1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,402 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,402
Reviews: 2,566
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 162
Gots: 861 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,402 | Reviews: 2,566 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of birchstick
birchstick

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

A - pours a light copper, caramel coler with a nice sized head

S - the traits of an IPA are in the nose: pine and citrus are very mixed, with some sweet malts.

T - this started off with some malts, but then I got hit with very piney, bitter hops. Reminds me of an ESB that is super hopped up. Nice balance, however I am not a huge fan of the hop profile in this.

M - good mouthfeel...creamy and smooth with slight dryness.

D - This was a pretty good IPA. I think the bitterness was too much for my palate, though, as I was ready to move on after a couple. Not a bad IPA, but I don't know if I will return to this after this 6 pack is gone.

04-11-2010 00:20:56 | More by birchstick
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%

A - It's hazy orange in color, so pretty similar for IPA profile
S - Smells of mostly barley malt and hops
T - Was a decent IPA. One I could drink all night. Equivalent hops and malt in sync.
M - No too bitter and sweet.
D - Na not too much. When I think IPA's I think of bitter hop tones and this beer doesn't have much.

04-10-2010 08:41:34 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of wolfinthemirror
wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +7%

pours a very attractive clear golden color into the glass, with a very fluffy and billowing off-whte head.

smells very floral and earthy, and I also get a hint of malt, so I'm preparing for some sweetness.

The hops jump out immediately as they attack the taste buds. I'm not really getting much citrus like in a lot of the IPAs I've had lately, I'm guessing this is due to the lack of Cascade hops. It's somewhat Piney and herbal, rather than fruity. This gives way to the sweetness I detected. Very enjoyable.

The Torpedo is a very nice feeling beer going down. smooth, and well balanced. lower carbonation than a lot of IPAs, and medium bodied.

Very drinkable beer and well priced. I'll be having three of these tonight. When I get a craving for a refreshing, lively, hop forward beer, this is an IPA i can trust. And it is for this reason that I find myself returning to it often.

04-10-2010 02:44:37 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of mtstatebeer
mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a decent, frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, citrus (orange particularly) and pine malts. Flavor is sweet pale and caramel malts, citrus (orange again), and resin. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, and bitter finish. Good beer, I like this one a lot.

04-09-2010 02:33:55 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of white foam. Moderate carbonation evident and nice lacing

s - Lots of hops. Smells of pine and citrus hops, and maybe a little bit of pale malts as well.

t - Taste is pine and citrus hops. Citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a very solid IPA. Very accessible and easy to drink, this is a good IPA you can have a few of. Would recommend.

04-09-2010 01:07:59 | More by mdfb79
Photo of infi
infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hefty amber color with a beautiful, tall, white foamy head with incredible sheets of lace. Incredibly carbonated throughout the glass as well. The aroma actually surprised me with the generous amount of malt character in it. It's pretty distinguishable right off the bat. Of course, the hops are the most prevalent on the nose. Straight up pine, wood and citrus.

Geez. The taste is quite incredible. Seriously refreshing and thoroughly done so. A sort of caramel sweetness hits the palate at first and then comes in a plenitude of the hops and grapefruit. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be, which is always surprising yet pleasant. This has quickly become one of my favorite IPAs. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp and carbonated - like a seltzer, except tastier. Drinkability is definitely high. I foolishly finished my 12oz. bottle within fifteen minutes. Now I wish I had bought the six-pack instead of a single.

Sierra Nevada's got the formula right in regards with pale ales. Excellent IPA and deservingly so.

04-07-2010 04:24:34 | More by infi
Photo of RedBrewer83
RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours an orange amber hue with a big three finger creamy off white head that falls slowly in pockets. Really nice lacing left behind.

S: Big citrus and pine hop aroma combine with sweet caramel malt in a nice balance.

T: Big orange peel and pine resin hop note up front followed by a nice balanced sweet caramel malt, nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with crisp and very active carbonation, lifts it some making it seem lighter than it is, very crisp on the finish with a nice drying sensation that keeps you thirsty for more.

D: For a 7.2% abv ipa this is very drinkable, not quite sessionable, but very smooth and easy drinking. SN has done it again, very delicious!

04-06-2010 22:37:37 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of Flashsp2
Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo into straight pint

Pouts a deep orange with golden highlights and a big light orange-hued cream colored head of two fingers. Super-long retention and nice sticky lace.

Nose is citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, salty/herbal hop leaf, faint caramel malt. Very hop forward with a light underlying malt sweetness.

Palette starts off with a malty and light caramel sweetness, then comes through with a big prickly hop combo that is salty/herbal, grapefruit rind, apricot, pine resin, and under-ripe citrus bitter. The long bitter and salty finish lasts a good long while. This has a great demonstration of hop complexity while keeping the initial onset softly sweet to allow the tastebuds a break from pure hop onslaught.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium body with a low carbonation that lends a bit of a heavy quality. Smooth and easy, the mouthfeel stands out for making this beer intensely easy to consume.

A pretty big beer in terms of single IPA, it is actually incredibly easy to consume one, two, or a sixer of this. The 7.2% ABV will likely prevent putting an entire six pack down, but doing three or so works out pretty well without causing any serious issues the next day. Overall it's a very good beer, but something in the mix prevents it from being outstanding. Can't put a finger on it, but it just doesn't super-awesome-wow me. It's just great, which means it will be on my short list of beers that I would actually buy more than once

04-06-2010 16:11:42 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of bwiechmann
bwiechmann

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint

Pours a dark-gold with good clarity. Fluffy 1-finger head dissipated quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing.

The Nose is dominated by the hops. Great pine aroma. In the background lie some bready malts and hints of fruit.

Taste follows the nose. Hop bitterness- floral and pine- followed by a very subtle sweetness. Finishes rather dry with a good hop-bitterness aftertaste.

This beer is thick and a touch sticky. Medium carbonation

Overall, a pretty good beer from Sierra Nevada. Excellent value in this one to be certain. I don't think I could drink more than three in any given session but I will certainly pick this up again.

04-06-2010 13:00:05 | More by bwiechmann
Photo of voteforgoat
voteforgoat

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

I like this beer, but disclaimer: I'm not a crazed hophead. Those guys may be able to pick up on things I'm missing.
I find it similar to other strongly hoped West Coast IPAs I've had.

The appearance is fine, with a fairly strong carbonation appropriate for the style. Nice lacing too.

The taste is fine as well - hoppy and bitter, and I could drink a few if I'm the mood for hops. It's good but it doesn't jump out as unique.

I would say its smell is its weakest part. A little musty, which could be the specific bottle I'm drinking. I got it from a mom&pop liquor store and I don't know how long it sits around.

After enjoying a crap load of belgian trappists, strong ales and barley wines in the past few months, I've been feeling like drinking hoppy beers that are not barley wines again. This fits the bill.

04-06-2010 02:33:57 | More by voteforgoat
Photo of maltlikker
maltlikker

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Color of a newly minted penny with a thick, rocky, long lasting head. Moderate lacing.

Earthy aromas of a mountain pine forest.

Fresh, clean taste with pine needles and citrus peel cleansed by ample carbonation - minimal malt presence.

Medium body and slightly oily mouthfeel with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing.

04-06-2010 00:25:30 | More by maltlikker
Photo of civilizedpsycho
civilizedpsycho

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a kind of dark gold color that is semi-transparent, but not cloudy. Had a nice head.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma. There's a little bit of fruit hiding in the background. It might be strawberry smell.

Taste: Very hoppy kick. The little bit of fruit in the smell didn't show itself and it's not exactly the smoothest beer. But, it is quite good.

Mouthfeel: This has a fair, textured body without being thick or anything.

Drinkability: Not my favorite IPA, but it is very good.

04-04-2010 12:30:24 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of industrialswill
industrialswill

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

I saw this stuff for the first time yesterday.
It has a dark amber color and smells wonderful.
The most noticable feature is a hint of grapefruit. A perfect balance of sweet and sour for me.
For a beer with a 7.2 alky content, it is very well hidden.
Too bad that some beer lovers from years gone by never had the chance to try this one....

04-04-2010 02:33:28 | More by industrialswill
Photo of lovindahops
lovindahops

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

poured from bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an amber color with rapid carbonation taking over the body. The head is very impressive. Almost looks like a swirl of whipped cream on top. The bubbles just don't slow down. The lacing stays all over the glass

S- a mix of citrus hops and bread like malts. Does not jump out like I would expect. There is a sweet scent of caramel

T- very good. Dry floral, pine, earthy bitterness leads off. There s a brief sweet profile for the brew. As it exits, the bitter hops remain. It's strange because the taste completely surprises based on the initial lack of scents

M- filling and big time carbonated.

D- this is a great beer from sierra. It really presents a brew that has an intense hop flavor with the bitterness appeal that IPA fans crave. The beer is very drinkable and tasty as well. A great IPA from a proven brewer

04-04-2010 01:57:00 | More by lovindahops
Photo of micromaniac129
micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

A) poured with a great big foamy cap that was thick and dense lingered for a while too.
the color was that of deep amber. Hazy

S) smelled of hops and malt

T) not very hoppy as one might think, bitter with malty tones

MF) Feels thick and smooth

overall hoppy and malty yes but with no real hop character. I didn"t pick up any citrus or pine notes just bittering hops. I think this beer could do with a bit more hops in finishing or some dry hopping.

04-02-2010 11:13:58 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of juju7
juju7

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Nice copper body with an ample pilllowy head. An impressively strong pine-grapefruit nose. An American IPA no doubt. Plenty of full hop bitterness and a strong malty backbone lead to a firm long finish. A really nicely balanced, confident IPA. Finally a beer that lives up to some of the American hype.

04-01-2010 06:10:28 | More by juju7
Photo of NefariousR
NefariousR

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

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

A - Pours a medium yellowish amber with a frothy white head. The head dissipated after a few minutes, but left a nice webby trail down the glass.

S - Flowery; both malt and hops are present in the aroma, with maybe some light fruit scents.

T - Hops are present upfront with a bittersweetness, which then fades to a malty aftertaste. Some light, fruity complexities balance it out.

M - Mildly thick feel, leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky. Light carbonation

D - Overall a solid beer, a little too thick and complex to drink repeatedly, plus the alcohol content is a bit much. Definitely worth a try.

04-01-2010 02:25:19 | More by NefariousR
Photo of DNICE555
DNICE555

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle picked up from whole foods. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber with a thin white head.

S - Floral, Grass, Citrus, Caramel.

T - Citrus, Pine, Grass, Hops, Malt backbone.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, sharp hop bite that pierces the palate.

D - Well balanced IPA from SN.

04-01-2010 01:44:38 | More by DNICE555
Photo of rootbeerman
rootbeerman

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

poured straight with no tilt into duvel tulip.

A: pours reddish dark amber, due to the pour style, head looks more like the brand of glass, three fingers lacing very well.
S: great pine and citrus like the description says, like a fresh cut christmas tree with fresh lemon hanging on it.
T: again pine and citrus, almost tastes like a double ipa but not as sweet, malt charater is mild yet present. aftertaste is perfectly bitter, with more citrus.
M: smooth slightly coating. medium carbonation
D: very easy, could only be better if it was in a bomber.

03-31-2010 06:53:54 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Bfarr
Bfarr

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

An "extra" IPA? Is that like an IPA and a half? I guess that could account for the unusual clear light amber color. Odd for an IPA. But it has huge head that laces nicely although they are tapioca size bubbles. For a big IPA it also has a fairly tame pine hop aroma with a hint of dirtyness.

Despite these discrepancies, Torpedo is a very robust malty IPA. A strong, although not as strong as I might like, pine hop taste is backed up by a complex sweet malt arrangement. It peaks with an herbal/scotch flavor that gives it an added dimension. It has a smooth finish with a nice lingering palate.

Overall, a good drinking IPA to enjoy from time to time. I can definitely say it's the best IPA1/2 I've had.

03-31-2010 02:03:08 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Phelps
Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Torpedo sprouts from my perfect pint glass with a puffy khaki head that leaves some gorgeous layered lacing. Bronze in color and perfectly clear. it's a smidge light in spots. Just a tiny bit of bubbles stir to the surface.

Amazing odor. Bright citrus hops, oranges, grapefruits, limes. It's like walking through an orange grove. The bonus is that it's balanced by a caramel sweetness.

Wow. The bitterness comes in waves: first it seems like it'll be amazingly bracing, then it cedes to a malt sweetness, then the bite comes right back at the end. A sweetness is there, but subdued. Very well-balanced.

Silky mouthfeel, with a medium body and high carbonation.

Heard a lot about this one, and it lives up to the hype. My favorite from SN so far -- can't wait to grab another sixer sometime soon.

03-29-2010 05:55:19 | More by Phelps
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Slight haze, mostly clear. Sunburst orange, creamy head with lasting retention and plenty of lace ringlets.

S:Somewhat subdued hops, malt, faint citrus, respectively.

T: A balanced IPA, rather than a hop bomb. Very clean and refreshing, with a pretty bitter and dry finish. Citrus flavors are there, but unfortunately pretty far in the background.

M: Good carbonation level. Finishes dry and bitter.

D: Decent beer. Nice flavor. Good session brew.

03-28-2010 23:10:25 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of zoso1967
zoso1967

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a slightly copper, medium amber with wonderful rocky head that has decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is citrusy but also very tropical with pineapple, mango and some floral spice. Also, has a decent amount of caramel malt sweetness. The flavor consists of what I would call a "progressive" hop character that is quite enjoyable. Like the aroma it is quite tropical. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and pine. Well balanced with significant bitterness, but plenty of malt sweetness to match. This IPA reminds me an awful lot of a good double IPA in that it has plenty of sweetness along with the big hop character. Kinda like taking an EQ and pumping the treble and bass. I think this might accentuate the tropical fruit hop aromas. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel that is possibly this beers week point. Still, quite drinkable and not only is this a great IPA, but a budget friendly one at that.

03-28-2010 01:47:40 | More by zoso1967
Photo of LittleDon
LittleDon

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Amber and clear, it pours with a copious dense slightly off-white head and a medium amount of carbonation. There is a very small amount of very fine particulates floating around. Very muted aroma, faint amounts of pine, but not your typical West Coast IPA. Judging by previous reviews, I wonder if there haven't been any changes. Well balanced front end with mild sweetness playing off of the bitterness. Lots of bitterness in the back end. Very big and chewy mouthfeel

03-27-2010 22:01:15 | More by LittleDon
Photo of kylehayworth
kylehayworth

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A: It has a beautiful golden orange color, the head is awesome. Thick and slightly off white, and enough retention to hold a bottle cap.

S: Tons of citrus hops, maybe a little pine at the end.

T: This beer has a great citrus/bitter hop combo. The finish a little more on the bitter side, which is great news. It has the oily feel to it, which in this case I like.

M/D: It has mild carbonation. It's very drinkable, taste like a DIPA to me. This is currently my go to six pack for ipa's.

03-27-2010 18:18:41 | More by kylehayworth
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,402 ratings.