1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,308 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,308
Reviews: 2,560
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 151
Gots: 809 | FT: 3
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,308 | Reviews: 2,560 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Birchgrove77
Birchgrove77

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Crystal clear, cedar-like in collar with an incredibly fluffy off-white head.

S: Grapefruit and pine dominant. Hints of orange peel with a sweet malty aroma.

T: Yummy. Begins with a very nice grapefruit note that evolves to lemon peel. Then on the swallow you pick up some piney hints that are quite refreshing. Dominant in the aftertaste, but not overbearing on the palate. In between grapefruit and pine you find a very nice maltiness that seems to bounce between sticky sweet and dry. Very nice job.

M: Nice attenuation keeps the sticky sweet mouthfeel at bay and their is some dryness that makes you yearn for another sip.

D: I found this more drinkable than SNPA just because the mingling of flavors is a real treat. Have always enjoyed Sierra Nevada for the quality and reliability of their hoppier beers and this is no exception. Nice balance with the hops and I enjoy the fact it isn't over the top.

03-13-2009 05:35:12 | More by Birchgrove77
Photo of nc41
nc41

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

I love SN, but I don't get this brew. Does it stand as is or against the marketed style? It's nowhere near an IPA let alone an Extra. Not bad in any way, but nowhere near the style you might think. Actually a decent session brew. The taste is very similar to their ESB, nice lasting head, slight hops on the nose. Going blind I'd guess this to be a slightly hoppy APA. let alone an IPA or DIPA. Again, very balanced and very drinkable, but please don't call this an IPA. The drink ability drives up the score on this one.

A second review supports the first one,. Surprising because tastes change with exposure to different brews. I don't consider this an IPA , but perhaps an extra APA. Very drinkable to the max, tastes great, but not enough hops to be an IPA. Maybe too controlled and balanced.

03-13-2009 04:11:41 | More by nc41
Photo of jjanega08
jjanega08

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%

Did this review after drinking a whole 6 six pack... over the course of a week.
A= Amber/ orange/ brown color with a small head but excellent lacing. The head falls fast and leaves big soapy bubbles.
S= Good. It actually smells like really bitter hops with a little sweetness. Grapefruit comes through and a little pine.
T= Wow. This is the first beer that I've had that I thought was over hopped. Up front it's fine. Pine and small grapefruit come through. Then the after taste lingers for sooo long on the back of my tongue. It's not really describable in any way besides really bitter. Taste reminds me of a homebrew that I didn't let bottle condition properly.
M= Average weight and very very dry
D= Not too great. The extreme lingering hop flavor lasts way too long in the after taste. It satisfies my hop craving but not more than one. I may buy it again if I have an extreme craving but a little over board for me. The hoppiest bitter beer I've ever had.

03-13-2009 02:00:38 | More by jjanega08
Photo of IceHog
IceHog

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a nice browhish orange. About one inch of head that lingers for a long time. Smells of pine and citrus and has a nice pine (hoppy) taste, citrus is there but I get more pine flavor. Not extremely bitter (what I expected with a beer billed as a triple IPA), but very drinkable. The malt definitely helps to balance the hops. I will definitely be putting this beer on my buy list.

03-13-2009 00:34:05 | More by IceHog
Photo of SeanRedd
SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Helluva good IPA...yes, IPA. Thick poofy head that hangs out during the whole experience. My first pint was a 4 in appearance, my second pint was a vigorous pour, creating a mountain peak snowcapped with melted marshmellow...4.5. Young and freshly agitated the aroma is damp, sweet pine needle; citrusy fruit punch balanced with spice. Several minutes later...the head is sill on steroids, needed to be roughed up though. Medium body, sharp with several notes interchanging, finishing long with a refreshing bitter. The hops are zesty, prickling a humbly balanced malt background. This one sits as a session for the palate abusers. All them RIS' and DIPA's have slapped around (and stimulated) our tastebuds, requiring a 7.2% ball game beer. Sky is the limit.

03-12-2009 23:48:47 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of cottonkoozie
cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Great brownish orange color. Nice head with good retention. great lacing.

S - Citrus hops as well as a piney smell.

T - Great taste, citrus hops, with a piney taste to it. Good level bitterness, not overpowering. Finishes with a great spicy taste.

M - Perfect carbonation for the style. Nice and full.

D - Great drinkability, smooth and easy to drink. The bitterness is so that is makes this very drinkable.

Another great beer from Sierra. Not as strong as the celebration, but stronger than the pale ale, good in between IPA to offer as a year round. Will definitely be on my list of regulars.

03-12-2009 22:49:43 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
Pballa4lyfe

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A- pour this into my glass, it delivered a nice head around 1/4 inch of head and a beautiful burnt orange

S- citrusy and fruity, smells like it tastes

T- oh my God, delicious, the hops are full on flavor but retain their bitterness to a minimum, has a citrus and fruity flavor, which meets a great balance

M- yummy

D- goes down smooth, nice full flavor, what more do ya want?

03-12-2009 21:09:51 | More by Pballa4lyfe
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Howe is this not a double?

Beautiful beer!

appearance: golden amber hues, reddish

smell: loaded loaded hops, very plesant for a hop fans. Extreme freshness

taste: Very strong hops aroma, this beer is loaded, nice grapefruit taste

mouthfeel: high carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: smooth summer beer. This is how to make an IPA. SN did it again!

03-12-2009 19:34:21 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of IBUnit63
IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz. into a trusty mason jar...

I do like the look of this stuff. Crystal-clear copper-bourbon body with moderate quick carbonation. Head is 1 1/2 fingers and sticks around for the most part. The perfectly eggshell-colored head leaves excellent lacing.

With the exception of a telltale Sierra Nevada mildly metallic tinge at firt (caps? yeast strain?) there's a solid floral and slightly grapefruit hop tinge that represents well...quite fresh indeed. Malt provides a little caramel balance to the hop oiliness but this really doesn't need much. A hint of alcohol works. Slight earthiness emerges with warmth.

Wow...the carbonation makes an impact here...it spritzes up what is now a grapefruit rind-ladened oily hop bundle of goodness. There's a mild sweet caramel-alcohol touch in here but it's definitely overshadowed by the rich hop character. Warmth gives it a little more synergy and calms the carbonation down. A bit of earthiness muddles it slightly...age or yeast strain?.

This starts out bright and spritely and calms down into a true fresh IPA. A little all over the place but quite solid overall. Finish is a bit oily and slightly earthy. Age, probably...they don't use Ringwood at all, do they?

Man, the elements are good and overall it's OK but almost everything Sierra Nevada does that I have tried tends to leave me wanting a little bit. No exception here...I prefer the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts rather than the other way around. Like the French and Russian judge would say to the American figure skater...Technical Merit/Required Elements 5.6, Artistic Impression 5.2...

03-12-2009 12:20:48 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours a 1 and a half finger slightly tan head. Color is an orange copper. Clear. Great retention. Splattered lace.

Aroma is mainly hops. Very piny. Citrus notes and grapefruit. A very appealing aroma.

Taste comes off just slightly malty then the hops hit. Carmel malts, pine hops, citrus zest. Very great taste.

Mouthfeel is an intense bitterness but in a good way. Wow it just fills the mouth with happiness. Leaves the normal dry aftertaste of an IPA. Carbonation is good as well.

Right now I am thinking to myself, "Why did I buy just one of these?" This will definitely be a go to beer, since it is seasonal. This beer is really great and packs a large flavor. The 7.2% is also completely unnoticeable. I highly recommend.

03-12-2009 03:56:34 | More by mothman
Photo of Docer
Docer

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

Purchased a 6-pack from Belmont Station here in Portland..

- Great dark amber color, like a slightly aged copper penny. Light off-white head w/ a tiny bit of lacing. Not foggy, but clear.

- I was expecting a bigger, more citrus-like smell... but didn't get that. Slight sour and bitter hop notes, and a bit of caramel malt. Smells like the ESB.

- To me it tastes like their ESB as well... sweet, malty, caramel.. and a punch of bitterness. Taste is rather strong n' sweet.. but to me not really like an IPA.

- Decent carbonation.. but a bit too much.. a bit chewy... leaves me grating my teeth. Somewhat dry.

- Good in flavor, but not too drinkable.. a bit too rich for an easily drinkable IPA. All my favorite IPA's can really go down in quantity if desired.

Overall I am not impressed with this one... going out of my way to get it.. kind of wish I saved the extra $9 on my $100 shopping spree. Summit hops? Tasted that hop a lot more in Widmers Drifter.

03-11-2009 21:58:54 | More by Docer
Photo of talkinghatrack
talkinghatrack

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

a - amber color, three finger head. Soap bubbles on the lacing but it does stick around well.

s - hops explosion. I get a little sulfur underneath, too.

t - no surprise - grapefruit and hops. The bitterness starts light but grows until the first inhale after a swallow. Then it just mellows out. Some lower throat warming.

m - medium body with some mouth coating. Great light yet prickly carbonation.

Okay, the recent forum posts tempted me to try this one. Most said that they generally disliked their first 1-2 glasses but then grew to appreciate it as the night went on. I'm not a big hops guy so I didn't get the six-pack to try out that theory but I did let the bottle warm up quite a bit before pouring so I can taste things more clearly.

d - As not much of a hops fan, this is decent. Even from one glass I think I can see the draw on liking this more as the night goes on. As with anything, the taste becomes less intense as you consume more of it in a short session. I don't know that I would session the stuff but I think it would be a reasonable option for pitchers shared with hop-loving friends. It warms nicely too - no big alcohol hits develop on the nose and the good mouthfeel works at warmed temps. I have to rate this in-category and say that as a well-hopped beer I like it.

03-11-2009 04:59:36 | More by talkinghatrack
Photo of jgap
jgap

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Big thanks to matt for this one! Pours a deep amber with tons of frothy, white head. Smell is sweet grapefruit, with a hint of toffee and some earthy notes. Taste is slightly malty up front. Smooth toffee which is quickly interrupted by the hops. Strong grapefruit, earthy notes and some slight pepper. The aftertaste is a lingering crisp hoppiness. Very good beer!

03-11-2009 03:48:10 | More by jgap
Photo of bkilpatr
bkilpatr

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/09/09.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with an inch of soft beige foam. The head receded slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piny hops and hints of malt. A bit tame, but still smells good.

Taste starts with sweet caramel and biscuit-like malt flavor. That is followed by plenty of bitter citrus and piny hops. Some grapefruit flavor as well. The taste is well balanced between the sweetness up front and the bitter finish.

Feel is smooth with ample carbonation. It's medium-bodied and leaves some stickiness around the mouth. Drinkability is decent, but it's too heavy to be sessionable.

Overall, a very solid beer. This is one of my favorite beers from Sierra Nevada.

03-10-2009 05:12:48 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of slk22
slk22

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a bright golden amber with a nice cream colored head having a hint of amber. Head retention is good and very inviting. Aroma is a bit understated, but pleasant. Citrus notes of orange, lemon, and pine are obvious. Taste is stronger than the aroma, beginning with the sweetness of the expected lemon and orange citrus. The sweetness is followed by more acidic grapefruit leading into a pleasant pine bitterness, strong, but not puckering. Well-balanced. Moderate carbonation is present and mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Overall, a very tasty and refreshing beer. I will definitely have this one again. Not overly complex, but solid and very enjoyable.

03-10-2009 01:57:25 | More by slk22
Photo of JohnQVegas
JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a clear, effervescent dark copper, with a fluffy one finger off-white head that sticks around awhile, actually getting bigger and denser as the glass wore on. Interesting.

Nose is soft and citrusy, a bit piney. Not very bold.

Taste is clean and citrusy. Clean citrusy hops with a piney astringency sit on top of a mildly sweet, not-quite-biscuity malt note. As the beer warms, the sweet turns a bit caramelly, and the citrus melds with the sweetness to get a bit more pronounced. Clean but fairly astringent at the same time, if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, sharp, with a medium-full mouthfeel that's just a bit oily.

03-10-2009 01:08:43 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of HeyItsChili
HeyItsChili

China

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours clear copper with a creamy ecru head.

S - Grapefruit, piny resin.

T - Delicious. The frontend is a little spicy, faint white pepper hoppiness that mellows with some sweetness, takes on a citrus quality that sticks with it through the finish.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Notes - Extremely solid beer. Very drinkable.

03-10-2009 00:40:12 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of wchesak
wchesak

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Put in a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout snifter

A- brownish red body, with a fingers worth of tan tinted cream head

S- lots of grapefruit with a slight pine smell in the back

T- nice bitterness all over the place, certainly powerful enough to know this is an IPA, the malt is so far in the background, but then again that is where it should be

M- decently carbonated, can pick up the oiliness brought on my the hops

D- could certainly have a few of these in a night, maybe not as much as the S.N. pale ale which is more balance, but it is just great overall

03-09-2009 23:29:53 | More by wchesak
Photo of grayburn
grayburn

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Sierra Nevada is a brewery that is really starting to grow on me. The torpedo pours a nice golden color with heavy frothy head and some nice retention and lacing. Impressive.
The smell is like a rainbow of hops, with each getting a little time in the limelight. The taste follows suit directly so I shall just merge the two categories together. There is some pine, citrus, mint, flowers, all backed up with just enough malt. Excellent hop profile on this beer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and big at the same time like a good ipa. carbonation is strong, holding up to the alcohol and the hops at the same time.
Torpedo is pretty easy to drink, smooth and very well rounded.

03-09-2009 22:16:11 | More by grayburn
Photo of latercol
latercol

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

pours a orangeish reddish color. Nice tight head. good lacing

I smell grapefruit mostly. Smells great could be a little more in your face though.

taste is crisp and citrusy and very thirst quenching too:)

Mouthfeel is smooth with some hop oils noticable on the finish

Drinkibility is high for an IPA. Overall a really good IPA and considering the price this is one I will get again:)

03-09-2009 21:44:29 | More by latercol
Photo of LarryV
LarryV

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a reddish amber color with a fluffy, light tan head that lingers for quite some time. Piney, floral hoppiness in the nose. Taste is oily, piney hops with a nice balance of malt to keep the hoppiness from being over the top. Medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. I didn't really feel that this was similar to Celebration, it has it's own unique character - I like it and welcome it as a new year round choice.

03-09-2009 12:23:10 | More by LarryV
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper body with a two-finger off-white head with amazing retention staying around the entire drink. Leaves a perfect sheet of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smells strongly of hops and pine with some small traces of caramel maltiness.

T: Very heavy on the hop side. Strong hops with hints of citrus and strong pine almost completely mask the small caramel flavor of the malts. Very dry bitter finish. The alcohol kicks in and out throughout the drink starting from the 3rd sip to the last...it seems to be some weird affair of SN pale ales.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, decently carbonated and oily. The drinkability goes down a bit due to the lack of balance, but still very good. I'm sure that if SN put this in a bomber and released it once a year it's rating would make it on the top 100.

03-09-2009 03:45:01 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of turamarth
turamarth

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: big fluffy white head, that leaves some big lacing. Has a nice dark amber color. Looks almost like honey.

Smell: There are a lot of subtitles in this drink. Nice piney notes, and some very nice citrus notes. There are also some nice sweet berry notes. Almost like white grapes. Very nice nose.

Taste: Taste is a bouquet of citrus. Lemon juice, orange zest, grapefruit. There is a very pleasant sweet undertone to this. Like the white grape in the nose it has the same bright sweetness in the taste. The malts are very subtle but, are very very nice.

Mouth: Medium bodied, a light/bright carbonation. Leaves the mouth just a little thick. Pretty good.

Drink: For being slightly higher in ABV, and moderately bitter, very drinkable. One of my top IPAs so far in my book.

03-09-2009 02:24:35 | More by turamarth
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Nose is highly hoppy - citric & resinous with floral notes. Smells quite good.

Pours a rich caramel color, fair clarity, nice lasting head. Looks good.

Crisp body with soft toasty malt and lots of hop. Excellent IPA. It's not over-the-top hoppy, but it's got a kick. The malt is just present enough to provide a solid ground without stealing the show. Tastes good.

Nicely done guys, thanks.

03-09-2009 02:19:36 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of allengarvin
allengarvin

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A new SN beer in the Texas area. I poured this into a wide chalice. It has a very nice bright copper color, with a modest head. The aroma is appropriately hoppy, but surprisingly not cascades like all of SN's other beers. It has a nice earthy, resinous scent. Very nice flavor, with loads of hops to the taste, like new-mown hay or turned earth... perfect springy hop flavor. The malt is crisp and biscuit-like, and provides a nice balance. Not too heavy-bodied, and eminently drinkable.

A nice addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup. When I first had SN PA, about 20 years ago, it was the hoppiest thing I had ever drunk. Today, though it seems rather bland. This IPA isn't as far out there as some others, but it's a darned good-drinking one.

03-09-2009 01:01:47 | More by allengarvin
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,308 ratings.