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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 zoso1967


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

Pours a slightly copper, medium amber with wonderful rocky head that has decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is citrusy but also very tropical with pineapple, mango and some floral spice. Also, has a decent amount of caramel malt sweetness. The flavor consists of what I would call a "progressive" hop character that is quite enjoyable. Like the aroma it is quite tropical. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and pine. Well balanced with significant bitterness, but plenty of malt sweetness to match. This IPA reminds me an awful lot of a good double IPA in that it has plenty of sweetness along with the big hop character. Kinda like taking an EQ and pumping the treble and bass. I think this might accentuate the tropical fruit hop aromas. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel that is possibly this beers week point. Still, quite drinkable and not only is this a great IPA, but a budget friendly one at that.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 01:47:40 | More by zoso1967
Photo of LittleDon


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

Amber and clear, it pours with a copious dense slightly off-white head and a medium amount of carbonation. There is a very small amount of very fine particulates floating around. Very muted aroma, faint amounts of pine, but not your typical West Coast IPA. Judging by previous reviews, I wonder if there haven't been any changes. Well balanced front end with mild sweetness playing off of the bitterness. Lots of bitterness in the back end. Very big and chewy mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 22:01:15 | More by LittleDon
Photo of kylehayworth


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

A: It has a beautiful golden orange color, the head is awesome. Thick and slightly off white, and enough retention to hold a bottle cap.

S: Tons of citrus hops, maybe a little pine at the end.

T: This beer has a great citrus/bitter hop combo. The finish a little more on the bitter side, which is great news. It has the oily feel to it, which in this case I like.

M/D: It has mild carbonation. It's very drinkable, taste like a DIPA to me. This is currently my go to six pack for ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 18:18:41 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of CaptainIPA


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

A: Pours a gorgeous ruby-orange amber with a thick and creamy, one-finger head that holds for the count.

S: Floral and herbal aromas combine with loads of citrus hops and pine.

T: Full-bodied hop bomb with a taste that mirrors the nose. Not so subtle hints of citrus and pine. Slick oil coats the tongue with a bitter and coarse finish that lingers. Finishes ultra dry.

M: Oily and slick. Coarse and grainy. Moderately carbonated.

D: Well-balanced, complex and drinkable, yet far from sessionable. Outstanding representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:09:31 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Bricky29


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy head that lasts a bit. This beers color to me is a dark golden with just a hint of amber.

It smells of resin, pine and herbs and the smell is fairly strong.

At first the taste is very smooth very buttery malt with a hint of caramel. It is bitter at the end only it seems with a herbal taste the smell greatly contributes to, then with a strong pine taste that stays ob the tongue.

It's carbonated pretty decently which I like and It feels almost oily. When I drink this beer I do not feel as if I am drinking water.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo will not last in my fridge for very long.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 18:29:58 | More by Bricky29
Photo of Jessearellano


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

*Poured into a tulip style pint glass*


Three finger head, clear amber copper color


LOTS of hops, really smells great. Floural with maybe a tiny hint of grapefruit citrus, defiantly can smell some malt and bitterness.


Massive amount of hops with a bit of roasted caramel malt.


Not much carbonation, light body, finishes wet, doesn't leave you thirsty.


Goes down very easy, wet crispy finish, very very bitter after taste

Overall I think this a great beer, it may be a little to bitter for casual beer drinkers but I like it a lot. Would recommend everyone to try this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:56:34 | More by Jessearellano
Photo of teovaldi


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a nice big white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Lots of piney hops and a hint of malt.

Taste is huge citrusy and piney hops up front and in your face with a slight malt balance that finishes with heavy lingering bitterness.

Full bodied and medium carbonation. The hops totally coat your tongue with this one.

Great brew that will satisfy big hop heads looking for their fix.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 09:14:19 | More by teovaldi
Photo of Evocatus


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a orange-amber color with a khaki head about 1.5 cm thick. Head dies to a ring soon enough. Aroma is a mix of floral scents, hops, and some malt. Taste is more of the same only that the hops are stronger as you can taste the bitterness as it goes down. Maybe some citrus hints in there as well. Overall well carbonated and dry. Now this is just my personal bias, but I'm not a huge fan of IPAs, especially really dry ones like this, so I don't find this that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 03:53:47 | More by Evocatus
Photo of SamN


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Darker IPA, very orange and amber. Sort of one-off colored, not a pretty or brilliant as I would've liked to see. Some mild haze clouds the visibility. I see some faint visible carbonation but not much at all. Head is somewhat rocky. Very light tan and kind of soapy looking, not a real dense head. Spotty lacing is left coming down, patches more than strands.

S- While certainly showcasing the intense citrus fruits possible in dry-hopping, the nose is not overwhelmingly hop happy. There is a definite malt presence here, a sweetness to the citrus, a certain caramel layered in this. Certainly sweeter and more robust with a woody solidness in it. This is a firm aroma and very enjoyable, although I do fund myself wishing it was slightly stronger.

T- Yikes, these hops are trampling all over my mouth. Rough, sharp, uncouth hops run roughshod over my palette in the initial sips. Strong acidic bitterness seems to give way to mellow caramel and oaky malt. Digging through the flavor reveals sweet grapefruit and some peanut butter. There is a great malt presence in this beer, a mellow sweetness to counteract the aggressive hops profile. Interesting divergence of flavors in the finish.

M- Medium body, rather full feeling beer, this is a mouthful. Not to much carbonation at all, which is good.

D- I was surprised by the rich malty sweetness found in this AIPA. While still strong in flavor and alcohol, a bottle or two of this would make a rewarding afternoon tipple.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 03:09:38 | More by SamN
Photo of JoePat


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden almost amber color with a thick white head that leaves lacing on the glass as it slowly dissipates.
The sweet pungent smell of citra hops dominates the nose of this beer with a little of the piny citrus aroma that Sierra Nevada is known for.
Again the Citra hops dominate with the resony sweet hop flavor and an exelent amount of bitterness leaving my mouth dry and wanting another drink.
The mouth feel as mentioned above is dry and sweet which just compells me to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 01:06:50 | More by JoePat
Photo of Scrapss


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

It seems like the folks at Sierra Nevada have this special dial for hops...they turn the hops dial and a perfect beer comes out. Torpedo delivers.

Appearance: strong orange-amber, nice head, wispy lacing.

Smell: hops, as per style. Strong pine, citrus, spicy hops. Boozy smelling, almost like gin.

Taste: Strong hops come out with a malty note in the middle.

Mouthfeel: balanced, medium carbonation, hot boozieness, then sweet then dry...very complex. Pleasant for sure.

Drinkability: strange, but it's velvety smooth for an IPA. Could definitely have a few. An interesting brew that doesn't get boring at the end. Gets better as it warms near end of pint.

Overall, definitely something I plan on getting a full case of and sharing with my friends. A great IPA. Sierra Nevada has yet to let me down.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:45:44 | More by Scrapss
Photo of cagocubs


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

Pours amber with a nice big white fluffy head. Good lacing around glass and head retention.

Smells earthy with pine, evergreen, and of course the citrus smell of IPA.

This tastes great. Real fresh and crisp. Some malts are present, but the spices and pine fresh taste are what appeals to the buds. Nice citrus/grapefruit taste aswell.

Real nice mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. Real fresh and crisp.

I can see myself drinking this beer alot more.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:01:52 | More by cagocubs
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru light orange/amber body with a fluffy 2-finger off-white head. Excellent retention, loads of soapy lacing.

Smells like a freshly dried hop cone potpourri. Piney, citrusy, grassy- all very fresh and inviting. Tastes even hopopier than it smells, if that's possible. Malt backbone is biscuity and bone-dry. This works quite well with the hops- nice resiny pine and sticky grapefruit, some herbal notes as well. Minimal sweetness ensures things stay puckeringly pleasing. This stuff thrashes the tongue, no doubt. Very bitter, very delicious. Almost a painfully dry and gritty finish.

Overall impression: A badass IPA here, no surprise given the source. Might be 7.2%, but drinks more like 5%.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 18:22:04 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Brent


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

An American IPA knocking at the door of becoming a double IPA. All about the hops - no doubt, with a fairly sweet malt body. Assertive hops - grapefruit rind and a slight herbal undercurrent. Finish is lingering bitternes and the abv is barely evident in a touch of heat. A bit less smooth than others of this style, but holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 13:31:51 | More by Brent
Photo of bnes09


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with one finger white head and leaves a streaky lace.

Aroma is very robust and citrusy. The assertive hops lure me in for a sip.

Taste is outstanding! A bold citrus and pine hop character hit the tongue right away as my mouth becomes an ocean of flavor. The bitterness gradually mellows out leaving a smooth, biscutiy malt character that balances the flavor nicely. Hops linger around for a while, giving you a little extra jolt in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied and generous amount of carbonation making the flavors slightly more assertive. Dry finish leaves me craving another sip.

Overall, this is an exception IPA. Tons of flavors which are in perfect harmony. Very refreshing and a feast for hop lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 15:09:41 | More by bnes09
Photo of jab5161


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

A: Pours an orange-yellow color with a substantial white head.

S: Piney-citus smell that is strong, but not overwhelming.

T&M: Finishes a little bitter, but in a good way, with some pine and then goes away.

Overall a very solid beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 22:59:03 | More by jab5161
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

This beer pours a hazy orange copper colour, with two fingers of chunky off-white head, which leaves an array of webbed lace around the glass. It smells, quite frankly, of pine trees dipped in caramel pudding. The taste is citrus and pine hops, caramel/toffee malt, and a bit of warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body sticky, and medium weighted, and it finishes dry, the leafy, bitter hops closing down shop.

A very tasty bridge between IPA and DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 05:08:32 | More by biboergosum
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

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

A: Clear orange/amber with a nice thick off-white head, moderate lacing.

S: Nice floral, citrus and pine hop aromas. Slight sweet scent.

T&M: Very smooth and crisp. Taste isn't as distinctive as the smell. Hoppy taste that fades on the heavy bitter side. Mild pine taste and malty sweetness. Medium bodied.

Not great but a decent IPA for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 20:17:51 | More by cdizinno
Photo of giblet


3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured very nice into the glass. one inch of head that settled to a quarter inch. nice color and steady carbonation.

the aroma was ok. not as hoppy as expected. the taste...was ok, certainly not the hops it needed for me. drinkable but mild.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 18:36:33 | More by giblet
Photo of jlapennas

New York

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Low/moderate spicy hop aroma with a bit of a fruity note. Almost seems like a european or noble hop. Slight malt sweetness in the background. Some clean alcohol

Appearance: Orange-amber. Fair amount of color here. Great clarity and moderate head.

Flavor: Immediately has that crisp SN character but it's followed by a tone of spicy, juicy, and fruity hop flavors. Hops are more intense here than in aroma. Moderate bitterness, not high like other American IPA's, but it's almost more crisp than it is bitter. Malt sweetness is restrained with caramel notes. Malt sweetness supports the fruity hop flavors well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with persistent crisp character and moderately high CO2.

Overall: An interesting take on the IPA style. Compared to most American IPAs this brings it pretty weak. It lacks bitterness, hugely lacks resin in the mouthfeel, and is a bit more crisp than typical IPAs. I like the beer and it has good drinkability. Very much a Sierra Nevada beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:31:11 | More by jlapennas
Photo of jmdrpi


3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured into pint glass, a cloudy amber color with little head.
S- pine, flowery potpourri
T- strong hop bitterness is the only flavor I taste
M- light body, moderate carbonation
D - too hoppy without any balance, I would not want to drink two in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 15:29:54 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of beerman207


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this great brew at Party Town in Florence, KY. Been a fan of Sierra Nevada so I figured I'd give it a try.

A: Very clear, orange color, 2 fingers head, great lacing

S: Citrus, floral hops

T: hops, bitter in front and back

M: Creamy, medium carbonation, drying finish

D: High - I could definately try this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:38:41 | More by beerman207
Photo of y2j2280

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice lace - Give it swirl and you see beauty

S - Hops jump out like a true IPA should. Smell of citrus and alcohol

T - Citrus and piny flavors come out. Finish is extended and pleasantly bitter - not overwhelming.

M - Nice and thick - Great for a IPA - Almost like a DIPA

D - Good session beer. Can have a few in a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:26:50 | More by y2j2280
Photo of bret27


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Good combo of citrus and pine aromas from hops (must be whole hop aroma) A little sweet.

A: Amber/yellow clear, nice thick off-white head, good brussels lace

T: Not as much going on. Piney, vanilla or caramel malty sweetness, then fairly bitter. NO etoh presence though.

M/D: medium good appropriate and dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. Drinks like a 5% ipa while actually being 7.2%.

Overall: Not amazing, but a good drinkable ipa. I've bought several 6-pks of this, and for me who never drinks the same beer twice that's saying a lot!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:41:06 | More by bret27
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

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

7.2% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice BIG 1" foamy head slightly off-white. Beautiful copper colored clear beer. Head is receeding slowly leaving a thick lace. Both lace and foam layer lasted until the end.

S= Nice whif of malt quickly joined by an aroma of fresh herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pine and sweetness.

T= Nice thick carmel malt flavor with an enjoyable sweetness. Hop flavors of pine and rosin with herbal notes. Very crisp hop flavors. Has hints of alcohol.

MF= Great thick resinous coating of the mouth. Good hit of bitterness throughout which lingers on the palate.

D= I find it very drinkable. 2 or 3 and your set. Although it will definitely ruin your palate for some time.

Overall a great hoppy beer, delicious!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 17:11:56 | More by evansrdbrew
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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