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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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8,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,282
Reviews: 2,555
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 797 | FT: 3
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 y2j2280

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Nice lace - Give it swirl and you see beauty

S - Hops jump out like a true IPA should. Smell of citrus and alcohol

T - Citrus and piny flavors come out. Finish is extended and pleasantly bitter - not overwhelming.

M - Nice and thick - Great for a IPA - Almost like a DIPA

D - Good session beer. Can have a few in a night.

03-07-2010 03:26:50 | More by y2j2280
Photo of bret27


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

S: Good combo of citrus and pine aromas from hops (must be whole hop aroma) A little sweet.

A: Amber/yellow clear, nice thick off-white head, good brussels lace

T: Not as much going on. Piney, vanilla or caramel malty sweetness, then fairly bitter. NO etoh presence though.

M/D: medium good appropriate and dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. Drinks like a 5% ipa while actually being 7.2%.

Overall: Not amazing, but a good drinkable ipa. I've bought several 6-pks of this, and for me who never drinks the same beer twice that's saying a lot!

03-06-2010 04:41:06 | More by bret27
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

7.2% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice BIG 1" foamy head slightly off-white. Beautiful copper colored clear beer. Head is receeding slowly leaving a thick lace. Both lace and foam layer lasted until the end.

S= Nice whif of malt quickly joined by an aroma of fresh herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pine and sweetness.

T= Nice thick carmel malt flavor with an enjoyable sweetness. Hop flavors of pine and rosin with herbal notes. Very crisp hop flavors. Has hints of alcohol.

MF= Great thick resinous coating of the mouth. Good hit of bitterness throughout which lingers on the palate.

D= I find it very drinkable. 2 or 3 and your set. Although it will definitely ruin your palate for some time.

Overall a great hoppy beer, delicious!

03-05-2010 17:11:56 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of Kumicho


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottled on Jan 12, 2010, drank March 4, 2010

Appearance - Poured into a standard pint glass it left ~1 head that slowly receded to a thin covering. Good lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - Earthy smells along with some pine.

Taste - Some sharp hop bitterness that recedes to a dry finish. Not a whole lot of citrusy hops, which surprised me. Alcohol is well masked, but the hop flavor seemed a bit one-sided to me with more emphasis put on bittering than on the hop flavor. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Good body and excellent texture. Moderate carbonation for the style, but relatively "chewy" with a great feel. Easily it's best feature.

Drinkability - Unfortunately, it only gets an average rating from me on this. While the alcohol is masked well, there isn't enough of a positive to make me reach for this over something else. I wonder to a certain extent whether it lost something in the 2 months since it was brewed, or whether it was always intended to be... unoffensive.

03-04-2010 23:14:57 | More by Kumicho
Photo of OttoBomb


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 25, 2010). Serial number on the label says "935211527" so it's actually bottled 3:27pm PST, December 18th, 2009 on bottling line #1, (see here: http://www.sierranevada.com/images/BottleCode2009.pdf ).

Eyes: Pours a hazy darkish orange. The head is thick and fluffy. Quite a nice look to this one.

Nose: The typical IPA citrus/pine hop character is there, but it does smell a bit earthy also. Not the typical three Cs of hops in here evidently, as ther is a bit of a more musty hop character. A stiff malt aroma wafts up also.

Tongue: Strong pine hops up front with a strong bitter bite. Earthy, toasty, with some sweet citrus fruit up, then orange peel, pine sap, and a bit more biscuit malt to close it off. The finish is fairly bitter. I like the profile here, but not as much as Sierra Nevada's other quality IPA, Celebration Ale.

Mouth: The sharp, bitter and full mouthfeel is really quite good.

Libation: Another good, clean, a quality offering from Sierra Nevada in the West Coast IPA style. I really can't find a fault with this IPA, it's got good, flavor and it's well balanced, but it just doesn't seem to fully mesh together for me. I like some very bitter IPAs and DIPAs, but in comparison this one delivers a bit too much bitterness for the flavor. Very good overall, but it wont be a go-to IPA for me.

03-04-2010 06:24:44 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz bottle, Nov. 2009 printed on the label.

Pours clear amber to copper with huge off-white head and medium carbonation. Tons of froth and lacing.

Lots of citrus aroma with some pine in there as well. Malt aroma is also present but subdued compared to the hops. Flavor of sticky pine with less noticeable citrus character. Very herbal and slightly peppery. Definitely on the bitter side, slightly sweet but with a drier finish with planty and herbal notes. Malty throughout, but never overly so.

Medium body with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel, a bit on the creamy side as well though. Overall a solid IPA with a nice, broad range of hop flavors going on.

03-04-2010 01:41:31 | More by goldbot
Photo of jwhancher


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a copperish, light amber color with good head and slight carbonation. Foam head lingers quite a bit.

S: I get hints of vanilla with piney & orange peel notes, and some light malt aroma. As it warms, the hop notes become more evident.

T: Bitter tasting at first, then gives way to a nice vanilla-like flavor.

M: A bit bitter at first (see taste), but then a nice creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable as the hops seem to first hit you, then the even bodied creaminess follows.

D: I'd like to have more than one of these and see if the taste would attract me to regularly drink this beer. A solid effort all around, but right now not one of my favorite IPAs.

I like it, although I'm not sure if it's as great as Sierra's other flagship beers such as their Pale Ale & Celebration Ale. Quite enjoyable. Just didn't blow my socks off.

03-04-2010 00:54:38 | More by jwhancher
Photo of feedmechili


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Generally, I figure that a Sierra Nevada beer that is new to me won't be nasty. With that in mind, finding nothing new and exciting at City Bev at the end of February, I picked up a 6 of SN Torpedo.

I think it compares well to Hopslam. It pours a dark golden color with a white fluffy head (darker than Hopslam). The head has staying power. The bright, citrus hop aroma emanates from the glass.

It tastes very hoppy with some caramel malt and a dry finish (almost as freshly hoppy as Hopslam, but not as sweet). It is too much for my pilsner-loving friend, who claims Torpedo knocked him on his @$$. I think it is almost as good as Hopslam, but quite a bit cheaper, and more widely available.

As far as drinkability goes, if you want to drink two in a row, fine. I've done it. Three becomes too much of a good thing.

03-03-2010 22:49:10 | More by feedmechili
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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

A: Healthy pour yields an upward cascading 2.5 finger head that my glass can't contain... oops. Head is a creamsicle color and super frothy with repectable retention. Beer is a clear reddish-mahogany that reveals little carbonation. Lacing is real messy here with no real pattern but quite a bit of cling.

S: Piney hops and sour orange. Nose here is not robust by any means and it takes a couple of nose dips to really get a feel for the simple aroma present.

T: Opens with a piney hop bite that slowly dissipates, replaced by a orangy sweet sourness with nice full malt overtones. Quite a warming beer here. A brown sugar, rich hoppiness appears again towards the end that slowly fades into an easy finish that creates a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Light bodied, semi-coarse, with just the right amount of carbonation. Watery in the mouth with a surprisingly sticky finish given the overall feel.

D: A highly drinkable IPA that has good balance. Aroma could use some work but the overall taste and feel is really quite good here. Well worth revisiting and luckily its pretty readily available. Truly one of the benchmark IPAs out there.

03-03-2010 22:40:22 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Poured a nice Amber colour with a thick, white foamy head.

S - Citrusy hops with some earthiness & pine. Very strong nose.

T - An explosion of citrus. A nice bitter hop profile with a clean grapefruit aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with some chewiness. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice, smooth DIPA. This will definitely become a regular in my fridge.

03-03-2010 04:11:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Look: Amber body, two inch white foamy head. Incredible lacing. This is how an IPA should look.

Smell: Citrus, floral, lots of pine.

Taste: Nice hop flavor all around. Just like the nose suggests. Mild bitterness. Good malt backbone too. Very well balanced.

Mouth/Drink: Crisp and flavorful. When I'm thirsty I can't stop drinking these. You can't beat the price either!

03-03-2010 02:36:20 | More by travduke
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

More awesomeness from Sierra Nevada that's now - finally - available in West Virginia.

Thick fluffy light tan head atop slightly cloudy amber body. Good head retention. Good Lacing. Sweet floral hop aroma promises hops, hops, hops and flavor delivers. Front of palate bitterness with solid malt backing that supports the hops superbly. Crisp start to mouthfeel but moderates out to a smooth watery-ness at the end. And for drinkability, well I can drink it all day long.

Bottom line: great, always available go-to beer.

02-28-2010 23:05:56 | More by rabsten
Photo of billshmeinke


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into my pint glass.

Golden with a slight amber hue in color. Very clear. One finger head. Retention is nice. Good layer of foam on top. Really good lacing.

Smells bready. Smell of barley. Very faint lemony citrus form the hops.

Taste follows smell. Lots of barley malt, a touch of honey from the malts. Then bitter pine/resin and orange rind and slightly lemony citrus from the hops.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Medium dry. Prickly on the tongue. A touch creamy.

Very easy to drink.

02-28-2010 02:25:53 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of cnjohn19

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

the higlights of this beer are hands down its appearance and drinkability...especially for a big ipa...

pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a constant carbonation...gorgeous white head which laces perfectly...as nice looking of a beer as you'll ever get...

surprisingly you get a strong malted backbone to the nose with expected citrus and piney hops...very delicious ipa overall with the piney hops giving a wonderful aftertaste...the malts kind of confuse the mouthfeel of this beer, but overall a great choice...

i gave this an exceptional rating for drinkability for several reasons...for one, the price is great...second, the beer is balanced, high ABV but not too complex for the ipa lover...

you'll really enjoy this beer...bought at the local harris teeter at under $10/six pack and drinking while watching danica patrick wreck in a nationwide race (she sucks....)...

02-28-2010 00:37:47 | More by cnjohn19
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Copper and orange dominate the color. Great clarity for such a big beer.

Aroma, the hallmark of Sierra Nevada, the C-hops. Taste, this one probably has some 'new' hops Amarillo/Summit or something. Its real big on bitterness and the hop profile, and a good heavy malt backbone to wit.

Mouthfeel, gets a little heavier and earthy than desired, really the beer's only true letdown. Very drinkable, I can't think of too many big IPA's that are mass produced and this cheap. In terms of bang for your buck, its Torpedo, Pliny or Hop Stoopid.

02-27-2010 23:36:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of waughbrew


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

I am very interested to have this, because the Sierra IPA I had a few years back on draft, which was probably a test batch for this, needed a lot of work.

Pours a very clear golden orange with a sizable foam/cream head that slowly settles into a muted version of the shape of the top of your glass. Laces impressively. Smells of rose petals and freshly mowed grass. Flavor has a lot of hops, but maybe Amarillo or another one of those rough-flavored hops that mix fruit with crushed aspirin. The malt is toasted and caramelly. Feel is thick and velvety smooth. Ends a little thick and sweet, with hop flavor fading out. Finish leaves me wanting more dryness and bitterness to help drinkability.

This has a good dose of flavor hops, albeit a bit rough. Overall, it just hits the middle-of-the-road west coast IPA status.

02-27-2010 23:18:11 | More by waughbrew
Photo of GuitarmanST


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

First time trying this beer-
A. Copper.. Amber.. Crystal clear appearance, Wow Amazing clarity, with more of a, Fruity- Aroma than a basic Citrus.
For a supposed potent*ipa* I expected a huge blast, but it is light refreshing yet surprising

T. Sweeter IPA, nothing too extreme, Dry finish on the tongue with an exceptional mouth feel.

If you are a Fan of IPAs... try it, I am fully enjoying this- The price is right and a great change of pace with more of a Quality brew * ipa* then there base Pale ale.


02-26-2010 03:40:24 | More by GuitarmanST
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Look: Clear, bright copper with a thick, white head. Great lacing

Smell: Citrus and a pine characters dominate - very floral. Slight malt

Taste: Up Front: Grapefruit, pine. Finish: Nice caramel malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth with good carbonation. Nice long finish

Drinkability: Another winner from Sierra Nevada. Nice IPA - they do know how to use hopz effectively!

Overall Impression: A nice malty ale, that is very easy to drink, and a great value! Definitely Recommended! Newbeez may want to start out with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale first

02-25-2010 13:37:51 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber / orange with little to no lacing.

S: There is a very prominent bitter scent followed by a bit of citrus.

T: Very heavy bitter flavor followed up by some alcohol burn. Not as much of the citrus in the flavor as much as in the smell.

M: Little carbonation and very thin going down.

D: A little bit tough at 7.2% to have a few of these, but definitely one of the better IPA's I have had.

02-22-2010 00:08:18 | More by stimulus
Photo of m1ked


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Picked up a sixer at WF Bowery...can't remember that last time I was there and didn't get a growler of beer!

A- Looks awesome. Pours a crytal clear light brassy orange, with a massive white oamy, fluffy head that slowly shrinks down leaving behind all kinds of webbing lace.

S- Robust Piney grapefruit floral aroma, slight touch of bicuits and metallic alcohol whiff at the end that reminds me of nail polish remover.

T- I was surprised that I get the maltiness of this beer upfront which is solid, but eventually yields to the inevitable floral pine. While the pine is greater than the grapefruit in the bitter dept, neither....or the combination is overwhelming, to me. I don't get much alcohol, until the very end, even then its not much.

M- Medium bodied, I don't get as much oily residue as I had suspected. The carbonation is not a highlight in the swallow, so you can focus on the flavor.

D- Surprise, SN puts out a solid IPA. WHile it is signature SN hop heavy, I think that this is balanced enough to enjoy more than 1 in a sitting. I should be careful as it does have a low etoh taste, but still can creep on you with 7.2%

02-21-2010 20:28:46 | More by m1ked
Photo of mattwjones


3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Orange with bone white head. nice lacing

S: This is a pretty fresh bottle, but still, I do not get a great aroma from this beer. WHat i do get is a mildly citrus hop smell but I have to try to find it.

T: The flavor of this beer has a strong malt backbone that well ballances the hop character. Strong bitterness.

M: smooth, not viscous at all. nice carbonation level .

D: this is a semi sessionable beer. if you like the hop bitterness then it will work for you.

02-20-2010 00:37:48 | More by mattwjones
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Very attractive, coppery amber, with some reddish hue. Thick, frothy white head that thins out a bit but remains full.
Piney hops, citrus, pineapple, little bit of malts.
Pretty well-balanced IPA, with the hops not being overbearing. Hops are up front, slightly sweet citrus in the middle with some bitterness, and a little pineapple on a fairly smooth finish.
Crisp, yet fairly smooth (again). Light-to-medium fullness.
Easy to drink, good all around beer.

02-20-2010 00:16:33 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -20%

Poured with a nice head leaving good lacing atop an orangey-brown liquid. A nice aroma of bittering hops and bit of malt underneath.

The beer though I found surprisingly to be bitter and piney without a strong malt backbone, nor aromatic hop to help balance it. To me it seems quite unbalanced, almost biting the tongue in the end. I couldn't tell if there were any other flavours in the beer as the bitterness dominated from start to finish. Properly carbonated, and sticks in your mouth. The bitterness makes this a tough beer to drink.

Considering the buzz, incredibly disappointing. I'll go have a Furious now.

02-19-2010 22:24:26 | More by kjyost
Photo of BackwoodBrewer82

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

A. Orange copper body off-white creamy foam about 1 finger thick. Lacing all the way down the glass. Head lasted about halfway through but was quickly revived with a quick swirl of my glass.

S. Light piney smell accompanied by very crisp citrus and a noticeable sweet malt aroma.

T. Light pine notes an accompanying citrus/grapefruit flavor which eventually subsides to a slightly bitter drying hop flavor and finishes with a nice sweet malt flavor. A well balanced "extra" IPA in my opinion.

M. Med carbonation, med body, slightly oily mostly clean finish just a bit dry.

D. It is a little bitter in a great way and perfect for a hot summer night. I could drink quite a few of these

02-19-2010 14:44:44 | More by BackwoodBrewer82
Photo of vandenbochi


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance- Carmel color with a medium head that lasts
Perfect beer look.

Smell- Full floral/hops aroma.

Taste-Strong hops influenced bitter taste that brings your senses to life, this is really a "Torpedos away" moment.

Mouthfeel- This is a smooth beer not over carbonated.

Drinkability-I didn't think it was very easy to drink starting out but three bottles later I was thinking this beer was very easy to drink and the aftertaste is an added benefit.

Conclusion- I didn't much like IPAs but this one changed my mind.
and am looking forward to trying other IPAs in the future.

02-18-2010 04:32:54 | More by vandenbochi
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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