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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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9,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,491
Reviews: 2,699
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
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Gots: 1,629 | FT: 4
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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 WJVII
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a wonderful dark gold, nearly copper color with a thick 2 finger off white head. The aroma punches you in the face with hops. There is nice lacing on the glass as the head settles into a nice cloud with strong carbonation popping up. The aroma is thick of citrus and pine. The taste is nothing short of hop heaven. A little dry in the after taste but there is no question where the "extra" in extra IPA comes from. If you like hops this is a no brainer!

Photo of itfitz
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow -- can you say "over-hopped"? This Extra IPA goes overboard with the hop aroma and flavor, nearly negating any malty tones in the beer. But is that a bad thing? Not in this case.

The bitter citrus hops are like a depth charge and combined with a moderate carbonation -- it's an all-hands-on-deck experience that makes one of the best commercially-available beers. This isn't an IPA for landlubbers; its in-your-face experience and high alcohol (7.2%) will take you to Davey Jones' Locker rather quickly if you're not careful.

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

Golden, clear copper colour poured into a Pint glass. 2 Inch head, alive with carbonation.
Love the hops on this one! Crisp citrus, "forest" like aroma.
Hint of sweet on the tongue, dominated by the wonderfull hops, again citrusy and piney.
Very drinkable!
Another hit from Sierra Nevada.
I love this one, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a solid American IPA.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code is 0111. About 2 months from bottling.

Pours a copper color with a billowing white head off a straight pour. This one took a lot of time to pour, but produced a tight, thick head and a good amount of lively bubbles.

The nose has moderate to high level of hoppiness, with fruity and pine aromas making up the classic AIPA character. The citrus aspect reminds me of lemon and grapefruit, while grass and pine makes up the plant-like side. This has a good aroma, but more strength and maybe some less traditional IPA aromas would have taken it to the next level.

There is some moderate caramel sweetness up front and a high level of bitterness in the back. Even with the high quality sweetness, the overall character is dry, with the hops helping that cause. Grass and pine flavors come through in the hop flavor, with a bit of an herbal bite on the back.

With a straight pour, I knocked out a lot of carbonation, but was still left with a lively mouthfeel on top of a medium body. This has good drinkability for such a high strength IPA. The only thing this beer does great is hitting the style spot on. I enjoyed this and will have it again, but if given the chance I'd probably pick a different IPA.

Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish/orange color. A perfect two finger white head forms. The pillowing and rocking foam has excellent retention, and leaves some patchy lace as it finally recedes.
S: The aroma is of spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Some juicy citrus and pine with light grapefruit. Plenty of bread, biscuit, and caramel malt for balance.
T: This has tons of hops, but there is also excellent balance. Spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Light citrus and grapefruit flavors that lingers on. Some bitterness in the finish. Though it is never over barring. Sweet caramel malt with a bread and biscuit flavor balances everything out nicely.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is a bit high, bordering on a DIPA. Though it is well hidden, that is just a tad warming.

This is excellent. One of my favorite offerings from Sierra Nevada. There are tons of hops here, but it is always in great balance. Something that can not be said with every Sierra Nevada beer. Highly recommended.

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

pours a hazy copper orange color with good white fluffy head that recedes quick. good lacing and soft carbonation. citrus piney hop smell with some herbal hints, taste is much the same. light bitter finish. very smooth, light body, and thin texture. nothing really special about this brew, but still very good. would definietly drink again.

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick head (2/2.5 sausage fingers). Beautiful white mountainous foamy head. Nice amber color with subtle ruby highlights. Nice lacing, pretty good head retention.

S - Spicy hops. That's about it... pretty one sided aroma.

T - Nice earthy spicy hops. A bit of a peppery taste. Nice bittering hops. Not much malt to speak of. Definitely a west coast IPA. Dry finish. Not super complex, but nice for a single IPA.

M - A bit creamy, full enough to not taste like hop juice. Nice carbonation levels.

D - Quite drinkable for the style. Bitterness is fairly high.

Photo of jp007
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a nice dark copper color.A small amount of head at first,then disappeared. The smell is somewhat weaker than i was expecting. A scent of citrus and pine.A very nice bitter flavor. Hints of grapefruit. Finnish i mostly dry. The aftertaste stays for awhile. Leaving me wanting more. Overall a very well made a tasty IPA. I will buy again.

Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has some hit or miss beers, IMO. Their Kellerweis was pretty good, yet the Bigfoot barleywine missed the mark for me. Their Summer ale is decent, yet their pale ale reminds me of celery and cigarettes. I remember having the Torpedo once, and enjoyed it. Taking a closer look this time.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a thick, white moderate head that leaves decent lacing. Nice looking, typical IPA.

S: Hops, pine, grapefruit and a hint of caramel all come into play in the aroma. Nothing is overwhelming; seems pretty well balanced. That's a good thing.

T: Pungent hops, yet not biting or overwhelming. They linger on the palate for some time, but again, isn't as paralyzing as some really hoppy beers. Citrus and a nice, moderate malt background -which includes some caramel flavors- are also found. This one is well balanced with the bitter hops and sweetness of the malt.

M: Good carbonation. Moderately oily and thick. Hops bitterness is prickly on the palate for quite some time.

D: Refreshing. Fairly quaffable, despite a massive hops atttack and above average ABV. Not your typical session beer, but certainly many craft beer drinkers would not have a problem finishing off a six pack.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Transparent, very clean, orange-copper color with a thick cream colored head. Great lacing. Great head retention. Nicely carbonated.

S - Sour citrus smell

T - Nice initial bitterness with a little bit of maltiness in the finish. Bitterness sticks with you for awhile. Almost a bitter grapefruity aftertaste. Alcohol flavor is well masked by the hops and malt.

M - Very smooth with the exception of the bitter aftertaste.

D - Good beer for the early summer. Nice crisp clean IPA.

Photo of DJED69
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


To me, this is the perfect IPA---hops galore, some malt, great taste and smell. VERY balanced beer. Head is creamy and foamy til the end. A sipper to enjoy as it warms a bit from the fridge. SN really knocked it out of the park on this one. $8.69 a 6-pk near me---fantastic!!

7.2% ABV is hidden well, but creeps up on you after a couple. This is one I like to enjoy nursing. Always have some in the fridge for when the mood strikes me. Try it, you'll like it!

Photo of mweso2000
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper color with lacy head that clings to glass.

Smell-Hoppy like a good IPA

T-hops really hit you, slight malty taste in background

m-good carbonation throughout experience. Medium body, slightly bitter. Feels slightly heavy in the mouth.

d-not a beer you can drink all night because of the strong flavor and alcohol content. I would not recommend this beer for the beach because of the heaviness of it. This is the perfect beer to pair with a meal.

Photo of everetends
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Smokin' Joes in Jacksonville, AL. Yes, this has finally made it to my area! Was stoked when the owner told me he had a new IPA for me. He is just as excited about new beers as I am. I served this up in a standard, Terrapin pint glass.

A: The pour results in a bronze colored body. Held to the light, more yellows come out. The body is pretty clear with a lazy, but consistent carbonation moving around in here. The pour built up almost two fingers of foamy white head. It falls slowly to a creamy top cap as the experience goes on. Good amount of lace sticks to the glass and sheets it all the way down.

S: The smell is a little more faint than I expect from an IPA. Getting some herbal hop notes to start things off. Pretty earthy actually. Behind that are the citrus notes in the form of lemon zest and skin. There is some malt balance here in the nose. Bring out some sweet and bready malts to balance out the aroma and it almost neutralizes it. Slightly unimpressed here.

T: Where it falls short in the nose, it makes up for in flavor. This beer just comes out to be a very solid IPA. Getting the citrus hops up front and in some abundance. Getting some lemon, grapefruit (bitter, bitter, not sweet or sour at all), and a touch of tangerine. There are some herbal and floral notes building as well behind all this citrus. Malts are coming out mostly bready, but there is a slight caramel sweetness as well. Its not balanced but it does cut the initial bitterness in the flavor, and then allows the bitterness to develop slowly to the aftertaste.

M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium, but has a nice weight to it. It is a little sticky and oily, coats lightly on the palate. ABV is not really coming out to me at all. Wonderfully hidden. Bitter on the palate mostly. Aftertaste is lingering lemon and grapefruit.

D: This is wonderfully easy to put down. I can drink this all day long to be honest. It has a balancing quality to it that makes it easy drinking, but still has that hop bitterness I want. I only wish the aroma had a bit more to it, but can't win em all. Overall a great beer and another sleeper for me from Sierra Nevada. Damn happy to finally have it on demand in my area.

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle Vessel Type: Pint Glass Price:NA

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feeling an IPA the other day. Beer dude at my favorite local store suggested this. Glad he did.

The head formed in this strange pattern - big-bubble islands enveloped in a delta-like system of smaller-bubble channels. The color is a deep sunset orange and evokes a feeling of (the sun setting in) summertime - around 8:25pm on a day at the end of the third week in July, specifically. Somewhere in SoCal...anyway...

Very vibrant, verdant aroma. Detected something like a campfire and/or toasted almonds, pungent pine, hints of overripe cantaloupe. I also saw a color - dark forest green. The label?

A generous swig rewards you with a refreshing hop blast. You feel it throughout your mouth and out the nostrils - a similar experience to a gnashing on a few sprigs of spicy mint. And it's actually not at all excessive. Combined with a medium-body malt body that's thankfully not syrupy sweet, the 7.2 is barely discernible. Testament to how well-balanced this brew is.

Photo of RppIII
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Poured a lackluster pale copper tea with a vigorous lively two fingered head that fades to a thin coating. Lacing is exceptional bringing back fond memories of past beer.

Smell- Not nearly the intense hop nose I had expected from this brew. A very sweet quality to this beer is present and almost as poignant as the citrus and fruit essence from the hops. A woody note presents itself in conjunction with a slight whiff of phenols reminding me of fine Scotch whisky.

Taste- Not as sweet as the nose would have lead me to believe but still enough malty sweetness to provide good contrast against the hop profile. A strong bite of bitter earth tones plays in contrast to a sweet grapefruit and citrus. A wood, vanilla flavour accents the sweet malt to create a very pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel- Aesthetically very pleasing with a medium body, crisp clean carbonation, and a slight drying effect.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, balanced, with a strong malt backbone. Sierra Nevada has a characteristic flavour to every beer they brew and this beer most certainly has that flavour.

Photo of tykees88
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber lots of carbonation. Nice fluffy head

S- Smells fantastic. The hoppiness is evident, but also smells piney

T- Throws this one off for me. It's too much hop finish. The pine taste is right at the beginning and is a nice start, but the swallow leaves a terrible bitter aftertaste.

M- Carbonated for sure, feels light and almost bubbly in the mouth.

D- I didn't like this one so my drinkability is going to be lower. However, I know alot of people really enjoy this beer, the abv is not bad and you could easily drink a few.

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

A = pours deep amber into tulip, what you normally expect from SN. Dots of bubble lacing the side of the glass
S = citrus, but more piney with some funky fresh grassy aroma as well, very nice, like woods after spring rain.
T = great malty bitterness from beginning to end.
M = creamy, foamy carbonation, very similar in feel to SN Celebration Ale, coats your mouth and keeps the bitterness lingering for some time.
D = don't notice the ABV yet, but at 7.2 will limit to 2 per session. This is a winner.

Photo of wcintula
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice. I poured it into a regular lager pint and it had a nice orange color with low transparency. On top was a nice finger's width of head with beautiful lacing.

S- Sweet. Citrusy. Hoppy. Like you'd expect from an IPA.

T- Smooth taste with a very dry after bite. Still getting citrus notes and lots of aroma.

M- Prickly from carbonation, otherwise the beer itself is smooth in the mouth.

D- Awesome. I wish I had more. At 7.2% ABV, this is a nice, tasty beer that'll keep me and I think anybody else out there, going all night.

Photo of RichieS2
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a moderate amber color somewhere between red and gold, moderate to heavy carbonation with little head.

S - On the floral side, definite hop character.

T - Ironically it is more akin to a British IPA than an American IPA; the hops never did come out and punch you in the face. All things considered though this is still a great brew, there is almost no malt for sweetness but the hops are balanced enough to offer a somewhat citrus beginning and a spicy finish which makes up for the moderate bitterness.

M - Satisfying heaviness and warmth as it swashed around in my mouth and went down.

D - Goes down easy enough but with such a high abv I would stop at one.

Photo of hayes31
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Geat smell and taste from this beer. Its appearance isn't anything special, but that doesn't really matter with a beer this flavorful. You can really taste a pine-ish tone to it with just the right amount of bitterness to complement it. The only downside to the beer is, for me, it's a little too strong to drink more than 2 or 3 in a row. But with a higher ABV, who needs that?

Photo of tjinohio
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer is the color of a summer sunset. The head was ample while dissipating fairly quickly though leaving nice lacing. The beer was a wee bit too far on the opaque side.

Smell: I just don't get a whole lot in the bouquet. I expect a lot more from an american double ipa. I'm looking for big esters or florals, but its subtle. I get a little grapefruit and pine.

Taste: There is that big hop assault on your palate that you would expect and want from a IPA. The pine comes through with nice florals. However, I would like to get more of the grapefruit and esters to come through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer excels. The carbonation, the bitterness- it is a wonderful moment when it hits your tongue, cheeks, and throat. It makes your mouth feel alive and completely engaged in the drinking experience.

Drinkability: This is a good, quality IPA that offers a nice drinking experience.

Photo of tweeder263
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden light amber brew. Hazy with a fluffy one finger head. Light medium carbonation. Smells wonderful, sweet,hoppy but not overbearing/overpowering. Taste, very hoppy, not unbalanced, sweet malt backbone very well done. A higher alcohol beer, but alcohol is well concealed. Mouthfeel is nice and rounded,,not thin. Very good beer {i love all sierra nevada products}. Drinkability is good but not a session beer. A tad too hoppy for that.

Photo of DCDevilDancer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice (oddly) balanced American IPA.
Looks good.
Smells good.. a tad sweet, but a nice floral, fruity hoppy nose.
In terms of taste, the finish is really nice.. notes of ambrosia, pineapple and mouth tingling herbs as it fades into a lingering bitterness. Upfront, however, there is a cotton candy sweetness that really bugs me. The flavors manage to balance eachother out, but I prefer less of those banana sweet spikes in my 7% range IPAs.
Mouthfeel is messed up a little, consequently.
Still drinks just fine.. the fresher the better.
Considering it's price and availability, depending on where you are it may be a good choice. But IMO it is not even in the same league as the likes of Green Flash West Coast, Ska Modus Hoperandi, Surly Furious, or even New Belgium Ranger. Then again, I like a more earthy, consumingly abrassive IPA. I do think it is well worth seeking Torpedo out if the likes of Bell's Two Hearted is in your faves.. reminds me of it quite a bit.

Photo of skenyon1811
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark orange body. About a half inch of head with good retention and lacing.

S: This beer smells amazing. At first it is a punch in the nose, but in a good way. Very hoppy with some citrus notes. I love this aroma.

T: One of my favorite types of beers is an IPA and this is one of my favorite tasting IPAs. Right when it hits your tongue it is sweet, but the bitter hoppiness jumps in and builds. It leaves a great earthy aftertaste that remains for a long time.

M: A little heavier mouthfeel than most IPAs. Has a good level of carbonation.

D: I could put back a six pack of these. They have good drinkability but the flavors are so strong it will destroy your pallet to other beers afterwards.

Photo of BayerischBier
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: nice white head. colored light amber beer with high carbonation

S: rich hoppy aroma; very earthy and piny. Some faint malt and piney hops if I coax it with swirling.

T: surprises with less piney taste than in smell. solid hops taste of earthy hops- --tettnanger/hallertau? -- on top of a welcoming bitterness.

M: Nice mouthfeel

D: Not for beginners! You need to love IPA and bitter beers. Take one and taste it.
IPA lovers will go for more than one; good drinkability

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,491 ratings.