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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9,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,242
Reviews: 2,638
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,332 | 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 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.

Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle bottled about three months ago, according to SN's weird bottling code.

Poured with a way bigger head than expected, Dark amber, relatively clear. Looks very nice.

Smells like sweet, pine-y hops, but not very strongly. Not much else.

Taste is surprisingly crisp. It's my first time having this in close to a year, and I remember thinking it was syrupy hop juice. But it feels reasonably light on the tongue, quite carbonated, not as hoppy as I remember, but they're there. Finishes quite bitter and pine-y.

I could keep drinking this no problem.

Photo of soze47
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this using my 33 Beers tasting book. I'll include notes and flavor wheel profile from the book below and translate into BA ratings above.

Appearance Notes: Amber/orange in color with a two finger pillowy head.

Aroma Notes: I get citrus and malt on the nose. Background notes of pine are also there as well.

Taste Notes: Big flavors here. Very hop forward, with the citrus flavors being brought out at first by the malty sweetness. However, when the malt fades and aftertaste develops, the piney, almost sappy hop flavors build to a strong, bolt sensation on the palette.

Flavor Wheel Scores (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 3
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (pine): 5
Floral: 4
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3
Malty: 4
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 1
Bitter: 5
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

Photo of grittybrews
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy caramel amber into a tulip with a finger of slow-fading off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit with touches of caramel, honey, and bubblegum sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel (one of the most enjoyable that I can recall). Sweet up front with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced by grapefruit hops and returning to bitterness on the finish with a hint of tangerine. Alcohol is well-masked, and the result is extremely tasty and easy-drinking. Exceptionally well-balanced.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head from the pour of the orange/amber IPA. Rates a 20 on the SRM beer color chart. A little cloudy in appearance with good bubble action. Smell has grapefruit, lemon, lime, green pinecone, along with other hints of wheat, corn, malt and hops. Wonderful citrus taste, with citrus being in the forefront, but also good amount of hops in the finish. Good bold feeling in my mouth with plenty of zing. This is a beer worth drinking and often. The more I have of it the better I like it.

Photo of oluap
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Delicious bouquet & taste of grapefruits and citrus, slight hints of tropical fruits and pine... bubble gum perhaps? Emanating sweetness from malt that gives a great balance! Good mouth feel (that gets better as beer warms) with a rocky yet pillowie head that has good retention and lacing..

yet another great beer from SNB!
<3 Sierra Nevada!

Photo of surlytheduff
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Smith nonic glass. Color was rich coppery amber, with a 1.5 finger offwhite head. Fairly clear looking through it, you could see thing trails of co2 trailing upwards through it.

My nose was greeted with a strong but not over the top citrusy hop aroma, with some pine and a bit of malt.

Citrus scent carried over into flavor, but the overriding element was that of hops. The pale malt flavor was also very apparent.

It really coats your mouth, feeling almost frothy. It's a real pleasure to drink, and (for me at least) is hard to pass up at the local party store considering the low cost and high quality.

Photo of jsanford
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark orange-copper with a nice white head of foam. Great lacing and retention, this has a head on it 15 minutes later.
S - Very hoppy, specifically pungent pine and citrus. There's a sweetness from the malt in there as well.
T - Deep, pungent hops lead to very sweet, bready malt. Again, this one's very hoppy, you can spot a dry-hopped beer from a mile away.
M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Really coats the mouth, and the bitterness lasts for some time on the palate.
D - One of the most drinkable IPAs on the shelf, especially at such rock-bottom prices.

Another amazing brew from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep hazy copper orange color. Decent off-white head that leaves a healthy white cap and generous sticky lacings. A variety of hop aromas. Citrus orange and grapefruit, spicy floral and pine. A hint of sweet malt sneaks in there too. Very smooth feel. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Big hop flavors with citrus flavors in the front that lead to pine bitterness at the end and malty backbone throughout. The bitter pine flavor lingers a while which hurts the drinkability, but otherwise a fabulous IPA.

Photo of rapayn01
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As a fan of hoppy ales, this is rapidly become my favorite affordable beer. My local grocery chain has been selling it for $7.50 per six pack for weeks now.

The hoppy flavor is fairly intense and earthy. It pours to a thin (but nice) head in your glass and has a rich smell.

Update: June 2013. I still really like Torpedo, but the price has been creeping up towards $9 per six pack and the competition is much stiffer with Michigan craft beers widely available now.

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

December 31st 2011 update.

Filled to capicity in the one litre 'Stein of Truth' this beer revealed a previously undisclosed vibrant and succulant hoppy tang which was hidden in mortal drinking vessels.
More balanced and visually lustier in a light reddish amber light as well.


Drank this paired with Titan IPA. Thanks to russpowell for his advice.

Deep dense thick rocky head which leaves some wonderfully frothy lacing all over the glass from beginning to end.
Reddish golden in colour with a deep dominant piney hoppy smell. An intense taste without being truly over the top. Very husky and bitter with elements of raw grapefruit. Full and heavish on the tongue but surprisingly also spritzy.

A bit heavier than expected from an IPA ('extra' or otherwise) and while hugely enjoyable I would have liked to have experienced some more complexity.

More Grizzly Adams than Last of the Mohicans.

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

A - Has a great IPA color too it, and a great 2 finger head that last a nice amount of time. Also the head leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S - Very hoppy, great IPA smell to it.

T - I love this beer, it is a great IPA. the hops are really present and give a great bite. the hops dont hold back one bit, and that's what I love about this beer. Very earthy, with a hint of citrus.

M - Coats the mouth nicely. It is in between a medium body and a high body. Nice carbonation.

D - I drink this beer a lot. Its great. It goes down smooth, but at that same time it had a great bite and bitterness too it.

So overall I would recomend this beer to those people that love IPAs. I think it is a really good beer that bridges the gap between an IPA and a Double IPA. It is just a true work of art. Good gob Sierra Nevada, keep up the good work.

Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours burnt orange/copper with a thick, sticky off white head.Thick lacing coats the glass.

S_Grassy,floral hops come through strong. Hints of pine and grapefruit.

T_Very hoppy/earthy bite. Floral hops with hints of pine and citrus. Pale malt backbone. Very nice.

M_A bit fuller than medium bodied with a very dry crisp finish.

D_Great session-able IPA.

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

Pours clear gold with a modest head that quickly dissipates, but still leaves some clouds of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt, piney hops and salt.

Tastes pretty malty with piney resinous grapefruit hops.

Body is light but carbonation is too, giving this a somewhat flattish mouthfeel that just borders on being creamy.

A very drinkable IPA, go to IPA given its price point. No problem drinking a few of these. The extra alcohol kick and flavor separates this from the midstream of IPAs.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Full aroma of citrus and pine. Nice smell of hops as well. Taste is more of the same. Big flavor of pine followed by citrus. Bitter. Pretty drinkable and hard to pick up on the 7.2% ABV. Lots of hoppy pine flavor in this beer. Damn good.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,242 ratings.