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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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8,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,350
Reviews: 2,563
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 156
Gots: 830 | FT: 3
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 AdmiralDiaz


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper body with a two-finger off-white head with amazing retention staying around the entire drink. Leaves a perfect sheet of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smells strongly of hops and pine with some small traces of caramel maltiness.

T: Very heavy on the hop side. Strong hops with hints of citrus and strong pine almost completely mask the small caramel flavor of the malts. Very dry bitter finish. The alcohol kicks in and out throughout the drink starting from the 3rd sip to the last...it seems to be some weird affair of SN pale ales.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, decently carbonated and oily. The drinkability goes down a bit due to the lack of balance, but still very good. I'm sure that if SN put this in a bomber and released it once a year it's rating would make it on the top 100.

03-09-2009 03:45:01 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A - Pours a nice copper. Slightly cloudy with nice carbonation and a relatively brief head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney hops and a little bit of citrus. Some light malt character to the nose.

T - Strongly hoppy up front with a hint of sweetness. Nice malt background and a finish that lingers well. Tasty.

M - Just right. Light to medium body and a nice feel from the carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Goes down easy and tastes wonderful. Feel is just right. No alcohol taste at all. Amazing to session.

11-05-2010 19:00:22 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Foyle


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a 2" plus off white head that slowly drops with plenty of lacing. Abundant streaming carbonation. Color is a slightly hazy amber-orange.

Aroma: citrus, pine, and yeast rolls.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sticky, highly carbonated with a quite dry and lingering bitter finish.

Flavor: grapefruit, orange peel, pine, medium roasted barley, some caramel.

Overall: excellent and well done to the style.

06-26-2014 00:27:29 | More by Foyle
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

A - pours a clear amber orange color with some sparse yellow highlights. Only a finger worth of off-white foam but it is densely packed and lasts a while and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S - the aroma is a little more subtle than most American IPAs but that is a welcome change. Starts off with a soft caramel sweetness, while notes of candied orange and grapefruit rind give it balance. There is a hint of herbal, leafy, resinous notes almost piney.

T - dryer on the tongue than expected but there is still a touch of caramel sweetness. Leafy green herbal notes mix with citric bitterness and a touch of pineapple. Herbal notes become more reinous on the back of the tongue. The lengthy finish is bittersweet candied citrus.

M - medium bodied. Texture is crisp when colder but creamy but with a watery quality as it warms. Medium carbonation.

O - great beer. The mouth feel does seem to get a little flat as it warms but this is a beer I would certaintly keep on hand consistently. This makes me want to purchase a bottled sixer just to update my previous review.

04-25-2012 02:33:29 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of StaveHooks


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Clear golden orange. Head is a light tan puff cloud. Great lacing throughout.

S - Hops, pine resin.

T - Same as smell. Pine off the top, then astringent grapefruit.

M - Nice medium to light body.

D - The 7.20% ABV is really hidden by the amount of hops in the beginning, but quickly becomes noticeable as it warms. I was expecting alot out of this beer. It didn't really shine like I'd hoped it would, but It's still a great beer. It's also really nice that it comes in a sixer and not a 4 pack. Thank you for that SN!

04-18-2010 21:28:55 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of magine


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Has a great huge thick fluff head that sits atop of a orange brew. Incredible sticky lacing is left.

Brew smells of citrus hops, some big floral smells; pine and herbs.

This is a perfectly balanced hoppy and creamy smooth mouthfeel. The citrus hops, the creamy head and lace. The floral taste and nice biting aftertaste is great.

Very drinkable for a hop lover - a very impressive brew. Hides the high alcohol as well.

07-20-2009 04:12:01 | More by magine
Photo of rwill2001


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

02-20-2012 02:31:25 | More by rwill2001
Photo of Thomas0790

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

08-12-2014 05:27:43 | More by Thomas0790
Photo of LuvLagunitas


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pours dark orange with a one-finger off-white head. Bit of carbonation at first, but it settles to almost none after awhile. Leaves a little, but not a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Honestly smells like a normal IPA to me. Got a bit of hops upfront with a slightly sweet malty tinge. Just a hint of booze can be detected.

T: Unlike the nose, it's not your usual IPA. The hops are moderate and don't assault the palate. More piney than citrus from the hops, even a bit spicy at first. Malts are in there but not too pronounced. It's even a little sweet and floral with some earthy notes in there somewhere. It ends with the faintest touch of booze.

M: Medium-heavy bodied. Not too heavy, but you'll know you're drinking something. Very crisp and clean. Barely leaves a slickness in the mouth. Goes down well!

O: Not my favorite of IPA's, but I finally tried and I'm glad to say that I have. I really enjoy it and might even pick up another 6-pack if given the chance. It's very session-able and doesn't bombard the senses like some IPA's do. I recommend you give this one a try!

04-16-2014 03:09:59 | More by LuvLagunitas
Photo of Bzash

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

08-20-2014 02:05:02 | More by Bzash
Photo of narwhal


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear and a beautiful brown. Milder aroma than I expected and just slightly sudsy but pleasantly so. Excellent carbonation out of the bottle - just right on the palate. Unlike some of the other reviews, I did not detect any lingering stickiness. But enough about that - drink this because of the explosive bold strong taste, complex hoppiness, lingering citrus bitterness and piney notes in the back. Just a great tasting beer.

10-29-2013 02:25:02 | More by narwhal
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz from a $10 12 poured into a tulip glass. Born on 6/9/14

A - Ruby red with orange highlights, one finger head that recedes to thick lace ring.

S - Floral, grapefruit/citrus, biscuit

T - More of the same. Very flowery with moderate citrus, and a dry, bitter finish.

M - Perfect level of carbonation. The overall feel is a tad thin, but keeps it refreshing to balance the dry finish.

O - I had this a few months ago out of mix pack and was mildly dissapointed ( the 12 pack was 4-5 months and apparently was stored upside down). This was more in line with what I remembered. A good go to IPA that is a great value (esp at 10 fer 12)

07-27-2014 23:40:43 | More by Apellonious
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

2013 16 oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden caramel amber with nice 2 finger head. Tons of lacing on the glass and fantastic head retention.

S: Sweet malt aroma is first thing I smell followed by nice hop bitter back bone. Really biscuity bread aroma is present as well. Some slight citrus on the nose, this is an almost 3 month old can and that is obvious on the aroma. Losing some of the hop bite.

T: Malty, sweet with a nice bitter finish. Not getting much citrus which you get a bit of on the nose. Really bready.

M: Medium bodied with a fluid like feel. Bready and malty on the feel. Residual sweetness that feels like it coats the mouth . Not a very bitter finish.

O: Pretty damn good ipa and sets itself apart from most West Coast IPAs in that its not a hop bomb, has a bit of an east coast malty flavor in there as well.

01-08-2013 23:11:33 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
Photo of misternebbie


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

08-27-2014 22:13:15 | More by misternebbie
Photo of strangebrew52


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a nice amber color with a bout a fingers worth of head.

S: I'm not getting much from the smell, a trace amount of piney hops but not much else

T: You can't smell much but the taste is great, lots of piney bitterness up front with a hint of citrus a tad bit of sweetness but it works really well

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, nice an crisp and goes down smooth.

D: Great session beer, especially for the price.

03-06-2009 03:20:25 | More by strangebrew52
Photo of lizzlethenurse

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

I drank this right out of the bottle, so I can't really comment on the head.

The smell is just absolutely wonderful - very hoppy, but not overpowering, with almost a faint pine scent hiding behind the hoppiness. There's a slight citrus sweetness to it too!

One sip and I was almost too overpowered with hops, though.. and believe me, I am a hop-addict, so that's saying quite a bit. The carbonation was about average. Although it's an IPA and relatively light body-wise, it's not a beer that you can drink like water (such as Sam Adams Summer Ale or Monsta IPA). Because of the initial hop-explosion in your mouth, it's much more small-sip friendly.

There is a noticeable bitterness after the initial hop'splosion, which is then followed up by a lingering malty aftertaste. I would say that it tastes "drier" than I would prefer, but full of flavor nonetheless.

It seems to pair very nicely with a big hershey's milk chocolate bar.

11-26-2012 22:41:25 | More by lizzlethenurse
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Crystal clear amber color with a nice 1 finger eggshell colored frothy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nice nose with light pine, caramel candy sweet malt and sweet citrus.

Flavor is good with pretty good balance. Good caramel candy malt character up front balancing light pine and citrus hop character. Mild pine resin finish.

Light-medium bodied with crisp high carb.

Overall a nice everyday IPA. Not mind blowing by any means but the fact that it's readily available and easy to drink and is a mix of west and east coast styles makes it a great IPA that appeals to Alot of people.

11-27-2011 17:54:50 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of Dave128


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a dark green 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A pretty rigorous pour yields a 2 finger head that has some surprising lasting power. Beautiful semicloudy amber in color. Lacing is pretty nice as well for this one.

S - American hops! Smells mostly piney. I was expecting this one to be super cascady like a super version of SNPA, but still smells great nonetheless.

T - Alcohol is hidden fairly well. I didn't realize this was a 7.2% abv until I started feeling the buzz off of one bottle. I can tell this beer is generously hopped. There is not much flavor on the malt side of things, which seems to be my opinion of SN's other hoppy varieties, but it's sweet enough to provide a good base for the hop blast that follows. As this beer warms its getting so much better. The citrus is starting to pull through on the hops and the bitterness is not as crushing.

M - Medium bodied. A little overcarbonated to start with in my opinion, but it mellows out nicely after the beer sits for about 15 to 20 minutes.

O - A great tasting dynamic IPA. I was about to give this one mediocre reviews until it warmed up then it became a completely different beer. SN always provides great results!

09-27-2011 04:08:19 | More by Dave128
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United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

I poured this beer and it looked just as I've come to expect an american IPA to look: amber/ lburnt orange with a bit of chill haze and light carbonation. There was a decent head that maintained fairly well and there was a respectable amount of lacing as the beer went down.
The smell wasn't anything amazing but there were some gentle floral, perfume and citrus notes on top of some caramel malt.
The taste was much better than the smell and that distinctive US IPA stye was evident. There were definate touches of pine, big grapefruit and a little bit of black pepper. Although the beer is quite bitter and hoppy, the hops still allow a bit of the sweet malt to come through which I like. On the finnish it's quite dry and bitter, leaving you wanting a bit more. Some of the American IPAs seem to just want to have maximum hops and nothing else and I hate that. This beer is nicely balanced.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is what I like: nice and light.
As far as drinkability goes you're not gonna be knocking back a load of these because of the strength but it slips down nice, although a bit of sunshine would surely improve the effect. I'd definately buy this again as it is a very good, if not massively outstanding, version of the American IPA.

02-20-2011 05:24:02 | More by hophopandaway
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a nice looking copper color. There wasn't much head and just a little bit of lacing. Pretty nice looking beer all together.

Smell is nice and malty with a pretty nice piney hop background. Decent smell.

Taste is better than it smells. A pretty good balance of hops and malts. I cant help but feel like there is an arrogant bastard feel to this in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good on the carbonation and malt ratio.

Drinkability is high because I feel like I could drink a few of these in a row. A nice session beer for sure. Good thing it comes in a 6 pack because I'm going to want some more.

02-15-2009 07:46:00 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours an impeccably clear amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves awesome lacing. The aroma starts off with a big citrusy hops character, along with some piney and resinous notes as well, and some caramel, toasted bread, esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a big hoppy blast upfront (with notes of citrus, pine and resin), along with a malty backbone of caramel and toasted bread, a mineral like note along with some fruity esters, and a nice closing alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, and drinkability is good despite the ABV. A really solid IPA from SN, not mind blowing but reasonably priced and complex.

04-21-2010 03:21:47 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Riverwarrior


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

S = Huge pine and citrus aromas. Some sweet malts in the background.

T = Bitter pine and grapefruit flavors upfront that eventually give way to some malty sweetness. The bitterness continues through the end and finish, but there is still some sweetness perceived...but, doesn't win the race with the bitterness.

MF = Body was medium and carbonation was straddling the line of medium and high. Super crisp and very smooth going down.

Overall, this has been my favorite Sierra Nevada offering to date. Very bold and flavorful. The price is also a definite plus.

03-29-2009 12:07:32 | More by Riverwarrior
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a crystal clear golden honey color with a pillowy egg shell colored head that left plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. Very purty look'n beer. Nice fresh hop aroma, grassy, spicy and buddy. Aroma doesn't knock you off your feet but this is how I like my hoppy brews to smell. The hop profile transfers over in the taste. More of a floral hoppy flavor IPA than a bitter IPA. A light bready malt presence rounds out the brew. Definitely a more balanced IPA than most. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, again finishes balanced. A very easy drinking IPA, well made.

02-22-2009 04:11:25 | More by Gmann
Photo of morimech


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a clear amber color with two-fingers of white head that has good retention. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind. The aroma consists of pine and citrus hops. The flavor is also dominated by the hops. Both citrus and pine flavors vie for top spot. Some earthiness is also detected. The malt lends just a touch of sweetness. Bitterness is moderate for an American IPA. No sense of alcohol. Has a nice texture but maybe a touch overcarbonated. Not much but there is a harshness at the finish. A nice American IPA at a good value price. The high ABV was a bit of a surprise so drinkability is lowered a bit.

02-22-2009 23:46:08 | More by morimech
Photo of madpentzer


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Got this in a six pack from my neighborhood liquor store. Poured a nice clear amber color with a nice head. The hop aroma fills your nostrils with a little bit of malt sweetness. Intense hop flavor floods the taste buds backed up by a light malt character. Light body and easy to drink I love this IPA by SN.

08-03-2009 01:30:05 | More by madpentzer
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,350 ratings.