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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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8,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,030
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 dmamiano

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper looking, small head with pretty good carbonation.
Smell is in a word...."hops". The smell of freshly picked hops that leave that sticky residue on your fingers.
Holy cow! Taste in a word...."WOW".
An assault on the taste buds, citrus rush of hops and bitter to beat the band. Love it. Nice smooth, sweet malt also around to help balance this hop monster.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 23:38:28 | More by dmamiano
Photo of budgood1


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

pours out a hazy burnt amber colour with a half inch off white head. nice lace with gentle carbonation. aroma is a full noseful of juicy herbal hops with a citric kick. some malt is available to waft in and out. yummy. the taste is a superb bold balance of piney hops and a pleasant maltiness giving some caramel and toffee notes. this one is splendidly balanced but bold with plenty of flavour to go around and bitterness that will spank your tongue. the body is pefect for this IPA and the mouthfeel is luscious and vibrant. drinkability is great.

overall, while certainlly not celebration by any means...this IPA stands on its own merits. great malt and hop profiles. loved it. glad i got a case.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:05:54 | More by budgood1
Photo of Mitchster


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle. 7.2% ABV, OG=17.3p, FG=4.2p, Brewed with Two-row Pale, & Crystal malts. Hopped with magnum for bittering, finished with Magnum and Crystal, and dry hopped with Magnum, Crystal, and Citra. 65 IBU.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a tall off-white head with superior retention and nice thick sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The nose can be had at an armful...full of juicy green hops with a background malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense body and a bone dry finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma, followed by a medium bitterness, which although potent is relatively smooth compared to other IPA's. The finish is very long and as the malt diffuses, one is left with a bone dry hop bitterness lingering on the tongue.

A decent IPA. I like the way it is initially balanced with the malt sweetness, but I don't care for how it ends in the grapefruit pith bitterness. Not quite a sessionable IPA for my tastes, although it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 02:41:48 | More by Mitchster
Photo of wnh


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with a long-living, dense, creamy, rocky, gigantic cream-colored head rising above the lip of the glass and staying there. Lively carbonation, and a joy to look at.

Nose is fresh-squeezed grapefruit up front, with pine and spicy hops in the background. I'm not getting much beyond that, but this still smells great.

Taste is grapefruit hops up front that manages to be bitter and plenty sweet. The sweetness seems as though it ought to be coming from a more orange-leaning citrus hoppiness, but all I'm getting is grapefruit citrus. Interesting. Plenty of earthy pine hops to balance the sweet citrus. Well balanced on the whole, with a strong malt backbone and long lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied and luscious, and very drinkable. A great IPA regardless of the price, and at $8.99 per six-pack this easily tops my "Best Values" list. Kudos to Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 02:03:31 | More by wnh
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Beautiful billowy white head. A nice copper color, beautiful ipa. It also leaves a nice lacing.

S-The hops are very present. Smells piney and spicy. It has a much more spicy/peppery smell to me than any other ipa I've tried.

T-Hoppy, spicey like the nose. Citrussy, but to me it is the spice that stands out. I also noticed some pear in the finish. The alcohol is slightly present.

M-Slightly carbonated, not too thick, just about perfect.

D-This is one highly drinkable ipa. I was expecting it to be much heavier. The 7.2% alcohol might hinder this from being a true session beer, but it is very easy drinking.

Overall, this is one great ipa. It is deffinitely is better than I expected and worth the hype. I highly recommend trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 01:48:41 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge foamy, almost stiff, off white head that fades slowly with a good amount of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is floral and citrusy. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is on the lighter side. The hoppy citrus flavor is good, but not a 'stand out' by any means. Quite drinkable, the 7.2% ABV is well integrated...wouldn't have expected that it was that high.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 01:04:58 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice orange-amber coloured IPA. Served cold in a sniffer, topped with a nice white head

Nose: Pine hops and floral odours comes first. Sweet malt became apparent after warming a bit. Citrus notes.

Mouth: Wow, neer perfection for me. A great chalenge to my all time favorite IPA (60 min form DFH). Carbonation is vivid, hops are crisp and almost dry which make this beer VERY drinkable. Bitterness is awesome. Aftertaste is long and topically full of hops oil and floral flavours.

This beer is certainly one of my favourite IPA. Very pleasant to drink. You won't stop at the first one...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:32:43 | More by blaje
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


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

a: almost clear dark copper color, finger-thick pillowy head just stays, rings of lace, minor bubbly activity
s: very nice interplay of sweet malts and spicy hops
t: citrus hops with consistent spiciness, malts make an appearance just before the bitter hoppy finish
m: almost creamy with crisp carbonated finish
d: this was a solid hop adventure that isn't overdone, only wish the malty sweet smell had shown more in the taste

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 00:07:59 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Nice 2 finger head. Pours a light amber color or a dark gold color. The head was very retentive and left sticky lacing all along the glass.

S - Very attractive piney and floral hop aroma. It's very inviting! Some bready malt hints.

T - Dry hop charachter. Spicy and piney hop character as well. Very refreshing and crisp. Soem mild bready malts in ther. Reminds me a bit of theri pale ale only hoppier.

M - Very crisp and well balanced CO2. Hop is prevalent as expected but there is a malt finish that makes it less bitter.

D - ABV is ok and hop charchter isn't so intense. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:40:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

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

Pours a reddish honey color with a sturdy cap of foam.

Biscuity malts with fruit notes on the nose. Citric hops are highly present--grapefruit and rind.

Oily, earthy, and spicy hops with a short kick of citrus on the palate. Small rindy astringency tags alone with the malt base.
The mouthfeel is perfect aside from some excess astringency.

I wouldn't drink these back to back, but it's definitely a top notch IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:12:56 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

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

Lustrous clear brass with a fluffy white head and sticky lace.

Scent actually made my mouth water. Fresh crusty bread, citrus, pine. Floral and almost perfumed notes.

Lots of hops; grapefruit and citrus hops, pine hops, oily resiny hops, spicy earthy hops. A fresh bready malt base. Nice lingering bitterness.

Mouth is juicy and smooth.

Drink is excellent.

Another fine ale from Sierra Nevada. Not as good as their wet hop ales but a delicious beer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 23:22:07 | More by sethmeister
Photo of redneckchugger


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey brown, great head retention.
Unique nose, Earthy and citrusy hop aromas, like a grapefruit rolled around in loamy soil.
Taste is less impressive, its citrusy and earth, but less than the nose.
Good mouthfeel and very drinkable, its a decent ipa, not the best, but a sold brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 16:08:43 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

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

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

A: Hazy orange red body with a thick cream colored head. Retention is pretty good and lacing looks great.

S: Slight hop aroma. Smells a bit like a barber shop I used to do too...

T: Great well balanced IPA. Hop flavor is prominent but there is certainly malt sweetness to balance the bitterness. Slight maltyness in the finish.

M: Feels thick but not syrupy due to proper carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. A little bitter and slightly thick, but definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:11:26 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of BeerBob


4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada "Torpedo" pours a chill hazed deep golden amber from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a pop off top.

Head went to well over 3 fingers before collapsing to a frothy carpet of foam and lacing to the sides of my beer glass.

Nose is a pleasant floral hopes and a damp sweetness for a back. Palate is a most well balanced hop verses malt to deliver one of the most welcomed brews that I have yet to run a cross.

I have been looking for this brew all of my life!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 06:16:19 | More by BeerBob
Photo of jrnold

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : light amber to copper. off-white head. dissipates fairly quickly, leaving lots of lacing.

Smell: Not as strong as many IPAs, but still a citrus hoppiness.

Taste: Hop bitterness at first, with a little toasted malts. Followed by citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for an IPA. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 18:49:18 | More by jrnold
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a nice clear copper color with a thumb sized cream colored head that falls to ringed scum. Leaves behind some sheet lace on my glass.

Aroma is nice hops getting fruity citrus, soft floral notes and hints of pine underneath, all riding on an caramel malt base. Nice simple west coast IPA.

Taste is hops brought too you by nice peppy carbonation. Fruity at first quickly into grapefruit rind bitterness that linger through the experience. Some light pine notes in finish not really any floral in taste though. Malt seems to be just transport for the hops.

Mouthfeel is decent medium, carbonation seems peppy at first with hops but mellows as the bitterness lingers on your tongue.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough IPA big on hops could use a touch more malt but all in all enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:16:06 | More by mntlover
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers I had heard countless good things about before I picked it up. So I when I saw a sixer at the store, I picked it up on the spot.

Poured from the bottle into a glass. The beer was copper colored with a nice one finger, white head. The nose was all hop, most pine notes, with some citrus notes in nice balance. The taste was highlighted by pine notes and citrus notes. Some bitterness follows, bit it works great here. A slight caramel backdrop is present is the background. A tasty brew. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with nice, moderate carbonation. Drinkaility was high for an IPA. Moderate ABV and great flavors contributed to the fact I almost finished a whole six pack in a sitting.

Overall, one of the best regular IPAs around, especially for anyone who enjoys the pine flavors of hops more. Just an outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 16:56:43 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of Natural510


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with thick head. Thin layer resides on the top of the drink, leaving a healthy lacing in the sides of the glass no matter how long you let it sit.
Smells sweet from orange-citric malt and floral hops.
Taste is also sweet; a bit of grapefruit & tangerine meld with a subtle forest-pine to create a well-balanced IPA.
Mouthfeel is fairly dry, and the hop bite creeps in as you drink it; thankfully not an overpowering experience.
Overall a quality, well-balanced IPA with some interesting characteristics. The more I drink this, the more I like it. Doesn't hurt this is available in all big-box grocery stores across the US, i.e. everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 12:08:46 | More by Natural510
Photo of Newmerator


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Meh. After all of the reviews that's all i can really say.

Looks like a copperish red. almost that of a pale. a great sticky lace and crown though.

smell left a lot to be demanded. i was hoping for more of an upfront hop scent. it's really subtle. almost a sweet smell to it, malty.

taste was a bit too sweet in my opinion. but it felt great. and I could def have a few of these for a good session, but if were leaning towards an IPA would prob opt for something different. Tastes like a mix of a PA and IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:56:24 | More by Newmerator
Photo of rbbchbum

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass. A relatively heavy pour resulted in a 2" head of off white foam that lasted a while. Decent lacing lasted the whole beer.

Smell: Mildly citrus.

Taste: Strong piney/earthy hops but not overpowering. Good malt backbone. All in all a well-balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very solid, good body.

Drinkability: Excellent IPA. Good balance between hops and malt. Were it not for the ABV, I could drink this all night long. I'm a big Sierra Nevada fan, and this did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:25:37 | More by rbbchbum
Photo of Bobbydigi


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

Poured into a pint glass

A - After a pretty vigorous pour it produced a nice off white frothy off white head. The color is your run of the mill amber, nothing too fancy.

S - Citrus Hops prepare the mouth for what should be a tasty IPA

T - The hops definatly pull through. For an IPA that is packaged and priced like your run of the mill IPA, it definitely has a much bigger flavor that what i was expecting.

M/D - A fair amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth. I can see my self picking up another sixer for a weekend night of drinking. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:27:58 | More by Bobbydigi
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a Surly pint glass.

A- Pours a deep tan color with a little carbonation after the pour. There is a finger white lace that pretty much disipates after the pour.

S- Strong smell of citrus hops.

T- The strong hop presence comes through again in the taste. Nice bitter finish too. The bitter hoppy taste stays with you throughout the taste, this is not an IPA fo rthe faint hearted.

I have been drinking this IPA for awhile now and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is hands down one of the better IPA's on the market and I am very happy that this is a regular offering from SN. I have and will continue to have this be in my everyday rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 22:59:54 | More by cbros
Photo of americanbeerbuzz

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer needs no introduction. From the barrels of the great name that does not need to be mentioned. I am just now getting to this beer.

Poured into a 12oz chilled pint glass. The head pours directly to the ledge of my glass. A sign of their great mastery.

The smell is intense as expected from an IPA of this caliber. The mouthfeel a good show of brewing mastery. It is not thick or sappy but yet piney and resiny in taste.

It finishes with a bite as any extra ipa should. It is incredibly fresh and the lace on the glass showing rings with each sip is a nice touch. This is top dog for a 12oz bottle of an IPA. I hear the Captain Lawrence brewery is soon to bottle a double. Anxiously awaiting that moment.

In the meantime, I think I will drink another. It is strong be ware.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 23:48:55 | More by americanbeerbuzz
Photo of TheBierBand


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

I poured the 12 oz brown bottle into my pint glass. The pour resulted in a 1-1/2" head of off white foam that lasted and slowly dwindled down to a thick cap leaving tons of lace on the glass. The beer is a light-ish amber.

Nose: Some hoppy notes... mostly citric.

Taste: Very good American IPA! Piney/earthy hops with a nicely toasted malt backbone. Well-balanced.

MF: Nice robust ale. Not too thick and chewey, but just right.

Drinkability: Nice American IPA. Right on style. I'd be good for 2-3 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 16:52:54 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of merryjoulton


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

Pours a light amber that is very clear with minimal head but a persistent sticky film was clinging to the surface. Smells like clean citrusy hops and a faint whisper of malt. Taste is bitter, clean and crisp. This is an expertly constructed IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and familiar. Drinkability is two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:59:19 | More by merryjoulton
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