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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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2,812 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,812
Hads: 10,422
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 313
Gots: 2,618 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 2,812 | Hads: 10,422
Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

here we go. i saw this last night for the first time at total wine in greenville, sc. HAD TO HAVE IT! i love hops. i love bitterness. i am always looking for a new beer that makes my mouth feel the taste long after the pint is gone.

so it is with torpedo. wow! what hop character! it isn't ruination, but it is in the unique hop category. if you don't like aftertaste, if you don't like bitter, then this beer is not for you.

the standard sierra nevada color and head are present. you can really get a generous head out of these bottles. they settle very well. your standard citrus, pine, and floral tones are in the nose, but this beer does have a twist all its own...must be the torpedos talking. floral. very floral.

the taste is even more unique than the smell. it has that signature sierra nevada touch, but after the swallow, this beer goes in a whole new direction---a direction most people probably won't like---a direction I LOVE!

mouthfeel is full enough and even chewy at times. shadows in comparison to the smell and taste.

drinkability...3 in and i'm asleep on the couch. my wife woke me up this morning. i guess 7.2 can still pack a bit of a punch after a long day.

if you like hops, try it! if you like hops, but prefer a malt balance, try anniversary or celebration.

a notable and worthy offering from sn.

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Photo of morehoppps
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, into pilsner glass.

A: Poured a rusty amber, one finger head, with a nice amount of bubbles commuting from the bottom.

S: Smells hoppy, but not as much grapefruit aroma as I was expecting. Not too too much in the nose really.

T: Smooth, hoppy, but not overly hopped. Like New Belgium Ranger, This is an IPA that some non-hopheads may enjoy. For the somewhat high ABV, not much alcohol taste. As far as malt, it is nice and bready, balanced brew.

M: Medium-Bodied. Nice carbonation, and a clean finish.

O: Great IPA that is available in most decent grocery stores, and liquor stores. A very good mainstream, "Non-Regional" ale. Thumbs up SN!

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Photo of Stoutman88
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Orange color, transparent, quick rising bubbles. Very thin lacing of foam

S - Grains, floral notes

T - Slight malt sweetness. Hops are were most of the flavor is from. Citrus, tobacco, some spice, bitterness. Smooth clean finish

M - Carbonation is strong. Light and smooth body

D - Suprisingly well for an IPA. The bitterness is not to overwhelming and other hop flavors are present. Refreshing

Notes: A good IPA, not as bitter as I thought. definatly one of the best IPA's out there.

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Photo of DarrinRasberry
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fat, rich head disappears quite quickly over a tan body.

S: Surprisingly tame. Took a while to identify the orange and malt flavors.

T: Bitter beginnings are quickly overtaken by a strong fruity finish. Enjoyable and refreshing.

M: Thickness and carbonation, coupled with the fruity finish the beer provides, makes for a nice treat while consuming this beer.

D: The combination of the fantastic taste with the entertaining mouthfeel with the nice price of this brew makes for a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Melikeydahop
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little sweeter (yet pleasantly so..not too swet), than most IPA's but still manages to master the dry and semi bitter finish. Smells of grassy and fruity hops yet still has an indescribable smell that is unique to Sierra Nevada. Great look for an IPA...a beautiful reddish/amber with a nice off white head. As it's predecessor before this, SNPA...another great beer to convert BMC drinkers into true beer enthusiasts as well as to satiate the much more experienced palate. And for the price point there are few better. A beer worth trying as well as seeking out.

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Photo of oregonduck
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So different than the typical west coast IPA. So much more balanced. Not the typical grapefruit flavors of most IPA's. Initially sweet & malt forward with a little bitterness at the end. If there were any criticism it would be that this could be a little too sweet. But overall solid and a go to IPA. Easy to drink. I give Sierra Nevada credit for having their own style and not just following the trend of overly bitter and unbalanced IPA's.

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Photo of Good_Ale84
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice American IPA, much better than the original SN Pale Ale. It has a very nice flavor at a very nice price. Also a nice 7.2% ABV. A nice natural citrus flavor with a nice piney aftertaste,good smelling. Beautiful in appearance (a nice shiney,dark gold color) 1 finger foamy head with a nice thin lacing. A must try if you haven't had this one. One guy that rated this IPA on this very site said it tastes like ol' Mary Jane. But truth be told, after 2 or 3 it kinda does (in a good way)!!!

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Photo of brewmaster411
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The description made me think this was a Double IPA, but while this was hoppier than Sierra Nevada's IPA, it was not as big and hoppy as a Double or Imperial IPA.

The appearance was a nice coppery color, very clear with a nice white head. The malt was very pronounced, with the hop bitterness in balance. This was a bigger, more full bodied beer than the regular IPA.

While I do not like hop bombs, I throughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of TomGavin
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Fresh batch--just arrived on Wednesday 2-25-09.

A: Pours reddish-gold-orange with a vanilla bean white head that builds into two inches before receding quickly down to an 1/8th of an inch. Some lacing, but nothing serious. If I spin the liquid, it clings for a few seconds before sliding.

S: More malt than hops, which is a bit strange for an "Extra IPA." Beyond the dusty, sweet malt notes--a touch of honey--are varying degrees of citrus, mainly orange, some lemon. If you inhale deeply--and I mean very deeply--you'll find tropical fruit and a touch of pepper.

M: Lighter body with strangely assertive carbonation. A prickling sensation.

T: Sweet melon-like malt sweetness before the hops completely extinguish any trace of malt. Quickly bitter, but not much else. No citrus, barely sweet, just a flash of hop bitterness that remains on the on the back of the tongue--yes, I know, that's where bitterness is sensed--in a displeasing manner.

D: A serious plus to this beer is its drinkability. For a 7%+ beer, this is very drinkable.

Comment: Very affordable, but for a few extra bucks you can get your hands on a better made beer. I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either.

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Photo of xsists
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark amber color. Has a dark red tint to it as well. Nice two finger frothy big bubbly head that laces away quite well.

S - Great rich floral hoppy aroma followed by a nice potent grapefruit smell. A faint yeasty, bready smell is noticeable as well.

T - Up front I am getting a very sour (good way) grapefruit taste. Flows really well into a tasty dry hop flavor.

M - Silky smooth, medium body that froths in your mouth with the decent amount of carbonation that is present. Gives the wonderful hoppy/alcoholy bite that I was expecting from this brew.

D - Bought a 6 pack and plan to finish it. I would buy this again. I think the regular IPA is done for me now and this moved into its place.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is clear copper color with good carbonation and nice white head retention. Hints of pine ruminate from the glass. Another winner by Sierra Nevada. Notes of pine, and nice hoppy bite towards the end. This is a very drinkable IPA. I love this one.

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Photo of Psychromatic
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this here is sheer delight in a bottle, for most anyone who loves IPAs.

I recently rewarded the friend who got me hooked on IPAs by introducing him to this.
he took a couple of sips and announced, "thanks, man, for showing my new favorite IPA".

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Photo of Keginator70
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the third DPI/IPA I've reviewed. The bizillionith I've tried. I've come over to the dark side.

I'll keep it short. Appearance, smell, and mouth feel hit the profile bench mark. The balance between and upfront presence of malt, yes malt, fruitiness and of course hop is spot on. Complements spicy and hot foods well. Some of the hop bombs I've tasted were all about the bitter which to me is like ghost chili pepper sauce on a piece of cardboard.

I've been blessed by the beer gods to have tried most of the heavy hitters available to me. The best were on tap which I find to be an unfair comparison. In a bottle this stands tall and at $14.00 for a 12 pack - hell yeah it's in my fridge. Among many others but not all at once; I need another fridge.

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Photo of BrewitYerself
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, 40 deg. F.

Dark, coppery gold, slightly hazy. Thin white head, disippates quickly. Hardly any lacing.

Aroma is of fruit and pine, very slight esters. There is a faint whiff of sweet/bready malts, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and my senses become desensitized to the hops.

Taste is of sweet malts upfront, followed immediately by an estery/hoppy fruitiness; then, the hops develop into a pithy/herbal/piney punch, as the malt simultaneously spreads a sweet breadiness across the palate. The malt and hops are in good balance - bitterness is not excessive, though hop flavor is high. Finish is clean and balanced, not overly astringent.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Plenty of malt flavor; plenty of hop flavor; near perfect balance. This is a great IPA... I would drink this until passing out; then have another for breakfast.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Laughing Dog pint glass.

My buddy gave me his last bottle of Torpedo with the promise that it would change my life, and he may be right.

Pours a gorgeous golden tawny colour with a nice finger to finger and a half of tan head that is lacy when it starts to dissipate.

Smells nicely floury and slightly citrusy, but also hints of sweetness from the malt.

First taste was surprising, it just may be the most balanced IPA I have ever had. Nicely sweet, bitter, acidic, citrus and piny notes, but nothing overpowering anything else.

Feels excellent on the mouth, nicely carbonated just enough to keep your mouth interested.

For a beer at 7.2% I think its dangerously easy to drink!!! No issue for me to go into a number of these in order. Definitely a must buy when I can find it again.

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Photo of boyfromthenorth
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loved this beer when it came out and sooo cheap compared to other IPAs. Then , the more I tasted other IPAs and came back to Torpedo, it just tasted too slick. Too precise. I know , lame review but taste it again. It is wonderfully made but seems to lack soul or something. All the talented reviewers will truly look down on this. That said, put it to the taste test- somethings missing.

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Photo of IBU99
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said.

Poured a beautiful copper color with a one finger head.

Smells of pine. Great hoppy aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Just the right carbonation.

Great flavor and perfect finish of hops.

This would be a great session beer if not for the ABV. I would still finish a sixer in a night with no regrets.

Great IPA!!!

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Photo of nubz77
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this beer I had high expectations as it's from Sierra Nevada, and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. The appearance is slightly darker than most IPA's and the head was pretty nice at about two fingers.

The smell is pretty straightforward, it smells like a pine tree. Taste-wise it's incredibly hoppy in the most perfect way, and it's really refreshing.

Overall another excellent beer from SN.

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Photo of neilgavigan
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in pint glass

Clear red-amber, nearly copper in color. Cream white head is and inch thick. Sweet malty smell not overpowered by pine-heavy hops aromas. Citrus notes as well. Taste Initial very strong bitterness from the hops gives way to a host of pine and floral flavors. Dry finish with even more complex hops and almost no sweetness. Medium body and enough carbonation to enhance the hops flavors. Overall very drinkable and while the aromas are short of strength expectations for an 'extra' IPA the taste more than makes up for it.

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Photo of JennyJam
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours golden-yellow, a bit cloudy with a bit of carbonation. Dense, lacy head that lingers throughout.

S: Smells of pine, herbs and lemony citrus. Refreshing and effervescent, one of the best smelling beers I've had.

T: Starts off mellow with mild pine, herb flavors. A few sips in the bold hops really kick in. As you drink the citrus, pine and bold American hops play off of each other to make for a fun drink.

M: Smooth, light and creamy, mildly carbonated. Becomes a bit resiny.

This beer is delicious! I love IPAs like this one that take a few sips to get the hops revved up. Both complex and straightforward, this beer is fun to drink. A great summertime beer.

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Photo of ThirstyBehr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep copper body, fluffy white head, little carbonation

S- sweet nose, I pick up mostly malts and a little citrus hop

T- delicious, nicely balanced malt and citrus hops (orange peel & lemon zest), not too sweet not too bitter just right

M- very easy to drink ipa, low carbonation, crisp and cool on the way down

O- great brew, nice balanced ipa, very drinkable just like Sierra Nevada's pale ale

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Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - deep golden with reddish hues, nice creamy white head.

Aroma - citrusy grapefruit and pine under that is a grassy floral sweetness and hint of orangey maltiness

Taste - pine and grapefruit, some hints of alcohol mixed with a earthy hoppiness. Finishes slightly bitter tending toward but never reaching harshness before dissipating.

Mouthfeel - heavy smooth and round to start but finishes with a very slight astringent hop dryness.

Overall - a very hop forward beer, as its title Extra IPA suggests. There is a strong malt presence here which is mostly hidden under the powerful hoppiness of the beer. This a very fine IPA and a fine substitute for Celebration Ale after it becomes unavailable.

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Photo of VegasLou
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tons of pine and citrus. A little more carbonation than I typically prefer. Wouldn't go to the store looking for this but not a bad brew for the price or if options are limited.

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Photo of CarlosDanger
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best readily-available IPAs I've ever had.

The fact that you can wander into an average NYC deli and walk out with this beer is astounding to me. I got one of those awesome "bomber" bottles, they're just so darn good to look at.

Very hoppy, almost aggressively so, with a nice bite. Aggressive in a good way.

Fruity, citrusy, refreshing.

Sierra Nevada in my opinion walks a fine line, and to be as popular and widespread as they are, I think this beer is a reminder that they can make some pretty amazing stuff on that large of a scale. I really like this beer and if I'm going somewhere (party/bbq/etc.) and need to grab something to take with me, it's great to know that I can get this in almost any deli or supermarket in my neighborhood.

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Photo of greentam2
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.