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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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7,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 7221
Reviews: 2494
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 BrewtifulMind


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Rock & Brew, El Segundo

Here goes my introduction to the world of cask-conditioned beer. I've been looking forward to trying something on cask for a while now. This pours a gorgeous honey/amber color with a very bubbly half-inch head which dissipates quickly, leaving minimal traces of lacing behind. First thing I noticed was the overpowering aroma of dank, resinous hops. There was also a nice floral and citrus scent in there as well. This thing is a hop bomb. Pungent hop taste, leaving a peach aftertaste in my mouth. Definitely much better than the bottled version. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a little under-carbonated, which I expected from the cask. The only thing that could have made this better, is if it was just a little bit colder(another thing I expected from a cask, warmer temps.) Overall, I would say this is one of the best brews I have had. Feels like a totally different beer. Cheers.

Serving type: cask

09-15-2011 20:51:25 | More by BrewtifulMind
Photo of peacebone116


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this beautiful beer on cask at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.

A: Honey with a creamy off-white tan head and a bit of vegetation floating in the middle of the beer as it "cooked" and settled. Appears decently carbonated (for a cask beer, that is), and the head remains through to the finish.

N: Immaculate floral bouquet of pineapple and grapefruit--very impressive and powerful!

T/M: Perfect creamy body and light mouth-feel. Citrus and herbal tastes that follow the nose, but slightly less intense. Herbal qualities are followed by a nice, light bready note, which is quickly absorbed by a pleasant piney bitterness.

Great beer on cask--still might benefit from being a bit more chilled (maybe just about 5-degrees or so), but nonetheless my favorite format of this beer so far!

Serving type: cask

07-19-2011 20:38:40 | More by peacebone116
Photo of kingcrowing


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a tulip.

Pours a light clear amber with a small white head but no lacing. Nose is fantastic, its fruity and sweet - mango and tropical fruits.

Taste is way better than bottle, much less harsh, it's smooth and crisp with a light hop bite that's much more mellow and smooth.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2011 23:29:44 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to taste this gem of an IPA on-cask last night... not once, but twice! For those who don't know, every Thursday night at the Sierra Nevada Brewery is cask night. Each week a different beer is put on-cask. The following review is based on notes from last night's tasting.

Served in a 20oz. Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Two fingers of eggshell-colored head sit atop a very hazy amber body - very little visibility. The tight, creamy head shows superb retention until swirled - then it disappears almost instantly. Regardless, this beer weaves a thick tapestry of lacing all the way down the walls of the glass.

Smell: Moist pine and gobs of sticky, resinous, floral hops. The typical grapefruit aroma is there, but this nose isn't juicy at all. Instead, it's all rich woody aromas, toasted malt, and hop sap. More complexity and/or strength would be nice, but I don't know if that'd even be attainable on-cask.

Taste: Like sucking on a pine tree after a fresh rain. This one is woody, piney, and sweet yet subtle. The malt profile really comes to life in this cask offering; toasted bread and caramel malt are particularly strong flavors. The finish is oily and bitter. All of the flavors meld together seemlessly. I would give this a 4.5, but I miss the fruity aspects. Also, the bitterness is a bit muted by the cask. Still, this is very good.

Mouthfeel: Maltier and less bitter than the bottle and tap versions. The bitterness is still very much there, however, and produces an even numbing sensation across the palate. The feel is very malty and oily and even a bit "messy" (meaning far from clean-finishing). Coats the mouth like paint; flavors hang around for-ev-ver. Daddy likes.

Drinkability: This beer may have just busted my cask IPA bias. Up until this point, I believed that the cask did nothing more than dull IPAs and other hoppy beers, in essence castrating them by taking away that crisp bitterness that makes them unique. And you know what, this Torpedo wasn't as crisp or bitter as it normally is, but it was so much more balanced and flavorful that I really didn't give a damn. This was fucking good! Mmmm Mmmmm!

Serving type: cask

08-28-2009 15:44:10 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of LuvLagunitas


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep Golden color with slight haze, a vigorous pour at half full creates a finger of light cream at the top that fades fairly quickly to a thin layer covering the top.

S: Fantastic aromas of pine and citrus and I am also thinking of sweet cherries. Pine dominates this beer but not quite like alba scots pine ale.

T: Strong pine again dominates but gives way to a biscuit cracker like flavor and then a nice bitter.

M: Smooth, easy to drink.

O: This has to be one of my favorite IPA's it has a strong bitter and pine profile but it tastes so good I could enjoy it anywhere, I had this sitting at a beach house on Anna Marie Island in FL and now I'm enjoing it in Indiana where it's snowing in April (why!?!?!) If you like IPA's this is bound to be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 11:20:35 | More by Cozuma
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 nickluc


2.33/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought this beer because of its high listed BA score it had alongside it.

And I gotta say I was not expecting to almost be disgusted by the first sip.

This is the first beer I can say I hate. I don't get the high scores especially when it tastes like drinking a pine tree. I gave it an hour opened another bottle just in-case something went terribly wrong with the first during bottling but no such "luck"

I am far from a beer aficionado but I've never had a beer I disliked so much I had to sign up on a website just to review it...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:03:10 | More by nickluc
Photo of Bis4beer70


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Clear golden brown & magical. One/two finger of persistent,stubborn white head & a lacing that lasts and lasts and lasts!

S - Nothing overpowering smell-wise, surprisingly for an Extra IPA, but the hops are very apparent with a super-spicy & still,yet very fruity smell in the back.

T - Hops and alcohol (7.20% ABV ) are apparent...also a slightly toasted, "in the pines" taste..."where the sun ALWAYS shines".

M - Melts a bit in your mouth at first with a moderate body..& i'd guess, probably a little less than moderate carbonation compared to most bigger name brand IPA's.

Overall - It is a 'go-to beer'...a pleasing and fine tasting IPA! Sierra Nevada always comes through w/whatever they do and this, along w/their porter is my favorite of theirs.

My grocery store nearly always seems to have it on sale for around $13.99 for a 12 pack case,so how can i argue with that?...between them & the "mound builder IPA" at People's beer,i am torn on which IPA to buy on a weekly basis...(so i usually buy both..if my wife and our budget tolerates it).
Also,if you never heard it,then check out Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers version of the Sierra Nevada Song!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:53:43 | More by Bis4beer70
Photo of OMills


4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- NIce orange and gold hue. An off white head the retains quite nicely. The lacing is a bit spotty.

S- Served out of a nonic the aroma isn't to extreme actually. Nice floral hop aroma is present, but underwhelming overall.

T- This is where this beer shines. Nice and bitter with a very floral taste and good balance. There is some form of a citrus taste as well.

M- Not overly thin with great carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O- This is a fantastic beer. My only gripe is the smell could be a bit enhanced, but is a fantastic brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:31:27 | More by OMills
Photo of Kg0mz


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't have refined tastes, but I like this stuff. You be the judge its appearance, smell, and taste for yourself. I will talk about mouthfeel. I like this because it reminds me of a home-brew the old man next door made as a ritual.

Initially, I think the hops will strike the funny bones (maybe muscles) in my cheeks and force a squint, but the flavor stops short. For one ominous moment it threatens to unhinge my jaw as the taste expands my mouth cavity, but it backs off. It is more than most familiar IPAs, but not in a crazy lot-of-hops way.

Pleasant actually. No flaws, no wishes for more of this or less of that. Near perfect balance. Very enjoyable with a fleeting aftertaste of something resembling gingerbread, and pine, and citrus, and phenolic resins

A random synapse fired linking this with Anchor Steam Beer which I love, only it's different. Both are something like the home-brew the salt of the earth neighbor made.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:39:32 | More by Kg0mz
Photo of WyethBednar


3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not my favorite IPA. A little piney for my taste without enough of a citrus backbone to balance it out.

Appearance: Really nice. Light amber, bright, very visible carbonation. A nice off-white head and good lacing.

Smell: Really heavy on the pine. Very earthy and natural smelling.

Taste: Way too piney and floral for my tastes. I like more citrusy hops, and this was sort of like drinking an evergreen forest. Not a bad taste, but I don't think I'd get a 6-pack of it. It's a niche taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Really nice. Good carbonation, smooth and drinkable.

If you have more of a disposition for floral hop profiles, you'd probably love this beer. But it's a more subtle taste than the heavy, citrusy IPAs I tend to prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 18:31:50 | More by WyethBednar
Photo of hail_seitan


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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Beautiful golden color, with a thick frothy head.

S - Pine, lemon, and yeasty esters.

T - Grapefruit, pine, and a pleasant biscuit flavor. Some booziness from the 7.2% ABV as it warms up.

M - Enjoyably creamy mouthfeel, with just the right amount of effervescence from the carbonation.

O - When I think of a well-done basic IPA, Torpedo has the type of tastes, smells, and sights that immediately come to mind. Certainly not as trendy as the modern citrus-bombs, but it perfectly balances new-school and old-school IPAs. A great bargain to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:19:46 | More by hail_seitan
Photo of greentam2


4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the perfect beer for those who have graduated to an ipa with a bit more of a full hop and abc. Beautiful amber color, floral hoppy aroma, a mild front taste, but a very full citrusy spicy hoppy backside. It lingers to inform you as to when the best time to take the next sip is. West Coast, it is unmatched. But, journeying to the far reaches of the piney woods marsh, Dogfish Head, I must admit, does even better. For the price, for the abc, for the ipa essence, this is the best beer you can buy at the convenience or grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:20:30 | More by greentam2
Photo of Gozillasnack

North Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, very orange. A little on the foamier side. Hoppy aroma with a prudent but not overwhelming citrus blend. Initial taste is mildly acidic, quickly becomes smoother and the malt opens up on your palette, blending with the citrus. Has an average thickness for an IPA and leaves a pleasantly hoppy aftertaste. A good blend of traditional English IPA while having enough of a unique taste to set it apart from the others and avoid being boring. Did not expect this much quality from this beer, I've been missing out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:07:46 | More by Gozillasnack
Photo of janubio


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

350 ml. bottle. Pretty deep orange colour with an offwhite big head and lacing all the time. Smell of tropical fruits, pine, some caramel, herbal notes, pepper. Full, or almost full body, harsh and creamy palate. Taste of tropical fruits, caramel, pine. Herbal notes. Dry and acidic finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 14:53:17 | More by janubio
Photo of TexasRedskinFan


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is a true "World Class Beer". I've enjoyed standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale over the years but today was my first time sampling this beer. Bought a six pack at my local Spec's.

Pours a orange hued, deep amber with a 1.5 - 2 inch egg shell head on top. Beautiful!!
You can smell the hops from 5 feet away. Intense.
Tastes like an over hopped, intense kick in the mouth. But somehow it manages to be completely balanced and actually very dry for the style. I keep sipping then chugging, then sipping and then staring at the bottle. I'm almost awestruck at how incredibly perfect this is. Standard SN PA is kinda "one note". This is not.
Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated and not too thick.
Overall this is a religious experience of beer. I'm so intrigued that I will be bringing this to the first barbeque of the year just to blow some minds.

Congratulations Sierra Nevada, you have created a masterpiece!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:39:28 | More by TexasRedskinFan
Photo of pkalix


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this into a pilsner glass (Blue Moon) just for grins, and because I plan on drinking some real crap later as a science experiment... nice bright orange and caramel-y color with a medium thick creamy head. smell is slightly hoppy with an amateurish kind of aroma to it also... taste is caramel malts with hops and slight abrasive bitterness at the end. some fruits in there on the middle of the tongue.
overall, a decent brew. not terribly bad in any way and I nice 7.2% abv.... now, on to the CRAP!!!! tally ho!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:03:56 | More by pkalix
Photo of Caj1


4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Quite a nice IPA from the brewmasters at Sierra Nevada, this beer is fruity and complex with the right amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the beer. The Torpedo pours a very nice copper-gold and foams quite nicely, leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is good, and brings the expected citrus, grass and piney notes that one would expect from an IPA; it's delicate but quite fragrant.

Taste is excellent as well; a nice kick in the mouth at first as the grapefruit and oily pine notes hit, which is underscored with plenty of astringent and bitter qualities; as the beer warms in the mouth, it releases more of its profile, and the sweet, sticky, bready barley lingers along with the hops. Mouthfeel isn't bad at all; it's crisp and refreshing, but definitely warrants sipping and enjoying over slamming down like some other pale ales I've had.

So, what can I say? It's a good IPA, tastes great, and does exactly what it needs to do; gives a nice buzz and helps balance out a meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:51:19 | More by Caj1
Photo of yardkl


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs. This one of the more dry IPAs out there. Some IPAs can be slightly sweet but not this one. This is definitely a grown mans beer. The flavor last long after the sip. Highly recommended for experienced beer drinkers. Amateurs stay away.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:33:56 | More by yardkl
Photo of theteleman


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So. Many. Hops. Yowza. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice fluffy white head. Smells is incredible. Pine, hops, citrus but mainly HOPS. After having a couple other brews in this style, I can conclude that for me personally, it doesnt get much better then this. No sugary, syrupy mouthfeel or aftertaste just bitter, upfront hops balanced by some citrus. If you like IPAs please please do yourself a favor and try this brew, outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:11:53 | More by theteleman
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear bronze, with mildly evident carbonation and a finger of white head that clings the glass nicely add it dissipates.

Smell: yeast blended with spices and piney hop notes.

Taste: mild yeast, hint of spice lots of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: strong carbonation, medium body, slightly dry in the finish.

Overall: well balanced, tastey, very balanced. Superb value. Bought it to try but Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 06:29:13 | More by SteveB24
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Quebec (Canada)

4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S-sweet, citrus aroma, solid.
A-never left the bottle!
T-more sweet than bitter but an excellent balance of flavour, the bitterness hints at the end but is very subtle and classy
M-oh so smooth, silky, very drinkable, perfect carbonation.
O-absolutely fantastic IPA, the extra seems appropriate for how extraordinary this beer is! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:32:23 | More by SSS
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 100th beer! Amber orange in color with 2 fingers of head that fades with nice lacing. Aroma is very strong pine, with floral and orange hints. Like the aroma, the pine hops flavor is forefront in the taste. Above average body, but very drinkable. A very good IPA

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:15:51 | More by arc3636
Photo of Beric


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First reviewed: 12 August 2013, score: 4.36/5.0

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 1 March 2014

Appearance: Copper-brown with some amber red notes. A frothy white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: Floral with notes of grapefruit citrusiness.

Taste: Intense citrus hoppiness followed by a smooth, somewhat sweet assertion of malt flavor. Bitter and dry on the end.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and somewhat sticky in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall: This beer is still one of my favorites from SN. Occupying the weird middle ground between boozy DIPAs and regular IPAs, this one packs a ton of flavor into a malt profile and ABV that doesn't knock you out after one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:33:13 | More by Beric
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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