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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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8,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,058
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 137
Gots: 681 | 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 OtherShoe2


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

Pours orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Some lace, but no rings.

Lighter hop aroma than expected. Still there, but hard to find much else. Hmm.

Big pine hop flavor, solid sweetness peeking through, with some toasted malt and some lingering bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Lighter bodied than expected, but not a bad thing. Really makes this one drinkable. Don't worry, there's plenty to swish around. Nary a bubble in this glass. Overall, a good solid IPA. Not my favorite, but nothing to turn my nose up at. I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 22:59:09 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Crystal clear with an amber to pale orange color. One and a half fingers of head with nice lacing left in the milk.

Aroma -- bright hop aromas. I get plenty of pine and citrus aroma from this. Slight malt aroma, but subdued compared to the bright dominant hops.

Taste --Great flavor full of lots of IPA goodness. Not quite as complex as the aroma, but very nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability -- Nice carbonation and body -- appropriately moderately full mouthfeel -- rich but not thick. Very easy to drink for a 7.2% abv beer. Nice beer that would be ridiculously easy to drink pint after pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:23:55 | More by mklinger
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orangish yellow color with medium head and weak lacing.

Smell: Smells great. Cirtusy hops with some nice malty sweetness came though. Smelled a little off balance with the hops way more prominent.

Taste: Solid brew. Inbetween an IPA and DIPA i guess. It doesnt have the malty background to balance this beer as well as dipa's but its not a bitter as the regualr pale ale.

Mouthfeel: I thought it was too carbonated but not awful. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not something i would drink the whole 6 pack of but a nice beer to throw in a mix of beers when drinking. Its pretty strong but managable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:25:41 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of drumrboy22


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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass. Beer was dark orange in color, with a three-finger, cloud like, rocky head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy hops, more pine than citrus, but also notes of grass and very light malt.

Taste was sweet at first, but followed by a long, bitter hop flavor. Very good and drinkable IPA. Well balanced and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 20:14:39 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of Knecht


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000! The pressure....

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a white single-finger head that retains decently well. The ale is a beautiful, hazy copper color. The aroma is certainly hoppy, but it has a surprising presence of toasted malt.

I taste strong citrus hops on the front with a formidable toasted malt base, and closes out with floral hops on the back. Nicely balanced. It has a medium to medium-full body, excellent carbonation, and is just a little bit chewy.

This beer as got some bite to it and is a bit on the heavier side for an IPA. The hops are very much present, but the malt is not simply a supporting role here. That said, it is well balanced, and makes an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 16:30:14 | More by Knecht
Photo of Thur123


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SN Torpedo Extra IPA, with 7.2% booze, this is a deal. This, with a heavy pours yields but a fingers worth of head that fades quickly with a thin retained layer. The carbonation is slower and moderate and the color is that IPA orange, slightly less hazy than some. The smell is musky and dank hop aroma with a light sweet edge. The malt character seems balanced and sweet as well, giving this brew a medium and solid aroma.

Glug glug glug

First is the basement like dankness with the bitter hops rushing in after. The malt really balances this whole brew out because the after taste is light and sweet, with only a hint of hops. A real citrusy beer this is, which I'm a big fan of, at least compared to the grassy more bitter IPAs. The mouth feel is beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:32:42 | More by Thur123
Photo of Telix


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: A nice orange honey color, fairly clear. A nice dense head is formed and the carbonation levels are high enough to keep it up there for some time.

S: Surprisingly mild. Piney, bit of citrus zest, some mild florals, a bit of crappy industrial brew undertone somehow... I'm really trying to get something great out of this but it just isn't happening. Either my bottle is a bit stale or I've been smelling too many good IPAs lately.

T: Effervescent while remaining smooth - some candy syrup, citrus, some piney bitterness. Finishes leaving the tongue a little filmy and a bit alkaline. It's good, but not exceptional.

M: Creamy, satisfying. I could go for a bit more thickness/syrupyness but that's my personal taste.

D: It's a fine beer, it's tasty and not overpowering, and doesn't leave your tongue too fatigued with bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 21:25:53 | More by Telix
Photo of homebrew311


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden with no haze. A soapy white head forms and sticks around throughout the whole beer. Leaves some significant lacing around glass.

S: citrusy hop heaven on the nose, notes of grapefruit. I detect a fair amount of grain character on the tail end of the aroma. very nice

T: A nice bombardment of citrusy hops that are big, but not overly bitter. This is the type of hop character I look for in an IPA. This beer has never let me down... always seems to taste fresh. Perhaps this is due to a high turnover of the beer, but regardless, I enjoy it. The malt character also seems to balance the hops nicely.

M: a bit sticky with a medium body, slightly lower carbonation than other IPAs

D: This is where this beer excels, it is perfect for all occasions and always satisfies my desire for something hoppy. The price is right, the drinkability is high, and it seems like my glass empties quicker than normal when I drink this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 04:20:24 | More by homebrew311
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber / deep orange, with a creamy eggshell head that manages some slight retention. Aroma is straight up hop deliciousness - it almost smacks you in the face when you pop the cap! This is one of those beers I can sit around and just smell for a while - nice citrusy / grapefruit peel / pine - classic American IPA aroma. The taste follows up the aroma and is pretty satisfying: heavy on the grapefruit peel with some bold pine resin touches towards the finish; yet there is a nice, low-key malt balance - its there, yet not too heavy, letting the hops shine. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and not overly carbonated - pretty smooth stuff. This is one of the more drinkable IPA's I've had -

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 03:09:43 | More by jpro
Photo of Blitzstyle


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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber orange color, with a nice white head bout an inch that hangs around for a few minutes. Very good laceing on the glass.

Great balance with piney and citrus notes, very pleasant. Hops stand out beautifully just like an ipa should.

Great taste....Just like it smells no real hidden or sudel flavors. Not very overpowering but very bold at the same time.

Leaves a nice hoppy taste in your mouth that lingers and lingers. Excelent brew just what you would expect from Sierra Nevada, they never let you down.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 00:25:06 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of mcann2pu


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into my left hand brewing glass a light amber color with a finger's worth of head

Smell - some pine, hop smell.

Taste - Hoppy taste with a pleasant unripe orange taste for me

Mouth feel - good, smooth

Drinkability - a good beer, it's a good one for people to try who are just getting into drinking more hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 03:30:25 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of blackbearywheat


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber with a big foamy white head that has excellent retention.

A big citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and some pine too.

Hops, hops and more hops. Starts with a big grapefruit taste and ends crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Slightly sticky but there is enough carbonation to make it a very drinkable brew.

One of my favorites!

Everyone who has tryed this one Loves it!!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:25:12 | More by blackbearywheat
Photo of SpdKilz


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA perfect pint with a nice amber/golden color with about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell - A strong citrus/pine smell with just a hint of sweetness to it. There is also a bit of floral scent. Smells good but nothing that "wows" me per say.

Taste - Oddly I get a sweet/malty taste up front which is followed by a somewhat bitter/citrusy/hoppy/piney taste. Ends on a dry note. Flavors I taste are unripe grapefruit, grass, and pine. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth - about medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels good when drinking it.

Drinkability - Very much so. At such a high abv I cannot taste the alcohol at all and it would be bad news if I sat down on a Saturday or Sunday and had a six pack. Very easy to drink and you wouldn't think twice about downing a few at once. Honestly, a pretty sessionable beer for how much punch it packs. Will be getting these in the future to always have on hand in the frige.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 18:16:00 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of TheFlern


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

Appearance: A couple of shades darker than regular Sierra Nevada. Lots of creamy head that laces well.

Smell: Lots of hops but also balanced. very fruity hops.

Taste: Fruity, waxy hops. Very balanced. Bold flavor that is greatly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Waxy and full bodied for an IPA. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: It tastes great, but the ABV prevents me from drinking a sixer of these when i have something to do. If you are just relaxing though, give this a shot!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 22:18:12 | More by TheFlern
Photo of TommyW


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

A- Clear golden body with a slight amber tint. Big pillowy, white head that really sticks to the sides.

S- Big citrusy hop aroma. Can pick up a very slight bready malt note hidden in there too.

T- Semi-sweet bread malts just touches the tongue and then is blasted away by the huge hop flavor. Nice citrus and pine hop taste. Leave a slight lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body that is very smooth with a easy carbonation throughout.

D- Great example of a big-hop IPA using those distinctive west coast hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 17:15:50 | More by TommyW
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with an eggshell head that stays with the beer. Great lacing, too. Beautiful beer.

Smells like pine, hops, and even a little jasmine. Very nice smell.

I'm not an IPA guy, but this is pretty damn good. The hops aren't overpowering the malt. Great sweet and bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly average. Not bad, well-balanced, but it's just so damn pretty it was a little disappointing in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable. This isn't my style of choice, but I would try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:18:49 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A this SN IPA is light tan/amber and pours with over a finger of tan head, moderate carbonation meanders its way up

S - i swear, SN uses genetically engineered hops, all their hoppy beers smell so fresh and inviting, this is no exception slightly floral, supremely piney and refreshingly citrus with that underlying molasses/brown sugar hops related sweetness

T - power hops, piney and floral at first with a creeping white peppery spiciness that ambushes the tastebuds, the only downside is the aftertaste is a bit mediciney, like old school aspirin or popping a liquigel capsule by mistake

M&D - light bodied with some decent layering, not as balanced as i like in an IPA, but still damn fine tasty, i expect no less from this level of brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:13:19 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Ch1mpy


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

35 centilitre bottle in pint glass.

Pours copper coloured, large beige head and lots of lacing around two thirds of the glass.

The Torpedo has an intense hop-heavy smell. Notes of pine and grape fruit.

Bitter taste with citrus and more grapefruit. The beer has a rough, dry mouthfeel and while it isn't something you will sink in an instant, you can definitely have a second one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 18:17:23 | More by Ch1mpy
Photo of jbhuxley

South Carolina

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours clear, golden copper in color with 2" of fluffy caramel tinged head. Retention is good. Leaves behind patchy lacing.

The aroma is full of grassy lemon smells with pine notes. Big presence of toasty sweetness.

Taste is dominated by pine, starting off sweet, finishing dry. Notes of citrus and grassy hops are in there too. It seems the more the beer warms, the more piney and sticky it gets.

Mouthfeel is a little bit sticky but the abundant carbonation makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 23:36:05 | More by jbhuxley
Photo of endincolorado


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

Appearance- Hazy, pale copper with a thick, foamy off-white head. Good retention and nice lace.

Smell- Nice, fragrant hops. Citrus, pine, and a toasty sweetness to balance. Crisp and well-balanced overall.

Taste- Crisp, citrusy hops, orange peel, pine, and a great, toasty malt. Some lingering sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body. Fulfilling carbonation.

Drinkability- A well rounded brew for sure. Unfortunately, after one or two of these, i'm ready to move on to something with a little less hop-kick.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 23:50:52 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Mavajo


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. Significant lacing and eventually settles into a puffy ring. Nose has notes of pine, citrus and hops. The hops and bitterness are noticeable immediately, layered with citrus and grapefruit. Not overly bitter at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this brew doesn't try to shock your tastebuds with bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and unremarkable.

Extremely drinkable, especially for an American IPA. I'm generally not a big fan of the style, but I could definitely have a few of these. Alcohol is well hidden. One of the few AIPAs that I'd like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:16:16 | More by Mavajo
Photo of vdread


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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA pours an attractive dark orange color with a thin off white/yellowish head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lace down the glass.
the smell is pungent with grapefruit and pine sap backed by some light malt.

tastes very grapefruity and spicy. up front hop bitterness that gives way to some bready, biscuity malt. strong citrus hops are pleasantly bitter without being astringent. actually pretty well balanced for an 'Extra IPA'.

mouthfeel good as always. highly carbonated with a stinging hop bite one would desire from this style.

i really enjoy this brew and often pick some up when i need something this hoppy and tasty.

+ classic Sierra Nevada, consistent, assertively hoppy, well rounded ale that satisfies on every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 17:18:26 | More by vdread
Photo of sweemzander


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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced an off-white fluffy head that is covering almost every square inch of the inside walls with lacing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Very woody aroma of wet pine and lemon with a rather grassy funkiness that is interesting. Its like smelling a prairie after a rainstorm plus pine needles with lemon squeezed over them.

(T)- Very very dry pine and lemon with biscuits. Very piney actually. So much so that it becomes almost oaky. Has a light honeyed maltiness, but only very faint.

(M)- Very dry mouthfeel with a bit of bitterness. Great carbonation level with an overall great balance.

(D)- A solid to great beer that is very potent in the hops category. Pretty easy drinking, but still extremely dry and hoppy. I enjoy this alot, but I just might like their Pale Ale better in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 23:30:06 | More by sweemzander
Photo of PappinAce


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured rather gently into a pint glass. Mid-sized head dissipated into a ring after about a minute. The overall appearance of the rest of it was fantastic though; a beautiful golden orange, sort of amber color. Held up to the light it's almost opaque.

Smell: Strong piney hop smell all over the nose, with a hint of orange and citrus.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, with strong citrusy flavors accompanying it; reminds me of a mellowed down Stone Ruination. In addition to the lemon I'm getting a strong grapefruit flavor as well. The malt is pretty well hidden, shows up just a little bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: The hops have a kick to them, and hop around on the tongue at the beginning. The alcohol flavor is well hidden, so it's rather drinkable if you like hops and bitterness. Not for me. Not my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:33:42 | More by PappinAce
Photo of WCBCFrank


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

Sierra Nevada Torpedo pours amber with fluffy head in a pint glass. Lots of great hop aromas fill the nose and capture your taste buds from the first sip. Think of Stone IPA with a little bit more snap in the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable for a "double" IPA. Just plain ol' good hoppy beer that does not cringe the palate with over-sweet grapefruit. Top-notch stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 14:01:57 | More by WCBCFrank
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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