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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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8,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,308
Reviews: 2,560
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 151
Gots: 809 | 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 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
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A- Pours a light amber that is completely transparent. After a generous pour, about a finger's worth of head recedes down quickly and leaves spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Piney hops dominate the nose. A little bit of citrus in there also to go with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

T- A nice oily feel of piney hops that is a little bitter starts things off. There is also a little bit of some grass in there that is followed by a little bit of a weak malt presence.

M- Bitterness up front and is pretty dry on the finish. A little oily on the feel. Pretty good carbonation makes this one go down nicely.

D- I would have to say that after a few of these, I would be done. The bitterness from the hops would do my palate in. A pretty good offering from SN and widely available too.

02-18-2010 00:57:21 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of Hoves

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

This golden colored beer pours with a thick foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is sweet yet with a hint of a pine note.

If you enjoy bitter beers then this should be on your list. I was very happy with the overall mouthfeel (all in the back of your mouth)...

Again, Sierra Nevada does not disappoint.

02-16-2010 23:12:53 | More by Hoves
Photo of zackcg


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

A - pours a hi-clarity golden-amber. Small head with a quick fade that yields some blotchy lacing.

S - big floral hop bouquet garnished with piney-citric notes.

T - a pleasant balance of hops over the malt and bittering characters. crisp earthy hop bite.

M - hi-carbonation wields a bitter dryness.

D - a perfect next step after the SNPA. So many good american IPAs; this is a great example. though still slightly tame for my palette.

02-16-2010 20:06:32 | More by zackcg
Photo of kazmanbrew


4.45/5  rDev +7%

I have been waiting for SN to bring out an IPA for some time. I love the pale ale and this did not disappoint.

A light brownish red (copper) beer with white loose head. The hop nose was not strong, but still quite good with low citrus and some pine. The hop flavor came through as slightly spicy (maybe piney or sprucey, but not not too much). The beer was well balanced, but still hop-forward/hop-finish as a good IPA should be.

This is a great beer. I hope it is in my stores at all times.

No complaints here. Well done Sierra!

02-16-2010 05:51:53 | More by kazmanbrew
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

poured 12 ounce bottle in tulip pint glass
A: golden brown, hazy, nice cap of foam.
S: pine and lots of it.
T: rich piny hops that almost come off spicy. the hops overpower the malts all the way
M: prickly carbonation. giving way to a dry spicy hop finish.
D: this one is relaxing is is not sharp and refreshing but rather spicy and warming, a great before bed brew. the hop character makes it a slower drinker than most but is still good. I just dont think I would drink more that one of these at a sitting.

02-16-2010 05:35:30 | More by fastsrt
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Tan, transparent body with good thick head on the pour which leaves good lacing and a nice cap on the way down.

S: Bubblegum, herbal and citrus hops hops nicely blended, but no other real flavors going on.

T: Citrus and pine hops really show up stronger, but not horribly acidic, as the other two balance it out. The herbal hops become a bit minty. Otherwise, a bready, malt backbone shows up.

M: Smooth and crisp, with a good chewy feel and a good finish on the back of the palate.

D: Very mellow, like most SN offerings I've had. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a medium-hopped American IPA done right.

02-15-2010 04:09:17 | More by dudecandle
Photo of TheOtherMike


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

I spotted this on the shelf on my first visit to a particular shop. As a fan of IPAs in general and also as a fan of Sierra Nevada (mostly), I figured this had to be a winner - and it is!

The head on this brew doesn't stop. It leave a sticky lace up and down the glass. The color is a beautiful copper with continuous effervescence.

Even though I would consider this to be a strong beer, it is very drinkable. I'm half way through my second as I write this.

Sierra has hit a homerun with this one.

02-14-2010 19:02:22 | More by TheOtherMike
Photo of Bookseeb


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance is a cloudy amber with a nice fluffy head and lace. Smell of foral hops, grapefruit, pine and malt. Taste is upfront hops, bitter grapefruit and malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good body and carbonation. I gotta say that it does live up to the extra in the name. A hop head must.

02-13-2010 02:19:05 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of samyoung


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Golden red and rich with about a inch of thick head after the pour.
S - Glorious pine goodness with hints of grapefruit.
T - Smell does not disappoint - it tastes as good as it smells with a really nice bitter kick at beginning and end.
M - Exceptionally well-rounded beer - it captivates and engages the taste buds.
D - Drinkable, but only a few at a time.

I really enjoyed this IPA - its great to see it more often here on the east coast.

02-13-2010 01:35:22 | More by samyoung
Photo of brendanmoody


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

bottle poured into new belgium snifter

a- pretty light amber color with a finger of thick head
s- very piney notes of citrus, very crisp
t- typical ipa. very bitter with deep citrus notes of grapefruit.
m- creamy but bitter, very nice balance of extremes
d- very drinkable, especially for a strong ipa like this

this is a great IPA

02-11-2010 06:17:03 | More by brendanmoody
Photo of Darkale


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

I have been meaning to review this beer; it has become my house favorite.

Bold, orange-copper body with a thick egg-white, resilient head. Lacing like spray foam. An exceptional appearance.

Basic, west coast hops aroma. Nice, but not exceptional.

Rich, creamy in the mouth... with a spritzy, citrusy, piney hops burn, lightly coated with just enough sweet malt.

Well done.

02-11-2010 00:39:49 | More by Darkale
Photo of jmbranum


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

This beer has an apt name because it will blow your tastebuds out of the water.

Perfect bright copper brew with large fluffy beige head. Aroma is big, sweet citrus with a little bit of pine. The flavor is a mouthful. I was ready to get way too much bitter hops, but no this is just right. Pine, a little bit of orange, some malt, just the right amount of sweetness. A very faint taste of copper (think of like how a penny smells, but not in a bad way)

Full mouthfeel, smooth like cream with a nice prickle of carbonation and acidity. Very drinkable.

This beer gets it right. An extreme IPA for sure but one that picks just the right hop balance and the right choice of hops. I will be drinking more of this beer.

02-10-2010 06:53:47 | More by jmbranum
Photo of rebel1771


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Pours a dark copper color with bits of yeast floating around and a big fluffy that that sticks around forever.

S: Massive hop aromas of grapefruit and pine right up front with a kind of earthy undertone.

T: Grapefruit bitterness up front that never really yields. Pine flavors are present but pushed to the background by the grapefruit. Finishes with a dry peppered cracker flavor.

D: Very good brew, stays true to the style not much more you can ask.

02-10-2010 00:00:36 | More by rebel1771
Photo of rwf08


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a standard 16 oz pint glass

A: light amber color with good hard lacing on the glass. Clear, clean, tight head.

S: sweet malty smell, earthy floral aromas. Some cirtus.

T: Drying bitterness with a light sweet malty flavor.

M: light body but not thin. Mildly resiny.

D: Could pound these all day like it's the 4th of July, which I did last year.

Overall one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. Complex in it's simplicity and great utilization of hops.

02-09-2010 08:01:01 | More by rwf08
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

I like where Sierra is going. The Kellerwies was decent, I'm anxious to try the Glissade. and then there's Torpedo.

Beautiful clear copper color, with hefty head that shrinks but never goes away and provides sticky lacing throughout the pint.

Aroma is all piney notes, but not too strong. Quite drinkable for a "extra" IPA. Hops are sharp upfront, a bit sweet in the back.

Naturally, it paired quite well with pre-Super Bowl NYS sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.

02-07-2010 22:41:26 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of OhioHopDevil


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

I'm a big fan of the Sierra Nevada brewery.

I've enjoyed many of their beers, and their pale ale is simply a classic. SN produces an exceptional product for a reasonable price. What's not to love?

The music for this review is "8 Miles High" by The Byrds.

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear, pale copper sounds about right. Nice rocky two-finger head that lingers to the bottom of the glass & quickly re-forms with a minimal swirl leaving quite impressive lacing.

S: Fresh, spicy hops. I get some sweetness from the malt, and a hint of alcohol as well.

T: Green, earthy hops are up front and dominate. Bitter. Big grapefruit, other citrus. Getting a really nice herbal element in there too. Clean, refreshing finish. Very tasty.

M: Oily and coating, in a good way.

D: High. "Hit-on-your-sister-in-law"-sorta high. The substantial alcohol is well hidden in the big flavors of this beer. Fair warning.

A great IPA from the folks at Sierra Nevada.

02-07-2010 22:18:48 | More by OhioHopDevil
Photo of John1985


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

Served in SN standard pint glass

A - Pours a deep amber with a 1" inch head that lacing beautifully down the glass.

S - Earthy hops with malt in background.

T - Awesome grapefruit hop taste up front with a good malty balance. Finishes fairly better. Almost a perfect taste profile for an IPA. Borders on a "5" rating for me.

M - Full bodied without being overly heavy on the palate.

D - Well I could drink a six pack of this except the alcohol will probably limit me to about three.

Incredible IPA, it is a little more malt accented than the Celebration but is perfectly balanced. We are truly blessed to have SN brewing this ale.

02-07-2010 01:18:12 | More by John1985
Photo of wspscott


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
(crazy Sierra Nevada dating 9329, so 11/25/09)

A: Crystal clear, dark copper/orange color, pours with a thick white head that leaves a ton of lace.
S: Lots of citrus and pine hops completely overwhelm any malt characteristics.
T: Again, citrus and piney hops are very present, there is a hint of caramel sweetness to help balance things out, also apparent is a malt graininess, no hint of alcohol.
M: Oily hops, high level of carbonation, crisp/well attenuated.
D: A great IPA, much better than Sierra Nevada's standard IPA. Goes down very easy, could be a great "session" beer if you are driving anywhere. Highly recommended.

02-06-2010 22:31:40 | More by wspscott
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

A- Big big head with lots of lacing. Its the kinda stuff I like to see. Pale copper mixed with orange. Nearly perfectly clear.

S- Piney and medicinal. The hops have that really oily, medicinal/astringent characteristic. This isnt very citrusy. From the nose you can tell this is going to be a bitter one.

T- And yes, this is a bitter one. Its not insane though. There is a nice toasty malt base. The hops are like the nose would suggest. Piney, oily, herbal and astringent.

M- How a good IPA should be. Medium carbonation, Medium body, very clean finish that's not too dry.

D- Average drinkability for me. Quite bitter, slightly more alcoholic than a session beer. This is a style that should be highly sessionable, but SN was obviously going for a beer between an IPA and a DIPA.

02-06-2010 05:30:10 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light copper color with a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves fairly heavy lacing.

Smell: Some earthy smells, along with many floral aromas and hints of sweet malt.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing off with strong bitterness that has a bit of an herbal tartness about it. Bitterness lingers in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy body with little carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A good IPA and one that I would look to again in the future. Hoppy and a nice drink.

02-03-2010 17:56:56 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of robobor


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

I've only tried Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale once, and at the time I didn't really care for it. I was going to pick up a six pack and give it another shot, but decided instead to try something new. Pours a coppery-orange with a nice looking off-white head. Right off the bat I'm impressed with how this beer looks. Smells pretty good too. Solid malty smell, accented by hops. Tastes pretty good at first, smooth and pleasantly bitter. Finishes a bit too bitter for me and after a few sips I don't like it as much. I'm not really sure how to rate the taste as I don't think it's bad nor particularly good, but it's by no means average. Eh I'll give it a 3.5 on taste. Overall, pretty good, a quality product, but not my favorite of the style.

02-03-2010 02:52:36 | More by robobor
Photo of rfabian


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

The label on the bottle intrigued me. This label shows a field of green crops. What could those be? Why, they are hop plants, of course. Does this mean that Sierra Nevada grows their own hops?

Poured into a tumbler it produces about an inch of head that leaves solid lacing. The appearance is orange-amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops, not quite as strong as I'd like in an IPA, but nice, with some malt. The taste is hop bitter and malty. The feel is medium bodied with a nice alcoholic bite in the finish.

This is a fine IPA, very drinkable and enjoyable.

02-02-2010 23:27:49 | More by rfabian
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

My sister's new boyfriend brought this one over--I think he's a keeper.

Clear amber with a chunky white head. Retention leaves multiple lace rings like my glass is dressed in a striped shirt. Juicey, hop stank aroma: tropical, citrus and sharp bitter pine. Tastes like prickly christmas tree resin hop oil with herbal citrus. Poundcake malt isn't too dry and not too sweet; just about right.

A fine, fine beverage.

02-02-2010 22:13:10 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of wahhmaster


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-brown color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of pine-y and herbal hops. A slight touch of caramel can be detected in the background.

Taste: Wow...Definitely hoppy. Hits you strong up front and finishes intensely bitter with a bit of toastiness as well. Slight citrus notes towards the beginning but aren't as pronounced as I would expect.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side but with a great carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A great IPA and another winner from Sierra Nevada. I definitely see where the "Extra" comes in in "Extra IPA." This is definitely a hophead's beer but everyone should give it a try.

02-01-2010 18:09:57 | More by wahhmaster
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,308 ratings.