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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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8,743 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,743
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 174
Gots: 1,046 | FT: 4
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 Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Light head, quickly faded. Deep orange, 50% transparent.

S - I'm in a pine forest with an orange tree in the middle and one grapefruit.

T - Hops! Bitterness lingering on the tongue long afterward.

M - Just about perfect. Crisp and light to medium body.

D - Sometimes I enjoy an overpoweringly hoppy IPA. This one isn't that. It has just the right amount of bitterness to have no doubt that it is an IPA but I am still able to enjoy more than a couple of these at a time without my taste buds getting dulled by the bitterness.

Fatehunter, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of kramerboy
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really good IPA. Easy to find at just about any grocery or package store. Very crisp and delightful!

Pours clear light orange with good head retention. The great hops smell translates to an excellent taste. This is one that I could knock back more than just a couple in a single night.

kramerboy, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Jerdmier
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great IPA. Pours very well but is missing a good staying head.The little bit of head I got from the initial pour was a nice light caramel color. Lacing also lacks staying power. Has a good fruity hops taste with a strong hops aftertaste. This is definitely a beer I can sit down to and make a night of. May be a little heavy in the hops for a new person trying IPA for the first time. Save it for the more serious IPA drinker.

Jerdmier, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Mineo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fantastic off-white head, clear dark orange-amber color that is maintained throughout. Lacing lasted the entire round.

S - Citrus and hops... some orange and lemon perhaps, with some very fresh-smelling herbal appeal. No pungency whatsoever; smell is very crisp. Keep in mind, this is for a bottle that was bottled only 26 days ago. I had one that was bottled several months ago and the smell/taste was a lot more malty than the fresh bottle, which produces a wonderful malt/citrus/hops combo that is unrivaled. Unlike Bigfoot, this beer appears to weaken in flavor with time, so the fresher the better!

T - Initial overwhelming feeling of hops, but overwhelming in a good sense. Swallow resembles a mixture of malted hops and citrus, the latter which dominates in the after-taste.

M - Exceptionally smooth, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Tastes like a beer in the 5% ABV range, so masking a 7.2% this well is quite extraordinary.

D - one of the most drinkable IPAs I have had. Sierra Nevada's brewing style includes complexities that only enduring stomach may endure, but for those able to handle it there are few better than Torpedo. it is my favorite Sierra Nevada product.

Mineo, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of AEK
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot. B.B.E 6/10/10.

A. Cloudy blood orange coloured ale topped by a solid looking white head. Head retention is excellent.

S. Juicy malt and faint traces of plums in madeira. A touch hoppy.

T. A clean, strong tasting IPA, possibly a hint of creaminess though this is masked by the alcohol strength. Roasted malt and a pleasant hop kick.

M. Medium bordering on thick, mouth coating.

D. A delicious IPA, one of only 3 Sierra Nevada beers I can honestly give a double thumbs up sign to.

AEK, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One of the nicer looking IPA's I've seen. Dark orange body with a solid finger's worth of head, and very intense carbonation.

S- As soon as I got the bottle open, a sharp note of bitterness jumped out. Once I got closer to the beer after it had been poured, I didn't find much else to describe. Their was definite bitterness, and what seemed like a bit of citrus. The aroma was quite faint sadly.

T- A very good hop backbone and then some more hops on top. I enjoyed the bitterness that I found in this one. You get a pretty good taste from the hops for about 30 seconds before some of the citrus works it's way to the top. The hops also have more of a pine taste to them than in most IPA's and it comes off as a bit more bitter than beers using other hops. There is some malt in this one, but it plays it's part in balancing the drink, without making much note of itself.

It is what it is, and it's a hop heavy IPA. I enjoy it substantially, but people looking for more balance should look elsewhere. The only thing I didn't like about the taste was how evident the citrus was in the aftertaste.

M- Medium full body with hops and carbonation that do some work on your tongue. A bit creamier than the average IPA as well.

D- Very drinkable, and very easy to find. I'm glad that I picked it up.

BBP, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of nas5755
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. A clear amber beer with a thick head was poured. The lacing was impressive. The nose consisted of piney grapefruit. This beer tasted like piney grapefruit with a nice sweet malt profile, very bitter on the bite and very pleasant. The carbonation levels are very nice for this beer and it slightly creamy. Overall, I love this beer. This is one of the few beers I constantly am buying, the value is spot on. The flavors of this beer set the cornerstone for American IPA flavor.

I really want to try this beer on tap but I have never seen it on a tap list over here in MA.

nas5755, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice hazy golden amber color, followed by a light off-ivory 2 finger head. Incredibly lasting lacing. Smells spicy, citrusy, definitely cascades goin on, especially given that it's Sierra Nevada. Maybe some German hops too, given a light pilsner scent. Certainly an evergreen quality. Tastes richly spicy and citrusy, pine, grapefruit and lemon. A bit of warmth as it goes down your throat. Nice lingering bitterness that dries out your mouth. Imminently drinkable.

WestValleyIPA, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of smibroncos
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly cloudy apricot orange, with a nice one and a half finger off white head. great lacing clung to the glass.

S. Pine and citrus, some floral notes.

T. A good tasting IPA. Slight malty grain sweetness up front, with citrus and lots of hops. A great bitter bite rounds out taste.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice balance, slightly acidic.

D. Very good IPA I will have a few more of these. Sierra Nevada has done a good job with this style of beer, I also like there regular IPA.

smibroncos, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange amber in color and translucent. Beautiful, creamy off-white head, over an inch. Excellent lacing that lasted the entire drink.

S - Hints of sour lemon. Pine also present reminding me of Christmas.

T - Complex. Lemony and piney mixed together, plenty of flavour. Hops very strong and bitter at the end, lingering.

M - Effervescent, bubbly, the beer danced around my tongue. Lingering bitterness at the end.

D - A solid beer, but I can only do IPAs in smaller amounts.

LuthersMug, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Omegabyte
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First, I'm not a huge fan of IPAs. I have my select few and distinct flavors that I like. Second, it's a slippery hot day in HI and I really craved some hops. But, nonetheless, here's my review.

Appearance: is a cloudy copper color. The head doesn't retain very long, but it pours out nicely. Lacing is dispersed, but stays. After about 10 min. it becomes clearer.
Smell: tangy, hoppy, light with a bit of a piney flavor. Can really come up with more than that. Smells that the usual IPA. Got a little bit of a stuffy nose too.
Taste: hops are not overwhelming but do taste quite flowery. The taste kind of reminds me of the taste of pine tree bark without the nasty aftertaste and overwhelming bitterness. It's light and earthy but still a little citrusy.
Mouthfeel: To me, the beer is very well carbonated. The first taste hits you like a tingling wave. Like a very dull, tasty version of putting your tongue to a 9 Volt battery. Doesn't leave a terrible coating afterwards either.
Drinkability: Perfect for a hot sticky day. This is the second time trying this beer, and I craved it for a day like this. Doesn't destroy your taste buds. Destroys that parched, sticky feel in your mouth on hot days.

Omegabyte, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of keith712
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second review of a Sierra Nevada label, and only my second real review of an IPA, and I must say, I am becoming indoctrinated to the style! This IPA is rated at 7.2% alcohol by volume (abv).

12oz bottle poured into my favorite glass. Not real cold, call it 50F, I let it sit a couple minutes before I drank it after opening it.

Appearance: Beautiful golden orange haze. Nice moderate head, even poured kind of aggressive it was just right.

Nose: Wonderful warm and bright hops, pungent, and crisp. Piney, floral overtones. Pleasant, and smells of quality. Makes me WANT to drink it. It gets clearer after a couple minutes as some of the bubbles work themselves out.

Taste: Nice and crisp, definitely lots of hops but also smooth. A decent amount of carbonation but not too fizzy. Maybe the premium malts in there tone down the sharp bitterness of the hops. I expected more bite (but it DOES have a nice one), and it does leave a nice after-bitter on the back of the tongue. Very pleased with the flavor. Again, as it warms a bit while I type this review, the flavors become more pronounced and enjoyable. Honestly, the alcohol is well masked and does not detract from the flavors at all.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Not thin at all, a bit of chewiness that I can feel on the teeth. It feels substantial but not thick or syrupy. Leaves a coating that stays a bit. Does not inhibit going back for another drink immediately, in fact, it's so easy to down that I could go overboard on this 7.2% abv and get quite buzzed haha.

Drinkability: Awesome. I want another! Nice lacing that stays as the beer goes down and a thin head that follows to the last drink. I WILL be buying this again, and again...

Overall: Being new to the IPA world, I don't want to over rate this one, but it's "damn good" and I look forward to more of this one. Cheers!

keith712, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of CascadeConan
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Torpedo pours a deep orange color with lots of off-white head.

Smells of piney and citrus hops in the front with a fair amount of malt backbone.

The taste is not as bitter as you would hope from an IPA and the malt seems to play a bigger part than most beers of this style.

A fair amount of carbonation makes this beer crisp and as it warms the flavors become more complex and add points to this brew that were lacking during the initial taste.

This is a good beer and at 7.2% ABV it brings what you expect from an American IPA but falls short in bold hop flavors.

CascadeConan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of irishevans
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a medium dark goldish brown, with a thick foamy three finger barely off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving an ample amount of lace behind, and seems to settle at a half-finger depth.

N- I could smell this very strongly as I poured it. Rather floral and a bit of sweet fruity esters in there as well, I almost pick up on a pineapple scent.

T- Peppery right off the bat, and then developing a floral hop taste, and shortly there after some citrus taste, most of the hop "bite" is up front, with a milder finish, all in all pretty balanced, although a little more hop bite would be nice. I do like the apparent blend of citrus and floral hops.

M- not too thick or thin, although more toward the thick side, and with a refreshing quality that I wasn't expecting.

D- I'm not usually the biggest IPA fan on the planet(IMO they are summer beers, but I am in hawaii where there is no other season), and maybe this is from my recent lack of access to any craft of otherwise decent beer at all (hence the malt liquor reviews as of late). but this is rather enjoyable, not fast drinker, but nice to sit in what anywhere else on the globe would be a summer evening and sip on. given that it's like a dollar more than a "40" down the street, I think I may have found a new night cap.

irishevans, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Mjoepp
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden copper, small white head dissolves quickly.

S:Hops. Typical ipa with grapefruit and some oranges.

T: Hops and grapefruit, and also some oranges. Quite peppery also, especially in the aftertaste where bitterness is quite noticeable

O: Nice beer, bought it many times now.

Mjoepp, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Showed a dark orange amber with a thick creamy head that stuck around the whole time and clung to the glass the whole way down. Smell of big piney and cirtus hops. Incredibly complex nose. Taste starts out with cirtus hop bite, creamy and sticky, spicy hops balance the citrus with a malt body underneath that keeps all the hops in check and makes this incredibly drinkable. Fantastic IPA.

stingrayvr6, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 US fl.oz bottle poured into my SN tumbler glass... The bottle I had was not too fresh, so that may had affected the flavour profile.

A - A nice cloudy copper body with a rich beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. Looks absolutely beautiful and inviting!

S - Citrusy hops, with some pine notes still. A good solid caramel backbone, with hints of bread and toffee. Smells kind of sweet, but very IPA-like nevertheless.

T - Wow, what a treat for my taste-buds! Starts out with a good hop bite, followed by a very juicy citrus flavour, with strong hints of orange and grapefruit. The finish is bittersweet, with some lingering bread and caramel notes. The sweetness is well-balanced with the bitterness, so you won't have a problem with either of the two sensations.

M - Medium-bodied. The alcohol is pretty well-masked. The beer is smooth, refreshing and juicy! Feels great on the palate!

D - Good for a relatively strong beer! Goes down easily, provided you are used to hoppy beers! Drink in moderation, as the 7.2% ABV might get to you!

NightINgale, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice bright amber look.

S- smell of citrus and hops and even a hint of a lemon peel or zest at the end.

T- Hoppy and Citrus taste a little lemony.

M- Dry and creamy citrus flavors linger through out sip.

D- Ok I been drinking IPA for awhile now and this is right up there. Has that bite of the citrus hops. Great aroma and flavor. I think I need to get some more. Try some if not already.


SamuelJackson45, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of bohemiandonut
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a no nonsense deep amber, fully brit and lit. Sticky lace from a head that apparently had somewhere to be.

Delectable aroma on this sexy brew, citrus rinds and an obvious Sierra Nevada malt complexion (Pale Ale style) negotiate the open sea that is IPA.

Riding that lovely scent is a wave of bitter hop flavors (grass, spruce, fir, pine and brutal grapefruit) backed by maple-speaking malts that just wont quit (even when you want them to.)

That agressive Sierra Nevada carbonation is much appreciated for the style. Superb and familiar, but familiar. Ill try to not let that hurt this score.

With 5 more to go, Id be shootin myself in the foot if I said this wasnt drinkable, so I'll substitute smellable for drinkable and admit that I would order this fine brewski just to cram its volatile vapours straight into my hind-brain. Yum!

bohemiandonut, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

What's interesting about Sierra Nevada is that up until this year, they were probably one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round India Pale Ale (IPA). However, around three years ago, there was buzz on the internetz that Sierra Nevada was dabbling with a new way of infusing hops into beer. Soon, a concoction named "Torpedo" began to rear its foam at select locations and events. In late 2008, Sierra Nevada announced that they'd be launching a year-round IPA called "Torpedo Extra IPA," and revealed the process:

"The name itself comes from a device called the 'hop torpedo' that was conceived, designed and developed at the brewery. The result is a revolutionary method of dry-hopping that harnesses the vital hop oils and resins that lead to an unusually flavorful and aromatic beer featuring the full, nuanced range of spicy complexity that hops have to offer."

They also use 100-percent American hops and multiple varieties--each of which impart unique characters. Let's load this one and give it a shot--yeah, that was bad.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a thick and hop-induced, creamy, off-white foam head with a lace that sticks and stays along the glass. Big hops in the nose. Floral with some grapefruit rind and pepper in the back. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a firm, round and semi-full body. A bit chewy and juicy at times. Fruity (a bit tropical) with citrus (mostly rind, some grapefruit), semisweet apple (Red Delicious comes to mind) and some herbal notes (soft and pleasant). Then bitter. Dry and acidic with an aspirin edge. Building layers of hops on the palate with each sip. Fresh, green hops. Pine. Resin. Spice. Hint of soap (happens with highly hopped beers). Palate turns gritty and leafy with an ashy finish. Biscuity malt. Hay. Bone dry. More-ish.

Torpedo is a dry and robust IPA that waves confidently at the Double IPA with a ton of hop presence and 7.2-percent ABV, but remains an American IPA with its artful use of hops that brings big, but balanced, flavors, and subsequent drinkability. We love it. Released in January 2009 in six-packs and hopefully available until the end of days.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is decidedly hoppy, with citrus and piney hops coming out...but there's also a fair amount of sweet malt on the nose as well. Rather balanced.

Grapefruit and piney hops come through early and often in this beer and do so with a pretty good amount of intensity, however, there's also a decent amount of sweet toffee malt underneath that provides a fair balance and keeps it from being too one-sided. Through the finish, the bitterness continues at a fairly high level, and lingers in the aftertaste for a while.

As far as IPA's go, I think that this beer does a pretty good job with balance and doesn't go too overboard with the hoppiness. The high ABV harms drinkability, however.

NODAK, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color, slight hazy. Lots of carbonation. Head looks awesome, leaves a really nice lacing on the glass.

Floral hops, some citrus, hint of piney, caramel malts.

Floral hops up front, I get some citrus and touch of pine. Sweet caramel malts in the background to balance it. There's some hint of orange-pineapple in the middle. Very smooth and crisp finish with slight dry herbal aftertaste. Body is light-medium. Carbonation feels very nice.

Very drinkable. An awesome American IPA.

mjurney, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brilliant copper color. Thick head with good retention and lacing.

S- all hop citrus aromas here.

T- Obviously hoppy, but not over the top at all, The hops to not punch you in the face and are in balance with the malts.

M- not much going on here, pretty thin.

D- Easy drinkin' IPA. Really nice offering from SN. Balanced and fresh tasting. Not a hop heads dream, but a solid IPA.

chrisgn, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the 30th bottle of torpedo I've had, and I chose to review this one because it's the freshest I've been able to get since discovering how to read their bottling code--about 5 weeks old.

A: Pours a rich bronze/amber. Not a whole lot of head retention or lacing, but a swirl does reveal some nice bubbles.

S: Much different than the SNPA, Torpedo is all about the piney, grassy hops. Malt presence increases as it warms.

T: Ahh, fresh, whole cone hops. Delicious hop profile, sticky and resiny, a little alcohol heat as it goes down.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, medium body which is right where I like it for an IPA. The generous amount of hops coats the palate.

D: This is easily the most drinkable beer I've found over 7% ABV. Right as I finish I want another.

bridgetowhophead, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First it starts off with a smell of pine and hop resin...then when you swirl it around and it warms a little you can smell the citrus grapefruit smell combined with the sappy pine needle smell. Tastes great with a nice sweet malt and an amazing pine hop backing that stays on the back of your tongue. When I first tried this and wasn't very familiar with the style I thought there was an overwhelming amount of pine. Now that IPA has become my favorite style of beer it is a great top of the list go to IPA. I also noticed pungent graepfruit hop flavor.

You can tell they don't throw the usual type of hops that the standard American IPA's use. What really sets this apart from other top notch IPA's like Dogfish Head 60 Minute or Stone IPA is that this has a medicinal herbal and very grapefruity smell and taste from the whole cone hops which is amazing. This is my favorite beer from this brewery... I think it's even better than the Celebration Ale. This is more bitter where Celebration is a bit more sweeter with different hops. If you want an IPA get this. Amazing job Sierra Nevada from Chico, California.

thebrood1987, Sep 18, 2010
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,743 ratings.