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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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red amber with a solid two finger head that sticks like memory foam and laces beautifully as it sits. Aroma is slight. Pleasant, the usual citrus and pine, but you really have to dig in and snort it to find it. Taste is nice, hops forward, the bitterness leading with just the slightest amount of sweet malt in the background, which is a nice change of pace from the usual sweetness into bitterness schtick. Mouthfeel is fantastic, just enough texture to let you know it means business but not overly oily or syrupy. This is a fantastic brew.

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Photo of JDaV
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Close to it, but not quite a perfect beer. Not meant in a harsh way.
Poured into a pint, a brassy color with a light, pleasant haziness to it. Perfect, creamy, aromatic head that retains well and honestly just makes the beer look so good.
I have an awful nose, so I'm not the best to ask on the subject of that but this beer had a lot of good smell to it. Citrus, pine, herbs.
Taste is dreamy and perfect. Sweet but tart. Refreshing, but bitter. Fruit rind with just the right amount of spiciness. Floral and earthy notes, as well as citrus and even sort of... melon?? Then it hits hard with hoppy, herbal, bitterness that will make any hop head very happy. The dankness tones down into a subtle malty finish. This is a good beer for a flavor journey. mouthfeel is easy and pleasant. Perfectly drinkable. Very slight tingle of carbonation.
Overall I loved this beer. Its 7.2% alcohol so I'm not planning to finish this sixer tonight, a couple have left me feeling good. Personally enjoyed Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter more than I did this beer but this is definitely worth the acclaim.

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Photo of lamergod
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown clear body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Single finger head.

S-Really lacking in this department. Just a hint of smell. A slight piney smell. Dissapointing smell.

T- This is where it gets fun. A big mouthful of hops blast on to your palate. The bitterness lingers for awhile before dancing away into the sunset (Or in my mind it does) Absolutely fantastic.

F- Nice crisp beer. The way the bitterness dissipates is absolutely fantastic. Leaves with a malty slightly sweet taste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange body, prodigious carbonation, perfect clarity. The head deserves its own paragraph, but in a sentence, off-white, velvety, building itself into a mountain of smooth isohumulone alpha-acids and protein chains, dense, creamy, bitter, and utterly beautiful. The nose is intense with the bitterness of the usual orange peel, grapefruit, and pine notes, with some sweeter pineapple and apricot notes, faint malt. Taste favors the fruit, particularly grapefruit, but gives more reign to the bready caramel malt than the nose does, yet remains dry. Medium body, crisp carbonation.
It's got plenty of diverse hop notes, just enough mature malt to balance it out, and the right refreshing body to tie it all together. An everyday gem.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super resinous. Very piney aroma and taste.
Slightly thick mouthfeel. Im a big fan of New England IPAs (fruity/citrus) but for a west coast (piney) style this is very good.

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

L: Beautiful red-orange, a finger of slightly off-white head. Sparse amount of visible carbonation rising up the beer.

S: Strong pine-citrus, and tropical fruit aromas. Hints of citrusy resin as well.

T: Pine, spruce, tropical fruit (less intense than in the aroma), hearty malts.

F: Smooth, medium-heavy body. A nice amount of carbonation (slightly more than average intensity).

O: Overall, this is a great IPA with great tropical fruit flavors and a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 9/15/2015, now almost four months later. Don't know if it is an accurate portrayal, but I digress. Poured into a small pint glass. The color is a beautiful amber gold, with some cool lacing dissipating quickly. A small ring of foam stays on top throughout drinking.

Smell is absolutely nice, but is Extremely faint. Lots of fruity, rad hops, but I would love if it was about 5x more robust. The taste is quite different from the smell, with a strong bitter component and piney, resinous compliments. Leaves a bitter taste that is not too unpleasant. Very drinkable, I could put back about 5, but satisfying enough in the belly to not need to.

I wish that it was a bit more liberal with the flavors, but what it does right is the refined balance I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada's hoppy selections. They all seem quite reserved from my albeit limited experience. I like really loud, citrusy IPA's I must admit. I can definitely see the appeal to these beers; strangely enough the '15 Celebration with it's lower alcohol content had me buzzing a tad more.

Would certainly love to give it a go on tap or perhaps with a more recently bottled batch. Maybe I am missing out, and these have sat on the shelf for a while, but I have tried one or two from the style that stand out more (this beer seems to get a lot of hype on here).


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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice amber color with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a sort of sweet aroma, not a very powerful smell, hard to make a distinction. Has a nice crisp finish. Overall, a decent IPA

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one yet. The pour is a moderately deep amber in color with plenty of red in it. The head has great retention and lacing and is a great, creamy froth. The scent is a mild to moderate punch of hops, subtlely balanced with a touch of sweetness. When the beer hits the tongue, a mild burst of piney hops preside throughout most of the front half of the drink. The back half of the drink displays a bit of malt underneath the bitterness that balances the drink nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and decently thick, but still light enough to drink it.

Overall, this is one of the standards of IPA. Nothing terribly flashy, but always a solid pour and drink.

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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 ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear dark golden color with a nice white head. the aroma is full of hops, caramel and a faint hint of tobacco. The flavor is a crisp hoppiness of taste of nirvana.

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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 citrus fruit. Tastes like pine with melon, light citrus, occasional honey, and biscuity bread malts. Feels about medium bodied 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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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.