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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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7,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,943
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 621 | 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 BeerCon5


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

Pours a dark amber color with almost two fingers of foamy/fluffy white head that remains for a few minutes.

The scent is of citrus and some pronounced piney hops.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, notes of caramel malt.

Medium body, crisp and quite dry, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a very easy to drink IPA, the flavor was solid and could easily be a daily drinker for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 14:51:23 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Brabander


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

Review number 300!

I got this beer in a trade with listenatjoes last thursday. I had some westy's for him and he gave me some beers from the States.

I have met the guys from the Sierra Nevada last year in Belgium and i think they are doing a great job with their beers and the way how they make them. Ken Grossman is quit a person!

Now to the beer. Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks quit good. Not much carbonation going on in the coppercouloured fluid. Nice head which stays for quit a while.

Smell is average, not really spectacular. The taste is a bit too bitter for me. The hops are a bit too much ahead. As a european this kind of hops
is something i need to get used to.

I have had better beers from the guys.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 09:45:01 | More by Brabander
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a good IPA, if a bit unbalanced. The hop character is very in your face with not a lot of malt in there to balance, but maybe that's the point. Very fresh tasting with pine, resin and citrus rind and then a finish that lasts for a long time. Smooth but then incredibly dry, leaving you wanting more.

Very nice beer but again I can't help but hoping there was a bit more balance. I find myself comparing it to DFH 90 minute but with less of a malt profile. That keeps me from putting it in my upper tier of IPAs, but can understand the appeal.I could revist this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 03:22:44 | More by BucBasil
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a copper or caramel color into the glass with a big thick foamy head which stuck around and left lots of lacing.

S: Lots of pine and resin. Interwoven are notes of grass and oranges.

T: Big pine hop kick upfront with a good amount of spiciness in the middle. Some caramel malt notes help the hops hold on to the end which comes with a huge bitter slap. Astringent alochol sneaks in and out and so do apples. Finishes crisp and bitter with strong acidity.

M: Medium with a little fizz

O: Great piney, resiny hop bomb that finishes with big bitterness. Could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:36:08 | More by legalpete19340
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard as the Glass of the Month.

A- Clear dark amber color with very high carbonation, and rocky finger of white head. Thick clumpy lacing as well.

S- Aroma of orange citrus, grapefruit, and pine

T-Strong pine taste, overall a pretty bitter beer, some light citrus notes

M- Highly carbonated, finishes dry, and very crisp

O- Overall the pine taste of this beer was too strong, not very balanced, and tasted a little too one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 04:24:26 | More by Hoptometrist
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark orange

Head: Big frosty light tan head that leaves a heavy lace on the sides of my glass

Smell: Rich malty grains with a deep dark citric bitterness

Taste: Starts off with a bright citric that moves to a dark bitter that fallows with a light maltyness

Weight: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation

Finish: Malty sweet bitter hops linger

Second Tasting

Appearance: Clear and orange

Head: Light frosty tan head that holds a nice lace as the beer goes down

Smell: Sweet grains with a deep dark bitter citric

Taste: Bitter hops with a sweet malt

Weight: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops that sticks on the palate and lips, yum!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 04:12:54 | More by Snow81
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, thick and super tasty brew that really has a great taste and leaves you wanting more of this super tasty gem. Puts you in the zone of feeling great too.

This is what I envision the beers of the Colonial times being like and when beer was something superior to what was mass produced and served in a can (or bottle ) and passed off as good domestic American beer throughout the 20th century.

My .02 cents for what it's worth...enjoy !

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:24:40 | More by Whitley
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

A- Bronze, slightly hazy color, with foamy 3/4 finger head. Transformation to thick lace took about two minutes, and the lace retention is pretty good.

S- the glass is in front of the monitor as I type this review, and I'm getting whiffs of hops from two feet away. Hopy, pine scents (more of a pine edge than citrus). Pleasant force of the aroma- solid but doesn't knock you over.

T- Mmmm, a good strong IPA- hop from front to finish, with hint of malt. Compares to a slightly stronger version of 60 Minute IPA. Yum.

D- You have to be into bitter IPA's to want a few of these- which I am, and I do! This is a good example of an American IPA- full body and sharp bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:24:12 | More by CraftAleRookie
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark burnt honey color. Nice creamy head with good retention and some light lacing.

Smell: Instantly bitter. Smells fresh and finely balance. A sticky resiny hop profile matches with a brilliant woody piney smell. There is smell of pale and crystal malts to back this IPA up. Some astringency. There is a powerful alcohol smell that is barely masked by the incredible character.

Taste: Wow. Much maltier than I expected. I'd call this an autumn IPA. Good caramel Malts blended with nice sappy hops. Some flavor of peach and lemon zest. Slightly burnt flavor that I enjoy. This is a dream beer for me.

Mouthfeel: There is a good creamy mouthfeel of deliciously balanced sweet Malts and bitter piney hops. Finishes perfectly leaving no aftertaste. Well done.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Watch out for the high ABV. It's a shame more breweries can't put out more affordable IPA's as good as this.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:23:03 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the best ipas. gorgeous golden amber, thick white head. smell is floral grapefruit citrus, bit of sweet grass. the flavor is dry hoppy goodness, tart citrus, mellow pine, and it goes down smooth and heavy, yet still feels crisp with it's dryness. love it! to me this is a perfect example of what america has done to the india pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:59:04 | More by aaron12
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear amber orange - had expected some cloudy particulate that often accompanies a double or extra IPA. Nice lacing appears after 1 finger head starts to settle.

S: Pine with citrus. Quite fresh and appealing.

T: Nice forward hops - finishing pretty smoothly. Good balance of malty sweetness. First couple tastes had bitter finish, but after third or fourth that had faded away.

M: Smooth and warm. Not much in the form of active carbonation tickling the tongue.

O: Great beer from always consisten SN. Thoroughly enjoying it, and will probably have another shortly.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 23:58:25 | More by henryd30
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark orange color....with a fast fading white head....the lacing sticks very nice...

smells like some sort of earthy bittering hop....i'm not a huge fan of the smell...i don't get any of the malt in the nose

what the nose lacks...the taste makes up for....taste very piney....earthy and a small amount of citrus....the malt comes out in the taste as well....pretty bitter beer....i don't think its balanced that well!

the feel is very carbonated....very nice....

overall i would say its decent beer....the first couple of times i tried it...i thought it was skunked but come to find out thats the way its suppose to taste!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:46:18 | More by nickthegun12
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - nice hazy amber w/ an off white head, about two finger. I noticed that the head dissipated very quickly. About 3/4 of the way through my glass, there is sporadic lacing - not much, but pretty standard for this style.

S - the first thing on the nose for me is the malt sweetness, followed by big hops. I like this a lot - it smells like it will be very well balanced, even w/ the heavy hop aroma.

T - strong bitter hops on the front end, mild malt flavor in the middle and a nice crisp fruity finish. Definitely citrus and pine flavor mixed in with the hops, and even some apple notes on the finish. A very nice IPA - it has strong hops but balanced very nicely.

M - crisp, nice carbonation. Doesn't stand in the way of the flavor.

D - I keep coming back to how well balanced this beer is. It does a nice job of having complex flavors and making them all work in harmony. Too often I've found IPA's to be very heavy on the hop bitterness, which I like, as long it has a good malt backbone to balance that bitterness. This hits the spot in that regard and is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 18:59:02 | More by lawlerj
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wish that this could be my go to sixpack down here in NZ, but alas.

A: Golden orange with a nice foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Fresh 'C' hops, and a nice biscuit back bone

T: Fresh hops, biscuity malts, superbly well balanced

M: Fresh and easy. Inviting you to sip more and more

O: I used to put down 2 or 3 of these a night. This is an absolutely great IPA at an absolutely amazing price. Fantastic value for $ in CA

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 06:02:01 | More by francisweizen
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour produces a decent white head on top of a golden, orange, hazy hued brew. Lots of stick and lacing. The oily and resiny bitterness of the hops hits you right away, but doesn't stick around. Not to much citrus, but pine and bitterness are prevalent. Mouthfeel is one to be expected, puckering and bitter. This is a solid American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:56:31 | More by gskitt
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Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A slow pour led to a one finger white head.

The smell is of sweet malt with citrus in the background. I was a little suprised by this, seemed dark for an ipa.

The taste was a little suprising to me. It was pretty sweet and the hops didn't come through as I would have liked. A good amount of bitterness was there, but it was not the smooth bitterness that I was looking for.

Drys the mouth a bit and doesn't go down smooth. I am a huge fan of IPAs but this one missed the mark for me. I was expecting more from SN

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:24:22 | More by bigkamp
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1.5-finger thick cream-colored head. It disipates within a couple minutes leaving a thick foam covering both the beer and the sides of the glass. The body is a clear honey color with a good stream of rising bubbles. Lacing is as good as a dry irish stout.

Fresh floral hops, with a little malt. Earthy and wild in the nose.

Surprisingly and strikingly bitter from the beginning of the sip to the end. Wild greens like dandelions or gourmet lettuce. Despite the strong bitter, it is still somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel is nicely medium. Easily drinkable but it coats the mout nicely.

This would be a hophead's dream, except most hopheads have already discovered this great go-to.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 05:32:05 | More by output01x
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking these for a while. When I don't want to drive far I just go 1/4 mile down the street to HEB and pick up a 6 pk for 8 bucks.

Appearance-Poured copper with a very small white head that is gone very quickly.

Smell-Great contrast of Pine and Citrus. I know it's only 7.2 ABV but I can get some characteristics of a double. Tropical fruits and citrus. Great aroma

Taste-A little bit mellow for a "DIPA" or "Extra IPA" Don't get me wrong its great tasting, but not as pungent as most DIPAs i've had. You get some of the citrus upfront and ends in bitter hops. Very good example of an IPA for someone getting into craft beers(one of the first few I tried).

Mouthfeel-Fairly light, with a perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall-This Is a very good, an affordable beer. I can't tell you how many nights I've just sat around drinking 3 or 4 of these. One of my go to beers.

Next Up..Ruination or Lagunitas Old Gnarlywine...I should probably eat first.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:07:56 | More by SWMeyer4141
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...very generous head on top of a slightly brighter body than their pale ale. This is an interesting one, because the abv is a little big for an IPA, but the hop profile is mellow for DIPA. I guess it is exactly what they say, an Extra IPA...a little extra abv, but still an IPA. Duly noted that their are other IPAs in this abv range. The taste is bitter, but decently balanced. Recommended, never going to be one of my very favorites but definitely an enjoyable brew and not badly priced either.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:48:58 | More by chicagoabbot
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New York

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

A vigorous pour yields a golden peach colored brew with a soft, faint brown, two-finger head. Good retention with a lovely residue down the side. Very fresh hop aroma that alternates between fruity and piney. A little difficult to pick up on other scents, however. When I first took a sip, I thought I'd accidentally opened a bottle of Celebration, for they really are very similar. Unlike Celebration, though, Torpedo derives most of its flavor from a very strong hop presence that really overshadows the grain bill (I thought Celebration was a little more balanced and fuller in body, despite the lower ABV). Still, the bitterness is intense but well short of overpowering. Even more surprising is how refreshing this beer is. Very clean on the finish, with a slight lingering bitterness.

This is sure to please any hop lover, I'll say that. As a rule I've found with IPAs that I have a tendency to over chill them, so don't make the same mistake! It's very easy to lose the different hop flavors in this brew, so better to drink it slightly on the warm side. Now if only my supermarket carried Bigfoot...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 18:58:21 | More by BMoldy
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good offering from SN, and at $7.50 a sixer, or 13 bucks a 12 pack if you're lucky... a fantastic deal.

Nearly perfect looking beer in a pint glass. Nice copper color and great lacing.

Smells ok. Crushed pine needles in a glass. But something else a bit off putting...not sure what.

A good tasting IPA, but not my favorite. The balance here is a bit off to me. Hoppy as hell, but not as flavorful as Celebration in my opinion. The hop/malt combo seems to be off just a bit.

Pretty darn drinkable, but 3 to 4 of these in a sitting is definitely enough as the alcohol over 7% will certainly do the trick. Still, a very good IPA, especialy for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 15:03:03 | More by obrike
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and it comes out a very rich and deep bronze color with a full finger+ head. Leaves rings of lace after each sip.

The aroma makes your mouth water. You can pick out the different hops used and the citrus and pine aroma hits your nose hard. This has been the best smelling beer I've had in a while.

Upon drinking you get the rich full flavor of complex bittersweet hops that stays with you for a while.

Mouthfeel is right just enough carbonation.

Overall its worthy as a special treat beer when you want something to sip on that has full flavor nad a hard hoppy bitterness. Sierra Nevada accomplished what they were after with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:34:21 | More by Looneybiz
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/05/2011. Reviewed on 01/26/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orangish amber color with a thick, fluffy 2 and half finger head. Head reduces down to about a finger of off white foam that sticks around and leaves great lacing on the glass.

The nose is dominated by piny hops. Some citrus and fruity hops are present but the pine is what really shows through. Not much detected in the way of malt, perhaps a bit of sweet malt, but it is pretty weak.

Just as in the nose, the taste is all about piny, resinous hops. A hint of the fruity hops that were in the nose and a more defined, sweet, malt character are present but they are bookended by pine at the front and in the hugely bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp and smooth with a very bitter finish. Resinous hops stick to the tongue long after each sip, drying out the finish a bit.

Drinkability is good. Definitely a beer that could be consumed in multiple pints over a decent amount of time. The bitter finish might eventually make you want to move on the something else but a few of these isn't out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 05:18:54 | More by ms11781
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a copper color with a mild red hue. Clear and a thing head that left a solid lace for the entirety of my pint glass.

Upfront in the aroma is a lot of zesty citrus with a good amount of pine resin. As it warms the hop characters that show remind me of some of the botanical aromas that come from a fine gin. Fruity and zesty. A lemon grass and faintly biscuit grain aroma.

A well balanced pine/citrus/sticky hop bitterness is upfront but then balances out well to the middle with some solid juicy fruit and lemongrass grains. A dry medium/heavy astringency that gets heavier as you wait for the next sip.

Slippery on the tongue but a relatively light body the bitterness is mainly in the aftertaste so it goes down very smooth and makes you want another.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:43:24 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber color, lots of rising bubbles, thick head, good lacing.

Smell: Very hoppy. A good whiff of pine needles.

Taste: Fantastic bitter hops taste, pine, and slight citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue.

Drinkability: Great beer. I could see making this one of my regulars. I haven't even finished the one I'm reviewing, and I'm already thinking about pouring my next one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:08:03 | More by livewire05
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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