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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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8,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,558
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 962 | 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 drtth
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a bright clear copper/amber color with a 2" thick slightly off white head that recedes slowly leaving the glass covered with rings and patches of foam interspersed with areas of leggy lacing. Sipping leave behind scattered lacing. Throughout the beer there is a ring of foam on the glass and a thin layer of form covering the liquid. Even to the end of the beer sipping leaves behind scattered lacing as the sticky foam clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean and has a nice citrus and floral character. There is some sweetness from the malt but overall this show is about the interplay of hop aromas so the malt remains in the background.

Taste: The flavors of the hops are supported by a nice caramel malt backbone but the hops are the stars of the show. The citric flavors are mostly orange zest and tangerine with touches of pine popping up here and there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with ample prickly carbonation that keeps going and going as it scrubs the tongue. The finish is reasonably long and begins in the complex combination of sweet malt combined with the hop mixture. It fades off into semi dry bitterness that keeps going for quite a while.

Drinkability: This is a well-made, reasonably complex beer that is richly flavorful and enjoyable. I'll certainly have another (maybe this evening in fact). And I'll be quite happy to have this one again, and again. Sierra Nevada has another winner here.

drtth, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Eisen
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pored into a pint glass and this beer looks wonderful. It looks exactly as a good IPA should; nice fluffy white head, nice amber colour, lacing and small head sticks all the way to the last drop. And speaking of last drop, this is one of the most drinkable IPAs i have ever had. At 7.2% I could get in trouble with this one as it is not yet 2:00 p.m. and Im 1/4 done with my sixpack. The taste of this beer was wonderfully full and bitter. The only thing that took it down a notch was after the initial pore, the aroma left. Because smell and taste are so interrelated with no sweet aroma I did not get the sweet after taste that I love. Overall I would have this beer for any day of the week, or anytime of the day for that matter, and I suggest it to anyone looking for a hearty IPA.

Eisen, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A medium golden color with a solid inch or two of head. Smells like a fresh pine forest, with some underlying sweetness.

Very tasty mix of bitter hops and malty sweetness.. more hints of grapefruit and pine. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability with low alcohol presence. A very solid IPA.

webmanspidey, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Squam256
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance - copper, with a creamy head and good lacing

Smell - citrusy hops! Some pine but not as much as others have found.

Taste - grapefruit abounds, heavy hop character that is the signature of SN makes

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth for the abv, very pleasant after taste.

Drinkability - easy on the palate, quite drinkable

Overall - Another very worthy brew from the folks at Sierra Nevada. One of my new favorites among IPAs.

Squam256, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of rednrag
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my trusty Wal-Mart pint glass.

Very appealling color, a dark orangish copper hue. Very nice head.

Smells like hops to me.

Taste is not overly hoppy or overly malty. Very nice.

Love the way the lacing looks on the side of my trusty Wal-Mart pint glass.

Startin to feel the 7.2 now.

Man I love these Sierra Nevada beers!

rednrag, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of sbw138
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from The Foodery, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a nice golden/amber hue, however, left only a finger, maybe less, of head. Somewhat surprising. The beer was very bubbly, looking very carbonated. Impressed with the nice clear color, surprised with the small head, which didn't leave much of a lacing.

Smell - Hops all the way, but nothing extreme or overpowering. I didn't smell much of a presence of a malt backbone.

Taste - Very crisp IPA, just how I like it. Great hop taste, with a nice bite, but not too biter, or overpowering. Another solid Sierra Nevada IPA

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Dry, but like the rest of this beer, it is nothing extreme, or very overpowering. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Great drinkability. The beer has a nice light body, and very smooth going down.

Very good IPA, but I felt it was lacking some. I didn't check the freshness date, maybe mine was a little dated, but I was surprised by the small thin head. But, overall still a very solid IPA

sbw138, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: Pours a rich golden amber color with a huge, foamy head with an eggshell hue. Lots of bubble floating around in this one and its surprisingly clear. This one also leaves lots of sticky lacing everywhere on the glass.

Smell: A nice presence of hops and not much else in the nose. Not an overpowering aroma of hops, but there is a really nice, sweet smell of floral hops.

Taste: This is a pretty nice IPA. It's not a hopbomb like the label might have you believe, but it is very smooth and does have a nice hoppy character to it.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel to this one. It's definitely a lighter-bodied beer with a very high amount of carbonation. Also leaves your palate feeling very dry and refreshed.

Drinkability: Very high in this brew. As the taste is very smooth and not particularly overpowering, its pretty easy to get down. It's also pretty light and highly carbonated. This would make an outstanding session beer.

Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but not up there with some of the big boys, in my opinion. It's a bit subdued, but on the other hand is very drinkable and refreshing. So, for what it is, this is a nice brew and one that is certainly worth trying.

zoso493, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Classic IPA look. Deep amber the color of a nice bourbon. Huge frothy white cottony head. Lacing not too sticky but abundant.

S: Reminds me of Anniversary AleX5. Strong hop presence in the nose not much malt to speak of. Very earthy and piney with a nice fruity backbone. I would use this as air freshener.

T: Very sharp hop bite right out of the gate. Takes a bit to simmer down but the maltiness is there a good few seconds after taking the first drink. Makes me think of an extra bitter Hop Wallop. This IPA is as close to DIPA without crossing the barrier that you can get. Nice grapefruit come into play too along with oily piney hops.

M: Very rich mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on. Creamy feel in the mouth.

D: Can be a bit overpowering after awhile and the 7.2% abv will almost assure you won't finish a 6 pack in one setting.

This has been my favorite from Sierra Nevada by far. Seems to be the most popular as well. They go for $10 per six pack here and considering that is only a little over a dollar more than SNPA it is a steal. Why can't everyone price like that? Not to mention you can find it anywhere. If I want a great beer without feeling adventerous I will grab these every time.

generalnotsew, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with full frothy and prickly white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is forward with piney hops and a biscuity malt background. Hints of musky orange and a faint metallic note. Taste is a very bitter bite of piney hops, hints of musky orange peel and a biscuity malt backbone. A slight metlallic taste akin to a copper penny on the tongue. Did i mention its bitter? Medium bodied, oily and big bitter aftertaste that dulls the palate after a few sips. A bit of a letdown with a beer thats nothing more than its big bitter taste and feel.

rfgetz, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of rawhydes1
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, with a nice creamy off-white head.

Smells of pine and citrus. I generally prefer more of the citrusy/grapefruit flavors, but this has equally pronounced pine and citrus notes.

Taste is similar to smell, with lots of pine and citrus, with some malt breadiness.

Very drinkable for a near 8% EIPA, the first tween IPA/DIPA that I know of.

This beer is so drinkable that during a poker session, two of my friends (unintentionally) got blasted.

An all-around great "E"IPA.

rawhydes1, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of billzee
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. Amber body, billowy white head that recedes slowly leaving moderate lacing and some tufts of foam swirling on top. Citrus and pine notes with a slight metalic (copper?) aroma. Big on hop taste, orange peel, pine, a bitter bite with a sweetness in the finish. Cannot really taste a to of alcogol here despite the 7.2% ABV. Very refreshing brew.

billzee, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of claminat420
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a cloudy honey color with a thick slightly off-white color head. medium lacing

S- a slight old orange aroma. pretty weak on the hops. the malt really pulls through.

T- nothing to special. a malt show with the old orange bitter after taste. you can notice the alcohol just slightly.

M- medium bodied. decent carbonation.

D- don't know if i can tolerate the whole six pack.

Overall- totally bummed. where do they get off saying extra ipa when it doesn't taste like a good ipa to begin with?? sierra tho to me is more commercial and their beers show. it's what to get if there's nothing in the store besides bud and them. i shoulda got bell's two hearted instead.

claminat420, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of CaptMurdock
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard Pint Glass.

Look: A great amber center that tapers off to beautiful orange edges. The head is two and a half fingers deep after a slightly hard pour.

Smell: The aroma was of the typical citrusy hops that Sierra Nevada is known for but there was a certain piney element to it that I wasn't expecting. Very pleasant.

Taste: Again the hops play a huge role here but there are some really interesting flavors at play as well. I was initially bombarded by a hops explosion on my tongue but as that faded there was a distinct sweetness that was reminiscent of mint and pine. All of this was finished off by the slight bitterness of the hops. The taste was incredibly complex, especially how familiar I was with the standard flavors one finds in Sierra Nevada.

Feel: The high alcohol is masked by the perfect combination and full body of the brew. Again Sierra Nevada really knocked this one out of the park.

Drinkability: I purchased a six pack planning in having one or two but due to the refreshing nature and amazing taste here I finished the whole thing. A very inviting brew that begs you to have another (just watch out for that ABV).

Highly recommended!

CaptMurdock, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of bruachan
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a fun citrussy brew

nice amber color with a little debris haze. head is minimal

citrus and herbal aromas, with honey sweetness and a touch of toast

delicious, citrus hops with piney bitterness. it's a bitter brew but aspects are well in balance. the malt profile isn't hugely diversified but capable of carrying the load so to speak--allowing the hop harvest to shine. some brightish fruits going here. but mostly hops

bruachan, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of rwrk42
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden color that has a nice lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Pine & citrus with an incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. A bit of a bitter finish from all the hops but it is just perfect.

One of the best IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend.

rwrk42, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color, fluffy white head that seemed to stick around for a while with decent lacing on the glass.
S: citrus up front, some lemons and orange peel notes, hop aroma is very pronounced, characters of fresh cut grass and strong piney notes.
T: sweet, solid malt backbone and full of fresh hop flavors. Alcohol is pleasantly masked by the overall balance and abundance of hop characteristics in this one.
M: moderate carbonation combined with a slick, slightly oily mouthfeel, nothing really stands out to me here.
D: Overall, this is a great balanced IPA that I will purchase again in the future. Even with the 7% abv, it would be easy to drink more than one of these.

jsdunlop, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of bbeane
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter... Very light head that disappears quickly leaving behind some spotted lacing. Beer is amber colored with very little activity and lots of fine sediment floating

S- Not that impressed with the smell. Some light floral hops, bit a bread

T- What it lacks in smell it makes up in taste... very nice consistent hop flavor with a bit of citrusy overtones and a crisp finish

M- Very smooth. Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Great tasting IPA. Reasonable price. Good purchase


bbeane, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of 7thstreetbrewery
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Frosty Freezer mug, (the only way to drink!). Nice hop aroma with pine and citrus notes, creamy head, mouthfeel was just about right with a good bit of carbonation releasing evermore hoppiness! Higher ABV hit me a little unexpectedly, had to stop at two! The only negative is there was a slightly astringent smell when the bottles were first opened that kind of turned me off, but that went away soon after pouring. I would buy again!

7thstreetbrewery, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of showell
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am enjoying this one, as I enjoy all of Sierra Nevada's beers.

Appearance is nice. About an inch head that disippates fairly quickly. Good lacing. Citrus smell. Very citrus taste. Extremely hoppy, with a quite bitter aftertaste. Carbonation etc was just perfect. I could drink several of these just for the flavor....; If they weren't so strong. All in all, a nice one to sip and enjoy the flavor.

showell, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of animalchin
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been an avid fan of the SN Pale Ale for quite some time now, the Torpedo certainly has a lot to offer as well.

A - Nice amber with almost a cherry fade to complement. Head is retained for a brief amount of time, but is provided with a fine lacing.

S - As with the Pale Ale - a fine balance of citrus and pine needle.

T - Be careful, this will hit you fast. They were certainly generous with the hops, however there is plenty of citrus as well.

M - Carbonation is a little rough on the tongue, but manageable.

D - Due to the higher ABV, this will act up on you fast, though its easy to grab another.

This is the kind of beer that you would provide to appreciative drinkers at a party - it is certainly well-crafted but I wouldn't advise you keep the whole six pack for yourself. Overall, Sierra Nevada is proving themselves worthy to this reviewer one beer at a time.

animalchin, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: 1.5 Finger of head. Excellent retention, lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Lovely hoppy smell. Not overpowering, but just about right for an American IPA.

T: A solid hoppy beer. Not much of a malt balance.

M: Carbonation is dead-on. Great mouthfeel.

D: At 7.2%, you'll start to feel this one after 1.5 bottles or so. Still, it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

mondegreen, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Lunch
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at The Olney Ale House in Olney, MD into a pint glass at slightly colder than appropriate temperature, so I allowed it to warm just a bit (12/30/09).

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped with one finger of an off-white white head with decent retention leaving very little lace.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops and some tropical fruit.

T: Decent taste of citrus and tropical hops with a slight bitterness and a hint of a caramel malt. Not all that much going on here.

M: Medium-bodied with average carbonation and no hint of the 7.2% abv.

D: Fairly drinkable, but with such a vast variety of nice American IPAs out on the market, this one is just average.

Overall this was an average American IPA that I am truly unclear as to why it has achieved such a high rating. I have tried to like Sierra Nevada for a number of years, but I always come away unsatisfied. Pass.

Lunch, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of legatovibrato24
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper with high clarity, thin head.

S - Very hoppy, almost floral at times

T - Many different notes, predominantly an almost citrus and mango cascade from the hops.

M - average carbonation and viscosity.

D - on my third, and the 7.2% abv is noticeable after #2. So I will say above average

Overall this is another solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. After falling in love with the Pale Ale at Cabo Fish Taco in Blacksburg, VA, I've since enjoyed Sierra's Stout, Porter and Torpedo.

legatovibrato24, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Beautiful amber gold with a huge head and sticky lacing

Smell is beautiful citrus, flower and pine hops, some sticky caramel at the end with lavender

taste is wet hop, gooey citrus bitter with a clean tart then sweet

a great beer, one of sierra nevadas best along with celebration!

benclimbs, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow what an incredible dense frothy head with major retention and chock o block lacing chunks on the glass.

the nose of this beer is really intense, fresh hop leafs and almost a skunkyness that is actually appealing.

the taste is solid with great malt to stand up to the hop wave that buries you into the sand. grapefruit rind and pine resin. just super west coast style ipa.

very very pleased with this one. not sure what took me so long to pick up a six. like sierra pale ale on growth hormone

will buy this one again and it is always available which is nice.

OatmattStout, Dec 30, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,558 ratings.