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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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8,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,763
Reviews: 2,598
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 177
Gots: 1,061 | 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 ksmi116
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange gold, with a decent off white head.

S - Centennial hops with a bit of malt smell. That is to say, grapefruit and some extra sweetness.

T - More malt taste than I expected, but definitely hops take the centerpiece. Mild grapefruit, with other unplaceable citrus relevant

M - Good carbonation, and not watery or syrupy.

O - A good showing, but more balanced than I like when I look for IPA's. Worth a try if you like balanced IPA's

ksmi116, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of breals
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear beer here with good head. Well carbonate, I got a good stream of bubbles in the glass. Good lacing.

S: Strong hops aroma here with no fruitiness to it.

T: The bitterness is a bit un-balanced. It's very piney doesn't have a fruit/citrus to balance the nose. I like it but it smells/tastes very single hop forward.

M: Bitter/dry finish that gets more "mouth-puckery" as drink. Squeaky teeth

O: Decent IPA it has all of good hop characteristics, it's widely available and a good "go-to" IPA

breals, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic. According to the code on the label, this was bottled on March 3rd. Yay, freshness!

Appearance: Heck yes, perfect pour! The beer is a copper/orange color with hints of gold an amber. Very clear body with some carbonation and a little bit of sediment in suspension topped by a towering frothy, ivory 3-finger head which sticks around for a long time, fading to a half-finger cap of foam and leaves great lacing behind.

Smell: Very solid. Lots of citrus notes (like most of SN's beers) with floral and pine scents accented the powerful tropical fruit, all backed by a pinch of pale malt sweetness. Appetizing. Mostly hoppy, but enough balance in there to make me eager. Citrus notes grow more pronounced as the beer warms

Taste: The malt profile of this beer, although smells like pale malts, is slightly toasted and bready and hits the front of the palate. This is followed by a big flash of grapefruit zest, some more citrus notes (orange/lemon?), a pinch of floral hops, and a nice closing note of pine flavors shadowed by a toasty biscuit flavor of malts. The first half is "brighter" than the second half with the flashes of flavors, but the earthiness and herbal notes in the finish are very well-done. Even for a fairly hoppy beer, this is still extremely balanced. Full flavor, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, low carbonation kick. Smooth and dreamy on the palate. Big lingering flavors of pine and grass in the finish, maybe just a hint of alcohol warming accompanied by a drying finish that grows as the beer warms, but it doesn't leave you totally parched. Medium body overall, if slightly more watery than what I expected; but well-rounded and goes down very smoothly, which is very different from other IPA's I've had.

Overall: A darn good IPA, I would go so far to say that this is the benchmark American IPA and is the standard of the style. Maybe not an IPA for beginners, but this is great. Definitely check it out if you can get it fresh.

Groomsy, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear copper color comes from the standard stubby Sierra Nevada bottle. Aggressive pour yields a 3 finger white fluffy head. Steady stream of tiny bubbles pour upwards to freedom at the top of the glass. Lacing was nice and retained as the glass emptied.

S: Strong pine aroma here with some fruitiness to it. Not as hop-forward as a double-ipa but definitely more hop presence than a typical American IPA.

T: Very nice flavor. A well balanced bitterness that dances on my tastebuds balanced ever so slightly at the end by sweet malt presence. Very piney hops in this one, not as much citrus here as in the nose.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Bitterness yields to a dry finish that gets dryer as you progress through the glass.

O: This could very well be my go-to when I need to bring a six-pack to a party. Decent ABV at 7.2, has all of the hop characteristics I appreciate about an IPA and cheap enough to warrant a rotation spot in the fridge.

suspect, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Mario61Aler
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in a 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass, the tulip was occupied. 7.2% ABV

a- poured a nice amber color that was slightly cloudy with a nice thick light tan head, about 2", that laced the glass well and left a rim of froth at the edge of the beer/glass meeting point.

s- some citrus (grapefruit?) notes and a slight note of hops that are delightful.

t- yum there is the citrus and floral notes that finish well into the hops, some woodiness but muted. well balanced flavor!

m- to start soft, creamy then drys nicely. Think of having a ice cream made of grapefruit thats tart/creamy at the same time and drinking a grapefruit soda that cleans your palate.

o- very good drinker here, not too complex, finishes neat and clean. Memory lingers as does the hops.

Mario61Aler, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of CaseyR22
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada "Hop Tulip"

Look- Beautiful. Deep coppery/redish color with a medium sized dense head that lasts till the last sip. Big blotchy lacing all over the glass.

Smell- Hops, piney,grassy,yummy Hops. Maybe a hint of citrus in there too. Maybe I'm crazy but it seems like I can smell a bit of estery alcohol from almost every beer I drink in this glass.

Taste- A little bit of grapefruit and a lot of flowery hops. Bitter but not unbalanced, there's definitely some sweet malt hiding in there.

Mouthfeel- Thick with a lots of carbonation but not overkill. This is perfect IMO.

O/A- This is excellent, and dangerously drinkable at 7.2% ABV. This is a top notch IPA, and it is widely available, and very affordable. I will enjoy this beer again and again.

CaseyR22, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Clownpants
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer, not just India Pale Ale I have ever had. As I mentioned in my Sierra Pale Ale review, that beer took me out of hte Miller Lite and Bud Light phase of my life into the craft brew phase.

I rate this higher than Dogfish or Titan or any of the other supposed IPA champs. This has the same mouthfeel that the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has, but with some extra hoppiness.

Plus this is much more affordable than other similar hoppy beers like Dogfish 90 minute...which is 4 beers for $15 versus 6 of these for $10.

Clownpants, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

Pours a semi cloudy amber color with a mild scent of hops. The taste of hops is very strong with this beer. Definetly very bitter that takes a few sips to get used to. Some lesser hints of malts as well. Definetly a beer for hops lovers, just wish I enjoyed the taste of hops more.

Lemke10, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful glassy clear amber, with a dollop of one-finger off-white head on top that retains very well and leaves spotty lace. Ridiculous transparency sets this appearance apart, though the lace holds it back from a perfect score.

Restrained grapefruit and lemon citrus nose is promising but not strong enough. Pine and resin are definitely there in the back along with some sticky caramel malt.

Taste is incredibly balanced - the malts and hops hit you all at once, rather than in waves. Starts sweet and malty, with strong caramel and toffee notes, but then moves to a candied citrus flavor that is a little bit too sweet for me, but still quite nice. The beer then gradually dries out, leading to a piny, bitter dry finish. Even then, a floral sweetness manages to come through. The flavors perhaps could have been integrated into the beer better, but individually they are all of great quality.

Mouthfeel is lively and maybe even a little bit too carbonated, though the rest of the feel is exemplary for the style. Drinkability is tough to gauge due to the saccharine start, but the dry finish helps a great deal.

madvermin, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inch thick white head on top of a cloudy orange IPA. Wonderful head retention and very good lacing.

S- I'm getting pine and grass notes.

T- Piney hops with a caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is crazy...love it if you're a "hophead", stay away if you're not. Some citrus detected. Leaves the mouth watering for more.

M- Big mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- Is this considered a "classic" yet? I know it hasn't been out too long (2 years maybe?) but this has to be the best widely available IPA in America. Overall, I'd throw this into the upper echelon of IPAs, albeit on the low end. At 7.3% just a few of these will have you acting goofy. Thanks Sierra Nevada for making a great "go-to" beer, even in the beer black hole that is known as northwest Illinois.

Duff27, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with almost two fingers of foamy/fluffy white head that remains for a few minutes.

The scent is of citrus and some pronounced piney hops.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, notes of caramel malt.

Medium body, crisp and quite dry, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a very easy to drink IPA, the flavor was solid and could easily be a daily drinker for me.

BeerCon5, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review number 300!

I got this beer in a trade with listenatjoes last thursday. I had some westy's for him and he gave me some beers from the States.

I have met the guys from the Sierra Nevada last year in Belgium and i think they are doing a great job with their beers and the way how they make them. Ken Grossman is quit a person!

Now to the beer. Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks quit good. Not much carbonation going on in the coppercouloured fluid. Nice head which stays for quit a while.

Smell is average, not really spectacular. The taste is a bit too bitter for me. The hops are a bit too much ahead. As a european this kind of hops
is something i need to get used to.

I have had better beers from the guys.

Brabander, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a good IPA, if a bit unbalanced. The hop character is very in your face with not a lot of malt in there to balance, but maybe that's the point. Very fresh tasting with pine, resin and citrus rind and then a finish that lasts for a long time. Smooth but then incredibly dry, leaving you wanting more.

Very nice beer but again I can't help but hoping there was a bit more balance. I find myself comparing it to DFH 90 minute but with less of a malt profile. That keeps me from putting it in my upper tier of IPAs, but can understand the appeal.I could revist this one again.

BucBasil, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a copper or caramel color into the glass with a big thick foamy head which stuck around and left lots of lacing.

S: Lots of pine and resin. Interwoven are notes of grass and oranges.

T: Big pine hop kick upfront with a good amount of spiciness in the middle. Some caramel malt notes help the hops hold on to the end which comes with a huge bitter slap. Astringent alochol sneaks in and out and so do apples. Finishes crisp and bitter with strong acidity.

M: Medium with a little fizz

O: Great piney, resiny hop bomb that finishes with big bitterness. Could drink it all night.

legalpete19340, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard as the Glass of the Month.

A- Clear dark amber color with very high carbonation, and rocky finger of white head. Thick clumpy lacing as well.

S- Aroma of orange citrus, grapefruit, and pine

T-Strong pine taste, overall a pretty bitter beer, some light citrus notes

M- Highly carbonated, finishes dry, and very crisp

O- Overall the pine taste of this beer was too strong, not very balanced, and tasted a little too one dimensional.

Hoptometrist, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Snow81
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark orange

Head: Big frosty light tan head that leaves a heavy lace on the sides of my glass

Smell: Rich malty grains with a deep dark citric bitterness

Taste: Starts off with a bright citric that moves to a dark bitter that fallows with a light maltyness

Weight: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation

Finish: Malty sweet bitter hops linger

Second Tasting

Appearance: Clear and orange

Head: Light frosty tan head that holds a nice lace as the beer goes down

Smell: Sweet grains with a deep dark bitter citric

Taste: Bitter hops with a sweet malt

Weight: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops that sticks on the palate and lips, yum!

Snow81, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, thick and super tasty brew that really has a great taste and leaves you wanting more of this super tasty gem. Puts you in the zone of feeling great too.

This is what I envision the beers of the Colonial times being like and when beer was something superior to what was mass produced and served in a can (or bottle ) and passed off as good domestic American beer throughout the 20th century.

My .02 cents for what it's worth...enjoy !

Whitley, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

A- Bronze, slightly hazy color, with foamy 3/4 finger head. Transformation to thick lace took about two minutes, and the lace retention is pretty good.

S- the glass is in front of the monitor as I type this review, and I'm getting whiffs of hops from two feet away. Hopy, pine scents (more of a pine edge than citrus). Pleasant force of the aroma- solid but doesn't knock you over.

T- Mmmm, a good strong IPA- hop from front to finish, with hint of malt. Compares to a slightly stronger version of 60 Minute IPA. Yum.

D- You have to be into bitter IPA's to want a few of these- which I am, and I do! This is a good example of an American IPA- full body and sharp bitterness.

CraftAleRookie, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark burnt honey color. Nice creamy head with good retention and some light lacing.

Smell: Instantly bitter. Smells fresh and finely balance. A sticky resiny hop profile matches with a brilliant woody piney smell. There is smell of pale and crystal malts to back this IPA up. Some astringency. There is a powerful alcohol smell that is barely masked by the incredible character.

Taste: Wow. Much maltier than I expected. I'd call this an autumn IPA. Good caramel Malts blended with nice sappy hops. Some flavor of peach and lemon zest. Slightly burnt flavor that I enjoy. This is a dream beer for me.

Mouthfeel: There is a good creamy mouthfeel of deliciously balanced sweet Malts and bitter piney hops. Finishes perfectly leaving no aftertaste. Well done.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Watch out for the high ABV. It's a shame more breweries can't put out more affordable IPA's as good as this.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of aaron12
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the best ipas. gorgeous golden amber, thick white head. smell is floral grapefruit citrus, bit of sweet grass. the flavor is dry hoppy goodness, tart citrus, mellow pine, and it goes down smooth and heavy, yet still feels crisp with it's dryness. love it! to me this is a perfect example of what america has done to the india pale ale.

aaron12, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of henryd30
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear amber orange - had expected some cloudy particulate that often accompanies a double or extra IPA. Nice lacing appears after 1 finger head starts to settle.

S: Pine with citrus. Quite fresh and appealing.

T: Nice forward hops - finishing pretty smoothly. Good balance of malty sweetness. First couple tastes had bitter finish, but after third or fourth that had faded away.

M: Smooth and warm. Not much in the form of active carbonation tickling the tongue.

O: Great beer from always consisten SN. Thoroughly enjoying it, and will probably have another shortly.

henryd30, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark orange color....with a fast fading white head....the lacing sticks very nice...

smells like some sort of earthy bittering hop....i'm not a huge fan of the smell...i don't get any of the malt in the nose

what the nose lacks...the taste makes up for....taste very piney....earthy and a small amount of citrus....the malt comes out in the taste as well....pretty bitter beer....i don't think its balanced that well!

the feel is very carbonated....very nice....

overall i would say its decent beer....the first couple of times i tried it...i thought it was skunked but come to find out thats the way its suppose to taste!

nickthegun12, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - nice hazy amber w/ an off white head, about two finger. I noticed that the head dissipated very quickly. About 3/4 of the way through my glass, there is sporadic lacing - not much, but pretty standard for this style.

S - the first thing on the nose for me is the malt sweetness, followed by big hops. I like this a lot - it smells like it will be very well balanced, even w/ the heavy hop aroma.

T - strong bitter hops on the front end, mild malt flavor in the middle and a nice crisp fruity finish. Definitely citrus and pine flavor mixed in with the hops, and even some apple notes on the finish. A very nice IPA - it has strong hops but balanced very nicely.

M - crisp, nice carbonation. Doesn't stand in the way of the flavor.

D - I keep coming back to how well balanced this beer is. It does a nice job of having complex flavors and making them all work in harmony. Too often I've found IPA's to be very heavy on the hop bitterness, which I like, as long it has a good malt backbone to balance that bitterness. This hits the spot in that regard and is quite nice.

lawlerj, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wish that this could be my go to sixpack down here in NZ, but alas.

A: Golden orange with a nice foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Fresh 'C' hops, and a nice biscuit back bone

T: Fresh hops, biscuity malts, superbly well balanced

M: Fresh and easy. Inviting you to sip more and more

O: I used to put down 2 or 3 of these a night. This is an absolutely great IPA at an absolutely amazing price. Fantastic value for $ in CA

francisweizen, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour produces a decent white head on top of a golden, orange, hazy hued brew. Lots of stick and lacing. The oily and resiny bitterness of the hops hits you right away, but doesn't stick around. Not to much citrus, but pine and bitterness are prevalent. Mouthfeel is one to be expected, puckering and bitter. This is a solid American IPA.

gskitt, Mar 24, 2011
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,763 ratings.