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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,006 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,006
Reviews: 2,617
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,178 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006)
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Photo of dmamiano
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper looking, small head with pretty good carbonation.
Smell is in a word...."hops". The smell of freshly picked hops that leave that sticky residue on your fingers.
Holy cow! Taste in a word...."WOW".
An assault on the taste buds, citrus rush of hops and bitter to beat the band. Love it. Nice smooth, sweet malt also around to help balance this hop monster.

dmamiano, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada is a brewery that is really starting to grow on me. The torpedo pours a nice golden color with heavy frothy head and some nice retention and lacing. Impressive.
The smell is like a rainbow of hops, with each getting a little time in the limelight. The taste follows suit directly so I shall just merge the two categories together. There is some pine, citrus, mint, flowers, all backed up with just enough malt. Excellent hop profile on this beer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and big at the same time like a good ipa. carbonation is strong, holding up to the alcohol and the hops at the same time.
Torpedo is pretty easy to drink, smooth and very well rounded.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer needs no introduction. From the barrels of the great name that does not need to be mentioned. I am just now getting to this beer.

Poured into a 12oz chilled pint glass. The head pours directly to the ledge of my glass. A sign of their great mastery.

The smell is intense as expected from an IPA of this caliber. The mouthfeel a good show of brewing mastery. It is not thick or sappy but yet piney and resiny in taste.

It finishes with a bite as any extra ipa should. It is incredibly fresh and the lace on the glass showing rings with each sip is a nice touch. This is top dog for a 12oz bottle of an IPA. I hear the Captain Lawrence brewery is soon to bottle a double. Anxiously awaiting that moment.

In the meantime, I think I will drink another. It is strong be ware.

americanbeerbuzz, May 27, 2009
Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice, bold amber/reddish color that is quite similar to SN's pale ales. Maintains a thin head throughout.

Smell: A delicious floral and citrus aroma. SN is already a great brewery when it comes to hops, but they really it right home here. There are sweet scents of honey malts, as well as grapefruit and oranges.

Taste: The hops taste as strong as they smell, but are immediately relieved by the sweet, creamy-tasting malts. There are light grapefruit tones, but most notable are tastes of oranges, lemons, caramel, and hint of granny smith apples. It is a well-balanced taste, and a very simple IPA recipe that works well.

Mouthfeel: If anything, this is one of easiest best quality IPAs to drink that I've found yet. It's not nearly as bitter as other easy to find IPAs (such as Ranger, Racer 5, etc) yet contains a smooth, beautifully balanced feel. While hops are priority in this beer, the malts play 45-55% of drinking experience on the palate, and more considerably so as it warms up. In fact, this beer should be allowed to warm up - it becomes drier, more bitter, and definitely not as malty.

Overall: An excellent IPA, and one that I used always have well stocked around the house. These days, I lean more towards other California IPAs such as Racer 5 and Stone IPA, but this is ridiculously good beer to EVER pass by the chance to drink.
Note: People at parties I've been to already love SN pale ales, but whenever I've had the change to bring these over, it appears to be a more well-received IPA - even amongst non-hopheads - due to the delicious maltiness that it holds.

magictacosinus, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of burnstar
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with a medium persistent head. Aroma is very nice hops- citrusy- grapefruit, and piney. Taste is dominated by delicious hops. Citrus, pine- resinous. A nice strong pleasant bitterness. A nice amount of malt sweetness to provide just a bit of balance. Full bodied. Easily drinkable and overall a very good IPA.

burnstar, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of timtwoface
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it took me so long to get around to trying this beer that is so highly touted and so readily available...and now that I have, I'm glad I bought six.

Delicious. It's hoppy, but not ridiculously so, has a nice high ABV content with different subtle flavours (rather than just being straight-up hoppy and bitter, which I also enjoy)...I can't believe a beer this delicious with 7.2% ABV has such a respectably low price point of barely over $1 a bottle. Definitely worth checking out, IPA lover or otherwise.

timtwoface, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of slayer3604
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- nice little golden amber color, with firm bubbles stickin to the side of the glass, capped by a VERY slightly off white head that takes its time leaving.

s- pine, refreshing mint, and a little tropical note creeps in at the end of the breath.

t- slightly tangy, nutty, and crispy bitter trenches of flavor. very nice balance between malt and high-hop!

m- medium bodied, full apparel of the usual dry hopped beers ive tried but the body is just so satisfying!

d- i could drink this sucker all day long. so refreshing and it keeps my hop fiending at bay!

slayer3604, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Sierra Nevada Torpedo pours into a chalice a foggy bronze color with an ample cream-colored head.

B - I always say it with brews like this ... I LOVE the "fresh" aroma that hoppy beers emit. The fresh hops aroma is accompanied by a grapefruity smell.

T - The nose is transferred to the palate. Nice balance of sweet and bitter hops here. The front is grapefruit hops, wonderful blends in the middle (some sweetish/honey malt-like flavors in the middle) ... the finish has a hint of a bitter hop flavor.

M - Medium/heavy body, nice effervescence, and a nice dry finish ... leading you, conveniently, to the next sip.

D - A delicious brew, expertly crafted. Hopilicious.

MVotter, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Jeplacek
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- the beer pours an amber color with a decent sized head. I love the color of this beer.

S- smells of citrus, pine and definitely has a little floral smell as well.

T- PERFECTLY balanced. Wow I love the taste of this beer. The bitterness is there but it's perfectly in sync with the piny citrus malty backbone.

M- light to mediumly carbonated

This is my favorite easily accessible IPA. Definitely a good beer. Recommended for anyone

Jeplacek, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of keith712
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second review of a Sierra Nevada label, and only my second real review of an IPA, and I must say, I am becoming indoctrinated to the style! This IPA is rated at 7.2% alcohol by volume (abv).

12oz bottle poured into my favorite glass. Not real cold, call it 50F, I let it sit a couple minutes before I drank it after opening it.

Appearance: Beautiful golden orange haze. Nice moderate head, even poured kind of aggressive it was just right.

Nose: Wonderful warm and bright hops, pungent, and crisp. Piney, floral overtones. Pleasant, and smells of quality. Makes me WANT to drink it. It gets clearer after a couple minutes as some of the bubbles work themselves out.

Taste: Nice and crisp, definitely lots of hops but also smooth. A decent amount of carbonation but not too fizzy. Maybe the premium malts in there tone down the sharp bitterness of the hops. I expected more bite (but it DOES have a nice one), and it does leave a nice after-bitter on the back of the tongue. Very pleased with the flavor. Again, as it warms a bit while I type this review, the flavors become more pronounced and enjoyable. Honestly, the alcohol is well masked and does not detract from the flavors at all.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Not thin at all, a bit of chewiness that I can feel on the teeth. It feels substantial but not thick or syrupy. Leaves a coating that stays a bit. Does not inhibit going back for another drink immediately, in fact, it's so easy to down that I could go overboard on this 7.2% abv and get quite buzzed haha.

Drinkability: Awesome. I want another! Nice lacing that stays as the beer goes down and a thin head that follows to the last drink. I WILL be buying this again, and again...

Overall: Being new to the IPA world, I don't want to over rate this one, but it's "damn good" and I look forward to more of this one. Cheers!

keith712, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of SourHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange Amber color with a thick white foamy head. Very nice Head retention.

S - Scents of pine and citrus.

T - Grapefruit and other citrus flavors with some pine and some spiciness. Fruity up front mellowing to a slightly spicy dry finish.

M - Medium to full bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - Beautiful blend of malt and hops. Well done and enjoyable IPA from our friends at Sierra Nevada!

SourHopHead, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Big-Dog
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Warning: This beer is not for the weak!

The first time I drank it, I found it to be very strong both in flavor and in strength. It was very different to the lagers I'm used to drinking. After a while, it grew on me and was able to drink it with ease.

The main thing I like about this beer is that it actually tastes like beer, not a watered down carbonated drink such as Bud Light. Even thought it's alcohol content is higher than usual, I can't taste the alcohol in this one as much as in other beers. What I do taste is the strong aroma and rich complex flavors.

Big-Dog, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of DocDownUnder
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into the tulip.

A-Deep orange, marmalade. White lacing, coating the glass.

S-Cool (minty?) fresh hops.

T-Deceivingly sweet hops come gushing through, and then a wave of bitterness overwhelms. A bit unsettling at first, but by the end of the bottle there was a very surprising balance between the sweet freshness and the hop bitterness.

M-Smooth, medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O-Very good, and if as the Bros. say, this is the benchmark for IPA's then I could drink quite a few more of a style I don't frequent.

DocDownUnder, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of paco911
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%

paco911, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of MrBoz21
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into pint glass at 40 degrees

Poured with 1 inch foamy head that settled into creamy cap with thick lacing. Color is amber/copper with a light cloudy diffusion of light. Effervescent.

Aroma – nice citrusy hops, with herbal/grassy notes. Light caramel malt and balanced.

Flavor – Balanced herbal bitterness with smooth finish. Lemon grass notes begin midway and pleasantly linger on top of mouth and back of throat. Caramel malt provides a nice sweetness that plays well with hop character.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with carb tingle.

Overall: Well balanced beer with strong hop character. A fine choice that I will revisit with frequency. Substantive enough to pair with beef or pork.

MrBoz21, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of sgoodship
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been itching to try this and haven't got around to it. I was secretly hoping it was going to be my year round Celebration.

A: The color is an attractive reddish amber. It has a slight haze but is fairly clear with large bubbles rising to the surface. The head becomes a three finger with little effort and it is a nice craggy off-white. Head retention and lacing are great.

S: Mixed bag of aroma. Citrus, floral, grassy, sweet caramel. You can tell it is big and robust. Promises a great deal.

T: Really nice progression with this beer. The sweetness hit me first. Mixes of sweeter fruit, grepfruit and caramel. The middle moves into a more bready and biscuity type maltiness. The finish falls headlong into an aggressive piney hop that is massive without having a bad bite. It's a lovely grassy dry resin end that makes you thirsty to pound more. So nicely done. Lots of moving parts but everything working together.

M: Medium body. Perfectly medium level of carbonation. Nice and clean with a good bite on the palate.

D: Delicious beer. It's not Celebration, it's something different but just as good IMHO. This is going to be my new go-to IPA. Great value and a nice, robust, complex and balanced brew. Really drinkable - dangerously drinkable. Man, I wish I had one right now!

sgoodship, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of quick rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Lively burst of citrus and piney hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, and herbs. Also has a strong presence of bready malts with caramel and toffee. Smells hoppy but very balanced.

Taste: Big taste of citrus and herbal pine hops that is fairly bitter but also pretty fruity and sweet. Bitterness is combined with grapefruit, mango , pine, orange, and herbs with hints of lemon and honey. Has a very full backing of bready malts with caramel and toffee. A very full and balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: A very solid west coast IPA that has great balance between bitter and sweet. Very good use of hops and malts.

MattyG85, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of sdmrtn
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured out of a botle orangeish amber, not much head

Smell: wow, wonderful hoppy aroma citrus and pine, sting the eyes a little. exciting smell

Taste: I think I just found my new favorite beer. Hops are strong and quite delicious with some malty sweet balance but not too sweet. grapefruit hoppiness comes through

Mouthfeel is perfect

Notes. I love this beer I could drink 2 or 3 of these every evening

sdmrtn, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden amber with a very nice white head that lasts all the way down. Very nice lacing. Smell is very floral and sweet. It's like a warning this is gonna be a hop monster. Taste is very floral as well, from those american hops. The bitterness is above a reagular IPA, but not quite a Imperial. This is definatly a very nice year round IPA.

whoneeds8, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass

Orange/amber color with lots of carbonation coming from the laser etched ring in the bottom of my glass....large amounts of lace stuck to the glass

piney, touch of grapefruit, hops all well represented in the nose....i could probably close my eyes and tell this was a SN product

great balance of all the scents and flavors as you take the first sip

medium carbonation and a slight hint of a bite at the end

the ABV is a touch over 7% but that wouldn't keep me from drinking 2 or 3 in one night....also the price ($7.99/6pack) keeps me coming back for more

most people swear by NN here in the northeast, but to me the Torpedo from SN edges it out

SPRichard, May 04, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gave this beer a big white head that takes its time to settle into a decent lacing above a clear reddish golden colored IPA.

Big floral and citrus hops aroma that leads into a big nice citrusy hops taste that has some dryness to it.

The aftertaste on this medium bodied beer is quite dry with some hops attached to it.

If you like IPA's you like this, I did.

LXIXME, May 13, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear burnt orange with a nice pillowy head leaving unbelievable lacing. Smells of predominantely grapefruit and pine, a little bready malt in the background, tad of cannabis. Tastes of sweet grapefruit and bitter orange up front followed by a nice pine and light malt profile. Finishes with moderate lemony bitterness leaving the mouth coated in hop resin. Moderately high carbonation gives a nice zing at the end.

Sierra Nevada does it again, a great sessionable IPA. I can't believe they didn't release something like this sooner. I'll definitely be hitting this up again. Highly recommend.

bum732, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of pBRale
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 8-23-11

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber, creamy off-white head that settles slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: A powerful burst of a plethora of hop notes--pine, grass, lemon, citrus. A very inviting beer.

Taste: An almost caramelly maltiness initially followed by lots of hops. Tastes of pine and citrus. Bitter finish that is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Average carbonation and very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious Extra IPA that I will definitely be buying more of in the future. A standard.

pBRale, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Some sort of bottling code but no clear date. It was slightly haze bronze color with some bits floating around. Some slow carb and some lacing. Had a good sized off-white head that slowly settled into a thin foam and thick collar.

The aroma was outstanding. Heavy on the floral and citric hops. Nice hop smack that arouses the senses. The taste was also excellent. Starts off with good amount of hops and then builds to nice bitter hop finish. Aftertaste lingers for a bit and then mostly resets for next drink. By then end you do start to get some tongue shredding but not too bad. Mouthfeel was hurt a little by some over carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend. Worthy of the hype. Since it's so strong it's would work best as the only beer of the night or as an ender. For me, a six pack once or twice a year is good.

[OC,6,T]

TexIndy, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6 Pack of 12 ounce bottles, purchased in ealry February 2009, consumed shortly thereafter.

Pours a medium copper-amber with a pretty white head that has decent retention and above-average retention. Solid carbonation keeps things rolling.

Aroma is a solid IPA hop-heavy mix, with herbal and piney notes first, then an orange peel citrus right behind. Flavor is strongly hopped but a big malty body keeps it from being too bitter. The hops are juniper and pine resin, but not overly so, as the grapefruit sharp/sweet balance keeps it from being over the top.

A well made, very drinkable IPA.

Dukeofearl, Feb 09, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,006 ratings.