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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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8,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,047
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 678 | 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 mdfb79

New York

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

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

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of white foam. Moderate carbonation evident and nice lacing

s - Lots of hops. Smells of pine and citrus hops, and maybe a little bit of pale malts as well.

t - Taste is pine and citrus hops. Citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a very solid IPA. Very accessible and easy to drink, this is a good IPA you can have a few of. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 01:07:59 | More by mdfb79
Photo of infi

New York

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hefty amber color with a beautiful, tall, white foamy head with incredible sheets of lace. Incredibly carbonated throughout the glass as well. The aroma actually surprised me with the generous amount of malt character in it. It's pretty distinguishable right off the bat. Of course, the hops are the most prevalent on the nose. Straight up pine, wood and citrus.

Geez. The taste is quite incredible. Seriously refreshing and thoroughly done so. A sort of caramel sweetness hits the palate at first and then comes in a plenitude of the hops and grapefruit. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be, which is always surprising yet pleasant. This has quickly become one of my favorite IPAs. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp and carbonated - like a seltzer, except tastier. Drinkability is definitely high. I foolishly finished my 12oz. bottle within fifteen minutes. Now I wish I had bought the six-pack instead of a single.

Sierra Nevada's got the formula right in regards with pale ales. Excellent IPA and deservingly so.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 04:24:34 | More by infi
Photo of RedBrewer83


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

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours an orange amber hue with a big three finger creamy off white head that falls slowly in pockets. Really nice lacing left behind.

S: Big citrus and pine hop aroma combine with sweet caramel malt in a nice balance.

T: Big orange peel and pine resin hop note up front followed by a nice balanced sweet caramel malt, nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with crisp and very active carbonation, lifts it some making it seem lighter than it is, very crisp on the finish with a nice drying sensation that keeps you thirsty for more.

D: For a 7.2% abv ipa this is very drinkable, not quite sessionable, but very smooth and easy drinking. SN has done it again, very delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:37:37 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo into straight pint

Pouts a deep orange with golden highlights and a big light orange-hued cream colored head of two fingers. Super-long retention and nice sticky lace.

Nose is citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, salty/herbal hop leaf, faint caramel malt. Very hop forward with a light underlying malt sweetness.

Palette starts off with a malty and light caramel sweetness, then comes through with a big prickly hop combo that is salty/herbal, grapefruit rind, apricot, pine resin, and under-ripe citrus bitter. The long bitter and salty finish lasts a good long while. This has a great demonstration of hop complexity while keeping the initial onset softly sweet to allow the tastebuds a break from pure hop onslaught.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium body with a low carbonation that lends a bit of a heavy quality. Smooth and easy, the mouthfeel stands out for making this beer intensely easy to consume.

A pretty big beer in terms of single IPA, it is actually incredibly easy to consume one, two, or a sixer of this. The 7.2% ABV will likely prevent putting an entire six pack down, but doing three or so works out pretty well without causing any serious issues the next day. Overall it's a very good beer, but something in the mix prevents it from being outstanding. Can't put a finger on it, but it just doesn't super-awesome-wow me. It's just great, which means it will be on my short list of beers that I would actually buy more than once

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 16:11:42 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of bwiechmann


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint

Pours a dark-gold with good clarity. Fluffy 1-finger head dissipated quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing.

The Nose is dominated by the hops. Great pine aroma. In the background lie some bready malts and hints of fruit.

Taste follows the nose. Hop bitterness- floral and pine- followed by a very subtle sweetness. Finishes rather dry with a good hop-bitterness aftertaste.

This beer is thick and a touch sticky. Medium carbonation

Overall, a pretty good beer from Sierra Nevada. Excellent value in this one to be certain. I don't think I could drink more than three in any given session but I will certainly pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 13:00:05 | More by bwiechmann
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer, but disclaimer: I'm not a crazed hophead. Those guys may be able to pick up on things I'm missing.
I find it similar to other strongly hoped West Coast IPAs I've had.

The appearance is fine, with a fairly strong carbonation appropriate for the style. Nice lacing too.

The taste is fine as well - hoppy and bitter, and I could drink a few if I'm the mood for hops. It's good but it doesn't jump out as unique.

I would say its smell is its weakest part. A little musty, which could be the specific bottle I'm drinking. I got it from a mom&pop liquor store and I don't know how long it sits around.

After enjoying a crap load of belgian trappists, strong ales and barley wines in the past few months, I've been feeling like drinking hoppy beers that are not barley wines again. This fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:33:57 | More by voteforgoat
Photo of maltlikker


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

Color of a newly minted penny with a thick, rocky, long lasting head. Moderate lacing.

Earthy aromas of a mountain pine forest.

Fresh, clean taste with pine needles and citrus peel cleansed by ample carbonation - minimal malt presence.

Medium body and slightly oily mouthfeel with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:25:30 | More by maltlikker
Photo of civilizedpsycho


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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a kind of dark gold color that is semi-transparent, but not cloudy. Had a nice head.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma. There's a little bit of fruit hiding in the background. It might be strawberry smell.

Taste: Very hoppy kick. The little bit of fruit in the smell didn't show itself and it's not exactly the smoothest beer. But, it is quite good.

Mouthfeel: This has a fair, textured body without being thick or anything.

Drinkability: Not my favorite IPA, but it is very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 12:30:24 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of industrialswill


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw this stuff for the first time yesterday.
It has a dark amber color and smells wonderful.
The most noticable feature is a hint of grapefruit. A perfect balance of sweet and sour for me.
For a beer with a 7.2 alky content, it is very well hidden.
Too bad that some beer lovers from years gone by never had the chance to try this one....

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 02:33:28 | More by industrialswill
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an amber color with rapid carbonation taking over the body. The head is very impressive. Almost looks like a swirl of whipped cream on top. The bubbles just don't slow down. The lacing stays all over the glass

S- a mix of citrus hops and bread like malts. Does not jump out like I would expect. There is a sweet scent of caramel

T- very good. Dry floral, pine, earthy bitterness leads off. There s a brief sweet profile for the brew. As it exits, the bitter hops remain. It's strange because the taste completely surprises based on the initial lack of scents

M- filling and big time carbonated.

D- this is a great beer from sierra. It really presents a brew that has an intense hop flavor with the bitterness appeal that IPA fans crave. The beer is very drinkable and tasty as well. A great IPA from a proven brewer

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:57:00 | More by lovindahops
Photo of micromaniac129


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

A) poured with a great big foamy cap that was thick and dense lingered for a while too.
the color was that of deep amber. Hazy

S) smelled of hops and malt

T) not very hoppy as one might think, bitter with malty tones

MF) Feels thick and smooth

overall hoppy and malty yes but with no real hop character. I didn"t pick up any citrus or pine notes just bittering hops. I think this beer could do with a bit more hops in finishing or some dry hopping.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 11:13:58 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of juju7


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

Nice copper body with an ample pilllowy head. An impressively strong pine-grapefruit nose. An American IPA no doubt. Plenty of full hop bitterness and a strong malty backbone lead to a firm long finish. A really nicely balanced, confident IPA. Finally a beer that lives up to some of the American hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 06:10:28 | More by juju7
Photo of NefariousR


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a medium yellowish amber with a frothy white head. The head dissipated after a few minutes, but left a nice webby trail down the glass.

S - Flowery; both malt and hops are present in the aroma, with maybe some light fruit scents.

T - Hops are present upfront with a bittersweetness, which then fades to a malty aftertaste. Some light, fruity complexities balance it out.

M - Mildly thick feel, leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky. Light carbonation

D - Overall a solid beer, a little too thick and complex to drink repeatedly, plus the alcohol content is a bit much. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:25:19 | More by NefariousR
Photo of DNICE555


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

12oz bottle picked up from whole foods. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber with a thin white head.

S - Floral, Grass, Citrus, Caramel.

T - Citrus, Pine, Grass, Hops, Malt backbone.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, sharp hop bite that pierces the palate.

D - Well balanced IPA from SN.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:44:38 | More by DNICE555
Photo of rootbeerman


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

poured straight with no tilt into duvel tulip.

A: pours reddish dark amber, due to the pour style, head looks more like the brand of glass, three fingers lacing very well.
S: great pine and citrus like the description says, like a fresh cut christmas tree with fresh lemon hanging on it.
T: again pine and citrus, almost tastes like a double ipa but not as sweet, malt charater is mild yet present. aftertaste is perfectly bitter, with more citrus.
M: smooth slightly coating. medium carbonation
D: very easy, could only be better if it was in a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 06:53:54 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Bfarr


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An "extra" IPA? Is that like an IPA and a half? I guess that could account for the unusual clear light amber color. Odd for an IPA. But it has huge head that laces nicely although they are tapioca size bubbles. For a big IPA it also has a fairly tame pine hop aroma with a hint of dirtyness.

Despite these discrepancies, Torpedo is a very robust malty IPA. A strong, although not as strong as I might like, pine hop taste is backed up by a complex sweet malt arrangement. It peaks with an herbal/scotch flavor that gives it an added dimension. It has a smooth finish with a nice lingering palate.

Overall, a good drinking IPA to enjoy from time to time. I can definitely say it's the best IPA1/2 I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 02:03:08 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Phelps


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

Torpedo sprouts from my perfect pint glass with a puffy khaki head that leaves some gorgeous layered lacing. Bronze in color and perfectly clear. it's a smidge light in spots. Just a tiny bit of bubbles stir to the surface.

Amazing odor. Bright citrus hops, oranges, grapefruits, limes. It's like walking through an orange grove. The bonus is that it's balanced by a caramel sweetness.

Wow. The bitterness comes in waves: first it seems like it'll be amazingly bracing, then it cedes to a malt sweetness, then the bite comes right back at the end. A sweetness is there, but subdued. Very well-balanced.

Silky mouthfeel, with a medium body and high carbonation.

Heard a lot about this one, and it lives up to the hype. My favorite from SN so far -- can't wait to grab another sixer sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 05:55:19 | More by Phelps
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A: Slight haze, mostly clear. Sunburst orange, creamy head with lasting retention and plenty of lace ringlets.

S:Somewhat subdued hops, malt, faint citrus, respectively.

T: A balanced IPA, rather than a hop bomb. Very clean and refreshing, with a pretty bitter and dry finish. Citrus flavors are there, but unfortunately pretty far in the background.

M: Good carbonation level. Finishes dry and bitter.

D: Decent beer. Nice flavor. Good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:10:25 | More by Huhzubendah
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
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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