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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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7,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,783
Reviews: 2,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 128
Gots: 534 | FT: 1
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 idurra


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish copper color, with an thick, creamy off white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of the typical citrus and hops of IPAs, but the citrus is peculiarly grapefruit like. The first sip had very pleasant floral and herbaceous quality, grapefruit again, but no bitterness. Second sip, I noticed pine resins, still very pleasant. Subsequently, hops bitterness becomes more evident, with a dryness and tannic feel on the tongue that is less pleasant. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:33:01 | More by idurra
Photo of JohannBock


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice 2.5 finger head that recedes into one finger on top. Bright amber if I can say that. Deep shades of orange in there. Fantastic lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Hoppy. Some grapefruit, piney.

T: Really nice. Hop kicks your palate the whole way through. Some grapefruit rind upfront followed by that pine I smelled. Maybe a little bit of malt trying to sneak through near the front but this is definitely got hops if you are looking for them. Finish lingers on the back of your tongue but not too long, invites you to take another sip right away.

M: Crisp, refreshing. A nice carbonation prick on your tongue.

O: Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. I could see this being a very nice go to IPA. Good Stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:01:24 | More by JohannBock
Photo of IPhantom


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous amber-red color poured into my bellowed pint glass, with an enticing "drink-me" head that dissipates quickly (lacing sticks around, though). Smells like a really healthy breakfast...grapefruit and a toasted english muffin. Taste is exceedingly well-balanced. Hoppy enough for a hop fan, with enough backbone to be introduced to a casual beer drinker. Outstandingly (to my mind) light and crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable on account of the balance, but still sharp and piney on the back.

Very good stuff, I might have to Pepsi Challenge it with the base Sierra PA, but right now I don't think I would go back.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 23:52:58 | More by IPhantom
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 BucannonXC5


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

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was copper. About a ½-inch of head. Light lacing on top. Some film on the sides after initial pour, and lasted on the sides after. Looked good.

Smelled of a balance of citrus hops, pine/spruce hops and caramel malts. Also a sharp, bitter alcohol smell at the end. Good mix.

Initial taste was slight caramel, followed by an astringent pine flavor. Some citrus in there, too. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Still good flavor all the way down.

I’ve had this before, but this was my first time reviewing it. It’s a Sierra Nevada, anything less would be a surprise.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 05:59:09 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

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

on tap at the Dutch. pours a nice pale hue, sticky head with good retention. grapefruit and pine dance on the nose. caramel joins to party on the tounge. bitterness is cutting but palatable. alcohol warms. this is a nice beer to sip in chilly autumn temps.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 21:11:30 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz SN style brown bottles poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip imperial Pint glass.

A - copper in color. Bright and clear. Pours a thick off white head. Creamy head and sticky lace are fantastic.

S - pine like hop aroma. Grapefruit is dominate and tops off the citrusy smells of lemon and other citrus notes. A hint of grassy hops with a touch of pepper as the whiff continues.

T - fruity and citrusy notes of grapefruit, crisp apples, and a little bit of lemon. Lovely pine notes up front and linger around the rest of the way. This ipa is very well balanced in taste and full of different flavors. A hint of pepper or maybe even some sort of spice in the background of this brew. The hoppy flavors are there from the start and continue quite nicely to the finish when a perfect touch of bitterness creeps in.

M - upper medium to full body. Very well carbonated and drinkable even at 7.2%. this beer was pleasantly smooth, crisp, and clean in the mouth.

O - Sierra Nevada are very underrated in this day and age, and I'm not sure why. They should be a lot higher in the top 100 rankings ive seen. This brewery just keeps pumping out quality and class in a variety of styles. This is one of the best Am IPAs I've ever had anywhere. Has a great look, fabulous aroma, a variety of flavor, and is drinkable. What more could anyone want from a craft ipa? This is an amazing IPA from a world class outfit at Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 13:54:17 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of klaybie


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colored with an excellent 3 finger head (after a vigorous pour). Very nice lacing, head retention is excellent.

S: Grapefruit and some piney hop resin aromas.

T: Grapefruit and resin flavor, much grapefruit than resin but its there. Nice bitterness at the finish, no malt detectable at least to my palate.

M: Medium bodied, creamy. Nice carbonation, light but enough to let you know its there.

O: A great beer from a great brewery, Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint. I will be buying Torpedo again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:59:09 | More by klaybie
Photo of pBRale


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 8-23-11

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber, creamy off-white head that settles slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: A powerful burst of a plethora of hop notes--pine, grass, lemon, citrus. A very inviting beer.

Taste: An almost caramelly maltiness initially followed by lots of hops. Tastes of pine and citrus. Bitter finish that is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Average carbonation and very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious Extra IPA that I will definitely be buying more of in the future. A standard.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:31:16 | More by pBRale
Photo of bramsdell


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

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a gold with some ruby to it. Huge, soft white head. Bubbly and thick looking, this is some good head. Excellent retention, the head never fully recedes. Excellent lacing, as well, as the foam will not leave the side of the glass, all the way to the end.

S: Smells strongly of piney hops. Smells very hoppy, but not as sweet as many stronger IPAs, which is a big plus to me. Has the bitter with a bit of sweet aroma. A bit of citrus, but mostly a very piney aroma.

T: The taste is what sets this beer apart. It's a hoppy IPA, so the first taste is obviously the hops. They're not quite as piney as their smell, but pine is certainly the first taste I recognize. The hops smooth out very quickly, however, which was a big surprise to me. After the initial flavor, everything smooths out. There is really not much in the way of malt flavor, but then again, I doubt anyone bought this beer with any expectation of such. The final taste left is a nice, bitter hop note. No specific pine/citrus flavor, but a definite hoppiness. Never found the flavor to be overly sweet, as I tend to find many stronger IPAs.

M: Great. Feels very carbonated when it hits the tongue, but reveals itself to be far less bubbly. Smooth and sweet on the tongue. Does not make me recoil from bitterness, but leaves me wanting to re-up the flavor after just a minute or two.

O: A very nice stronger IPA. This is not a hop-bomb of some 10% IIPA, but it is certainly more agressive than the regular SNPA. Overall, this is a good beer for those who love hops or for those who don't like hops but feel like the occasional hoppy beverage.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:10:27 | More by bramsdell
Photo of Crossmd


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Pours a lucid red-copper with a structural 3 finger eggshell head. Great retention.

Smells of pine, a lot of grapefruit and a hint of soap suds.

Slightly creamy malt core is overtaken by a wave of sharp, clean grapefruit hops dries down clean, if resinous- with only the hops lingering 10 seconds or so. Good amount of booze warmth too.

Mouthfeel is fairly oily, coating of the palate, with a hint of effervescence, but really only there for the slightest support.

Overall, a host of big clean hops, lot of huge grapefruit that lasts for days. Not a lot of subtlety or layering of flavor, but I guess that's the "Extra" part. If the citrus IPA's your thing, don't hesitate.


Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:41:17 | More by Crossmd
Photo of BrewMaester

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange color with a thick head. The nose consists mostly of hops with some citrus. The taste is on the bitter side with pine, hops, grapefruit and malt. Its a full bodied creamy IPA that is better than most it is very dry especially on the finish but the flavor is superior to most IPAs i've had

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:51:53 | More by BrewMaester
Photo of setexascustoms


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A nice deep amber, pretty clear but with a fair amount of sediment. A half inch of off white head, nice retention and lacing has a lot of stick.

S- Floral citric hops, spicy with a faint malt backbone. Pleasant and clean.

T- Wonderfully balanced, not as bitter as I expected. A lot of citrus with bitter rind, enough malts to hold it up. Bitterness lingers in the finish, but never overwhelming.

M- Full, chewy and oily hops. Coats the mouth well.

O- A delightful IPA, enjoyable and something I'd recommend and buy again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:18:36 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of musicman575


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange-ish amber with a weak head. Wait, the second one had a better head, wait, no, it's gone.

In the five minutes I've had this in my glass, two fruitflies have found a happy ending in it. It does have a fruity aroma of citrus and and syrupy canned peaches with good sweet malts. Also some booze.

The bottle says "Extra IPA". It is similar in quality to other beers that bear similar titles, but doesn't have the hops to back it up. Overall, it seems to lack the love and ingenuity of other beers in this category.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:31:30 | More by musicman575
Photo of rlee1390


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

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head.

S-Hops mainly pine and grass note but there is some citrus as well

T-Great balance between the earthy and citrus hops. Decent bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, smooth with some carbonation.

O-A decent IPA, there are better but as with everything from SN solid and can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:28:30 | More by rlee1390
Photo of SDtastentune


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker orange with some yellow tints, small head that leaves some ok lace on the glass.

S - Hops, smells like bitter sweet grapefruit, little bit of bready malts, some alcohol.

T - Taste is a bitterness of grapefruit and orange peel, great bitter aftertaste, tastes like an oldskool ipa, some malty thing going on as well.... great balance between hops and malts.

M - A little fizzy upon first sip, medium carbonation with small bubbles. Bitter aftertaste.

O - Overall this a fine example of an ipa, kinda old-skool ipa flavor with a nice balance between things. Usually cheaper then most ipa's, 12 pack availability make this a winner compared to some other ipa's. Seems better in a glass, brings out some smell and taste in my opinion. Compares slightly to stone ipa, ballast point big eye etc.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 21:39:20 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of AllHatDavidson

North Carolina

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

A bright amber with a large airy foam head. Interestingly, the caramal malt dominates the nose, with the piney/citrus hops subdued. There’s no doubting the hops in the pallet, as they charge full steam ahead. Doesn’t have that chalkiness that this level of hopping can come with, just a big and clean bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 20:24:15 | More by AllHatDavidson
Photo of lwillitz


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - thick, sticky off-white head over a slightly-cloudy golden/orange body

S - citrusy hops, pine, and faint grass

T - pine and grapefruit with a pleasant malt presence; bone dry finish; well-balanced

M - well-carbonated full body; creamy; very enjoyable!

O - Torpedo is a solid IPA. It may have more malt presence than is typical for the style, but the pine and citrus notes from the hops remain the primary feature.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:32:15 | More by lwillitz
Photo of onefalsemove711


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Amber color with a finger and a half head that sticks around for about 2 minutes. A thin layer of silky lacing stays around for the duration.

S - Malt and must with a little citrus sprinkled in.

T - Bitter and hoppy with a nice touch of malt. There's also a little bit of citrus and pine lingering about.

M - Carbonated and smooth. Very satisfying to say the least.

O - A really good everyday IPA that showcases a great balance between hops and malt. As always, great job SN!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:27:35 | More by onefalsemove711
Photo of DogfishJoe


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured agressively into pint glass and produced a three finger head. Has a light amber color.

S. Sole heavy citrus smell followed by some slight pine and bready malt.

T. Light to medium mouth feel that starts with a little pine bitterness and then follows with a smooth bitter malt aftertaste.

O. Great ipa could use some more west coast influence IMO but for the price and availability you can't beet it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:26:02 | More by DogfishJoe
Photo of Kulrak


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

Pours a cloudy golden color with about 1cm of fluffy white head that sticks around. Smells of citrusy hops and flowers, very pleasant. It has a very hoppy/citrusy flavor, with a lot of bitterness in there. Can't really taste much in the way of malt. Mouthfeel is very creamy and heavy. Overall, it's a great IPA, but not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 08:03:04 | More by Kulrak
Photo of travipa


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

for anyone who wants true and pure ipa, this is it. satisfyingly bitter with just enough smooth mouth to please the discerning palate. have tried
red hook's long hammer ipa, stone's ipa, flying
dog's snake dog ipa, harpoon's ipa, whole food's
four-in-hand ipa....

in the order of preference:

stone ipa
long hammer
snake dog

but the ipa that started it all for me was stone's ruination ipa...i can no longer return to
yellow "pissy" beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 20:18:03 | More by travipa
Photo of mayorwalda

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second review of one of Sierra Nevada's brews, I’m expecting good things.

Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA pours a really nice golden amber color and the head forms just like I expected from an IPA. The bouquet is pretty strong, giving off all of the piney, floral, (slight) citrus notes I was looking for. The head dies off into a rim of bubbles and leaves very sporadic lacing around the edge of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are almost nil, so I can see this sweetening up as I let it sit for a bit, which is something I've come to enjoy in Pale Ales.

Looking down into the amber depths of my glass I take my first sip and lo and behold! I got exactly what I paid for! Torpedo, in taste, is a notably floral IPA (though this taste could mostly be the herbs they apparently use as well) that allows you to focus on the bitter notes before you’re brought the delicate sweet taste of very light caramel malts.

As far as mouthfeel is concerned, well, Sierra Nevada has created the very typical IPA in that sense. You’ve got a crisp taste which is complimented by a clear, crisp beer that doesn’t give you too much bite from carbonation or (any from) alcohol.

What I like about this beer the most, besides it being a good example of a drinkable IPA, is that it isn’t too carbonated and as I had hoped, this minimal carbonation allows you to really taste the malt sweetness—something I’ve only recently become attuned to.

The skinny of it goes like this:

A: Really, really nice amber, golden color with a good finger-and-a-half head that leaves almost no lace.
S: Smell is great, smells like hopps and some faint grassy aromas.
T: You’ve got a typical IPA with a neat flourish. The subtle, sweet malty note makes this brew stand out a bit and makes it a pleasure to drink!
M: Mouthfeel’s good, lightly carbonated, crisp, clear, could drink these a while without becoming overwhelmed.
O: Sierra Nevada has kept their own pace making a somewhat less distinct beer with maximum drinkability, and I really think that’s the point.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 19:58:54 | More by mayorwalda
Photo of crunkchiggin2002


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

Appearance - Golden orange in color with nice head from vigourous pour.

Smell - Like a fresh cut christmas tree

Taste - Piney with some citrus and malt backbone providing nice balance.

Mouth - Resinous but not overly so.

Overall - A great DIPA that is acceptable both in personality and in price.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 18:08:53 | More by crunkchiggin2002
Photo of afdempse


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a pint glass

Pours with a huge off-white head that sticks around for days. Lacing is fantastic.

Aromas of intense candied orange peel, grapefruit and fresh pine.

Striking bitterness up front that is remarkably easy on the palate. Flavor offers wonderful evergreen and citrus notes, followed by a smooth alcoholic kick. Caramel malt and grain flavors float in the balance. Bitterness stays through the finish leaving you ready for the next sip.

Delicious example of the style. I'm glad that this one is readily available when I need my west coast fix.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:04:08 | More by afdempse
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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