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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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9,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,375
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 210
Gots: 1,479 | 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:
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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Photo of jwhancher
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a copperish, light amber color with good head and slight carbonation. Foam head lingers quite a bit.

S: I get hints of vanilla with piney & orange peel notes, and some light malt aroma. As it warms, the hop notes become more evident.

T: Bitter tasting at first, then gives way to a nice vanilla-like flavor.

M: A bit bitter at first (see taste), but then a nice creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable as the hops seem to first hit you, then the even bodied creaminess follows.

D: I'd like to have more than one of these and see if the taste would attract me to regularly drink this beer. A solid effort all around, but right now not one of my favorite IPAs.

I like it, although I'm not sure if it's as great as Sierra's other flagship beers such as their Pale Ale & Celebration Ale. Quite enjoyable. Just didn't blow my socks off.

Photo of feedmechili
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally, I figure that a Sierra Nevada beer that is new to me won't be nasty. With that in mind, finding nothing new and exciting at City Bev at the end of February, I picked up a 6 of SN Torpedo.

I think it compares well to Hopslam. It pours a dark golden color with a white fluffy head (darker than Hopslam). The head has staying power. The bright, citrus hop aroma emanates from the glass.

It tastes very hoppy with some caramel malt and a dry finish (almost as freshly hoppy as Hopslam, but not as sweet). It is too much for my pilsner-loving friend, who claims Torpedo knocked him on his @$$. I think it is almost as good as Hopslam, but quite a bit cheaper, and more widely available.

As far as drinkability goes, if you want to drink two in a row, fine. I've done it. Three becomes too much of a good thing.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Healthy pour yields an upward cascading 2.5 finger head that my glass can't contain... oops. Head is a creamsicle color and super frothy with repectable retention. Beer is a clear reddish-mahogany that reveals little carbonation. Lacing is real messy here with no real pattern but quite a bit of cling.

S: Piney hops and sour orange. Nose here is not robust by any means and it takes a couple of nose dips to really get a feel for the simple aroma present.

T: Opens with a piney hop bite that slowly dissipates, replaced by a orangy sweet sourness with nice full malt overtones. Quite a warming beer here. A brown sugar, rich hoppiness appears again towards the end that slowly fades into an easy finish that creates a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Light bodied, semi-coarse, with just the right amount of carbonation. Watery in the mouth with a surprisingly sticky finish given the overall feel.

D: A highly drinkable IPA that has good balance. Aroma could use some work but the overall taste and feel is really quite good here. Well worth revisiting and luckily its pretty readily available. Truly one of the benchmark IPAs out there.

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

A - Poured a nice Amber colour with a thick, white foamy head.

S - Citrusy hops with some earthiness & pine. Very strong nose.

T - An explosion of citrus. A nice bitter hop profile with a clean grapefruit aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with some chewiness. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice, smooth DIPA. This will definitely become a regular in my fridge.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Look: Amber body, two inch white foamy head. Incredible lacing. This is how an IPA should look.

Smell: Citrus, floral, lots of pine.

Taste: Nice hop flavor all around. Just like the nose suggests. Mild bitterness. Good malt backbone too. Very well balanced.

Mouth/Drink: Crisp and flavorful. When I'm thirsty I can't stop drinking these. You can't beat the price either!

Photo of rabsten
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More awesomeness from Sierra Nevada that's now - finally - available in West Virginia.

Thick fluffy light tan head atop slightly cloudy amber body. Good head retention. Good Lacing. Sweet floral hop aroma promises hops, hops, hops and flavor delivers. Front of palate bitterness with solid malt backing that supports the hops superbly. Crisp start to mouthfeel but moderates out to a smooth watery-ness at the end. And for drinkability, well I can drink it all day long.

Bottom line: great, always available go-to beer.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass.

Golden with a slight amber hue in color. Very clear. One finger head. Retention is nice. Good layer of foam on top. Really good lacing.

Smells bready. Smell of barley. Very faint lemony citrus form the hops.

Taste follows smell. Lots of barley malt, a touch of honey from the malts. Then bitter pine/resin and orange rind and slightly lemony citrus from the hops.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Medium dry. Prickly on the tongue. A touch creamy.

Very easy to drink.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

the higlights of this beer are hands down its appearance and drinkability...especially for a big ipa...

pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a constant carbonation...gorgeous white head which laces perfectly...as nice looking of a beer as you'll ever get...

surprisingly you get a strong malted backbone to the nose with expected citrus and piney hops...very delicious ipa overall with the piney hops giving a wonderful aftertaste...the malts kind of confuse the mouthfeel of this beer, but overall a great choice...

i gave this an exceptional rating for drinkability for several reasons...for one, the price is great...second, the beer is balanced, high ABV but not too complex for the ipa lover...

you'll really enjoy this beer...bought at the local harris teeter at under $10/six pack and drinking while watching danica patrick wreck in a nationwide race (she sucks....)...

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper and orange dominate the color. Great clarity for such a big beer.

Aroma, the hallmark of Sierra Nevada, the C-hops. Taste, this one probably has some 'new' hops Amarillo/Summit or something. Its real big on bitterness and the hop profile, and a good heavy malt backbone to wit.

Mouthfeel, gets a little heavier and earthy than desired, really the beer's only true letdown. Very drinkable, I can't think of too many big IPA's that are mass produced and this cheap. In terms of bang for your buck, its Torpedo, Pliny or Hop Stoopid.

Photo of waughbrew
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am very interested to have this, because the Sierra IPA I had a few years back on draft, which was probably a test batch for this, needed a lot of work.

Pours a very clear golden orange with a sizable foam/cream head that slowly settles into a muted version of the shape of the top of your glass. Laces impressively. Smells of rose petals and freshly mowed grass. Flavor has a lot of hops, but maybe Amarillo or another one of those rough-flavored hops that mix fruit with crushed aspirin. The malt is toasted and caramelly. Feel is thick and velvety smooth. Ends a little thick and sweet, with hop flavor fading out. Finish leaves me wanting more dryness and bitterness to help drinkability.

This has a good dose of flavor hops, albeit a bit rough. Overall, it just hits the middle-of-the-road west coast IPA status.

Photo of GuitarmanST
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First time trying this beer-
A. Copper.. Amber.. Crystal clear appearance, Wow Amazing clarity, with more of a, Fruity- Aroma than a basic Citrus.
For a supposed potent*ipa* I expected a huge blast, but it is light refreshing yet surprising

T. Sweeter IPA, nothing too extreme, Dry finish on the tongue with an exceptional mouth feel.

If you are a Fan of IPAs... try it, I am fully enjoying this- The price is right and a great change of pace with more of a Quality brew * ipa* then there base Pale ale.


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

Look: Clear, bright copper with a thick, white head. Great lacing

Smell: Citrus and a pine characters dominate - very floral. Slight malt

Taste: Up Front: Grapefruit, pine. Finish: Nice caramel malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth with good carbonation. Nice long finish

Drinkability: Another winner from Sierra Nevada. Nice IPA - they do know how to use hopz effectively!

Overall Impression: A nice malty ale, that is very easy to drink, and a great value! Definitely Recommended! Newbeez may want to start out with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale first

Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber / orange with little to no lacing.

S: There is a very prominent bitter scent followed by a bit of citrus.

T: Very heavy bitter flavor followed up by some alcohol burn. Not as much of the citrus in the flavor as much as in the smell.

M: Little carbonation and very thin going down.

D: A little bit tough at 7.2% to have a few of these, but definitely one of the better IPA's I have had.

Photo of m1ked
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at WF Bowery...can't remember that last time I was there and didn't get a growler of beer!

A- Looks awesome. Pours a crytal clear light brassy orange, with a massive white oamy, fluffy head that slowly shrinks down leaving behind all kinds of webbing lace.

S- Robust Piney grapefruit floral aroma, slight touch of bicuits and metallic alcohol whiff at the end that reminds me of nail polish remover.

T- I was surprised that I get the maltiness of this beer upfront which is solid, but eventually yields to the inevitable floral pine. While the pine is greater than the grapefruit in the bitter dept, neither....or the combination is overwhelming, to me. I don't get much alcohol, until the very end, even then its not much.

M- Medium bodied, I don't get as much oily residue as I had suspected. The carbonation is not a highlight in the swallow, so you can focus on the flavor.

D- Surprise, SN puts out a solid IPA. WHile it is signature SN hop heavy, I think that this is balanced enough to enjoy more than 1 in a sitting. I should be careful as it does have a low etoh taste, but still can creep on you with 7.2%

Photo of mattwjones
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange with bone white head. nice lacing

S: This is a pretty fresh bottle, but still, I do not get a great aroma from this beer. WHat i do get is a mildly citrus hop smell but I have to try to find it.

T: The flavor of this beer has a strong malt backbone that well ballances the hop character. Strong bitterness.

M: smooth, not viscous at all. nice carbonation level .

D: this is a semi sessionable beer. if you like the hop bitterness then it will work for you.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive, coppery amber, with some reddish hue. Thick, frothy white head that thins out a bit but remains full.
Piney hops, citrus, pineapple, little bit of malts.
Pretty well-balanced IPA, with the hops not being overbearing. Hops are up front, slightly sweet citrus in the middle with some bitterness, and a little pineapple on a fairly smooth finish.
Crisp, yet fairly smooth (again). Light-to-medium fullness.
Easy to drink, good all around beer.

Photo of kjyost
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice head leaving good lacing atop an orangey-brown liquid. A nice aroma of bittering hops and bit of malt underneath.

The beer though I found surprisingly to be bitter and piney without a strong malt backbone, nor aromatic hop to help balance it. To me it seems quite unbalanced, almost biting the tongue in the end. I couldn't tell if there were any other flavours in the beer as the bitterness dominated from start to finish. Properly carbonated, and sticks in your mouth. The bitterness makes this a tough beer to drink.

Considering the buzz, incredibly disappointing. I'll go have a Furious now.

Photo of BackwoodBrewer82
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Orange copper body off-white creamy foam about 1 finger thick. Lacing all the way down the glass. Head lasted about halfway through but was quickly revived with a quick swirl of my glass.

S. Light piney smell accompanied by very crisp citrus and a noticeable sweet malt aroma.

T. Light pine notes an accompanying citrus/grapefruit flavor which eventually subsides to a slightly bitter drying hop flavor and finishes with a nice sweet malt flavor. A well balanced "extra" IPA in my opinion.

M. Med carbonation, med body, slightly oily mostly clean finish just a bit dry.

D. It is a little bitter in a great way and perfect for a hot summer night. I could drink quite a few of these

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

Appearance- Carmel color with a medium head that lasts
Perfect beer look.

Smell- Full floral/hops aroma.

Taste-Strong hops influenced bitter taste that brings your senses to life, this is really a "Torpedos away" moment.

Mouthfeel- This is a smooth beer not over carbonated.

Drinkability-I didn't think it was very easy to drink starting out but three bottles later I was thinking this beer was very easy to drink and the aftertaste is an added benefit.

Conclusion- I didn't much like IPAs but this one changed my mind.
and am looking forward to trying other IPAs in the future.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A- Pours a light amber that is completely transparent. After a generous pour, about a finger's worth of head recedes down quickly and leaves spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Piney hops dominate the nose. A little bit of citrus in there also to go with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

T- A nice oily feel of piney hops that is a little bitter starts things off. There is also a little bit of some grass in there that is followed by a little bit of a weak malt presence.

M- Bitterness up front and is pretty dry on the finish. A little oily on the feel. Pretty good carbonation makes this one go down nicely.

D- I would have to say that after a few of these, I would be done. The bitterness from the hops would do my palate in. A pretty good offering from SN and widely available too.

Photo of Hoves
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This golden colored beer pours with a thick foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is sweet yet with a hint of a pine note.

If you enjoy bitter beers then this should be on your list. I was very happy with the overall mouthfeel (all in the back of your mouth)...

Again, Sierra Nevada does not disappoint.

Photo of zackcg
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

A - pours a hi-clarity golden-amber. Small head with a quick fade that yields some blotchy lacing.

S - big floral hop bouquet garnished with piney-citric notes.

T - a pleasant balance of hops over the malt and bittering characters. crisp earthy hop bite.

M - hi-carbonation wields a bitter dryness.

D - a perfect next step after the SNPA. So many good american IPAs; this is a great example. though still slightly tame for my palette.

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

I have been waiting for SN to bring out an IPA for some time. I love the pale ale and this did not disappoint.

A light brownish red (copper) beer with white loose head. The hop nose was not strong, but still quite good with low citrus and some pine. The hop flavor came through as slightly spicy (maybe piney or sprucey, but not not too much). The beer was well balanced, but still hop-forward/hop-finish as a good IPA should be.

This is a great beer. I hope it is in my stores at all times.

No complaints here. Well done Sierra!

Photo of fastsrt
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle in tulip pint glass
A: golden brown, hazy, nice cap of foam.
S: pine and lots of it.
T: rich piny hops that almost come off spicy. the hops overpower the malts all the way
M: prickly carbonation. giving way to a dry spicy hop finish.
D: this one is relaxing is is not sharp and refreshing but rather spicy and warming, a great before bed brew. the hop character makes it a slower drinker than most but is still good. I just dont think I would drink more that one of these at a sitting.

Photo of dudecandle
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Tan, transparent body with good thick head on the pour which leaves good lacing and a nice cap on the way down.

S: Bubblegum, herbal and citrus hops hops nicely blended, but no other real flavors going on.

T: Citrus and pine hops really show up stronger, but not horribly acidic, as the other two balance it out. The herbal hops become a bit minty. Otherwise, a bready, malt backbone shows up.

M: Smooth and crisp, with a good chewy feel and a good finish on the back of the palate.

D: Very mellow, like most SN offerings I've had. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a medium-hopped American IPA done right.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,375 ratings.