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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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7,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 7222
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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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer was from bottle and poured into a Sierra Nevada pint gas. Light head with citrusy smell. Hoppy and dry taste. Bitter flavor and taste did not linger too long. Good for one or two but not a session beer. Definitely enjoyed and plan on having again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:29:02 | More by AName
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper orange, very clear. Full, and persistent, pillowy off-white head that produces extensive lacing.

S - Big citrus and pine from the heavy hops, with undercurrents of floral notes and minerality.

T - The flavor delivers on the scent, with strong citrus in the form of orange and grapefruit, combining with pine, leading to a strong, bitter finish. This is an unapologetic hop explosion. The beer, given how big and bright it is, nevertheless balances fairly well. The close does quickly dissipate, and the bitterness build that I've experienced in other bright, hop-forward brews is minimal.

M - Clean, crisp, with high carbonation, and only some drying to close. The slight building of resins is restrained, and only noticeable to me when I'm drinking this brew without food to cut it.

O - After discovering the West Coast IPA through Stone, particularly in the form of the Enjoy By line, I branched out, trying various brewers. In search of Celebration, I came up empty initially, but found this fine entry. Torpedo, for being so solid, is surprisingly affordable, making it a great option for the every day quaff. But just because this beer is relatively cheap doesn't make it any less impressive. It is a very well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:11:44 | More by Tsar_Riga
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 19:11:12 | More by Michaelcbyrnes
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy amber body with a thick white head. A very good looking IPA.

S - Hops. Earthy, pine, a little citrus. A little subdued compared to the taste.

T - Deliciously hoppy from start to finish. Piney hop bitterness. Just a little, barely noticeable malt in the background. Dry pine and grapefruit finish with just a little sweetness to keep it interesting. As the beer warms the sweetness increases. Refreshing and flavoursome but never overstated.

M - Pleasant, quite full bodied and creamy.

O - A wonderfully hoppy and drinkable IPA. Bitter. A go-to beer when needing a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:12:42 | More by dc87
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Wow, this is just a truly amazing IPA! Wetter you drink it early in the evening or as a closer, it will never let you down. Not a session beer (even though I can really see myself bingeing on it) but one of the most drinkable complex IPA out there. Introduce it to non-IPA fans out there and they might very well like it. Ok enough of this bragging, lets get down to the serious stuff. For reference, I poured this one from a 710ml bottle into a regular tall pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/light amber colour with a good foam head that leaves a beautiful long-lasting lacing.

S: Floral and well balanced citrus with the slightest pine needles. A hint of sweetness and honey.

T: This is where this IPA truly reveals its world class character. Extremely well balanced light grapefruit and pine needles but with what it needs of malt sweetness for a well balanced IPA. Not too bitter or too malty, just what you are looking for.

M: Feels great. Thick but not too much. Good carbonation.

O: IPA's are my regular session drinks and whenever I try new ones, which is most of times, I still get at least one of these Torpedos for reference as it is honestly the best IPA I've had this far. And believe me, I've tasted quite a few!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:58:32 | More by Niceroad77
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark gold/amber with a small white head that falls to thin bubble layer with lacing that clings to the edge.

Smell is sort of simple with grassy and earthy hops,a mild malty smell, and citrus.

Taste is Lemon and pine, with grassy undertones, and a mild bitterness. It has a decent malty backbone to balance things out. Aftertaste is bitter hops with a fragrant mellow hoppy character.

Feel is nice with medium carbonation and a good balance of feel right between slick and light.

Overall a nice IPA that I won't hesitate to have but I like to see what other IPA's are out there since there are SOO many on the west coast its hard to pick from.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:34:32 | More by BastardKing24
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3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper orange that's both dark and brilliant. Loads of fluffy batter-like head; body is free of carbonation. Pretty standard stuff for the style. Lots of hops on the nose, with some caramel and biscuit malt buried in the mix. This particular bottle isn't as fresh as I'd like; it's wasted away in my fridge for some weeks now, and spent God knows how long on the retail shelves before then. So perhaps the hops aren't quite as bright and alive as I recall from this brew in the past. Pine and citrus hops open the sip, followed by balancing malts and a resiny, bitter aftertaste. Drinks smooth. A tasty, reliable beer and a standard of the style, but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:43:25 | More by xabyss
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Sierra Nevada Brewing ' Torpedo Extra IPA' @ 7.3% , served from a 710 ml bottle purchased for $5.50

A-pour is a pale/yellow gold from the bottle to a clear golden amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a minimal lace along the pint

S-pine more than citrus

T-complex citrus pine herbal characyer of whole cone American hops

MF-ok/decent carbonation , big full body

Ov-big beer , good IPA , a must try if your ticking beers

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 07:48:06 | More by LampertLand
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A Unique IPA Citrus and piney comes on strong with a full body and pleasant dry bitter finish. I think this beer is the Demarcation Line that separates California Craft from PNW Craft Beers. It has to be the Climate, it can't be the elevation. It could be the Yakima Valley though!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:30:31 | More by ssteakley
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South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. poured into Pint glass

A: Nice hazy yellow, with good thick fluffy white head that left great lacing

S: good citrusy hop profile

T: Great hops flavor, lots of citrus and a nice bitter finish

M; Nicely carbonated and a dry finish

O: Solid IPA and at the price point, hard to pass up

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:08:26 | More by KTeamLSU
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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Great white head with lumpy lacing. Golden amber crystal clear beer.
S - 3.75 - Earthy hops, pine, floral scents, bready malts.
T - 4.00 - Earthy hop bitterness, pine, floral tastes, citrus zest, bready malt in the background.
M - 4.00 - light-medium mouthfeel, very bitter, aftertaste is pine/bitter hops, alc completely covered.
O - 4.00 - great beer, but not the best by far. There are tons of IPAs from Cali (Sculpin, Ruination, Pliny, etc) that I would rather have, even for the price/hunting them down. For the price it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 00:46:46 | More by ISmith87
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo is everywhere here in California, so it can often get overlooked or forgotten as a "had".

Picked up a bottle for this very reason and remembered why it is a benchmark for the style... bright amber gold, with the bubbles in this beer appearing to be magical, with heavy lacing all the way down.

Smells of intense pine and citrus, the beautiful Cascade hop shining like a diamond, definitely enough to make most novices take a step back and go "whoa" if they're used to the lighter end of the spectrum.

Taste is the knockout for me here... intense hops but with a heavy malt aftertaste (along with the lingering bitterness). If you like beers that "one-up" other beers and make them taste like water, then Torpedo is a great place to start (Hoptimum would be your ace in the hole though, I have to admit).

Standard, comes in cans and bottles, is bottle conditioned (I think?), and is everywhere. What more could you ask for? Great go-to when you dont feel like experimenting with a diceroll random and want something you know you'll enjoy.

P.S. If you don't know what an actual "torpedo" is in beer speak, you should look it up and check it out, it's really interesting (I won't spoil it for you).

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 07:12:50 | More by BaronRogue
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am convinced this one is better out of the 16oz can than bottle but it may just be the liquor store

A - Looks like any other "extra" IPA with the light amber, yellow orange blended color with solid lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Somewhat funky smell (I am slightly sick and snuffly) with pine and hops pushing through with the slight citrus fruit smells

T - Taste much more like the latter, piney hoppy grapefruit citrus fruit bomb with a sweet nice smooth finish

M - Quite smooth for the carbonation rather light and session able

O - Haven't had this beer since i really started getting into craft beer and wanted to go back and see how my taste buds had evolved. Quite the nice IPA the smell is a little off but the taste is delightful and the rating backs the taste. Affordable and easy to obtain

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 06:28:03 | More by drmcleod10
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A careful pour produces a thick two fingers of off-white head. Bright amber orange and a ton of carbonation visible. Lots of sticky lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Strong grapefruit, hoppy, some sweet malt.

Taste: Strong fruity hops and is well balanced with a kiss of malt. Fruity and delicious. Hop bitterness lingers a bit. Bitterness ramps up slowly as the beer warms. I get a lot of grapefruit rind and more citrus as the beer warms too.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, hops go through your palate smoothly. Feels like an IPA should in my opinion.

Just a solid IPA. Wouldn't expect anything less from Sierra Nevada. Delicious, refreshing, hoppy, and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:12:20 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz champaign flute. Color is slightly cloudy honey with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom, nice off-whit head and persistent lacing. Aroma is mandarin oranges, a bit of grapefruit. Flavor is full-on grapefruit with some light caramel and yeast. Not the most in-your-face IPA, but a bold one, complex and delightful. Mouth feel is medium-thin, withoderatr carbonation. Overall an outstanding IPA, and always one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:19:12 | More by Dsimenson
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New York

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rusty gold. A voluminous finger-and-a-half head. Beautiful lacing. I'm drinking it in my sub-freezing garage and it's still hanging on to the last drink (20 min).

S: Mandarin oranges, pine. Faint herbs.

T: Hardcore grapefruit. Herbal. Excellent hop bitterness up front. The taste really hangs on.

M: Firm and slightly heavy bodied. Buttery finish that lingers almost as long as the taste.

Excellent ABV

I really appreciate the grapefruit taste. It lingers long after the beer is gone; I'm convinced my breath actually smells better after drinking it.

This beer is a little slick. I think diacetyls are the things that make the slickness in beer. I actually like it, but I'm not sure I should. I found a page links this wort byproduct with Alzheimer's Disease. Does that one of my favorite beers is brain poison?


Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:54:15 | More by iliotib
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3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

first, i must say this is an extremely well crafted beer. appearance, head, lacing, aroma, mouthfeel are all spot on. taste is full, vibrant, snappy, and long-lasting. IF you are a fan of piney, resiny, sticky ipa's, THEN you will hit paydirt on this one. very affordable at $8.99 per sixer. i am not a giant fan of the piney explosions found in some ipa's, and i felt as though i were licking pine sap straight from the tree on this beer. again, nothing at all wrong with the crafting of this brew, but it is VERY high on the pine scale.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:18:57 | More by kismet
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Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 11 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer ppoured a nice orangey gold color with a fluffy 2 finger head that broke slowly leaving some interesting lacing.

The prominent smell was piney hops and malts. Some subtle citrus as well, but pine was dominant.

Taste was big hops and bitter. The finish stayed bitter which is not what I expected.

Mouth feel is moderate with medium carbonation.

What sticks out to me about this beer is the bitter finish. Usually I expect that to soften a little and mellow, but it did no with this beer. I am usually quite fond of SN beers, but I am not sure I'd have another of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:10:27 | More by polloenfuego
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3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- nice orange color with egg shell white head.

S- floral, citrusy, and hoppy. Pretty much everything they're going for.

T- follows the nose. I'm getting a big floral taste, big perfumey taste as well, A nice hop bitterness at the end, citrus, and grapefruits.

M- very smooth, easy to drink, middle of the road mouth feel.

O- overall a well made beer, this is my choice when I'm watching a game and want to drink a couple. Easy every day drinker. Just nothing over the top in my opinion, and a little too perfumey

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:10:59 | More by TheosTheories
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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Will somebody please tell me how Sierra Nevada can make an IPA with this much body and still keep it....sessional, or downright desirable? Well folks that's what this is; a very desirable IPA which is exceptionally good!

I had this poured from a bottle into a Tulip. Appearance is without flaw. Just a sexy looking brew that might remind you of a Canadian whiskey, if not for the wonderfully full head which sticks around and heavily laces throughout the experience. To the nose there is an enormous bouquet of floral hops. I definitely picked up some pine, biscuits and yes...I even got some Violet. As for the mouthfeel....well I've rarely experienced an IPA with THIS pleasant of a mouth-feel. In the mouth it is very very crisp but not unpleasant, actually it's as if your palate is being cleansed for the "fireworks". The taste is in fact the fireworks. My God! I can't say enough about how this beer has exceeded my expectations. Up front there is an amazing flow of hops, pine, biscuits and yes some violet. The beer finishes with something you'd think might keep the bitterness on you but in-fact it just teases you with more of a rustic pine...but a different "pine" than you'd think. This is the epitome of a FINE BOLD IPA. Yes, this is a very bold brew but one the "newbie" should be interested in and one where the "seasoned" enthusiast should be ecstatic about. AMAZING!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 09:03:19 | More by Khad
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful deep golden color with a nice 1/4" head. Beer is completely opaque, which is a nice change of pace.

Smell 4.0: Lovely bouquet with a great balance of caramel malt notes and grapefruit, pine and rosin smells from the hops.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Middle is tangy and smooth with a hint of barley and a mid-palete kick of hop alkalinity but little hop taste. Finish is where the hop tastes hit me: pine, citrus, chlorophyll...nice. Aftertaste was long and featured more of the lovely hop notes battling it out for dominance.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Good, but slightly off for me. It does not take away from the session, but does not completely match the other outstanding characteristics of this brew.

Overall 4.0: Great IPA. Very smooth, very warm and inviting and entirely sessionable. This baby has a big kick from its 7.0 ABV, but it is entirely unnoticeable, so be aware. This is an IPA that is focused on maybe one or two hops and the folks at Sierra Nevada have done an excellent job of melding everything together into one delicious brew. Kudos to them.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:53:45 | More by BeerDocT
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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Produced a plentiful head of off-white creamy foam, with excellent rentention. Colour is a slightly hazy gold orange brown, with steady streams of carbonation. 4
S – Grassy hops, lemon, tons of juicy grapefruit, the whole cone hops are jumping out of the glass, a bit of a ‘pithy’ earthiness, and a touch of sawdust. Steller. 4.25
T – juicy ruby grapefruit, cherries, tons of citrus and tropical fruits, passionfruit, pineapple, a thorough but gentle bitterness, this is juicy and balanced. Some biscuit malt comes through, a pithy herbal character that becomes pleasantly nutty and dry towards the end. Flavour is excellent.
M – the hops are quite a factor in the texture of this beer. Light start then a more full bodied middle, smooth light carbonation. 4
Really solid IPA, glad I got to try this, nice juicy hop character with slight bitterness. Super flavourful with great balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:59:59 | More by mick303
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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to Dark orange/gold into an upcycled mason jar. A cat's paw of off-white sticky head.

Hoppy/pine/dank bud like smell (it could be the cat- his name is Earl)

Nice balance of sweet/bitter.

Slightly oily, medium carb, chill.

Overall, this is always in the fridge behind the monsters of hops, but it is a super solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 23:09:32 | More by RyanOooh
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.8oz fatboy bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Golden-orange in color with a mild haze. Eggshell white head retains well at two fingers. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

S: Very dank, and catty even. Sticky bud. Earthy with aromas of pine needles and a suggestion of bark. Orange and lemon. Perhaps some pineapple and passion fruit. Toasty and bisuity malt base.

T: Big hit of pine and resin. Very earthy hops. Dry herbs, bark. High bitterness. It even begins to go a little soapy and catty. Tropical citrus notes of orange, lemon pith, and ruby red grapefruit underneath. Toasted hemp seed. Toasty and biscuity malt base. Hop oils. Lingering, herbal, leafy, and bitter hops continue to clamp down on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy with a light and effortless smoothness. Crisp carbonation has some bite. Enamel scrubbing hop astringency. Mild alcohol warmth. Very easy and refreshing to drink.

O: This is a very tough IPA to beat at its price point and availability. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for being able to make a beer this good consistently and in such large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:15:11 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber with a light foamy head that lingers. Smells of piney hops. Tastes of citrus and pine with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Mouth is nice, but nothing special. This is a well put together, easy-drinking IPA that's not full of itself (in a most excellent way).

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:31:27 | More by MartzMimic
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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