Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,909 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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Deep amber color. Low carbonation pours into to finger and a half, frothy, off-white head. Settles slowly, foam clings to the sides of the glass as it does. Eventually dissipates to the point of leaving a nice blanket layer of carbonation on the surface of your brew. Thick, sticky, substantial lacing stays behind, and becomes a permanent beer artifact.

S: Sweet syrupy malt, strong hoppy goodness, honey and a bit of pine.

T: Well, hops are the story here. Mean, angry hops and pine nuts. A bit of lemon citrus sneaks in as well.

M: Sharp but light bodied. Hops assault the palette, and linger throughout the quaff. Dry finish.

D: This is a sipper. Solid flavor, but hops are the order of the day.

Very good atmosphere. Appearance is impressive, and although basic, the nose is full. Same with the flavor. Not much to say, simple but fulfills it's purpose. Feel is harsh and dry, but what do you expect from a 7.2% alcohol IPA. Does have good drinkability for a beer of this type. Definitely a sipping beer. Good quaff.

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Photo of cmq103
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Amber in color and with a semi-aggressive pour I was able to produce a 1/4" off-white head, which yielded sticky, spotty lacing as my glass emptied.

Smell: Citrus hops and pine dominate with a mild malt sweetness. Aroma is lighter than I expected for an APA from Sierra Nevada.

Taste: Bold citrus hops with a definitive pine bitterness. A mildy sweet and light maltiness is present, but humble enough to sit in the back of the class. What you'll remember most is the hoppy pine bitterness in the finish, as expected for the APA style, which just stays on the tongue long after each sip.

Mouthfeel: A moderate body, with just the right amount of carbonation to ensure the bitterness lingers on the tongue long after the swallow.

Overall: This APA will appeal to all "hop-heads" out there. More hoppy than their pale ale with an added kick from the 7.2% ABV, which is very well hidden. The sharp bitterness is what will keep IPA fans coming back for more. A little too bitter for me to have more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. I prefer when the malt is able to pull back the reigns of bitterness somewhat. All in all, Sierra Nevada did a really good job with this one...

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Photo of ChestSplitter
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.
Nice deep golden beer with a nice head that gives way to good lacing on the glass.

Smells piney, fruity; the classic smell of a strong IPA

Taste follows the smell. Strong hops but not brutally bitter. Nice citrus. A smooth finish for something that is so hoppy.

Doesn't come off as too heavy, even though it has a lot of flavor.

Very good IPA. Up there with NOLA Mechahopzilla in this price/ABV range.

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Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a syrupy hazy golden orange with an small egg colored head
S- fresh cut piney hops
T-bitter sweet hops and and bready malts back up the flavor
M- carbonation high fits the brew though
D- very solid IPA that can always be counted on for a great session

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not that there is anything wrong with this beer, there isn't, but overall I've been under impressed.
Nice fresh hop aroma. A tap spicy with floral, herbal and somewhat sweet. Just a start of the heavier oily or resin aroma. Mild malt backing to help round it off.
Full rich head. Poured into SN glass with nucleation on the bottom helping the visual presentation. Kinda' dark for style, but seems within parameter of darker amber with reds stronger than golds.
The flavor is where this falls somewhat flat for me. It's not as bright and showy as the aroma. Every bottle I've had plays out a little differently. This current one lays out the bitterness strongly, something not evidence previously that i liked. Balance is pretty good in that malt presence is noted, however, not necessarily that flavorful and not showing any particular flavors that I'm finding appealing. Full hop qualities throughout the taste.
Body is nicely done. Medium feel with carbonation done as it should be.
I find I'm not as excited by this beer as I thought and hoped for, and it's the flavor that lets me down. I take a Celebration Ale over this, thank you.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden orange/copper in colour with large off white frothy head that retains well with some lacing.

S - Extremely hoppy citrus aromas that are quite pronounced. I get some lemon and a hint of like tangerine.

T - Citrus hoppy notes allround with some pine nut and a little grapefruit along with a little sweet malt on the rather dry and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation that is rather crisp and refreshing

O - Overall a pretty decent IPA with the hoppiness and bitterness at the finish balanced nicely.

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Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

still one of the best classic IPAs. lot of pine on the aroma, flavor is fairly dry, spicy, with a grapefruit bitter finish

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice.
Pours a light copper...modest head of various size bubbles.
Aroma of grassy hops, slight sweet malt and melon.
Significant carbonation and moderately bold mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, slight malt sweetness, slightly mouth puckering bitterness, oak, cream of tartar. While this description does not sound like a delicious IPA, it is in fact very tasty, slightly challenging, and one of my regular house brews. It's not wimpy, overly off with melon or chalk bitterness, but also not as piney or grapefruit as many (flavors I like). Still, for the price and regular availability, this is a solid and satisfying brew.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Loudenough
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend Justin bought a couple of these and he didn't like it so he sent his other bottle my way. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice hazy straw color with about a finger of creamy white head. Lots of lively carbonation in the body. Real bitter pine hop aroma with this one. Smells very dry with a slight hint of citrus in the background. Very dry flavor to this. Lots of piney hop bitter flavors with a dry grapefruit finish here. Seems a bit on the heavy side. A little stick and thar carbonation is pretty good. Pretty good drink here. I like the crisp body and relatively low ABV.

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Photo of rangerred
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger head. Great lacing.

Aromas of citrus come wafting up; very tropical smelling. Some malt is detectable along with a hint of alcohol.

Bitterness is present from the get go which is to be expected. There is wonderful tropical hop flavor along with some pine. There is a solid malt base underneath with a slight caramel flavor. Everything cleans up nicely leaving a pleasant bitterness.

This is really an outstanding IPA. Very well balanced with a hearty strength. Really one of the better bargains out there.

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Photo of sliverX
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange amber with a film white head with good lacing
smell is heavy malt backbone influenced heavily with pine hops
taste is all pine hoppiness just a bit unbalanced which is to be expected
mouthfeel is drying due to the bitterness, medium bodied, perfect carbonation
drinkability a very good AIPA just a bit over powering and one dimensional, all that pine...

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Andymac28
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nothing else to say but great beer! Color is incredible. Smell is mild citrus, mild pine. Taste is completely balanced throught. Not too hoppy but it's there running along side the malts the whole time! Could be an every dayer in the fridge especially with the price point! Perfect for this weather break here in NY today!

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Photo of chrisgn
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brilliant copper color. Thick head with good retention and lacing.

S- all hop citrus aromas here.

T- Obviously hoppy, but not over the top at all, The hops to not punch you in the face and are in balance with the malts.

M- not much going on here, pretty thin.

D- Easy drinkin' IPA. Really nice offering from SN. Balanced and fresh tasting. Not a hop heads dream, but a solid IPA.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color. Very clear. 1 finger head, off white. Small bubbles. OK lacing. Lots of carbonation from bottom of glass. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Hoppy. Not real strong. Piny. Little floral scent. Not getting the citrus that everyone else gets. Mostly Pine. Fresh scent.

T: Again Pine in the taste. Not real bitter. Not what I expect from an IPA. Maybe a little grapefruit. Hides the ABV well. Not overpowering in any area.

M: Kinda dry. Coats the mouth but hurry's to the back. Leaving the taste behind. Makes you want another drink. Not super refreshing.

O: Another good beer from Sierra Nevada. Was expecting more hoppiness being called an "Extra IPA". But overall more quality from SN.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 21 days ago. Clear, copper colored, with medium foam and subtle carbonation. Hoppy aroma with pine and fruit character, not so much on the citrusy side though. Very clean and overall reminds me of many of Sierra Nevada's IPA's.

Sharp bitterness jumps out instantly, paired with a nice dose of caramel malt. These clean, pine laced hops are almost medicinal, and I believe I'm overdue for my medication. It's a good thing there is some decent balance from the malts, because this thing is a bitter monster and lingers heavily on the tongue. The body actually comes up a bit soft, but perhaps it seems that way due to the carbonation being so fine.

A solid IPA that you can find available anywhere, and it offers a bit of a different flavor profile than many other West Coast IPA's in my opinion. It's classic Sierra Nevada style, and it's good.

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Photo of mig100
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into scaldis glass

a-hazy orange copper color with very minimal head that disapated quickly but left a lacy film here and there in the glass

s-noticeable hop aroma up front with a melon characteristic i cannot pin point did not really detect any malt in the smell

t-nice and hoppy but i dont think its quite and ipa more like a beefed up apa. hop sting in the aftertaste

m-a little oily not quite like i want my ipas and a little more watery that i expected but nothing too bad

d-fair i could drink 2-3 in one sitting but i dont think i would want any more than that

overall a solid offering from sn...i was slightly disappointed with this considering all the hype this beer has garnered but it it still a good beer but i dont see it being a session beer for me

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Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pahn
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into Duvel tulip. "2040721:04" printed on the bottom of the can, and the box said something like "best by 9/12" (threw it away already). The beer just came out in cans, so it's obviously fresh.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few spots of lacing. Pours an almost translucent gold and leaves small, irregular lacing.

Smell: Greenhouse-y pungency, orange, some melon, and a lot of herbal aroma. Very fresh smelling, but not very bold. Gets more assertive with time and warmth.

Smells good enough that you're doing yourself a mild disservice if you drink it out of the can.

Taste: Herbal hops, some pine, with a toasted grain finish. Mild bitterness, clean finish. Smooth overall impression. A little citrus and tropical fruit, but mainly a very pleasant interplay of herbal, woodsy hops and pale malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Neither dry nor sticky. Occasional wateriness (not juicy but *watery*) is the only overt flaw in an otherwise excellently crafted beer.

Overall: Great beer, great price. Particularly happy about it coming in cans; this beer needs to be shielded from light and oxygen as much as possible, as freshness increases the enjoyment exponentially.

As a sidenote, I really like the "softness" of the bitterness, belying the sort of "every beer punches you in the face," reputation that Sierra Nevada occasionally seems to have (perhaps due to SNPA being so many people's first exposure to beer other than macro lagers or sweet Belgians). Despite the bravado in the beer's description, its delicate flavor balance is the real story here.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Piccadilly on Springfield Ave, Champaign, IL
2089213:37 stamped on bottle (sometime in March 2012)
Poured into a tulip glass

Torpedo is a solid IPA from Sierra Nevada, bringing together high levels of bitterness, grapefruit, and some noticeable malt character and keeping everything in check and quite palatable. While I might enjoy a slightly lighter, fizzier mouthfeel, this was overall quite a good beer.

Pours a pleasant, 1.5cm, dirty white head that gradually fades to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing along sides of glass as head fades. Body is an orange-gold color, transparent, with plenty of carbonation along the sides.

Aroma of peach, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and balanced by light, sweet malts.

For the flavor of the beer, grapefruit mingles with pine resin and plenty of bitterness, with mild, cracker-like malt flavors arising as this washes across the back of the palate.

Beer is medium-bodied with fairly minimal carbonation, making this a bit sluggish on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is generally smooth, though a bit turgid due to the less than desired carbonation. Finishes out quite dry due to numerous hops and residual sugars.

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Photo of chip26
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,909 ratings.
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