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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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8,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,737
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 SkunkWorks
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a good amount of carbonation. A medium, white head forms but dissipates into a thin layer quickly leaving behind a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is incredibly light. I get a little hoppiness but nothing else. After it has warmed up to room temperature, I get some grassiness and more citrus.

The taste is very bitter and seems to be more bitter than most American IPA's I've had and I'd say its more bitter than some double IPA's I've had. The citrus flavors are a bit subdued and I'm not getting a whole lot of complexity beyond a hint of pine at the finish. As it warms up to room temperature, I'm getting more of the citrus and some grassiness and to a much lesser degree, a hint of alcohol. For an IPA, it feels a bit thick in my mouth similar in thickness to a porter.

Truthfully, there are better IPA's out there and I don't quite see why this one is so famous. I will definitely not have again. Sierra Nevada has much better beers than this and there are much better IPA's out there than this one.

SkunkWorks, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. No visible born on date or "best by" date, but the beer is copper / orange, really good color. Holy head batman, the head forms a thick layer of yellowish tiny bubbles three or four fingers thick on the top of the beer. Head falls away slowly leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. carbonation is medium and the beer is slightly hazy.

Aroma is less than I expected, kind of a muted soapy pine hop smell. Not much else there. I was expecting the smell to burn out my nose for the night with hop aroma, just not there. It definitely smells like hops, just not as strong as I expected.

Pretty sweet for an IPA. Its interesting, almost too sweet. The hops are pushed so far back in the flavor and palate they show up as an aftertaste. The aftertaste of hops fades quickly but not what I was expecting at all. AT ALL! Second taste: hops were a lot more obvious in the second sip, the head has fallen to barely cover the top of the beer. Tastes great. Lots of pine in the back. Clean finishing.

Mouthfeel is great. There is a lot of midpalate connectivity, lots of good medium to full body, finishes cleanly. Drinkability high. I love IPAs and this is a great example. Not the best but its up there.

drabmuh, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, tasty, big IPA. Color is dark amber and pours with a light head. Smell is nice and hoppy. Taste is full with nice hop bitterness. Dry on the palate. The hops in this beer don't quite have the depth or subtlety of some other double IPAs. Very drinkable. Nicely carbonated, pleasantly bitter. All in all a very good, but not quite extraordinary, double IPA.

DoreenAndDave, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of lester619
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice dark copper amber, about what you would expect a good IPA to look like. Thick sticky head with perfect lacing. Smell is very fragrant floral citrus hops with a little sweet molasses showing up. This is one great tasting beer. Hop bitterness is the overwhelming characteristic of course, but this was a lot more balanced than I expected. There is plenty of sweet toasty malt backbone to start. The spicy grapefruit citrus takes over quickly folowed by a perfectly brutal bitter hop kick. There is a nice little burning hop presance on the back of my throat that I really enjoyed. I thought that this was going to be one of those IPA's that went overboard beyond the point of being enjoyable. Just the opposite. This is close to a perfect tasting beer. It's not a beer that you can drink alot of at one sitting. That's really not a bad thing I guess. From what I can tell it is imposible for Sierra Nevada to do anything wrong. Fantastic beer.

lester619, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
2.45/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Orangish color in the pint glass with a huge head that overflowed onto the table. Just a bad pour. Bubbles on the head were too big.

S - Get the hops, but get way too much pine resin in this. Kind of unpleasant, is this a new car smell or something?

T - Not good. Tastes like I'm kissing a pine tree, all I get are pine notes and pine with a hoppy bite at the end. Feel like I got lost in a forest in Michigan somewhere and slept in a bunch of pine needles.

M - Crisp and decent carbonation.

D - Can't do it, too piney, and sadly, not pliney.

AgentZero, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I drank this from a bottle into a pint.

This beer pours a dark orange with a decent white head, not much lacing.

The aroma is very bitter, lots of hops and pine cone.

The taste is like the aroma but super-charged. Its all pine cone, I feel like I'm a squirrel. The bitter is so overwhelming it makes it hard to drink very much of this.

jrallen34, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened my first bottle of this elusive nectar on the Fourth of July 2009. Torpedo begins with a heavy dollop of foam then slooowwly settles to rest atop a semi-translucent sea of amber. The continual lathery lacing dominates the glass throughout the quaff. Nary a carbonation bubble to be seen.

The nose detects (initially) a complex and vast myriad of ester, some of which seems to combines pineapple, almond and spice with pine needles thrown in for that extra kick. There is a heavy mouthfeel of malt that supplements some sweet hoppiness. [This was not the hop bomb I originally anticipated.]

This was a surprisingly light bodied IPA, and yet comes across as a sipping beer as well. Sierra Nevada has never disappointed me; and dependent on the availability, I shall certainly keep this one stocked throughout the year. Torpedo is another happy addition to the SN family.

jjboesen, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of gloobygloob
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pretty clear light copper with an frothy white head that dissipates quickly, with a bit of lacing.

S- Citrus a pine up front, with a bit of malt in the back. more pine as i flattens.

T- Blanace at first with the malt behind but not dominated by the powerful hops. citrus notes throughout this a wonderful drink.

M- Very smooth Medium carbonation little sticky bitterness lingers in the back of your throat.

D- Well-balanced, as it warms and flattens the hops really become more noticeable. its overall drinkable all the way through.

gloobygloob, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A very nice two finger head that has some retention. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium orange color with a slight reddish copper tint. The clarity of the beer is fairly clear.

Nose: A very nice rich hop aroma. There is floral, citrus, and pine in the hops. The malt is slightly toasted with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: A very nice rich hop flavor with citrus, floral, and pine. The malt has a good backbone.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and rich. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a rather tasty beer from Sierra Nevada. I really enjoyed drinkin it.

colts9016, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of samie85
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light copper color with an effervescent white head.

S- A lot of citrus upfront with caramel malt that doesn't overwhelm the hops.

T-Very much bitter grapefruit dominates the taste. As it warms a little, the caramel malt makes itself evident and creates a nice balance with the citrus hops.

M-Pretty smooth feeling. Medium carbonation; light-bodied.

D- This is pretty well-balanced when it warms, and I think this balance helps this beer to be pretty easy drinking despite the ABV.

samie85, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of BrewitYerself
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, 40 deg. F.

Dark, coppery gold, slightly hazy. Thin white head, disippates quickly. Hardly any lacing.

Aroma is of fruit and pine, very slight esters. There is a faint whiff of sweet/bready malts, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and my senses become desensitized to the hops.

Taste is of sweet malts upfront, followed immediately by an estery/hoppy fruitiness; then, the hops develop into a pithy/herbal/piney punch, as the malt simultaneously spreads a sweet breadiness across the palate. The malt and hops are in good balance - bitterness is not excessive, though hop flavor is high. Finish is clean and balanced, not overly astringent.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Plenty of malt flavor; plenty of hop flavor; near perfect balance. This is a great IPA... I would drink this until passing out; then have another for breakfast.

BrewitYerself, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear medium-amber body topped by an inch of thick, rich tan foam; solid retention and lots of lace. Great-looking beer.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with piney hops and caramel malts being the predominant players. Some floral hops and just a bit of alcoholic fruitiness as well. Very balanced and appealing package.

T: All the same components as the aroma, but with a surprising amount of dominance from the malts up front, followed by some tasty hoppiness and then rather bland bitter finish. Disappointing considering the look and smell, but still a thoroughly solid IPA.

M: Rich medium body with nice soft carbonation.

D: A little excessive with the astringent finish and more apparent alcohol than I expect in an IPA of this ABV; not the most drinkable offering from SN.

Notes: Not a bad beer by any means (certainly not for the price), but there are just so many IPAs I'd rather have that I don't really see myself buying this one again any time soon.


woosterbill, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of unionturf
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH glass and smell is a strong grapefruit on the the nose and the taste matches. I really think this is one of the best mass produced beers made (along with Two Hearted) for hop lovers period. Seeing I paid $7.99 for a sixer of a great 7.+% I see this as a great deal. I could drink this all day and love it.

unionturf, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells hoppy like grapefruit and delicious Cascades. Pours to a golden color with a light brown hue. Head is massive with huge bubbles, creamy on top and laces as it recedes. Wow, taste is hoppy as expected, great malt backbone though. I expected a huge hop bomb but the malt holds its own. Starts with a fruity hoppiness off the bat, going into some sweeter malts then finishes with a more bitter, not sharp or dull, but steady and grapefruit-like. I must say this is a sessioner because I have already sessioned it on a previous day. The AC is surprising at 7.2 which is not at all detectable. This is an incredible selection by SNBC. Sorry SNBC Pale Ale, looks like your big brother beat you up!

mooseisloose, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, this has become my new go-to beer. It smells like a great IPA should with a twing of sweetness. The taste is perfect! Just the right balance of hops with the sweetness and hops to hold it together.

Smooth drinker and I can drink these all night without it destroying my mouth!

madtowndmb1, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of fakedelight
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a nice foamy white head that lasted almost the entire way.

Smell is very piney hops.

Taste is actually very balanced. A strong hop flavor and bitterness is definitely there, but it's not over-bearing.

Not as intense as some IPA's, but very enjoyable. If you wanted to session an IPA, this would be a good one.

fakedelight, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle...first time having this bier.

A: I've always liked the look of an IPA or Double IPA. Dark, golden brown with a nice, thick head that leaves significant lacing. A good looking bier.
S: all I get is hops, nothing else. Of course it is a double IPA...
T: I've never understood the allure of double IPAs, but do respect them. Too hoppy and nothing else there to get one interested. Is the point to get as dry as possible? Well, they are almost there.
M: very dry
D: one, maybe two, at the most.

Overall, I respect the bier and do not enjoy the bier. Please understand that I still do not understand the love for double IPAs, but I guess one would ask me why I love weizens so much. Fair. I recommend this bier to all my hop-loving friends. Prosit!

nocheinsbitte, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing since my original review was lost during the server crash. I took some notes, so this should still be fairly accurate.

A: Pours a nice amber color and started with about 2 fingers of head. Lots of foamy, sticky lacing.

S: Sharp hops smell dominates, maybe a hint of pear. There's also a chemical pine scent that is a little off putting.

T: Strong hops taste as it to be expected along with some subtle sweet fruit.

M: Pretty light body and mild carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: A smooth, decently tasty, and widely available IPA.

MrDanno96, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With the almost endless barrage of IPAs and the endless quest for the next hop monster it is easy for one to lose sight of what exactly one is reviewing.

When compared to an in your face crazy hopped IPA it doesn't exactly stand out. but when you step back and compare it to the BJCP expectations of an American IPA and look at it for what it is trying to be it is quite good.

it is beautifully clear with an incredibly white head that does not go away. I'm done with the beer and the head is still there.

it smells hoppy. earthy and crisp. and where it differs from other beers I suppose is the predominance of the resin.

The taste is similar to the smell, more resiny than citrus. a slightly different hop flavor. pretty well balanced, you get the puckering effect you expect from an IPA but it is balanced by noticeable malty sweetness. still finishes dry and asks you to have another sip. And this beer really blew me away when I read it was 7.2% because it is incredibly drinkable for a beer with such a high percentage.

To sum it up, this beer might not stand out to an avid hop head, but when judged on its on merits it is a good example of the style and is crisp enough to have one and want another.

pibbxtrasucks, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Some lace, but no rings.

Lighter hop aroma than expected. Still there, but hard to find much else. Hmm.

Big pine hop flavor, solid sweetness peeking through, with some toasted malt and some lingering bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Lighter bodied than expected, but not a bad thing. Really makes this one drinkable. Don't worry, there's plenty to swish around. Nary a bubble in this glass. Overall, a good solid IPA. Not my favorite, but nothing to turn my nose up at. I'd buy this again.

OtherShoe2, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of mklinger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Crystal clear with an amber to pale orange color. One and a half fingers of head with nice lacing left in the milk.

Aroma -- bright hop aromas. I get plenty of pine and citrus aroma from this. Slight malt aroma, but subdued compared to the bright dominant hops.

Taste --Great flavor full of lots of IPA goodness. Not quite as complex as the aroma, but very nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability -- Nice carbonation and body -- appropriately moderately full mouthfeel -- rich but not thick. Very easy to drink for a 7.2% abv beer. Nice beer that would be ridiculously easy to drink pint after pint.

mklinger, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orangish yellow color with medium head and weak lacing.

Smell: Smells great. Cirtusy hops with some nice malty sweetness came though. Smelled a little off balance with the hops way more prominent.

Taste: Solid brew. Inbetween an IPA and DIPA i guess. It doesnt have the malty background to balance this beer as well as dipa's but its not a bitter as the regualr pale ale.

Mouthfeel: I thought it was too carbonated but not awful. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not something i would drink the whole 6 pack of but a nice beer to throw in a mix of beers when drinking. Its pretty strong but managable.

Augustiner719, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass. Beer was dark orange in color, with a three-finger, cloud like, rocky head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy hops, more pine than citrus, but also notes of grass and very light malt.

Taste was sweet at first, but followed by a long, bitter hop flavor. Very good and drinkable IPA. Well balanced and smooth.

drumrboy22, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Knecht
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000! The pressure....

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a white single-finger head that retains decently well. The ale is a beautiful, hazy copper color. The aroma is certainly hoppy, but it has a surprising presence of toasted malt.

I taste strong citrus hops on the front with a formidable toasted malt base, and closes out with floral hops on the back. Nicely balanced. It has a medium to medium-full body, excellent carbonation, and is just a little bit chewy.

This beer as got some bite to it and is a bit on the heavier side for an IPA. The hops are very much present, but the malt is not simply a supporting role here. That said, it is well balanced, and makes an excellent session beer.

Knecht, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SN Torpedo Extra IPA, with 7.2% booze, this is a deal. This, with a heavy pours yields but a fingers worth of head that fades quickly with a thin retained layer. The carbonation is slower and moderate and the color is that IPA orange, slightly less hazy than some. The smell is musky and dank hop aroma with a light sweet edge. The malt character seems balanced and sweet as well, giving this brew a medium and solid aroma.

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First is the basement like dankness with the bitter hops rushing in after. The malt really balances this whole brew out because the after taste is light and sweet, with only a hint of hops. A real citrusy beer this is, which I'm a big fan of, at least compared to the grassy more bitter IPAs. The mouth feel is beer.

Thur123, Oct 21, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,737 ratings.