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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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8,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,033
Reviews: 2,539
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 677 | FT: 1
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 thain709


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden amber body with some orange highlights...a big fluffy head that falls into a rocky cap...great lacing

S - Could smell this as soon as the cap was popped...big aromas of pine and citrus hops...great aroma

T - Tastes like a kicked-up version of their Pale Ale...the caramel maltiness makes its appearance right off the bat...it also comes back at the end to provide a nice balance to the bitterness...the hops are there throughout...great citrus flavors mixed with piney resin...good balance

M - Medium bodied...sticky but smooth

D - Like I mentioned before...a kicked-up version of the Pale Ale...the hops and the balance played a great role in this beer...very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 01:11:51 | More by thain709
Photo of HopHed


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A beautiful, deep, bright amber color, bordering orange, with a small white to off white head with nice lacing.

AROMA: The first thing out of the gate is the freshest smell of hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's that distinct grapefruit bordering on pine scent that is so common, and wonderful, in IPA. Only, in the Torpedo is more concentrated and stronger from the time you pop the cap to the last sip.

FLAVOR: This beer has a distinct and noticeable hop character, and the Magnum Hop really comes through. The malt is perfectly balanced, in my opinion, to keep the harshness of the hops subdued. Don't get me wrong, though, this is all about the bitterness of the hops. While not huge, by some standards, the 7.2 ABV is hidden very well by the layers of flavor. The most noticeable are the grapefruit (rind), pine, a slight almost black pepper notes. Also I noticed, especially when it started to near room temp, an odd almost fruit character about this beer. After researching the Citra Hop used in the beer, I am guessing that this is where the fruity notes come from.

MOUTH FEEL: A medium-bodied beer, but extremely well balanced. It's on the higher side of carbonation, which I think helps really coat your mouth with the beautiful taste of this hop bomb. I think the best part is how the taste lingers on the palate long after you've swallowed.

NOTES: Sierra Nevada is known for their use of American Whole Cone Hops. I think this amplifies the fresh, dare I say almost dank, smell and taste of hops in this beer. I had this wonderful 7.2% ABV poured from a bottle into a pint glass, and straight from the bottle. This could easily be my go to summer beer, with as crisp and fresh as it is. I could, once again, see the 7.2% making it tough to really session this beer, but it is the kind of beer you need while working on a laptop from a hammock... Which is what I'm doing right now! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 21:14:07 | More by HopHed
Photo of GarrisWH


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a frothy, white head. Very good retention and ample lacing.

S - Nice grapefruit and pine hop aromas with a sweet toasted malt character in the background.

T - Crisp, bitter hoppiness up front with hints of mostly grapefruit and pine. Has a solid, toasty, bready malt backbone that balances it all out nicely. Some floral hop tones blend with the malt flavors in the aftertaste. Moderately bitter. Tasty, full flavors overall, really better than I expected.

M - Medium bodied with a nice, crisp feel. Slight piney resin feel.

D - Very drinkable IPA. I was pretty impressed with this offering, and for slightly over 7% abv, it was very easy to put down. Interesting hop flavors and a well balanced beer. I definitely wouldn't mind drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 07:55:38 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A copper color with a hint of amber and nice bubbles floating up. For an IPA there's a ton of drippy lacing and minor sporadic sheets, along with big drops hanging out around the top of the glass.

Smell: Good citrus and rind-like bitterness, some caramel malt, and bready, doughy malt sweetness are balanced pretty damn well here.

Taste: What makes this so sessionable is the pungency of the citrus and pine bitterness, but there's a good backbone of bready malt and caramel to balance everything out so well. Finish is mostly hoppy and resiny, but again there's still enough malt sweetness to keep things in check and melded so well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good, full carbonation, and coating as any.

Drinkability: One hell of a year-round IPA, especially for the price and the quality. SN did a good thing with this. Balanced, extremely flavor, and highly drinkable, for both the hopheads and those who want a sessionable and balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:21:59 | More by asabreed
Photo of BarrelO


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Medium amber. 2.5 finger head fades and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Major hop hammer. Like carrying a basket of grapefruits through a pine forest.

T: Given the aroma, it should have come as no surprise that hops dominate the flavor. Lots of pininesss and citrusiness. A bit of bready malt to balance it out, but not as much as I'd prefer. More or less a souped-up SNPA.

M: Medium-bodied, quite resiny.

D: I'll admit being somewhat skeptical initially given SN's track record of creating same-ish hoppy pale ales. But this is a very solid IPA. Don't take my word for it, though. Give it a try. Even if you come to scoff, there's a good chance that you'll remain to pray.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 02:12:55 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Dodo2step


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- Beautiful burnt amber orange color. A frothy bone white head that rises a good 3 fingers. Sticky lacing coats my glass time on end.

S- smells of grapefruit and pine hops. a faint toasted malt smell as well that rounds out the smell.

T- a very strong IPA taste. Dry on the citrus and pine hops. There is some caramel syrup type of flavor as well that coats the hops which makes the dry taste so much better.

M- oily, syrupy and dry.

D- a nice IPA even though i am not a huge fan. Great quality from Sierra.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 22:58:32 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of Lothore


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a 2 finger, off white head which dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Lots of citrus with a toasted malt backbone.

T- Very bready flavor, lightly toasted, caramely, grapefruity hop flavor.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This is a delicious brew to drink in the summer. I find it exceptionally well rounded ... breadier and a tad hoppier than SNPA but not quite a IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 06:01:50 | More by Lothore
Photo of SFBeerGuy


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Poured a nice light amber/orange. Crystal clear with minimal visible carbonation. Thick sticky white/off-white head that took a long time to recede, leaving sticky lacing behind.

S- Great hop aromas of pine, floral, and a bit of citrus. Some sweet caramel in the back.

T- Pine and grass notes predominate coupled with that 'oh so wonderful' California signature of citrus hop oils. Nice sweet caramel comes through but stays subdued. Quite refreshing!

M- Well carbonated but nothing extraordinary in this subject. Alcohol hidden well.

D- Another great beer by Sierra Navada. I don't care what some others say about this brewery. They continue to make excelent beer and rarely disappoint. This ale iis no exception. Refreshing, drinkable and oh so hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:56:27 | More by SFBeerGuy
Photo of FishGetter


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6-16-09
Brassy orange color. Slight head, thin lacing throughout drink.
Smell is of sweet orange floral hop. Very clean and pure.
Quick shot of caramel malts followed by citrus-orange hop with a lasting pine bitterness to finish.
Slight syrupy mouthfeel. On the heavey end of a medium body.
Enjoyable offering here! Nothing too exciting, however good enough to quench the hop desire. Good stand-by for hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 22:06:00 | More by FishGetter
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter orange-amber color with a creamy head that falls to a nice covering of frothy foam. Decent lacing patterns, though nothing exceptional.

S: Very intriguing and complex. There's a solid malt bill here of bready, caramel, and pepper like aromas. Citrus and floral hop aromas are the primary focal point, however. A solid aroma, worthy of a 4.5 if it was a bit bolder.

T&M: Great flavor. Big flavors of citrus and floral hops are met nicely with a peppery, bready malt flavor that really provides a great backdrop. The finish is drying and more piney and herbal, with a reprise of dry maltiness. It's complex, yet clean. A well crafted beer, like most other SN offerings I've sampled. Body is medium and strongly carbonated, also fairly resinous and sticky. Definitely to style, but not uber-sticky or worthy of the higher score.

D: This is a big-ish IPA, so it's not REALLY drinkable, but still quite good. It's about darn time SN put out an American IPA--and this one is great. Definitely a good one to sip on and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 04:55:43 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of mudbug


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, to be on the west coast again after touring the southern US! First Bevmo we hit has this nectar from SN.
Pours a nice amber clear, the smell is citrus hop heavy, very nice.
Taste is oh my ghod good, hops and hops almost a double but more drinkable, maybe a little on the unbalanced side in a good way.
Thank you Sierra Nevada! been a fan of yours since you were in a garage in Chico and hauling kegs out to the international festival of beers in San Luis Obispo.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 23:13:50 | More by mudbug
Photo of NatetheGreat


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

look is orange-brown hued, with steady carbonation and a strong head

aroma is hoppy heaven. strong with fresh cut flowers, citrus, and mega-pine.

taste is surprisingly balanced between a smooth, caramely maltiness and an array of hoppy notes including pine, grass, and citrus rind, all very fresh.

feel is rich, smooth, creamy, and plenty of body. very drinkable esp. considering over 7% abv.

This was an excellent beer and might be my favorite from SN so far because it achieves greater balance than others I've had from them. Very hoppy but there's flavor and sweetness, not just killer bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 05:15:15 | More by NatetheGreat
Photo of NewGeneric


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second time having this excellent brew. Pours a slightly haze, orange golden color with medium head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells of somewhat citrusy, piney hops with a hint of malt. Tastes very similar - hoppy, more pine than citrus with a touch of maltiness. Very smooth, just lightly slick. Very drinkable, I could have plenty of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:51:05 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper with a big three finger head. The smell is a mix of all different kinds of hops, I'm able to pick out spicy, herbal, grassy, and citrusy hops. The taste is simliar to the smell, a tiny bit of malt up front in order to balance out the smorgasbord of hops that follow it, including pine and citrus that goes into some spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer for being so hopped, and I had no problem finishing the glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:30:21 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a DIPA tasting, this one held its own (and was actually favoured by the majority!).

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention but it has some nice leg.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and a wonderful cotton-candy fruitiness.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, biscuity american pale malt, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A drinkable hop monster.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 17:11:49 | More by Derek
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind tasting of four IIPAs, with Pisgah Vortex, Sebago Full Throttle, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Derek's homebrew - this one knocked out the Vortex and went on to win the whole shebang (though I preferred the homebrew).

Orange pour with a generous white head, good retention and lace. Strong c-hop aroma, but nicely balanced by a firm maltiness. Almost perfumed flavour, with grapefruit and flowers, though at its heart there's a chewy breadiness. The flavours aren't as amped up as you would expect with a double IPA, but more intense than a regular IPA, so I'd suggest this is an IPA and a half. Full and slick mouthfeel helps out a lot.

A nice not IPA, not quite IIPA.

Cheers Shawn.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 14:23:44 | More by bobsy
Photo of billybob


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks good in the glass with a three finger head with a easy pour. fluffy and a good head retention and a sticky lace to the finish.

strong aromas of citrus, herbs, pine, hops.

sweet tasting up front, herbal notes then bang resinous pine hits the palate, bitter grapefruit rind with a long bitter after taste.

bready grainy medium mouthfeel carbonation holds up well as the beer warms.

another nice beer from sierra nevada but a little to strong to be a session for me but something nice for a two or three beer change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 23:26:37 | More by billybob
Photo of Maction


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/gold colored ale, it has a small but dense cream-colored head that leaves rings after every sip.

S: I smell sweet pine, perhaps some hard candy, a very pleasant aroma.

T: Bitter astringent at first, almost perfume-y, then a brief saltine cracker tasting middle, and dry but resinous finish.

M: This feels weighty, slightly viscous, with prickly carbonation, and slightly sticky finish.

D: This is not balanced but pretty well put together. The first bottle went quickly, but I didn't immediately crave more.

Notes: I was a little surprised this wasn't a DIPA, from the aggressive hop character.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 20:52:38 | More by Maction
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this one for sometime now, finally got it here in front of me, now...is this overly hyped....

A - transparent amber w/ a beautiful and lasting cream head with amazing lacing. goergeous beer

S - floral/grassy hops with a little pinnsol

T - hop bitterness opens up, but leaves plenty of room for a grainy/bready malt taste w/ some caramel. a spice comes through that gives it a tea like flavor, before closing dry and bitter. but not overly so. the name of the game is balance here.

MF - medium to medium full bodied, and moderate carbonation, only slightly oily, and not to a fault. again, balanced just right

D - good cold, even better as it warms slighty. this is easily one of if not the best session IPA i have ever tasted/smelled/looked at. nothing is ever too much, but this beer lacks in no department.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 18:34:55 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint

a: nice professional appearance, crystal clear, copper color, rich silky head and nicely carbonated

s: suble piney hops with a caramel malt background. nice balance

t: piney hop flavor up front with the sweet caramel malt second. has some late bitterness that lingers, but not long enough to make it an issue

m: rich and full feeling, a little sticky though

d: average drinkability, nothing special here for me

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 15:00:45 | More by Naugled
Photo of inathought


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter bodied than most IPAs which enhances drinkability. You can enjoy more than one. Has a good amount of hoppiness with a bit of spice. It's a clean taste with good coloring, maybe a tad lighter than other IPAs, but certainly not lacking in flavor and aroma. A good summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 14:45:07 | More by inathought
Photo of dfillius


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear dark copper liquid. Nice looking!
S: Some earthy hop over clean malt skeleton, then citrus Ameri-hops come in and pack a punch. Very nice and complex. Some fruit esters.
T: Malt and biting hops fight back and forth with hops almost dominating, but final flavor is biscuity malt. Pine, grapefruit, and white fir needles. Deliciously diverse flavors are well balanced. Marked down in points for boozy finish.
M: Bracing bitterness and smooth overall. Well carbonated. A little syrupy.
D: Solid. A little high in alcohol flavor/feel - so minus points there. But, overall...great!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:44:59 | More by dfillius
Photo of tr4nc3d


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a medium copper color with a slightly off white two inch head that resides on average. Lacing is left behind scattered around.

Floral notes with a grass/piney hop smell.

Very subtle notes of hops very floral like with a mild bitterness. Caramel malts give this a nice balance.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, crisp and smooth and refreshing.

Overall this is a good session beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 22:38:01 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of sgoodship


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been itching to try this and haven't got around to it. I was secretly hoping it was going to be my year round Celebration.

A: The color is an attractive reddish amber. It has a slight haze but is fairly clear with large bubbles rising to the surface. The head becomes a three finger with little effort and it is a nice craggy off-white. Head retention and lacing are great.

S: Mixed bag of aroma. Citrus, floral, grassy, sweet caramel. You can tell it is big and robust. Promises a great deal.

T: Really nice progression with this beer. The sweetness hit me first. Mixes of sweeter fruit, grepfruit and caramel. The middle moves into a more bready and biscuity type maltiness. The finish falls headlong into an aggressive piney hop that is massive without having a bad bite. It's a lovely grassy dry resin end that makes you thirsty to pound more. So nicely done. Lots of moving parts but everything working together.

M: Medium body. Perfectly medium level of carbonation. Nice and clean with a good bite on the palate.

D: Delicious beer. It's not Celebration, it's something different but just as good IMHO. This is going to be my new go-to IPA. Great value and a nice, robust, complex and balanced brew. Really drinkable - dangerously drinkable. Man, I wish I had one right now!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 01:27:44 | More by sgoodship
Photo of PintOHops


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a lite golden/amber with a big frothy head, head retention is excellent, and leaves some patchy lacing. Has medium-high carbonation, it really just looks like a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. Smells of ultra dry, earthy, pungent hops! Super dry herbal, citrus notes tingle the senses, some grapes, hint of raisins, some fruity pineapple & grapefruit, basically like champagne dryness! Subtle grains & malt manage to break through the powerful & dominate hop profile, a little to dry & alcoholic overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of pungent & herbal hops, very dry and citrus like, lots of pine, followed by fruity pineapple, grapefruit flavors, not to strong though. Some sweet malty notes sneak in towards the finish, and quickly snap away with a load of alcoholic, dry bitterness, not to much complexity here, just very dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent with some bite of carbonation on the tongue, a little smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I wasn't impressed with this one, it's dry & herbal in the smell, as well as the tastes, with no complexity or even some mild sweetness to balance it out. The intense herbal notes in the smell & tastes make it seem very fresh, that's about it, wasn't to great to me, or exciting. It tastes more like an amped up Pale Ale, or strong Ale, rather than an IPA, which was really something that through me off. All in all not bad, but I think Id rather just stick with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I think that has more balance & complexity, and is certainly more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:51:35 | More by PintOHops
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,033 ratings.