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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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8,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,295
Reviews: 2,558
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 149
Gots: 801 | 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 gloobygloob


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A- pretty clear light copper with an frothy white head that dissipates quickly, with a bit of lacing.

S- Citrus a pine up front, with a bit of malt in the back. more pine as i flattens.

T- Blanace at first with the malt behind but not dominated by the powerful hops. citrus notes throughout this a wonderful drink.

M- Very smooth Medium carbonation little sticky bitterness lingers in the back of your throat.

D- Well-balanced, as it warms and flattens the hops really become more noticeable. its overall drinkable all the way through.

11-04-2009 03:39:56 | More by gloobygloob
Photo of colts9016


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A very nice two finger head that has some retention. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium orange color with a slight reddish copper tint. The clarity of the beer is fairly clear.

Nose: A very nice rich hop aroma. There is floral, citrus, and pine in the hops. The malt is slightly toasted with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: A very nice rich hop flavor with citrus, floral, and pine. The malt has a good backbone.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and rich. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a rather tasty beer from Sierra Nevada. I really enjoyed drinkin it.

11-04-2009 01:30:26 | More by colts9016
Photo of samie85


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

A-Pours a light copper color with an effervescent white head.

S- A lot of citrus upfront with caramel malt that doesn't overwhelm the hops.

T-Very much bitter grapefruit dominates the taste. As it warms a little, the caramel malt makes itself evident and creates a nice balance with the citrus hops.

M-Pretty smooth feeling. Medium carbonation; light-bodied.

D- This is pretty well-balanced when it warms, and I think this balance helps this beer to be pretty easy drinking despite the ABV.

11-03-2009 01:48:11 | More by samie85
Photo of BrewitYerself


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, 40 deg. F.

Dark, coppery gold, slightly hazy. Thin white head, disippates quickly. Hardly any lacing.

Aroma is of fruit and pine, very slight esters. There is a faint whiff of sweet/bready malts, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and my senses become desensitized to the hops.

Taste is of sweet malts upfront, followed immediately by an estery/hoppy fruitiness; then, the hops develop into a pithy/herbal/piney punch, as the malt simultaneously spreads a sweet breadiness across the palate. The malt and hops are in good balance - bitterness is not excessive, though hop flavor is high. Finish is clean and balanced, not overly astringent.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Plenty of malt flavor; plenty of hop flavor; near perfect balance. This is a great IPA... I would drink this until passing out; then have another for breakfast.

11-03-2009 01:47:36 | More by BrewitYerself
Photo of woosterbill


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear medium-amber body topped by an inch of thick, rich tan foam; solid retention and lots of lace. Great-looking beer.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with piney hops and caramel malts being the predominant players. Some floral hops and just a bit of alcoholic fruitiness as well. Very balanced and appealing package.

T: All the same components as the aroma, but with a surprising amount of dominance from the malts up front, followed by some tasty hoppiness and then rather bland bitter finish. Disappointing considering the look and smell, but still a thoroughly solid IPA.

M: Rich medium body with nice soft carbonation.

D: A little excessive with the astringent finish and more apparent alcohol than I expect in an IPA of this ABV; not the most drinkable offering from SN.

Notes: Not a bad beer by any means (certainly not for the price), but there are just so many IPAs I'd rather have that I don't really see myself buying this one again any time soon.


11-01-2009 22:40:41 | More by woosterbill
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into DFH glass and smell is a strong grapefruit on the the nose and the taste matches. I really think this is one of the best mass produced beers made (along with Two Hearted) for hop lovers period. Seeing I paid $7.99 for a sixer of a great 7.+% I see this as a great deal. I could drink this all day and love it.

10-31-2009 06:33:24 | More by unionturf
Photo of mooseisloose


4.45/5  rDev +7%

Smells hoppy like grapefruit and delicious Cascades. Pours to a golden color with a light brown hue. Head is massive with huge bubbles, creamy on top and laces as it recedes. Wow, taste is hoppy as expected, great malt backbone though. I expected a huge hop bomb but the malt holds its own. Starts with a fruity hoppiness off the bat, going into some sweeter malts then finishes with a more bitter, not sharp or dull, but steady and grapefruit-like. I must say this is a sessioner because I have already sessioned it on a previous day. The AC is surprising at 7.2 which is not at all detectable. This is an incredible selection by SNBC. Sorry SNBC Pale Ale, looks like your big brother beat you up!

10-31-2009 02:12:10 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

What a beer, this has become my new go-to beer. It smells like a great IPA should with a twing of sweetness. The taste is perfect! Just the right balance of hops with the sweetness and hops to hold it together.

Smooth drinker and I can drink these all night without it destroying my mouth!

10-30-2009 22:29:25 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of fakedelight


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a copper color with a nice foamy white head that lasted almost the entire way.

Smell is very piney hops.

Taste is actually very balanced. A strong hop flavor and bitterness is definitely there, but it's not over-bearing.

Not as intense as some IPA's, but very enjoyable. If you wanted to session an IPA, this would be a good one.

10-30-2009 18:07:13 | More by fakedelight
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

had this from a 12-oz bottle...first time having this bier.

A: I've always liked the look of an IPA or Double IPA. Dark, golden brown with a nice, thick head that leaves significant lacing. A good looking bier.
S: all I get is hops, nothing else. Of course it is a double IPA...
T: I've never understood the allure of double IPAs, but do respect them. Too hoppy and nothing else there to get one interested. Is the point to get as dry as possible? Well, they are almost there.
M: very dry
D: one, maybe two, at the most.

Overall, I respect the bier and do not enjoy the bier. Please understand that I still do not understand the love for double IPAs, but I guess one would ask me why I love weizens so much. Fair. I recommend this bier to all my hop-loving friends. Prosit!

10-27-2009 00:25:42 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of MrDanno96


3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

Re-reviewing since my original review was lost during the server crash. I took some notes, so this should still be fairly accurate.

A: Pours a nice amber color and started with about 2 fingers of head. Lots of foamy, sticky lacing.

S: Sharp hops smell dominates, maybe a hint of pear. There's also a chemical pine scent that is a little off putting.

T: Strong hops taste as it to be expected along with some subtle sweet fruit.

M: Pretty light body and mild carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: A smooth, decently tasty, and widely available IPA.

10-26-2009 20:46:18 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of pibbxtrasucks


4.2/5  rDev +1%

With the almost endless barrage of IPAs and the endless quest for the next hop monster it is easy for one to lose sight of what exactly one is reviewing.

When compared to an in your face crazy hopped IPA it doesn't exactly stand out. but when you step back and compare it to the BJCP expectations of an American IPA and look at it for what it is trying to be it is quite good.

it is beautifully clear with an incredibly white head that does not go away. I'm done with the beer and the head is still there.

it smells hoppy. earthy and crisp. and where it differs from other beers I suppose is the predominance of the resin.

The taste is similar to the smell, more resiny than citrus. a slightly different hop flavor. pretty well balanced, you get the puckering effect you expect from an IPA but it is balanced by noticeable malty sweetness. still finishes dry and asks you to have another sip. And this beer really blew me away when I read it was 7.2% because it is incredibly drinkable for a beer with such a high percentage.

To sum it up, this beer might not stand out to an avid hop head, but when judged on its on merits it is a good example of the style and is crisp enough to have one and want another.

10-26-2009 13:55:33 | More by pibbxtrasucks
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Some lace, but no rings.

Lighter hop aroma than expected. Still there, but hard to find much else. Hmm.

Big pine hop flavor, solid sweetness peeking through, with some toasted malt and some lingering bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Lighter bodied than expected, but not a bad thing. Really makes this one drinkable. Don't worry, there's plenty to swish around. Nary a bubble in this glass. Overall, a good solid IPA. Not my favorite, but nothing to turn my nose up at. I'd buy this again.

10-23-2009 22:59:09 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Crystal clear with an amber to pale orange color. One and a half fingers of head with nice lacing left in the milk.

Aroma -- bright hop aromas. I get plenty of pine and citrus aroma from this. Slight malt aroma, but subdued compared to the bright dominant hops.

Taste --Great flavor full of lots of IPA goodness. Not quite as complex as the aroma, but very nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability -- Nice carbonation and body -- appropriately moderately full mouthfeel -- rich but not thick. Very easy to drink for a 7.2% abv beer. Nice beer that would be ridiculously easy to drink pint after pint.

10-23-2009 02:23:55 | More by mklinger
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orangish yellow color with medium head and weak lacing.

Smell: Smells great. Cirtusy hops with some nice malty sweetness came though. Smelled a little off balance with the hops way more prominent.

Taste: Solid brew. Inbetween an IPA and DIPA i guess. It doesnt have the malty background to balance this beer as well as dipa's but its not a bitter as the regualr pale ale.

Mouthfeel: I thought it was too carbonated but not awful. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not something i would drink the whole 6 pack of but a nice beer to throw in a mix of beers when drinking. Its pretty strong but managable.

10-22-2009 03:25:41 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of drumrboy22


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass. Beer was dark orange in color, with a three-finger, cloud like, rocky head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy hops, more pine than citrus, but also notes of grass and very light malt.

Taste was sweet at first, but followed by a long, bitter hop flavor. Very good and drinkable IPA. Well balanced and smooth.

10-21-2009 20:14:39 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of Knecht


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Review #1000! The pressure....

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a white single-finger head that retains decently well. The ale is a beautiful, hazy copper color. The aroma is certainly hoppy, but it has a surprising presence of toasted malt.

I taste strong citrus hops on the front with a formidable toasted malt base, and closes out with floral hops on the back. Nicely balanced. It has a medium to medium-full body, excellent carbonation, and is just a little bit chewy.

This beer as got some bite to it and is a bit on the heavier side for an IPA. The hops are very much present, but the malt is not simply a supporting role here. That said, it is well balanced, and makes an excellent session beer.

10-21-2009 16:30:14 | More by Knecht
Photo of Thur123


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

SN Torpedo Extra IPA, with 7.2% booze, this is a deal. This, with a heavy pours yields but a fingers worth of head that fades quickly with a thin retained layer. The carbonation is slower and moderate and the color is that IPA orange, slightly less hazy than some. The smell is musky and dank hop aroma with a light sweet edge. The malt character seems balanced and sweet as well, giving this brew a medium and solid aroma.

Glug glug glug

First is the basement like dankness with the bitter hops rushing in after. The malt really balances this whole brew out because the after taste is light and sweet, with only a hint of hops. A real citrusy beer this is, which I'm a big fan of, at least compared to the grassy more bitter IPAs. The mouth feel is beer.

10-21-2009 02:32:42 | More by Thur123
Photo of Telix


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: A nice orange honey color, fairly clear. A nice dense head is formed and the carbonation levels are high enough to keep it up there for some time.

S: Surprisingly mild. Piney, bit of citrus zest, some mild florals, a bit of crappy industrial brew undertone somehow... I'm really trying to get something great out of this but it just isn't happening. Either my bottle is a bit stale or I've been smelling too many good IPAs lately.

T: Effervescent while remaining smooth - some candy syrup, citrus, some piney bitterness. Finishes leaving the tongue a little filmy and a bit alkaline. It's good, but not exceptional.

M: Creamy, satisfying. I could go for a bit more thickness/syrupyness but that's my personal taste.

D: It's a fine beer, it's tasty and not overpowering, and doesn't leave your tongue too fatigued with bitterness.

10-20-2009 21:25:53 | More by Telix
Photo of homebrew311


4.7/5  rDev +13%

A: Pours a clear golden with no haze. A soapy white head forms and sticks around throughout the whole beer. Leaves some significant lacing around glass.

S: citrusy hop heaven on the nose, notes of grapefruit. I detect a fair amount of grain character on the tail end of the aroma. very nice

T: A nice bombardment of citrusy hops that are big, but not overly bitter. This is the type of hop character I look for in an IPA. This beer has never let me down... always seems to taste fresh. Perhaps this is due to a high turnover of the beer, but regardless, I enjoy it. The malt character also seems to balance the hops nicely.

M: a bit sticky with a medium body, slightly lower carbonation than other IPAs

D: This is where this beer excels, it is perfect for all occasions and always satisfies my desire for something hoppy. The price is right, the drinkability is high, and it seems like my glass empties quicker than normal when I drink this brew.

10-20-2009 04:20:24 | More by homebrew311
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Pours a nice light amber / deep orange, with a creamy eggshell head that manages some slight retention. Aroma is straight up hop deliciousness - it almost smacks you in the face when you pop the cap! This is one of those beers I can sit around and just smell for a while - nice citrusy / grapefruit peel / pine - classic American IPA aroma. The taste follows up the aroma and is pretty satisfying: heavy on the grapefruit peel with some bold pine resin touches towards the finish; yet there is a nice, low-key malt balance - its there, yet not too heavy, letting the hops shine. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and not overly carbonated - pretty smooth stuff. This is one of the more drinkable IPA's I've had -

10-20-2009 03:09:43 | More by jpro
Photo of Blitzstyle


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber orange color, with a nice white head bout an inch that hangs around for a few minutes. Very good laceing on the glass.

Great balance with piney and citrus notes, very pleasant. Hops stand out beautifully just like an ipa should.

Great taste....Just like it smells no real hidden or sudel flavors. Not very overpowering but very bold at the same time.

Leaves a nice hoppy taste in your mouth that lingers and lingers. Excelent brew just what you would expect from Sierra Nevada, they never let you down.

10-20-2009 00:25:06 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of mcann2pu


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance - Poured into my left hand brewing glass a light amber color with a finger's worth of head

Smell - some pine, hop smell.

Taste - Hoppy taste with a pleasant unripe orange taste for me

Mouth feel - good, smooth

Drinkability - a good beer, it's a good one for people to try who are just getting into drinking more hoppy beers.

10-19-2009 03:30:25 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of blackbearywheat


5/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours a clear golden amber with a big foamy white head that has excellent retention.

A big citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and some pine too.

Hops, hops and more hops. Starts with a big grapefruit taste and ends crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Slightly sticky but there is enough carbonation to make it a very drinkable brew.

One of my favorites!

Everyone who has tryed this one Loves it!!

10-19-2009 01:25:12 | More by blackbearywheat
Photo of SpdKilz


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance - Pours into my SA perfect pint with a nice amber/golden color with about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell - A strong citrus/pine smell with just a hint of sweetness to it. There is also a bit of floral scent. Smells good but nothing that "wows" me per say.

Taste - Oddly I get a sweet/malty taste up front which is followed by a somewhat bitter/citrusy/hoppy/piney taste. Ends on a dry note. Flavors I taste are unripe grapefruit, grass, and pine. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth - about medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels good when drinking it.

Drinkability - Very much so. At such a high abv I cannot taste the alcohol at all and it would be bad news if I sat down on a Saturday or Sunday and had a six pack. Very easy to drink and you wouldn't think twice about downing a few at once. Honestly, a pretty sessionable beer for how much punch it packs. Will be getting these in the future to always have on hand in the frige.

10-18-2009 18:16:00 | More by SpdKilz
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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