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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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7,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 7243
Reviews: 2495
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

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 gflanders


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a gradual graduation from the "Bud Light" of the early years to the better brewed Yuengling Lager, to the Black and Tan, to the Pale Ale of Sierra Nevada, and the thousands of beers in between, I have settled on this crisp IPA. Everything else now tastes like very sweet Kool Aid. This is a very high quality beer for the price. Having property in NC close to their new brewery is a plus too. By far, my favorite beer after decades of searching.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 04:24:25 | More by gflanders
Photo of BeerHo


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden copper color with fantastic clarity!

Nice citrus bouquet comprised mainly of grapefruit, orange and kiwi. I little too floral for my liking almost perfumey. The ABV is very prevalent too.

The taste is loaded with crisp, clean hops with prevalent grapefruit & kiwi on the palate with lingering bitterness & sourness!

This is a very good hoppy IPA that could benefit from a little more malt to balance it and give it more structure that could make it an outstanding world class beer! This would improve the mouthfeel too!

Overall a good drinkable IPA but not for newbie hopheads or those endeavoring to be.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 20:05:37 | More by BeerHo
Photo of delta490


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clear deep amber with a lingering white head
S- not much aroma but a bit of pine.
T- somehow the taste brings it despite the dialed back aroma. Nice balance of pine hops and malt.
M- nice with just a hint of carbonation
O- a solid above average IPA

Also delicious from the bottle or the can. An all-around winner no matter how you can get it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 11:49:56 | More by delta490
Photo of Rosanne


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Low hoppy aroma
Smooth, similar to but slightly hoppier than the Draught-Style Pale Ale.

Shared a taster on-tap as part of four flights at the brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 22:39:59 | More by Rosanne
Photo of stella77artois

New York

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Powerful, strong looking brew. Dark amber w/ an orange-ish tint in the light. Smallish head, but stayed for a while. Sediemtn from the head sticks to the glass.

S - WOW. Grew a little extra nose hair. Lot's going on. Typical IPA hoppiness, but stronger. Pine, mint, dankness.

T - Very strong IPA taste, and all of it quality. VERY strong. Not much of the subtly sweetness I notice in many IPAs here. Not a bad thing, I suppose. Very little malt noticeable. Mostly hops and a touch of mint.

O - An excellent powerful IPA. I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 13:54:17 | More by stella77artois
Photo of standardcherry


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at some weird bar in Miami. This was surprisingly fresh though.

A: Nice amber color. A bit hazy but not much. Nice white head that lingered for a while.
S: Fresh pine, citrus, and spiciness dominates. A nice malty aroma to back it up as well.
T: Excellent tongue bashing hops. I get the first huge hope bite that later balances out with the sweet malts. A nice pine and citrusy taste followed by some grassiness and malty sweetness. A bit of an alcohol bite as well.
M: A bit heavy. Syrupy. Reminds me of fresh 120 minute. Sticky, resinous and a bit dry. Carbonation was great for the style.
O: A great beer that was only hindered by the syrupy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 04:58:14 | More by standardcherry
Photo of PieOhMy


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into shaker pint

A Dark golden amber. Transparent. Nice foamy head fades to thick lacing that hangs around.

S Hops really leap out. Pine. Something floral is in there as well. Cut dandelion, maybe.

T Like the smell, very hop forward. Not overly bitter though, due to to a giant sweet malt backbone. Sugary aftertaste.

M Medium, almost full due to the malt. Smooth finish.

O Not bad at all. On the Sierra Nevada spectrum, this sits somewhere in the middle. A little off balanced; on the malty side, which is weird for an IPA. Fairly big at 7.2 ABV, but hides the alcohol well. Had many times and will probably have many more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 22:18:48 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of bensbeers


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in Pittsburgh on a business trip. Poured into a large 20 oz. pint glass. Dark amber color nicely complimented by a giant 2 finger, creamy, tan head. After taking a whiff, I noticed lots of citrus and piney notes, but also some honey and vanilla from the malts. The taste was sweet and bitter...perhaps bittersweet? I really enjoyed the mellow sweetness that Torpedo brought to the table, but I wish the hops were more prevalent For a California, "extra" IPA, I was expecting a little more on that front, but the taste was overall quite enjoyable. As for the mouthfeel, the carbonation was nice and moderate and it left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Definitely a solid IPA. I really enjoyed it, and I think it would be a great intro for someone who is looking to transition from Pale Ales into the hoppier IPAs. Looks great, smells great, and tastes great. A great offering from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 23:35:01 | More by bensbeers
Photo of socon67

New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Good Life, Massapequa NY

A - Amber color, and shiny. Tan foam is a good inch high and stays around. Lacing is a nice sticky ring pattern onthe glass.

S - Sweet smell of fresh fruit, and a fragrant scent of fresh hoppy goodness.

T - Subtle sweet flavor or tropical fruit gives to a blended flavor of fresh oily hops.

M - Medium bodied IPA that is rich in the finish, but still pretty easy to drink.

O - A solid representation from SN. I still like their pale ale the best, but this is a beer you won't regret getting your hands on.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 23:42:32 | More by socon67
Photo of jethrodium


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a golden copper one finger fluffy light tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dank hops, grapefruit, light mango, and some light caramel. Taste has some sweetness with mango, dank hops, pine, and light caramel. The finish has light bitterness, but could use more. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 19:53:22 | More by jethrodium
Photo of srv33


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow pour, fine two inch head, medium bubbles. Very hop-heavy scent plus a bit of pine and sweet maltiness. Taste exceeds expectations, hop-heavy IPA with notes of citrus, pine, caramel and malt. Well balanced for what it is, would buy again. Great IPA for the money.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 00:49:56 | More by srv33
Photo of zeplover1

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm fortunate enough to have sampled this marvelous IPA from a bottle and today on tap. I read through most of the recent bottle reviews and concur and add that if you hear of this being served on tap it's worth the trip. On tap the head increases and laces nicely down my half liter mug on my way to Nirvana. I've sampled a few other Nevada's and this tops them all. NIn summation this is a fine IPA and I have tasted quite a few. Packs a high APV yet you really don't taste the alchohol. I use it to finish off my climb up the ABV stairs at this bar.
Rick at Zep Hall in J C N J

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 23:24:42 | More by zeplover1
Photo of markmiller

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sure do love this beer. My go-to for casual drinking, priced right at $15 for a 12pk. I'm reviewing this from notes after getting one on tap, which was even better.

Pours from the tap with a golden orange hue. Nice lacing and rings as its sipped.

Torpedo explodes with awesome hops aroma. Spicy and full of grapefruit and flowers.

High bitterness that tastes like pine and citrus in the best way. Just enough malt to make this so delicious and smooth.

This beer is sticky! Bitterness lasts and lasts and makes you want more.

Tastes so smooth and wonderful, the 7.2%ABV will sneak up on you!

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 03:15:24 | More by markmiller
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A transparent amber in color with about two fingers of off white head and nice lacing retention.

S- Nice citrus notes with a bit of pine and nice mixture of malts, great nose on this one.

T- Well balanced taste, a bit more over powering than the nose. The booze is not so present but great mixture of pine and citrus, and malty.

M- Medium bodied with mid carbonation, sticky.

O- A great tasting brew from Sierra Nevada, enjoyed it very much, refreshing and well balanced brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:17:36 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Tucquan


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-02-18 in Marietta, PA at McCleary's

A - Very clear, Amber-orange with a 1-finger head and decent lacing.

S - Mild orange flesh, floral hops and pine. Pleasant but not extraordinary.

T - Medium roasted malt with light caramel sweetness. Bold and bright grapefruit juice, orange rind, pine. Bitterness is nicely aggressive and lasts long into the aftertaste.

M - Smooth and crisp with light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O - I had this after a 13-mile hike on a warm, winter day and I'm here to tell you, this really hit the spot. It's not the best "Extra Pale Ale"/IPA but it satisfies the needs of this hop-head.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 19:38:37 | More by Tucquan
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fiery orange ale blossoms two fingers of furious cream... The nose lends a lot to hop bitterness and almost nothing to malts, which expected of an "Extra" IPA. Weeds and bittersweet pine sap formulate the main aroma, a little sickly sweet over ripe pear accents puncture in the foreground as well. First sip starts out mellow then quickly turns to bitter one sided hops. Pine, pine and more pine on the palate. If you wanted to show a friend what piney hops tasted like here's your go to. I wish it had some depth though. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation and a smidgen of heat out back. Overall I have to say this beer is nice and bold but far to one sided for my opinion. It took me nowhere.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 01:38:48 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of GetMeAnIPA


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice rich amber color. Looks very inviting. Good light creamy head with a good amount of lacing. I gave the look a 5 because when I see the beer in a glass I can think of nothing else but how much I want to drink it!

S - smell is a nice balance of hops, pine, and citrus. The smell isn't as powerful as I thought it would. Has the classic Sierra nevada smell but with a little backbone to it.

T - the first rung to hit the taste buds is the citrus and pine, and followed up with the bitter hops. The malt keeps the hops from betting too bitter. The great thing about this beer is it has enough hops for the IPA lover, like myself, and enough balanced malts to keep non IPA drinkers reaching for a 12er or 6 pack, or even a bomber...that's another great thing about it. You can get the beer year round in whatever amount you prefer.

M- all Sierra Nevada beers have a more heavy/chewy mouth feel. When I preferred the lighter beers the Sierra Naveda beers were a little chewy for me. However, as my palate changed the mouth became a little less heavy. Medium among of carbonation which I prefer, not a big carbonation guy.

O- one of my favorite IPAs. It fits nicely between the standard IPA and the double IPA. You can't taste the booze and goes down smooth. Great balance of hops and malt, but heavier on the hops side for a great IPA. Priced well, good ABV, and easily available...thanks Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 23:13:23 | More by GetMeAnIPA
Photo of bravejoejoe


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 03:13:26 | More by bravejoejoe
Photo of pielager


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has kept with this beer from what I know of 2006? Maybe earlier, but that was when I wasn't ready for such am intense IPA such as this.

A well marbled medium Rib eye steak pairs nicely with this one, cajun and a little bit of smoked salt/paprika goes great. And beef shank stew prepared with a little bit as aforementioned.

This beer is great and will drink often, unless it goes above the nearly $9.00 I'm paying now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 00:53:51 | More by pielager
Photo of adam42381


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/24/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a 1-2 finger eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing.

Smell: Grassy and piney hops with a touch of citrus and malt. Smells like a beefed up version of SNPA.

Taste: Bitter citrus up front followed by sweet citrus and a touch of apricot in the middle before ending with pine and lemon zest at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Goes down very smooth. You could drink several without much difficulty.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I really like the bottled version, but on draft it's even better. Definitely worth trying if you see it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 16:04:12 | More by adam42381
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Dutch. pours a nice pale hue, sticky head with good retention. grapefruit and pine dance on the nose. caramel joins to party on the tounge. bitterness is cutting but palatable. alcohol warms. this is a nice beer to sip in chilly autumn temps.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 21:11:30 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of rarbring


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear amber beer with an off-white head that leaves some lacing and curtains.

The smell is typically hoppy citric, grapefruit, dried grass balanced with a bit malty bread sweetness. Pine resin and soap.

An immediate toffee and caramel sweetness with brown bread, then grape-fruit juice and bitter peel.

A medium low carbonation, soft slightly oily, a good body and dry long pleasant dryness..

A calm and clean hop dominated brew. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 19:40:24 | More by rarbring
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a dark copper with a thin lacing of head. Smells piney and floral; really enticing for a hop head like me. Taste is piney up front with a more floral finish. The hops are intense and very bitter giving this beer a bite. There is only a very mild malt character that comes through. This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, I thought this beer was good, but comes off a little too hoppy and not as balanced as I'd like. In comparison to SN Estate Ale, Hoptimum, and Southern Harvest IPA this IPA is just OK.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 13:32:31 | More by tdm168
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear, golden. Smells of pears and caramel from crystal malts. Some citrusy hops to balance.

Taste is grapefruit citrus and bitter, with brown sugar sweetness balancing in the start. The finish is quite bitter. It is medium bodied , on the malty side for IPA's.

This is a well balanced beer for what it is, but I prefer my ipa's with less caramel flavor and dryer in general.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 20:03:51 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of Spider889


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard on 4/8/11. Served in a signature Sierra Nevada imperial pint that I got to keep. The glass had a hop leaf laser etched into the base, sweet!

Amber in color, very good clarity, smallish head with just 'ok' lacing.

Smells sweet and hoppy. Lots of pine and light bitter citrus.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Mostly a pine-forward hop bill, but not really resinous.

Crisp, clean, and with a sweet finish. Very very dry though which became detracting.

Overall a very solid beer and a good value usually. But there are plenty of much better IPA's out there. I'll take a CIPA next please.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 01:21:26 | More by Spider889
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,243 ratings.