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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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7,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,979
Reviews: 2,536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 641 | 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 troutmask96


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering in Sierra Nevada's ubiquitous line of craft brews. Pours a pretty orange-mahogany with a tan, foamy head. I smell alcohol, hops, and citrus. Taste is somewhat citrusy, too, with a lingering bitterness. I've had better IPA's, but since this one can be found at every grocery and convenience store in my area, I'll surely crack my share of them this summer...

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:10:12 | More by troutmask96
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep amber with a head that looks like it was scooped up fresh from the base of Niagara Falls. The lacing reminds me of the middle of a game of Space Invaders, but one where the space invaders win.

The nose is pure pine with some fruity undertones but it could be stronger.

At first blush I'm puzzled by the taste. It's there but almost not there. Strong and yet weak.

Now that I think about it I guess with the promise of an "Extra" IPA I was bracing my taste buds for impact and they were ducking for cover on the first sip. But it wasn't the over-the-top hop bomb I was expecting.

Anyway, now that I'm past that it's actually a really nice, finely balanced, bold and juicy tasting IPA. Like--you guessed it--grapefruit juice, specifically. The malts are of caramel and biscuit. The hops are piney and herbal and in good balance, and while it's definitely bitter, it's actually somewhat restrained for an IPA. Which is fine by me because this is a delicious beer. It lacks some degree of depth or complexity but, really, that just serves to make it highly drinkable for times when you just want to session an IPA while watching a ball game, say.

Medium bodied and almost creamy mouthfeel and a nice clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 00:20:19 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of jdflyer06


3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Copper to deep amber, crystal clear with a rich thick head that makes it through almost half of the experience

S: A good amount of piney, hop character with some light citrus and pepper notes. I'm actually pretty excited by this point

T: Ugh. What happened to all of that hop goodness that was just in my nasal cavity? Heavy malt presence followed up by what comes across as unripe grapefruit and then an awful boozy finish. The alcohol presence in this one is less than subtle.

M: Thin, heavily carbonated and peppery on the tongue. The alcohol resonates in the back of the throat.

Overall, I was extremely dissapointed in this beer. I was expecting something more along the lines of an imperial/double IPA but should have paid closer attention to the ABV. It's thin, overly carbonated but on the plus side it goes with just about anything and you could easily down six of these in a sitting if you're not careful just because of the overall clean finish. However, I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 22:35:11 | More by jdflyer06
Photo of JimmieFrisbee

Rhode Island

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

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Hard pour gets a beautiful head to rise up, just a little more than two fingers worth of off-white frothiness. Beer is a clear copper color. Little bubbles rise to the top in single-file lines. Nice lacing the whole time, as well.

Smells phenomenal. A bouquet of citrus hops, with a little bit of floral and maybe piney for good measure. The citrus is really what is coming through for me. My favorite!

Taste is right on for the smell. Right on for what I want in an IPA. The hops are all there, all in harmony with one another, and there's a good malt backbone behind it, imparting just a hint of sweetness. So nicely balanced, just a little bit of bitter and the rest is flavor.

Good, full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. I could probably go on drinking these all night, but probably would get a little bit of taste bud fatigue after the third. Wouldn't stop me from reaching for another one, though. The alcohol would probably catch me a buzz after just a couple, but it certainly weighs in a little lower than some comparable IPAs, which is nice.

Easily to find, not outrageously priced, and absolutely delicious, this beer has a place in my fridge or at any gathering I'm attending. Because it's not overly bitter, might be a good introduction to the style for people who would like the type of IPAs I like.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 21:45:35 | More by JimmieFrisbee
Photo of Dotcubed


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found it to be sold out in at my go to store, but since I saw the last six pack in a store in Chicago I had to get it.

Pours very foamy. Nice large foam. Honey colored.

Hoppy smell. Has lots of IPA smell.

Bright hop with some long lasting grapefruit. Sweetness backs it but really firmly on the bitter end. Hints of Guava or green Mango fruit. I want to call it balanced...

The problem is that the bitterness isn't something that goes away. It could be that it's so fresh it hasn't toned down much.

On it's own it's bitterness makes it challenging for my pallet.
That's the only drinkability detriment.
There's no doubt that this is ripe for spicy polynesian food. Don't go buffalo wings, class it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:54:51 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of BrianOhio


3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour produces a nice 1" head which dissipates somewhat quickly. The color is deep golden.

Nice hit of hops to the nose, which made me very optimistic right out of the gate. Initially delicious, but after a few seconds the finish gets even more bitter than I expected from a DIPA. Overall I'm struggling with my opinion of this beer. The price is right for a DIPA and I will probably buy another six to continue my evaluation, but as of now I give it a somewhat hesitant thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:13:56 | More by BrianOhio
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

350ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity maltes, perfumey, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and limes), buttery notes, light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, some metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... Very quaffable..

Overall - Another excellent brew from SN... definitely recommended..

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 11:15:35 | More by mdagnew
Photo of cheapxceptbeer


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

Have been looking for this beer for some time, most places only have the pale ale and the seasonal so I am happy to be able to review it.

A- Copper colored ale with nice head and amazing retention/lacing.

S- Piney hops is the main thing in the nose, I don't notice much else, less than impressive smell in comparison to their harvest pale ale.

T- Wow, this is a delicious resinous, piney, and slightly citrusy beer. So well balanced that I may have a new favorite non-luxury (>10+ sixer) single ipa. The finish has an interesting mineral flavor.

M- Oily and creamy, this beer does have a great feel to it, medium to full bodied with a hardness to it.

D- Well the alcohol is a bit high, however this is not an ultra-heavy brew, definitely sessionable, yet not really the way I like to drink it as after two you don't taste the hops as well.

I wish this was available at more liquor stores around me, as great as finest kind ipa is, this is a very welcome change of pace. I know the east coast/west coast ipa debate will rage on, I love both and think they complement each other very well. I will get this when I find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:55:32 | More by cheapxceptbeer
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of this last week and though I've thoroughly enjoyed it, I've neglected to review it until now, the final bottle. I had never heard of this until I saw it at the local Harris Teeter last week. I like my SN so of course I tried it and it lived up to my expectations though didn't exceed them by much.

The hue is a bright orange with a thick, bubbly tan head and citrus hop flavored nose. The head lasts at a half inch for quite a while and is pretty impressive. I expect excellent lace.

Bitter pine and citrus form the dominant flavors here. Unlike the recently reviewed Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop ale, this is unabashedly unbalanced. I'm sure there is malt in there, but I really don't taste it. The texture is thick with medium carbonation and a bit of alcohol burn in thew aftertaste.

This one is SN's salute to all the hop homies out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 04:35:51 | More by daliandragon
Photo of beveritt


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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is classic Sierra Nevada, green this time, and the center picture depicts rows of hop plants in a field. 9 digit number printed on the label, but not clear on the brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 plus fingers of off white head. This settles somewhat, but still maintains a massive cap on the beer. As everything eventually settles, nice, puffy lacing remains. The beer itself is amber, trending towards red, with an ever so slight haze. No sediment in he bottle.

Smell: Dry hop aromas abound, grapefruit, citrus, and pine upfront against a semi sweet malt backdrop.

Taste: Bold and powerful hop flavors of pine and grapefruit, with an subtle, bubblegum like sweetness. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but the dry hops linger so long and so well, that it is still not the predominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, high enough to prevent this from being cloying. Body is good.

Drinkability: Another fine example of a higher ABV, dry hopped beer. Life is certainly good for all the hopheads out there right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:50:30 | More by beveritt
Photo of twelvsies


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

This is only the second time I've stumbled across a sixer of the Torpedo. Seems to be selling like hotcakes, or faster even, since I don't know where to get hotcakes. Anyway, the pour is a crystal clear light amber brew with a dense head and great lacing. So crisp and clear. The aroma and flavor are full of quintessential Sierra Nevada goodness. They've got a very distinct approach to the hop - citrus, pine, ripe fruit. Tastes very familiar, yet unique. Nice toasty caramel malt body to back this one up as well. Amazingly crisp and quenching. A great beer to always have in the fridge. I'll definitely pick it up anytime I see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 14:10:33 | More by twelvsies
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a commercial-microbrewery I think the pale ale put out by Sierra Nevada is one of the best, which led me to believe this beer would follow suit, sad to say i was wrong.

The color is a red-copper, with a soft head that dissipates quickly. Floral hops dominate the nose with a hint of pine. It has a hoppy taste but not near what I expected, the maltiness rounds out the end of a flavor that leaves a lot to be desired. A light to medium mouth feel lets the flavor of this beer go away quickly.

Maybe I had my hopes set too high for this beer, or maybe its just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:19:18 | More by brewbasterd
Photo of peck95


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

looks like a shiny new penny with a good head and decent lacing.

aroma is citrus but fades rather quickly

taste is awesome big sharp but clean hop bite with a big malt following

feel is nearly perfect well carbonated with a good finish.
this is one of the better ipa's

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 02:28:58 | More by peck95
Photo of GreenCard


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

Appearance: pale copper, good clarity, huge layer of dense cream-colored foam with great head retention and eventually a rocky top, lots of lace on the glass

Aroma: spicy, citrusy, earthy, piney, perfumey, appley, malty (that's a lot of -y, but its complex hop aromatics are difficult to single out!)

Flavor: medium malt sweetness gets bowled over by a pithy hop bitterness and a grassy hop flavor; the bitterness is scrumptious and not overpowering; it is lip-smacking and damn tasty; finishes semisweet with caramelly malt and lush hops riding tandem in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, creamy carbonation, soft texture, slight astringency


Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:04:17 | More by GreenCard
Photo of GPHarris


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

a - poured a three-fingers thick, fluffy and bubbly tan head into a tulip glass. it was an aggressive pour and was about to explode about of the glass but didn't. the head really coated the glass and left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a clear bright amber color.
s - muted grapefruits and other citrus fruits.
t - piney, citrusy with spicy herbs.
m - very creamy and drank very clean for a sticky beer like this.
d - highly drinkable and de-lish.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 19:15:10 | More by GPHarris
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

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

Copper with a full fluffy sticky head, leaving plenty of lacing down the glass. Every type of hop aroma conceivable. Very floral and grassy with a little citrus. Fruity esters are plentiful. Heady cannabis. Sweet caramel and toffee malt is still able to pull through in full. Intensely spicy hops (crystal hops?) with some floral and citrus. Becoming sweeter through the middle, as the bitterness and sweetness battle it out. Long bitter finish. As the sweetness falls away, the intense bitterness of the finish and aftertaste is only for the true hop head.

Nicely balanced up to the finish, but in the end the hops take over. Hop heads rejoice.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 02:28:05 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

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

Poured a clear orange amber with a film white head with good lacing
smell is heavy malt backbone influenced heavily with pine hops
taste is all pine hoppiness just a bit unbalanced which is to be expected
mouthfeel is drying due to the bitterness, medium bodied, perfect carbonation
drinkability a very good AIPA just a bit over powering and one dimensional, all that pine...

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 02:20:35 | More by sliverX
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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, straight from the bottle. Allowed to warm a tad before reviewing.

A real nice copper color, with decent head and very well lacing. You can tell it has some body to it, just by looking at it.

Smell is a little underwhelming. For being an American IPA, hops aren't very noticeable right away.

Hops are in the back, not very present up front. But there are loads back there. Crisp finish. For supposedly being a "hop bomb", I don't really see it. Its got good mouthfeel, thick and heavy for an IPA. Pretty drinkable for an AIPA. Could easily kill a sixer of one of these, without my taste buds hating me in the morning.

Tastes pretty similar to standard SNPA. Hops are different, but along the same lines. The 7.2% abv is very well hidden.

Decent IPA, would def. drink again, but nothing I would actively search for. Maybe a little dissapointing, but a solid offering from Sierra Nevada nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:00:23 | More by JToad
Photo of brdc


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Bright, dark copper, with a nice fluffy white head that holds reasonably well, leaving decent lacing.
Aroma is a sign of things to come, hops, hops and more hops. There is a faint biscuit, bread and caramel contribution from the malts, but it is mostly buried under the citric fruitiness.
Nicely carbonates, it has again a very subtle malty breadiness to it, but the hop assault predominates, and eventually buries everything else. Sharp, bitter, herbal and citric.
This is a solid, if overhopped (IMHO) IPA; considering the low price tag, it comes head and shoulders above a large chunk of the competition, if lacking a bit of balance.
If you want a relatively cheap, well done, unbalanced hop attack, you will enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:39:14 | More by brdc
Photo of ibbjamin


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. I pour into a standard pint glass to review on the last bottle of the pack. I begin to review at 47°F. I have found this beer for $8.99 for a six pack of 12oz bottles.

Leaves a head as large as you desire; white, light and pillowey. Very sticky lacing and excellent retention. Transparent with visible carbonation. Just about right. The color is light copper.

Smells of a nice combination of fresh, fairly dank hops. More on the piney side I'd say, but the citrus notes are definitely present as well. Very clean, well balanced. This one has Sierra Nevada's signature hop blend written all over it.

A very well balanced IPA. Great malt backing with its hop blend. Again, pine, some citrus and just an all around pleasant and clean taste.

The mouth is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Leaves just a mild grit behind on the tongue which leads to a lasting citrus aftertaste.

I've been buying a lot of expensive beers recently which adds up quickly. This beer will be quite helpful for me to save some cash and it won't be at the expense of my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 05:48:56 | More by ibbjamin
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South Dakota

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is by far my favorite ipa right now for the price 8.70 a sixer
a-great color all around looked deceiving as i could smell it sitting a foot away
s-very piney evergreen like totaly creative craft here
t-doesnt really matter what other beer you had before this one so powerful
m-taste of fresh evergreen on my palate i love this beer
d-although i could drink a whole sixer and would love to but i might not be able to do that cause the alchohal
solid beer from sierra nevada but we should expect that im so glad they made this year round

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 05:11:06 | More by jdizzel
Photo of steelerguy

New York

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

A - Pours amber, very bright, nice off white head which dissipates pretty quickly but sticky enough to leave some lacing. Very low carbonation, almost looked cask conditioned.

S - Hops dominate with citrus and herb being predominate. Very clean and refreshing smell.

T - Hop bitterness hits hard and early. This is followed by good malt character in the middle with some sweetness from the crystal malts, no overwhelming hop flavors. Finishes with nice hoppy aftertaste which I think comes more from dry hopping than flavor additions.

M - Smooth, not a lot of left over sugars, lets the hops shine.

D - For a 70 IBU beer this is sessionable. Hops are delivered in a balanced manner with good malt taste. Good beer for the IPA fan without being as heavy as an imperial.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:47:11 | More by steelerguy
Photo of dhd1491


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, medium-copper-orange. Thin head of white foam. Not much aroma. Taste is big and viscous. Thick layer of bitter hops then sweet malts. Some butterscotch in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit oily. Goes down pretty easy.

Overall, a very good IPA. Great choice when you want one to sip and enjoy big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 22:33:37 | More by dhd1491
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful glowing amber body with bubbly white foam head. The lacing was great and the body's clarity was very nice. The aroma was not as strong as I would have imagined. The hops do come through will some intensity but not in-your-face (like I like). Notes of piney, resinous american hops are quite evident. The taste is citrusy at the forefront and the grainy malt bill leads to a clean and dry finish. Flavor stays on the tongue for a while and reminds you that the hops are king in this beer, but the overall balance is very well done. One of those beers that would never be turned away and have enough depth and flavor to satisfy both the uber-hophead and the crossover explorer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:28:47 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of klewis


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden with a moderate, frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Piney and resiny hops. Not much else, but still nice.

T: Citrus hop flavors up front followed by earthy tones. Leans heavily on the bitter end of the spectrum.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty average for the style.

D: Not outstanding, but tasty and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 18:04:44 | More by klewis
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,979 ratings.