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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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8,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,525
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 165
Gots: 940 | 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 Domingo
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Not sure what the new hopping process is with this brew, but I'm interested in trying it.
Pours a pretty deep copper color with a rocky head that sticks around for the life of the beer.
Smells hoppy for sure. Definitely some cannabis-like overtones in there. Not much of malty sweet smell, but the hops are about as potent as you could expect.
The taste, while hoppy, actually has a lot of hops flavors I don't really care for. Along with the pine, grapefruit, and floral flavors, there's a deep bitter earthiness that keeps popping up. It's distracting, and I'm not really a fan of it. There's a malt base that creeps out with each sip, but there's so little sweetness in this beer, balance clearly wasn't what they were shooting for.
Texture is nice and this is pretty good for a single serving, but one bottle's enough.
The idea behind this is nice, but there are hop flavors in there I don't really want. The pure bitter hops are also a little boring after about 1/2 glass. A DIPA malt base or some different (fruitier) hops would've worked better for me.
I definitely prefer Celebration as far as SN IPA's go. Reminds me of the attempt at an English IPA from a few years ago. Just make Celebration a normal offering instead of these other IPA variations.

Domingo, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

This had a nice rich deep copper amber color. The citrus and floral could be taken in right off the nose. The beer itself is pretty big but the abv is balanced nicely. The hop selection used in Sierra beers is always awesome. Great beer overall defiantly worth grabbing a 6 pack if you see it out!

FarmHouseJam, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev -3.8%

A- Pours a nice light amber-gold color with big, thick head. Great head and retention. Laces very well.

S- Lots of hops. Citrus, floral, and pine notes. Great, great aroma... at first. The hop aroma here seems to fade as it goes on and is replaced by a skunky herbal/faint urine smell. It's faint, but definitely there (and not just skunked beer--different). It's been in all of them I've had to date. Maybe it's the herbal hops, but that part does not do it for me. EDIT: Having this again proves to me that this is among the best value beers around. Nice fruity, hoppy aroma here.

T- Big punch of bittering hops and piney notes at first. Slight hint of alcohol, but very slight. Just a taste of orange zest and a bit of malty sweetness (just a bit) for balance. As far as IPAs go, this is pretty good. To me it fits right in between IPA and DIPA (hence "extra" IPA).

M- Smooth, medium bodied, creamy (while still being crisp, I know). Good stuff.

D- I can't stomach more than a few of these--I like a lot of hops, but I can't put down a ton of these in a night. Definitely a good sipper, IMO.

Another strong one from SN. Not exactly the second coming, but good.

LordAdmNelson, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a dark amber with two fingers' fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

The nose has a mix of fruit, pine and some roasted aromas. The taste starts sweetly with a hint of the bitterness to come. The sweetness quickly fades for the pine, which then evolves into a floral flavour. Hops all around.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good--I could have a few.

It's an all-around good beer for someone who likes hops. As a bonus, it is hard to beat for the price. This will be making regular stops in my home.

CityBoy1986, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

pours deep copper with huge white fluffy head. leaves incredible lacing on the glass, some of the thickest i have seen.

scent is light but i am sure my nose is partially stuffy. i do catch light mixtures of floral and pine hops. a great combo

starts out light and the bitterness kicks in and intensifies through the finish leaving a light bitter aftertaste. a lot of pine flavor up front followed by citrus notes and some floral notes that lie beneath. a very nice blend of flavors.

very smooth, light carbonation, and very full bodied. goes down painfully easy.

this is one hell of an IPA. so easy to drink and so well crafted. SN has really been upping the ante lately.

hooliganlife, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours with a big sticky foamy head.Nice Amber color. Head stays around with good lacing for the whole glass. Has that Great Piney/Hoppy SN aroma. You know exctly what the taste will be like from the great aroma. Continued smelling gives you a hint of grapefruit as well. Taste does not dissapoint. Nice Hoppy Hoppy Hoppy flavor. But without that Big bitter punch you get from some Big IPA's. A little dry/bitter flavor lingers in the mouth. These will be awesome when the weather gets warmer. Will be a great beer on those hot days out on the deck.
Now one of my favorite IPA's. Worth the 1 1/2 hour drive to find it.

Liverpool08, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

two finger size big bubble rocky pearl colored head that has moderate retention and leaves a nice lacing. the beer is a true amber color, and not like an amber beer, but like amber itself. everything from its color to its transparency makes me feel like i should find a mosquito trapped in it or something.

a rich spiced hoppy smell. with a hint of floral and herbal.

a consistant hoppiness with an array of characters as it flows down the palate. it starts off slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. becomes slightly citrusy, particularly grapefruit, and spiced as it moves towards the back. and finishes florally on the back of the tongue.

properly carbonated light to medium body.

the taste of this beer, though good at first really wears on me. after awhile i feel like im drinking spiced liquid flowers. and its the trademark use of the cascade hops by sierra nevada. this beer is without a doubt a sierra nevada selection, however i think some beer styles require flexibility in the brewery style to make it work, and thats what i would have appreciated from sierra nevada on this extra ipa.

mjw06, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge off-white head that dissipates slowly. Very long lasting sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of "wort". A little mix of malt and hops.
Earthy / piney hops, toasted malts. Not a lot of complexity. Nice balance leaning toward hops. Not very sweet at all.
Medium bodied beer with a crisp slightly dry texture. Moderate carbonation.
Pretty good drinkability. I prefer a little more sweetness and citrusy hops.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-ScottR

seanbhudson, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of JasonA
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Just un-transparent copper. Solid finger of head, ample lacing. Settling islands of carbonation.

Hops, hops, hops. Lots of hops. Some citrus, light medium malt, some barley.

Initial hops, swarming hops, piney pale hops. Thats a lot of hops.

Just enough bitter with the hops. Extremely well balanced. Barely malt, hint almost. Perfect amount.

I wish it was about 20 degrees warmer as this brew is a perfect hot weather quencher.

JasonA, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of REDBIKE22
4.7/5  rDev +13%

Was looking for a nice IPA the other night while grilling out...saw this and decided to give it a shot...

WOW! Excellent beer for the price...explosive hops all over...nice amber orange with an off white head that leaves foamy lacing all the way down the pint glass. Just read that SN is actually running short on this stuff, so get it while you can...here in Publix, it seems to be pretty abundant.

My new favorite IPA, hands down...I could put away a few of these on a hot day!

REDBIKE22, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Lumpy off-white head that leaves chunky lace islands on the rim of the glass. Deep dark copper color. Clear.

Fresh green hop aroma--not overly strong. Very little malt smell.

Strong hoppy bitterness. Not as floral as the aroma would suggest. The malt briefly appears at the very beginning of the taste, but it seems more suited as the delivery engine of the hop bomb. Solid body with appropriate carbonation. A solid IPA

smcolw, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of fostwal
4/5  rDev -3.8%

The first thing that you notice about this beer is the intense hop flavor. The sharp, bitter, hop flavor makes this definitely not the beer to down. You are forced to take your time and enjoy the beer. Savor the flavors. Smell the hop scent. And admire the dark golden color. This is a really good beer for those that like, no LOVE, hops.

fostwal, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Finally found this brew at Springhill Liquor in North Little Rock, AR. I bought it in a six pack for $9 plus tax. Not bad, if it turns out to be as good as I have heard. My palate has grown weary of all the sweet beers I find here. I'm sick of Belgian Ales, Dubbels, Trippels, Quads, and Bocks. I want something hoppy and dry for a change and I really hope this brew delivers.

Appearance: Pours a rich, slightly foggy, copper body with a two-finger ivory head with nice lacing and retention.

Smell: The nose is fruity with scents loaded with pine, hops, pineapple, and malted barley. I didn't really get a whole lot of citrus with this one.

Taste: This brew takes me back to the days I spent sitting in the Stone Brewery's Beer Gardens, enjoying a nice Arrogant Bastard Ale. Torpedo has a sweet bite that moves in to a rich pine taste. The pine subsides and moves in to a harsh nutty bitterness that I have missed so much.

Mouthfeel: The brew is fairly heavy but not as chewy as others of its caliber.

Drinkability: If you love IPAs and ASAs, then its right up your alley. I have no problem knocking back a six pack in an hour, though I am sure many people would say that it's too heavy. If you like hoppy beers, its great!

It's California in a bottle.



dotsonjamesg, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of CAP1868
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from the typical Sierra Nevada styled bottle into a pint glass. The funny thing about this one is that it was my girlfriends choice...and what a great one.

A-Dark amber red, I couldn't see through the brew in my pint glass, had a decent head that remained with decent lacing. I knew these to be a very good sign of things to come.

S-Smelled very much of pine and citrus which it states on the bottle itself.

T-Wow I loved it...Torpedo is a great name for this beer because its hops all the way up front, but has a very complex malty finish that is simply amazing. This beer is almost perfectly balanced. The pine and citrus were also prevalent throughout the entire tasting.

M-Medium bodied, sticky type feeling

D-At 7.2%ABV you'd think it'd be a tough session beer but it's not so be careful.

GREAT brew and if you can find it, give it a try.

CAP1868, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours an orangish amber color with some red highlights.
Two fingers of thick creamy white head.

Very nice fresh aroma. Piney, citrus, and spice.

Lots of hops up front. This one is like SNPA on roids. A lot bigger and thicker. Nice caramel malt flavor and and hoppy bitterness to finish it up.

This is easily drinkable for 7.2% and might very well be one of my new go to beers. (if i can find it).
This one has quality written all over it.
I'm glad i finally got to sample a bottle.

BigMike, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of drseamus
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

A: Reddish amber body with visible carbonation. There was a touch of head on it.

S: Good mix of both pine and citrus hops. I could use a little more aroma.

T: Good bitterness right up front but the pine dominates over the citrus in flavor. Very malty as well. Honestly, not a properly balanced AIPA.

M: A touch thick for an AIPA but I think it's the abundance of malt.

D: Not too bad, but I'll take a SNPA over this.

drseamus, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer pours with a nice rich opaque amber color and a thick head. Decent retention. Strong citrus scents permeate from the glass along with some mild floral hints. Strong hoppy taste in the initial sip. Balances out nicely with the malts for a very drinkable tasty beer. If you like an IPA heavy on the hops this will be a nice treat. Not necessarily my favorite Sierra Nevada beer but pretty darn good!

BeerisfoodLLC, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a crisp light amber colour with a mid-sized to big frothy, creamy head. Lots of residue is left on the glass ocne the head subsides.

The aroma is primarily of big, juicy hop notes with some floral notes as well. There are hints of caramel here and a bit of pine too. Very Sierra-like: simple, but on point and effective.

The flavour sort of echoes the aroma for the most part, with juicy, floral hop notes, and a bit more pine than noted in the aroma. There's a bit of a breakfast cereal flavour here as well. Very bready too. There's a nice bitter finish at the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is a bit oily/slick with a nice bite to it.

This one reminded me of the Troegs HopBack Amber a bit, but as an IPA vs an amber. Good stuff. Very simple but very tasty. Easy to recommend and glad that it's a year round offering as I'll pick it up often.

SixpointJMH, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Finally reviewing the controversial Torpedo.

A - As with most Sierra Nevada beers, Torpedo raises a formidable wall of foam, and leaves copious lace as it slowly recedes. A pale "dark gold," this looks a lot like Celebration.

S - Hops, mostly of the grapefruit persuasion, but some piney expression as well. For all the hops in here, I was actually expecting a greener, more pungent nose. Seems a little weak.

T - Not surprisingly, a strong hop bite a la Celebration, minus some of the Pine-Sol character. As in SN's famous pale ale, the Chico yeast throws off some fruity esters. Has a fresh, grainy malt underpinning.

F - Not quite as harsh and soapy as the SN Harvest ales, which I appreciate. Has a slightly more thin feel.

D - Easy to drink, good beer, it's just that it doesn't bring anything new to the table. It tastes substantially like any number of Sierra Nevada hoppy beers. While I enjoy this beer, it would seem that this venerable craft brewery has become something of a one-trick pony. They do what they do very well, and the price of this is quite nice, which will undoubtedly bolster its popularity, and deservedly so - yet all the harvest beers, Celebration, Anniversary, SNPA, and now Torpedo - they are starting to seem a bit same-y. I'll drink the hell out of it when I'm in a mood for hops, but I'd really like to see Sierra Nevada bust out and do something from leftfield. Just a thought.

Patrick999, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pouring this 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass resulted in an inch and a half to two inches of light orange sherbet colored head. It leaves no shortage of lacing behind. Cloudy dark gold.

Nose is deep citrus, candied pineapple, pine sap and herbal.

Wow! This is a tasty IPA. Flavor is strongly piney at first, which then gives way to grapefruit and candied pineapple, then some nice crisp floral notes. Bitterness is definitely a force here, but it doesn't overwhelm the palate, and allows you to enjoy the richness of hop flavors. The pineyness lingers for a very long time. The hops overpower the malt almost completely. Just a bit of caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, but very smooth; has moderate carbonation.

This is a classy IPA and unbelievable for the price. Thank you, Sierra Nevada. The great thing about this beer is that it gives you so many different hops flavors to enjoy. Now I see what they mean by the "extra" IPA. I mean, this would be a great IPA even with a few fewer flavors.

sarahspat, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a transparent amber in color with a nice inch of pillowy head on top. Smell is some hops, but there's also a subtle spicy flavor as well. Taste is more hops. Somewhat piney and citrusy. Very smooth with the perfect amount of bitterness. For a year around sixer this is going to be a very tempting offering. Highly sessionable. I could easily put down a sixer of this in one sitting without even thinking about it. Well done Sierra Nevada.

FtownThrowDown, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Gilgemesh
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured strong down the center in my new Duvel Green Tulip. Thanks Mel. A nice pillowy off-white head that faded to about 1/2 inch and stayed. Lovely lacing and clarity, but what else do you expect from SN. The nose is not as strong as I would expect with an IPA, but I get notes of pine and citrus mixed with a bit of crystally malt. Good carbonation leads into a lite malt moment before the hops slam you. This beer is named Torpedo for a reason. The crisp bitterness doesn't sneak up, it announces itself with a ping and swoops in on you. This is a clean crisp brew with a nice bitter finish. Strong all the way through. I'd like to see a bit more in the nose, but that is being a bit picky. I'm glad I have a case.

Gilgemesh, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of tubeboy
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A nice strong IPA with a great mouthfeel and lasting taste. A reasonably aromatic pour with a decent head and nice lacing. I will put this on my list of quality alternatives to 90 minute IPA. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and hope it's not just a seasonal offering.

tubeboy, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A- poured a good head and is a great copper color with great clarity for a dry hopped beer.

S- Smells great, a bit of pine and a lot of citrus, smells like a good mixture of hops, also has sweetness from the malt in there as well. hmmm

T- Man this is good, I thought the hops would be very upfront since it is an extra IPA but they were very subtle, the flavor extends past the first sip and the pine hops really come through. Man this beer keeps going after each sip it is great. The malt adds a great richness as well.

M- medium-to heavy bodied, with a little alcohol but not much.

D- Over all a great beer, probably my new replacement for SN pale ale, plus it is a freaking steal at a regular 6 pack price (i got mine for 7.99

SeattleBeerBlog, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

No freshness date.

Appearence- Light brown. Even, small-bubbled head. Whoa! I can smell it from 2 feet away! Teeny tiny sediments floating around. Looks good!

Smell- Smells like an extra IPA. Alot of wonderfull hops. Similar to Hopslam. Piny and, do I detect a hint of pineapple?? Maybe a light honey presence. Sweet and sharp with loads of hops.

Taste- Powerfull! And yummy! More bitter than the Hopslam, amazing flavor! Definitly a strong IPA. Perfect alchohol and great carbonation.

Drinkability- I could probably drink three of these before losing my taste buds!

dankbrew21, Apr 01, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,525 ratings.