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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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8,543 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,543
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 163
Gots: 953 | FT: 4
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a stunning glowing orange with plenty of fine carbonation streams. The sticky, clingy cappuccino colored head lasts forever. The aroma is of fruity, citrusy hops and doughy, sweet malts. Hops are very strong in this brew. It verges just this side of a hop tea thanks to the very substantial, chewy malt profile. Pine and citrus flavors abound and grow with intensity with warmth. The mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and wonderfully numbing from the hop assault. Fantastic concrentrated grapefruit bitterness lingers forever making for a very enjoyable finish. Alcohol is subdued throughout.

This is a fantastic west coast IPA, brash hops, still some semblance of balance. Excellent stuff.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Eramen
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow and orange, sumptuous head with beautiful lacing.

S - Hops hit rather nicely, pine, green leafy-ness, melon and grapefruit.

T - Delicious malty, fruit flavours as mentioned in the smell, with a satisfying hopiness on the back palate accompanied by delicate floral notes.

MF - Light feel with a somewhat foamy texture.

O - This is a lovely American Ipa and is fairly representative of the current quality brews of this style being churned out in the last few years. This is a must try.

Eramen, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good red colour and lacing and decent head.

S: Far more subtle than expected. Have to work hard for the hops. Citrus and pine. Some herbal nutty notes. Bit of malt. Green apple.

T: Quite a few bittering hops.

M: Decently thick and bitter.

O: Interesting beer. Not what I was expecting. Very restrained hop flavours (at 3 months old). Still enjoyable and different. I would like to try this fresher.

danieelol, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of tallboy27
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gorgeous clear copper color. 1 finger of off white head. first whiff has a faint smell of cat piss. the taste has a spicy, citrusy bitterness up front with a hint of pine, with a sharp bitter finish that makes me think of grapefruit. my nose was a little stuffy when i was tasting for the notes, will try to do a second tasting as soon as possible!

(bought a bottle...drank it from a pint glass.)

tallboy27, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #11
Served On: 7/16/2011
Glassware: Pint

A little disclaimer here - Sierra Nevada Torpedo has always held a special place in my beer fridge, so this review may be somewhat biased.

Look: Poured a very smooth perfect clear copper. Nice fluffy 2 finger light-tan head. Had extremely high carbonation.

Smell: Clean hoppy spice notes with a pronounced maltiness. I notice the 7.2% ABV coming through in the nose, but in a good way.

Taste: I got the hop spice with some bitterness upfront. Middle of the palate was a juicy floral. Finish was a dry ginger spiciness combined with a hop bitterness that seemed to linger for a while.

This beer is certainly a top 3 IPA for me. I am lucky enough to have a distributor who carries it all the time. It is a very nice ‘general-purpose’ brew to have on hand at all times.

Ba Review #11 1/2
Served On: 7/16/2011
Glassware: Tumbler

Wild Goose IPA (retired but reviewing anyway)

I ran into a 6 pack of this beer with a current best-by date on it. Beer Advocate won’t allow anymore reviews of this particular beer, but I’m reviewing it anyway. I decided to include it at the end of my Sierra Nevada Torpedo review because I personally consider both beers to share a similar character and rating.

Look: Poured a brownish orange with carbonation bubbles rising up the middle. Head was about 1-finger and dissipated to a thin film that covered the top.

Smell: A very malt forward aroma with biscuity notes. Dark fruits in the background. Maybe some spicy hops. The nose was well balanced.

Taste: At first there was a spicy hop bitterness - followed by heavy malt notes. The bitterness returned in the aftertaste with hints of citrus. The hop citrus lingered long after each sip.

I can't wait for Logan Shaw Brewing to get on their feet so we can start enjoying Wild Goose once again.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden copper with an off white head that has good carbonation, excellent retention and some really cool looking lacing on the side of my beer mug. The nose is loaded with hops and the taste starts out with some pine followed by citrus and finishes off with floral hops. Has a spiciness and some sweet malt in the back. The hops flavors, sweet malts and spices balance each other out very nicely. This beer is very smooth and creamy at first, but than finishes off quite dry with some chalkiness in the mouth. A very great beer that ranks high in my list of favorite IPA's. Sure glad Sierra Nevada made this an all-year round beer because this is the best beer I have tasted from these guys so far.

DannyDan, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of fizzy
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I turn around there's a new stupendous IPA hitting the market. This one, like many of the others I have tasted gets two BIG thumbs up. Read everything that the others have added to the description of this great IPA. It deserves a "A" and that is what it is getting.

fizzy, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice copper with a slight orangish hue that is slightly cloudy. Mild carbonation trickles in streams to a dense, off-white 1.5 finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves substantial lacing.

S - Not as big as I had hoped. Mostly herbal notes with a bit of pine.

T - A bit of pine flavors upfront lead to a very full and balanced body. Pine and herbal flavors from the American hops are brought to the forefront while sweet and biscuity malt flavors keep this "Extra" IPA from assaulting the taste buds. A rather biscuity instead of hoppy taste as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before leading to a pine aftertaste.

M - On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very chewy.

Possibly my favorite American IPA so far. It hits nearly all my check marks for a well crafted IPA - Gorgeous Copper orange color with a dense head and nice lacing, tons of hop flavor, yet robust and balanced, and a nice chewy mouthfeel. Get a stronger nose on it this and would be almost perfect. As the standard Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada has become a popular choice for the masses to show their sophisticated taste and drink as a "classy beer" (and for good reason), I believe the true pale ale afficondos will reach for this beer instead.

Bockrules, Jul 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear, golden. Smells of pears and caramel from crystal malts. Some citrusy hops to balance.

Taste is grapefruit citrus and bitter, with brown sugar sweetness balancing in the start. The finish is quite bitter. It is medium bodied , on the malty side for IPA's.

This is a well balanced beer for what it is, but I prefer my ipa's with less caramel flavor and dryer in general.

jibbyvonjibb, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of thedindaniel
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many, many times but only recently have I really begun to appreciate what a fantastic beer it is. What's even more impressive is how easy it is to find and the very reasonable price for which it is sold.

This beer pours a copperish clear color with a good amount of off white head that lingers throughout the drink. Lots of great smells jump out of this beer... sweet caramel malts and very fruity hops. The taste is a very grassy bitter flavor (just the way I like my IPA's!). The beer is perfectly carbonated and though it's not a chewy beer, I think the body suits the flavor profile well. Easily, one of the best IPA's you can easily buy at several locations.

It's been said by many folks but I feel it must be said again. Sierra Nevada does not get enough credit for being one of the best breweries in America that produce top notch beers at great prices.

thedindaniel, Jul 12, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was very piney and had a hint of grapefruit to it. The taste is smooth and surely full of hops. Nothing in this brew is over powering. Just simply put a very well balanced alcohol feel and a very balanced hop feel. This is an easy to drink, go to for 7.2% and a must for anyone who loves IPA's. Once angain Sierra Nevada has delivered. Please keep them coming Sieera Nevada. Awesome brew


STKPICR0720, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard tall glass.

A: Darker amber color, cloudy enough, but still a bit transparent. Nice head, good retention with nice lacing along the sides.

S: Minimal aroma, but the hops are the major note in it. The smell is good, but just kinda soft.

T: Hoppy flavor, nice pine notes. Not so citrusy as many IPAs tend to lean towards, but more nutty and earthier. I enjoyed this one a bit more than I was expecting.

M: Smooth. Really easy to drink, not overly bitter or dry, nice body and texture.

O: Pretty decent IPA. Comes in a 6 pack so cost is lower per bottle and I have no problems drinking a pack of this during a week, especially during these hot summer days.

kevanb, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber, one finger head, lovely lacing.

Aromas of ctirus, pineapple, marmalade.

Taste is of pineapple, sherbert, banana lollies. Not too hoppy, more balanced. Pine comes through later - I'm almost seeing the bear shite in the woods(!).

Mouthfeel, clean n crisp - stays that way, too, for the whole bottle.

Great beer.

heygeebee, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some breweries just get it; how to make a well rounded, clean-tasting beer, and go from style-to-style with ease. Sierra Nevada can do just that and proves it with this easy drinking, hoppy, balanced IPA. The hops are of course the star of the show, piney, peppery, light metallic twang. The malt provides sweetness and base, but cedes the spotlight to that big hop blast. Very well-rounded and enjoyable in the IPA style.

TastyTaste, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip pint.

A: Clear, medium amber with a massive, rocky off-white head that leaves residue on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, pine, lemon, strong herbal notes. Bit of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet malt in the background.

T/M: Bottle is a couple months old, so the hops have faded slightly, which emphasizes the bready, toasty malt character. Impressive malt backbone for a hop-focused beer. High bitterness level. Herbal and grapefruity in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light; good summer beer.

Overall: This is a serious IPA.

MurphyMacManus, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of happygnome
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the top of the beer and edge of the glass. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Biscuit malts followed by strong piny and citrusy hop bitterness. The aroma is very inviting.

T: Biscuit malts, grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness to balance.

M: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a really good ipa, I will purchase again

happygnome, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First bottle from case dated 5/19/2011. Not as fresh as I'd like, but it's difficult to find super-fresh West Coast IPA out here in PA. To be poured into a standard curved-rim pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter shade and rather clear golden-orange color, with a nice thick head on top, a full fingers worth, with big thick pancake-batter like bubbles scattered throughout the top (but not centered near the middle).

S: The nose is piney and sweet... not very dank or citrus at all. A bit disappointing, from what I remember of this guy.

T: Huge sweetness. Need to recheck the date on this. The bottle is listed as "1139 112 56". From "Fresh Beer Only", that indicates the 139 day of 2011, or a little after Mid-May. Roughly 6 weeks old... certainly not "ideal", but I wouldn't have thought it was sufficient to turn this thing so malty.

Some grapefruit and a touch of bitterness is present on the back end, but far less than needed here.The beer starts smooth and light, with immediate malt sweetness shining through, before a thicker malt backbone comes together with what's left of the hops here to round out the flavor profile.

M: Thick and full, but lacking the hop oils on the finish that I like from an IPA.

D/O: This beer is "fine". Not particularly "good". Not exceptionally "bad". My only frustration is I bought an entire case of this... and I'm not thrilled about filling my beer fridge with this "ok" brew.

psuKinger, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color. The head was big white and sticky. The smell of the beer had a great nose full of hop aromas. The taste of this beer was also very hoppy, with some elements of pine and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a damn good brew from Sierra Nevada, there are only a handful that I enjoy more from them.

Knapp85, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a sixer of this because I found a very fresh case to crack open. I've had a few of these before, but I figured it was time to review one...
Pours nicely with a dark orange color and a decent foamy head. The lacing rings stick to the side as I drink it down. I get a definite citrus hop aroma from this one. Not overpowering, but pleasant. The taste is pretty similar. Kind of tangy, somewhat bitter. Overall, a very solid IPA. Not the best, but Torpedo is one of the regular IPAs that I can always count on. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

DrStiffington, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of PollardsVision
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a beautiful rich amber. Darker and less hazy than many IPAs.
Very slight citrus in the background, but this one's all about that piney, hoppy bite. I could see some not finding this one to be very balanced, but for me, it's just right. Most other IPAs get too grapefruity for me, but not this one. For me, this has just enough citrus flavor to keep the hops from overpowering, but nothing more.

This is the perfect beer for me for satisfying a big hop craving.

PollardsVision, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of jgreenearrow
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden amber color with fluffy thick head forming at the top of the pour. Significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and biscuity malt dominate the nose. Some pine and floral hop aromas present as well.

T: Sweetness of honey and citrus burst onto the tongue at the onset of the sip. Some biscuit joins the citrus in the middle as some pine sneaks into the flavor profile. Strong hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light body is the feel on the tongue with adequate carbonation.

This is a delicious ipa. The flavors are complex and well blended. The hop profile is balanced well by the citrusy sweetness. A very good offering from Sierra Nevada.

jgreenearrow, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint. Bottled on 133rd day (May 13) of 2011.

A: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit with a bit of mango, tiny whiff of pine.

T: Pure grapefruit up front and through the finish. Mango/peach in the middle and pine on the end. Dry overall, but the sweetness swells a bit in the middle. The pine notes have a cumulative effect and dominate after the first few sips into the glass. Still, the flavor has a clean quality that is nice. Further into the glass, a dry biscuit flavor comes forth.

M: Light and slightly astringent, a bit soda-like.

O: Solid, tasty and worth revisiting. If you like your IPA on the dry side, this one is for you.

AmericanGothic, Jul 03, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a burnt orangish amber with a finger and a half of off white head that sticks around.

S- predominately big leafy pine aromas with an awesome grapefruit rind citrus note. A tinge of biscuity malt sweetness some how makes it's way into the aroma like a gentle whisper. Finishs with a dry hoppiness.

T- starts of with a canvis of biscuit malt that is soon painted with a leafy piney hop flavor that transitions into an assertive yellow grapefruit. Agressive bitterness towards the end that dries out the palate leaving a lingering herbal citrus hop flavor long into the aftertaste.

MF- active slick mouthfeel with average carbonation and a medium body.

D- hoppy enough to appease a hop craving but balanced and smooth. Great option if you have to get beer at a grocery store. Overall this is one solid American IPA that beautifully showcases American hops.

Viciousknishs, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Swim424
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my patriots freezable beer mug, so the appearance will be somewhat hard to see and describe.

A-appears to be a dark orange. small head that retains very well. poured a couple minutes ago and hasn't moved.

S- slightly fruity and hoppy. I would maybe say a grapefruit. and again hops. smells malty. makes me want to drink it.

T- hits hard with a prickly hop feeling on my tongue almost immediately. then becomes like a malty/fruity taste before finishing with a very strong hop bite. the fruit would be described as slight grapefruit mixed with some hops. and then builds into the hop bite.

MF- basically just leaves me with a very potent hop aftertaste. maybe a slight malt type coating in my mouth but basically just a hop aftertaste.

O- Not bad. Could definitely drink again. As I always like to mention I am not the biggest IPA fan but never mind having one. Just not my favorite type. For an IPA though I really don't mind this one. Not my Favorite but pretty good. I feel like there is a lack of some flavor. I don't mind the hops but for amount I would like a bit more flavor to compliment it. But again overall a pretty good IPA.

I am almost done with the beer now and the head still has yet to move. Which does say something about the good quality of this beer.

Swim424, Jun 30, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. The smell is of pine citrus and a slight Buiscuty malt aroma. The Tate is hops up front followed by a good bitterness and the. A slight malt finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium and overal this is one of he Better readily available ipas

rowingbrewer, Jun 28, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,543 ratings.