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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 ujsplace


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured straight into a hefeweizen glass...

A: Golden, copper-orange with an amazingly massive, pillow-like chunky head that lasts a good long time. Amazing lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: Piney, citrus, tart, bitter hops

T: Tart citrus, bitter hopped and mild malt nice dry mildly alcoholic finish.

M: Light, good carbonation.

D: Amazingly drinkable given the abv...a crowd pleaser especially for an extra IPA...

07-20-2009 03:45:08 | More by ujsplace
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a fantastic 2 fingers or more of dense foamy slightly off-white head. Nice long head retention and lacing all the way down the glass. I can't imagine a better looking brew!

Aromatic citrus and earthy hop mix on the nose. A deep inhale brings some slight malt but this is really all about the hops here. Although a very pleasant, almost flowery aroma, it was still not as strong as I might have expected.

Immediate hop punch right off the bat, with some more earthy or grassy notes and less citrus. As it rolls around over the tongue you begin to quickly appreciate the malty goodness that exists here too. Certainly the hops are the star here but those lighter caramel malt notes are nicely played. I really liked the carbonation level in this brew and the whole package really made for great weight and mouthfeel. The finish was mostly clean but there was a very cool dichotomy of malt on the tongue and hops deeper in the back of the throat that makes you really appreciate how this brew comes together.

I love hoppy beer and could drink this anytime but if you crinkle your nose at hops, this one may not be for you. Too bad, this is really a great beer. I would still recommend it but especially to my fellow hop heads. Cheers!

07-19-2009 21:37:51 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of chrhowe


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into an Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass.

A. Pours a dark, coppery amber with a thick cloudy hue. A fairly vigorous pour left me with a one-fingered head that dissipated rather quickly. The upside, however, was good lacing throughout the experience.

S. Huge Hops! Duh, right? Lots of citrus, tons of piney tones that scream "DOUBLE!". Also presents a decent malt aroma as well, but the hops obviously win out in the end.

T. More sweet malt up front that I expected. Quite tasty! This has great balance. But as a taste goes on the hops do their job and take over. Colossal grapefruit and pine flavors from this colossal IPA. As this brew goes down there is a subtle heat hitting me, but not for long, and a few minutes later I'm ready for another sip.

M. Big hop flavor character and fairly high carbonation. Pretty creamy at first from the sweet maltiness. However this beer leaves the palate with a nice hoppy, bitter flavor that most hopheads adore.

D. Very good for a "hop bomb." I would guestimate that a 3-5 beer session would be quite enjoyable on a Friday night such as this one!!! :)

Cheers Friends!!!!

07-18-2009 02:57:12 | More by chrhowe
Photo of pmccallum86


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

First let me start by saying this is one of the best beers you can get value wise. $8.99 a sixer for this is a steal.

A- Pours a reddish golden color, with a thinner head but great retention.

S- Very crisp smell, piney hops dominate.

T- Great taste, especially if you like piney hop flavors. Slightly more hops than malt, which is the way an IPA should be.

M- A nice level of carbonation accompanied by a great hoppy finish.

D- Very drinkable beer, a great IPA. The taste of this beer is primarily pine hops, more so than any other IPA I have had. Great beer though, there is a reason why the can't keep up with demand for it at SN.

07-17-2009 05:07:07 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of Brencr


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

The Extra IPA has everything expected from Sierra. I enjoy the hoppy aroma and the initial taste is great. The only drawback I find is that it has an after taste that is a bit too strong. But I guess that is to be expected in an Extra IPA.

BTW the local store owner reports that this beer is flying off the shelf.

07-14-2009 00:44:41 | More by Brencr
Photo of bsp77


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold-amber with moderate head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, dry toasted malts, slight alcohol.

Taste: Great hop taste with only moderate bitterness, mostly at the finish. Citrus, pine and tropical fruit countered by slightly sweet toasted malts.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium body, very smooth for a regular IPA (maybe this is why it is "extra"). Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: Fantastic smooth and drinkable IPA. I understand the "extra" part - more than an IPA, less than a DIPA.

07-13-2009 03:52:51 | More by bsp77
Photo of RoyalT


3.33/5  rDev -20%

Appearance - This ale is a clear, thin bronze in color with little head.

Smell - The hop aroma is light and citrusy. It is potent enough to drown out any sense of a malt backbone.

Taste - The malts step up more at the taste while the hops refuse to retreat. The citrus is strong and there is a stiff pine that I missed at the smell.

Mouthfeel - This is thin. I wouldn't call it light-bodied but it's definitely not medium. The bitterness from the hops is fun and not too harsh for the casual drinker.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer in pieces but together I thought it lacked harmony. The sharp hops need a thicker body and a sweeter malt base IMO.

07-13-2009 01:46:05 | More by RoyalT
Photo of sonicstylee

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

pours dark straw with great white head and good lacing all the way down. big citrisy and pine aroma. it almost seems that there is an excellent malt/hop balance for this west coast ipa hop bomb. don't get me wrong, it's a west coast ipa all the way, but it does have a nice underlying maltiness. Would buy again, great hot summer day beer.

07-12-2009 19:58:05 | More by sonicstylee
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an almost amber color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Very hoppy, citrusy aroma.

T: Taste had a big dose of hops, citrus, pine and some malt. A solid flavor all around.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: All in all, a drinkable beer. One of Sierra's better seasonals.

07-11-2009 13:41:23 | More by avalon07
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer exits the bottle with a deep copper color, a wispy head and a big aroma. The nose is dominated by the hops with citrus playing the lead and some pine notes mixing in.

A heavy palate where the oils from the hops are definitely felt. The flavor is again dominated by hops. There is a weak toasted malt character in the background which provides a semblance of balance. The hops build with waves of citrus--grapefruit mostly--and flowery hops before it finally exits.

This is a well made brew, definitely hoppy. I think it is pushing the envelope toward a double IPA. Drinking a few of these goes just fine, but then the drinkability decreases.

07-11-2009 12:16:16 | More by BeardedBoffin
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: This is a popular brew, and the first impression that this brew leaves is excellent! The beer pours as a nice red amber. The head is a thick off white. Plentiful carbonation threads and plentiful lacings. Crystal clear. Excellent!

Smell: Heavy hop presence. Some earthy pine presence. American "C" hops jump out at you. Nice, but expected for a double IPA.

Taste: Extended flavor curve. Heavy hops kick in just after onset. Malt is minor but more of a compliment to help the hops shine. There are several "interesting things" going on in the flavor curve. Some are hard to pick out because of the heay hop presence, others compliment the hops, and others stand on there own because they stand out from the hops. This isn't the strongest IPA that I've ever had, but it is one of the more interesting flavor character IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy on the tongue and character. This is expected for a double IPA, so this isn't necessarily bad. This would be paired well with a strong cheese, Chicago pizza, or another heavy flavored item.

Drinkability: This brew sits very heavy on the stomach. While very tasty, the drinker will be "done" after just a couple.


07-10-2009 22:18:21 | More by stockingcpl
Photo of dismal


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

From the bottle to a pint glass, pours a murky dark orange color with a small white head that quickly reduces to almost nothing but leaves some ok lacing down the glass. I think it just got poured off as I've seen this one with a better head before. Smell is very good, very hoppy. Smells citrusy and piney and just smells very good overall. Taste is just as the smell would lead it to be, citrus and pine hops. Kind of bitter all the way though and has a pretty piney after taste. Really great taste, especially when it warms up just a bit. A little high ABV but it's no problem at all. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada, just one of those breweries you can't go wrong with. This one quickly became a favorite from them and one I'll try and pick up whenever possible.

07-09-2009 20:58:35 | More by dismal
Photo of nomomentwasted


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this just now with my good friend tahlstro from a sixer poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper penny-like coloration with 1-inch, two-finger head that laces weakly down the side of the glass, but head retention is solid and head is fluffy and white.

Smell: Slight skunky-ness to the aroma with malts and northwest hops of pine and grassy nature to them. Nothing too strong or fragrant, but pleasant and clean smell in nice balance between hop and malt.

Taste: Very pleasant. For a 7.2% the alcohol never really burns or makes itself felt, with the initial flavor being that of a biscuity malt and piny hops with the bitterness coming on the back-end and building with the hoppy finish. Tasty and not too strong, but rather in solid balance and clean combination of hop and malt.

Mouthfeel: Not too creamy nor carbonated, nor really all the oily or resiny. Finish is hoppy and more bitter, with the opening up leaving a more slick finish and full taste on the palate.

Drinkability: A nice, sessionable IPA that I don't think I'd have too much a problem drinking 3 of in a sitting, but like any IPA, the hoppy taste definitely fills the palate. Worth a shot and a solid example of an American IPA.

07-09-2009 05:20:55 | More by nomomentwasted
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

After hearing such good things about this brew, and enjoying most other Sierra Nevada brews, I picked up a 6 pack of Torpedo at Wegmans. Now, I bought a few other things so I don't quite remember, but I believe this was on sale for like $7.49. $7.49 for a 6er of SN.. count me in!

Poured this brew into a pint glass on a hot july night. Perfect pour, great head, great rentention. Smells mostly hoppy and piney, with just a hint of citrus.

Went in for the first taste...excellent! Quite hoppy and piney, just like the smell, with a hint of an orange taste. This beer is very well balanced and there is nothing overpowering about it.

After drinking three of these rather quickly, I felt a nice buzz. When I checked the ABV of this beer, I was shocked to find out that it is 7.2%. Wow, it certainly doesn't taste like it. I would have guessed 6.0%.

This is defintely a tasty IPA. Check it out this summer, especially if you are a fan of IPAs. You won't be disappointed.

SN continues to impress with this beer.

07-09-2009 03:27:21 | More by scottyk04
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Drank a 12 oz bottle of this, decanted into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful rich golden color with thick, frothy white head. Really a perfect looking beer. Great retention and lacing.

Nice balance to the aromas: strong bready center off-set by a sweet citrusy hoppiness. A little grassy. Hints of maple and bourbon. Very nice.

The flavor travels well - begins with a touch of sweet that blooms quickly into a big, bitter hoppiness in the middle and sides of the tongue, then fades out nicely. Slight aftertaste of the breadiness again.

Moderate mouthfeel - just right.

This is a great IPA. Very drinkable, great cold on a summer evening. Highly recommended - I could easily pick up a six-pack of this anytime.

07-09-2009 02:20:26 | More by ndekke39
Photo of JayQue


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

What a great beer to be available all year long!! A good, solid AIPA. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a big pillowy head and thick lacing. Smell is piney hops but not that pronounced.

Taste is very good. Mostly piney hops but some floral and citrus aspects as well. Can't detect the malts, but the beer is not a total bitter hop bomb either so there must be some balance here.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp but not fresh-hops oily. Drinkability is good given the high ABV. I could drink a few of these (and probably regret it later). Another winner fromSierra Nevada.

07-08-2009 23:45:51 | More by JayQue
Photo of PhiloPsych


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Clear peach color in the glass with a puffy off-white head. Smell is floral and (more prominently) pine hops. Taste is rich with hops and a nice malt flavor behind it. The hops profile is complex and strongly herbal. The mouthfeel isn't thin and there is a nice stickiness after swallowing. I like this IPA.

07-08-2009 20:38:47 | More by PhiloPsych
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

12oz bottle thanks to Viggo! Another gem - thanks!

Pours a beautiful golden with a finger plus head which leaves nice fine lacing down the glass.

Nose is full of floral hops with a hint of grassiness in there. Light citrus notes with a touch of pine. Not much of note in the malt category.

Initial bitterness on entry. Lots of citrus and floral hops with a faint pale malt foil - all about the hops though. Bitter, dry finish just the way I like it. A little bit on the heavy end with the carbonation but still oh so drinkable.

Another fine IPA that for the price is really quite hard to beat. Thanks Eric!

07-07-2009 23:35:05 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of patmcd

New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

12oz bottle.

Pale orange color, with a full head that laced
Intense floral notes on the note, with hints of citrus and some serious pine.

With all the amount of crazy-hopped IPAs on the market now, this was a welcoming non-overpowering flavor, the hops were just right. However, I found that the flavor had too much emphases on pine and grass. On the back-pallete there seemed to be a hint of sweet caramel.

It was a little hot and jumpy, maybe slightly over-carbonated for my mouth, but still was very drinkable in terms of hoppiness and ABV.

07-07-2009 22:02:32 | More by patmcd
Photo of mugglesandhops


4.45/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle into Pint glass. Beautiful golden orange color with a big bubbly, rocky head, great lacing. Smells very sweet, floral hops. Taste grassy, spicy bitter hops, very piny. Medium bodied. Very good IPA or IIPA whatever they are calling it. I have had a few of these since this review.

07-07-2009 15:05:14 | More by mugglesandhops
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Golden yellow color with thick light tan one finger head. Good amount of lacing.

Piney hops with sweet caramel malts.

Nice balance, but lacking in the piney hops in the smell. Not nearly as hoppy as expected. Alcohol is masked nicely.

Nice smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Lighter medium bodied. Crisp and clean.

Great drinkability for an IPA. Great balance, not overpowering hops, refreshing. Very solid IPA from a solid brewery.

07-07-2009 02:34:43 | More by jera1350
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

A - Pours a clear orange with thin off-white lacing.

S - Bitter hops with faint background malts.

T - Just had Troegs Nugget Nectar. This is a nice mild follow-up. The hop factor is definitely more balanced in this beer. I'm not a huge hop head so this beer has just about the right balance of hops and malts for me.

M&D - Not overly boozy, but you can definitely feel the warming on this beers 7.2ABV. Good choice for those who like hoppy beers but aren't looking for a hop explosion. Creamy sticky mouthcoating on the finish.

07-06-2009 19:35:49 | More by Moxley
Photo of malcontent


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Gorgeous dark orange hue capped by a steadfast finger and a half of sticky head. Lacing is copious.

Spicy, pine-y and a little bit of sawdust (?!?) on the initial sniff. Biscuity malt underlies with a fleeting touch of orange peel.

Damn. This is all NW hops all the way. Pungent, spicy, herbal, pine-cone, etc. Obviously, tons of bitterness but a real commitment to keeping the malt character viable; the hop bitterness, while pervasive, is clean enough to give a major break to the biscuit towards the end. However, the long finish is bruising in its bitterness.

Clean, crisp and almost light for something at 7.2% packing this kind of hop load. Not oily, not viscous nor is it overcarbonated. Still, this is a tongue-lashing brew and, because there is no real citrus/caramel malt character, the bitterness can become overwhelming.

07-06-2009 02:49:54 | More by malcontent
Photo of Kraken


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/5/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Rather firm pour coaxes a 1/4 inch of short lived white head. Fine spotty lace clings to the side of the glass. Color is a deep ruby orange.

Nose- Wow! Pungent orange and lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit. My mouth starting to water.

Palate- Very nice, lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit. Mild pleasant bitterness. Some biscuit notes. Light sweetness, moderately long finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Dry slightly tart.

Drinkability- This is a delicious beast of an IPA, highly drinkable.

07-06-2009 02:46:02 | More by Kraken
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a thick, creamy mother-of-pearl head. The color is a honey-orange; heavy carbonation. Head lasts a while. The head is a thick Saturn's-belt ring.

The aroma is big, flowery and hoppy. Notes of citrus and grapefruit. The hops are sweet, with a touch of pine.

The taste is herbal, earthy malt. Quickly followed by a sweet flowery hop. The taste is pine and grapefruit. Caramel malts work really well with the bitter resins.

The feel is creamy and milky. A little bite on the way down. Sticky and long-lasting. A hella nice (Extra) IPA. Lots of citrus and flowery West Coast flavors.

07-05-2009 19:25:23 | More by williamherbert
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,295 ratings.