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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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7,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,939
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 620 | 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 Flounder57


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: copper with a frothy white head when poured into the glass. Head starts off big put a slight head remains the whole time when drinking the beer.

Smell: piney, hoppy,floral, and citrus notes.

Taste: Pine hops are strong throughout the drink and dominate the finish. Citrus flavors in the beer and the pine hops bring out the grapefruit taste, which is pretty cool. Very little bitterness and maltiness when drinking too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body that is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.

The first time I hd this beer was at the EBF last February and it only took me 8 months to finally find it in a package store. Well worth the wait and a step up from the SN Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 04:38:15 | More by Flounder57
Photo of bbkd3b


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of the Pale Ale, I'm looking forward to this. Poured into a pint glass.

A - The color's a beautiful copper, and it's clear as can be. I could see across a farm field holding this front of me, it's so clear. On the flip-side, the head is a weak 0.5-finger, and that's with a hard pour. At least there's some lacing, though.

S - Wow... potent hoppiness. It's like an IPA in an IPA, if you know what I mean. Pine and citrus hops all around. Very potent, very powerful... wondering what this smell would be like on my tongue.

T - Oh, that's what it's like: overwhelming. While I like the smell, the taste is exactly the same: hops overload. Pine hops, citrus hops, it's all there. Sadly, what it lacks is a bit of balance. The result is this sort of tongue-cutting beer that leaves me going, "Sheesh... couldn't they tone it down a notch?" Well-brewed, but over the top.

M - The not-surprisingly bitter finish is preceded by a nice, light body with good carbonation. Overall, it feels nice all of the way through. It almost floats off of the tongue. Very pleasant.

D - The good thing about most hoppy beers is that they get the easier to drink as you go on. This one is no different, and it's affordable. To rookies, though, this is going to be a tough ride.

Overall/notes - Man, this may be the hoppiest beer I've ever tasted. I've had Hop Stoopid and Pliny the Elder, too. What those two have, however, is a refinement this one lacks. A bit disappointed that it couldn't be more rounded off, but I'll live, I suppose. Fans of hops will adore it (as the rating suggests).

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 05:03:13 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of honkey


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper with a beautiful head which fades to a half a finger as the glass gets sipped (or in this case, gulped)

Smell- very floral aroma with a hint of sweetness that follows

Taste- hello hops! First sip shows a lot of hops flavor followed by a moderate sweetness from caramel malts. Usually, I like my IPAs to have very little caramel flavor, but SN has shown that even caramel malts have their place in an IPA.

Mouthfeel/drink- could stand to be a bit drier, but that is getting nit picky. A great IPA. I hope this becomes as easy to find as their pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 01:44:21 | More by honkey
Photo of ramseye4


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

Pours a copper color with a perfect 2 finger head that has great retention, splendid lacing follows the brew down the glass. Aroma is of citric hops, with some very subtle malt undertones. Has a very natural taste to it. Taste is of hops, hops, and more hops, the quintessential IPA in my opinion. The malt undertones complement the hops nicely, and the aftertaste sits perfectly in the mouth, but isn't too powerful. The ABV is completely hidden by the hop masterpiece. The beer is full bodied and thick, a tad chewey, and the carbonation level is good, giving it a bit of a pop as it slides around. Drinkability is surprisingly high, especially with how good this one tastes. I have put back a sixer in one sitting on a few occasions, not out of a desire to become inebriated, but because I really enjoyed the taste just that much. This is one of my favorite ales of all time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:09:50 | More by ramseye4
Photo of bigdonniebrasco


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

Appearance - The pour was nice, your typical IPA pour with a deep brownish amber, with great clarity. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top of the glass throughout the session, letting me know this one was definitely not going to be dull in anyway. A nice two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.

Smell - The aroma was rich with pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. Still though, this was a solid IPA, with a classic west coast aroma.

Taste - The flavor was spot on, and exactly what I had been looking for. The first flavor to hit my mouth was a deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well. Virtually no alcohol present, so I cannot imagine this one as coming off too terribly strong, it was a nice solid IPA. Some nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitter, with the long lasting taste of pine coming through quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this came off very smooth, and at the same time, quite refreshing and light. I really enjoyed how nicely this all came together here as it was quite lively and crisp and really the nice way to start an afternoon.

Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. Crisp, clean and with fresh hop bite, I could have continued to drink this one all day long. Every sip left the mouth dry, and left you waiting for one more.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:39:20 | More by bigdonniebrasco
Photo of WildTurkey


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

A: Amber to dark honey color. Thick 2 finger head. Creamy / Frothy.

S: Hoppiness. Heavy citrus - grapefruit and floral.

T: Fruit and citrus. Grapefruit tangy. Bitter and dry. Slightly piney and peppery. Good malt base.

M: Medium body. Very dry.

D: Hop forward but with desireable hop and Malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:25:02 | More by WildTurkey
Photo of crnipeter


3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

350 ml, BB 03.03.2011, into tulip. Pours clear, light coppery body overlain by beige head gradually collapsing to a thick, stable cloth that lasts.
Citrusy aroma (grapefruit), coniferous raisins, flowers, malty sweetness penetrating through the hoppy aromas just listed, some alcohol. Citruy flavor of grapefruit and lemon with prominent bitterness and no malts to speak of. Bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied without noticeable harshness.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 16:49:19 | More by crnipeter
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that broke the camel's back. I had to make an account here after I ran through a few six packs. Before this Torpedo Extra IPA, I had been wary about tasting Pale Ale. My first encounter was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I enjoyed but found less drinkable.

Torpedo Extra IPA, however, hits the nail on the head.

Pours a dark amber, with a nice lingering head.

My gripe with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was that it left too much aftertaste for my liking. I think that's where this (India) Pale Ale's alcohol content works in its favor. It is able to harness massive flavor without having overwhelming aftertaste that prevents it from being drinkable - I believe the 7.2% ABV does a nice job of cleaning the slate for the next sip. That's not to say that the aftertaste is entirely alcoholic. It is masked nicely by pine tones that linger when the last traces of liquid line the pallet.

The carbonation is spot on, and lingers for a surprisingly long time after having been poured. I was watching CO2 bubbles rise to the top of my drink for quite a while after I poured it.

And as a personal anecdote, I made it my goal to try a wide variety of beers on my own when I turned 21 - certainly not due to bad experiences with cheap beers before, officer, sir. Since then I have tasted micro, macro, and in between. Don't let it sway you too much, but if I had to pick a favorite up until now, this would be it. Perfect balance of everything I wanted from beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:39:30 | More by molinator
Photo of billab914


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber orange in color wit ha full inch and a half of frothy foam filling the glass right to the top. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of grapefruit and pine top it wit ha bit of a lemony citrusness to it as well. it has just a touch of some fruity, mango like flavors to it as well. A moderate malty flavor comes through and provides a nice base for all the hops.

The taste hits you with a big blast of pine and grapefruit right from the start. It's very bitter at first but it mellows a bit towards the finish when more of the lemony citrus and a hint of sweeter malt come through. The dry, bitter, grapefruit flavors linger for a while as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It has some very nice hoppy flavors to it overall. It's a very taste and drinkable beer overall. Very solid in all categories as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:05:35 | More by billab914
Photo of despainmakesbeer


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brownish orange color. Off-white colored head. Decent Lacing. Light citris aroma, more piney and floral though. No malt showing through, just hops. Moderate carbonation. Not a ton of citris in the flavor, some grapefruit rhine in the aftertaste. More Pine and floral flavor comes out in the start and middle. Mild sweetness. Hop bitterness shows through at beginning of finish, bitterness leaves to more light, mild citrisy rhine taste. Floral taste is the thing I am left with most. Overall, a simple flavorful beer. Good as a bigger transition beer, or so my wife says.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 06:12:00 | More by despainmakesbeer
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle

Pours a deep clear golden amber and produces a nice 1/2 inch head. The nose is of biscuity malts, earthy hops, pine slight scent of citrus. The sip yields a very smooth and drinkable beer, it's mild at first tasting of the earthy hops which seem to be well balanced with the malts. Theres a taste of your citrus/pine IPA then a mild bitterness which finishes quickly. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall this is a well rounded IPA, its got all you want, lacking only slightly any huge flavour to set it appart from the top in its class. Highly drinkable though, someting worthy of a regular in the fridge, well hidden abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:09:43 | More by heebes
Photo of shambeano


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

A- pours a murky brown colour, about 1 cm of head that sticks around for a while. eventually settle down to a whisper. slight lacing. looks pretty nice.

S- Hops, citrus, grapefruit and lime, maybe a touch of passionfruit. pretty good.

T- a little bit of sweetish malt up front, but followed quickly by hop flavours, much like the smell, grapefruit and lime, a little pine, and a bit of passionfruit. finish is on the bitter side, but not over the top.

M- niether thick nor thin, just in the middle and pretty good for the style. prickly carbonation, bitterness plays on the back of the mouth with a dry finish. mid length.

D- the alcohol is hardly detectable, the dry finish makes you want another mouthful. dangerously i could have a few of these in an evening.

an allround pretty damn good IPA. i enjoyed this one, and if sixers were commonly available here and not ridiculously expensive in AUS than this would be a fridge staple.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 12:50:28 | More by shambeano
Photo of calir1


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

I love this beer. Sierra Nevada did this right. I love it just as much as their PA and much more than their other IPA. The taste and smell of hops is so wonderful for just a low cost beer. This is definately one of my go to hop beers. Not overly hopped up, but meets my needs.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 13:30:25 | More by calir1
Photo of Betmore


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

*poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass*

This beer poured a murky amber/orange color and formed a soft, off-white head that hung out for awhile. It eventually settled into a thin foam top that left some fair lacing.

Dank is the first word that came to mind when the aroma hit me. I'm getting boatloads of fruity (think grapefruit and pineapple) hops with a suprising amount of sweet caramel malts. There's a noticable amount of alcohol wafting out of there too. Its not so much as to be distracting, but its definitely there.

The flavor went a little sidways on me. Rather than getting the fruity hops that I smelled, I'm getting bitter pine with just a hint of citrus. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, it just kind of caught me off guard. On subsequent tastes, I'm getting more and more of those caramel balancing malts. They never come close to overtaking the hops, but they do come out of hiding and into the open reletively early, unlike a lot of other West Coast IPAs. This is a good beer. The only thing holding it back is that its nothing special. That sounds like a slam but its really not. Its a nicely balanced American IPA. I've had better, but I've had A LOT worse too.

This brew actually seemed to have a fair amount of body to it and the carbonation feels just right. The flavor does seem to fade a little faster than some of the other IPAs I've had.

I'm a little hung up on drinkability here. Its a good beer. I had no trouble at all drinking a single. And while I could definitley drink an entire 6 pack in one session, I don't think I'd want to. The hop profile just isn't my favorite; I prefer citrus to pine. And then there's the ABV... While its not a 10%+ mad man like the Imperials out there, 7.2% can put a quite a fuzz on things.

Overall, its good. If you like IPAs, pick up a sixer. I think mine was $7.99 or $8.99. Either way its, at the very least, a good value for a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 05:35:52 | More by Betmore
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

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

Amber brew with a foamy, long lasting head. Aroma is spicy hops, and caramel. Citrus hops dominate the palate, while caramel malt provides some balance. Medium, surprisingly smooth body. Bitter finish lasts forever. The beer must be a heaven for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 22:39:05 | More by mikeg67
Photo of mshannon


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

A- bright amber color, nice frothy head lingers, looks great
S- citrus and pine hops in the nose, a little perfume
T- big hops, balanced well with biscuity malts
M- medium to big body, a good tingle too
D- This beer is big in all the right ways and still (almost too) easy to drink. I buy this often, and not just because its cheap and everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 21:20:03 | More by mshannon
Photo of neilgavigan


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in pint glass

Clear red-amber, nearly copper in color. Cream white head is and inch thick. Sweet malty smell not overpowered by pine-heavy hops aromas. Citrus notes as well. Taste Initial very strong bitterness from the hops gives way to a host of pine and floral flavors. Dry finish with even more complex hops and almost no sweetness. Medium body and enough carbonation to enhance the hops flavors. Overall very drinkable and while the aromas are short of strength expectations for an 'extra' IPA the taste more than makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:43:25 | More by neilgavigan
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Hazy copper with a frothy white head. About two finger's worth of head that sticks to the edge of the glass with great lacing that spans the entire height of the glass.

S - Definite pine hops accompanied by floral and citrus notes. Very fresh bitter smelling.

T - Pine hops are strong throughout the drink and dominate the finish. Citrus flavours carry through along with a sweetness in the background that is hard to describe, tastes like a combination of very faint grain malts combined with fruits. Some people aren't fans of the bitterness, I for one find this drink to be a very tasty drink that favours hop bitterness without sacrificing any complexity.

M/D - Smooth medium body that is light on the tongue but still has some weight to it. Drinkability is great.

A good, solid beer that I am glad to find easily in the US.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:18:32 | More by StarshipPoopers
Photo of gkunkle


3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a white head. Average retention but as it dissipates it leaves some lacing. Smells of pine hops and a little of citrus. Taste is similar, predominantly pine hops that give a strong bitter flavor.Mouthfeel is good medium weight beer that felt a little more smooth than I expected with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but it is very piney, I might have enjoyed this a tad more if it was not so piney.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 07:43:29 | More by gkunkle
Photo of LairdChisholm


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, golden color with a one finger, off white head, that has great retention there is some pretty good lacing and a good amount of carbonation going to the top.

S - There are some good, but faint smells of pine hops.

T - This ale is a lot less aggressive in respect to hops than I remember last time I had it. There is still a prominent bitter pine hop presence. The after taste consists of satisfying pine hops.

M - Nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. Nothing special though.

D - This on the better side for an IPA. Good taste, good mouthfeel, can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:14:21 | More by LairdChisholm
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New Hampshire

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A - Pours a nice copper. Slightly cloudy with nice carbonation and a relatively brief head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney hops and a little bit of citrus. Some light malt character to the nose.

T - Strongly hoppy up front with a hint of sweetness. Nice malt background and a finish that lingers well. Tasty.

M - Just right. Light to medium body and a nice feel from the carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Goes down easy and tastes wonderful. Feel is just right. No alcohol taste at all. Amazing to session.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 19:00:22 | More by greenmonstah
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with 2 fingers of solid white head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smells of citrus hops, pine and tangerine.

T: Tastes of grapefruit and some sweet malt.

M: The mouthfeel seems quite full for a single IPA and the carbonation level is optimal.

D: I'd say the drinkability of this is very high.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and very reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:02:54 | More by mrnobody
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North Carolina

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

A-The beer pours a dark amber with a slight haze.

S-The aroma of this beer is a mixture of smells. There is a floral aroma of flowers that is accompanied by citrus with some notes of pine following. This is all backed up by a solid herbal aroma.

T-When you initially taste the beer there is a slight sweetness on the tounge that quickly is surrounded by hop flavor and bitterness. The flavor of the hops is grassy/herbal but is quickly dominated by the bitterness of the beer that is tasted in the back of your throat as you swallow. There is little harshness that can be tasted in high hopped beer.

M-The beer has a light medium body with a low level of carbonation.

D-The body and carbonation makes for any easy drinking beer that is dynamic with flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:34:35 | More by krausenman
Photo of Impfan


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

I'm in verbatim agreement with The Brothers on this one.

Celebration was my go-to beer of the 80s-early 90s, and Torpedo eclipses it.

Beautiful honey/amber color, creamy, but sprightly body, super-complex aroma that is even juicier than Celebration's.

Citrus rind, grapefruit, resin, apricot, strawberry jam, apple, pepper, and just a touch of ashyness in the long, earthy, spicy hop finish.

As The Brothers said, may they brew this until the end of days.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:42:24 | More by Impfan
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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: This beer pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head but it stays with the glass the entire way.

S: Nice hop character in the scent but a large amount of pine also present.

T: Very enjoyable taste but after awhile the pine flavor over powers the nice malty flavor

M: Very nice tingle, hops and pine notes but the pine overtones become too dominate.

D: A bit too heavy of a taste

Overall, I enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste but the pine overtones soon overpower the overall experiance.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:27:14 | More by pb9613
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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