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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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2,743 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,743
Hads: 10,075
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 283
Gots: 2,247 | 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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Reviews: 2,743 | Hads: 10,075
Photo of websherpa
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light burnt orange. Very clean with virtually no clouding. The head is very modest and leaves something to be desired. Agitation produces small and quickly diminishing head. Lacing is moderate but only when the beer is agitated to produce a larger head.

Smell: Hops up front for sure. Pineapple being the primary note with subtle and somewhat sweet grapefruit coming in behind.

Taste: Plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Pineapple and grapefruit again, that die slowly as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with nice carbonation. Ends dry and with just a hint of stickiness.

Drinkability: Wonderful beer. Just picked up my first 6er of this and I'm already thinking of making it a staple. I could easily have this all night, and tomorrow night too. (788 characters)

Photo of Copernicus
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

What gorgeous color! It radiates a warm and somewhat fiery amber, like the color of honey with golden and copper highlights. Substantial clarity and a pleasant rocky head clocking in at a finger and a half in a luscious khaki-stained white. The lace was moderately sticky.

The aroma rivals the color. It releases obvious American hop characteristics with a weightless and biting citrusy tinge of mostly grapefruit and pine. Beneath this lies a supportive grassy and floral sweetness that moves into a meatier malt character that smells more of orange, tangerine, and pineapple than grain or caramel. Everything here elicits cool early summer nights.

The taste is excellent, but somewhat predictable after the aroma that lends itself to the initial sip, a cool and light quaff of grapefruit, pine, grass, and flowers. Though this is quickly severed by an intense hop bitterness. What little malt characteristic there is works behind the scenes simply to balance out the aggressive hops. As the bitterness dissipates, it all dovetails into that pleasant, distinctive Sierra Nevada finish.

The mouthfeel is good. It's medium body slips and slides with a mild and pleasant effervescence from the subtle carbonation.

Honestly, this beer is explosively fresh and one of the most drinkable IPAs out there. And at 7.2%, you could get yourself into some hefty trouble with this one. I could drink this aaallll day long.

*I'd risk an unconventional food pairing here: seared scallops with tangy grapefruit pan sauce. Of course the standard spicy and aromatic cuisine would be great too...like Thai, Indian, or Moroccan. (1,660 characters)

Photo of myelo
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can (packaged in Chico, Dec. 29, 2014) poured into pint glass.

Clear, light copper with large, stiff, off-white head and sticky lacing.

Big floral and ctirus aroma with some biscuit malt.

Taste is citrus rind, melon, lemon, pine, and roses with mild sweet malt backbone. Dry finish with citrus rind bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation and mild ethanol warmth.

Balance is more hop forward than malt and drier and crisper than many IPAs. The complex hop aroma and flavor make this a very interesting beer. Very drinkable. (537 characters)

Photo of YardmanFTB
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer in both can (tall) and bottle (12 oz) servings. The 7.2% ABV is hidden/blended very well for a smooth finish on the malt/alcohol end. While the IBU level is not off the charts (65), it finishes very hoppy due to the abundance of aromatic and dry hopping via the "Hop Torpedo". This beer is extremely pleasant for a hop head like myself. (357 characters)

Photo of tallerich
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a spiderman pint glass. The head on this one was about an inch which is a lot considering my pouring style. It turned to air and beer quickly. Very earthy hops flavor with the perfect carbonation. This one was a gem in my book. Very comparable to their Celabration ale for 2013, but more hoppy. This beer will find its way to me again since I only got to enjoy half of a bottle. My 2 year old son felt the need to dip his stuffed crocodile's snout into my spiderman glass until it saturated like a sponge. After which the crocodile thanked my son repeatedly for allowing him to soak up such delicious nectar. I was not as happy as the croc since I did not know where the croc's mouth has been. (705 characters)

Photo of Looneybiz
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and it comes out a very rich and deep bronze color with a full finger+ head. Leaves rings of lace after each sip.

The aroma makes your mouth water. You can pick out the different hops used and the citrus and pine aroma hits your nose hard. This has been the best smelling beer I've had in a while.

Upon drinking you get the rich full flavor of complex bittersweet hops that stays with you for a while.

Mouthfeel is right just enough carbonation.

Overall its worthy as a special treat beer when you want something to sip on that has full flavor nad a hard hoppy bitterness. Sierra Nevada accomplished what they were after with this one. (664 characters)

Photo of goodbeerallday
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a clean dark orange with moderate number of bubbles rising from glass. thick off white head which resides over about a minute to a thin layer leaving white lacing.

S: pine notes are the major factor for me in this one. and hops, quit a powerful scent lingering around this beer, bitterness awaits!

T: hops, hops, hops! as the smell suggests there is plenty to go around. and they compliment everything that's happening in this beer. front pallet is quite overwhelmed but balanced as the bitterness calms down and accompanied by a slight strawy taste with big notes of citrus. bitterness still lingers at the end but much more relaxed. some slight malt feel to help keep this one tame. amazing!

M: quite light in the mouth and as strange as it sounds, a pleasant harshness relating to the bite of this beer. extremely session-able for a 2IPA.

O: this is not the first time ive had this beer and let me tell you it wont be the last. my favourite beer that is easily accessible! i recommend this beer for any ipa fan but perhaps not for those who are not a fan of some bite! (1,079 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh, to be on the west coast again after touring the southern US! First Bevmo we hit has this nectar from SN.
Pours a nice amber clear, the smell is citrus hop heavy, very nice.
Taste is oh my ghod good, hops and hops almost a double but more drinkable, maybe a little on the unbalanced side in a good way.
Thank you Sierra Nevada! been a fan of yours since you were in a garage in Chico and hauling kegs out to the international festival of beers in San Luis Obispo.
Cheers! (478 characters)

Photo of davidaubrey
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers. Accordingly, I had high expectations for their "Extra IPA". While the beer is a fine pale ale, it is not quite as good as the regular pale ale in my opinion. It is has a sweeter taste, is very hoppy, but lacks that bitter hop taste of the other Sierra Nevada ale. I expected this one to be even stronger; like a real piney bite to the taste. Still, this is an extremely tasty beer. (435 characters)

Photo of SLObeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: a very rich coppery orange/brown. poured a very nice fluffy and creamy head that was off-white. lots of lacing on the glass.

S: right off the bat you get a huge nose full of hops and pine. good amount of slightly sweet citrus going on too.

T: the hops and pine come through again here very nicely and linger on the tongue. lots of citrusy hop flavor, that is balanced well with a smooth malt. there is also a good spice flavor that i didn't pick up as much in the smell. there is also a definite taste of alcohol coming though as well, due to the high ABV(7.2%).

M: great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated in my opinion. its a perfect medium bodied feel.

D: while i love this IPA, i find myself only drinking two or three at a time. however, it is exactly what i was looking for when i bought this beer, a good, strong, IPA. (877 characters)

Photo of jdklks
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- beautiful copper/golden body complimented by a frothy head with great retention and possibly the thickest lacing ive seen for ANY beer.

S- Citrusy, piney, hop aromas. fruit sweetness. fantastic.

T- everything you hope for from an ipa. very hoppy, yet well balanced. citrus fruits up front with a hop bitterness end.

M- fairly smooth on the palate with resounding hop bitterness mixed with fruit sweetness in the aftertaste.

D- give me this beer all day and all night. drinkability through the roof! a new year-round "go-to" beer.

instantly one of my favorite IPAs. (574 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru light orange/amber body with a fluffy 2-finger off-white head. Excellent retention, loads of soapy lacing.

Smells like a freshly dried hop cone potpourri. Piney, citrusy, grassy- all very fresh and inviting. Tastes even hopopier than it smells, if that's possible. Malt backbone is biscuity and bone-dry. This works quite well with the hops- nice resiny pine and sticky grapefruit, some herbal notes as well. Minimal sweetness ensures things stay puckeringly pleasing. This stuff thrashes the tongue, no doubt. Very bitter, very delicious. Almost a painfully dry and gritty finish.

Overall impression: A badass IPA here, no surprise given the source. Might be 7.2%, but drinks more like 5%. (743 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of fluffy head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Light-moderate carbonation. Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

N: Orange citrus, caramel, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Upfront there is pineapple, papaya and lemon juice followed by tangerine, navel orange and clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy florals.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter.

O: Pleasantly juicy and bitter. Has huge American hop flavors balanced by the traditional Sierra Nevada caramel notes. Very drinkable. Just an outstanding American IPA all around! (668 characters)

Photo of estlinska
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a tulip glass on 4/14/13. The color of this beer is a deep orange to amber, like thick pine sap. It is quite lively in the glass with lots of carbonation evident. The light penetration is pretty good; no haze or sediment evident. There is a thick 2cm of sandy white colored head to the top of the glass, but dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is pretty thick throughout the glass. The smell is almost exclusively hops. The malt is muted and maybe lends a caramel sweetness. The hops, like in most good IPAs, takes the front row in this show. The most dominant note at first if the piney and resinous prototypical smell of a good northwestern IPA. Then there is the sweet tropical fruit that is muted at first, but blossoms throughout the glass as it warms a little. There is lots of juicy oranges and nectarines especially as you continue to smell it. The taste is definitely showcasing the hops for sure. The pine is there up front, but then the citrus takes the bulk of the flavor. The juicy oranges and nectarines are there still and are the star of this show. There is a good, strong bittering backbone that plays balance to the muted caramel malts. The caramel malts are sweet, but I would like a little more to handle the hops. The mouthfeel is very dry, very bitter, and has a good body. Overall, this is an excellent beer and an excellent example of the style of an American IPA. (1,412 characters)

Photo of rabsten
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More awesomeness from Sierra Nevada that's now - finally - available in West Virginia.

Thick fluffy light tan head atop slightly cloudy amber body. Good head retention. Good Lacing. Sweet floral hop aroma promises hops, hops, hops and flavor delivers. Front of palate bitterness with solid malt backing that supports the hops superbly. Crisp start to mouthfeel but moderates out to a smooth watery-ness at the end. And for drinkability, well I can drink it all day long.

Bottom line: great, always available go-to beer. (522 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been partial to Sierra Nevada brews, so I was happy to see this on tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

Pours amber with ruby highlights. Relatively thin head, but good lacing.

Smells like fresh wort. Very fresh smelling with a slight roastiness to it.

Tastes malty, grainy and hoppy- and very balanced and delicious. Mostly grainy up front with just a touch of malt sweetness, sort of like malt o' meal. This is followed by a rich middle that is pretty evenly balanced between the hops and malt with some faint sweet cherry flavors. The finish is long and hoppy with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rich and grainy and chewy. Good body.

Very drinkable- goes down easy, is super fresh tasting, and different enough to hod your interest. (759 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo...in a can! Hell yes, American craft beer gets even awesomer (sic). This beauty was canned 02/22/12 - that means it's only 16 days old, my friends. I've been drinking this beer for a few years now so I have a handle on it. What I love is that it manages to remain unique among the onslaught of American IPAs. Crystal and Citra drive the hop profile, but it's not a citrus/tropical bomb like the other high-profile west coast IPAs (not saying I don't love those too). Torpedo features a strong spicy, black pepper note along with mint, herbs, and a background mango quality, pine sneaks into the mix as it warms. Plenty of malt too, caramel and a general graininess form the backbone. Beautiful copper hue with some malt heft and body that strikes the perfect balance between quaffability and complexity. (811 characters)

Photo of mikeborglum
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer as should be expected from Sierra! Poured beautiful caramel color with nice sticky white head and good lacing? Fantastic body with creamy smooth rush through the mouth? All the hops flavor you would expect and loaded! Not the boldest I've had but very pleasing with nice finish that last for ever? Good to know this will be around for a long time? (358 characters)

Photo of Baraka
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with an impressive head that stains the side of my glass with lacing. Nose is dominated by citrus and piny hops, but i can just pick out a hint of sweet malt. My first sip is filled with an impressive amount of hop bitterness as well as the citrus and pine flavors that made up the nose. While there is certainly some malt sweetness to balance it a bit, this is still a very hop-driven beer.

Quite an impressive beer from the always top-notch Sierra Nevada. One of my staples since its release in early 2009, and a fantastic value as well. (562 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish-orange. A two finger, white head. Smells a wonderful combination of citrus hops and malt balance. The citrus ranges into the candied fruit smell. Very nice! Very clean bitter hop taste with a nice kick of the citrus in the end. A honey-lemon pokes through. Crisp and balanced taste with enough bitter hanging around to make it great. There is also a minimal funk to make things more interesting. Piney resin also up the nose slightly. Good mouthfeel. (481 characters)

Photo of wingzing85
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Very hoppy and yet not overwhelming the pallet like Hopslam did. This amber colored beer has a wonderful hoppy aroma with a hint of pine and spice. This is my personal favorite Sierra Nevada because I can usually find it for the same price as their regular pale ale. (271 characters)

Photo of klikger
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Medium-dark shade of amber with a substantial amount of off-white head and very good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, and tart orange

T - Citrus hops are detected within a nanosecond, and a fair amount of creamy, sweet malts quickly follow. This adds just the right amount of offset to the stunningly bitter hops, which are dominant throughout. The finish is pine and a lot of it - distinctive, refreshing, and truly a thing of beauty. It continues on the palate for minutes.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied, and delightfully crisp. So fresh and so clean clean.

D - Easy to drink for how intense the flavor is.

This is an incredible beer, and I'm pretty mad at myself for not having bought any for several months. There are several IPAs with higher BA scores, more buzz, etc., but don't make the mistake of overlooking this beer. Torpedo and Sierra Nevada's winter seasonal Celebration Ale are *by far* the best American IPAs for the money. I vow to keep this a fixture in the fridge from this day forward. (1,057 characters)

Photo of Streetcore
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from tallboy can.

A: Amber with soapy off white head

S: Citrus, spicy hops , pine notes, fresh cut grass, musty, some floral notes

T: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, spice

M: Crisp, some oily hop resins leaving lingering spicy/piney hop flavors.

O: This is a really enjoyable brew. Easily one of my my favorite readily available IPAs. (340 characters)

Photo of JasonL
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am normally not open to IPAs but I heard a lot about Sierra Nevada that i had to try it. I started with a strong IPA as this beer to me has a strong malty and hop flavor. My personal favorites are regular ales or dark porters so i just simply am not used to the strong flavor of IPAs. This beer has a very piney/citrus flavor and i think is comes from the hops used in this brew because i know most IPAs have extra hops or malts but i did try another IPA before and it simply did not compare the the flavor of Torpedo. This is just a flavorful beer and the mouth feel and taste lingers for a while but in a good way. Just a reminder, it is a strong beer with 7.2% abv so it creeps up on you but goes down smooth. (714 characters)

Photo of aquaderek
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Michael Jackson Beer Hunter Session glass. The beer looks a little lighter than I would have imagined, the color is a golden orange with a white frothy head. The nose is intially citrus and lemony, followed by a sharp hop spiciness. The taste is think hoppier Redhook, really good. The mouthfeel is on the viscious side. The high alcohol content makes it a rough session beer, but the big dogs should have at it. (424 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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