Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Company info:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, U.S.A

[No website listed on bottle]

Bottle size sampled: 355 mL

Standard drinks: 2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.75 AU

Label info: ‘Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops’.

What the label really means: Fair call, guys….fair call.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label for Torpedo Ale is very similar to that of  the previously reviewed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Only the background colour is different, acting as a good identifier between the brews. Here’s what I said last time, that still applies now: ‘I love this label. It has a certain story-book / fairy tale feel to it and it speaks of greatness. It looks traditional, it looks inviting, it serves as a good reminder of the brew’s au naturale intent’.

I’ll take off half a point for lack of originality.

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.

AROMA:  There is a delicious caramel infused, floral aroma, wafting up from the glass. It smells very inviting.

Taste: GLASS – Take a swig of this ol beggar and you’ll hit be hit with a genuine smack to the mouth bitter punch. There is a noticeably high alcoholic taste to this brew – attributed, I then realised, to the 7.2% alc/vol. Torpedo Ale (also listed as Extra IPA on the bottle) is distinctly IPA in being heavily hopped, and herbalised, tinged with a caramel, burnt, smokiness. It’s smoothly finished, exceptionally dry, and perhaps a little too bitter intense for my liking.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Torpedo Ale is actually a little better from the bottle. It doesn’t hit with the same smack-to-the-chop bitterness as that experienced from the glass. And that’s a good thing. But, it’s still not a beer I can drink a huge amount of.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of out of 10.

Accompanying food: Due to the flavour intensity of this brew, I’d like to suggest that this may suit something mildly flavoured such as chicken.

Best season to appreciate: This may just work as a Winter Warmer / apres-ski kind of beer. 

All-nighter beer? No, not for me. Too flavour intense, but most of all it’s just too dry.

NEXT WEEK: Victoria Bitter

  1. Radio Snivins says:

    This blog has turned me into an irredeemable beer poontz. Yesterday, at the Upper Ferntree Gully Country ‘n’ Western Music festival, I found myself acting sniffily towards lagerphone players whose instruments weren’t made from craft beer caps. What’s more, I was wearing winkle pickers. It chills me to think what I would have done if I’d spotted a musician with a Reschs Real Bitter lagerphone.


  2. kitwe says:

    Great review as always Hellcat. And I can’t wait to read VB next week!


    • BargeDave says:

      Okay, here goes…(cue music, Man from Snowy images etc).

      You can get it blogging
      You can get it .. umm.. dogging?
      You can get it any old hooo
      Now let’s read a review!


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      kitwe – your avatar looks familiar….do we know you? Hmmm!

      BD – nicely done.

      Snivelly – Oh dear… *shakes head*


  3. BargeDave says:

    I enjoyed the beer but perhaps I’ve been spoiled by Punk IPA – I wanted my “Extra IPA” to be so bitter I shrivelled up, but while it is tasty and enjoyable, it didn’t live up to my unreasonably high expectation.


    • BargeDave says:

      Further to previous, perhaps the “Extra” refers to the 7.2% alcohol, most IPA’s are heavy beers but usually in the 5.5 to 6.5% range.


  4. Disposable Tableware says:

    You have an excellent choice for beers. Because of this beer’s aroma anyone cannot resist drinking this.


    • Radio Snivins says:

      Oh, I agree, Disposable, it’s a superbly proboscised beer. I detected notes of passionfruit, which was in direct contrast to my last homebrew’s notes of fibreglass resin.


      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        Normally spam is filtered pretty efficiently on this site but DT seems to have slipped through the cracks.

        At least you appreciate their comment, Snivelly.


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