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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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8,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,401
Reviews: 2,566
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 162
Gots: 861 | 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 dzni


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Amber colored
S- Hops, floral, and honey scents are present, but not really strong
T - Taste seems to match aromas, with a blast of hops initially, but then a slight honey/floral taste on the finish
M - Silky mouthfeel, lighter side of medium bodied
D - Quite drinkable, and its hoppiness with a lighter body makes this excellent for a hot day while not sacrificing some interesting flavors.

Those are my initial impressions on the beer. I've also read that there is some pininess, grapefruit, and a caramel-like body to it, which I agree is present the more I drink this.

07-11-2010 01:26:31 | More by dzni
Photo of 908carson


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Torpedo, huh? I'm expecting this to be a targeted attack to my tastebuds and liver...

A: Perfect clear, coppery, amber hue. Decent lacing, but a thin layer of head

S: After opening the bottle, i got a solid whiff of pine tree. When I poured it into my favorite pint glass, the pine opened up to a sweet, hoppy smell.

T: In the great words of Usher... "Make me wanna say... Oh My Gosh." Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is my "go to" beer... it's everywhere, right? it's practically always on sale! even when it's not, it's usually at least a dollar cheaper than my favorite competitor! so imagine their Pale, but only BETTER! the Extra IPA takes everything i love about the pale ale but just amps it up a notch... this one goes to eleven, k?

M: incredibly smooth... alcohol is no more present in this than an Amstel Light. I could drink this every day of the week...

Overall: When it comes to taste, value, and availability, Sierra Nevada's "Torpedo" Extra IPA takes the cake... I have had better beers, most definitely, but they all cost at least 50% more than this! At 8.99, NOTHING beats Torpedo. I love this beer, and I almost always have it on hand.... when I can't find it, I get the regular Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada has been in the game for a long time... and they're good at it, damnit.

07-10-2010 21:25:16 | More by 908carson
Photo of Sam21


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright amber color with an orange hue towards the center. Big billowy head with great chunks of lace and head as it recedes. Looks perfect.

Smell - Sweet and tangy citrus fruits. Nice bready malt counterbalance.

Taste - Citrus sweetness up front fades into a toasted bread note. Heavy bitter finish that lingers for a short time. Very big and well built.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy with a moderately slick mouthfeel. Lightly dry.

Drinkability - This is a big American IPA characterized by a heavy hop presence. Malt does a good job at adding depth and balance. Perfect for a hot day or a cold winter night. Dare I say quaffable? Just be careful as the 7.2% will sneak up on you.

07-09-2010 03:33:02 | More by Sam21
Photo of Boxus


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance is a dim tanned orange, with a rich head that recedes leaving only subtle lace.

The smell is mild, but flavorful. IPA character immediately manifests in the aroma of sweet citrus-infused hops.

Flavor is even hoppier than the smell had indicated. Assertively hopped but with a smoothness characteristic of Sierra Nevada. It is heavy enough to boldly blast its flavor onto your tongue, but smooth enough to invite copious consumption. At 7.2%, this will get you drunk very quickly.

Though I would prefer Stone IPA any day, Torpedo is a solid alternative when it's around, especially in 12-pack form. A smooth, drinkable, and still assertively hopped beer. My favorite from Sierra Nevada (with the possible exception of Bigfoot).

07-09-2010 03:21:30 | More by Boxus
Photo of andyfrancis


3.15/5  rDev -24.3%

golden-amber in the light with lots of visible carbonation. Nice creamy head that's lasting forever.

Piney hops with a little orange dominate the aroma.

More of the same in my mouth. Bitter and piney. Not much detectable malt or hop variety.

A little astringent. I thought it finished fairly clean until i put my tongue to the roof of my mouth...there's that pine.

All in all, not that special. I have 5 more that I'll drink, but i'm not particularly excited about them.

07-09-2010 03:13:17 | More by andyfrancis
Photo of squaremile


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a very clear orange with a small head. Smell is nice, some sticky sweetness and tropical hops. Taste is bitter up front, more intense than I expected, followed by tropical flavors. I LOVE the aftertaste! Wow nice bitterness and some biscuity malts. Mouth is where I lose it a bit, feels a tad under-carbonated for my taste. Nice beer.

07-08-2010 04:47:55 | More by squaremile
Photo of NWer


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured straight into the bottom of a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Picture perfect dark amber in appearance. Head retained nicely.
Nice citric hoppy feel and taste. Left me wanting more.
Hop feel is good. A typical West Coast IPA by today's standard. That's what happens to beers over time - especially on the West Coast. Holding up well but just not as superior as it was a couple of years ago.

07-05-2010 22:30:05 | More by NWer
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4.45/5  rDev +7%

Sierra Nevada hits another Home Run. Lately they've been stepping up their game even more. Their spring seasonal, Glissade was wonderful, and Torpedo has been a resounding success; so much so that when they first released it no one could even keep it on the shelves. There was a "problem" of too much demand and not enough supply, but now it's readily available.

A great beer at a great price. Appearance is rich and colorful with a nice buttery yellow head. The smell is great; tons of grapefruit, restrained pine, and caramel. The taste is very sharp and balanced at the same time, a quality in an ipa that I believe is very hard to get just right. At 7.2% there's some warmth from the boose, but it's still pretty hidden. Goes down way too fast for how strong it is.

This is a great beer for all seasons. Crisp, sharp, and refreshing. Very well balanced and just plain dank and delicious. The only downside to this beer is it's hangover. It's just way too easy to overindulge on!

07-05-2010 01:28:58 | More by abriggs1
Photo of haddon


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

pours a dark amber color with a massive 4-finger off-white head. nice looking beer.

floral hops, pine needles, sweet malty smells with caramel & candied sugar dominating. earthy smells evident as well, perhaps peat moss

malty backbone hits palate first with a quick bitter bite that quickly follows. only intensifies as the beer warms

medium body with right amount of carbonation

very drinkable ipa. I could sip on this all night (or until the bitterness caused my tongue to stick to the roof of my mouth)!

07-04-2010 02:52:49 | More by haddon
Photo of freescribbles


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

This is becoming one of my favorite beers. Used to be you had to hunt for it on the East Coast, but it's become more prevalent of late.

A rich copper-toned ale with a creamy thick head that just floats atop like ice cream on top of a Root Beer Float. Despite the potency of the ale, it doesn't have a strong piney taste, the pine rolls in late as it's going down. Both the aroma and initial taste bud reaction tastes of citrus, perhaps grapefruit. It's not too carbonated so it sits in your mouth without tickling too much.

07-03-2010 00:20:21 | More by freescribbles
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3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

This (above) is the promotion. Pretty on target except it's not particularly "big" these days compared to all of the monster IPAs that are di rigeur. While this is still a reasonable description of this beer, it lacks the balance and complexity of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, which is close to an IPA in its own right.

07-02-2010 07:50:40 | More by appenzeller
Photo of sfprint


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

A: Clear and amber orange. Nice fluffy head that's almost nitroesque.

S: Not a strong smell, but what's there is quite nice. Everything good about an IPA smell nothing bad, yet the smell is too faint for my ol factory senses to get specific. :(

T: What's strange about this one is the taste is nearly all in the aftertaste. Ok, maybe some in the middle there. The quality, that I dont like in IPA's exists in this one, however it's not too strong, which is the type of bitterness in the aftertaste. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I'm thinking pesticides or something. Maybe that is what I'm tasting, but somehow I doubt it. Maybe it's the type of hops or malt.

The middle is nice though. Not bitter and smooth. Almost ambery.

M: The middle is nice and smooth but the aftertaste sits in my mouth the wrong way.

D: A worthy beer, but not my favorite IPA.

07-02-2010 07:39:39 | More by sfprint
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Moment: a relaxing Sunday afternoon in June...
Glassware: Howard's Pub pint...
Appearance: burnt orange body; thick, crunchy white head that holds well as the glass drains--attractive lacing...
Aroma: spruce and pine--ALL Pacific scents are imported in this as expected--and its intensity preceeds the heightened hops...
Palate: thick, big and full-bodied but deceptively smooth to the sip--the magic is its balance of boldness and drinkability...
Taste: sweetness of caramel with the bitterness of Cascade hops--pleasantly palatable and robust with a dryness that encourages a second glass...
Overall: Sweet and tart--a killer combination that grows in its pleasure, with a warming effect that does not put its ABV on trial..could see this sneaking up on me at a get-together or a slow evening...only catch? Still love the pale ale better, SN gents!

07-02-2010 01:53:35 | More by dacrza1
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

A- Pours a hazy brown/amber color with a large head (off-white) that has great staying power. Sticky lacing covers the pint glass.

S- Mainly citrus, but some pine and hints of malt round out the aroma. Not as pronounced as I would like.

T- Same as above, but the bitter hops (pine) is the star. A little malt sweetness shows up in the finish.

M- Even with the above average level of carbonation, the beer never seems thin. It has a nice medium feel.

D/O- This is sort of the standard SNPA on roids. I could probably have two or three of these before I got bored with the bitterness. It's a well crafted beer that is worth a try if you're gun-ho for IPAs. I'll probably just stick with the standard Pale Ale if I need a SN fix in the near future. Cheers.

07-02-2010 01:06:39 | More by pvsob
Photo of Sigmund


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

350 ml bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 7.2%. Deep golden to orange colour, big off-white head. Lovely aroma of citrussy, herbal and piney American hops, hints of caramel too. Intense flavour of hops, piney and grapefruity notes, distinct bitterness, but I can live with it. Some malty sweetness too. Not bad!

07-01-2010 22:03:30 | More by Sigmund
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4.45/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: Perfectly clear, big rocky head, light copper color.

Smell: Little hop aroma, can smell some caramel malt.

Taste: Exceptional. Hopped more like a DIPA than an IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium malt background, a little residual sweetness yet dry like a classic Sierra Nevada.

Drinkability: probably only 1-2 at a time, definitely a beer to sip and savor a bit.

I need to try this side by side with SN Celebration to pick out the differences and to decide which I like better.

07-01-2010 21:33:52 | More by kdpark
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

I've had quite a few bottles of this prior to reviewing, so I know what to expect. This one is the last of a six-pack I bought about a month ago. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A thick, 2-finger head is retained nicely. Rather impressive lacing, too. Color is a golden amber and relatively clear.

Smell: Bready and hoppy. A seemingly simple, to-the-point brew in terms of aroma.

Taste: Bitter. The bitterness was not present in the nose. Piney hops dominate the flavor profile before giving way to a subtle malty sweetness. Just a solid all-around IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Fresh, smooth, and crisp. The body does not overwhelm the palette and the alcohol is certainly presented within context.

Drinkability: Goes down easily, leaving the drinker wanting more.

Notes: It's nice to have an available, affordable, "go-to" beer. The fact that many of Sierra Nevada's beers (Pale Ale and Celebration Ale come to mind) have achieved this status is pretty impressive. Torpedo is just one example...

06-30-2010 02:01:03 | More by EbPhrygian
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear orangeish gold with a nice foamy white head that sticks for a bit before receding. It leaves some decent lacing.

It has a nice aroma. There is a heightened hop presence here over say an SNPA. There are nice herbal pine and citrus accents along with some subtle sweetness.

The taste has the signature SN yeast and malt flavors with some piney bitter hops to go along. I have always found SN ales to have a bit of a solely bitter taste, it isn't a hoppy bitterness, just straight up bitter flavor.

It is a decent take on the IPA, nice bitterness level though not really out of balance with the strong malt presence.

06-27-2010 03:01:48 | More by crossovert
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Maybe my bottle wasn't that fresh, I couldn't find a date on it anywhere but the clerk at the store said it had only been in store for 4 days.

Appearance: Very cloudy opaque brownish orange. Tiny bubbles, pretty much no lacing, a thin film head, even after a strong pour.

Nose is bitter pine hops, not really much aroma

Taste is ok pretty good dry bitter hops, i get mostly pine not much citrus and no floral, a little alc on the finish. Surprisingly brown sugar malt is present throughout.

Moutfeel is quite good, the dry hops and strong carbonation are very refreshing, a little heavier body than I expected.

Drinkability is mediocre, I just dont get enough hop character/flavors out of it to enjoy more that one.

I will have to look for this fresh somewhere, might be hard on the east coast....

06-26-2010 01:47:46 | More by Imsothirsty
Photo of californiakulak


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Orangish color with a big fluffy head. Great lacing like all of Sierra Nevada beers.

S. Strong hop aroma. Almost made my eyes water. It is not as strong as Celebration but stong none the less. Pine and floral aromas.

T. Good beer, hoppy but not quite enough citrus flavor for me. Toasty malt flavors. Can taste the crystal malt.

M. Very bitter. This beer has the signature Sierra Nevada dry mouthfeel but more of it.

D. This beer is a little to dry for me to have a bunch in one sitting.

06-25-2010 02:59:22 | More by californiakulak
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A- A nice tawny orange. A nice head to it too. About an inch thick rocky head.
S- Smell is of citrus hops. A little more subdued than i expected, and lacked the malt backbone I hoped for.
T- Taste starts with the citrus/grapefruit hop flavor. The pale malt makes a presence here as it fades away hoppy. Much more well rounded than the scent suggested.
M- Full bodied ipa, with a bit of alcohol tinge on the tongue. Dry finish.
D- At 7.2 it's no lawn mower beer. Torpedo is definitely like SNPA 2.0, but it serves as a well balanced IPA. A good beer when you want something just a little more from SN compared to the pale ale.
last edit: 7/31/10

06-24-2010 06:38:40 | More by jsprain1
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Nice orange appearance. Good head and lacing. Hoppy aroma. Pine, lemon and orange zest, a hint of grapefruit. Pine hops to start. Not too overpowering, but strong. Grassy and a bit bitter. Also some lemon and grapefruit zest which balances out the other hops nicely. A little sweet caramel malt comes around at the end, but doesn't take away from the hoppy product.

06-23-2010 02:30:41 | More by uustal
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4.2/5  rDev +1%

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A big white head, with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops here. Spicey, citrus and piney hops with a very nice strong malt back bone.

T- Very well balanced here. A nice hop taste with a great malt back bone. A good amount of bitterness but nothing over powering.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink. Has about everything you could want, great taste and great price.

06-22-2010 19:42:13 | More by nrbw23
Photo of joeland


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

appearance- an very nice amber color with minimal head, that leaves a tiny amount of lacing.

smell- a weak hop smell.

taste- the bitter hits you right away and then fades quick.

mouthfeel- a carbnation mouthfeel

drinkability- an easy drink could have a couple with no problem.

06-21-2010 22:11:11 | More by joeland
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

I got this at the class six at Travis AFB last week.

Appearance- amber color, nice head

Smell- hops, very nice

Taste- hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. I would say it would probably be a standard IPA for me to drink. I enjoyed it a lot.

06-21-2010 18:55:42 | More by jeffjeff1
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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