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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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8,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,020
Reviews: 2,539
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 669 | FT: 1
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 MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells fruity and citrussy with a fair bit of toffee and caramel to balance the hops. Orange and pith are imediately apparent in the flavor, with just enough caramel to help balance the hops. Medium to fill in mouthfeel with ample carbonation, which helps make this one very drinkable considering the ABV and complexity. A superb IPA, well worth the buzz it's been getting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 18:51:38 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby poured into a New Belgium tulip.

Clear bright caramel orange with a half inch head tightly drawn over the mouth of the glass. Leaves some very nice looking clusters of bleached white lacing.

Bitter pine sap and a crack or two of black pepper with a malt backbone that is somehow able to assert itself just enough into this rather tight frame of reference,

Bitterly piney, only the slightest bit of any aspect of malt sweetness. This beer is bitter all the way (the embodiment of evil in all those old keystone light commercials for sure) this may be one of the bitterest beers I've ever come across and that is saying something. Astringent lemony, borderline coppery, with a throat-constricting dry hoppines.

It's odd, this is the last beer in this six pack, I've really enjoyed the previous five but looking at this last one under the microscope it certainly makes things more apparent but I'm not sure what I've found is what I want to keep experiencing. Oh if I could go back to those wonderful bliss free pre-rating days of a week ago I might think this beer have been better than it really was, alas, alas, alas I cannot.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 04:18:58 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells great. Tropical fruit aromas with citrus hops lurking in the background. Sweet malts provide a bit of balance, but this is definitely a hoppy nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as intense. Citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors are backed up by sweet pale malts and end with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not quite as thick as I would have liked, but it's still solid with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I've had three tonight and had to restrain myself from drinking more.

Overall this was a very tasty beverage. This is an easily accessible beer that can compete with some of those that are not as easy to find. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:58:16 | More by glid02
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear orange looks like the color of water after soaking in hops. Nice looking carbonation rises to the top to make an intense head with soapy bubbles that stick to side of the glass. Thick sheet of lace left on my imperial pint glass.

S- Oh yes, loads of various hops have found their way into this beer. You know what hops smell like. Imagine all the different hops you've smelled before in a Sierra Nevada all stuck right under your nose. Somewhat pungent, but I can dig that "complex herbal character".

T- The label says it is "...perfectly balanced yet full of flavor... American hops". Disregard perfectly balanced unless you are a major hop head. This beer is downright bitter all over the tongue. There is sweetness but not enough to balance the barrage of piney, citric flavors on the tongue. Fortunately, I am a hop-head.

M- The active carbonation keeps this beer afloat above your taste-buds if you are pounding it back, yet it is also smooth enough to savor

D- I could really see this becoming a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 23:34:09 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of BlackBearForge


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice coppery amber in between light and dark with a foamy off white head leaving a persistant bubbly froth as it fades and nice thick oily curtains.

The aroma is of grassy hops with citrus and piney resinous tones evident. Not an in your face scent but nice and clean.

The taste is wonderfully balanced between strong hops tasting of the aforementioned lemony orange citrus and piney resin, and a nice lightly sweet malt base. Finish is nicely bitter in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a bit slick with moderate carbonation that does prickle the tongue a bit.

Drinkabilty is very good as the balance is exceptional, flavors are complex but not overwhelming. An artfully constructed IPA and a welcome addition to SN's full time line up.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:23:45 | More by BlackBearForge
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful cherry-amber beer with a creamy white head. The head is maybe two fingers thick with plenty of bubbles. A little bit of visible carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Strong. Sweetness and hops galore.

T: Lots of hops, although it definitely has a solid backbone to it as well. Generic citrus without any one fruit-type flavor dominating others. Quite balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. No real taste of alcohol--goes down smooth.

D: Definitely drinkable, although not as much so as SN Pale Ale, or as much so as some of the truly great IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 20:49:27 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of SShelly


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with large fluffy white head, decent retention, immediately hits you with some citrusy hop aroma.

Not as bitter as I was expecting, more supercharged with hop flavor then anything else. nice amount of hoppy flavor lingers on the pallet.

Thumbs up for this SN offering, could have had more hop aroma to go along with the flavor but overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 19:09:59 | More by SShelly
Photo of BeanBone


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep burnt-orange, clear body with a big fluffy, off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Lovely grapefruity, herbal, and piney hops over a solid caramel malt base.

Taste: Pleasantly bitter hops right off the bat with all the same characteristics you find in the nose. Right behind the hops, a big sweet malt background keeps everything in order. Superbly balanced, just what I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. The moderately-high alcohol content is masked well. Great lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Just about average for a good IPA.

Verdict: I think Sierra Nevada is right about Torpedo being somewhere between an IPA and a Double IPA, but it's probably closer to the former. While I prefer Celebration to Torpedo, this is anything but a let-down. I can see this playing a big role in my regular rotation, especially during the Summer when Celebration is just a fond memory.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 17:14:31 | More by BeanBone
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this beer since release, I finally got to yesterday.

A: A dark amber orange color with a nice one finger white sticky head. Not much in the lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice, a ample amount of citrus on the nose with some pine hops and a nice underlying sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with grapefruit, orange and maybe some pineapple or lemon. The deeper pine notes come in after the citrus and the bready malty sweetness lies underneath the hops. This is one hoppy beer. Finish is hops bitterness. Very good beer.

M: Medium and dry, my only complaint is it does not really stick around as much as I would like. Still, alcohol is undetected and the beer feels good in the mouth.

D: High, another Sierra Nevada drinker. Have another!

Overall I can't see how people say they are let down by this beer, I thought it was fantastic. The hops are plentiful, the malt holds it together and makes it ever so drinkable. Another great brew by SN, might even rival the beloved Celebration as it has more fresh hops flavor. Nice work, I'll be drinking this for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 12:39:37 | More by Kadonny
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, this is a red/orange color with a quarter inch of white head. Smells moderately of citrus--not like a west coast hop bomb, but respectable enough. Tastes as it smells--a respectable hop hit, but not overwhelming like some of the west coast hop bombs. Lingering bitterness aftertaste. Carbonation was just right, and I cruised through this one pretty quickly. A nice solid middle-of-the road IPA that I like already.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 05:42:53 | More by PhxHorn
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to MrChopin, thanks man! This beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. The aroma consists of pine, citrus, and caramel. The taste has a nice pine bite with a good malt backbone. The carbonation is medium bodied. A nice addition to the SN lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 02:28:53 | More by ROBORB
Photo of Drew966


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA pours amber with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is nice, hoppy, mostly in a citrusy way. There is a medium body. The flavor is very hoppy, but not as intense as a double IPA. More citrusy than pine like, but there is definitely some pine. The malt is in the background, but balances this beer nicely. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:35:19 | More by Drew966
Photo of joshuadlight


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this as I love all the other year round SN offerings. Overall, though, I was a little let down. Torpedo is not a staple of its style in the same way that SNPA or SN Stout are.
The look is outstanding right off the bat though. Beautiful dark golden amber with a robust and fluffy head that lasts all night long. One of the things I really love about IPAs is their aroma. I love the citrus and pine in the nose. I was most let down in this area with the Torpedo. Its nose just doesn't measure up with other standard IPAs like Stone or DFH 60. I took deep pulls into my nostrils and it keep coming up empty. What smell was there was not all that pleasing. The taste is fine, but not mindblowing. Too much pine and too little citrus in my opinion. The bitterness is good, not overwhelming, making it quite drinkable despite being over 7% ABV.
As with any SN beer, I can't completely crush this beer because it has plenty of redeeming features, but its probably not going to find a permanent place in my rotation. There are plenty of IPAs in the same price range that I like better.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:30:40 | More by joshuadlight
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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle poured into an English pint glass.
Thick foamy off-white head sits above a clear golden amber body leaving curtains of lace throughout the session.

Soft sweet tea aroma with a bitter citrus edge growing larger as the ale warms.

Grapefruit juice, a little sweet tea with honey and lemon, lasting hop flavor. The nutty malt flavor is barely a spectator in this match.

Prickly carbonation cuts though ample body leaving a creamy scrubbing film.

A well made ale, weighted to the hoppy side, average in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:04:18 | More by cbn
Photo of bashiba


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright clean copper color witha very thin white head.

The smell was very funky with a wet basement/gym sock quality to it.

The flavor had a nice bit of toasted grain and bready malts mixing nicely with the citrusy and piney hops. A very balanced and barely bitter IPA.

The mouthfeel was fairly light and a bit sticky.

A very drinkable IPA that won't burn out your pallatte. Would make a nice session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 17:54:44 | More by bashiba
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber-copper with a modest soapy head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is definite caramel malt base with herbal and earthy hops.

Taste is bready caramel malt up front, along with a touch of brown sugar. Light citrus fruit - orange and pineapple. Hops come on strong with an earthy bitterness that lingers in the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slight hop oil residue.

Overall a pleasant and flavorful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 17:54:07 | More by Blakaeris
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SN Torpedo pours a deep copper with a 3-finger golden white head. Some lacing.

The smell is strong of grapefruit and orange citrusy hops along with pine, floral hops and some caramel malts. The taste is bitter--grapefruit, hops, pine, and slightly roasted malts. Mouthfeel is crisp, acidic, yet doesn't burn the mouth.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 03:50:32 | More by theghost3


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited to see this IPA from Sierra Nevada. I knew it would be good!

I was not disappointed-- the beer poured a dark amber into a pint glass, and left a light lace as I drank.

It reminded me of Sierra Nevada Celebration without the stronger malt characteristic-- still had plenty of piney, resinous hops! YUM!

This is a session IPA. I hope I can find it in Colorado-- had it while visiting family in AZ last week.

If you like traditional American west coast IPAs, this is one for you!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 03:25:39 | More by IPALOVER
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep copper almost orange color with a huge creamy/bubbly beige head that sticks itself to my glass all the way down. Aroma is pine and resin and citrus with a hint of caramel deep underneath. Taste is much the same. Starts with some pine and resin followed by some caramel that peaks through followed by more bitter citrus with a bone dry finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium as well, mouthfeel is resinous and a little sticky. Another hops showcase from Sierra Nevada. Lots of West Coast hops with a hint of malt. 7.2% is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:33:18 | More by johnnnniee
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a copper color with a nice foamy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell is very impressive nice west coast hop, citrus and earth tones and a bit of lemon zest. Taste is upfront and in your face hop, very bitter and strong with an overall nice malt backbone. This also leaves that nice hop aftertaste. Overall quality product that is nicely priced for the package that you recieve, it is nice to have this year round.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:03:54 | More by gunnerman
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a nice orange tinted amber, with a two finger frothy off white head that settles to a 1/4" frothy foam. Just like all Sierra Nevada beers, the head on this is great and earned it a bump in the appearance rating.

Smell is the expected cascade hop, piney, citrusy ripe grapefruit. Smells good, but wasn't anything more than what I expected from SN.

The taste is exactly what you would expect from the smell. Piney and citrus hop notes, actually more to the pine side, with a subtle malt background. The malt kicks in so briefly it takes another sip to make sure it was there. Hops rule the beer, but they should in an IPA. The bitterness hits after the swallow (right after the brief malt note) and lingers well after it too.

Overall, a very good IPA.

Note: To me, this beer is very similar to the Harvest Ale, which is a good thing. If you liked the Harvest Ale, you'll probably also like Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 15:37:54 | More by jculler82
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass.

Fairly clear copper. Big pale rocky head.

Smells like grapefruit and pine.

Tastes like grapefruit and pine. Very smooth delicious hops. Hop profile reminds me of a toned-down Hopslam. Pretty good malt taste, but very much in the shadow of the wonderful hops.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very very drinkable. I'm truly impressed. An outstanding IPA, and maybe the best I've tried so far. I'll definitely be drinking this again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 15:29:01 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of wesl56


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dirty amber, really small head that fades

s- straight up smells like what a an IPA should smell like- strong piney/citrus hops

t- fantastic, exceeded what i expect from a solid IPA, sharp biter bite with a really smooth finish

m- perfect amount of carbonation, i didn't have this with a meal, but it would be perfect with seafood or something spicy

d- i guess this is a little more solid than typical IPAs

overall- this beer pretty much is a perfect example of an IPA, it has a strong, bitter bite, and a tasty full finish... id recommend as a great starter, or to have with seafood or anything spicy

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 05:06:44 | More by wesl56
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 03/20/09.

Beer pours a very clear coppery hue into a pint glass. A very sticky, fine 1.5 finger head forms and eventually just coats the inside of the glass. Few active bubbles.

Herbal, grapefruit, grassy, oily hop aroma. Slightly woody smell as well. Very aromatic - I smelled it at least 18 inches from the glass.

Slightly thick mouthfeel. Some creaminess and oiliness. A little bite on the back end.

Flavor is smooth. Loaded with caramel/crystal malts, it starts off a bit bready, stopping shy of sweet. Then the grapefruity, oily, piney hops come in on the dryish finish, leaving an easily noted, near aspirin bitterness to linger a long time on the tongue.

Cleanly dry, almost evaporative finish.

Considering the ABV, this is an easy drinking beer. In this style (California almost-but-not-quite double IPA), I think I'm going to have to give a slight edge to Firestone's Union Jack. Still, this is a really well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 03:33:33 | More by charlzm
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a hazy copper color with a solid two fingers of fluffy, off white foam. A really nice pour. The nose and taste is dominated by grapefruit, orange/tangerine, pine, skunky hops, bread, and caramel malt. Finish is a bit spicy, crisp and slightly warming. The beer is medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation. A beer that will find a spot in my rotation quite regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:27:42 | More by ClockworkOrange
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,020 ratings.