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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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8,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,735
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 174
Gots: 1,042 | 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 ScottyC
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty clear, nice orangy-tan.

Smell: Acidic -- smells like pumpkin. Nice, full aroma.

Taste: The first taste hits you with a lot of hops, but then mellows out at the end to a nice aftertaste. As you drink it, the bite doesn't hit you as much. Does compromise on taste.

Drinkability: A little harsh in the offset, but gets better.

ScottyC, May 31, 2010
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a preface, I am a huge fan of SN, but I think they fell short with this brew.

A - Beautiful amber with a nice white head.

S- Doesn't really have too much of an aroma for such a highly hopped beer.

T- Sierra Nevada was a little disappointing with this one. With so much potential with tasty Cascade hops, they overdid the bittering to the point where you can't get the usual fruity sweetness from the west coast hops. All you taste is a bitterness that coats your entire mouth and stays with you.

M- Nice crisp texture with some carbonation.

D- The bitterness really limits the number of beers you can have because it truly stays with you.

3HovsepiansBrews, May 30, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Looks great. Pours a deep amber, almost like thick tree sap. Two fingers worth of head that is very chunky looking with big bubbles.

s - Has a roasty smell with mellow hints of hops.

t - Considering how strong Sierra Nevada's regular pale ale is, I was surprised by how mellow this IPA is. Hops are very balanced with that roasted pine taste.

m - Medium bodied, more noticeable in the back of the mouth than on the tongue.

d - All around a great IPA. Very smooth and balanced. And with a 7.2% abv, it makes a great session beer.

wesclaypool, May 29, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Eyes- This beer looks perfect, has a nice copper/ burnt orange color. Had a 1 finger head that went down to a thin ring after awhile, left nice lacing on glass all the way down.

Nose- Slight citrus aroma, but mostly piney hops.

Mouth- Tastes piney and hoppy, bitterness sticks around for a little bit after a sip.

Mouthfeel- Feels nice and smooth, a little oily.

Drinkability- This is a pretty good IPA, could be better, goes down smooth, but if you don't like hoppy deliciousness this isn't for you. Solid brew.

JMad, May 29, 2010
Photo of matjack85
2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this at the local Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL. for $9.99 a six pack. This is a new Sierra Nevada product for me so I was anxious to open one up and give it a try.

The beer poured a clear copper/orange color that made a 2½ finger creamy white head that lasted several minutes. It also left an incredible amount of lacing on the glass. A perfect 5.0 as far as appearance goes.

One sniff and there is no doubt that this is an IPA. It has a really nice hoppy smell - a mix of pine and citrus. Not much malt in the smell but the hops are nice. So far so good.

Oh no. What started out so promising falls completely apart in the taste department. The combination of 7.2% alcohol added to the huge amount of piney hops make this taste like I'm drinking Pine Sol cleaner. I wish there was more of a citrus hop presence to this to cut into the pine, but there isn't. There is also a serious lack of malt for balance. This is all alcohol and pine. At 65 IBUs I expect a good dose of bitterness, and bitterness is usually a good thing. I love most IPAs, but this one just doesn't have the right mix of bitter flavors. It needs to be balanced with other flavors besides the pine and the alcohol. The aftertaste is all alcohol. Don't get near a flame when breathing out or your breath might catch on fire.

The mouthfeel is on the smooth and creamy side but with a lot of carbonation to make it kind of spritzy as well. It's medium bodied in its thickness and makes no effort to hide the 7.2% alcohol content.

I'm not a fan of this one, although looking thru the other reviews I see a lot of people are, so be your own judge.

matjack85, May 29, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair IPA, nothing extra about it but a good brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Dark green Sierra Nevada seal label, with hops over a mountain background. Brief neck label describing the composition, and intent of the brew. Shows some batch codes, but not a legible freshness or bottling date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.2%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Fair aroma, not too assertive, but with a nice hoppy citrus range, touch of herbs, a bit malty and generally pleasing.

T -Taste follows with a good hoppy profile, a bit subdued, and it leans a bit to bitter rather than to hoppy ranges at times. Fortunately some citrus, and resin hop touches return to the surface to provide a good balance.

M - Medium to medium-light, there is a bit of a thin edge but does not quite fall there, good carbonation and a nice finishing bite.

D - Works rather well and it is nice to drink it. Good one to have around if not particularly noticeable.

Notes: A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. I believe I had had this one but remembered very little, it was nice to revisit and I'll be glad to have it again, albeit I won't be seeking for it in particular.

Daniellobo, May 28, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber/copper color with a nice foamy tan head that laced well and settled to a good frothy cap.

Smell: Very citrus and pine hopped, with just a hint of sweet malt beneath. Love the smell of well done IPA's!

Taste: A blast of citrus hops up front, tastes of grapefruit and pine. Follwed by a good hops bitterness that mellows on the finish. Finishes dry and crisp. A very good IPA.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation that leaves a crisp try finish on the tongue.

Drinkability: I have been on an American Double/Imperial IPA kick lately, and this is a very good example. Not quite the flavor blast of some of my favorites (like Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA), but a very respctable IPA none the less.

ChopperSmith, May 28, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug from a 12 oz bottle. The color is a clear copper gold with a thin white head that recedes quickly. Some lacing left behind.

The aroma is quite citrusy from the hops. There is also a resiny and slightly nutty quality to it. A small scent of alcohol in the front, oddly enough.

The taste is very hoppy, not much malt presence. Very citrusy like one would expect. A slight warming in my stomach. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is medium, with a American pub carbonation to it. It finishes dry.

Overall, a good IPA. If you go into this expecting hops, you will not be disappointed.

tedsox31, May 28, 2010
Photo of WJVII
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a wonderful dark gold, nearly copper color with a thick 2 finger off white head. The aroma punches you in the face with hops. There is nice lacing on the glass as the head settles into a nice cloud with strong carbonation popping up. The aroma is thick of citrus and pine. The taste is nothing short of hop heaven. A little dry in the after taste but there is no question where the "extra" in extra IPA comes from. If you like hops this is a no brainer!

WJVII, May 28, 2010
Photo of itfitz
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow -- can you say "over-hopped"? This Extra IPA goes overboard with the hop aroma and flavor, nearly negating any malty tones in the beer. But is that a bad thing? Not in this case.

The bitter citrus hops are like a depth charge and combined with a moderate carbonation -- it's an all-hands-on-deck experience that makes one of the best commercially-available beers. This isn't an IPA for landlubbers; its in-your-face experience and high alcohol (7.2%) will take you to Davey Jones' Locker rather quickly if you're not careful.

itfitz, May 27, 2010
Photo of leokbelo
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, clear copper colour poured into a Pint glass. 2 Inch head, alive with carbonation.
Love the hops on this one! Crisp citrus, "forest" like aroma.
Hint of sweet on the tongue, dominated by the wonderfull hops, again citrusy and piney.
Very drinkable!
Another hit from Sierra Nevada.
I love this one, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a solid American IPA.

leokbelo, May 27, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code is 0111. About 2 months from bottling.

Pours a copper color with a billowing white head off a straight pour. This one took a lot of time to pour, but produced a tight, thick head and a good amount of lively bubbles.

The nose has moderate to high level of hoppiness, with fruity and pine aromas making up the classic AIPA character. The citrus aspect reminds me of lemon and grapefruit, while grass and pine makes up the plant-like side. This has a good aroma, but more strength and maybe some less traditional IPA aromas would have taken it to the next level.

There is some moderate caramel sweetness up front and a high level of bitterness in the back. Even with the high quality sweetness, the overall character is dry, with the hops helping that cause. Grass and pine flavors come through in the hop flavor, with a bit of an herbal bite on the back.

With a straight pour, I knocked out a lot of carbonation, but was still left with a lively mouthfeel on top of a medium body. This has good drinkability for such a high strength IPA. The only thing this beer does great is hitting the style spot on. I enjoyed this and will have it again, but if given the chance I'd probably pick a different IPA.

jeffthecheff, May 26, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish/orange color. A perfect two finger white head forms. The pillowing and rocking foam has excellent retention, and leaves some patchy lace as it finally recedes.
S: The aroma is of spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Some juicy citrus and pine with light grapefruit. Plenty of bread, biscuit, and caramel malt for balance.
T: This has tons of hops, but there is also excellent balance. Spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Light citrus and grapefruit flavors that lingers on. Some bitterness in the finish. Though it is never over barring. Sweet caramel malt with a bread and biscuit flavor balances everything out nicely.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is a bit high, bordering on a DIPA. Though it is well hidden, that is just a tad warming.

This is excellent. One of my favorite offerings from Sierra Nevada. There are tons of hops here, but it is always in great balance. Something that can not be said with every Sierra Nevada beer. Highly recommended.

champ103, May 24, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper orange color with good white fluffy head that recedes quick. good lacing and soft carbonation. citrus piney hop smell with some herbal hints, taste is much the same. light bitter finish. very smooth, light body, and thin texture. nothing really special about this brew, but still very good. would definietly drink again.

berpwillie, May 24, 2010
Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick head (2/2.5 sausage fingers). Beautiful white mountainous foamy head. Nice amber color with subtle ruby highlights. Nice lacing, pretty good head retention.

S - Spicy hops. That's about it... pretty one sided aroma.

T - Nice earthy spicy hops. A bit of a peppery taste. Nice bittering hops. Not much malt to speak of. Definitely a west coast IPA. Dry finish. Not super complex, but nice for a single IPA.

M - A bit creamy, full enough to not taste like hop juice. Nice carbonation levels.

D - Quite drinkable for the style. Bitterness is fairly high.

thisisxxmyIPA, May 24, 2010
Photo of jp007
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a nice dark copper color.A small amount of head at first,then disappeared. The smell is somewhat weaker than i was expecting. A scent of citrus and pine.A very nice bitter flavor. Hints of grapefruit. Finnish i mostly dry. The aftertaste stays for awhile. Leaving me wanting more. Overall a very well made a tasty IPA. I will buy again.

jp007, May 24, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has some hit or miss beers, IMO. Their Kellerweis was pretty good, yet the Bigfoot barleywine missed the mark for me. Their Summer ale is decent, yet their pale ale reminds me of celery and cigarettes. I remember having the Torpedo once, and enjoyed it. Taking a closer look this time.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a thick, white moderate head that leaves decent lacing. Nice looking, typical IPA.

S: Hops, pine, grapefruit and a hint of caramel all come into play in the aroma. Nothing is overwhelming; seems pretty well balanced. That's a good thing.

T: Pungent hops, yet not biting or overwhelming. They linger on the palate for some time, but again, isn't as paralyzing as some really hoppy beers. Citrus and a nice, moderate malt background -which includes some caramel flavors- are also found. This one is well balanced with the bitter hops and sweetness of the malt.

M: Good carbonation. Moderately oily and thick. Hops bitterness is prickly on the palate for quite some time.

D: Refreshing. Fairly quaffable, despite a massive hops atttack and above average ABV. Not your typical session beer, but certainly many craft beer drinkers would not have a problem finishing off a six pack.

irishking1977, May 22, 2010
Photo of BeardFacePhD
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Transparent, very clean, orange-copper color with a thick cream colored head. Great lacing. Great head retention. Nicely carbonated.

S - Sour citrus smell

T - Nice initial bitterness with a little bit of maltiness in the finish. Bitterness sticks with you for awhile. Almost a bitter grapefruity aftertaste. Alcohol flavor is well masked by the hops and malt.

M - Very smooth with the exception of the bitter aftertaste.

D - Good beer for the early summer. Nice crisp clean IPA.

BeardFacePhD, May 22, 2010
Photo of DJED69
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


To me, this is the perfect IPA---hops galore, some malt, great taste and smell. VERY balanced beer. Head is creamy and foamy til the end. A sipper to enjoy as it warms a bit from the fridge. SN really knocked it out of the park on this one. $8.69 a 6-pk near me---fantastic!!

7.2% ABV is hidden well, but creeps up on you after a couple. This is one I like to enjoy nursing. Always have some in the fridge for when the mood strikes me. Try it, you'll like it!

DJED69, May 21, 2010
Photo of mweso2000
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper color with lacy head that clings to glass.

Smell-Hoppy like a good IPA

T-hops really hit you, slight malty taste in background

m-good carbonation throughout experience. Medium body, slightly bitter. Feels slightly heavy in the mouth.

d-not a beer you can drink all night because of the strong flavor and alcohol content. I would not recommend this beer for the beach because of the heaviness of it. This is the perfect beer to pair with a meal.

mweso2000, May 20, 2010
Photo of everetends
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Smokin' Joes in Jacksonville, AL. Yes, this has finally made it to my area! Was stoked when the owner told me he had a new IPA for me. He is just as excited about new beers as I am. I served this up in a standard, Terrapin pint glass.

A: The pour results in a bronze colored body. Held to the light, more yellows come out. The body is pretty clear with a lazy, but consistent carbonation moving around in here. The pour built up almost two fingers of foamy white head. It falls slowly to a creamy top cap as the experience goes on. Good amount of lace sticks to the glass and sheets it all the way down.

S: The smell is a little more faint than I expect from an IPA. Getting some herbal hop notes to start things off. Pretty earthy actually. Behind that are the citrus notes in the form of lemon zest and skin. There is some malt balance here in the nose. Bring out some sweet and bready malts to balance out the aroma and it almost neutralizes it. Slightly unimpressed here.

T: Where it falls short in the nose, it makes up for in flavor. This beer just comes out to be a very solid IPA. Getting the citrus hops up front and in some abundance. Getting some lemon, grapefruit (bitter, bitter, not sweet or sour at all), and a touch of tangerine. There are some herbal and floral notes building as well behind all this citrus. Malts are coming out mostly bready, but there is a slight caramel sweetness as well. Its not balanced but it does cut the initial bitterness in the flavor, and then allows the bitterness to develop slowly to the aftertaste.

M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium, but has a nice weight to it. It is a little sticky and oily, coats lightly on the palate. ABV is not really coming out to me at all. Wonderfully hidden. Bitter on the palate mostly. Aftertaste is lingering lemon and grapefruit.

D: This is wonderfully easy to put down. I can drink this all day long to be honest. It has a balancing quality to it that makes it easy drinking, but still has that hop bitterness I want. I only wish the aroma had a bit more to it, but can't win em all. Overall a great beer and another sleeper for me from Sierra Nevada. Damn happy to finally have it on demand in my area.

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle Vessel Type: Pint Glass Price:NA

everetends, May 19, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feeling an IPA the other day. Beer dude at my favorite local store suggested this. Glad he did.

The head formed in this strange pattern - big-bubble islands enveloped in a delta-like system of smaller-bubble channels. The color is a deep sunset orange and evokes a feeling of (the sun setting in) summertime - around 8:25pm on a day at the end of the third week in July, specifically. Somewhere in SoCal...anyway...

Very vibrant, verdant aroma. Detected something like a campfire and/or toasted almonds, pungent pine, hints of overripe cantaloupe. I also saw a color - dark forest green. The label?

A generous swig rewards you with a refreshing hop blast. You feel it throughout your mouth and out the nostrils - a similar experience to a gnashing on a few sprigs of spicy mint. And it's actually not at all excessive. Combined with a medium-body malt body that's thankfully not syrupy sweet, the 7.2 is barely discernible. Testament to how well-balanced this brew is.

Bouleboubier, May 19, 2010
Photo of RppIII
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Poured a lackluster pale copper tea with a vigorous lively two fingered head that fades to a thin coating. Lacing is exceptional bringing back fond memories of past beer.

Smell- Not nearly the intense hop nose I had expected from this brew. A very sweet quality to this beer is present and almost as poignant as the citrus and fruit essence from the hops. A woody note presents itself in conjunction with a slight whiff of phenols reminding me of fine Scotch whisky.

Taste- Not as sweet as the nose would have lead me to believe but still enough malty sweetness to provide good contrast against the hop profile. A strong bite of bitter earth tones plays in contrast to a sweet grapefruit and citrus. A wood, vanilla flavour accents the sweet malt to create a very pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel- Aesthetically very pleasing with a medium body, crisp clean carbonation, and a slight drying effect.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, balanced, with a strong malt backbone. Sierra Nevada has a characteristic flavour to every beer they brew and this beer most certainly has that flavour.

RppIII, May 17, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber lots of carbonation. Nice fluffy head

S- Smells fantastic. The hoppiness is evident, but also smells piney

T- Throws this one off for me. It's too much hop finish. The pine taste is right at the beginning and is a nice start, but the swallow leaves a terrible bitter aftertaste.

M- Carbonated for sure, feels light and almost bubbly in the mouth.

D- I didn't like this one so my drinkability is going to be lower. However, I know alot of people really enjoy this beer, the abv is not bad and you could easily drink a few.

tykees88, May 16, 2010
Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A = pours deep amber into tulip, what you normally expect from SN. Dots of bubble lacing the side of the glass
S = citrus, but more piney with some funky fresh grassy aroma as well, very nice, like woods after spring rain.
T = great malty bitterness from beginning to end.
M = creamy, foamy carbonation, very similar in feel to SN Celebration Ale, coats your mouth and keeps the bitterness lingering for some time.
D = don't notice the ABV yet, but at 7.2 will limit to 2 per session. This is a winner.

DAllspaw, May 16, 2010
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,735 ratings.