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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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9,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,615
Reviews: 2,734
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 236
Gots: 1,736 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 9,615 | Reviews: 2,734
Photo of LacquerHead
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a flared pilsner. It poured a reddish brown color with an off-white head that produced a cool looking webbing on the glass.

The aroma reminded me of musty pine.

As far as flavor, this had everything an IPA should. A well put together taste. The hops were flavorful but not too overbearing. Piney flavors-floral. Pale and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The bitterness was just right. The malt profile was good and provide a nice backdrop. Overall, the taste was pretty damn good.

Conclusion: for the price, a solid IPA. It's not overly hoppy like some other IPA's, but it was flavorful and worth having again.

Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a syrupy hazy golden orange with an small egg colored head
S- fresh cut piney hops
T-bitter sweet hops and and bready malts back up the flavor
M- carbonation high fits the brew though
D- very solid IPA that can always be counted on for a great session

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

Serving type: Tap

Apperance: light amber, Golden brown

Smell: light hops and hints of citrus

Taste: Like a solid IPA, this beer was filled with piney hops , and but not over bearing. A well balanced amount of bitterness and added citrus. (not as piney as their Celebration though)

Mouthfeel: Fresh, the right amount of carbonation, and a great piney aftertaste.

Drinkability: just the right amount of ABV for the typ of IPA, but I Think i will keep it to one or two of this beer a session.

to sum it up Sierra Nevada made a Solid Balanced Strong IPA, I strongly Recommend this if you are a big IPA fan

Photo of zhanson88
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Torpedo IPA pours a copper color with about 1.5 fingers of slightly off white head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing is decent.

Smell: A bit of maltiness up front, with a lot of citrus and pine following that. Very appropriate for an IPA, but nothing mind-blowing.

Taste: Slight maltiness up front, with tons of citrus following. Maybe slight pine as well, but the hop character in this beer is overwhelmingly in the citrus category. Dry finish. Very nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A hair over light bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Not outstanding here, but still pretty nice. Slightly above average.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer by Sierra Nevada. Very nice hop character; I'm definitely a big fan of the citrus. Overall a good IPA, but nothing too mindblowing.

Photo of nickhiller
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my top 5 favorite beers, felt I had to heap some more praise upon praise.

A: so red it could be mistaken for a Red Ale, spotty lacing, a head that just won't die.

S: like breathing in a fresh breath of Yakima's finest coupled with an evergreen forest.

T: hops and malt assault the tongue all at once, grain and floral notes--almost like smoking hookah--quickly subside to a wicked bitterness.

M: well carbonated and with a relatively high ABV to boot, the bitterness stays with you, as do the aroma hops.

D: a great beer by a great brewery: subtle, well balanced, restrained and fresh. One of the most sessionable beers on the market.

Photo of BlueCat1
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always considered Sierra Nevada beers as being the benchmarks of their respective styles. This beer is right there...if nothing else looks interesting this will always be a worthwhile choice. This beer does not disappoint, in my estimation. Bring on the tasty hops!

Photo of MillRat
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simply put, this is a well-crafted verging-on-extreme left coast IPA. Read the other reviews of you want to know about color, head, etc. Ambitious hopping level kept in check by a generous malt body. The ABV is fairly well limited in light of the amount of malt flavor needed to keep this from capsizing with an overdose of hops. Too much hops bitterness pucker factor to session this beer, but that's not why you're drinking it, right? This brew will give you your USRDA of hops in a single bottle. Enjoy.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Thick foamy 2 finger head. Gorgeous copper color.

S- Strong pine, beautiful herbal smell with light hints of citrus.

T- Amazing. Well balanced, slightly citrus flavor up front. The sweetness is quickly followed by a strong hop-bitterness. This is all tied together by an aftertaste that shows off an amazing spice flavor.

M- Very smooth. Amazing.

D- Lets put it this way. If I could pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life, it may very well be this one.

Torpedo Extra IPA is what I feel is a perfect example of an American-IPA. Amazing pine ans citrus smells, perfect spice and hop taste. This is a perfect example of an American-IPA.

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hop hazed, golden colour with a nice, fluffy, light tan head. Great.

Resinous, piney hops with additional notes of citrus and overripe fruit. Yum.

Great, full flavoured IPA with lots of fruity and piney hop character. Really bright flavours with exceptional bitterness.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

Yum, yum, yum. If I lived in the US, this would be my go to IPA (or at least one of them).

Photo of digitalbullet
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep golden brown, Thin wispy head.
Smell: resiny pine, citrus notes
Taste: Hops, hops and more hops!. Grapefruit, pine needles and light citrus notes.
mouthfeel. medium mouthfeel, light and crisp.
Drinkability: damn fine IPA. Difficult to find any faults in it. Very good brew!

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poure from 12 oz bottle a nice orange amber with a nice rocky head that disapated and left lacings on the entire beer. The smell is dominated by citrus and pine hops, this beer let's you know its an IPA. Taste is the same pine and citrus hops with a small malt back bone and clean dry bitter hop finish.This beers drinkabilty is not as easy as some of SN's line up but it is.a nice example if an IPA.

Photo of tommy78
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An orange/copper like appearance in the beer as I poured it out of the bottle.

S - Great aroma of citrus and hops...my favorite part of the beer

T - The hops translated very well from aroma to taste; the citrus taste combined with the malt gave it a very flowing taste

M - A good amount of carbonation with the beer.

D - As much as I like this beer, I wouldn't be able to have more than 2 in one sitting. It does go very well with seasoned chicken and Mexican lasagna.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A-Bright peach copper amber with a beautiful eggshell head that laces nicely.

S-Interesting...slighly subdued nose. I fully expected to be assulted with the classic IPA c-hops, but this is more sublime. Caramel malts are also present here.

T-The hop presence that cannot be detected in the nose is fully front and center in the taste. The hop bill here is more bitter than flavorful, but there is a hint of citrus rind behind the opening salvo of astringent bitterness and there is decent balance in the semi sweet malts. I bought a six of this and frankly did not think much of it when I pounded them down on ice on a hot summer day, but in taking the time to review this at proper temperature this is a pretty decent brew.

M-Well balanced overall. Medium mouth.

D-I'm totally on the fence on this one. If I'm driniking IPA's, I can think of a dozen that I'd rather have. If you factor availablity into the mix, it climbs the rungs.

Like SA, I'm not sure you can call SN craft brewing any longer, but that does not mean that the quality is lost. It is comforting to know that you can pull into any city and grab some SNPA, or even Torpedo, and not have to slog down some macrowater. Kudos to them, and thats why I'm probably rating this higher than I normally would based on my own personal enjoyment of the product.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops and a small, sweet, grapefruity citrus hop. In the taste, mostly pine like hops and a dryer malt. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry malt and a small hop in the aftertaste. A nice malt balance and decently big hops.

Photo of sdmrtn
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured out of a botle orangeish amber, not much head

Smell: wow, wonderful hoppy aroma citrus and pine, sting the eyes a little. exciting smell

Taste: I think I just found my new favorite beer. Hops are strong and quite delicious with some malty sweet balance but not too sweet. grapefruit hoppiness comes through

Mouthfeel is perfect

Notes. I love this beer I could drink 2 or 3 of these every evening

Photo of RankRefugee88
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weisse bier glass.

A - Looks like and IPA should. Thick body, reddish, brownish, gold color. Poured a nice head, tannish but more on the white side. Bubbles move at medium speed to the top of the glass, not too many of them.

S - Smells like and IPA should, strong. Hops and malts are prevalent. I smell pine and citrus, mostly pine. Hint of sweet caramel stays from beginning to end.

T - Taste is strong, like an IPA should taste. Very hoppy, and has that IPA bite to it. Bitter taste to it, and I'm loving this pine/citrus taste at the end of every sip. Very crisp. Carbonation is the right amount for this style of beer.

M - Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Leaves a crisp dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good for an IPA. When I drink IPA's I usually will only want to drink a couple, but I'll have no problem finishing the 6-pack of this tonight.

Good IPA, I'm happy I picked this up. I enjoy this better than the Bigfoot, the Bigfoot was decent but it was a little too strong and hoppy for me.

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

A - Pours a cloudy orange/ copper color with a small white head that diminished pretty quickly. Though the head faded fairly quickly there was still head retention to some extent. Lacing stuck to the glass consistently.

S - Very hoppy with pine and citrus apparent on the nose. Maybe a little malt in their somewhere?

T - Tasted exactly as it smelled. The hops hit you right in the face. The pine and citrus notes were pretty well balanced with the hops. I distinctly remember grapefruit in the aftertaste. Pretty bitter overall.

M - Medium bodied with a pretty heavy carbonation. Bitterness clings to the palate. 7% and I sure didn't taste it. This thing is dangerous.

D - Good drinkability for an extra IPA. I don't think I could have more than two on any given sitting.


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

Torpedo Extra IPA pours a pale yet murky caramel color and boasts a finger of cream-colored head that consists of thick, pillowy foam and lasts for several minutes before dissipating, leaving nice thick lacing all around the glass.

The aroma mainly consists of pine and citrus, bolstered by a little breadiness towards the end of each whiff. A very hop-forward nose, which I appreciate, and you don't have to go searching for the smell as the beer is pretty fragrant.

Hop-forward on the tongue as well, I can immediately pick out some pine and citrus notes, as well as a bit of grassiness. The malt comes in later in the flavor, mostly manifesting itself as a slightly sweet glazed bread flavor. A little bitterness comes through towards the end of the draught, but nothing overwhelming.

Torpedo sports a dead-on medium body with a smoothness that is accentuated by just the right amount of carbonation, enough to tickle your tongue but not enough to overwhelm the flavor or be obnoxious in your mouth. The alcohol is very well-masked, I can't detect it anywhere in the beer.

Overall, a very solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. I've yet to try Celebration, and although I hear it's better, I wouldn't be disappointed if it were on the same level as Torpedo. A great beer, especially in the looks department, and the only thing that hurts its drinkability is the 7.2% ABV of the beer. Still though, a very well-balanced IPA that once again shows the quality of Sierra Nevada beers.

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

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers. Accordingly, I had high expectations for their "Extra IPA". While the beer is a fine pale ale, it is not quite as good as the regular pale ale in my opinion. It is has a sweeter taste, is very hoppy, but lacks that bitter hop taste of the other Sierra Nevada ale. I expected this one to be even stronger; like a real piney bite to the taste. Still, this is an extremely tasty beer.

Photo of HotHands
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an orange-ish amber, darker than most pale ales. Nice white head. Some lace present.

S - faint hops (grapefruit) and bready malt. Expected a stronger smell.

T - Nice bready malt flavor up front, with a touch of sweetness. Then the hops kick in with a powerful bitter punch. Fruity grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine are present. Very bitter finish.

M - nice carbonation. Great slick mouthfeel. Full-bodied.

D - Not sure how to rate this, but it's drinkable for the style and ABV. Not as sessionable as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale though.

Overall, a solid IPA. I prefer Stone and Southern Tier's IPAs but this is quite good and available in stores everywhere.

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

A-Amber with good head.

S-Citrus and pine hops. Sturdy malt adds to a fairly powerful scent.

T-More pine hops. Citrus is there but less evident. Thick malty sweetness is easily detected.

M-Medium bodied and slick.

D-Good drinkability in regards to the style.

Another example as to why Sierra Nevada is a steeple of American craft brewing.

Photo of MysticRuler
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A top notch effort from SN. the hoppiness is very well balanced....If I had to choose a word to describe the hoppiness I would use the word balanced. It starts out with a nice West Coast bitterness, but it isn't overwhelming or unhinged. The malt backbone is a nice foil which helps to bring it all together. It's a very finely crafted ale which highlights the greatness of using fresh hops. I'd love to see what it's like on draft.

Photo of StephenRich
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When it comes to crisp, clean, malty refreshment, there are few breweries that have as much experience quenching our palates as does Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada set the presence for Pale Ales in America winning its first gold medal back in 1993 at the Great American Beer Festival. But they also have a bigger, richer more potent quencher on the roster; the Torpedo Extra IPA.

This really is a classic American style IPA with significant malt character and that undeniably fresh and citrus west coast hop flavor. The Torpedo comes in at 65 IBUs, almost double the Pale Ale's 37 - so you should expect a good bitter punch from this beer, but still nothing crazy. Like all their beers, the Torpedo utilizes only whole cone hops; no pellets and no extracts. Sierra Nevada prides themselves on this, and thus they spent years developing the recipe for this IPA before it was finally released in early 2009 as a year round offering.

I recently opened a bottle with my roommate after a long hard day in the heat - we both needed something to cleanly refresh our palates and sooth the heat out of us. I went right for the Torpedo Extra IPA. We opened it right away cold around 5C (40F), which really is a bit to cold for a big IPA of this sorts, but we both wanted a cold quenching beer - so it was perfect for us at the time. This is really key here, the Serving Temperature Guide is just that - a guide. Everyone has their own preference for what temperature they enjoy certain beer's at, and every specific scenario may warrant a variation on that preference. The guide is meanly a suggestion as a starting place; but really, let your palate guide your journey.

The Torpedo comes in Sierra's typical stubby 355ml bottle at 7.2% abv. I poured it generously into a Sierra Nevada pint glass and the beer erupted with life and excitement right away. First a golden orange beer brewed slowly in the bottom, but curling waves of carbonation rushed through the beer as the bottle was emptied. It created a transparent golden orange beer with honey and rich amber browns shining though it holding up a big fluffy and pillowy 1.5 inch off white, cream colored, almost pearl head. It was loaded with bubbles and air standing its place for a few minutes then eventually fading to a sticky lacing on the beer.

The nose shows a great fresh rush of classic west coat hops and rich citrus fruits. Its filled with pine up front and the classic tartness of grapefruit and lemon peels. It is very up front and bitter with a hint of zesty funk. There is soft caramel sweet malt in the background, and hints of pepper and spice, but this nose is definitely dominated by floral hops, as you should expect.

A big wave of cold Torpedo is fresh and quenching everywhere on your palate and opens into your mouth with smooth sweet malts and the quick rush of quenching earthy hops. There are no two ways around it, the hops push their way into your palate bringing with them bright aromas and crisp flavors. Pine and fresh grapefruit peel are most dominant and up front, but floral spices, herbs, earth and touches of tropical fruit sweetness also hit my cheeks and play back around to my lips.

Its not devastatingly bitter, I certainly have had bigger beers before, but the Torpedo conducts itself very precisely. The soft balance of smooth pale malts and gentle caramel create a delicious character and help ease the overall fresh bitter bite which dominated this beer. The mouthfeel is succulent and perfect as you should expect from Sierra Nevada by now. It is light and creamy with modest carbonation and a real tooth grabbing texture. It does make me want more.

The finish is crisp and short performing its duty with care. Fresh pine and citrus show again on the edge and dissipate all malt sweetness from your palate. Go in for spicy Vindaloo or big Thai dishes; the Torpedo Extra IPA will meet the sweetness of the sauce, and quench every range of heat you can conjure up.

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

Serving type - bottle

Apperance - Golden brown, yellow amber

Smell - Hops, Malts, some suagrs, very citrus, grapefruit, orange

Taste - A strong acidic midly strong hoppy flavor dominates this beer. Lots of orange and malts. I even get some lemon in there. I do get traces of alcohol in each drink.

Mouthfeel - A bit strong and bitey. Mouth gets bittered from hops, and a little numbed from the boose. Aftertaste is a little bitter and strong.

Overall - For me, sierra's beers are usually smooth and flavorful, and mild. Torpedo has a bite, its stronger and has more kick then usual sierra beers. Plenty of hops and malts make this a enjoyable ipa. At 7.2% its low enough to enjoy a few. A very soild beer that brings some strongness, and flavor to the table. Recomended for ipa and hop lovers.

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

Appearance- Dark copper color with a little head which last a min.

Smell-pine and some citrus

Taste- Pine flavored hops. its not to strong but gets your attetion

Mouthfeel- surprisingly a little lighter then expected. ending a little bitter

Drinkablitlity- its a good IPA, nice taste. going to stick to some others however

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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