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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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9,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,010
Reviews: 2,617
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 1,181 | 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 bunnyhustle
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the better IPA's I've ever had and I didnt expect that. I love SN but didnt expect so much quality in a mass produced beer. Usually drink from a pint glass golden copper in color with 2 finger white, creamy head. Amazing retention and perfect lacing. A great looking beer! Smell was good, mainly the citrusy hops but a slight dry malt smell as well. Taste is great as well. A very citrusy, almost grapefruit taste with some dry malt, then you get a nice bitter hop kick on the back of the tounge. Not too malty, but a good balance though heavier on the hop side as you would expect. A creamy but light mouthfeel, slighly oily feeling leftover on your tounge and a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall an amazingly drinkable beer. I love everything about it and cannot thank SN enough for bringing this beer to us!

bunnyhustle, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this one. American IPAs are not my thing, but i can appreciate a well made one. And this one is!

Poured a deep golden cider color with a thick off white head. Lacing sticks to the glass for the duration.

The aroma was more of barley than i was expecting from the description. definite citrus and pine in the background.

Tastes of sweet barley then a smack in the face with the pine then citrus bitterness. It'll make you do a double take to try to get that barley back. Then BAM! In your face again!. This is a great IPA. Exactly what it's supposed to be.

Mouthfeel could have been a bit more carbonated. Other than that no complaints. Very drinkable.

Wish I would have got a 6 pack now. Just picked it up in a make your own 6er.

ditch, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Genuine
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - The pour resulted in a nice 2 finger off white/brownish head that sits on top of what reminds me of a pumpkin ale orange body. Very pleasant to the eyes.

S - lots of malt with a citrus kick

t - lots of citrus. Not as hoppy as I expected but it does have some nice bitter characteristics to it, which cleans the pallet. I'm finding this one to be very refreshing.

M - Very smooth, easy to go down and have another.

D - I could have a few of these without second though. Very delicious and beer that I'll keep coming back to.

Genuine, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - caramelly orange color, a big fluff of sticky foam above that leaves chunks and hunks of lace behind.

Aroma - biscuit malts at the ready, nice citrusy grapefruit zest and pine in tow.

Taste - as in the sniff, the grains make a brief but pleasant statement up front, followed by a nice zing of hops that show mostly bitter pine, a touch medicinal too. Aftertaste goes arid, the finish is the same without a trace of the 7.2 abv.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth beer with a good dose of crispness.

Drinkability - I've been popping these babies down pretty quickly this summer, despite my usual aversion to the medicinal nature of some highly hopped brews.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of hops4me
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer. Deep gold in the glass with a white fluffy head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace in its place. Nice aroma. Thought it would be a little more but still nice. Pine, grass, hay, and a slight graininess in the aroma. The taste is the big winner. Very nice hop zing right up front that moves to the sides of the mouth with a sappy residue staying. Some malty sweetness is also evident. Some bitter citrus in the aftertaste as well. Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied that balances the hoppiness. Very nice IPA indeed.

hops4me, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of alexhammond
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, my favorite west-coast IPA, if you factor in taste, cost, and availability. Pours with a small head, light amber color, but give it a swirl and out comes terrific pine & bitter hop scents. The taste is everything I'm looking for: crisp, biting bitterness, but not overpowering enough to scare me away from drinking a few of these. A sweeter, citrus taste as it goes down helps for a smooth finish. Not many of these "bigger" IPAs qualify as refreshing, but I'd say this one makes the cut. Truly a beer worth seeking out.

alexhammond, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of thesyko56
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark yellow amber in color almost orange. Head was thick almost two finger.

S: Very bitter hop smell almost sour.

T:Very bold hop bitterness at first but finish is sweeter.

M: Nearly a full bodied beer. Nice carbonation.

D: Its not a lawn mower that is for sure. But still very enjoyable .

thesyko56, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful light molasses color. Almost no head though and pretty flat looking. Doesn't leave anything behind on the glass with each drink.

S: Very hoppy, very floral. So much so you can almost smell the bitterness in the flavor.

T: Bitter all the way through. Led by a crap load of hops just being thrown at your taste buds.

M: Smooth feel, little oil feeling. Crisp, almost biting at you. Medium bodied beer.

D: Something about the way the beer is put together that just makes this hard to drink. Maybe the fact that it's so bitter without much else in the taste.

bilyboy65, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of superdavex
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really the quintessential IPA. It has all of the qualities you look for in a great one. It has a piney, citrusy smell with a likewise taste and a very good amount of hops with just enough malt to make it a rounded brew. It has a medium mouthfeel which makes the 7+ percentage go down easier. The drinkability takes a hit with the high percentage though.

superdavex, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Had a slightly cloudy copper color with a 1-finger foamy white head. The aroma is primarily a citrusy hop character. The balance of the taste is skewed decidedly toward a hoppy bitterness, but not too much since the beer has a very nice, crisp mouthfeel. This one is a good representative of the style.

devilben02, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of N8TheGreat
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous copper that really had depth. Nose was incredible with massive herbal mint and pine notes. Taste was a nice combination of sweeter malts quickly overwhelmed by a rush of hop bitterness and flavor. Grapefruit, pine and earthy herbal flavors prevail and the taste finishes with a distinct spicy hot note. Mouthfeel was a little thin for such satisfying flavors. Despite the 7.2 ABV this beer is as drinkable as they come. An exciting beer and a sign of the times.

N8TheGreat, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The description made me think this was going to resemble a Double IPA, but while this was hoppier than Sierra Nevada's IPA, it was not as big and hoppy as a Double or Imperial IPA.

The appearance was a nice coppery color, very clear with a nice white head. The malt was very pronounced, with the hop bitterness slightly out of balance on the high side (but it is an Extra IPA). This was a bigger, more full bodied beer than the regular IPA.

I do like hop bombs and higher ABV% so I enjoyed this beer.

ExtraStout, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dimpled cream white head of a steady one finger, slowly works down to the surface, nice web of lacing left along the glass sides. Deep bronze hue, as red as it is orange, remains more clear than translucent, credible glow to it. The nose leads with pink grapefruit and pine oil while not overloading on it either, has sufficient malts to smooth things out, cookie dough, peach, apricot, pear fruit, caramel and moist forest floor matter, lingers for some time. Medium-bodied with a sort of soupy carbonation that whips things up more than desired, lifts the flavors up off the palate before they can adequately settle in. The pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus has more bite here than the nose would suggest, brings out more pine and floral shades. Overall, too dry to let the peach, nectarine, pineapple fruit really shine. Granola and unsweetened cereal present. Any maltiness present mostly as fumes, plays on the bitter card without ever risking offense.

farrago, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of DannyS
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A dark, slightly hazy amber with a minimal head that froths down to a foam collar.

S - Piney. Very piney. Also has a lot of floral, grapefruit, citrus, and a faint caramel malt.

T - The first few sips almost left me reeling with its aggressive bitter hop assault. Subsequent gulps allowed my bruised palate to adjust, as the bitterness began to subside, and the malty sweet notes came through.

M - The bitterness lingers forever and then some, but the carbonation is light and the body is full and substantial.

D - The almost unrelenting bitter hops and the slightly elevated ABV remove it from session consideration, unless your tolerance to bitterness and alcohol is high.

Overall - A definite 'one-a-day' brew. It's perfect for when I just want one beer to relax with after a long day's work. Not quite as mind-fogging as a RIS or DIPA, but substantial enough to be beyond the scope of the session beer.

DannyS, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of ipazilla
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from sierra nevada. Finally a year round ipa from sierra, although for my area it's hard to find. I could drink this everyday, it has great hop flavor that usually costs you more money, but it is pretty inexpensive. Big fresh flavors with a smooth after-taste. One of my new favorite beers.

ipazilla, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Golden-amber copper colored with a nice tan one finger head with great retention and displays some nice lacing.

The nose is an expert marriage of citrus and floral hops as well as piney and resiny hops that lean towards the earthy side of things. Excellent grapefruit character in the nose on this one. A substantial caramel malt backbone gives it a nice balance.

There is no doubt this is a west coast IPA. Grapefruit and piney hops dance on the palate, while a light and fleeting caramel malt backbone mellow things out enough to keep the bitterness from completely dominating. Excellent mixture of sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but still coats the mouth and leaves a lingering hop bitterness. Drinkability is great as well.

A very strong offering from Sierra Nevada, possibly my favorite of their year round offerings.

Mistofminn, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of claykeller
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Poured from bottle into the Sam Adam's glass.

Appearance: Almost looks like iced tea. A lot of carbonation. Small head, but a lot of lacing starting about halfway down the glass.

Smell: Didn't get a lot of aroma. Could smell the hops and small amount of pine.

Taste: Nice and hoppy. Mostly pine flavors along with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Was thinner than I expected. Slippery feeling.

Drinkability: Great drinkability! I expected the beer to be a bit more thick and hoppy, but these go down Very easily compared to a double ipa. Could easily drink a couple of these.

claykeller, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Persimmon and rust colored body with orange peel highlights. A small shock white head dissipates to an unkempt collar with decent lacing and thin legs.

Aroma is very nice, with pine, orange zest, hemp, hibiscus, and so on from the hops and a solid malty back-bone.

Palate entry is prickly and nicely bitter, with lemon and a delicate malty sweetness. Slight grapefruit, menthol, and pine forest tastes as well. A long drying finish commences bringing to mind fresh rain on pavement. Very well balanced, and in no way overwhelming. The alcohol adds some flavor and body.

Good carbonation (though a little more effervescence might heighten the flavors), not-quite-medium-bodied, and smooth.

While I'm not big on Sierra Nevada's releases (something about their signature pale malt maybe?), but this is well done - and very refreshing. Maybe not worthy of cult status, but certainly one of their best releases. A good value as well, so I pick this up when I don't need the complexity or expense of 60 minute IPA, Blind Pig, etc.

augustgarage, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Has a Beautiful foamy head with very good laceing colored a perfect golden with a red hue
S: Very strong piney citrusy smell right up front that you could pick out with a cold. That is followed but a slight sweetness
T:The first sip is the best i guess your tung gets use to it after that and it mellows it out a bit. It has a good mix of citrus and pine with a little bit of sweet malt in the back ground.
M: Good and smooth not to heavy or to thin great carbonation with a good balance on the palate.
D: I would buy this beer agian but dont think i would sit down and drink a ton of these.

yuenglings, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of kush6875
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle brewed on 7/29/09 into pint glass.

appearance: pours a great crisp amber color with thick creamy head! beautiful!!

smell: fresh cascade hops! not much else!

taste: sticky, mouth coating HOPS! little malt
(hop heads delight)

mouthfeel: thick and hoppy in a good way.

drinkability: 3 at most in a session. this is all hops. really knocks the palate for a loop but i love it!!!!


kush6875, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of brewwhat
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich Amber with a modest head and minimal lacing
Aroma - Definate "C" hops.
Taste - Modest malt, not as bitter as I would expect in an "Extra" IPA.
Overall - A classic example of an IPA, Lacking the "Extra" in my opinion. A very drinkabe beer, but by no means a session brew. A couple of these at a time is plenty.

brewwhat, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thought this one looked good while scanning the beer aisle. twelve ounce bottle pours cloudy amber with a thin tan head. looks good.

good and hoppy on the nose. some earthy and citrus. some malt presence. no off odors.

big and hoppy. great malt base to go with the hops. sweet caramel. bitter hop aftertaste. fits style.

mid to full body. adequate carbonation. i really like this beer. i will try this again.

ajmoody76, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger creamy head, decent retention, orangey brown coloring, really nice lacing mix of wisps and bubbles with a ring around the glass that stays for a long while, leaves wavy rings of head on the glass on the way down, nice carbonation.

s- bright, citrus, grapefruit, slight pine, i almost get notes of tropical fruit, smells like i want to take a sip.

t- nice bold ipa, good amount of citrus bitters hit the back of the mouth, nice bit of pine, good and earthy, decent balance of caramel malt, smallest trace of slight warming in the back of the throat.

m- great medium body, nicely slick and oily, leaves that nice ipa 'coating' in the mouth.

d- pretty great, i'd definately buy this again, another nice offering from sn, i can see myself drinking this out back in front of a bonfire on a crisp fall night, really tasty.

thecarster1, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with a big head that doesn't look thick but has great retention that results in a creamy topping before long. Some bubbles floating up in the glass. Good lacing.

Nose has some bitter sappy pine notes along with a little bit of flora that comes across as pineapple since it mixes with some sweet malts. The taste is balanced well between front and midpalate, high bittering with a sweet caramel malt backbone is the name of the game. The hops bill does not do much to stand out, though, with muted pine and flora. The finish has earth and some solvent flavor. For me this is a fairly average brew with lots of bitter and sweetness, but not a lot of aroma to lift it up to the big leagues. Medium-light body, smooth medium carbonation. Feels lighter than it tastes.

Decent beer, but not something I'm going to become a patron of. I don't consider this a step up from the standard Pale Ale and I definitely don't think it can compare with the quality of the Harvest series releases.

vacax, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=golden/amber/copper color with an off white one finger head, laced the glass nicely

S=great smell, very much piney with some light floral notes on the end.

T=again very much a piney flavor of the hops, some slight grapefruit notes finishing.

M=good feel, light carbonation, not to dry

D=nice, abv isn't out of this world, but more than a few is a few too many.

jacobseyb, Aug 29, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,010 ratings.