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Photo of Domingo
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not sure what the new hopping process is with this brew, but I'm interested in trying it.
Pours a pretty deep copper color with a rocky head that sticks around for the life of the beer.
Smells hoppy for sure. Definitely some cannabis-like overtones in there. Not much of malty sweet smell, but the hops are about as potent as you could expect.
The taste, while hoppy, actually has a lot of hops flavors I don't really care for. Along with the pine, grapefruit, and floral flavors, there's a deep bitter earthiness that keeps popping up. It's distracting, and I'm not really a fan of it. There's a malt base that creeps out with each sip, but there's so little sweetness in this beer, balance clearly wasn't what they were shooting for.
Texture is nice and this is pretty good for a single serving, but one bottle's enough.
The idea behind this is nice, but there are hop flavors in there I don't really want. The pure bitter hops are also a little boring after about 1/2 glass. A DIPA malt base or some different (fruitier) hops would've worked better for me.
I definitely prefer Celebration as far as SN IPA's go. Reminds me of the attempt at an English IPA from a few years ago. Just make Celebration a normal offering instead of these other IPA variations.

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Photo of Floydster
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mug at Naja's Place that could have been either 24 or 32 ounces, could not really tell, anyways it was four dollars during happy hour yesterday

A-Color was close to amber and copper, head was about an inch and creamy white, lasted a couple minutes, some retention, only lacing at first

S-Hops, both pine and citrus, grapefruit and tangerine in particular, some weird boozy aroma that went away after a while, malt, caramel, and a some grass

T-Started off a little drier than expected, faded into some malt, sweet citrus and more hops in the finish, caramel seemed promising at the beginning but it did not match up with the hop profile, citrus never got strong either, mostly pine and floral hoppiness all the way through even once it warmed

M-Dry, citrusy, and bitter mouthfeel, medium to high level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingered, only complaint is that it did not have much a tongue sensation

D-Could have drank another pint but not another glass this size, light on the stomach, crisp and refreshing, alcohol is hidden, not very sweet

Had briefly heard of this beer but did not know exactly what an extra IPA is, it did not seem like a DIPA and was onlyy 7% ABV, maybe it was dry hopped a second time but that is just a guess, decent beer overall and quite good for a Sierra Nevada brew, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of sudsellier
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to check out a relatively new friend from an old friendship circle: Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA.

A: Poured out a nice, wild honey color with a deep, thick topping of rough waters river foam. Head dissapates kinda quickly, but a good, dense lattice remains up top. Should've poured this into my etched Sierra pub glass to watch the pretty swirl of carbonation out of the bottom. Damn you, dirty dishes!

S: Kinda northern woodsey... like walking around in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in late summer... smell the Jack Pines? Nice soft notes of Myer Lemon underneath the pine needles. Barely-perceptible hits of malt sweetness at the end. (1/2in head still there...)

T: Not nearly as big and chewy as I'd expect for a double IPA. Rather restrained in its spice and citrus. Slightly coppery flavor to go with the citrus rind. Very clean finish with just enough pleasant bitterness to keep your noggin from straying to unimportant thoughts like, "Should I go? I've got to get up early," or "This chick is totally digging my striped shirt... all-right..." or, even worse "Maybe I should switch to a Bud Light Lime. The ladies seem to dig the guys that drink those..." Ugh. Thank someone somewhere that this beer is nicely-balanced. Leave the stupid ideas to the Jagerbomb crowd. (Oh, half-way down the pint glass & the head is still there albeit 1/4 in now...)

M: Only slightly viscous with a very nicely-noticible fizz present. Still hoping for something a bit chewier.

D: And how. The 7.2%abv gives just enough kick that a full sixer should do you dandy without feeling cheated at the end. Just enough balance of flavor and texture makes this one you could take to a party, drink the whole shebang and not worry too much about acting like a drunken dork whilst still knowing you drank a darn good beer and had a good time doing it. I am now drinking this while eating popcorn laced with s&p and yellow curry powder 'cause I'm a doofus like that. Oh, final report: head still 1/4 in and lattice clinging to insides of glass like ancient boulder moss.

What a well-rounded, multi-tasking, good-time-friendly little beer!

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into my left hand brewing glass a light amber color with a finger's worth of head

Smell - some pine, hop smell.

Taste - Hoppy taste with a pleasant unripe orange taste for me

Mouth feel - good, smooth

Drinkability - a good beer, it's a good one for people to try who are just getting into drinking more hoppy beers.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark amber color. Slightly hazy, like thousands of microscopic bubbles are trapped in it (hopefully this is resin from fresh hops?)

Smell - Aromatic, although not particularly floral. Mostly citrus, with a hint of evergreen. Definitely some honey coming through as well. This was served at refrigerator temp (roughly 40 degrees) so I'm sure it'll liven up as it warms.

Taste - A bit of a letdown after the build-up from the appearance and smell. Not nearly as citrusy or honeyed as I was hoping. Much more bitter pine and astringent hop flavors. If you're hoping for something like Hopslam (or even Caldera IPA) this will disappoint you. It's closer to Green Flash IPA in "balance". Still, there is a bit of latent sweetness and the flavor does have its merits.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture. What I'd deem as "microcarbonated". Not oily or syrupy, but no big bubbles either. Almost reminds me of the texture of a hand-pulled cask ale.

Drinkability - While I love the texture, and the flavor is above average, it's not the easiest beer to drink by the pint. I don't think I'll want a second.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
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 SkurvvyPirate
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a perfect copper color, about an inch of head. Surprisingly not much lacing.

Smell - Smells are very powerful. I could smell this beer all day. Lots of pine with some citrus in the background.

Taste - I was disappointing with the taste after the nose. It was pretty hoppy, but nothing exceptional. I got a lot of "alchohol" taste that overpowered other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very good body, the carbonation was just the right amount. Good IPA mouthfeel.

Overall - I was a little let down by the taste of the beer. I had high expectations. IPAs are one of my favorite beers so I was excited to try this one. Hoping it was just an off batch. Other than that, everything else about the beer lined up to be something exceptional.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,863 ratings.
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