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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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7,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,810
Reviews: 2,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 128
Gots: 548 | 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 MaxSpang


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter...

A - Hazy reddish/orange. The off white head dissipates quickly, and it has moderate lacing (for the small head that remains) throughout the session. The head becomes a mere sliver halfway through.

S - At first, there's a good amount of hops. Not overwhelming, but not quite underwhelming. Not the hoppiest smelling IPAs I have tasted. The hop character is more piny than citrusy, but it has elements of both. After my nose hits the "blind spot" - I smell a fair amount of grain and a good amount of sweetness. Some bread notes in the nose as well.

T - A tasty beverage! A nice amount of bitterness as you take a sip, but not over-the-top. A delicate sweetness backs it up. There are some good ol' American hops on the tongue, but more so in bitterness than in flavor. There is a bit of the piny character, and not much citrus to speak of. There's also a graininess that reminds me of bread and biscuit which mellows out while it warms. The bitterness shines after about 20 minutes out of the fridge.

M - A little on the dry side, but still very satisfying. Drinkability is moderate to high. It's a beer that you could easily sip while sitting on the computer (writing a review, perhaps? That's what I'm doing!), but it's also pretty quenching and goes down easily.

Overall - A solid IPA! Not my favorite, but this beer is pretty easy to come by so it's a great beer to grab at a place that is moderately stocked with craft beer. Or if you see it on the menu of a restaurant that serves OK beer - grab it and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:52:20 | More by MaxSpang
Photo of Bonis


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 8/3/11

A - Clear amber in color with a thick creamy off white head. Lace clings very nicely, good retention.

S - Very hoppy, piney and herbal. Hints of lemon dish soap make it into my nostrils (and no, there were no suds in my glass). A touch of caramel malt. Smells SN to me.

T - Taste follows the smell, minus the dish soap, which is good. A hop forward, very bitter tasting beer. Not great balance, but there is some nice initial maltiness that blends well with fruity citrus and piney resinous hops. Beyond that, I don't get much else (including no alcohol, good). Not the greatest IPA, but definitely a good tasting beer!

M - Medium body and carbonation. Lots of hop resin coats the mouth with each drink. Very bitter and lingering on the finish.

O - A pretty good IPA, but I'm obviously not a big fan of it like most other people. Glad I tried a sixer of it, and I'm sure I'll have it again here in a couple years. I guess that's the way it has to be when I have access to IPAs like Columbus and Two Hearted at any time. I'd definitely prefer to drink SNPA or Celebration Ale if I had to pick Sierra Nevada beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:32:53 | More by Bonis
Photo of Jerone


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a tinge of copper with a nice two finger off white head and some little bubbles, good lacing too.

Smell is of hops! Pine then citrus, and a bit of sweet malt too.

Slight punch of hops, pine and citrus with a nice bitter ending that sticks in your mouth. It is balanced by a bit of sweet malt in the middle. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation.

Very good IPA, well worth a try and it is available at most grocery stores!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 18:33:31 | More by Jerone
Photo of FreshmanPour77


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

Reviewed on 8-6-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, good head retention. Cloudy dark amber color with lots of carbonation present

S – Slight roasted malt aroma with tons of hops and citrus mixed in

T/M – Medium bodied, smooth hoppy flavor, citrus orange peel flavor. Nice piney back bone to this one

D – Very drinkable brew good summer time grill brew. Great hoppy flavor! I will have this brew again and recommend it

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:39:35 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of scottfrie


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours an even honey colored amber with a thick, oily, khaki head that faded into a greasy film that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of fresh grapefruit and pint with a hint of sticky caramel and bready crust beneath.
T: Bitter flavors of pine resin, grapefruit pith, orange zest and bread crust. The finish has just a tiny bit of sweet caramel covered fruits, and the aftertaste is bitter and lingering.
M: Medium body, resin-esque mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, and the carbonation is tingly and tight. Alcohol is hidden but the beer has a pretty good dose of pine and grapefruit bitterness all around.
O: Not my favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries. It’s good, just not my favorite bitterness combination. I’ll stick to Celebration and their Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 22:16:49 | More by scottfrie
Photo of aeolianshredhead


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich, copper colour with a vibrant off-white 2 finger head that lasts a decent amount of time. Nice lacing.

S- Smells fantastic! There is that dominant citrus/pine smell one comes to expect from an IPA but there is so much more. Rich,complex and very pleasant.

T- A truly delicious taste dominated by an overwhelming presence of hops. This is not without intricacy though, as I can taste a good amount of malt flavours and some green apple sweetness. The alcohol content is completely and utterly masked at over 7% ABV. I am very impressed by this.

M- The excellent level of carbonation really adds to the robust character of this beer. The body has a nice, sticky but fairly easy texture which, again, augments this brew's character.

O- This is an exceptional beer. This drunk with all the flavour of a double IPA yet with the drinkability of a single without any compromise at all. I love this and will be buying a lot more of it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:07:17 | More by aeolianshredhead
Photo of dali27


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep clear dark orange/amber. Nice thick head that has hints of orange in foam.

S: Strong good smelling hops aroma that I expect. Nicely balanced between strong hops and soft malts.

T: Piney hops flavor that carries forth nice bitterness. Sweetness of malts come through and makes the taste. Not as explosive as other IPA's, but I like the balance that's here.

M: Smooth medium mouthfeel. Feels just right.

O: Very drinkable IPA. Well balanced and worth drinking any time. Alcohol is nicely masked, I had no idea this was over 7%. Celebration is still my favorite, and I always like SNPA, but this is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:49:49 | More by dali27
Photo of nubz77

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:55:32 | More by nubz77
Photo of kwill


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic IPA. Great copper coloring with a perfect head and lacing. Just the right amount of hops to get some kick without destroying your taste buds. The only thing that was a bit lacking was the smell. It smells good, just not very strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:43:27 | More by kwill
Photo of rdub


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Wow, this is going to be great, I can tell. Dark golden color yielded a two finger billowy head. Bracing hops with just enough malt to carry them. Citrus and pine gently dominates the nose. Overall a very solid brew from a solid producer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 18:46:23 | More by rdub
Photo of Jeplacek


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- the beer pours an amber color with a decent sized head. I love the color of this beer.

S- smells of citrus, pine and definitely has a little floral smell as well.

T- PERFECTLY balanced. Wow I love the taste of this beer. The bitterness is there but it's perfectly in sync with the piny citrus malty backbone.

M- light to mediumly carbonated

This is my favorite easily accessible IPA. Definitely a good beer. Recommended for anyone

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:40:24 | More by Jeplacek
Photo of jgurley


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper color. Aggressive pour into my snifter leaves a rocky head and sticky lace as it recedes. Smell is faint. I get some hop and yeasty malt, but not a really forward nose. Taste is much more forward. Delicious citrusy hop profile and a malty backbone. Nice full sweetness across the middle and a dry bitter finish. Alcohol is present, but well hidden. Mouthfeel is sticky and refreshing. For the price, you can't beat this. A go-to IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:19:44 | More by jgurley
Photo of BeefyMee


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra's love letter to the hop. This is an awesomely jacked up IPA. Huge piney/sprucey hop notes accentuate the bold flavor profile. A sweet malt undercurrent gives this beer a solid backbone. At 7.2% the alcohol is barely noticeable, I would go so far as to say undetectable. One of the most drinkable hop monsters I've ever had. I'm glad they keep it in steady rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:41:44 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of magictacosinus


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice, bold amber/reddish color that is quite similar to SN's pale ales. Maintains a thin head throughout.

Smell: A delicious floral and citrus aroma. SN is already a great brewery when it comes to hops, but they really it right home here. There are sweet scents of honey malts, as well as grapefruit and oranges.

Taste: The hops taste as strong as they smell, but are immediately relieved by the sweet, creamy-tasting malts. There are light grapefruit tones, but most notable are tastes of oranges, lemons, caramel, and hint of granny smith apples. It is a well-balanced taste, and a very simple IPA recipe that works well.

Mouthfeel: If anything, this is one of easiest best quality IPAs to drink that I've found yet. It's not nearly as bitter as other easy to find IPAs (such as Ranger, Racer 5, etc) yet contains a smooth, beautifully balanced feel. While hops are priority in this beer, the malts play 45-55% of drinking experience on the palate, and more considerably so as it warms up. In fact, this beer should be allowed to warm up - it becomes drier, more bitter, and definitely not as malty.

Overall: An excellent IPA, and one that I used always have well stocked around the house. These days, I lean more towards other California IPAs such as Racer 5 and Stone IPA, but this is ridiculously good beer to EVER pass by the chance to drink.
Note: People at parties I've been to already love SN pale ales, but whenever I've had the change to bring these over, it appears to be a more well-received IPA - even amongst non-hopheads - due to the delicious maltiness that it holds.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 06:05:18 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 13oz tulip. Bottle is around forty days old. It is a beautiful orange red, a nice one inch sticky white head. Lacing everywhere, that sticks around the whole time. Smell is strong pine, grapefruit, and some pineapple. Taste is the same, plenty of carbonation and a great mouthfeel, on the heavier side. Very drinkable. This is one of the best IPAs and for a great price. Also easy to find and you can see how old it is. Sierra Nevada does it all the time, greatest mass produced brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 15:55:34 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Kaie


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

Two words. HOLY HOPS. This brew is filled to the brim with hoppy goodness. I wouldn't say its too bitter, But the first swig caught me off guard.

Over all It's effing delicious.You bet your sweet ass id buy this again.

Thank you SN! I'm a bit foggy on this brew's other characteristics as i was pretty tired when i cracked one open.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:29:05 | More by Kaie
Photo of JoLight


4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- The head is off-white, and the beer is a nice hazy, amber color. The head stuck around, about half of a finger's width, all the way down, leaving lots of nice lacing.

Ar- It almost smells of gummy worms... There's this sweetness, a piney, scent, and the malts. Yes - piney, citrus aromas backed by some malt.

T- The flavor is so pleasant. It's a perfect balance of malt and piney, floral/citrus hops. In other words, it's 50% creamy/malty and 50% bitter. But the bitterness is actually really, really nice. Even for those who may not like bitter beers, this is really a different kind of bitter. It compliments the malts so nicely.

M- the mouthfeel is medium.

O- Wow. This beer is worth the money. Go buy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 05:24:11 | More by JoLight
Photo of metal850


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Off white two finger head that leaves nice lacing and falls to a thick ring of bubbles.

S: Cascade hops, not much else.

T: Good malt background that balances perfectly with the citrus hops Sierra Nevada is known for.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

O: A nice IPA, a bigger version of their pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 21:15:48 | More by metal850
Photo of CuttDeez


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A pretty clear bodie except for the great deal of bubbles. A crisp deep amber orange body with a huge off white head that lasts for a long time and laces.

S - Good strong nose with very fresh citrus hops and a nice sweet malt background. Classic

T & M & D - A big citrus flavor right off the bat that smooths into some malted notes. The citrus is crisp and fresh and the malts on the back end are balanced and not overwhelming. Very clean and easy on the palate with only a slight bitterness. The body is medium to light bodied with solid carbination.

O - A fantastic IPA - What better than to enjoy it on AUG 4th #IPADay!!


Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:10:12 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of dansmcd


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A one finger head caps a furiously carbonated amber below, leaving a foamy lace.

S - Like a damp morning in a pine forest, but also very fruity. Mandarin but mostly grapefruit.

T - Grapefruit up front and then very bitter with some heat also. Works though.

M - light to medium body and high carbonation.

O - A complex and interesting drop. Im new to such hoppy beers so its a bit much for my palate to session on at this stage but an enjoyable beverage nonetheless. Will revisit after a few more IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:50:42 | More by dansmcd
Photo of aasher


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm hosting a tasting at work for International IPA Day so I might as well rate a beer. This one pours a bright and clean copper in color with a white lacing around the glass. It poured light to medium in body. It smells of sweet pine sap, sweet caramel malts, is very dry and very resinous. The flavors are very dry and resinous. The hops flavors are sticky and again, very dry. It is one of the pinier IPAs I've had. It gives me pretty bad cotton mouth, which I don't prefer. Overall it's a good IPA I just don't care for how dry it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:43:55 | More by aasher
Photo of kagent777


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Utah State system poured into a 24 oz solo plastic cup, I am at a party what can I say.

Appearance: A solid light amber that is slightly hazy. The head stuck around for a while and left sticky lacing all over the cup.

Smell: The hops do not make too much of a statement in the nose, but I do notice the caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts followed but some middling bitterness. This is a nice IPA that does not lean too much to the hoppy side.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with good carbonation. This beer has a lingering finish.

Overall: A solid beer that is easy for me to get.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:27:04 | More by kagent777
Photo of biglobo8971


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

poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Nice head with good lacing. The first smell is bitter hops and citrus, and the taste follows. Lots of citrus and hops. The taste is more hop forward than what was expected. From the color, I was expecting more malt and sweetness. Overall a very solid hop forward beer. Will mos def make it a regular offering in the rotation. Very pleasantly surprised with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:22:43 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of boyessen


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

S: Malt with much citrus, pine, and floral tones.

T: Fairly Bitter with malt and citrus, with a little pine.

M: Average carbonation.

Overall, good, but comes off a little too citrus not enough bitter hops. Not as balanced as I'd like. Not as balanced as my favorite Southern Harvest IPA this IPA is just good. Waiting to try the northern harvest for my first time.
My first review of a beer on this site, struggling with descriptive words.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:21:21 | More by boyessen
Photo of avaldivia


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Nice off white head about an inch thick.

S: Grapefruit citrus dominates the nose. A bit of an malty note as well, but this one is all about the hop.

T: Awesome. The grapefruit flavor is again on the forefront. Fairly bitter, but more of a floral, citrus hop flavors. A bit of malt on the finish which keeps it from being a total mouth puckering IPA.

M: Medium to thick body. Good carbonation.

O: One of my personal favorite IPAS out there. I pick this up fairly often and have never been let down.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 17:17:56 | More by avaldivia
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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