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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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8,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,539
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 948 | 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 g00dness
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured semi-transparent orangy copper into one of my logo pint glasses.

The nose is pine forest floor. Piny and herby with only a hint of malt.

The taste was the same as the nose really. Lots of pine with some herbs, and maybe some citrus. Very bitter in the first sip, with an excellent dry finish. Not as complex as I'd hoped, but you can really taste the hops resin, which is cool.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly gentle and creamy for an IPA.

Drinkability is nice and high. The dry finish and the great mouthfeel make this very quaffable.

g00dness, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got it in a safeway in virgina. Came in a six pack, poured into dfh glass.

A. Light clear amber almost copper colored. Finger sized head with lacing that doesn't go away.

S. Piney hops with some citrus. Sweet fruit aroma comes through.

T. Bitter hoppy up front with an oily lingering aftertase. The bitterness fades as you drink the whole beer.

M. Medium mouthful with low carbonation.

D. I like it but I can't drink more than three of them.

ComfortablyBum, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dropshotmusic
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper color with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Smells a piney citrus in the nose. Balanced malt to hop taste with bitter hot finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Overall a good IPA not my favorite but worthy none the less.

dropshotmusic, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper color with a chunky tan head. Nice lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Similar to the nose, citrus/fruit up front (more grapefruit here), has a sweet/dry finish, not bitter. Some nice maltyness on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, a more than solid IPA. Glad SN now has a year round IPA.

mdaschaf, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle bottled about three months ago, according to SN's weird bottling code.

Poured with a way bigger head than expected, Dark amber, relatively clear. Looks very nice.

Smells like sweet, pine-y hops, but not very strongly. Not much else.

Taste is surprisingly crisp. It's my first time having this in close to a year, and I remember thinking it was syrupy hop juice. But it feels reasonably light on the tongue, quite carbonated, not as hoppy as I remember, but they're there. Finishes quite bitter and pine-y.

I could keep drinking this no problem.

musicforairports, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this using my 33 Beers tasting book. I'll include notes and flavor wheel profile from the book below and translate into BA ratings above.

Appearance Notes: Amber/orange in color with a two finger pillowy head.

Aroma Notes: I get citrus and malt on the nose. Background notes of pine are also there as well.

Taste Notes: Big flavors here. Very hop forward, with the citrus flavors being brought out at first by the malty sweetness. However, when the malt fades and aftertaste develops, the piney, almost sappy hop flavors build to a strong, bolt sensation on the palette.

Flavor Wheel Scores (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 3
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (pine): 5
Floral: 4
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3
Malty: 4
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 1
Bitter: 5
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

soze47, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy caramel amber into a tulip with a finger of slow-fading off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit with touches of caramel, honey, and bubblegum sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel (one of the most enjoyable that I can recall). Sweet up front with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced by grapefruit hops and returning to bitterness on the finish with a hint of tangerine. Alcohol is well-masked, and the result is extremely tasty and easy-drinking. Exceptionally well-balanced.

grittybrews, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head from the pour of the orange/amber IPA. Rates a 20 on the SRM beer color chart. A little cloudy in appearance with good bubble action. Smell has grapefruit, lemon, lime, green pinecone, along with other hints of wheat, corn, malt and hops. Wonderful citrus taste, with citrus being in the forefront, but also good amount of hops in the finish. Good bold feeling in my mouth with plenty of zing. This is a beer worth drinking and often. The more I have of it the better I like it.

beerprovedwright, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of oluap
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Delicious bouquet & taste of grapefruits and citrus, slight hints of tropical fruits and pine... bubble gum perhaps? Emanating sweetness from malt that gives a great balance! Good mouth feel (that gets better as beer warms) with a rocky yet pillowie head that has good retention and lacing..

yet another great beer from SNB!
<3 Sierra Nevada!

oluap, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of surlytheduff
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Smith nonic glass. Color was rich coppery amber, with a 1.5 finger offwhite head. Fairly clear looking through it, you could see thing trails of co2 trailing upwards through it.

My nose was greeted with a strong but not over the top citrusy hop aroma, with some pine and a bit of malt.

Citrus scent carried over into flavor, but the overriding element was that of hops. The pale malt flavor was also very apparent.

It really coats your mouth, feeling almost frothy. It's a real pleasure to drink, and (for me at least) is hard to pass up at the local party store considering the low cost and high quality.

surlytheduff, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark orange-copper with a nice white head of foam. Great lacing and retention, this has a head on it 15 minutes later.
S - Very hoppy, specifically pungent pine and citrus. There's a sweetness from the malt in there as well.
T - Deep, pungent hops lead to very sweet, bready malt. Again, this one's very hoppy, you can spot a dry-hopped beer from a mile away.
M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Really coats the mouth, and the bitterness lasts for some time on the palate.
D - One of the most drinkable IPAs on the shelf, especially at such rock-bottom prices.

Another amazing brew from Sierra Nevada.

jsanford, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep hazy copper orange color. Decent off-white head that leaves a healthy white cap and generous sticky lacings. A variety of hop aromas. Citrus orange and grapefruit, spicy floral and pine. A hint of sweet malt sneaks in there too. Very smooth feel. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Big hop flavors with citrus flavors in the front that lead to pine bitterness at the end and malty backbone throughout. The bitter pine flavor lingers a while which hurts the drinkability, but otherwise a fabulous IPA.

IronLover, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of rapayn01
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As a fan of hoppy ales, this is rapidly become my favorite affordable beer. My local grocery chain has been selling it for $7.50 per six pack for weeks now.

The hoppy flavor is fairly intense and earthy. It pours to a thin (but nice) head in your glass and has a rich smell.

Update: June 2013. I still really like Torpedo, but the price has been creeping up towards $9 per six pack and the competition is much stiffer with Michigan craft beers widely available now.

rapayn01, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 31st 2011 update.

Filled to capicity in the one litre 'Stein of Truth' this beer revealed a previously undisclosed vibrant and succulant hoppy tang which was hidden in mortal drinking vessels.
More balanced and visually lustier in a light reddish amber light as well.


Drank this paired with Titan IPA. Thanks to russpowell for his advice.

Deep dense thick rocky head which leaves some wonderfully frothy lacing all over the glass from beginning to end.
Reddish golden in colour with a deep dominant piney hoppy smell. An intense taste without being truly over the top. Very husky and bitter with elements of raw grapefruit. Full and heavish on the tongue but surprisingly also spritzy.

A bit heavier than expected from an IPA ('extra' or otherwise) and while hugely enjoyable I would have liked to have experienced some more complexity.

More Grizzly Adams than Last of the Mohicans.

Zimbo, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Has a great IPA color too it, and a great 2 finger head that last a nice amount of time. Also the head leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S - Very hoppy, great IPA smell to it.

T - I love this beer, it is a great IPA. the hops are really present and give a great bite. the hops dont hold back one bit, and that's what I love about this beer. Very earthy, with a hint of citrus.

M - Coats the mouth nicely. It is in between a medium body and a high body. Nice carbonation.

D - I drink this beer a lot. Its great. It goes down smooth, but at that same time it had a great bite and bitterness too it.

So overall I would recomend this beer to those people that love IPAs. I think it is a really good beer that bridges the gap between an IPA and a Double IPA. It is just a true work of art. Good gob Sierra Nevada, keep up the good work.

JizackFH, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours burnt orange/copper with a thick, sticky off white head.Thick lacing coats the glass.

S_Grassy,floral hops come through strong. Hints of pine and grapefruit.

T_Very hoppy/earthy bite. Floral hops with hints of pine and citrus. Pale malt backbone. Very nice.

M_A bit fuller than medium bodied with a very dry crisp finish.

D_Great session-able IPA.

nickadams2, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a modest head that quickly dissipates, but still leaves some clouds of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt, piney hops and salt.

Tastes pretty malty with piney resinous grapefruit hops.

Body is light but carbonation is too, giving this a somewhat flattish mouthfeel that just borders on being creamy.

A very drinkable IPA, go to IPA given its price point. No problem drinking a few of these. The extra alcohol kick and flavor separates this from the midstream of IPAs.

Beerenauslese, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Full aroma of citrus and pine. Nice smell of hops as well. Taste is more of the same. Big flavor of pine followed by citrus. Bitter. Pretty drinkable and hard to pick up on the 7.2% ABV. Lots of hoppy pine flavor in this beer. Damn good.

PicoPapa, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of garuda
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick off-white head that has good retention, and good lacing down the glass.

S - Nothing pungent, but a nice combo of citrusy and pine hops with a sweet, bready malt undertone.

T - A little spicy at first, then bready malts, with a very bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin finish/aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves some hop oils in the mouth after the finish. Lingering, bitter aftertaste.

D - Nice well-rounded IPA, but nothing spectacular. I'd drink it again.

garuda, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. On the label the ABV is listed at 7.2% and there is a nice description. There is no freshness or born on date though.

Appearance: The body has a light hazy orange amber color with a tall off white head. The head hangs on well and makes lots of cool lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: It has a big citrusy bouquet with firm grapefruit and orange zest notes coming through over some candy sweet malts.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a deep and pungent citrusy character that brings nice bitterness and a slight pine note to the sweet malt, of which there is a solid base of candy like and bready/yeasty malt. Hop notes linger on well into the finish and the palate has a well carbonated, firm medium body and texture.

Notes: It had a little more sweetness than I was expecting and a little less pine like character. Overall it was still a very well made and tasty IPA.

generallee, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Star80
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a tan head, with clinging lace all over my glass. In fact, it LOOKS like a dry hopped beer and it certainly is one. Curious to read more about this torpedo dry hop process. Smells like citrus piney hops, some slight alcohol in the nose. Taste is actually kinda smooth for such a big beer! Not much booziness detected, so much hops that cover up that alcohol. In fact, this beer is actually kinda balanced for an IPA. Has many layers of hoppiness, cannot detect much "herbal" hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is not overly rich either for such a beer, quite drinkable in a scary way...this beer reminds me of a big SNPA, but not huge like Bigfoot. A great extension of the brand, and perfectly fits in the spectrum of Sierra Nevada's other tasty offerings. If I recall my last six pack of these went down all too quickly....

Star80, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of DanThomas
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After being disappointed by the Great Divide Hercules IIPA, what a refresher to love this offering from Sierra Nevada!

A- This is what a beer should look like! Cloudy orange/copper with a big foamy head and tons of lacing running down the glass.

S- Hops, hops, and more hops. Grapefruit smell hits you initially, then a piney spice takes over. Some biscuit undertones.

T- Reflects the smell almost exactly, but with more pine. I will say that for all of the hop flavor (and there's a lot of it), I get a really nice malt biscuit background to this beer that nicely counterbalances the hops and makes their flavor stand out more.

M- Exceedingly smooth. Carbonation upfront but that quickly dissipates.

D- For the style, extremely high. Alcohol hides itself. Go out and get this beer!

DanThomas, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of brandoncox
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA pours a deep orange color and a nice off-white soapy head that sticks around through the entire session. Great amount of lacing until the last drop.

Very exceptional aroma. Smells like a pine cone dropped right off a tree onto a ground of hops. The most natural smelling IPA I have ever stuck my nose to.

The taste is of pines with an amazing herbal profile.

Mouthfeel is decently thick and follows through with a resonated liquid texture straight down the palate.

I could drink an entire case of these. Just truly an amazing and outstanding IPA worth every penny. Definitely a thirst quencher.

brandoncox, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with about 1/2" of cream colored satiny head

S - Malty like roasted caramely malts, very floral and earthy.

T - Bitter as you'd like. Pine presence like gin with a grassy taste as well.

M - Dry, dry and dry with a bitterness that hangs around on the tongue like a sheet of bitterness.

D - When I'm in the mood for something this bitter (which is often), I'll reach for a Torpedo. Certainly everything I was hoping for and more...

gopens44, Oct 11, 2010
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,539 ratings.