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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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9,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,198
Reviews: 2,627
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 1,278 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!!


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to taste this gem of an IPA on-cask last night... not once, but twice! For those who don't know, every Thursday night at the Sierra Nevada Brewery is cask night. Each week a different beer is put on-cask. The following review is based on notes from last night's tasting.

Served in a 20oz. Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Two fingers of eggshell-colored head sit atop a very hazy amber body - very little visibility. The tight, creamy head shows superb retention until swirled - then it disappears almost instantly. Regardless, this beer weaves a thick tapestry of lacing all the way down the walls of the glass.

Smell: Moist pine and gobs of sticky, resinous, floral hops. The typical grapefruit aroma is there, but this nose isn't juicy at all. Instead, it's all rich woody aromas, toasted malt, and hop sap. More complexity and/or strength would be nice, but I don't know if that'd even be attainable on-cask.

Taste: Like sucking on a pine tree after a fresh rain. This one is woody, piney, and sweet yet subtle. The malt profile really comes to life in this cask offering; toasted bread and caramel malt are particularly strong flavors. The finish is oily and bitter. All of the flavors meld together seemlessly. I would give this a 4.5, but I miss the fruity aspects. Also, the bitterness is a bit muted by the cask. Still, this is very good.

Mouthfeel: Maltier and less bitter than the bottle and tap versions. The bitterness is still very much there, however, and produces an even numbing sensation across the palate. The feel is very malty and oily and even a bit "messy" (meaning far from clean-finishing). Coats the mouth like paint; flavors hang around for-ev-ver. Daddy likes.

Drinkability: This beer may have just busted my cask IPA bias. Up until this point, I believed that the cask did nothing more than dull IPAs and other hoppy beers, in essence castrating them by taking away that crisp bitterness that makes them unique. And you know what, this Torpedo wasn't as crisp or bitter as it normally is, but it was so much more balanced and flavorful that I really didn't give a damn. This was fucking good! Mmmm Mmmmm!

Photo of noknife83
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, about an inch a nice foamy head.I can't really smell that much from this beer, until I drink it, nice and fruity. A very nice taste, starts off subtle, and then when the swallow and aftertaste kicks in more. A lot a orange peel, and a hint of pine resin. All in all a great beer, I recommend this to anyone who already likes Sierra Nevada Pale, because this is just a kicked upped version of that.

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

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a thick rocky off-white head with significant lacing.

The aroma is citrus and and pine with a bit of malt in the background. Flavor is full of hop bitterness, grapefruit and pine.

Carbonation is a bit low and the bitterness doesn't linger in your mouth long. An easy drinking IPA.

Photo of oldpinecone
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a darker shade of orangey copper with a 1 and a half finger offwhite head. I knew already I was going to like this.

It smells of light citrus and and a pine forest. Very pleasant.

The taste took me by suprise. Super hoppy as compared to SNPA. It had that infamous piney taste coating the palate. It ruled. It also left a nice after taste lingering on the tounge.

Decent carbonation, not too thing and not too thick. It was just right.

I wouldnt session this beer just because its a little to flavorful for a session. But its definetely a good beer to have with some friends.

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

Basically a bigger and somewhat less floral version of regular Sierra. This one packs a bigger punch but is not an imperial in any way. Look for Southern Tier's Unearthly or Dogfishhead's 90 Minute IPA for the real deal. This is enjoyable overall, but I guess I miss the point when compared to the afforementioned Imperials and the original Sierra Nevada.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, light copper color with a stiff, creamy off-white head. Retention is great as is the lacing.

As far as IPAs go, this one smells pretty darn good. Big, citrusy and tropical hop notes with a sweet whiff of caramel and toffee maltiness.

Resinous, bitter floral hop flavor shines bright, as the malt background takes a backseat...a waaaay backseat, limo-esque, to the big hops. Something in there, however, is giving it a ticklingly noticeable sweetness. One of the most lupulin-packed non-double or imperial IPAs I have tasted.

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to oversized DFH snifter.

A: Amber rusty brown color pretty clear, big thick rich head that takes its time to fade

N: Some piney hops, a strange tangy yeasty nose, some dark crystal malts, touch of citrus, little biscuit,

T: Starts with some dark crystal malts, piney hops, slight tangy yeasty taste, a little soapy, very bitter and spicey high alpha hops (maybe chinook, magnum, nugget, something like that) as well as a slight foral centennial, amarilla, cascade type, some nice malty bread taste adds a good flavor, the hops build as it goes, a slight warming alcohol also builds

M: Pretty frothy and sticky, kinda thick

F: Lots of piney spicey hops, pretty juicy. Finishes pretty dry as well. A slight sawdust also seems to come out at the end. The lingering hop bitterness stays for 30 seconds or so, drinkability isn't the greatest.

Final thoughts: AN interesting beer. At first I thought it may have been old, with the strange tangy yeastiness, but the hops shined right through giving it an interesting quality. Lots of bitter hops, good malt base, strange extras like yeast, saw dust, etc. Its also pretty juicy. It's a slow drinker.

Photo of jbone78
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We just now started getting it in Panama City. So, I will not have to go out of town to buy it.

Poured into an american pint glass. Orange/yellow color with a nice lacing head. If poured into a warm glass can create a frothy head. Smells of sweet, fruity, wonderful hops that carries you into the flavors. When I am brewing with crystal hops, when I open the package and the smell of crystal hops is how Torpedo tastes. The floral citrus hop flavor is blended perfectly with the caramel malts that finishes not all that sticky.

Wonderful beer and we thank the wonderful folks at Sierra Nevada for inventing the Torpedo Hop filtering thing. I like it.


Photo of aquaderek
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Michael Jackson Beer Hunter Session glass. The beer looks a little lighter than I would have imagined, the color is a golden orange with a white frothy head. The nose is intially citrus and lemony, followed by a sharp hop spiciness. The taste is think hoppier Redhook, really good. The mouthfeel is on the viscious side. The high alcohol content makes it a rough session beer, but the big dogs should have at it.

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

Poured into a Pint Glass.

Appearance - Poured a nice heavy gold. About 1/2 inch head. Lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - Smells very citrusy.

Taste - Has a very nice citrusy flavour.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is just right!

Drinkability - This things kinda fill me up a little bit more than my normal selections. So I could probably only kick back 1 or 2.

A great beer!

Photo of MattyDonny
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful tasting beer. Poured into a 12oz. glass this beer has a nice golden see through body that keeps it's carbonation until the last sip; looks extremely inviting. Good amount of head for an IPA, little more than a fingers width, doesn't get in the way. The best part about the body is the great lacing that it leaves on the glass after every sip

The best part about this beer is the refreshing citrusy, bitter taste. It is quite bitter since it is an Extra IPA, buy Sierra Nevada manages to allow the great citrusy flavor and biscuity finish come through.

The mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Goes down easy.

Highly Recommended if you haven't had it yet.

Photo of after5
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not really an IPA fan and the beer nerd at my store just raved about this beer when it hit my market.

6 six from Cool Spring Wine and Liquor and then I found myself picking up a case on my next visit.

These over hopped beer I thought would mask any real flavor in the beer. I was so wrong and found myself craving that taste time and time again.

It was like the Harvest Wet Hop but on overdrive.

Let's hope this beer sticks around if they can afford to keep making this beer.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,198 ratings.