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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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9,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,207
Reviews: 2,629
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 1,284 | 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 crnipeter
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

350 ml, BB 03.03.2011, into tulip. Pours clear, light coppery body overlain by beige head gradually collapsing to a thick, stable cloth that lasts.
Citrusy aroma (grapefruit), coniferous raisins, flowers, malty sweetness penetrating through the hoppy aromas just listed, some alcohol. Citruy flavor of grapefruit and lemon with prominent bitterness and no malts to speak of. Bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied without noticeable harshness.

Photo of molinator
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that broke the camel's back. I had to make an account here after I ran through a few six packs. Before this Torpedo Extra IPA, I had been wary about tasting Pale Ale. My first encounter was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I enjoyed but found less drinkable.

Torpedo Extra IPA, however, hits the nail on the head.

Pours a dark amber, with a nice lingering head.

My gripe with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was that it left too much aftertaste for my liking. I think that's where this (India) Pale Ale's alcohol content works in its favor. It is able to harness massive flavor without having overwhelming aftertaste that prevents it from being drinkable - I believe the 7.2% ABV does a nice job of cleaning the slate for the next sip. That's not to say that the aftertaste is entirely alcoholic. It is masked nicely by pine tones that linger when the last traces of liquid line the pallet.

The carbonation is spot on, and lingers for a surprisingly long time after having been poured. I was watching CO2 bubbles rise to the top of my drink for quite a while after I poured it.

And as a personal anecdote, I made it my goal to try a wide variety of beers on my own when I turned 21 - certainly not due to bad experiences with cheap beers before, officer, sir. Since then I have tasted micro, macro, and in between. Don't let it sway you too much, but if I had to pick a favorite up until now, this would be it. Perfect balance of everything I wanted from beer.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured amber orange in color wit ha full inch and a half of frothy foam filling the glass right to the top. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of grapefruit and pine top it wit ha bit of a lemony citrusness to it as well. it has just a touch of some fruity, mango like flavors to it as well. A moderate malty flavor comes through and provides a nice base for all the hops.

The taste hits you with a big blast of pine and grapefruit right from the start. It's very bitter at first but it mellows a bit towards the finish when more of the lemony citrus and a hint of sweeter malt come through. The dry, bitter, grapefruit flavors linger for a while as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It has some very nice hoppy flavors to it overall. It's a very taste and drinkable beer overall. Very solid in all categories as well.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brownish orange color. Off-white colored head. Decent Lacing. Light citris aroma, more piney and floral though. No malt showing through, just hops. Moderate carbonation. Not a ton of citris in the flavor, some grapefruit rhine in the aftertaste. More Pine and floral flavor comes out in the start and middle. Mild sweetness. Hop bitterness shows through at beginning of finish, bitterness leaves to more light, mild citrisy rhine taste. Floral taste is the thing I am left with most. Overall, a simple flavorful beer. Good as a bigger transition beer, or so my wife says.

Photo of heebes
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

Pours a deep clear golden amber and produces a nice 1/2 inch head. The nose is of biscuity malts, earthy hops, pine slight scent of citrus. The sip yields a very smooth and drinkable beer, it's mild at first tasting of the earthy hops which seem to be well balanced with the malts. Theres a taste of your citrus/pine IPA then a mild bitterness which finishes quickly. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall this is a well rounded IPA, its got all you want, lacking only slightly any huge flavour to set it appart from the top in its class. Highly drinkable though, someting worthy of a regular in the fridge, well hidden abv.

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

A- pours a murky brown colour, about 1 cm of head that sticks around for a while. eventually settle down to a whisper. slight lacing. looks pretty nice.

S- Hops, citrus, grapefruit and lime, maybe a touch of passionfruit. pretty good.

T- a little bit of sweetish malt up front, but followed quickly by hop flavours, much like the smell, grapefruit and lime, a little pine, and a bit of passionfruit. finish is on the bitter side, but not over the top.

M- niether thick nor thin, just in the middle and pretty good for the style. prickly carbonation, bitterness plays on the back of the mouth with a dry finish. mid length.

D- the alcohol is hardly detectable, the dry finish makes you want another mouthful. dangerously i could have a few of these in an evening.

an allround pretty damn good IPA. i enjoyed this one, and if sixers were commonly available here and not ridiculously expensive in AUS than this would be a fridge staple.

Photo of calir1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Sierra Nevada did this right. I love it just as much as their PA and much more than their other IPA. The taste and smell of hops is so wonderful for just a low cost beer. This is definately one of my go to hop beers. Not overly hopped up, but meets my needs.

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

*poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass*

This beer poured a murky amber/orange color and formed a soft, off-white head that hung out for awhile. It eventually settled into a thin foam top that left some fair lacing.

Dank is the first word that came to mind when the aroma hit me. I'm getting boatloads of fruity (think grapefruit and pineapple) hops with a suprising amount of sweet caramel malts. There's a noticable amount of alcohol wafting out of there too. Its not so much as to be distracting, but its definitely there.

The flavor went a little sidways on me. Rather than getting the fruity hops that I smelled, I'm getting bitter pine with just a hint of citrus. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, it just kind of caught me off guard. On subsequent tastes, I'm getting more and more of those caramel balancing malts. They never come close to overtaking the hops, but they do come out of hiding and into the open reletively early, unlike a lot of other West Coast IPAs. This is a good beer. The only thing holding it back is that its nothing special. That sounds like a slam but its really not. Its a nicely balanced American IPA. I've had better, but I've had A LOT worse too.

This brew actually seemed to have a fair amount of body to it and the carbonation feels just right. The flavor does seem to fade a little faster than some of the other IPAs I've had.

I'm a little hung up on drinkability here. Its a good beer. I had no trouble at all drinking a single. And while I could definitley drink an entire 6 pack in one session, I don't think I'd want to. The hop profile just isn't my favorite; I prefer citrus to pine. And then there's the ABV... While its not a 10%+ mad man like the Imperials out there, 7.2% can put a quite a fuzz on things.

Overall, its good. If you like IPAs, pick up a sixer. I think mine was $7.99 or $8.99. Either way its, at the very least, a good value for a hophead.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brew with a foamy, long lasting head. Aroma is spicy hops, and caramel. Citrus hops dominate the palate, while caramel malt provides some balance. Medium, surprisingly smooth body. Bitter finish lasts forever. The beer must be a heaven for hopheads.

Photo of mshannon
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- bright amber color, nice frothy head lingers, looks great
S- citrus and pine hops in the nose, a little perfume
T- big hops, balanced well with biscuity malts
M- medium to big body, a good tingle too
D- This beer is big in all the right ways and still (almost too) easy to drink. I buy this often, and not just because its cheap and everywhere.

Photo of neilgavigan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in pint glass

Clear red-amber, nearly copper in color. Cream white head is and inch thick. Sweet malty smell not overpowered by pine-heavy hops aromas. Citrus notes as well. Taste Initial very strong bitterness from the hops gives way to a host of pine and floral flavors. Dry finish with even more complex hops and almost no sweetness. Medium body and enough carbonation to enhance the hops flavors. Overall very drinkable and while the aromas are short of strength expectations for an 'extra' IPA the taste more than makes up for it.

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

A - Hazy copper with a frothy white head. About two finger's worth of head that sticks to the edge of the glass with great lacing that spans the entire height of the glass.

S - Definite pine hops accompanied by floral and citrus notes. Very fresh bitter smelling.

T - Pine hops are strong throughout the drink and dominate the finish. Citrus flavours carry through along with a sweetness in the background that is hard to describe, tastes like a combination of very faint grain malts combined with fruits. Some people aren't fans of the bitterness, I for one find this drink to be a very tasty drink that favours hop bitterness without sacrificing any complexity.

M/D - Smooth medium body that is light on the tongue but still has some weight to it. Drinkability is great.

A good, solid beer that I am glad to find easily in the US.

Photo of gkunkle
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a white head. Average retention but as it dissipates it leaves some lacing. Smells of pine hops and a little of citrus. Taste is similar, predominantly pine hops that give a strong bitter flavor.Mouthfeel is good medium weight beer that felt a little more smooth than I expected with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but it is very piney, I might have enjoyed this a tad more if it was not so piney.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, golden color with a one finger, off white head, that has great retention there is some pretty good lacing and a good amount of carbonation going to the top.

S - There are some good, but faint smells of pine hops.

T - This ale is a lot less aggressive in respect to hops than I remember last time I had it. There is still a prominent bitter pine hop presence. The after taste consists of satisfying pine hops.

M - Nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. Nothing special though.

D - This on the better side for an IPA. Good taste, good mouthfeel, can't go wrong.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A - Pours a nice copper. Slightly cloudy with nice carbonation and a relatively brief head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney hops and a little bit of citrus. Some light malt character to the nose.

T - Strongly hoppy up front with a hint of sweetness. Nice malt background and a finish that lingers well. Tasty.

M - Just right. Light to medium body and a nice feel from the carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Goes down easy and tastes wonderful. Feel is just right. No alcohol taste at all. Amazing to session.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with 2 fingers of solid white head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smells of citrus hops, pine and tangerine.

T: Tastes of grapefruit and some sweet malt.

M: The mouthfeel seems quite full for a single IPA and the carbonation level is optimal.

D: I'd say the drinkability of this is very high.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and very reasonably priced.

Photo of krausenman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a dark amber with a slight haze.

S-The aroma of this beer is a mixture of smells. There is a floral aroma of flowers that is accompanied by citrus with some notes of pine following. This is all backed up by a solid herbal aroma.

T-When you initially taste the beer there is a slight sweetness on the tounge that quickly is surrounded by hop flavor and bitterness. The flavor of the hops is grassy/herbal but is quickly dominated by the bitterness of the beer that is tasted in the back of your throat as you swallow. There is little harshness that can be tasted in high hopped beer.

M-The beer has a light medium body with a low level of carbonation.

D-The body and carbonation makes for any easy drinking beer that is dynamic with flavor and aroma.

Photo of Impfan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in verbatim agreement with The Brothers on this one.

Celebration was my go-to beer of the 80s-early 90s, and Torpedo eclipses it.

Beautiful honey/amber color, creamy, but sprightly body, super-complex aroma that is even juicier than Celebration's.

Citrus rind, grapefruit, resin, apricot, strawberry jam, apple, pepper, and just a touch of ashyness in the long, earthy, spicy hop finish.

As The Brothers said, may they brew this until the end of days.

Photo of pb9613
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: This beer pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head but it stays with the glass the entire way.

S: Nice hop character in the scent but a large amount of pine also present.

T: Very enjoyable taste but after awhile the pine flavor over powers the nice malty flavor

M: Very nice tingle, hops and pine notes but the pine overtones become too dominate.

D: A bit too heavy of a taste

Overall, I enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste but the pine overtones soon overpower the overall experiance.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cooperstown Pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful light amber color with a small amount of frothy head

S: Nice hop character in the scent with a small amount of pine also present

T: Very enjoyable taste, high hop character with the addition of pine makes it a delicious brew to drink with a very strong taste

M: Very nice tingle, hope and pine notes really awaken the mouth and leave a nice taste right on the back of the tongue

D: Possibly a bit too "heavy" of a taste, not that its a thick brew by any means. Still a very nice drinking brew

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and thought it had a very unique taste that warms from the inside on a chilly fall day

Photo of g00dness
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured semi-transparent orangy copper into one of my logo pint glasses.

The nose is pine forest floor. Piny and herby with only a hint of malt.

The taste was the same as the nose really. Lots of pine with some herbs, and maybe some citrus. Very bitter in the first sip, with an excellent dry finish. Not as complex as I'd hoped, but you can really taste the hops resin, which is cool.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly gentle and creamy for an IPA.

Drinkability is nice and high. The dry finish and the great mouthfeel make this very quaffable.

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got it in a safeway in virgina. Came in a six pack, poured into dfh glass.

A. Light clear amber almost copper colored. Finger sized head with lacing that doesn't go away.

S. Piney hops with some citrus. Sweet fruit aroma comes through.

T. Bitter hoppy up front with an oily lingering aftertase. The bitterness fades as you drink the whole beer.

M. Medium mouthful with low carbonation.

D. I like it but I can't drink more than three of them.

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

Pours clear copper color with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Smells a piney citrus in the nose. Balanced malt to hop taste with bitter hot finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Overall a good IPA not my favorite but worthy none the less.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper color with a chunky tan head. Nice lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Similar to the nose, citrus/fruit up front (more grapefruit here), has a sweet/dry finish, not bitter. Some nice maltyness on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, a more than solid IPA. Glad SN now has a year round IPA.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,207 ratings.