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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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8,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,546
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 163
Gots: 955 | 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 irishevans
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a medium dark goldish brown, with a thick foamy three finger barely off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving an ample amount of lace behind, and seems to settle at a half-finger depth.

N- I could smell this very strongly as I poured it. Rather floral and a bit of sweet fruity esters in there as well, I almost pick up on a pineapple scent.

T- Peppery right off the bat, and then developing a floral hop taste, and shortly there after some citrus taste, most of the hop "bite" is up front, with a milder finish, all in all pretty balanced, although a little more hop bite would be nice. I do like the apparent blend of citrus and floral hops.

M- not too thick or thin, although more toward the thick side, and with a refreshing quality that I wasn't expecting.

D- I'm not usually the biggest IPA fan on the planet(IMO they are summer beers, but I am in hawaii where there is no other season), and maybe this is from my recent lack of access to any craft of otherwise decent beer at all (hence the malt liquor reviews as of late). but this is rather enjoyable, not fast drinker, but nice to sit in what anywhere else on the globe would be a summer evening and sip on. given that it's like a dollar more than a "40" down the street, I think I may have found a new night cap.

irishevans, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Mjoepp
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden copper, small white head dissolves quickly.

S:Hops. Typical ipa with grapefruit and some oranges.

T: Hops and grapefruit, and also some oranges. Quite peppery also, especially in the aftertaste where bitterness is quite noticeable

O: Nice beer, bought it many times now.

Mjoepp, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Showed a dark orange amber with a thick creamy head that stuck around the whole time and clung to the glass the whole way down. Smell of big piney and cirtus hops. Incredibly complex nose. Taste starts out with cirtus hop bite, creamy and sticky, spicy hops balance the citrus with a malt body underneath that keeps all the hops in check and makes this incredibly drinkable. Fantastic IPA.

stingrayvr6, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 US fl.oz bottle poured into my SN tumbler glass... The bottle I had was not too fresh, so that may had affected the flavour profile.

A - A nice cloudy copper body with a rich beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. Looks absolutely beautiful and inviting!

S - Citrusy hops, with some pine notes still. A good solid caramel backbone, with hints of bread and toffee. Smells kind of sweet, but very IPA-like nevertheless.

T - Wow, what a treat for my taste-buds! Starts out with a good hop bite, followed by a very juicy citrus flavour, with strong hints of orange and grapefruit. The finish is bittersweet, with some lingering bread and caramel notes. The sweetness is well-balanced with the bitterness, so you won't have a problem with either of the two sensations.

M - Medium-bodied. The alcohol is pretty well-masked. The beer is smooth, refreshing and juicy! Feels great on the palate!

D - Good for a relatively strong beer! Goes down easily, provided you are used to hoppy beers! Drink in moderation, as the 7.2% ABV might get to you!

NightINgale, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice bright amber look.

S- smell of citrus and hops and even a hint of a lemon peel or zest at the end.

T- Hoppy and Citrus taste a little lemony.

M- Dry and creamy citrus flavors linger through out sip.

D- Ok I been drinking IPA for awhile now and this is right up there. Has that bite of the citrus hops. Great aroma and flavor. I think I need to get some more. Try some if not already.


SamuelJackson45, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of bohemiandonut
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a no nonsense deep amber, fully brit and lit. Sticky lace from a head that apparently had somewhere to be.

Delectable aroma on this sexy brew, citrus rinds and an obvious Sierra Nevada malt complexion (Pale Ale style) negotiate the open sea that is IPA.

Riding that lovely scent is a wave of bitter hop flavors (grass, spruce, fir, pine and brutal grapefruit) backed by maple-speaking malts that just wont quit (even when you want them to.)

That agressive Sierra Nevada carbonation is much appreciated for the style. Superb and familiar, but familiar. Ill try to not let that hurt this score.

With 5 more to go, Id be shootin myself in the foot if I said this wasnt drinkable, so I'll substitute smellable for drinkable and admit that I would order this fine brewski just to cram its volatile vapours straight into my hind-brain. Yum!

bohemiandonut, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

What's interesting about Sierra Nevada is that up until this year, they were probably one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round India Pale Ale (IPA). However, around three years ago, there was buzz on the internetz that Sierra Nevada was dabbling with a new way of infusing hops into beer. Soon, a concoction named "Torpedo" began to rear its foam at select locations and events. In late 2008, Sierra Nevada announced that they'd be launching a year-round IPA called "Torpedo Extra IPA," and revealed the process:

"The name itself comes from a device called the 'hop torpedo' that was conceived, designed and developed at the brewery. The result is a revolutionary method of dry-hopping that harnesses the vital hop oils and resins that lead to an unusually flavorful and aromatic beer featuring the full, nuanced range of spicy complexity that hops have to offer."

They also use 100-percent American hops and multiple varieties--each of which impart unique characters. Let's load this one and give it a shot--yeah, that was bad.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a thick and hop-induced, creamy, off-white foam head with a lace that sticks and stays along the glass. Big hops in the nose. Floral with some grapefruit rind and pepper in the back. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a firm, round and semi-full body. A bit chewy and juicy at times. Fruity (a bit tropical) with citrus (mostly rind, some grapefruit), semisweet apple (Red Delicious comes to mind) and some herbal notes (soft and pleasant). Then bitter. Dry and acidic with an aspirin edge. Building layers of hops on the palate with each sip. Fresh, green hops. Pine. Resin. Spice. Hint of soap (happens with highly hopped beers). Palate turns gritty and leafy with an ashy finish. Biscuity malt. Hay. Bone dry. More-ish.

Torpedo is a dry and robust IPA that waves confidently at the Double IPA with a ton of hop presence and 7.2-percent ABV, but remains an American IPA with its artful use of hops that brings big, but balanced, flavors, and subsequent drinkability. We love it. Released in January 2009 in six-packs and hopefully available until the end of days.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is decidedly hoppy, with citrus and piney hops coming out...but there's also a fair amount of sweet malt on the nose as well. Rather balanced.

Grapefruit and piney hops come through early and often in this beer and do so with a pretty good amount of intensity, however, there's also a decent amount of sweet toffee malt underneath that provides a fair balance and keeps it from being too one-sided. Through the finish, the bitterness continues at a fairly high level, and lingers in the aftertaste for a while.

As far as IPA's go, I think that this beer does a pretty good job with balance and doesn't go too overboard with the hoppiness. The high ABV harms drinkability, however.

NODAK, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color, slight hazy. Lots of carbonation. Head looks awesome, leaves a really nice lacing on the glass.

Floral hops, some citrus, hint of piney, caramel malts.

Floral hops up front, I get some citrus and touch of pine. Sweet caramel malts in the background to balance it. There's some hint of orange-pineapple in the middle. Very smooth and crisp finish with slight dry herbal aftertaste. Body is light-medium. Carbonation feels very nice.

Very drinkable. An awesome American IPA.

mjurney, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brilliant copper color. Thick head with good retention and lacing.

S- all hop citrus aromas here.

T- Obviously hoppy, but not over the top at all, The hops to not punch you in the face and are in balance with the malts.

M- not much going on here, pretty thin.

D- Easy drinkin' IPA. Really nice offering from SN. Balanced and fresh tasting. Not a hop heads dream, but a solid IPA.

chrisgn, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the 30th bottle of torpedo I've had, and I chose to review this one because it's the freshest I've been able to get since discovering how to read their bottling code--about 5 weeks old.

A: Pours a rich bronze/amber. Not a whole lot of head retention or lacing, but a swirl does reveal some nice bubbles.

S: Much different than the SNPA, Torpedo is all about the piney, grassy hops. Malt presence increases as it warms.

T: Ahh, fresh, whole cone hops. Delicious hop profile, sticky and resiny, a little alcohol heat as it goes down.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, medium body which is right where I like it for an IPA. The generous amount of hops coats the palate.

D: This is easily the most drinkable beer I've found over 7% ABV. Right as I finish I want another.

bridgetowhophead, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First it starts off with a smell of pine and hop resin...then when you swirl it around and it warms a little you can smell the citrus grapefruit smell combined with the sappy pine needle smell. Tastes great with a nice sweet malt and an amazing pine hop backing that stays on the back of your tongue. When I first tried this and wasn't very familiar with the style I thought there was an overwhelming amount of pine. Now that IPA has become my favorite style of beer it is a great top of the list go to IPA. I also noticed pungent graepfruit hop flavor.

You can tell they don't throw the usual type of hops that the standard American IPA's use. What really sets this apart from other top notch IPA's like Dogfish Head 60 Minute or Stone IPA is that this has a medicinal herbal and very grapefruity smell and taste from the whole cone hops which is amazing. This is my favorite beer from this brewery... I think it's even better than the Celebration Ale. This is more bitter where Celebration is a bit more sweeter with different hops. If you want an IPA get this. Amazing job Sierra Nevada from Chico, California.

thebrood1987, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Rusty brown color, maybe a little bit cloudy. It has yellow hues when held up to the light. Giant 3 finger head with excellent lacing and retention.

S: There is no difficulty getting a good smell of this beer. It has very floral hops. With some pine and citrus bitterness. Some full bodied malts are also present upon investigation.

T: The citrus and pine flavors of the hops dominate the flavor. However, there is a bit of a malty body. Very classic American IPA flavor... there is a slight bit of a metallic taste which I don't like; but overall, it is great.

M: Nice thick body, feels silky in the mouth, the beer is really easy to swallow. The carbonation is wonderful and the beer really coats your mouth.

D: For some reason, the bitterness of this one gives me a bit of a headache. This does not normally happen to me with IPA's. This has happened to me several times with Torpedo and is the only real disappointment with this beer.

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy, deep orange/bronze color. About average sized (maybe just below average) size, creamy, dense, sticky, off-white head. Very good retention leaving a nice layer of foamy lace.

S - A lot of sweet orange citrus hops along with a good amount of pine resin. Also a good amount of caramel malt comes out. Good amount of grapefruit, floral, and grassy hops as well. Nice mix of sweet malt and hoppy flavors and a pretty fresh smell.

T - Toasted, caramel tasting malt flavor provides a backbone for the beer. Good amount of hop flavor starting with sweetish orange and a touch of grapefruit and lemon citrus flavor to start out, then some more piney resin comes out, and it finishes with more grassy, herbal, and floral flavor. A touch of spiciness, zesty, peppery flavors also come out mid sip toward the finish. Pretty bitter hoppy flavor as well (although not kick you in the face bitter).

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Pretty smooth and crisp taste.

D - Easy and tasty to drink IPA. I enjoyed drinking this. Not going to blow you away, but it is tasty.

Notes: Enjoyable IPA especially given the accessibility and the cost. Not amazing or is going to blow you away, but a solid IPA. Nice mix of sweet malt and hops and bitter hops

FreshHawk, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew im excited to taste it pours a light see through copper hue with decnt carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that stays to form lumps of frothy head all over the place and heaps of sticky lacing,the smell is a mix of aromas of pine,,strong citrus,peaches and toffee malts,it has a nice fullish mouthfeel with tastes of citrus,pine,boiled candy some caramel malts and finishes with a pleasant bitterness,overall its definately a nice brew that i could drink all night cheers.

ADZA, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= really nice golden/amber color with a giant head that last quite a while and a slightly opaque appearance.
S=pretty hoppy and floral. smells piney citrus herbal shampoo.
T= taste is big on hops in addition to the herbal shampoo taste. nice hop aftertaste that hangs around on the back of your tongue and makes you want to drink more
M=nice slightly creamy feel with a nice little touch of oil.
D= surprisingly avaiblable everywhere from gas stations to backroad liquor stores to winn dixie and publix which makes this awesome beer even more awesome and it wont run you much more than average adjuncts

wallaceandvomit, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Sudsy89
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a beautiful amber-orange, big fluffy head.
Moderate amount of carbonation, lacing left on the glass. Has a medium-bodied feel to it.
Aroma is pine-like, slightly citric. Taste centers around a full hop body, bitter and a bit acidic. I noticed more alcohol taste in the background, has a bitter aftertaste on the palate. For an IPA, this beer is smartly focused on hop flavor, and is unique in using American hops to distinguish it from an English IPA or other.

First time I tried this beer I found it way too bitter and didn't enjoy it. Now reviewing it after trying more bitter ales and stouts I think it isn't so bad. Wouldn't be easy for me to drink several of these, and they do have a higher ABV but I enjoy one at a time. A decent full-flavored IPA with a higher alcohol content than regular ones. Would be nice with a meal or just by itself on a hot day. I say it's quite good for an IPA, just not my favorite type of beer.

Sudsy89, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
2.38/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney nose. Flavor is piney hops, not finding any malts, finishing with a lingering bitter aftertaste. The 'extra' in the name is only a word - this is just an IPA that's loaded with hops. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Jeriba
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass a glowing yellow-amber color, with a thick, rich head that stuck around for a while.

S: Not surprisingly, this one smells very hoppy, with floral and citrus notes.

T: Bitter hops and pine flavor. The malts appear on the palate only briefly, but they are complex and tasty, with a hint of nuttiness. There is a heavy bitter pine aftertaste.

M: Nicely carbonated and refreshing, with a very slight oiliness.

D: This is a satisfying, reasonably priced IPA for the serious hop-head. I picked up a 12-pack for something like $14, and it will be interesting to see how long it stays in the fridge.

Jeriba, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of dimitrius
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful orange color, when held up to the light runs the gamut from yellow to dark orange, each color warm and inviting. Looks to be a tasty beer.

Smell - Hops. Piney, citrusy, beautiful hops. The only fault I find in the smell is the lingering alcohol smell off of a deep whiff - which is almost not really a fault, considering the ABV. Big white head on the pour.

Taste - Hops again. Pine, citrus, with a little woodiness on the back end. Very refreshing on a hot day in Hawaii.

Mouthfeel - Honestly, I LOVE the way this beer feels in my mouth. Not too thin, not too thick, with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable beer, even for someone who prefers dark beers. The hop taste is very pure in this beer. The only reason i scored it a 4 is because I can't session hoppy, slightly high ABV beers, personally.

dimitrius, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A glowing sunset orange sits well in the glass topped off by a sturdy 1 finger marshmellow head that was buff in color. Clarity was good, revealing a rapid presence of micro-bubble jet streams.

S: A touch of grassiness is experienced upfront, soon followed by a perfumy mixture of oranges, flowery citrus, and some faint grapefruit. The strength is rather reserved here per style. There is some sweetly toasted caramel grains peeking through underneath but is the hops that play the main role.

T: Spicy citrus and dry toasted caramel grains come to play on the open. Semi-dry grapefruit is fairly dominant with some grassy nature and flowery citrus that is both dry and assertive in delivery. Some lemon peels, piney interests also come through with a spicy bite of citrus on the swallow. The malting as with on the nose, comes off a bit thin taking a back seat to the hops and hardly offering any support or structure to the drink, almost to the point of being a non variable. Grassy-citrus alcohol tones warm you in the end with a flowery coating on the tongue.

M: The mouthful is warming with a good deal of citrus and grass being offered. The alcohol is also generous in nature with a medium carbonation bringing some crispness to the overall delivery. A flowery bite, dry and bitter of pine and conifer notes leaves with good intentions on the tongue.

D: Fairly bitter on the take, not as smooth or refined as their traditional pale providing a bit more hops and edginess intended for limited servings. will definitly fill your hop fix.

beerthulhu, Sep 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited a long time before trying this beer and I wasn't disappointed. It's the usual high quality product you would expect from Sierra Nevada. Great color, nice citrisy/hoppy aroma and well-balanced flavor. It didn't pack the punch I was expecting for a 7.2% ABV, but that was a good thing, making this a very drinkable beer.

mjrod2142, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of culver501
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first attempt at a BA review although I've been using this site forever.

A-great carbonation welling up from bottom of glass, copper colored, thick head

S-slight citrus aroma(grapefruit) and a faint yeasty smell off head

T-Really subtle hop profile, doesn't match what I would expect from what others would claim to be Extra IPA's. Kind of earthy, grassy, delicious. I was originally kind of underwhelmed but the flavors are changing as i get further down the glass. Hop flavor is lingering on my tongue and becoming more pronounced

M-Pretty clean mouthfeel although the complexity of the flavor and taste kind of mask it.

D-Supremely drinkable, although it's 7.2 ABV is well hidden which is always a dangerous path to tread.

culver501, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Torpedo pours a clear, dark copper with a one finger creamy, white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of lace on the glass. Inside the beer is a massive flurry of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

The aroma is full of hops with notes of pine and orange citrus. There's a little bit of pale malt mixed in too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, somewhat creamy with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is a well balanced blend of orange citrus, a touch of lemon zest and sweet pale malt. It finishes bitter with a touch of pepper spice. Once gone a lingering sweetness remains on the palate.

This is a tasty, well balanced beer with a creamy mouth feel. I thought the aroma might be stronger, but otherwise this is a great 'everyday' beer.

WanderingFool, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thick head and nice lacing, and the hops they use smell very herbal--there's not much pine here and only a hint of citrus.

I didn't get much of the malt in the taste, and the hops are solid herbal hops, a little bit of grapefruit maybe. Bitter all the way through to the last drop. Medium body with great carbonation.

I guess this is trying to be a palatable hop bomb, and it succeeds in that--I'll drink it again but I don't see it becoming one of my favorite or go-to IPAs.

lstokes, Sep 04, 2010
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,546 ratings.