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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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8,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,822
Reviews: 2,603
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 179
Gots: 1,087 | 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 harvester
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours very clean and smooth with lots of bubbles danceing around in there. Has a very lite head and little laceing ( maybee because I had it on Ice for two days)
I liked the lite amber tint to it very clean looking, not like a sese pool of crap swiming around in there.
I really liked the smell of this beer I get very sweet notes kind of reminds me of a fresh Cara Cara with a splash of grapefrute very nice. To my likeing this beer has a very nice lite bitter bite to it at first taste leaveing a hint of citrus on the back of my tounge very non abraseve.
At 7.2 I think I could sit back and drink a six pack in a sitting hides it very well. I am glad this is on the year round line up.
Well done SN

harvester, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Pint glass. Beautiful golden orange color with a big bubbly, rocky head, great lacing. Smells very sweet, floral hops. Taste grassy, spicy bitter hops, very piny. Medium bodied. Very good IPA or IIPA whatever they are calling it. I have had a few of these since this review.

mugglesandhops, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of kdpark
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear, big rocky head, light copper color.

Smell: Little hop aroma, can smell some caramel malt.

Taste: Exceptional. Hopped more like a DIPA than an IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium malt background, a little residual sweetness yet dry like a classic Sierra Nevada.

Drinkability: probably only 1-2 at a time, definitely a beer to sip and savor a bit.

I need to try this side by side with SN Celebration to pick out the differences and to decide which I like better.

kdpark, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of HarrySTruman
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper. 1 and half finger head. Head retention is high. Lots of lacing.

Smells of resin and pine, coupled with strong citrus and floral scents.

The taste is more of a cornucopia than the smell. Many different flavors, malt, pine, resin, citrus. Very bold and well balanced flavor. Not quite the over the top experience of some AIPA's, but certainly well balanced. Strong drinkability.

Mouth feel is smooth and not too carbonated. Easy to drink, strong finish.

For the price, this IPA can't be beat. Although the nose and the flavors aren't as bold as some of it's competitors, the price point is perfect and it is very refreshing. Good beers should taste good, smell good, and look good, this beer does all of that for less than many other beers. Great choice for a year round beer.

HarrySTruman, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Tartarus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Dark, mostly translucent amber color, with about 2 fingers worth of head that stuck around for a little while.

S: Lots of hops and a little bit of malt, I can also smell a bit of the pine in the beer.

T: Hops, lot of delicious hops. I can also get a bit of the pine taste. There is a aftertaste of alcohol after reflecting on the flavor. There is also a bit of a spicy taste partially due to the carbonation, overall VERY tasty.

M: Medium bodied with an acceptable amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is really delicious, I love IPA's and I love this take on that style. I think it's better than the normal Sierra Nevada IPA.

Tartarus, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of atpben
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, golden copper color with beautiful lace down the glass. Aroma of mostly caramel for me. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Awesome crisp finish. I love this beer. I will always have a six pack of this in my fridge. Very drinkable. After Three Floyds Pride And Joy my favorite session pale ale/IPA.

atpben, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of clemtig76
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six at Total Wine in Greenville, SC for $7.99. By decoding the freshness date I determined that the beer was bottled on 01/06/09 so it was extremely fresh. Upon opening the stubby brown bottle a wonderful aroma of piney, citrusy hops immediately reached my nose. No other beer I have ever tried smelled so good right after opening the bottle. Poured a crystal clear amber orange color with large off white head with plenty of sticky lacing. Taste is WOW, all about hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus and pine flavors dominate with just enough sweet malt to help balance out the hops bitterness. Think of it as a SN Celebration Ale on steroids.

clemtig76, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of thedindaniel
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many, many times but only recently have I really begun to appreciate what a fantastic beer it is. What's even more impressive is how easy it is to find and the very reasonable price for which it is sold.

This beer pours a copperish clear color with a good amount of off white head that lingers throughout the drink. Lots of great smells jump out of this beer... sweet caramel malts and very fruity hops. The taste is a very grassy bitter flavor (just the way I like my IPA's!). The beer is perfectly carbonated and though it's not a chewy beer, I think the body suits the flavor profile well. Easily, one of the best IPA's you can easily buy at several locations.

It's been said by many folks but I feel it must be said again. Sierra Nevada does not get enough credit for being one of the best breweries in America that produce top notch beers at great prices.

thedindaniel, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of N8TheGreat
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous copper that really had depth. Nose was incredible with massive herbal mint and pine notes. Taste was a nice combination of sweeter malts quickly overwhelmed by a rush of hop bitterness and flavor. Grapefruit, pine and earthy herbal flavors prevail and the taste finishes with a distinct spicy hot note. Mouthfeel was a little thin for such satisfying flavors. Despite the 7.2 ABV this beer is as drinkable as they come. An exciting beer and a sign of the times.

N8TheGreat, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of charlzm
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 03/20/09.

Beer pours a very clear coppery hue into a pint glass. A very sticky, fine 1.5 finger head forms and eventually just coats the inside of the glass. Few active bubbles.

Herbal, grapefruit, grassy, oily hop aroma. Slightly woody smell as well. Very aromatic - I smelled it at least 18 inches from the glass.

Slightly thick mouthfeel. Some creaminess and oiliness. A little bite on the back end.

Flavor is smooth. Loaded with caramel/crystal malts, it starts off a bit bready, stopping shy of sweet. Then the grapefruity, oily, piney hops come in on the dryish finish, leaving an easily noted, near aspirin bitterness to linger a long time on the tongue.

Cleanly dry, almost evaporative finish.

Considering the ABV, this is an easy drinking beer. In this style (California almost-but-not-quite double IPA), I think I'm going to have to give a slight edge to Firestone's Union Jack. Still, this is a really well done brew.

charlzm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Hergestridge
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is EXCELLENT+ Awesome and the 2nd Best best behind;Stone Ruination IPA, and one of the best Pale Ales I've enjoyed EVER .
The bitterness is good without being "sour" . The mouth feel is cool with a slight floral taste and the smell is sublime. Well done and my California Friends!! ! You do Beer and Chino Proud! Adopt me!!!!
~Carry On CItizens!!!~

Hergestridge, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of wheezlelump
4.44/5  rDev +7%

wheezlelump, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of reefereddy
4.44/5  rDev +7%

reefereddy, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of DemoniChris
4.44/5  rDev +7%

DemoniChris, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Hopinista
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice honey amber color, just a touch cloudy, nice head that stays a while and leaves a nice abstract pattern.

S: It has a delicate piney hop aroma, the smell is really subtle compared to the taste.

T: The smell gives no indication to the massive amount of hops you get right up front. Very nice and fresh punch of hops, followed by a good amount of bitterness that's balanced well by the slightest bit of sweetness at the end. This is probably the most refreshing IPA I've had in recent memory.

M: Light and nicely carbonated, but a little cloying and syrupy, this is the only downside to this beer.

O: I really enjoy this beer, I love the excessive amount of hops SN is accustomed to using. The ABV is at 7.2% which is right around where I like my beer. The only thing that keeps me from absolutely loving it is the syrupy feel on the palate, keeps it from being truly sessionable in my opinon.

Hopinista, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Chainring
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Chainring, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great excitement surrounding this guy. I have read much on BA as well as elsewhere about this release

A: appearance is not shabby. A good looking light copper color with red and orange tones strong throughout. The head was very foamy and melted away to a small bubbly cap. Bubbles were everywhere in the mix and looks like a true fizzy lifting drink

S: floral, herbal tea notes, and a piney citrus nose to boot. Pale malts are also found in the mix and cut through the hops nicely with a waft of soft caramel

T: I am gonna go out on a limb and say this one of my favorite Sierra Nevada brews. This guy has it all and seems very well balanced. Caramelized malts (almost biscuity) make a stronger showing on the palate, more so than the nose, and a great sturdy profile. Now, the hops are harmonious and consist of floral, pine needles, and a mild grassiness. In addition to this are citrusy hop notes that give way to sweeter tangy oranges and make a perfect companionship with caramel flavors. Another thing, is that this brew has flavors that remind me of a good dry-hopped beer

M: somewhat bubbly but makes the taste buds feel alive. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style as it is easily drinkable, medium-light body, and briefly sticky

D: great showing and tasty. I love this type of drinkability in an IPA/APA. This is another one in my large book of go to beers

Magpie14, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Each year I go to New York and find the Torpedo on tap somewhere, but I've never seen it in Philly! Anyway, it's kind of like a bumped-up version of SNPA. It's bigger (it's not huge), but it's not really any more caramelish (it's certainly not like Celebration ale). And it's a little more hoppy, but it's certainly not a brash and bitter IPA. Just like the regular SNPA, it's very well balanced and refined. It's kind of like the IPA, but I don't think it's as piney and dry. Maybe it's just Sierra Nevada IPA with a different hop bill.... ?

Anyway, it's a bright, clear amber beneath a thick-fingered head that holds well. It eventually drops, but leaves a complete surface covering, and the glass is ringed with splatters and smears of lace as it goes.

The aroma offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a light maltiness. Cascade immediately comes to mind, but I think it's more complex than that. Perhaps some Chinook, but just a touch. Most likely dry-hopped.

The body is medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that awakens the tastebuds.

The flavor is a combination of tangy, fruity, citrusy hop flavors over a lightly caramelish & biscuit-like maltiness. There's also a touch of pineyness to it as well, but it's very limited. It's solidly backed by bitterness, but it's not brash (I'm guessing around 50 IBU's). It finishes dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness and a bready/biscuity maltiness.

Well balanced. Refined. Full flavored but not over-done. Highly drinkable. A decent cross-over between an American pale ale and an American IPA.

NeroFiddled, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of BigIrishman
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber with big soapy head, lace is everywhere.

Smell: A whole bunch of citrus hoppy goodness.

Taste: Very well balanced hoppy character. A bunch of grapefruit with a bitter bite, but it's not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, nothing out of ordinary here.

Drinkability: This is an excellent day in day out IPA, could throw back 5 of these no problem.

Notes: Too bad this is a seasonal production for SN, really enjoy this brew.

BigIrishman, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of imasloth
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When people are selling Sierra Nevada sixers for $6.29 you don't pass them up. I chose the Torpedo because I'd had it in singles and liked it.

A- Poured into a pint glass it gives a nice pastel yellow head about a finger's width that withstands the elements for some time. The beer itself is filled with rapidly rising tiny bubbles and is a transparent copper color.

S- It's all hops, and quite citrusy at that- more specifically I'd say it smelled like ruby red grapefruit juice with a certain sweetness.

T- One again it's all hop with a good mix of bittering and taste. The grapefruit taste remains, but an added piney bitterness comes through that I quite enjoy.

M- For as bitter as it is, the mouthfeel is tremendous. There is no wincing of the jaw muscles, the body is light and smooth, and the feeling after swallowing is minimal, leaving you ready for another swallow.

O- This summer I have had two IPAs that have really stuck with me: Real Ale Lost Gold and this one. The Lost Gold is more delicate/nuanced with its hops and perhaps a bit more complex. This Torpedo is just as strong, but with the bitter component that is lacking in Lost Gold.

I really do enjoy, and could see myself having several in a row, which is saying something for a beer as hoppy as this one. Whether your a hophead or not, I'd get a sixer and enjoy.

imasloth, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper yellow with a nice head that remains, although in reduced form. Lacing is decent. Smell...am I in a hops field? Excellent hop aroma..inviting with floral, wheaty qualities that are very strong and pleasing on the nostrils. I was expecting a harsher assault on the taste buds, However, this eases into an excellent hops explosion, just enough initial malt serving as a springboard. Mouthfeel after the initial malt is dry, desert-like...nice quality. Just the right infusion of hops. The lingering taste and dryness remain, rewarding you for taking the first sip. Sierra N kicked it up and succeeded "hands down".

edchicma, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer proves that SNBC is still a craft brewer.

A. Cristal clear amber body with a perfect column of bubbles from the bottom of the pint glass to the top. The 2 finger head falls fast to a dense pool of large and tiny bubbles lacing on its way down

S. The best part of this beer is its smell, true hop aroma, citrus and pine impale the nose. And keeps strong the whole way through.

T. Its is a solid IPA, it is a very good rendition of the Mid pacific IPA. Its a bit more balanced then some IPA's but this is to its benefit. Each Hop note is clear and strong and not muddled by any leaft overtones from an over hopped IPA. IT has a good caramel malt backbone to keep this beer standing up. Well Balanced.

M. Medium, the strong carbonation keeps it light on the pallet. Dry finish makes you want, no, need anther sip.

O. This extra IPA is a very good interpenetration of the mid pacific IPA. Strong and true hop notes are clear and defined. Harp on how large they have gotten, SNBC made a very good beer here.

DwnTwnBwn, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice rich opaque amber color and a thick head. Decent retention. Strong citrus scents permeate from the glass along with some mild floral hints. Strong hoppy taste in the initial sip. Balances out nicely with the malts for a very drinkable tasty beer. If you like an IPA heavy on the hops this will be a nice treat. Not necessarily my favorite Sierra Nevada beer but pretty darn good!

BeerisfoodLLC, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Bruery tulip; bottling date of July 29, 2011 (121021728), I believe, printed on the side of the label

Appearance (4.0): A thick, two-finger off-white head fading to a thick ring around the edge of the beer, leaving some very nice lacing on the sides. The body is a nice, medium reddish-amber, not quite clear but not close to “hazy,” either.

Smell (4.0): Citrus—pink grapefruit and something a little sweeter—with a bit of conifer forest in the background. Yes, conifer forest. If there are malts in there, they’re nice and subdued.

Taste (4.5): Following the nose, the first thing to come up is tart citrus, just a little fruity, but that piney bitterness comes in quickly to dominate the hop profile. The malts are nice, smooth and balanced, but rightly stay in the background—the mildly sweet breadiness just anchors the hops, letting them flourish and whatever. Works for me. And, true to the neutral reputation of Chico yeast, there’s no discernible yeast flavor in here.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Excellent! Just enough body, good mix of lively and smooth carbonation, and slightly viscous but with a dry finish. Really great.

Overall (4.5): This is a damn good IPA, by any standards. If you’re looking at the bottling date of the beer I drank and asking why I waited so long, I had some from this sixer a couple weeks ago and it was suitably more bitter / fresher than it is now, so I’m neither detracting points unfairly, nor delusional in giving it a good score. Just, y’know. For the record. And I want to see “conifer forest,” or even better, “secondary succession coniferous forest,” on more reviews.

fmccormi, Sep 19, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 8,822 ratings.