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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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7,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,954
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 627 | 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 gskitt

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
Photo of bigkamp

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
Photo of output01x


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
Photo of SWMeyer4141


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
Photo of chicagoabbot


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
Photo of BMoldy

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
Photo of obrike


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
Photo of Looneybiz


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
Photo of ms11781


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
Photo of DrinkingDrake


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
Photo of livewire05


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
Photo of UTCengOwl


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Budweiser signature glass. Bought a sixer of this and this is bottle number five. Gotta love Sierra Nevada's affordability.

The pour is clear and halfway between gold and copper. Decent white head that has good thickness and stays around. Good lacing, too.

The nose is mostly hops. Smells like dank grapefruit pith and maybe some cat piss. Mmmm... Citra. Not the best combination of hops I've ever sniffed.

The taste is a bit richer than the nose. Carried by the bitterness, there's a tropical pineapple flavor that complements the grapefruit. Still a bit off from my preferred flavor, but it keeps things refreshing and drinkable. Not bad, but I'd be a lot happier with some Amarillo hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:29:47 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours extremely clear. Redish gold in color. Poured a 2 finger creamy off white head that lasted about 5 minutes. Settled to a nice sized head with mild carbonation is present. Incredible lacing that lasts the whole glass. Gorgeous.

S: Subdued scents of Cascade, Citra Hops, grapefruit, light malt, very slight pine and grassy notes. Not too overly powerful and have to really try to smell all the elements.

T: Very bitter. It hits you right off the bat. The bitterness also is the major element that lingers at the end. The middle is my favorite part of this beer with lots of hop flavors, especially citrusy grapefruit.

M: Very spicy and hoppy which leads to a full bodied brew.

D: Easily could drink a lot more. I like the bitterness of the beer that lingers but the upfront bitterness without more citrus is disappointing for this Extra IPA. The aroma should have been stronger especially with the addition of Citra hops. I would buy again but it's not my favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:37:57 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of flyingspatula


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

Appearance: Great clarity, golden color, nice carbonation. Average size white head.

Smell: Good barly/hop meld. Lovely aroma.

Taste/Drinkability: Very smooth. Bitter, but a pretty accesible IPA.

This would be a good IPA to start someone who doesn't appreciate craft beer out with. Will be drinking more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:21:06 | More by flyingspatula
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of those beautiful Pacific coast hops; highlighted by floral, citrus, and lighter grapefruit. A little bit of bready maltiness is also detectable.
The tastes follow the nose, but reverse. Initially you are introduced to the full bready maltiness but soon after you are welcomed with the greenery. Fruity and grapefruit are in the forefront with lesser amounts of floral and pine flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is full and sticky/chewy but finished quite dry as well. Overall this is a great beer, the drinkability isn't the highest because of the higher ABV, which lowers the sessionability, but I'm really nit-picking at this point.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 16:21:27 | More by claspada
Photo of JCaweinstein


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Poured from a 12oz bottle coded (0356 218 09)into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours an off white, two finger head. Deep amber in color with a decent amount of carbonation. Lacing left as I drink it down.
Smell: I smelled the hops as soon as I poured this into my glass, also smell a hint of carmel sweetness.
Taste: I taste the bitter hops first, then a hint of a sweet malts and then a nice crisp, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and can definetly feel the carbonation in this one.
Drinkability: This is an excellent IPA. Stronger and more hop forward than SN Pale Ale (which I love) This I could drink all night long!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 23:46:52 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of ivanwatling

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice creamy head, cloudy copper colour, head still has a creamy appearance even after it reduces.

Smell: Strong floral nose, makes my tastebuds tingle

Taste: Bitter hops at first, undertones of malt. Nicecly balanced for an IPA, aftersate is lingering citrus biterness but not so much as to be overpowering

Mouthfeel: well balanced carbonation, lively enough to activate the floral hops but restrained enough to still allow the malt to show itself

Drinkability: Very pleasant, the aroma alone makes it worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 20:00:26 | More by ivanwatling
Photo of Duckmancgy

Alberta (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Laughing Dog pint glass.

My buddy gave me his last bottle of Torpedo with the promise that it would change my life, and he may be right.

Pours a gorgeous golden tawny colour with a nice finger to finger and a half of tan head that is lacy when it starts to dissipate.

Smells nicely floury and slightly citrusy, but also hints of sweetness from the malt.

First taste was surprising, it just may be the most balanced IPA I have ever had. Nicely sweet, bitter, acidic, citrus and piny notes, but nothing overpowering anything else.

Feels excellent on the mouth, nicely carbonated just enough to keep your mouth interested.

For a beer at 7.2% I think its dangerously easy to drink!!! No issue for me to go into a number of these in order. Definitely a must buy when I can find it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:08:16 | More by Duckmancgy
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

The color of this is a nice vibrant copper color that has a nice layer of foam at the top.

The smell of this one was some nice piney hops with a floral note and a dash of seasoning, pepper comes to mind mixed in.

The taste of this is a nice hop attack at first that gives way to a nice peppery pine taste with some definite hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel of this is pretty dry and I find it pretty drinkable and a very good choice for an IPA lover.

Definitely a good hop fix for those hop heads out there and a great choice for a session beer to me. I really enjoyed the taste of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 08:11:26 | More by IchabodcraneIpa
Photo of JesteR14


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice caramel color with a nice fluffy tan head that lingers on my tumbler. Once the head settles the small bubbles from the bottom just stop. Its clear and still in my glass, which is pretty interesting.

S- I like the smell. I was expecting a robust aroma, but i seems clean, hoppy and refreshing to the nose. Some pine also in the nose.

T- Wow this is a great brew. Its definatly an EXTRA IPA, and after learning about how they brew this beer, its mainly for hop heads. But the flavor is not to heavy and its surprisingly refreshing. One of my favorite IPA's. The balance in this beer is amazing. FRESH and powerful.

M- Not much carbonation and very smooth on the mouth.

D- I edited my review. Great IPA and definatly one of my favorite IPAs around..

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 06:11:43 | More by JesteR14
Photo of AwYeh


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint; bottled 12/22/10.

A: Pours a cloudy, bright amber-red color, with a finger of bubbly off-white head. Good deal of carbonation bubbles flowing throughout, and spotty lacing.

S: Grainy, caramel malt backbone accompanied by bitter citrus and pine hops.

T: Nice balance of sweet, caramel malts and bitter, citrusy hops- orange and grapefruit with a hint of pine. It may not be outstanding, but it's extremely solid- great flavor for such a widely available, affordable IPA.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth with a lingering sticky finish.

D: Goes down very easily; the enjoyable taste, mouthfeel, and price point mean I'll be returning to this one soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:06:17 | More by AwYeh
Photo of jettjon


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

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, nice clear coppery orange color with a bit of lively carbonation. Thin head of off white foam lingers; decent clingy lace. Nose of pine and citrus hops with some bready malt. In the mouth, it's up front nice and crisp, drawing attention to bold piney hops. Bitter middle balanced with some bready malt. Dry, bitter clean finish. Mouthfeel is nicely crisp and carbonated, yet wet and quenching. Drinkability is very good overall.

Overall: I found myself buying three more sixers on various occasions after I discovered this. Great stuff, and a nice break from my standby Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:37:11 | More by jettjon
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker]

Poured a reddish-orange that was a bit hazy with a medium sized off white rocky head that had very nice retention which allowed for some fair lacing. The aroma had a heavy dose of hops, a light grain malt and a horse blanket yeast scent with a nice citrus note that stood out rather well. It tasted moderately bitter of hops in the beginning and finished with a nice pronounced malty-bitter flavor that had a nice hint of citrus at the end, with the flavor only lasting a short time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with a very nice carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA that had a well balanced hop-citrus flavor working for it. I have to say I kind of enjoyed this one and I am not even a hop lover.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 20:39:39 | More by KajII
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very cloudy orange with 2 fingers of chunky head with a lot of lacing. I smell some malt and hops with some booziness, but the taste doesn't reflect the alcohol. It has pretty nice malty bitterness balance, but not near as good as Celebration. I don't get the fresh hop impression in Torpedo. There is a dirty/earthy pine taste, which I do enjoy as a variety in an IPA. As I drink through this beer, I notice dark fruits that are represented in the smell and taste. The body is mildly heavy, I think I will stick with just one of these. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 06:09:33 | More by beerdown77
Photo of esv


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

A) Nice, thick, creamy head. Off-white. Slightly billowy, about 1/2" and slowly drops. Leaves thick coating on the sides. Looks sticky. Head really sticks around. Orange mixed with copper. Very natural. Not bright orange. I think this is as good looking as an IPA gets.

S) Piney, resin. Grapefruit citrus. Some earthiness.

T) A slight syrup sweetness followed by a lacerating hop bitterness and grapefruit. Slightly medicinal. Bitterness stays on the tongue. This is a grapefruit beer with just enough maltiness to shine through and makes its presence known. Not at all a dry IPA. For me, this is the maximum maltiness I want in an IPA. Just a hint of cloyingness.

M) Medium mouthfeel. High-end of medium for carbonation.

I think it's a great american IPA. It's not exactly what I want, but it's a great IPA and pretty close.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:29:45 | More by esv
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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