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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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8,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,558
Reviews: 2,580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 164
Gots: 962 | 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 hellbilly
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from psprings...

pours a perfectly pale copper color with a crazy fluffy creamy off white head. loads of lacy rings are left behind with each sip.

this smells like walking through the pine forests of west virginia... wet rocks, moss, pine trees, dry leaves, earth and faint sweetness in the air.

the flavor is far less poetic and far more maltier than i wanted it to be... it's got orange and grapefruit rinds and pith, pine and hoppy dryness but caramel and maltiness show up to spoil the show. there's a fair amount of bitterness to help out but it can't quite break through. the carbonation is pleasant and quite soft. the body is medium though only from the sugar content... 7/3/7/4/15/3.6

hellbilly, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Mattysox
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very pretty looking beer; a crystal clear, orange/amber body is topped off with a dense, rocky off-white head that lingers for a long time and leaves great lacing down the glass.

On the nose, it's lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus notes, balanced by a faint whiff of pine, bread and caramel. The flavors follow along with the nose. The flavors are very clean and defined, yet everything tastes harmonious. The hops are very prevalent, but well balanced against the malt. This is not a big California hop bomb, but rather a restrained, well thought out melding of flavors. The mouthfeel is super smooth and even slightly creamy, but the astringency of the hops on the finish still leaves the palate invigorated and ready for the next sip. This is a super drinkable beer, even if the abv is around 7ish. Nothing about this beer jumps out at you, but on the whole it is well-made, delicious and a welcome addition to the SN line.

Mattysox, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo pours a crystal clear copper color with a big, sticky off-white head. The nose has lots of hops; citrussy, lemony, and piney. Very nice.

The taste is also pretty much all hopes. Lots of spicy hopness. There is some underlying caramel and a smooth bitterness on the back. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a very easy-drinking beer that hides its 7.2% alcohol, so watch out!

Spidey13, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of tzchandler
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less prevalent than the green labeled IPA, Torpedo comes in with much more alcohol (7.2%) and heavier copper flavor. Nice aroma of hops but I would hope for a bit more being a hops lover. The Celebration Ale, from the same company, seems to hit the spot more than this beer but still worthy of a place in the fridge and still better than many micro beer IPA II.

This beer slides down easily and has a pleasant long lasting flavor.

Sierra Nevada seems to me to be the only mass beer company that brews excellent beer for "mass beer" prices. These guys deserve a big pat on the back. Bravo!

tzchandler, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of NoLiberty
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tangerine-orange, subtle warm amber color. A modest white frothy head bubbles up into 1-2 fingers thick. It settles into a light patchy cap that dissipates into almost nothing. Very light lacing, almost none.

Aroma is interesting. Not an overpowering hop bomb, but a smell that is very well blended with the sweet malty backbone. Starts sweet with apple sweet tartness and moves to a middle with melon and tangerines and moves to a light alcohol-malt warmth at the end.

Flavor is very well established and balanced. Flavors of tart fruit, light fresh bready sweetness, subtle spicy pine, and finishes with a brief citrus bite then an aftertaste of lingering bitterness.

Light to slightly medium bodied with slightly bitter feel from start to finish. Subtle sweetness adds a thicker feel but is balanced by nice carbonation that makes for a very drinkable beer.

NoLiberty, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack yesterday at Oak Tree Beverage in New Jersey.

The beer looked excellent on pour, great clarity, nice light amber in color with a dense egg shell white head.

All down hill from there. The beer is good but at best it is a amped up version of SN Pale Ale. Simply nothing about the aroma or flavor matched the presentation of a bold American IPA.

Beer was clean, with some biscuity light toasty malt and a cavalier hop profile.

A solid English IPA with firm bitterness.

PBoegel, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of SaucyA
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This shit looks like a beer commercial. I mean it. Poured a bottle and a half into my Short's imperial pint, and the 2 finger froth emanates from the top of the glass. A light amber/deep orange brew that has copious amounts of bubbles rising through the clear body. Ridiculous lacing. Fucking ACE.

S - A subdued American IPA. The hops are nice and herbal up front, and a little more citric on the backend. The malt plays a nice role in the smell, adding a light, sweet background for the hops to play around on. Not the usual SN "C" profile, but definite west coast vibes.

T - Perhaps I expected a little more out of this, but to me it's good, not great. Mostly herbal, piney hops, with a slightly bitter, dry backend.

M - Quite light with a crisp carbonation.

D - The price is right and the beer ain't bad. Easy drinking IPA, especially with the mouthfeel.

Notes: Not my fave IPA of all time, but not a slouch by any stretch. I would definitely pick this up again.

SaucyA, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Floral and citrus hop notes up front. Biscuity and carmel malt base with some honey notes in the background. Clean, classic SN fermentation characteristics.

Appearance: Amber-orange pour with a sticky and sudsy white cap.

Flavor: Powdery and resiny hop notes with a strong, bitter base. Good bready malts off-set the hop punch. Definitely more pine hop flavors than anything else. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A piney, well hopped, extremely balanced IPA.

mattcrill, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Amber brown with medium to light carbonation with a nicey foamy white head

Smell- Citrusy hop aromas, a real strong hop presence from the start as I would have expected to smell in this beer

Taste- Very tasty hop based beer, has a bitter kick but still pretty well balanced and enjoyable. Has good slight citrus notes with a full hop oil and hoppy feel and body, a good finish

Mouthfeel- VERY VERY SMOOTH, it has an extremely soft and smooth body that really helps it going down, the mouthfeel is a real strong point of this beer

Drinkability- A very good beer that I would definitely want to try few more times and see how it matches up with some other IPA s certainly worth another look.

Stunner97, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7.2% abv in case you're interested.

A- clear shiny copper amber with some golden highlights and big nice kinda yellowish cream colored head. foam is wrinkly and frothy with excellent splattered lace. i mean like SPLAT. liquid looks somewhat viscous as well.

S- big toasty pine grapefruit with an herbal bite hrmm just like the label suggested. some lemon in there as well. zesty herbal non-dish-soap lemon. even gets a little tropical like pineapple skin and passionfruit.

T- tastes pretty familiar. maybe like a cross between snpa & anniversary? but with a nice clean noble hop type bitterness at the end. woodsy with a pepper spice also as well as something very grassy & green. lots of burnt grapefruit flavor and toast and pine. pretty much a carbon copy of the aroma but with malt sweetness to keep a great balance. website lists 'citra' on the hop bill, varietal that i haven't heard of but i'll go ahead and 'spect it's the culprit for the cascadesque citrusness. very nice from the people that respect the hop. in a major way.

MF- prickly, resinous, sticky, sappy, with a very... 'pine resin' feel. tight carbonation, filmy juiciness, delicately dry at the end with an easy goin' hop oil coating. perfect.

D- classy.

hustlesworth, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6 Pack of 12 ounce bottles, purchased in ealry February 2009, consumed shortly thereafter.

Pours a medium copper-amber with a pretty white head that has decent retention and above-average retention. Solid carbonation keeps things rolling.

Aroma is a solid IPA hop-heavy mix, with herbal and piney notes first, then an orange peel citrus right behind. Flavor is strongly hopped but a big malty body keeps it from being too bitter. The hops are juniper and pine resin, but not overly so, as the grapefruit sharp/sweet balance keeps it from being over the top.

A well made, very drinkable IPA.

Dukeofearl, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-8-09

Pours a deep orange/gold color with a foam tan head that settles to a nice, thick layer with chunky lacing.

Smell is all hops, extremely similar to a Celebration. Yep, that's what it smells like.

Taste is a hybrid between a SNPA and a Celebration. I don't get it.

Mouthfeel is good, fizzy to go with the hops.

Drinkability is very good, a tasty beer.

Overall, an answer to a question no one asked. A tasty beer, but not anything new.

BMoney575, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of barleywineman
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so good! it is basically a beefed up version of the sierra nevada, but much more bitter and clean, and alcohol is higher which is always a plus in my book, nice head retention to the last sip, good hop aroma, slight sweet finish, thirst quenching and awesome with fried calamari, or some fish n chips! Good Job Sierra Nevada!

barleywineman, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield NJ.

Appearance: Standard IPA Tangelo Orange, excellent clarity, 1-2 finger off white foam head, good oily sheen, retention and lacing.

Smell: citrus, flowers, dry hopped perhaps. Not overpowering by not one dimensional either. A minor malt component and fruitiness in addition to the hops.

Taste: Initial citrus hop flavor that opens up into a sweet strawberry kiwi note and finishes with a touch of floral hop bitterness. Well done combination of hops and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for my liking with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: While the mouthfeel is a touch thin for my likes, it adds to the drinkability. This IPA has a nice flavor and kicks back with ease.

This was my first sampling of SN Torpedo and I really enjoyed it!

koopa, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Sierra Nevada provides an excellent beer. I'm a big fan of their various IPA selections and this one is certainly a great year-round addition.

Appearance: Nice coppery color, hints of deep gold. A one finger head with minimal retention -- faded to a thin lacing that turned in to a faint ring around the surface. Moderate carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell: Piney and bitter and a slight tinge of citrus in there as well.

Taste: Bitter hops all the way with a strong presence of pine. I would say there is a miniscule hint of grapefruit in there as well, but the pine is definitely the dominant flavor on the taste buds. Fairly strong aftertaste. As the glass warmed over the course of the beer, I found the presence of alcohol to become much more of a factor.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and oily with a potent feeling on the tongue of pins and needles. Leaves the mouth especially dry once it's gone down. A very active beer in the mouth.

Drinkability: I would say particularly high. It's a great beer and I'm not let down. I enjoy the bitterness and the strong flavors so I feel like I'm actually working on something. The ABV isn't listed, but I'd guess a 5.5 - 6% ABV -- I'm feeling a bit of a buzz after one so perhaps not more than two a sitting (three may be pushing it).

bamadog, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber body with a finger of cream colored head. steady stream of carbonation bubbles rush to the top of the glass. the head doesnt last very long, and leaves behind minimal lacing.

S- very hoppy. lots of citrus in here. some pine as well. plenty of malt backing it up.

T- nice and bitter. plenty of caramel malt and even more hops behind it. tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit.

M- a little thinner than i would have liked. very smooth.

D- woah, this one exceeded expectations. glad to have this one the shelves year round. the high ABV for the style makes having more than a couple a bad idea, but id like to have a couple of these.

jwinship83, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of timbro81
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can Sierra Nevada do anything wrong? No. But for some reason I didn't hold out too much for this beer, wow was I ever pleased. Pours a light straw copper color with a nice amount of carbonation that feeds a consistent layer of foam that laces nicely down a glass. Smell of sticky, pungent, sweet piney hops, really rich and full. Great aroma. Light silkiness on the tongue that gives way to flavors of lightly toasted grains mingling well with a fair but not overpowering amount of hops. The aftertaste is where the hops kickit into high gear. They develop further and leave my mouth with a nice dryness. This beer is firing on all cylinders and I'm super pumped it will be in the full-time lineup.

timbro81, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of dickieb
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber in color with a 2 finger head which dissipates down to a thin coating and some above average lacing. The smell is somewhat light mostly piney with some bready malt hints mixed in. The flavor is well hopped and piney with a smaller malt profile then celebration but a nice lingering bitter dry hopped flavor which I cant get enough of. The mouthfeel is medium for a 7.2% IPA and its quite drinkable while the dry hopping keeps me from drinking it to fast. Im glad another beer of this quality is now widely available from SN.

dickieb, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of skizziks
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh citrus and pine aroma shows Sierra is not going straight Cascade with this one. Possibly Simcoe, which always reminds me of cat pee. Touck of bready, biscuity malt under the hops. Overall, the aroma is a little lacking, not as abundant as I expect from the Pale Ale or Celebration.

Beer is a very clear deep gold with a touch of amber in it. Off-white foam starts out about 3" and slowly falls to a thin fluffy blanket with a lot of lace left on the glass.

The first sip starts out with roughly equal measures piney hop, light caramel, and bread dough. Bitterness builds to a powerful finish with a little malt sweetness hopelessly overpowered. Hops burn the sides of the tongue and provide a sensation of mild astringence.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Dry finish keeps drinkability pretty high but the bitterness keeps the beer from going down too fast. A nice IPA though I prefer the richer malt of the Celebration.

skizziks, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - orange/copper color with a fluffy white-ish head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - strong citrus rind aroma, everything a IPA should smell like.

T - bitterness hits quick and hard, there must be just enough malt to keep your tongue from falling off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - you can't taste 7.2% abv in this brew but after a few you can feel it, drink responsibly.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My old standby, the Neil St. Piccadilly, had this in ample quantities looming enticingly at the front display. That's a slam dunk for this guy.

A finger of durable white froth tops a clear golden-brown body in the Yankees pint glass; nice durability and dense lacing leave me quite impressed. Abundant floral, citrusy hops accost the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon over roasted caramel malt. Rich, complex taste, almost but not quite as malty as it is hopped. Caramel and milk chocolate nicely complement the bold hop content, with Magnum and Crystal supplying fine bitterness with floral citrus. This is excellent IPA, without a doubt.

I was initially iffy about giving the mouthfeel this high a score. My initial sense was that the malt submerged the resiny, chewy hop texture that I love so much. Yet the more I enjoyed Torpedo, the more restrained the malt in fact is, with hops dominating the second half of Torpedo.

Yet again, Sierra Nevada has impressed me with a bold, flavorful beer. Yet again, SN has provided a beer that will be on my radar for future appearances. IPA lovers should revere Torpedo.


Gehrig, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear orange yellow color. The head is an off white and likes to hang around. Something typical of an IPA.

S- Smells like hops, typical grapefruit/citrus smell, nothing too special.

T- The hops are sweet with a taste of honey, I almost get a fruit loop taste, kind of funny. The hop taste is almost like a watered down ruby red grapefruit.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thin or thick.

D- Easy to drink, sweet and smooth.

Wetpaperbag, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of xsists
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark amber color. Has a dark red tint to it as well. Nice two finger frothy big bubbly head that laces away quite well.

S - Great rich floral hoppy aroma followed by a nice potent grapefruit smell. A faint yeasty, bready smell is noticeable as well.

T - Up front I am getting a very sour (good way) grapefruit taste. Flows really well into a tasty dry hop flavor.

M - Silky smooth, medium body that froths in your mouth with the decent amount of carbonation that is present. Gives the wonderful hoppy/alcoholy bite that I was expecting from this brew.

D - Bought a 6 pack and plan to finish it. I would buy this again. I think the regular IPA is done for me now and this moved into its place.

xsists, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of this in Newington. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour creates one finger of fluffy, white head. Color is a reddish orange. Great clarity. A few streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. A small amount of lacing.

Aroma is hops and grapefruit. A touch of sweetness is revealed as the beer warms.

First taste is citrusy hops, followed by grapefruit and a bit of sweet maltiness. The beer finishes dry and leaves a taste of pine on the back of the tongue.

Medium bodied and very creamy. Carbonation is perfect.

This is a delicious IPA and I could easily drink a number of these. In my opinion, it's not quite as good as Celebration Ale, but very close.

jimj21, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Torpedo was a copper color with a ridiculous 3-4 finger foam head that slowly subsided. It had some nice sticky wave like lacing and soft pillow head.

The aroma was piney and citrusy. The taste had a good malt backbone with a crisp dry finish. It reminded me of the Pale Ale just hopped up on the cones. In the mouth it left a mark on the tongue and didn't seem to be overpowering as far as the abv. I am glad I bought the six and pack and will enjoy it tonight.

cswhitehorse, Feb 07, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,558 ratings.