Review: Torpedo, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — Chico, CA

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  65 IBU
  • ABV:  7.2%
  • OG:  17.3P
  • Malts:  Two-row pale & Crystal
  • Hops: 
    • Bittering:  Magnum
    • Finishing:  Magnum & Crystal
    • Dry Hopping:  Magnum, Crystal & Citra 
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: “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."  — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Sierra Nevada calls this an "Extra" IPA.  Perhaps that's another name for Imperial.  This is a relatively new beer in their lineup.  It was just added in early 2009, and it's the first time they've offered an IPA on a year-round basis.  They utilize whole cone hops, and developed a special device called  a "hop torpedo" that is used in the dry hopping process.  On an unrelated note, I have a new tasting glass—check it out below.  I retired my old one, which was actually a juice glass.   I do own real beer mugs, but I like to use a smaller glass for tasting because it allows the beer to warm up faster—revealing different flavors that are not noticeable when cold.

The tasting:  Color is golden straw and hazy with a white head.  Hops are very big in aroma and flavor.  I don't taste the citrus, as Sierra Nevada mentions in their descriptions, but I do taste a LOT of the pine (even though I have never eaten a pine tree before).  It's nicely balanced as I can taste some malts in the background.  Body is light to medium. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again.   I'll add this to my list of go-to IPAs.  I like that it has a very strong flavor, but it's not just hops.  If you're not a big fan of hops, you might want to look elsewhere.

Have you had Torpedo or any other good IPAs lately?  I'd appreciate the recommendations!


  1. Another right on review. Torpedo is an excellent brew.

  2. Thanks for checking out the blog and for sharing feedback on a few of the reviews. I'd love to hear your thought about any reviews you DON'T agree with as well. People tend not to post dissenting opinions.

  3. Excellent IPA! There is a comparable Australian IPA called Jamieson's Beast if you can get your hand on it.

  4. Thanks Noz! I'll look for Jamieson's Beast if I'm ever Down Under.

  5. A Go To IPA. Tasty with a nice kick. Recommended


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