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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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7,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,986
Reviews: 2,536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 647 | 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 JVEyck309

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, tawny reddish orange with thick head that slowly dwindles down.

S: piney hops. oranges

T: Orange/citrus/piney hops, biting dry finish, sweet biscuity malt backbone.

M: a bit chewey, nice carbonation... uhm..

D: for it's price and its ABV (let's not kid ourselves..) it is a great go-to IPA.. Is it a great IPA in general?? ehhhh.. you be the judge! But for me, and my alcoholism, it's a great go-to beer when everything else seems too expensive or too weak..

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:19:26 | More by JVEyck309
Photo of kbm


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Rich copper color with a large foamy head that hangs around for a couple minutes. Good lacing.

Smell is as is expected: hoppy-metallic.

Strong pine bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue with initial citrus undertones. Residual bitterness.

Torpedo should not be compared with the best double IPAs. It doesn't hold a candle to beers in the Pliny the Elder echelon. That said, Torpedo is definitely the best bang for the buck and has therefore become my daily drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:39:05 | More by kbm
Photo of Pencible


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

This poured a clear dark copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like lemon and orange and pine hops, with light caramel malt and a bit of bready yeast. It tasted like pine and apple and caramel malt, with some lemon zest and a bit of yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall it had a nice crisp flavor, and was pretty well balanced. It had nice body and hid the alcohol well. The bitterness lingered some, but it was still easy enough to drink. There is nothing too exciting about this, but it is still a solid and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:20:33 | More by Pencible
Photo of blackearth


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Blatz Market & Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into my Sam Adams beer glass, this one had a dark copper body with pillowy white head that fell to a nice cap and had good lacing. The aroma is floral and peppery hops. Full bodied and thick, this is an explosion of hop resins in your mouth that stick to your tongue and seem to last forever. I can tell the malts are there from the thickness of the mouthfeel, but the hop bitterness overshadows any sweetness. I can't call this balanced, but any hophead should love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 17:02:49 | More by blackearth
Photo of kbutler1


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a glass. Pours with a nice pillowy, off white head. Great amber color.
Great hops smell with pine in it. Great bitterness at the front that continues through your entire tasting. Slight, but enough, malt backbone to keep this from being too bitter in my opinion. After taste of citrus rind.
This is a great IPA. Very drinkable and a good choice for the everyday type of beer. I think I paid $7.99/6 pack so it is a good deal too, that is if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 21:32:53 | More by kbutler1
Photo of redmagik99


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

Amber/orange beer, nice head, good lacing. Smell is really great - hops of course, but in a unique way that strongly suggests tropical fruit - mostly pinapple, and as always, the cascade grapefruit. Taste is also quite original. No one would doubt that it's an IPA, but the torpedo in the brewing process definitely accomplished extracting hop flavor. I can almost taste the leaves. This one is about as fresh as you can get. Hop falvor WITHOUT the bitterness, though? that's another story. This beer is definitely bitter. And it should be. This is not my favorite IPA, nor is it my favorite from sierra nevada, but i am damn grateful that it is a widely available, affordable year-round brew. My feelings about it have been mixed throughout my numerous tastings. I feel like if you're out drinking a bunch of different beers and socializing, this one can kind of get lost in the shuffle. But now as I sit down and try to pick out everything that's going on, I realize that this is a truly well-crafted, complex IPA. There will always be a spot fridge for this and almost every other sierra beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:17:27 | More by redmagik99
Photo of beerdrifter


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear copper pour with with decent head and lacing. Not a huge nose but hints of pine and caramel are present. Really nice resiny, hoppy pine bite with just a hint of fruity orange and caramel malt. Well balanced and hugely drinkable for such a readily available and affordable beer. Sierra Nevada has come up with another classic. Maybe not the best IPA, but with all things considered, I'll always have this stocked in my beer fridge. I'm already a huge Sierra Nevada fan, but now they've got me for life. Bravo Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 16:43:33 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of lucasbm


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

A - White head that lingered. nice lacing. beautiful reddish copper color.
S - Very piney and floral
T - All hop at first. A little spicy and peppery. The malt makes an appearance as it warms. Plenty of extra in this extra IPA.
M - Medium carbonation. Maybe a little light on the tongue.
D - It's hard not to like this beer. Very Hoppy but not completely over the top bitter. The Aroma was probably my favorite aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 23:34:47 | More by lucasbm
Photo of schmitter


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

Poured a light reddish gold with about a finger head and fair lacing.
Smell wasn't much, not too hoppy or spicy; I likely couldn't differentiate it from the SNPA.
Not too spicy in the mouth, but a pleasant hop presence. Piney aftertaste.
I've read up on the definition of 'session' beers but I offer this; great taste, good price, and an above average ABV is what I like in a session beer, so there, this is the first time calling a beer definetely session-able.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:17:56 | More by schmitter
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

Poured with a large, off-white head that exhibited good lacing. Copper-colored and clear-bodied. Very nice aroma of average hops and some nice fruitiness. Medium-bodied on the palate, with a mostly-thin texture and average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Flavor was quite hoppy... long duration with a very bitter, dry finish to it. Wow... a very impressive IPA that, with some other recent entries, is helping me open up to the world of hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 20:44:42 | More by berley31
Photo of mjryan


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra IPA, hmmm. Amber coloured with plenty of head. Sticky lace all over. Aroma is weak, not much going on. Mildly piney with way too much bready malt character. Smells a lot like their pale ale. Flavour is bready malts and generic hops. A bit piney with a large bitterness in the finish. Lively carbonation that is not overdone. Very quaffable considering the high ABV. Good beer, not great. Sierra Nevada makes solid if maybe a bit uninspired beers. If they could get more hop aroma and flavour into this beer it would be stellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 15:57:08 | More by mjryan
Photo of JOEYvegas


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

Poured into a tulip type glass...

A - pours a light amber to a reddish color... Nice head retention...

S - Strong and crisp piney hops, but also floral at the same time...

T - Exactly what you would expect from what they call a "Extra IPA"... Very strong, almost sweet and spicy floral hoppiness... Low malt character, yet as it warms, the maltiness becomes present in the aftertaste... very nice...

M - moderate carbonation... nothing special... wish they would have developed a better mouthfeel to go with the nice taste...

D - good drinkability, definitely drinks like a 7% beer... but kudos for making such a high hopped beer so drinkable...

very nice taste, very drinkable, and VERY well priced... ...solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:39:09 | More by JOEYvegas
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


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

This is my perfect (affordable) summer choice. The pour is quite beautiful and surely above average. The head that is created is not around long and the orange/yellow hues are nice with visible carbonation activity. The hop and malt aromas are well constructed with the malt cutting slightly the hop bitterness. The hoppiness is perfect for the style's goal. The smooth and crisp characteristics allows this to be an any occassion summer favorite. I really appreciate such a brew that is so readily available, affordable, and produced in the tradition of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 15:08:08 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head on a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and the lace is reasonable.

S - Strong pine hop aroma with a little bit of citrus. Toasty malt in the background that blends nicely with the hops.

T - Big pine hop flavor and lots of sweet, toasted malt. The resinous pine notes from the hops blend with the sweet caramel malt to produce darker, tobacco like character as the flavor develops on the palate. It cleans up quite a bit in the finish with some fruity yeast and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice IPA that, not surprisingly, is kind of like a bigger, badder SNPA. The hop character is robust and very fresh, but a bit one dimensional; it is all pine. The best IPAs I have had feature a more complex hop profile that showcases more than one facet of hop flavor. This is a good IPA but due to lack of complexity is falls just short of great.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:21:07 | More by nickfl
Photo of DoubleJ


2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Now....I hope learn what all the fuss is about with Torpedo IPA. On to the beer:

Copper colored body with hues of orange, the finger thick head forms and holds up well while leaving a good display of patchy lacing. The aroma starts off hoppy and piney, but the hop burst fades into some bready malts, alcohol, and esters.

There's a lot going on in the flavor. Pine starts off the journey. Grape skins and nectarines follow, but with a low intensity. The extra kick of alcohol in this beer gets in the way of things throughout, even as it warms. There's a good share of bitterness found. Mouthfeel is right on the spot for an IPA, not too bubbly, easy, medium...and surpringly the booze doesn't numbs my senses. Finishes is pretty clean, with crackery malts lingering on in the aftertaste.

There is some good in this beer, but the alcohol washes over the levees at times. Not to mention the raw bitterenss gets in the way too. Methinks bigger levees or developing a flood control system would help this beer, because without one or the other, I will be hesistent to try this again given what's available on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:08:42 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of magine


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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Has a great huge thick fluff head that sits atop of a orange brew. Incredible sticky lacing is left.

Brew smells of citrus hops, some big floral smells; pine and herbs.

This is a perfectly balanced hoppy and creamy smooth mouthfeel. The citrus hops, the creamy head and lace. The floral taste and nice biting aftertaste is great.

Very drinkable for a hop lover - a very impressive brew. Hides the high alcohol as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 04:12:01 | More by magine
Photo of ujsplace


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight into a hefeweizen glass...

A: Golden, copper-orange with an amazingly massive, pillow-like chunky head that lasts a good long time. Amazing lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: Piney, citrus, tart, bitter hops

T: Tart citrus, bitter hopped and mild malt nice dry mildly alcoholic finish.

M: Light, good carbonation.

D: Amazingly drinkable given the abv...a crowd pleaser especially for an extra IPA...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:45:08 | More by ujsplace
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a fantastic 2 fingers or more of dense foamy slightly off-white head. Nice long head retention and lacing all the way down the glass. I can't imagine a better looking brew!

Aromatic citrus and earthy hop mix on the nose. A deep inhale brings some slight malt but this is really all about the hops here. Although a very pleasant, almost flowery aroma, it was still not as strong as I might have expected.

Immediate hop punch right off the bat, with some more earthy or grassy notes and less citrus. As it rolls around over the tongue you begin to quickly appreciate the malty goodness that exists here too. Certainly the hops are the star here but those lighter caramel malt notes are nicely played. I really liked the carbonation level in this brew and the whole package really made for great weight and mouthfeel. The finish was mostly clean but there was a very cool dichotomy of malt on the tongue and hops deeper in the back of the throat that makes you really appreciate how this brew comes together.

I love hoppy beer and could drink this anytime but if you crinkle your nose at hops, this one may not be for you. Too bad, this is really a great beer. I would still recommend it but especially to my fellow hop heads. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 21:37:51 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of chrhowe


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into an Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass.

A. Pours a dark, coppery amber with a thick cloudy hue. A fairly vigorous pour left me with a one-fingered head that dissipated rather quickly. The upside, however, was good lacing throughout the experience.

S. Huge Hops! Duh, right? Lots of citrus, tons of piney tones that scream "DOUBLE!". Also presents a decent malt aroma as well, but the hops obviously win out in the end.

T. More sweet malt up front that I expected. Quite tasty! This has great balance. But as a taste goes on the hops do their job and take over. Colossal grapefruit and pine flavors from this colossal IPA. As this brew goes down there is a subtle heat hitting me, but not for long, and a few minutes later I'm ready for another sip.

M. Big hop flavor character and fairly high carbonation. Pretty creamy at first from the sweet maltiness. However this beer leaves the palate with a nice hoppy, bitter flavor that most hopheads adore.

D. Very good for a "hop bomb." I would guestimate that a 3-5 beer session would be quite enjoyable on a Friday night such as this one!!! :)

Cheers Friends!!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 02:57:12 | More by chrhowe
Photo of pmccallum86


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

First let me start by saying this is one of the best beers you can get value wise. $8.99 a sixer for this is a steal.

A- Pours a reddish golden color, with a thinner head but great retention.

S- Very crisp smell, piney hops dominate.

T- Great taste, especially if you like piney hop flavors. Slightly more hops than malt, which is the way an IPA should be.

M- A nice level of carbonation accompanied by a great hoppy finish.

D- Very drinkable beer, a great IPA. The taste of this beer is primarily pine hops, more so than any other IPA I have had. Great beer though, there is a reason why the can't keep up with demand for it at SN.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 05:07:07 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of Brencr


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

The Extra IPA has everything expected from Sierra. I enjoy the hoppy aroma and the initial taste is great. The only drawback I find is that it has an after taste that is a bit too strong. But I guess that is to be expected in an Extra IPA.

BTW the local store owner reports that this beer is flying off the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:44:41 | More by Brencr
Photo of bsp77


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold-amber with moderate head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, dry toasted malts, slight alcohol.

Taste: Great hop taste with only moderate bitterness, mostly at the finish. Citrus, pine and tropical fruit countered by slightly sweet toasted malts.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium body, very smooth for a regular IPA (maybe this is why it is "extra"). Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: Fantastic smooth and drinkable IPA. I understand the "extra" part - more than an IPA, less than a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 03:52:51 | More by bsp77
Photo of RoyalT


3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This ale is a clear, thin bronze in color with little head.

Smell - The hop aroma is light and citrusy. It is potent enough to drown out any sense of a malt backbone.

Taste - The malts step up more at the taste while the hops refuse to retreat. The citrus is strong and there is a stiff pine that I missed at the smell.

Mouthfeel - This is thin. I wouldn't call it light-bodied but it's definitely not medium. The bitterness from the hops is fun and not too harsh for the casual drinker.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer in pieces but together I thought it lacked harmony. The sharp hops need a thicker body and a sweeter malt base IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:46:05 | More by RoyalT
Photo of sonicstylee

New York

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

pours dark straw with great white head and good lacing all the way down. big citrisy and pine aroma. it almost seems that there is an excellent malt/hop balance for this west coast ipa hop bomb. don't get me wrong, it's a west coast ipa all the way, but it does have a nice underlying maltiness. Would buy again, great hot summer day beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:58:05 | More by sonicstylee
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an almost amber color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Very hoppy, citrusy aroma.

T: Taste had a big dose of hops, citrus, pine and some malt. A solid flavor all around.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: All in all, a drinkable beer. One of Sierra's better seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 13:41:23 | More by avalon07
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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