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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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8,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,066
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 137
Gots: 686 | 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 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
Photo of elniko


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Glowing amber coloring with nice fluffy head. Heavy lacing apparent. Really good looking beer.

S: Nice citrus tones coming from the nose. Very pleasant and whets the appetite for the taste.

T & M: Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel spot on, carbonation and hoppiness make it quite refreshing. Citrus tones from the nose not as apparent in the taste but finish is very nice. Alcohol not apparent at all.

D: One of the most drinkable IPAs that I've encountered. Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:38:34 | More by elniko
Photo of GRG1313


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark clear amber with a lovely thick white pillowy head.

Clean and pure grapefruit hop nose, very inviting and with hints of sweet lemon in the nose.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of lemon-pine resin hops. A creamy hop flavor and not the "hop bomb" otherwise expected but very nice and clearly a drink of quality. Very drinkable and an all around pleasant quality IPA that shows just the right amount of bitterness. Pure hop grapefruit flavors, character and finish.

I don't mind extreme hops (which this is just short of) but this is very nice in a readily available and very well priced hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:28:46 | More by GRG1313
Photo of skrib09


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

pours an amber/copper with good clarity. creamy hop head formed on top.

smells of pine and bitter citrus with a touch of malt bread.

taste is heavily hopped with plenty of bitter pine and resin flavors. a touch of citrus, grapefruit maybe.

mouthfeel is hop sticky and a bit of sticky resin.

drinkable hop bomb if that's your preference.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:38:09 | More by skrib09
Photo of JamesS


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great copper color with wonderful initial head, excellent lasting head, and some very nice lacing as it goes down. It has a deep scent, very bitter and piney, with enough citrus to keep the edge off. Great taste, a wonderful bitter with great hop attributes: a great pine, Christmas tree forest like; hints of citrus, some nice pineapple/orange; bit of English hops to give it a nice cross-Atlantic flavor. Very smooth, no alcohol flavor which is great, and has a long lingering pine hop flavor. A great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 20:26:10 | More by JamesS
Photo of BZero007


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

Finally picked up some up from the Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA

Poured from a bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip.
The brew is a very nice copper color with hints of amber to it. The head forms with ease and release allot of good smells. The aroma of this brew is nice, refreshing, and strong. The smell is nothing new but is strong. Taste was good the hops were up front and present and supported by the sweet malt in the back ground. This brew drank light and alcohol level was barely felt or present. This particular brew for me was good nothing was out of the ball park and nothing was average. A tasty brew that I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 18:57:39 | More by BZero007
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

I'm trying to judge this beer apart from the hype. It is indeed a very good IPA. Reminds me a lot of Hop Devil.

Pine upfront. Relatively balanced as the beer warms.

Has a great copper color.

Seems to be a very good bang for the buck. I reserve the right to try this again and pass further judgment on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 02:29:04 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful coppery pour with a big creamy colored head which stays around for a long time and leaves generous lacing on the glass.
Grapefruit hops dominate the aroma and the flavors. A big shot of grapefruit/orange peel hop bitterness leads off, but there is a bit of biscuity malt in the middle to provide a little relief. The long-lasting finish is again suitably hoppy. Sweet malt becomes apparent as the beer warms and persists into the finish. This is not a particularly complex taste experience. It's pretty straightforward so it's a good thing I like hops.
Pretty easy to drink and pleasantly bitter on the tongue. A worthy representation of an American IPA, but, given the choice, I'd probably opt for the Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 02:02:10 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of alovesupreme


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper Orange with a good head and good lacing.
Mango, Pine, and citrus aromas with a slightly funky yeast aroma.
Citrus with lots of fruity esters and a slight phenolic character. Mango and some other slight tropical fruits play a role. Finishes with a light malt finish and a lingering bitterness.
Very full mouthfeel. And perfect carbonation.
A fantastic beer I will be consuming on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 20:48:39 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of OnThenIn


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice finger and a half of beautiful off white head. It has a very clear copper color. It also has some lacing.

Smell: The body of the smell comes from sweet malt, but the pine hops really cut through. There is a definite citrus aroma to this beer.

Taste: Wow is this beer balanced. This beer starts of with a sweet malt flavor and finishes up with some awesome bitter flavor. There is also some citrus to this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied and drinks pretty smooth. The carbonation is not bad, but I wish it was just a tiny bit more carbonated. This beer finishes really dry.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer and could definitely session it, but I feel like the hop bomb nature of it would kill any beer you have after it, unless its another torpedo ofcourse. I was expecting something a little more spectacular from the threads I saw when this beer came out. It didn't blow me away, but it was definitely a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 18:37:30 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of DmanGTR


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

Review from notes

A - poured clear amber red with foamy off-white head. Good retention and very good lacing

S - sweet malts, fresh grapefruit, and piney hops in high balance

T - immediate sweet caramel malts followed by bittering hops on the sides and back of the tongue, then a wave of herbal and citrus zest. Bitter, hoppy finish

M - medium bodied with balanced carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel

D - very good, could do a couple of these in an evening

Overall - a good, solid IPA. Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 15:44:02 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Casey10


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber color 1/2 finger head after pour into St. Bernardus glass.

S - Slight Pine and citrus smell.

T- Prickly, hoppy a good DIPA taste.

M - Tart, citrus, dulling (in a good way)

D - Great DIPA for price and availabilty could drink a bunch and would will get more.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:24:31 | More by Casey10
Photo of pmcadamis


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This honestly looks very much like the standard SNPA, and that's not a bad thing. This might be a shade darker, but its still that vibrant golden-flax hue with a big fluffy white head and tons of foamy lace.

S - Oh my God. Hops, glorious hops! This is a hop forward nose that balances some of the juiciest hop notes that I've sniffed in a long time. The pine forest SN DNA is definitely detectable, but this adds more complexity than the standard APA version. Fresh, juicy, slightly fruity, and very sappy... this smells wonderful.

T - Even better than the nose, the flavors EXPLODE with fresh hop oils. The word "juicy" keeps flashing across my brain. This is like diving into a green hop filled wine press with bare feet and stomping around like a baptist preacher. Can I get a witness!

M - Medium bodied and FRESH. This is thirst quenching and highly carbonated, and all of those suds really help keep it lively and active in the mouth. It's almost electric with zingy hop flavors and zesty carbonation. This is as fresh tasting as ice-cold freshly squeezed OJ.

D - Perfect. One of the most well rounded (for a hop bomb that is) and drinkable brews that I've had in a long time. I tried one of these out at The Brewhaus and I'm sold. I'm going to pick up a large quantity of this stuff to keep around the house. This would be a perfect outdoorsy grillin' out sort of session brew. The hops would stand up to some spicy brats, and its dangerously gulp-able. Another impressive creation from Sierra Nevada... and I would have expected nothing less from the west coast masters of hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:35:50 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of CJthirty7


2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You ever look in the fridge and wonder what beer you wouldn't mind sacrificing for cooking with? I thought it was this one. Mistake. I wouldn't cook with this crap either. Don't get me wrong, its bitter (hence the "Extra" in the name), but since when does Extra translate to unbalanced? Its like the fat kid sitting on the end of the see-saw. Not only that, my pork tastes like a grapefruit rind.

Ah Sierra Nevada, I love you. I just don't love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 05:49:33 | More by CJthirty7
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

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

Pours a nicely clear golden-copper hue with a thick off-white head of foam. Head shows moderate retentive properties, fading somewhat quickly, leaving behind a light amount of splotchy stick on the walls of the glass.

A nose of citrusy, slightly floral American hop aromas presents itself, with notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Aroma is somewhat subdued and none-overpowering.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a base palate of slightly grainy and faintly sweet malt, glazed over with citric hop notes of bitter grapefruit peel. Hop bitterness builds toward the middle and back, lending a very dry finishing character that lingers on the tongue, with just a touch of malty sweetness.

The dryness lends itself well to drinkability, and this is one bitter hop bomb; still, while good, it fails to live up to the hype that has been vested in it by the beer rating community. Balanced well more toward the hop end of the spectrum, it fails to present itself as much other than a well-crafted and very well-hopped American IPA, which it holds to well but fails to become anything much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 03:50:54 | More by superdedooperboy
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,066 ratings.