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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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8,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,815
Reviews: 2,603
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 178
Gots: 1,084 | 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 MaxBrews
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this after I have some IPA experience under my belt. I didn't feel like I gave this an informed review before.

Appearance: You may want to thank sierra nevada for the huge white head they have bestowed upon us. Color is on the darker side of light amber. Head then dissipates into a rocky, white lacing.

Smell: For an IPA this doesn't have a strong aroma. You'd expect hops to invade your nostrils. The aromas, not weak its moderate but I want it to knock me off my ass. Still you get citrusy and piney hops nothing else, nothing more

Taste: the taste makes up for whatever issues that I had with the aroma. Its a citrusy, herbal and piney delight without being over powering. It finishes with a toasted biscuit taste. Really neither the malt or the hops occupies more flavor characteristics in this beer, they work in harmony even though the obvious taste is hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and dry finish are not that high considering 70 IBUS. Still more than likely too bitter for some. But I'm amazed at the balance of this IPA.

Drinkability: A hoppy, flavorful IPA that won't do your head in with bitterness. I'm not a bitterness pansy myself, but my friends are. A really drinkable, but BIG IPA. High in alcohol but refreshing and very sessionable if you don't mind staggering home. A great IPA

MaxBrews, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Jdecarol
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange hue with a small half finger head that fades to an ring around the glass. Small amount of lacing left behind here and there.

Smells very sweet, almost not so good sweet with an overabundance of pine sol.

Taste is phenomenal. It has the perfect combination of citrus, pine and sweet malt. This may be my new favorite.

The big hop presence is balanced perfectly with the malt. Could use a little more carbonation.

If it wasn't for the 7.2% alcohol I could pound these back all day.

And my GF who hates beer said "not bad"

Jdecarol, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of omahawk
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in pint glass.

A - nice sized head, OK lacing, golden copper color. Nice looking beer.
S - A little lacking compared to the rest of this beer. Hints of pine and citrus.
T - Very nice, drinkable. Surprising 7.2%. Taste of piney and citrusy hops.
M - A little harsh, not as smooth as other IPAs.
D - Excellent. This is a dangerous 7.2%, as it goes down easily.

omahawk, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a nice IPA. A great offering from SN. Beautiful in color and smell. Tastes piney and citrus notes are there. Lots of lemon zest as well. Nice juicy bitterness. This goes down very smooth. This isn't really a session brew bc the alcohol can catch up to you after a couple.. but it's hard to stop drinking! Solid IPA, this is the real deal! Cheers!

Top-notch American IPA.

BB1313, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a very thin one. The aroma did not knock me out, I barely got any hops at all. The taste did not bowl me over either, not a bad thing, as any style of IPA can be overdone. The usual suspects were there, grapefruit, a little malt and a pine needle bitter aftertaste. I liked. Medium body and just a bit oily. Good drinkability.

kegger22, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a rising off white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Smells mostly of citrus hops with some herbal notes in the background. I also detect a hint of pine resin.

Tastes of the hops up front, but is balanced out by a moderate malt sweetness. The hops are mostly citrus and pine flavors with the malt having a toasted, caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is a perfect medium and has a crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect.

This is very drinkable.

ocelot2500, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a bright clear copper with a fluffy eggshell white head of 3.5 cm foaming up easily and receding slowly. Hop aroma is apparent immediately with pine sap and sticky resin notes mixing with some herbal notes. The head is fading slowly leaving large craters on the surface and sticky lattice on the glass.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carbonation. The beer thins a little on the finish, but also dries my palate immensely. Flavor is caramel for a nanosecond up front then rolls to some sticky resiny hop flavor and finishes grapefruit rind bitter, making me thirsty for another sip.
The alcohol is well hidden, and the beer is drinkable, but make no mistake there are hops in that bottle!

sulldaddy, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Winter
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber in color with a creamy off-white rocky head. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass. The wonderful aroma consists of piney hops with a touch of grapefruit citrus. Some nice malt in the aroma also. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and mostly smooth, with just a touch of carbonation on the sides of the tongue.

Taste is amazing for an IPA. For starters this ale isn't shy on the hop bitterness, but it balances the piney and citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt sweetness. The piney hop bitterness is really accentuated in the long finish. I would never have guessed this IPA was over 7% abv. It goes down smooth with plenty of flavor. I could see this being dangerous. Great IPA.

Winter, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding and versatile IPA from one of my personal favorite brewers.

Appearance: Amber, cloudy; thin head with adequete lacing

Smell: Hoppy goodness with hints of pine and malt

Taste: Hop kick in the beginning with a malty finish

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Sippable and goes well with lighter meals or even a burger; a decent all around IPA

Norfawkers, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight into a generic pint glass .. at first there's a 1/2 inch of head leaving some nice ring-like lacing on every gulp. Hazy, dark copper colored. A nice cap of foam stays until the very end.

Right when I pried open the cap, the dank, earthy pine'ness went straight to my nose. All I could say was "Oh Yeah!". After a few swirls and heavy sniffing I get some peppermint and grapefruit.

There isn't that much sweetness you get from a typical IPA. The herbal, piney'ness dominates the tongue. Lemon zest, grapefruit skin and some peppery spiciness show up at the end. Good stuff.

I really enjoy this beer. Can't really complain about the carbonation and body, they are spot on for an IPA. I wish it had a bit more sweetness to it because the herbal & pine flavors can become a bit too much even after one bottle.

diamondc, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of mcbSTL
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of a 6xer, on sale at Schnucks for $7.49.

Dimpled, soapy 1/2 inch head. Clear, rusty hue for body. Lacing only slightly higher than beer level.

Earthy hop oil.

Complex. Bitter. Smaller citrus flavor. Lingers on palate longer than most IPAs. Numbs tip of tongue, immediately. Then attacks roof of mouth 2 seconds in. Even numbed upper lip.

Despite high IBUs, mouthfeel was balanced and full and complete.

Medium. Two-three of these will pigeonhole your tastebuds for the night.

mcbSTL, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of JMD
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a Rich copper color with large fluffy head that settles very slowly. Leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops, some malt and an almost herbal aroma. This is the one thing that I was disappointed with in this beer. The aroma is too faint, I really had to concentrate to find it.

T: Big punch of hops right up front, with huge citrus and pine notes. Carmel malt is also present which gives this beer and underlying sweetness. Also some herbal and medicinal flavors. But the hops are the star here, they leave a nice residual bitterness that lasts quite a while after each sip.

M: Full-bodied ale with moderate carbonation. Great texture, the hops coat your entire mouth and you drink this.

D: This is a fantastic brew. I've read some people comparing it to a APA, but in my opinion this falls somewhere in between an IPA and a DIPA. Huge hop punch, but a nice malt balance that lends a sweetness and depth of flavor. Either way, it's top notch.

JMD, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this a few times in bottles, but this review is on a half pint I had in Chico at their brewery.
Let me start by saying I like this more than their Pale, which is a pretty strong statement. Not that their pale is supurb, buts its consistently a perfect fallback beer. I'd like to see this have the same distribution as pale.

It's a ramped up pale ale, but not quite an IPA in my opinion. I think i'd consider it a .5IPA.
Pours a rich copper color with a reallly nice head sitting aloft.
Bright crisp hop aroma and flavor. Citrus, slight pine, and a good balance of sweetness to bitterness. It's clearly too high to be a session beer, but it's generally a good brew.

SurlyDuff, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of rocky chunky batter-like tan head... Lots of moderate paced carbonation slightly accelerates as it rises to the top... A rich dense golden copper color...

S - Solid hoppy aroma... Quite pleasant without being overpowering... Overall quite piney, but some subtle sweet citrus notes... Faint malt backbone... Slightly floral...

T - An interesting mix of hoppiness... Perhaps it's the new citra hops, a variety that I'm not too familiar with... Some watery sweet citrus... Faint herbal notes... Bready notes with a mild caramel presence...

M - On the thin side of medium bodied... Lots of carbonation, though it only packs a modest bite... Slightly creamy... Mildly chalky... Astringent aftertaste... Overall, surprisingly smooth...

D - A solid and slightly above average IPA... I prefer to the SNs Celebration Ale... A refined a sophisticated sipper of an IPA, but I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting...

philbe311, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of myost88
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Into tulip style pint.

Appearance- Deep copper color. Crystal clear and bubbly. Two finger head that leaves a lace rim where the original head was. Impressive.

Smell- A heap of grapefruit scents. Not as Piney as most IIPAs. Scent doesn't stick around long, kinda faded with the head. I was a little dissapointed.

Taste- Hoppy bitterness. Citrusy. Not sweet at all. Very sharp bite. Would go great with a sharp salty cheese. It's simple and it tastes good, nuff said.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp. Light-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- At 7.2% it's one of the lighter IIPA's, so you can have a couple or 4. It's a nice beer that you don't have to think much about, so it's great when you're out with friends.

Overall- Very good beer. Not outstanding. The only complaint I have is that it lacks the sweet finish that I've come to really enjoy from an IIPA. Still, I will gladly drink this again. And the price won't break the bank.

myost88, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness data on bottle. Single left over from a six-pack purchased in Northern California.

A-Poured a golden amber hue with a two finger head that receded into a sticky lace as this torpedo went down the hatch. Appearance very inviting.

S-Piney and citrus hops, but nothing especially prominent. Seems like a hopped up version of their Pale Ale I had earlier tonight.

T-Better balanced then their Pale Ale. Very hoppy and bitter with a slight after taste. Very West Coast style presentation. Malt present in taste when beer warms. I liked much more after it warmed.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level. Tantalizing to the taste buds.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

A very good IPA. Would drink again. Would buy again, depending on what else was available.

velosuds, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of chas1326
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always I think the trick to IPAs, at least to b exceptional, is to blend the highest amount of hoppieness with the best drinkability. This brew is exceptional. It is very hoppy as most IPA lovers enjoy without being either overly alcholy (like other IPAs 90 or 120 minute IPAs) or too smooth and not hoppy enough. Sierra Nevada has brewed a winner in this category.

chas1326, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had one of these the other day. It was not as good as I had hoped. Although Sierra Nevada makes a lot of good beers, from their pale ale to their barleywine, porter and stout, the IPA attempts always fall a little short. Not as good a a liberty ale but pretty good and worth trying.

david18, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright orange with a generous, tightly packed white head.

A whiff of inviting fresh hops, passionfruit, grassy notes, oranges skins.

On the palate it's aggressive yet delicate. Medium bodied with tropical fruity flavors and a bitterness akin to orange peel. Dry through and through, left nice lacing all the way down.

It would be more sessionable for me if it had a little sweetness to balance. Still a great value just a "drink two and switch" kind of beer for me. Well made for certain and an inexpensive way to get a good hop fix.

brownbeer, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer is golden orange hue. The head is a full two inches thick. You only need to get your nose in the same zip code of this beer. Holy christmas tree. The aroma is so piney. I've had a handful of hop bombs but this ones nose takes the cake. There is some sweetness if you really get in there. The flavor is no where near as intense. It has a nice hoppy flavor. The usual suspects, pine sap grapefruit bitter orange. Then there's a nice sweet malt backbone that taste like powdered donuts to me. I can't explain it. It's very pleasant though. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. The torpedo is the bomb. (I couldn't help myself)

beerwolf77, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up due to the brand, and it was priced nicely at a local grocery (under $8/6-pack). Thick, full-bodied, and with nice retention here, and a robust, citrus-floral aroma. Goes down smooth, then a twisty, hoppy roll, and a complex, lingering bitterness with accents of pinewood, flowers,and a little citrus zing. Enjoyable!

secondtooth, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of madpentzer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a six pack from my neighborhood liquor store. Poured a nice clear amber color with a nice head. The hop aroma fills your nostrils with a little bit of malt sweetness. Intense hop flavor floods the taste buds backed up by a light malt character. Light body and easy to drink I love this IPA by SN.

madpentzer, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of xtalman
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What more can anybody say an other great product form SN.

Pours a nice amber color with a decent head.

Hops are righty up front in the front as you bring it up to the nose. Initial taste is beautiful hop bitterness, but so well balenced by some very good malt character.

Not surpriseing it sells out here in the the middle of OK fairly quickly.

xtalman, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer for hop heads for sure. Nice deep copper color and a thick head that left very tell tale lacing all over the glass. Did not get the big aroma of citrus and pine typical of a lot of IPA. This was more of a warm and toasty smell and taste with a big bitter bite of hops.

Wheelinb, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark reddish gold color with a light brown head. The head was really foamy and I poured well, but it still spilled over my pint glass, not that there's anything wrong with that.

S - Piney hops and citrus. Almost sour smelling in a way.

T - Not as citrusy as most IPAs. It tastes "toasty" for an IPA. A little bitter. Very nice.

M - Thicker than most IPAs but not as thick as a double.

D - This is a really nice IPA. I like an IPA with a bit "extra" to make it stand from the crowd. This is a great session beer for a true hophead and one of my favorite offerings from SN.

Well worth the money, in my opinion is like an improved SN Pale Ale. Toasty and hoppier. I love it, and keep buying it time and time again.

BeerPhan86, Aug 02, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,815 ratings.