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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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9,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,619
Reviews: 2,735
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 237
Gots: 1,740 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 9,619 | Reviews: 2,735
Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear Amber colour with an Ivory coloured, two fingered head that reduces to a film and laces nicely.

S - Nice grapefruit / pine aromas.

T - Nice malt flavours precceded by some decent hop flavour that offer the classic Grapefuit notes and a little, citrus.

M - Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O - One of the best sessionable beers that you will find. Full of flavour and no sign of the 7.2% alcohol.

Photo of Hershdawg
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

A: Amber red color. White head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, cascade hops, citra, simcoe. Pretty balanced smell.

T: Slight graininess. Citrus and piney hops. Bitter finish. Its a good example of a west coast IPA.

M: medium mouth feel. Not thick and coying and not thine and watery.

O: A great standard west coast IPA. Not as complex as some but very drinkable. Expresses the best of Sierra Nevada and CA IPA styles. Not that abrasive on the bitterness which is a plus

Photo of nicksta
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Horey shit. This is bonza! The color of the beer is a nice, slightly dark, brown and gold. It's clear, and the foam is thick and it sticks around a while with significant lacing. It smells very clean. Piney, with a nice roasted touch that's clean. There's also that hint of hops to come in the taste, which is excellent. There's a great caramel sweetness. It's quite sweet, but balanced by this great hop aftertaste. It's bitter and deliciously so, but not too strong. A hint of citrus (lime) is present as well. The mouthfeel is godly. It glides down the throat.

Photo of peacebone116
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this beautiful beer on cask at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.

A: Honey with a creamy off-white tan head and a bit of vegetation floating in the middle of the beer as it "cooked" and settled. Appears decently carbonated (for a cask beer, that is), and the head remains through to the finish.

N: Immaculate floral bouquet of pineapple and grapefruit--very impressive and powerful!

T/M: Perfect creamy body and light mouth-feel. Citrus and herbal tastes that follow the nose, but slightly less intense. Herbal qualities are followed by a nice, light bready note, which is quickly absorbed by a pleasant piney bitterness.

Great beer on cask--still might benefit from being a bit more chilled (maybe just about 5-degrees or so), but nonetheless my favorite format of this beer so far!

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

Pours a stunning glowing orange with plenty of fine carbonation streams. The sticky, clingy cappuccino colored head lasts forever. The aroma is of fruity, citrusy hops and doughy, sweet malts. Hops are very strong in this brew. It verges just this side of a hop tea thanks to the very substantial, chewy malt profile. Pine and citrus flavors abound and grow with intensity with warmth. The mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and wonderfully numbing from the hop assault. Fantastic concrentrated grapefruit bitterness lingers forever making for a very enjoyable finish. Alcohol is subdued throughout.

This is a fantastic west coast IPA, brash hops, still some semblance of balance. Excellent stuff.

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

A - Golden yellow and orange, sumptuous head with beautiful lacing.

S - Hops hit rather nicely, pine, green leafy-ness, melon and grapefruit.

T - Delicious malty, fruit flavours as mentioned in the smell, with a satisfying hopiness on the back palate accompanied by delicate floral notes.

MF - Light feel with a somewhat foamy texture.

O - This is a lovely American Ipa and is fairly representative of the current quality brews of this style being churned out in the last few years. This is a must try.

Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good red colour and lacing and decent head.

S: Far more subtle than expected. Have to work hard for the hops. Citrus and pine. Some herbal nutty notes. Bit of malt. Green apple.

T: Quite a few bittering hops.

M: Decently thick and bitter.

O: Interesting beer. Not what I was expecting. Very restrained hop flavours (at 3 months old). Still enjoyable and different. I would like to try this fresher.

Photo of tallboy27
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gorgeous clear copper color. 1 finger of off white head. first whiff has a faint smell of cat piss. the taste has a spicy, citrusy bitterness up front with a hint of pine, with a sharp bitter finish that makes me think of grapefruit. my nose was a little stuffy when i was tasting for the notes, will try to do a second tasting as soon as possible!

(bought a bottle...drank it from a pint glass.)

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

Ba Review #11
Served On: 7/16/2011
Glassware: Pint

A little disclaimer here - Sierra Nevada Torpedo has always held a special place in my beer fridge, so this review may be somewhat biased.

Look: Poured a very smooth perfect clear copper. Nice fluffy 2 finger light-tan head. Had extremely high carbonation.

Smell: Clean hoppy spice notes with a pronounced maltiness. I notice the 7.2% ABV coming through in the nose, but in a good way.

Taste: I got the hop spice with some bitterness upfront. Middle of the palate was a juicy floral. Finish was a dry ginger spiciness combined with a hop bitterness that seemed to linger for a while.

This beer is certainly a top 3 IPA for me. I am lucky enough to have a distributor who carries it all the time. It is a very nice ‘general-purpose’ brew to have on hand at all times.

Ba Review #11 1/2
Served On: 7/16/2011
Glassware: Tumbler

Wild Goose IPA (retired but reviewing anyway)

I ran into a 6 pack of this beer with a current best-by date on it. Beer Advocate won’t allow anymore reviews of this particular beer, but I’m reviewing it anyway. I decided to include it at the end of my Sierra Nevada Torpedo review because I personally consider both beers to share a similar character and rating.

Look: Poured a brownish orange with carbonation bubbles rising up the middle. Head was about 1-finger and dissipated to a thin film that covered the top.

Smell: A very malt forward aroma with biscuity notes. Dark fruits in the background. Maybe some spicy hops. The nose was well balanced.

Taste: At first there was a spicy hop bitterness - followed by heavy malt notes. The bitterness returned in the aftertaste with hints of citrus. The hop citrus lingered long after each sip.

I can't wait for Logan Shaw Brewing to get on their feet so we can start enjoying Wild Goose once again.

Photo of DannyDan
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden copper with an off white head that has good carbonation, excellent retention and some really cool looking lacing on the side of my beer mug. The nose is loaded with hops and the taste starts out with some pine followed by citrus and finishes off with floral hops. Has a spiciness and some sweet malt in the back. The hops flavors, sweet malts and spices balance each other out very nicely. This beer is very smooth and creamy at first, but than finishes off quite dry with some chalkiness in the mouth. A very great beer that ranks high in my list of favorite IPA's. Sure glad Sierra Nevada made this an all-year round beer because this is the best beer I have tasted from these guys so far.

Photo of fizzy
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I turn around there's a new stupendous IPA hitting the market. This one, like many of the others I have tasted gets two BIG thumbs up. Read everything that the others have added to the description of this great IPA. It deserves a "A" and that is what it is getting.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice copper with a slight orangish hue that is slightly cloudy. Mild carbonation trickles in streams to a dense, off-white 1.5 finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves substantial lacing.

S - Not as big as I had hoped. Mostly herbal notes with a bit of pine.

T - A bit of pine flavors upfront lead to a very full and balanced body. Pine and herbal flavors from the American hops are brought to the forefront while sweet and biscuity malt flavors keep this "Extra" IPA from assaulting the taste buds. A rather biscuity instead of hoppy taste as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before leading to a pine aftertaste.

M - On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very chewy.

Possibly my favorite American IPA so far. It hits nearly all my check marks for a well crafted IPA - Gorgeous Copper orange color with a dense head and nice lacing, tons of hop flavor, yet robust and balanced, and a nice chewy mouthfeel. Get a stronger nose on it this and would be almost perfect. As the standard Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada has become a popular choice for the masses to show their sophisticated taste and drink as a "classy beer" (and for good reason), I believe the true pale ale afficondos will reach for this beer instead.

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

Pours crystal clear, golden. Smells of pears and caramel from crystal malts. Some citrusy hops to balance.

Taste is grapefruit citrus and bitter, with brown sugar sweetness balancing in the start. The finish is quite bitter. It is medium bodied , on the malty side for IPA's.

This is a well balanced beer for what it is, but I prefer my ipa's with less caramel flavor and dryer in general.

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

I've had this beer many, many times but only recently have I really begun to appreciate what a fantastic beer it is. What's even more impressive is how easy it is to find and the very reasonable price for which it is sold.

This beer pours a copperish clear color with a good amount of off white head that lingers throughout the drink. Lots of great smells jump out of this beer... sweet caramel malts and very fruity hops. The taste is a very grassy bitter flavor (just the way I like my IPA's!). The beer is perfectly carbonated and though it's not a chewy beer, I think the body suits the flavor profile well. Easily, one of the best IPA's you can easily buy at several locations.

It's been said by many folks but I feel it must be said again. Sierra Nevada does not get enough credit for being one of the best breweries in America that produce top notch beers at great prices.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was very piney and had a hint of grapefruit to it. The taste is smooth and surely full of hops. Nothing in this brew is over powering. Just simply put a very well balanced alcohol feel and a very balanced hop feel. This is an easy to drink, go to for 7.2% and a must for anyone who loves IPA's. Once angain Sierra Nevada has delivered. Please keep them coming Sieera Nevada. Awesome brew


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard tall glass.

A: Darker amber color, cloudy enough, but still a bit transparent. Nice head, good retention with nice lacing along the sides.

S: Minimal aroma, but the hops are the major note in it. The smell is good, but just kinda soft.

T: Hoppy flavor, nice pine notes. Not so citrusy as many IPAs tend to lean towards, but more nutty and earthier. I enjoyed this one a bit more than I was expecting.

M: Smooth. Really easy to drink, not overly bitter or dry, nice body and texture.

O: Pretty decent IPA. Comes in a 6 pack so cost is lower per bottle and I have no problems drinking a pack of this during a week, especially during these hot summer days.

Photo of heygeebee
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber, one finger head, lovely lacing.

Aromas of ctirus, pineapple, marmalade.

Taste is of pineapple, sherbert, banana lollies. Not too hoppy, more balanced. Pine comes through later - I'm almost seeing the bear shite in the woods(!).

Mouthfeel, clean n crisp - stays that way, too, for the whole bottle.

Great beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some breweries just get it; how to make a well rounded, clean-tasting beer, and go from style-to-style with ease. Sierra Nevada can do just that and proves it with this easy drinking, hoppy, balanced IPA. The hops are of course the star of the show, piney, peppery, light metallic twang. The malt provides sweetness and base, but cedes the spotlight to that big hop blast. Very well-rounded and enjoyable in the IPA style.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip pint.

A: Clear, medium amber with a massive, rocky off-white head that leaves residue on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, pine, lemon, strong herbal notes. Bit of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet malt in the background.

T/M: Bottle is a couple months old, so the hops have faded slightly, which emphasizes the bready, toasty malt character. Impressive malt backbone for a hop-focused beer. High bitterness level. Herbal and grapefruity in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light; good summer beer.

Overall: This is a serious IPA.

Photo of happygnome
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the top of the beer and edge of the glass. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Biscuit malts followed by strong piny and citrusy hop bitterness. The aroma is very inviting.

T: Biscuit malts, grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness to balance.

M: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a really good ipa, I will purchase again

Photo of psuKinger
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First bottle from case dated 5/19/2011. Not as fresh as I'd like, but it's difficult to find super-fresh West Coast IPA out here in PA. To be poured into a standard curved-rim pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter shade and rather clear golden-orange color, with a nice thick head on top, a full fingers worth, with big thick pancake-batter like bubbles scattered throughout the top (but not centered near the middle).

S: The nose is piney and sweet... not very dank or citrus at all. A bit disappointing, from what I remember of this guy.

T: Huge sweetness. Need to recheck the date on this. The bottle is listed as "1139 112 56". From "Fresh Beer Only", that indicates the 139 day of 2011, or a little after Mid-May. Roughly 6 weeks old... certainly not "ideal", but I wouldn't have thought it was sufficient to turn this thing so malty.

Some grapefruit and a touch of bitterness is present on the back end, but far less than needed here.The beer starts smooth and light, with immediate malt sweetness shining through, before a thicker malt backbone comes together with what's left of the hops here to round out the flavor profile.

M: Thick and full, but lacking the hop oils on the finish that I like from an IPA.

D/O: This beer is "fine". Not particularly "good". Not exceptionally "bad". My only frustration is I bought an entire case of this... and I'm not thrilled about filling my beer fridge with this "ok" brew.

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color. The head was big white and sticky. The smell of the beer had a great nose full of hop aromas. The taste of this beer was also very hoppy, with some elements of pine and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a damn good brew from Sierra Nevada, there are only a handful that I enjoy more from them.

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

Just picked up a sixer of this because I found a very fresh case to crack open. I've had a few of these before, but I figured it was time to review one...
Pours nicely with a dark orange color and a decent foamy head. The lacing rings stick to the side as I drink it down. I get a definite citrus hop aroma from this one. Not overpowering, but pleasant. The taste is pretty similar. Kind of tangy, somewhat bitter. Overall, a very solid IPA. Not the best, but Torpedo is one of the regular IPAs that I can always count on. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

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

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a beautiful rich amber. Darker and less hazy than many IPAs.
Very slight citrus in the background, but this one's all about that piney, hoppy bite. I could see some not finding this one to be very balanced, but for me, it's just right. Most other IPAs get too grapefruity for me, but not this one. For me, this has just enough citrus flavor to keep the hops from overpowering, but nothing more.

This is the perfect beer for me for satisfying a big hop craving.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden amber color with fluffy thick head forming at the top of the pour. Significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and biscuity malt dominate the nose. Some pine and floral hop aromas present as well.

T: Sweetness of honey and citrus burst onto the tongue at the onset of the sip. Some biscuit joins the citrus in the middle as some pine sneaks into the flavor profile. Strong hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light body is the feel on the tongue with adequate carbonation.

This is a delicious ipa. The flavors are complex and well blended. The hop profile is balanced well by the citrusy sweetness. A very good offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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