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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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2,813 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,813
Hads: 10,424
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 313
Gots: 2,622 | 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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Photo of acavaciuti
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: amber yellow, moderately hazy, some carbonation

Smell: not a lot going on here at first whiff, some floral notes and a bit of bitterness

Taste: not much at first sip but the after taste is nice. has that hop chunk at the end. not much brightness up front but I can dig that. very drinkable.

Feel: crisp, refreshing

Overall: pretty great, doesn't develop too much. very session-able

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had little to no luck finding a Sierra Nevada offering that I like. That is until I had a Torpedo Extra IPA. This stuff is really, really good.

Full disclosure: I am not an IPA aficionado, I'm more of a porter or stout kinda guy. But in wanting to give SN another try I decided to give this Torpedo a shot. I'm glad I did. It has a very nice orange glow with thick head and great lacing down the glass. The citrus aroma mixes well with the hops and it does even better when you taste it. It is a perfect mix of a fruity and citrusy flavor mixed with the strong hops - how they do it is amazing, but it's there nonetheless. It was by far the best IPA I've ever had and I'd be curious to fine anything that is considered better.

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Photo of aznightdevil
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Gorgeous copper, lingering head

Smell- Hoppy, Sweet

Taste- Balanced, not overpowering with hops, pancakes

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp

Overall- A solid beer, I'll definitely drink it again. I'd recommend this to anyone who says they're not a fan of IPA's in order to get them thinking about the possibilities.

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Photo of bwood06
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer pours a khaki head that is creamy while maintaining a bit of frothiness to it that is retained very well throughout the tasting. Beer is clear and well carbonation with lots of bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. Beer is amber in color. 4.25/5

S - Pine and a citrus fruitness dominate the aroma with a bit of caramel sweetness showcasing the malt. Citrus is more citrus fruit than rind. 4/5

T - Caramel malt comes out right off the bat and then transitions to multiple flavors of hops. Light citrus (tangerines), pine, citrus rind, and some herbal hops all present themselves throughout and in quick succession once the malt flavor is passed up. Lingering bitterness upon swallowing due to the amount of hops present. 4.25/5

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a moderate carbonation burn throughout the profile. Light and very crips with some drying on the back end and a decent amount of lingering dryness. 4/5

O - The amount of hops used in this beer is not surprising but the amount of different hop flavors is a welcome sight. Definitely a hop centric beer but with multiple hop flavors the palate does not become bored or overwhelmed. 4/5

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Piney, citrusy hops with moderate baking bread-like malt.

A: Amber color, totally clear with a moderate white head that has adequate retention, some lacing noticeable.

T: Citrusy hops, tempered by moderate malt support that finishes, slightly sweet. The malt has a lot of character without taking away from the prominent hops, which is impressive. There is a moderate, but not overpowering bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Quality; this beer has been awesome for awhile and for good reason. Interesting hop profile and malt character – while still being very much an IPA.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has this one at a work party at a local chain restaurant. I've been slow to try SN's offering just because there's no rush; they're everywhere around here. I wish I hadn't waited, Torpedo is one of the finest IPA's out there.
I don't know why it isn't listed as a DIPA, it has all the characteristics: fragrant aroma, strong malt backbone (oh, such malty goodness), and a hop presence that is perfectly and expertly balanced. Not to mention the fairly strong ABV.
Don't wait like I did. If you see it, pick it up and enjoy it.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

EXTRA EXTRA! This IPA is fantastic, enjoying with some mild buffalo wings, perfect compliment for the food. Smells fantastic. I want to bathe in this brew! Not really, that's gross.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an incredible beer. The star of a 12-pack seasonal sampler, poured into a stemless sniffer.

L: Pours a rich caramelly orange amber color with a 3 finger cream head of bubbles that blend into one another until they float to the top to rupture leaving little craters of tiny bubbles, beautiful. The only thing it could do to look better would be to be a pitch black stout.

S: A soft fresh rising dough smell covers over sharp pine and ruby red grapefruit with some candied orange in the background, lovely.

T: That fresh bread flavor is prominent, and so is the bitter, tangy hops. Very nice balance between the two. Tons of great malt character; much more than usual in an IPA, and I like it. A hint of fruity sweetness and just a hint of roastiness, like thick cut bread out of a toaster on low heat.

F: Exactly like an IPA should feel. Smooth, frothy, dry on the finish, nice thickness for an IPA too. The bubbles linger in your mouth, keeping that sweet, bitter twinge present. It isn't a bad thing.

O: Incredible and exemplary beer of its style. Perfect abv (7.2%) for a balance between flavor and drinkability, and one of Sierra Nevada's hallmark beers in my opinion, alongside Narwhal and Bigfoot.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a British barley wine with American hops. The hops give a strong aroma with sharp citrus flavours with a barley wine base. Too overstated for my liking but that is just my taste.

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Photo of mverosky
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Came out a hazy orange with about a half inch off white head.

Smell: You can smell a little grapefruit but with orange really coming in. Could smell a little bit of Pine as well.

Taste: First came a good grapefruit flavor and then some Pine, came off a little bitter at the end.

Feel: Very lightly carbonated and went down very smooth.

Overall: I really liked this beer, one of the better IPA's that I have had. This wouldn't be a beer that I would recommend having a friend that is new to IPA's try. Had a great flavor and is a beer I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 2x04. 5 months before BB date. Hops and bitterness are below what I expect in an IPA, maybe because it isnt fresh? In any case, this make it more balanced and drinkable, with a very pleasant taste

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my go to IPA for both me and my husband. My local grocery store always has it cold and ready to go. It's a solid IPA - enough bitter hops and all of the IPA flavors I love - grass, citrus, pine, etc.

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Photo of PCole
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 8/11/15

Look: Clear amber, poured 1 inch white head that lasted. Significant lacing on the glass

Smell: Pine, but not overwhelmingly so. Citrus - smells more like orange than grapefruit to me. Very pleasant. Also getting something tropical, maybe mango or papaya.

Taste: Sweet off the top which gives way to pleasant bitterness. Grapefruit --> Pine. Hop character lasted notably between sips.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is full initially but quickly dissipates. Would never clock this at 7.20% if I hadn't known beforehand. Lacks any heat whatsoever from the alcohol. Very drinkable.

Overall: Wonderfully balanced offering with some surprises. I'm still trying to pin down what I'm smelling and there's a high likelihood I'll be returning to this regularly.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange with a thick, creamy off white foam head. Smells lightly of pine, melon, caramel, and tropical fruit. Tastes like pine with melon, light citrus, occasional honey, and biscuity bread malts. Feels about medium body with low carbonation, smooth and creamy going down. Overall this is a unique and great tasting IPA. Hoppy, but not too bitter. It has the right amount of sweetness and fruit notes to balance everything out. Very well crafted, and boasting with flavor.

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Photo of MACrist
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Poured into a Nonic pint glass aggressively. Two inch, creamy tan head. Small bubbles streaming up glass. Beautiful thick lacing down glass.
AROMA: Not a crazy amount of hop aroma, but the pine and grapefruit come through nicely. I do get the herbal quality along with it.
TASTE: Big Pine and grapefruit rind up front. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness, lingering but mild bitterness. You get some sweet malt, so it is not just hop water.
MOUTHFEEL: Not under carbonated, nor over carbonated... Perfect. Medium light body. 7.2 abv and easy to chug....careful.
This is a good old standby IPA. Easy to get, and easy to like. If you love those pine and grapefruit qualities with some nice balance from the sweet malts, you'll probably dig this one.
Edit: Bumping this one up a little, bottled on 12/17/15 drinking on 1/15/16. This beer is so readily available to most people, there is no reason to buy it with almost any age on it. And when it's fresh, it really is a good IPA. Speak up to your local retailer and tell them: no more of this 3 month or older Torpedo!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 8.20.15 poured into a pint glass
look is amber/orange with a decent white head that endured the beer and left some nice lace on the glass
smell piney, hoppy malty and slightly grassy
taste pretty much same, pime, hops resiny with a somewhat bitter aftertaste
feel is crisp and effervescent very easy to drink
another classic from sierra nevada!

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Photo of BWED
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau.

A- Deep gold. Off-white head is rocky and towers. Great retention. Great lacing.

S- Piney and a little citrus zest. Spicy. Backbone is just a slight caramel, bread note.

T- Big pine, a little sweetness and citrus.

M- Medium body. Easy to drink, considering the ABV. Dry finish, a little astringent.

O- This showcases the hops really well. Well balanced, but it doesn't take away from the hop character.

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Photo of DavesBeerReviews
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite strong IPAs. The name says it all. After you drink a few of these you will feel like you got blasted by a Torpedo! Goes great with pizza topped with feta and spinach!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with about a 1/2" tall white head. The small head quickly dissipates. Good lacing as well. Smells quite hoppy. Initial taste is very fruity, citrusy and then finishes hoppy and dry like a typical IPA. The finish however is not as bitter as I was expecting so overall I really like this brew and look forward to more.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a good pace. Light stringy lacing clings to the sides and eventually slides into the beer.
The smell, reminds me of their regular APA, but the spice hits just a bit harder with the bitter pine even bursting forth heavier than the caramel base malts.
The taste copies the aroma nicely proving that the caramel malts slides even further into the background.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel about it. Bitter pine bursts in the harshness hitting my tongue appropriately as an AIPA.
Overall, when one isn't re-inventing the wheel, and looking at this beer as it is and what it was before the beer snobs got here, you know this is the standard. Of course, I'd have it again and of course I'd have this with food.

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Photo of Premo88
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(9/24/15 born-on date ... drank today 11/16/15)

L: brilliantly clear amber-orange, so perfect it's hard to stop staring at; strong percolation into a full 1-inch head of white/off-white foam with classic Sierra Nevada sticking and lacing; keeps a soapy-foam collar with big bubbles, slight skin ... what a beer should look like (I did not pour in the final half ounce or so, keeping any sediment/bottle-conditioning paraphenlia out of the glass -- glad I did!)

S: mango-caramel sweet; floral hops around the sweet, some pine, but it's hard to pull it out of all that sweet

T: bitter hops up front, candied hops on finish ... still bitter but there's some major sweetening out; bread malt peeks in, and it's the real thing ... not a mix of hops and malt turned into the mango/caramel flavor but a distinct breadiness, pilsener-style bread malt; lots of pine in the bitter bite; cracker even on back end -- this malt is something else; grain

F: light but decent carbonation

O: the grainy/cracker malt backbone is fantastic ... almost two months old and the hops are having no trouble showing through in the flavor -- the bitter bite is nice, floral, slightly piney; the nose is standard-issue caramel/mango, way too sweet, possibly a victim of age, though the overall quality of this brew proves you don't have to be right out of the vat to be a good American IPA. this one definitely belongs in my hops rotation when I play "who's freshest" with the American pales/IPAs/DIPAs in the beer aisle.

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Photo of laketang
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy orange with a tan/white head

I get malty must in a good way. no real pine or citrus.

its got some carbonated pizzaz, I could chew this, sweet and a bitter feel mix.

full mouthfeel. with a lingering bitterness.

I know this beer has been reviewed to death, and i'll say too that its awesome.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a golden amber with yellow highlights and a thick frothy head.

Aroma is a lot of citrus with biscuity malt.

Taste malty with balanced herbal and slightly lemon hops.

Its a classic.

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Photo of smanson56
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a back up beer in the Sierra Nevada Snow Pack I bought to really try the Coffee Stout. This beer pour a robust orange yellow color in my glass. Lots of hops in the nose. Not overly bitter to the taste a nice smooth drinking IPA. the mouth feel is correct for an IPA. All in all a good IPA for this mix pack. I will probably buy more on it's own.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy moley, I have never said anything ever on this beer for this website. 'Bout daggum time.
And for the life of me, I own a tulip, but I have never poured this beer into a tulip. According to Beer Advocate, we're supposed to put these in pint glasses, nonic glasses or mugs or steins. End rant, whatever, to each his own, right, here's the rest.
Tonight, this is from a pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle hazy burnt orange color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a nice pace to glide into a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was moderately string and thin.
The smell takes some citrus fruit to grind into a delicate spice with floral, herbal and piney hops to bounce into a delicate malt backbone.
The taste was fully bittersweet blended into the spicy component and offering a crisp sweet to spicy aftertaste and a nice enduring bittersweet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs right as an AIPA should. Spice clings to my tongue in a harsh way along with the bitterness.
Overall, for those that have taken a charge against Sierra Nevada in picking on the fact that they distribute everywhere, why is that bad if this beer is so good? And thank you GClarkage for adding it in 2006, its still going strong!

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,813 ratings.