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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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8,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,348
Reviews: 2,563
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 156
Gots: 829 | 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 BDJake


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A- somewhat hazy golden amber hue that's topped by a small eggshell head that laces longer than it retention would lead you to believe

S- citrusy, floral hops dominate here

T- first taste is of resiny, highly flavorful hoppiness, hints of citrus and a good malt base

M- medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a slick feel and nice finishing dryness

D- great for the style, but why would you want to chug it? it's meant to be savored at your own pace, and it serves the purpose very well

01-23-2010 06:19:18 | More by BDJake
Photo of jmerloni


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A - a nice lively orange with good white head that has good lacing and moderate retention.

S - The aroma is exceptional...The nose on this beer is something to get excited about. Grassy citrus scent and is piney and very hoppy. Malt is also detectable on the nose, though it does not smell sweet. I want to boil this shit in a pan in my house as an air freshener. Tremendous.

T - Follows the nose and is just excellent. Piney and very hoppy with a nice oakey aftertaste and an anisey aftertaste is detectable on some sips.

M - Very balanced. Full but not too heavy. Medium bodied overall. Carbonated a good deal with a great hop bitterness and bite. A great dry finish.

D - One of the smoothest and most pleasant beers I've come across. The 7.2 ABV is a bit high for it to be sessionable, but I wish it were. Overall, a great beer, and once again, Sierra Nevada passes expectations.

01-23-2010 02:18:07 | More by jmerloni
Photo of BEERHEAD001


5/5  rDev +20.2%

This is an awesome brew. I'm a hop head so I really like the way this beer is set up. I have had probably 2 cases of this...just to make sure on the quality assurance. I have also created a recipe that is fairly close to the original. I do think my recipe could use a bit more hops though. I used about 9 ounces in a 10 gallon batch. I'm not a "pureist" to Sierra's recipe, but mine was pretty damn tastey ! Email if you want the recipe.

01-20-2010 02:30:35 | More by BEERHEAD001
Photo of watchnerd


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from bottle into a wine glass.

A = amber color, clear, lots of lace, good head that fades to a thin film that is retained.

S = Pretty similar to Sierra Nevada pale ale, not as citrusy as you'd think. A bit light on the aromas, actually.

T = As expected from this brewer and these hops, citrus, bitterness, and a whiff of hemp like funk.

M = Good mouthfeel, a bit light on the carbonation.

D = Very drinkable for a 'hoppy' ale and doesn't kill your taste buds.

01-18-2010 22:35:50 | More by watchnerd
Photo of therica


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

A= modest copper-orange, little head, little lacing.

S= huge huge floral boquet of hops, massive overdose of sniffing; some hints of malts.

T= overdose of hops bitters, too much; nice malts coming through that didn't seem very evident in the scent but they're overwhelmed by high-IBU hops obesssion. Dry bitterness.

M= too over-the-top axtringent, slight sweetness bitterness.

D= too much bitterness without balance, maybe a few for me at most in a sitting.

Great air-freshener or for someone with a sniffing obsession. Great deodorant or cologne.

01-18-2010 09:18:25 | More by therica
Photo of robbyc1


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Clear hazy yellow/orange with a nice 3 finger head into a Sam Adams glass. Close to optimal for this style.

Fresh earthy hop nose, signs of lemon, lime, subtle piny esthers. Very robust. Earthiness from the oils, kind of like a toss of good earth into the glass.

Taste is round and full of bready malt, with bitterness hitting hard, making for a dry finish. Juicy sweetness offsets the bitter, nice balance. All this lacks versus say Two Hearted is the hop combination I love, very good.

Fizzy and spicy mouthfeel, with good heaviness, bold assertion. Drinks nicely despite the abv about sessioning, really a keeper. Hope to see this around more in the Chicagoland area. Bitterness does not overpower, thus a great balanced IPA, well done.

01-17-2010 18:24:50 | More by robbyc1
Photo of WindUpBird


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a 12 Oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer is the color of dark honey and is topped by a stiff off-white head. As the head recedes, the glass is left nicely laced.

The smell is of grapefruit, pine and a kind of toastiness--nice.

As far as taste goes, the hops are right up front - definitely more grapefruit here than anything else, but this is not a one-dimensional beer. The toastiness that I noted in the smell follows right behind the initial hop blast on the palate, accompanied by a light caramel taste. I guess I'd say that the taste is a bit more balanced than the average west coast IPA.

The beer is nicely carbonated.

I'm really liking this beer. I could (and probably will) drink quite a few of these

01-17-2010 00:42:35 | More by WindUpBird
Photo of StoneTSR


4.2/5  rDev +1%

Here in Illinois Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA isn't impossible to find, but it certainly isn't on every liquor store shelf or in every bar's beer cooler. So I was happy to find it on a recent trip to my local Whole Foods and after drinking five of the six the night I brought the sixer home I saved one for a good review on another, more sober night.

APPEARANCE: Dark copper color, more opaque than many IPAs, you would probably not be able to find a penny in this thing if you dropped it in. It also provided a nice, foamy, one full finger head, and I have sort of fat fingers. That big head led to some very nice lacing, as most of it clung to the side of the glass, I'd say about 75% coverage halfway into the beer.

SMELL: Sierra claims that this is a complex beer with a "complex citrus, pine and herbal character". Upon first smell, they don't seem to be lying about that. Add to the above mix, a nice dose of hoppiness in the nose.

TASTE: This is one of those rare beers that tastes almost exactly like it smells. The flavor in my mouth seems to be a perfect match to the smell in my nose. The hops are strong, but not overpowering (by the way, I don't mind overpowering hops). The finish provides a nice balancing hint of maltyness. As a side note, when I decided to sit down and review this beer I cut up the last little chunk of Maytag Blue Cheese I had in my fridge and it is an absolutely marvelous pairing.

FEEL: The Torpedo Extra IPA seems to have a somewhat unique feel. Bubbly and lively at first, but as it goes down it foams up a little more and begins to feel like a creamy English Ale. A pleasant change of pace in the feel department for an IPA.

OVERALL: I've always been a big fan of the entire Sierra Nevada lineup, but this is one of their best offerings. Now, this particular experience, I admit, may be slightly biased by the Maytag Blue that I'm eating with it, but the Torpedo Extra IPA is truly a fantastic beer, especially for West Coast IPA fans. The only thing that would make it better is a slightly greater hop presence, but that's what I ask for in every beer, so you can take that with a grain of salt. By the way, I picked this beer up at a Whole Foods in Chicago and if you do the same you can also probably find some Maytag Blue Cheese there, at least in the Midwest (Maytag is from Newton, Iowa). I would HIGHLY recommend doing this, as I have mentioned, it's a dynamite combo.

01-15-2010 11:05:04 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of vkv822


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice orangey golden color with a frothy slightly pearl colored head and nice lacing. The smell is hoppy and fruity citrus with a slight touch of spice. It has a bitter-sweet hoppy citrus flavor. It's an odd combination, with the citrus lending a slight hint of sweetness at the beginning which is quickly taken over by hops giving it a very nice bitterness. It works very well and is very drinkable. Will definitely pick up some more of this.

01-15-2010 03:09:57 | More by vkv822
Photo of sitarist


4.2/5  rDev +1%

A- Honey colored, medium head lasts about a minute, lacing is normal.

S- Orange, tangerine, pineapple, pears. Is this fruit salad or a beer. I dont smell malt or the alcohol.

T- Starts of sweet/fruity then the hops kick in. Not as bitter as I thought it would be but you know you are drinking a beer.

M- Wet, light to medium body, carbonation is right.

D- I can drink this till I pass out. Very drinkable, everything is in place, nothing overpowering. Alcohol is well hiden, it taste like a beer with half the apv. I dont see myself getting tired of this one.

01-15-2010 01:32:55 | More by sitarist
Photo of colefsuwr


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer defines what an American IPA is all about. Hops, and a lot of them. The malt up front is just enought to wet your palate for the approaching bitterness and that is just what it is designed to do. I could not make a recomendation better than this one if a friend asks what an IPA is.

01-14-2010 21:51:49 | More by colefsuwr
Photo of SayYaToDaUP

District of Columbia

2.35/5  rDev -43.5%

A - thick bubbly head, deep golden brown color, very slight haze.

S - sour grapefruit aroma with modest herbal tones

T - Immediate sharp citrus flavor, borderlines on a sour taste. Transitions to subtle-rosemary like herbal hints and a light toasty malt flavor on the tail. The hop bitterness is there, but the hop flavors are subdued. Overall the flavors don't mix terribly well together. The citrus/sour taste crowds out the other flavors and doesn't leave much of anything to enjoy for the aftertaste.

F - Solid, average carbonation. Warming sensation from 7.2% ABV is present, but not overwhelming.

D - fairly drinkable for an IPA due to subdued hop flavor and medium carbonation, but not much desire to have more than one

Notes: Price was way below other IPAs, now I understand why. Nothing but love for the Sierra Nevada Brewery for it's legendary and outstanding Pale Ale, but they missed the mark on this one.

01-14-2010 04:05:14 | More by SayYaToDaUP
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours orange/amber with a small persistent head.
Aroma shows lots of juicy and resinous hops, with pineapple, nectarine, pear and pine. Behind this is a fair helping of crystal malt giving nice caramel notes to balance the hops.
More fruity and resinous hops are present as flavours, along with a big malty kick of caramel. Quite an aggressive hoppy finish follows through, lasting for quite some time, bringing this back in American IPA territory.
Carbonation is too high which, when combined with the strong bitterness, makes quite a harsh finish.

01-13-2010 06:49:14 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Kaiser81


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Received from a coworker as a Xmas gift in one of those 10 beer variety packs. Thanks, Justin.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice light amber color with a finger width of pillow-like head. There is nice lacing left on the glass

S - Lots of pine with a hint of citrus (grapefruit) and some bready sweetness. Not the most potent smelling IPA, but you can tell this will be a hop bomb!

T - Lots of wood, and pine, resin, and grapefruit...and just a bit of alcohol. This truly is an extra IPA, as it says on the bottle. There is just a touch of malt for some balance, but the hops are definitely dominating the taste.

M - Light bodied with excellent carbonation. It's just so easy to drink. Oh wait, that's the next one.

D - It's just so easy to drink. I could have a couple of these and sleep well for the night.

01-13-2010 05:17:20 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of danetrain0101


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Nice dark honey color with a medium size head that dissipated slowly.

Smell is very hoppy with a light malt presence. Alcohol can be smelt.

Hoppy but not to hoppy. The hops came on more in the after taste. Alcohol can be tasted as well as some malts.

Feels like a great full bodied beer.

Nice drinkability with a burger or some kind of food.

01-11-2010 05:22:54 | More by danetrain0101
Photo of elgiacomo


3.33/5  rDev -20%

Dec 23, 2009

Pours amber in the glass with a nice very light tan head, maintains a good cap and leaves some sticky lacing.

Hoppy aroma but rather subdued.

Flavor is much bigger, citrus and pine hops, slight caramel malt, bitter finish.

Medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

Nice, especially for the price.

01-11-2010 05:02:56 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of drtth


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a bright clear copper/amber color with a 2" thick slightly off white head that recedes slowly leaving the glass covered with rings and patches of foam interspersed with areas of leggy lacing. Sipping leave behind scattered lacing. Throughout the beer there is a ring of foam on the glass and a thin layer of form covering the liquid. Even to the end of the beer sipping leaves behind scattered lacing as the sticky foam clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean and has a nice citrus and floral character. There is some sweetness from the malt but overall this show is about the interplay of hop aromas so the malt remains in the background.

Taste: The flavors of the hops are supported by a nice caramel malt backbone but the hops are the stars of the show. The citric flavors are mostly orange zest and tangerine with touches of pine popping up here and there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with ample prickly carbonation that keeps going and going as it scrubs the tongue. The finish is reasonably long and begins in the complex combination of sweet malt combined with the hop mixture. It fades off into semi dry bitterness that keeps going for quite a while.

Drinkability: This is a well-made, reasonably complex beer that is richly flavorful and enjoyable. I'll certainly have another (maybe this evening in fact). And I'll be quite happy to have this one again, and again. Sierra Nevada has another winner here.

01-10-2010 23:25:26 | More by drtth
Photo of Eisen


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pored into a pint glass and this beer looks wonderful. It looks exactly as a good IPA should; nice fluffy white head, nice amber colour, lacing and small head sticks all the way to the last drop. And speaking of last drop, this is one of the most drinkable IPAs i have ever had. At 7.2% I could get in trouble with this one as it is not yet 2:00 p.m. and Im 1/4 done with my sixpack. The taste of this beer was wonderfully full and bitter. The only thing that took it down a notch was after the initial pore, the aroma left. Because smell and taste are so interrelated with no sweet aroma I did not get the sweet after taste that I love. Overall I would have this beer for any day of the week, or anytime of the day for that matter, and I suggest it to anyone looking for a hearty IPA.

01-10-2010 22:01:58 | More by Eisen
Photo of webmanspidey


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A medium golden color with a solid inch or two of head. Smells like a fresh pine forest, with some underlying sweetness.

Very tasty mix of bitter hops and malty sweetness.. more hints of grapefruit and pine. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability with low alcohol presence. A very solid IPA.

01-10-2010 02:11:24 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Squam256


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance - copper, with a creamy head and good lacing

Smell - citrusy hops! Some pine but not as much as others have found.

Taste - grapefruit abounds, heavy hop character that is the signature of SN makes

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth for the abv, very pleasant after taste.

Drinkability - easy on the palate, quite drinkable

Overall - Another very worthy brew from the folks at Sierra Nevada. One of my new favorites among IPAs.

01-09-2010 17:43:51 | More by Squam256
Photo of rednrag


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into my trusty Wal-Mart pint glass.

Very appealling color, a dark orangish copper hue. Very nice head.

Smells like hops to me.

Taste is not overly hoppy or overly malty. Very nice.

Love the way the lacing looks on the side of my trusty Wal-Mart pint glass.

Startin to feel the 7.2 now.

Man I love these Sierra Nevada beers!

01-09-2010 01:15:44 | More by rednrag
Photo of sbw138


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Bought a bottle from The Foodery, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a nice golden/amber hue, however, left only a finger, maybe less, of head. Somewhat surprising. The beer was very bubbly, looking very carbonated. Impressed with the nice clear color, surprised with the small head, which didn't leave much of a lacing.

Smell - Hops all the way, but nothing extreme or overpowering. I didn't smell much of a presence of a malt backbone.

Taste - Very crisp IPA, just how I like it. Great hop taste, with a nice bite, but not too biter, or overpowering. Another solid Sierra Nevada IPA

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Dry, but like the rest of this beer, it is nothing extreme, or very overpowering. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Great drinkability. The beer has a nice light body, and very smooth going down.

Very good IPA, but I felt it was lacking some. I didn't check the freshness date, maybe mine was a little dated, but I was surprised by the small thin head. But, overall still a very solid IPA

01-08-2010 16:06:51 | More by sbw138
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Appearance: Pours a rich golden amber color with a huge, foamy head with an eggshell hue. Lots of bubble floating around in this one and its surprisingly clear. This one also leaves lots of sticky lacing everywhere on the glass.

Smell: A nice presence of hops and not much else in the nose. Not an overpowering aroma of hops, but there is a really nice, sweet smell of floral hops.

Taste: This is a pretty nice IPA. It's not a hopbomb like the label might have you believe, but it is very smooth and does have a nice hoppy character to it.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel to this one. It's definitely a lighter-bodied beer with a very high amount of carbonation. Also leaves your palate feeling very dry and refreshed.

Drinkability: Very high in this brew. As the taste is very smooth and not particularly overpowering, its pretty easy to get down. It's also pretty light and highly carbonated. This would make an outstanding session beer.

Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but not up there with some of the big boys, in my opinion. It's a bit subdued, but on the other hand is very drinkable and refreshing. So, for what it is, this is a nice brew and one that is certainly worth trying.

01-08-2010 03:37:19 | More by zoso493
Photo of generalnotsew


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

A: Classic IPA look. Deep amber the color of a nice bourbon. Huge frothy white cottony head. Lacing not too sticky but abundant.

S: Reminds me of Anniversary AleX5. Strong hop presence in the nose not much malt to speak of. Very earthy and piney with a nice fruity backbone. I would use this as air freshener.

T: Very sharp hop bite right out of the gate. Takes a bit to simmer down but the maltiness is there a good few seconds after taking the first drink. Makes me think of an extra bitter Hop Wallop. This IPA is as close to DIPA without crossing the barrier that you can get. Nice grapefruit come into play too along with oily piney hops.

M: Very rich mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on. Creamy feel in the mouth.

D: Can be a bit overpowering after awhile and the 7.2% abv will almost assure you won't finish a 6 pack in one setting.

This has been my favorite from Sierra Nevada by far. Seems to be the most popular as well. They go for $10 per six pack here and considering that is only a little over a dollar more than SNPA it is a steal. Why can't everyone price like that? Not to mention you can find it anywhere. If I want a great beer without feeling adventerous I will grab these every time.

01-08-2010 03:00:12 | More by generalnotsew
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -20%

Pours a nice copper color with full frothy and prickly white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is forward with piney hops and a biscuity malt background. Hints of musky orange and a faint metallic note. Taste is a very bitter bite of piney hops, hints of musky orange peel and a biscuity malt backbone. A slight metlallic taste akin to a copper penny on the tongue. Did i mention its bitter? Medium bodied, oily and big bitter aftertaste that dulls the palate after a few sips. A bit of a letdown with a beer thats nothing more than its big bitter taste and feel.

01-06-2010 14:21:33 | More by rfgetz
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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