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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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9,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,507
Reviews: 2,704
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 226
Gots: 1,641 | 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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Photo of RossCain
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint

A: Poured a hazy apricot hue with a fluffy yet dense off-white head of about 2 inches on an aggressive pour. Lots of lacing around the sides of the glass with this beer and the head really stuck around with a bubbly retention.

S: Piney with a certain resinous quality blending with nuances of fresh fruit strongly reminiscent of pineapple. Bold a definitely with a nice finish of sweet malty character in the background.

T: Bitter and assertive piney hops assault the palate from the first sip, rushing into a woody earthiness complimented well by the sweet notes of tart fruit and ripe pineapple. Bittersweet in the finish with a final overture of caramel malts, an overall aggressive but at the same time remarkably well balanced beer.

M: Medium body with a sticky quality when it enters the mouth. It does have a coating character that fills the mouth with a moderate pucker in the finish. The alcohol is unfortunately a little hot and more noticeable than I believe it should be.

O: A great strong and robust IPA in my opinion. The notes of pineapple were certainly a nice deviation from the normal grapefruit and citrus peel. Certainly a beer I will revisit for both the great, bold character and the price! My only hope would be to taste a little less alcohol the next time around.

Photo of NaLoGra
1.77/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Honestly, I enjoy IPAs every once in a while, but this one was just way too strong for me. Average white head, smelled strongly of hops, just like the taste.

I can see how those who love IPAs will enjoy this, but for the occasional IPA drinker like me, its a bit overpowering and dry with a very, very strong hop flavor, with an aftertaste that just doesn't go away.

It definitely deserves the "extra IPA" label that appears on the bottom. Gave me a headache after drinking. Will not buy again.

Photo of NickRivers
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Stone Snifter.

A&S - Clear copper, two-finger white head, medium/heavy lacing very carbonated with lots of bubbles. The nose is mostly made up of pine hops with a little citrus and a little bready malt. Theres few other nots I can't get through the pine.

T&M - Very sweet crisp front with an almost honey feel, turns to a pine sap flavor, kind of maple in the middle then the citrus hops kick in and turns everything to a very bitter finish. May be to bitter for some.

O - A fantastic beer.

I like to think of this as the piney SN Pale Ale. Despite the DIPA title, its got a great medium body thats balanced for the most part. I wouldn't say this is as balanced as DFH 90, theres definitely more hop presence here as appose to all the malt floatin' around in the 90. I respect the gent that noted its evergreen forest feel. I've always said that SN takes you to the image on the label. They're a very earthy brewery, even there porter hits home. Bottom line? An amazing beer everyone should try, personally a great session beer for a nice dinner at a friends house? Fancy picnic? Pick it up! you won't be disappointed! Stay thirsty my friends.

Photo of joecast
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, medium carbonation. Thin white frothy head. Nice lacing and stability. Looks quality as expected from SN.

Nice fresh hoppy aroma. You can smell the whole coneness of the hops. Piney and a bit floral/citrus. Some forrest evergreen natural character. Mild malt sweetness gives it some depth.

Another great balanced example of the style. Not the biggest malt or hop flavors you will find but what is there combines well and meshes together nicely.
For me it sort of mirrors the interpretation of their pale and celebration. Lots of hop character but balanced by big malt as well.

Glad I grabbed a six pack of this cause I will enjoy going back and giving this more attention. And at the price, it's a steal!

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a orangish yellow color with nice 1 finger head

S-Has a piney citrus smell

T-Has a nice hoppy flavor upfront with some maltiness and citrus in the middle.FInishes alittle on the dry side

M-light bodied,clean feel

D-Very drinkable beer. Really like this beer. HAs alittle more flavr then i was expecting. Has a slight dry finish but overall a wonderful beer

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

386th review on BA
bottle to pint glass
12 oz

Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln, NE.
Had free drink tickets for a work event and didn't remember this beer at all. So here goes.

App- When I poured it, I got a good 1 1/2 finger head because of the aggressive pour and the color stood out, a little amber, a light highlight shimmer, well done coloring.

Smell- It's a good smelling IPA. Not a punch you in the face beer but very nice. Has a sweet floral note and some good hop aroma.

Taste- In the midwest, this was a west coast beer. I felt at home with it. It had the hops and the grapefruit and a big kick behind it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level and leaves you wanting more after each taste. This is a beer to get people into IPA's and now I remember how I loved it so much but in a world of west coast IPA's get forgotten.

Drink- You know its a small bottle but that ABV is very large and lets you know. Good beer. Well crafted, balanced, subtle, strong and a good choice for any IPA fan.

Photo of ksmi116
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange gold, with a decent off white head.

S - Centennial hops with a bit of malt smell. That is to say, grapefruit and some extra sweetness.

T - More malt taste than I expected, but definitely hops take the centerpiece. Mild grapefruit, with other unplaceable citrus relevant

M - Good carbonation, and not watery or syrupy.

O - A good showing, but more balanced than I like when I look for IPA's. Worth a try if you like balanced IPA's

Photo of breals
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear beer here with good head. Well carbonate, I got a good stream of bubbles in the glass. Good lacing.

S: Strong hops aroma here with no fruitiness to it.

T: The bitterness is a bit un-balanced. It's very piney doesn't have a fruit/citrus to balance the nose. I like it but it smells/tastes very single hop forward.

M: Bitter/dry finish that gets more "mouth-puckery" as drink. Squeaky teeth

O: Decent IPA it has all of good hop characteristics, it's widely available and a good "go-to" IPA

Photo of Groomsy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic. According to the code on the label, this was bottled on March 3rd. Yay, freshness!

Appearance: Heck yes, perfect pour! The beer is a copper/orange color with hints of gold an amber. Very clear body with some carbonation and a little bit of sediment in suspension topped by a towering frothy, ivory 3-finger head which sticks around for a long time, fading to a half-finger cap of foam and leaves great lacing behind.

Smell: Very solid. Lots of citrus notes (like most of SN's beers) with floral and pine scents accented the powerful tropical fruit, all backed by a pinch of pale malt sweetness. Appetizing. Mostly hoppy, but enough balance in there to make me eager. Citrus notes grow more pronounced as the beer warms

Taste: The malt profile of this beer, although smells like pale malts, is slightly toasted and bready and hits the front of the palate. This is followed by a big flash of grapefruit zest, some more citrus notes (orange/lemon?), a pinch of floral hops, and a nice closing note of pine flavors shadowed by a toasty biscuit flavor of malts. The first half is "brighter" than the second half with the flashes of flavors, but the earthiness and herbal notes in the finish are very well-done. Even for a fairly hoppy beer, this is still extremely balanced. Full flavor, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, low carbonation kick. Smooth and dreamy on the palate. Big lingering flavors of pine and grass in the finish, maybe just a hint of alcohol warming accompanied by a drying finish that grows as the beer warms, but it doesn't leave you totally parched. Medium body overall, if slightly more watery than what I expected; but well-rounded and goes down very smoothly, which is very different from other IPA's I've had.

Overall: A darn good IPA, I would go so far to say that this is the benchmark American IPA and is the standard of the style. Maybe not an IPA for beginners, but this is great. Definitely check it out if you can get it fresh.

Photo of suspect
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Served around 50 degrees.

A: Very clear copper color comes from the standard stubby Sierra Nevada bottle. Aggressive pour yields a 3 finger white fluffy head. Steady stream of tiny bubbles pour upwards to freedom at the top of the glass. Lacing was nice and retained as the glass emptied.

S: Strong pine aroma here with some fruitiness to it. Not as hop-forward as a double-ipa but definitely more hop presence than a typical American IPA.

T: Very nice flavor. A well balanced bitterness that dances on my tastebuds balanced ever so slightly at the end by sweet malt presence. Very piney hops in this one, not as much citrus here as in the nose.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Bitterness yields to a dry finish that gets dryer as you progress through the glass.

O: This could very well be my go-to when I need to bring a six-pack to a party. Decent ABV at 7.2, has all of the hop characteristics I appreciate about an IPA and cheap enough to warrant a rotation spot in the fridge.

Photo of Mario61Aler
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in a 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass, the tulip was occupied. 7.2% ABV

a- poured a nice amber color that was slightly cloudy with a nice thick light tan head, about 2", that laced the glass well and left a rim of froth at the edge of the beer/glass meeting point.

s- some citrus (grapefruit?) notes and a slight note of hops that are delightful.

t- yum there is the citrus and floral notes that finish well into the hops, some woodiness but muted. well balanced flavor!

m- to start soft, creamy then drys nicely. Think of having a ice cream made of grapefruit thats tart/creamy at the same time and drinking a grapefruit soda that cleans your palate.

o- very good drinker here, not too complex, finishes neat and clean. Memory lingers as does the hops.

Photo of CaseyR22
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada "Hop Tulip"

Look- Beautiful. Deep coppery/redish color with a medium sized dense head that lasts till the last sip. Big blotchy lacing all over the glass.

Smell- Hops, piney,grassy,yummy Hops. Maybe a hint of citrus in there too. Maybe I'm crazy but it seems like I can smell a bit of estery alcohol from almost every beer I drink in this glass.

Taste- A little bit of grapefruit and a lot of flowery hops. Bitter but not unbalanced, there's definitely some sweet malt hiding in there.

Mouthfeel- Thick with a lots of carbonation but not overkill. This is perfect IMO.

O/A- This is excellent, and dangerously drinkable at 7.2% ABV. This is a top notch IPA, and it is widely available, and very affordable. I will enjoy this beer again and again.

Photo of Clownpants
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer, not just India Pale Ale I have ever had. As I mentioned in my Sierra Pale Ale review, that beer took me out of hte Miller Lite and Bud Light phase of my life into the craft brew phase.

I rate this higher than Dogfish or Titan or any of the other supposed IPA champs. This has the same mouthfeel that the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has, but with some extra hoppiness.

Plus this is much more affordable than other similar hoppy beers like Dogfish 90 minute...which is 4 beers for $15 versus 6 of these for $10.

Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

Pours a semi cloudy amber color with a mild scent of hops. The taste of hops is very strong with this beer. Definetly very bitter that takes a few sips to get used to. Some lesser hints of malts as well. Definetly a beer for hops lovers, just wish I enjoyed the taste of hops more.

Photo of veinless
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful glassy clear amber, with a dollop of one-finger off-white head on top that retains very well and leaves spotty lace. Ridiculous transparency sets this appearance apart, though the lace holds it back from a perfect score.

Restrained grapefruit and lemon citrus nose is promising but not strong enough. Pine and resin are definitely there in the back along with some sticky caramel malt.

Taste is incredibly balanced - the malts and hops hit you all at once, rather than in waves. Starts sweet and malty, with strong caramel and toffee notes, but then moves to a candied citrus flavor that is a little bit too sweet for me, but still quite nice. The beer then gradually dries out, leading to a piny, bitter dry finish. Even then, a floral sweetness manages to come through. The flavors perhaps could have been integrated into the beer better, but individually they are all of great quality.

Mouthfeel is lively and maybe even a little bit too carbonated, though the rest of the feel is exemplary for the style. Drinkability is tough to gauge due to the saccharine start, but the dry finish helps a great deal.

Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inch thick white head on top of a cloudy orange IPA. Wonderful head retention and very good lacing.

S- I'm getting pine and grass notes.

T- Piney hops with a caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is crazy...love it if you're a "hophead", stay away if you're not. Some citrus detected. Leaves the mouth watering for more.

M- Big mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- Is this considered a "classic" yet? I know it hasn't been out too long (2 years maybe?) but this has to be the best widely available IPA in America. Overall, I'd throw this into the upper echelon of IPAs, albeit on the low end. At 7.3% just a few of these will have you acting goofy. Thanks Sierra Nevada for making a great "go-to" beer, even in the beer black hole that is known as northwest Illinois.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with almost two fingers of foamy/fluffy white head that remains for a few minutes.

The scent is of citrus and some pronounced piney hops.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, notes of caramel malt.

Medium body, crisp and quite dry, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a very easy to drink IPA, the flavor was solid and could easily be a daily drinker for me.

Photo of Brabander
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review number 300!

I got this beer in a trade with listenatjoes last thursday. I had some westy's for him and he gave me some beers from the States.

I have met the guys from the Sierra Nevada last year in Belgium and i think they are doing a great job with their beers and the way how they make them. Ken Grossman is quit a person!

Now to the beer. Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks quit good. Not much carbonation going on in the coppercouloured fluid. Nice head which stays for quit a while.

Smell is average, not really spectacular. The taste is a bit too bitter for me. The hops are a bit too much ahead. As a european this kind of hops
is something i need to get used to.

I have had better beers from the guys.

Photo of BucBasil
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a good IPA, if a bit unbalanced. The hop character is very in your face with not a lot of malt in there to balance, but maybe that's the point. Very fresh tasting with pine, resin and citrus rind and then a finish that lasts for a long time. Smooth but then incredibly dry, leaving you wanting more.

Very nice beer but again I can't help but hoping there was a bit more balance. I find myself comparing it to DFH 90 minute but with less of a malt profile. That keeps me from putting it in my upper tier of IPAs, but can understand the appeal.I could revist this one again.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a copper or caramel color into the glass with a big thick foamy head which stuck around and left lots of lacing.

S: Lots of pine and resin. Interwoven are notes of grass and oranges.

T: Big pine hop kick upfront with a good amount of spiciness in the middle. Some caramel malt notes help the hops hold on to the end which comes with a huge bitter slap. Astringent alochol sneaks in and out and so do apples. Finishes crisp and bitter with strong acidity.

M: Medium with a little fizz

O: Great piney, resiny hop bomb that finishes with big bitterness. Could drink it all night.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard as the Glass of the Month.

A- Clear dark amber color with very high carbonation, and rocky finger of white head. Thick clumpy lacing as well.

S- Aroma of orange citrus, grapefruit, and pine

T-Strong pine taste, overall a pretty bitter beer, some light citrus notes

M- Highly carbonated, finishes dry, and very crisp

O- Overall the pine taste of this beer was too strong, not very balanced, and tasted a little too one dimensional.

Photo of Snow81
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark orange

Head: Big frosty light tan head that leaves a heavy lace on the sides of my glass

Smell: Rich malty grains with a deep dark citric bitterness

Taste: Starts off with a bright citric that moves to a dark bitter that fallows with a light maltyness

Weight: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation

Finish: Malty sweet bitter hops linger

Second Tasting

Appearance: Clear and orange

Head: Light frosty tan head that holds a nice lace as the beer goes down

Smell: Sweet grains with a deep dark bitter citric

Taste: Bitter hops with a sweet malt

Weight: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops that sticks on the palate and lips, yum!

Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, thick and super tasty brew that really has a great taste and leaves you wanting more of this super tasty gem. Puts you in the zone of feeling great too.

This is what I envision the beers of the Colonial times being like and when beer was something superior to what was mass produced and served in a can (or bottle ) and passed off as good domestic American beer throughout the 20th century.

My .02 cents for what it's worth...enjoy !

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

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

A- Bronze, slightly hazy color, with foamy 3/4 finger head. Transformation to thick lace took about two minutes, and the lace retention is pretty good.

S- the glass is in front of the monitor as I type this review, and I'm getting whiffs of hops from two feet away. Hopy, pine scents (more of a pine edge than citrus). Pleasant force of the aroma- solid but doesn't knock you over.

T- Mmmm, a good strong IPA- hop from front to finish, with hint of malt. Compares to a slightly stronger version of 60 Minute IPA. Yum.

D- You have to be into bitter IPA's to want a few of these- which I am, and I do! This is a good example of an American IPA- full body and sharp bitterness.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark burnt honey color. Nice creamy head with good retention and some light lacing.

Smell: Instantly bitter. Smells fresh and finely balance. A sticky resiny hop profile matches with a brilliant woody piney smell. There is smell of pale and crystal malts to back this IPA up. Some astringency. There is a powerful alcohol smell that is barely masked by the incredible character.

Taste: Wow. Much maltier than I expected. I'd call this an autumn IPA. Good caramel Malts blended with nice sappy hops. Some flavor of peach and lemon zest. Slightly burnt flavor that I enjoy. This is a dream beer for me.

Mouthfeel: There is a good creamy mouthfeel of deliciously balanced sweet Malts and bitter piney hops. Finishes perfectly leaving no aftertaste. Well done.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Watch out for the high ABV. It's a shame more breweries can't put out more affordable IPA's as good as this.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,507 ratings.