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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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8,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,294
Reviews: 2,557
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 801 | 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 bruachan

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -5%

what a fun citrussy brew

nice amber color with a little debris haze. head is minimal

citrus and herbal aromas, with honey sweetness and a touch of toast

delicious, citrus hops with piney bitterness. it's a bitter brew but aspects are well in balance. the malt profile isn't hugely diversified but capable of carrying the load so to speak--allowing the hop harvest to shine. some brightish fruits going here. but mostly hops

01-04-2010 05:38:24 | More by bruachan
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance: Golden color that has a nice lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Pine & citrus with an incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. A bit of a bitter finish from all the hops but it is just perfect.

One of the best IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend.

01-03-2010 05:27:08 | More by rwrk42
Photo of jsdunlop

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Light amber color, fluffy white head that seemed to stick around for a while with decent lacing on the glass.
S: citrus up front, some lemons and orange peel notes, hop aroma is very pronounced, characters of fresh cut grass and strong piney notes.
T: sweet, solid malt backbone and full of fresh hop flavors. Alcohol is pleasantly masked by the overall balance and abundance of hop characteristics in this one.
M: moderate carbonation combined with a slick, slightly oily mouthfeel, nothing really stands out to me here.
D: Overall, this is a great balanced IPA that I will purchase again in the future. Even with the 7% abv, it would be easy to drink more than one of these.

01-03-2010 03:17:23 | More by jsdunlop
Photo of bbeane


4.2/5  rDev +1%

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter... Very light head that disappears quickly leaving behind some spotted lacing. Beer is amber colored with very little activity and lots of fine sediment floating

S- Not that impressed with the smell. Some light floral hops, bit a bread

T- What it lacks in smell it makes up in taste... very nice consistent hop flavor with a bit of citrusy overtones and a crisp finish

M- Very smooth. Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Great tasting IPA. Reasonable price. Good purchase


01-03-2010 00:21:51 | More by bbeane
Photo of 7thstreetbrewery


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Frosty Freezer mug, (the only way to drink!). Nice hop aroma with pine and citrus notes, creamy head, mouthfeel was just about right with a good bit of carbonation releasing evermore hoppiness! Higher ABV hit me a little unexpectedly, had to stop at two! The only negative is there was a slightly astringent smell when the bottles were first opened that kind of turned me off, but that went away soon after pouring. I would buy again!

01-01-2010 16:33:02 | More by 7thstreetbrewery
Photo of showell


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

I am enjoying this one, as I enjoy all of Sierra Nevada's beers.

Appearance is nice. About an inch head that disippates fairly quickly. Good lacing. Citrus smell. Very citrus taste. Extremely hoppy, with a quite bitter aftertaste. Carbonation etc was just perfect. I could drink several of these just for the flavor....; If they weren't so strong. All in all, a nice one to sip and enjoy the flavor.

01-01-2010 06:51:08 | More by showell
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

I've been an avid fan of the SN Pale Ale for quite some time now, the Torpedo certainly has a lot to offer as well.

A - Nice amber with almost a cherry fade to complement. Head is retained for a brief amount of time, but is provided with a fine lacing.

S - As with the Pale Ale - a fine balance of citrus and pine needle.

T - Be careful, this will hit you fast. They were certainly generous with the hops, however there is plenty of citrus as well.

M - Carbonation is a little rough on the tongue, but manageable.

D - Due to the higher ABV, this will act up on you fast, though its easy to grab another.

This is the kind of beer that you would provide to appreciative drinkers at a party - it is certainly well-crafted but I wouldn't advise you keep the whole six pack for yourself. Overall, Sierra Nevada is proving themselves worthy to this reviewer one beer at a time.

01-01-2010 02:39:28 | More by animalchin
Photo of mondegreen


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: 1.5 Finger of head. Excellent retention, lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Lovely hoppy smell. Not overpowering, but just about right for an American IPA.

T: A solid hoppy beer. Not much of a malt balance.

M: Carbonation is dead-on. Great mouthfeel.

D: At 7.2%, you'll start to feel this one after 1.5 bottles or so. Still, it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

12-31-2009 22:24:56 | More by mondegreen
Photo of Lunch


3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at The Olney Ale House in Olney, MD into a pint glass at slightly colder than appropriate temperature, so I allowed it to warm just a bit (12/30/09).

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped with one finger of an off-white white head with decent retention leaving very little lace.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops and some tropical fruit.

T: Decent taste of citrus and tropical hops with a slight bitterness and a hint of a caramel malt. Not all that much going on here.

M: Medium-bodied with average carbonation and no hint of the 7.2% abv.

D: Fairly drinkable, but with such a vast variety of nice American IPAs out on the market, this one is just average.

Overall this was an average American IPA that I am truly unclear as to why it has achieved such a high rating. I have tried to like Sierra Nevada for a number of years, but I always come away unsatisfied. Pass.

12-31-2009 15:01:11 | More by Lunch
Photo of legatovibrato24


3.95/5  rDev -5%

A - Copper with high clarity, thin head.

S - Very hoppy, almost floral at times

T - Many different notes, predominantly an almost citrus and mango cascade from the hops.

M - average carbonation and viscosity.

D - on my third, and the 7.2% abv is noticeable after #2. So I will say above average

Overall this is another solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. After falling in love with the Pale Ale at Cabo Fish Taco in Blacksburg, VA, I've since enjoyed Sierra's Stout, Porter and Torpedo.

12-31-2009 13:42:02 | More by legatovibrato24
Photo of benclimbs


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours Beautiful amber gold with a huge head and sticky lacing

Smell is beautiful citrus, flower and pine hops, some sticky caramel at the end with lavender

taste is wet hop, gooey citrus bitter with a clean tart then sweet

a great beer, one of sierra nevadas best along with celebration!

12-30-2009 02:53:43 | More by benclimbs
Photo of OatmattStout


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

wow what an incredible dense frothy head with major retention and chock o block lacing chunks on the glass.

the nose of this beer is really intense, fresh hop leafs and almost a skunkyness that is actually appealing.

the taste is solid with great malt to stand up to the hop wave that buries you into the sand. grapefruit rind and pine resin. just super west coast style ipa.

very very pleased with this one. not sure what took me so long to pick up a six. like sierra pale ale on growth hormone

will buy this one again and it is always available which is nice.

12-30-2009 02:09:35 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of jhtipton


4.45/5  rDev +7%

A welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada family. I could almost call it a session beer. Light copper color in my glass, excellent hoppy aroma, just the right bitterness, and a little kick to boot. Definitely give it a few minute out of the icebox to warm up.
Purchased from the Navy Club in Seoul, Korea. Well worth the trip although there may be some more conveniently located.

12-29-2009 09:31:24 | More by jhtipton
Photo of backfat


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A/ beautiful, deep copper and burnt orange color. one finger off white head. great lacing.

S/ lots of very appealing citrus, pine hops. slightly sweet and juicy. i want to put this one in my nose.

T/ hops hops hops. you do get a bit of maltiness followed by a nice bitter, dry finish

M/ high carbonation. but still clean and fresh

D/ yes please

12-28-2009 20:56:53 | More by backfat
Photo of PeterLemonjello


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

A- What a beautiful looking IPA. Hazy orange color, fluffy head, lacing down the glass, lots of CO2 bubbles rising to the top. Love the fact that a big giant in the Micro world isn't stripping out flavor in favor of a crystal clear beer. Love me some hazy IPAs.

S - Doesn't explode, but nice aroma of citrus (orange), grassy hops with hints of caramel malts.

T - Lots of bitterness giving way to some caramel malts. I wish it tasted more like it smelled...and find the hop flavor falling behind the bitterness and caramel malts.

M - Very nice and sticky. Feels like it looks...not stripped out. High carbonation gives it a nice crispness.

D - Very drinkable and sessionable IPA.

This one is a keeper. I personally think it could have a little bit of the bitterness shifted to flavor additions (it's not too bitter, but it's a tad bitter relative to the hop flavor)...but it's still a very nice beer.

12-24-2009 04:12:56 | More by PeterLemonjello
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

From the bottle, pours a deep amber/copper with only the faintest lining of head. From the start everything is where it should be for the style.

Aroma is floral and sweet. Possible tropical fruits in there somewhere but it could be malt sweetness. Either way, the nose is enjoyable, but nothing to get too excited over.

The first sip explodes with a burst of citrus and bitterness and some underlying biscuit and crystal malts; a hint of pine is in the background as well.The bitterness lingers on the palate but is devoid of any harshness, and most importantly the beer isn't too sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and its medium carbonated nature feels very nice and aids immensely to the drinkability of this beer. This is a beer that will keep you sipping well into another bottle.

Overall a solid IPA, not out of this world, but definitely a good representation of the style.

12-23-2009 15:48:05 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of jbowers56


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Finger of white head with a rich amber/orange hue.

Good nose - plenty of citrussy hops mix with a hint of other things. Can't put my finger on it. Not huge but very enticing.

Bam. There you go. That's an IPA. Some Cara/crystal malts make themselves known straight off. Followed immediately by the kind of hop profile that makes me wish I lived in the states. Heaps of citrus, a hint of some more sweet fruits (just a hint though) and a very present bitterness to follow it up which clears the crystal malts out of the pallate quite well. Really a very solid IPA - as to be expected from a californian giant such as SN.

Mouthfeel is fairly average for SN. Such a beautifully drinkable beer. Gosh I'm glad this is being exported here - especially so fresh. Less than a month old. Weee!

12-23-2009 14:51:46 | More by jbowers56
Photo of dqrull


2.73/5  rDev -34.4%

I'll start off by saying that I usually enjoy Sierra Nevada's products. The first time I had a Torpedo I thought it great, the second time (some six months after the first) I really wasn't impressed at all, so I decided to give it a new shot, you never know, could have been a bad batch, right?

Pours a light amber, with a matching light and tight foam that dissipates quickly, leaving alot of lacing on the glass.

This really doesnt smell as good as expected, some stingy citrusy hops, accompanied by a detergent-like smell, from the yeast maybe? slightly reminds me of the weird spice I found in corsendonk christmas ale that I didnt particularily like, other than that there's not much to the nose.

Taste is of the same kind of hoppyness as in the smell, a bit less detergent-like though, but it is all pushed a bit to the side by an astringent bitterness that isn't matched att all by the hop-flavor, the bitterness is reminiscent of green apple-peels. This makes me think this bottle might be too old, but the bottle-dating says it was brewed in the middle of august, shouldn't be all that bad, should it?

Feels alright in the mouth, but the unmotivated bitterness doe sn't really invite to sessioning.


12-22-2009 21:49:37 | More by dqrull
Photo of sprucetip


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

From notes. Bronze, nearly clear, active, white head with retention and modest lacing.

SMELL I expected more. Fainter than expected. Mild grassy hops, grainy, and mild maltyness. Balanced.

TASTE Citrus and piny hops lead. Solid malty base balances in the background. Balanced through the middle then bitterness increases modestly in the dry finish. Solid, not super complex.

FEEL Some tingly fiz, medium body, bit of warming, dry bitter finish.

OVERALL Another really good, pretty much sessionable, west coast IPA. Not amazing or unforgettable, but solid and plenty drinkable.

12-21-2009 23:47:55 | More by sprucetip
Photo of kiddynamite920


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Perfect copper-amber color throughout. Head is voluminous and lasting, pretty white. Smells of grapefruit, strongly. Bitter aroma...citrus and hops. Taste must be hoppy. Everything tastes better out of a Duvel tulip...super hoppy and fresh. Citrus and pine are huge here. So crisp and clean, Sierra Nevada killed it again. Flows over the tongue quickly, but leaves a prickly, hoppy alcohol bite. Super drinkable.

12-21-2009 05:45:48 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of bristol2120


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Served from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a deep copper, with a substantial, craggy foam head, that persists through most of the drink. Great, big, hoppy aroma featuring berry/citrus notes. I also detect a subtle pine presence lurking in the background. Taste dominated by hops, with berry/citrus notes upfront, and burnt caramel/pine notes on the afterstaste. This beer features a very deep and complex flavor profile that you could probably linger over for quite a while. A decent mouthfeel, with a pleasing level of carbonation and smoothness. Although I'm not a "hophead", this is a very good brew that should have a tremendous appeal. Another great effort from one of my favorite breweries.

12-21-2009 05:38:54 | More by bristol2120
Photo of tim9887


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Brilliant burnt orange/copper, slightly hazy. 1.5" of slightly off-white foam.

Aroma: Hops, lots of piney hops in the nose. Slightly sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Piney hops dominate, slight malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Light, fluffy carbonation.

12-19-2009 01:54:14 | More by tim9887
Photo of alleykatking


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear deep golden copper color. 1 1/2 finger white head lasts for a little before dying down. Leaves nice ringing lacing on the sides of the glass. Pretty good looking IPA.

S- Hops hops and hops. There is a mix of fruity hops and earthy hops as well. There is a light malty biscut smell I get from this beer as well.

T- Nice big citrus hops in this one along with a bitter undertone the entire drink. The malts play well in the backbone of this and balance everything out quite nice.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation on this beer goes well with the style. Hops wreck the tongue well after a sip is taken. Hops in the aftertaste remind you why you cracked this beer open in the first place. Crisp and clean flavors.

D- Drinkable? Yes! This is my go to IPA when I am low on cash but still want something that is going to make me happy. Another good one for Sierra Nevada!

12-18-2009 02:12:50 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Ezone024


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

looks fantastic, amber color with a nice spongy aromatic head. which makes for a great smell, lots of pine up front. smells like i'm walking through a forest where the air is clean and the trees are all in full bloom.

the taste is complex, floral and piney with lots of sweet notes in the background, the tastes blend together perfectly on the tongue, very well balanced.

i like this better than the celebration ale.

i found this more warming for the winter even!

12-17-2009 22:34:11 | More by Ezone024
Photo of cbarrett4


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

What a pleasant surprise! Usually I am wary of anything sold in six packs at a grocery store, but I found the courage to snag a six on sale after getting tired of seeing dozens of the ads for this beer in magazines. (For the record, Deschutes is sold in six packs and I love it!)

Poured into pint glass. Lovely head settling to one of the most persistent laces this side of Russian River! The nose is pretty prominent though rather focused on hops and light malts. The flavor is great, a host of dry, fresh, and zippy notes focused on pine, spice, and a hint of citrus and tree fruits. Texture is lovely but a bit abrasive, especially initially. The beer grows on you and you find yourself with an empty glass before you know it.

Basically a stunning little Extra IPA that put a big smile on my face. Bravo Sierra Nevada!

12-15-2009 21:50:40 | More by cbarrett4
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,294 ratings.