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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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8,273 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,273
Reviews: 2,553
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 792 | 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:
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 PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber. About a finger of off white head rises; retention is moderate to good. Decent lacing.

S - Although good, I'm not picking up as much as I thought I might in this department for an IPA. There's a pleasant piney/herbal/leafy hop aroma but it's a bit subdued. Faint, sweet malt is detecable as well.

T - This wasn't quite the hop blast that I expected (think Anniversary and Celebration) but it is an amazingly balanced brew. Ample fruity sweetness in the beginning with a touch of caramel and suggestions of apricot. The hops really pull through mid palate but there's a firm malt backbone throughout. Hop flavors mostly center on the piney/herbal part of the spectrum with flavors of mint, flowers, tea, and obviously pine. Some fresh cut grass makes its way into a few sips as well. Late palate most of the flavor fades and there is a modest hop bitterness with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

M - Luscious silky, medium body with a perfect medium carbonation. Exquisite for a brew focusing on both the malt and the hops.

D - Fantastic. This brew is all about balance. While I had expectations of something hoppier, what fun would life be if Torpedo was just another Anniversary or Celebration? Everything blends beautifully in this picture, and now that this is a year-round release there will certainly be nights of sessioning Torpedo. Excellent stuff.

02-10-2009 07:36:02 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of TastyTaste


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Some breweries just get it; how to make a well rounded, clean-tasting beer, and go from style-to-style with ease. Sierra Nevada can do just that and proves it with this easy drinking, hoppy, balanced IPA. The hops are of course the star of the show, piney, peppery, light metallic twang. The malt provides sweetness and base, but cedes the spotlight to that big hop blast. Very well-rounded and enjoyable in the IPA style.

07-08-2011 21:46:15 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of jizdepski


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

poured from a 45 degree bottle into a room temp snifter. looks a nice orangy-amber color, with a tan head that starts thick then thins a bit. decent retention with some patchy lacing edging down. smells pretty clean, some hops, a bit grassy, with some notes of a honey sweetness underneath. smell really belies how hoppy this sucker is. tastes fairly tame and sweet up front (some honey), then the hops pretty much "torpedo" your senses on the finish. hops really dominate this one. has a strong aftermath of a piny hop bitterness after the finish as well, accompanied by a bile-like grapefruit flavor left in the mouth; not in a bad way however bad that might sound. thought it tasted better as it warmed slightly. mouthfeel is good. nicely carbonated, medium bodied, with a thick, resinous quality all the way through. scores well on drinkability as well, you don't really notice the alcohol save for the warming feeling after drinking. but it went down easy, and several could be put down in a sitting. very enjoyable, and one of the better american ipas out there...i would put it right up there with bear republic's racer five.

04-28-2009 20:33:12 | More by jizdepski
Photo of Givemeyourtiredandhungry

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Giving this a 4.5 overall because I'm sure that another beer is better than this one, BUT that's not to downplay this beer, it's a fantastic beer.

Appearance- The head was nice and thick and makes itself well known. The color of the beer was golden, but a few shades darker

Smell - Hoppy.

Taste - Wow! This beer has a plethora of different tastes. The first taste is bitter, but I get notes of citrus (faintly) and a bittersweet flavor. Caramel notes here also. It's a very rich experience of taste. The best way I can describe this beer's taste is Bitter with a sweet ending. I would recommend this beer, indefinitely.

03-02-2012 19:44:31 | More by Givemeyourtiredandhungry
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Into a pint glass, pours a clear copper amber with a soft one inch head, lots of lacing in spots and spiderwebbing down the glass. The aroma if full of hops, herbal, floral, citrus, not much malt as far as i can see. Tastes very good, lots of citrus and hop oils, good bitterness, hints of grapefruit rind, pine, a bit of caramel and biscutty malt, very nice. Mouth is smooth, just above medium bodied, carbonation is light and playful. In all, a very drinkable IPA. Yum.

08-17-2009 00:34:07 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of currysage1


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a beaufifully clear solid orange, topped with a three finger cream colored head, amazing lacing that slowly sinks down the glass.

Smell is of just cut pine board, slight sweat smell (not BO), lemon juice, malt is light but evident.

Taste is of toasted brown bread, then on to the hops, definately West Coast style, usual suspects of citrus and pine, vanilla, ends mostly with a nice bite to it. Very nice AIPA offering.

Feel is creamy and full for the style. Carbonation keeps it active flavorwise not stagnant, this evolves in your mouth. Awesome beer from an awesome company, they need to put out many more new beers to flex their artistic mucles.

02-22-2009 07:26:02 | More by currysage1
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Rich amber color with very thick foam that lingers.

Vibrant piney hints somehow squeeze through some rather serious red fruit and malty aromas.

Wow! Tons of citrus fruit surround rich malt and great body.

Big but quite drinkable.

I've always been quite satisfied with Sierra Nevada's Pale. This is my first with this and, honestly, it's very much a benchmark big IPA.

08-13-2010 00:55:49 | More by detlefchef
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was consumed immediately after pouring and enjoyed while listening to Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Radio City.

A: Beer pours a very clear orangeish red color. An egg shell colored and pillowy head one finger in height forms atop the beer. There is some pretty intense bubbling in my glass and beautiful lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

S: Aroma is oil hops, all the way. Citrus, pine, and grassy aromas erupt from the glass in a volcano of scents. There are some bready malts trying to stick their neck out as well. Torpedo smells a little tart at times, too.

T: Intense hop bitterness slams into the taste buds and does not relent for a few seconds. Once that subsides, it's like biting into a grapefruit for a moment. Just a smidge of a white bread malt presence there to balance it a smidge, but not too much. This baby is all hops, and I love it. Hop bitterness lingers forever.

M: Mouthfeel is oily like every other Sierra Nevada IPA I have ever had. Flavors cling to the inside of your mouth like dog hair to a fleece jacket. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

D: Drinkability is high for a beer of 7.2% ABV. Hop bitterness detracts a little bit, as the flavors can overwhelm the palate after a beer or two.

O: Talk about a great way to get a hop fix. Full of fresh hop flavors, a hop heads dream, and only $8 a six pack to boot. Shares some qualities with other great Sierra Nevada IPAs. Will be buying more of this in the near future.

02-05-2011 04:09:56 | More by BigHeavy
Photo of DanielDanza

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.

This is quite a beer. Nice amber color with great IPA lacing. The expected pine, citric, and grapefruit aromas dominate. Very assertive.

The flavor is dominated by big citrusy hops up front with some malty sweetness on the back. It has a great juicy character and very little alcohol flavor for a 7.2 beer. Great coating moutfeel which still manages to be refreshing, but strong enough to drink all year round. I can easily drink a couple of these, but might wish to switch to something a bit lighter.

In short, perhaps the definitive west coast IPA, and a great step up for those of us who took a while to warm up to the style.

09-18-2009 04:00:03 | More by DanielDanza
Photo of m1ked


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

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%

02-21-2010 20:28:46 | More by m1ked
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Color is amber, beautiful. Head is thick cream at first. Sparse lacing remains on glass, and head dissipates quickly to a half inch layer. Nose is not overpowering, but is a complex blend of earth, herb, pine, and citrus, that is nicely balanced. Some very obvious care was taken in crafting a beer that could have a nose composed of such strong component aromas yet could present them so tasetefully understated.

Taste is sharp and delicious. An immediate rush of citrus and herbs. Hints of sweetness, not at all bready or caramely, hard to pin down, but which seem to be buried by, yet somehow in balance with, the stronger surrounding flavors, as contradictory as that sounds. Long wonderful finish. Like a symphony which pleases through multiple and differing fugues, and ends with a return to its original theme now revealed with clarity. Pine and citrus, give way to an incredibly and deliciously bitter "herbosity", that after seven sips has left me craving number eight. In all ways a fantastic brew, and despite its 7.2 abv could easily become a favorite session beer for me.

03-25-2009 15:20:21 | More by cavedave
Photo of leedorham


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Pours a medium reddish amber with a 1 inch head. Head lingers in a thin layer throughout.

S - Smells like a hike around my town during spring runoff. Nice and piney with a floral background.

T - Resiny but with a strong caramel character to balance it out. More robust than I expected. Nice and balanced.

M - Not too viscous but not thin. Good full body to it.

D - Goes well with a meal of seafood pasta. I could drink the whole six pack.

02-08-2011 03:03:16 | More by leedorham
Photo of leokbelo


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-27-2010 00:24:29 | More by leokbelo
Photo of yankeej13


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

This is one of my favorite IPA's.

Has a very nice light red copper like color with a slight bit of head.

Has a very potent smell with a ton of hops with a citris smell to it.

Torpedo has a powerful amount of hops, piney added citris. A fantastic finish leaves you thirsty for another sip.

Overall I really love this beer! Keep up the good work! Cheers

07-27-2011 01:51:14 | More by yankeej13
Photo of bigkahunas4


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a tulip, a beautiful amber body appeared. Really nice, quite translucent, with a steady carbonation. A half finger cloud appeared, before the head eventually settled on a fluffy film. Solid lacing. Nose is quite fruity, not brash like a pine or citrus. Rather, some dark fruits, plum and strawberry.

Flavor as expected leans towards the hoppy side, but it's very refreshing and smooth. Some floral notes, but mainly a bitter apple?? Certainly unlike anything I've had before. Mouthfeel is a medium body, and a slightly dry finish.

This guy is unlike any IPA I've had before. It's a perfect grab if you're looking for an IPA that doesn't take over with bitterness, but provides just enough. Top notch - definitely need to get some more. Could see this being a mini session beer.

02-12-2009 01:02:17 | More by bigkahunas4
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a light brownish amber with a slight tannish head. It's got a solid smell of floral hops. It's got a solid medium-high body. It's hoppy-bitter-hoppy-great. Super citrussy hop flavor but not over assaultingly so. It leaves a delightful flavor behind. This one is quite a drinkable IPA. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints, and this is no different.

04-09-2009 00:24:46 | More by jeremyd365
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A- copper colored body with a thick and creamy head. Left rings of lacing as the head slowly went down. Perfect.

S- Tropical fruits; grapefruit, orange peel, apricot. A hint of alocohol but nothing offensive. Piney and hoppy aromas.

T- Strong hints of pine and plenty of hops. Grapefruit and apricot come through from start to finish. Well balanced.

M- medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Torpedo is everything an IPA should be. I'll be filling a 6 pack of these next time.

08-10-2012 05:16:16 | More by intensify
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

got this beauty in a mix a six, and i've had a few sierra nevada beers so i'm sure this will be good. poors a really nice copper color with a medium size head that laces an average amount. smell is really damn good, floral and piney hops dominate the nose, with just a kiss of malt. taste is very good too, easy to drink and has a nice mixture of maltiness and hops, a very solid and textbook ipa, nothing bad about this one, wish i had a full sixer and not just a single beer.

06-07-2010 04:13:08 | More by 1fastz28
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A nice strong IPA with a great mouthfeel and lasting taste. A reasonably aromatic pour with a decent head and nice lacing. I will put this on my list of quality alternatives to 90 minute IPA. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and hope it's not just a seasonal offering.

04-01-2009 22:52:52 | More by tubeboy
Photo of Tuck_leepulin


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz brown bottle with pry-off cap poured into 8oz Saint Arnold tour glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a very faint haze. two fingers of head with a great lace down the glass that is characteristic of Sierra Nevada's beers

Smell: Hops upfront; piney and earthy

Taste: Hop bitterness that crescendos into a great piney hop flavor with a slight resin finish. There is a good malt backbone but is overshadowed in the hop flavor

Mouthfeel: full flavored and medium carbonation

Overall: This is a very solid IPA with a hop flavor profile that I really like. Its full of flavor but not too extreme. Overall can be considered a more intense version of the signature pale ale that really showcases the torpedo hopping device.

08-02-2014 00:27:28 | More by Tuck_leepulin
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Bought a bottle from The Foodery, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a nice golden/amber hue, however, left only a finger, maybe less, of head. Somewhat surprising. The beer was very bubbly, looking very carbonated. Impressed with the nice clear color, surprised with the small head, which didn't leave much of a lacing.

Smell - Hops all the way, but nothing extreme or overpowering. I didn't smell much of a presence of a malt backbone.

Taste - Very crisp IPA, just how I like it. Great hop taste, with a nice bite, but not too biter, or overpowering. Another solid Sierra Nevada IPA

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Dry, but like the rest of this beer, it is nothing extreme, or very overpowering. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Great drinkability. The beer has a nice light body, and very smooth going down.

Very good IPA, but I felt it was lacking some. I didn't check the freshness date, maybe mine was a little dated, but I was surprised by the small thin head. But, overall still a very solid IPA

01-08-2010 16:06:51 | More by sbw138
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Willibrew pint glass.

A: Pours a light, golden copper color with a big, fluffy two-finger head of off-white foam which holds like whipped cream. A chilled haze and light sediment are seen among the steady carbonation bubbles. Great clarity and fine lacing.

S: Smells like a light, spicy caramel wort with fresh, green hop leaves added to it. A light floral, grassy pine smell is very clean and clear.

T: A very nice, fresh hop oil flavor and bitterness attacks the palate at first. A very clean, toasted biscuit flavor rolls about mid-palate. A little spicy citrus fruitiness is detected before washing away ultra-clean with a satisfying herbal hop bitterness. Slight alcohol flavor, but otherwise nicely balanced with moderate hopping.

M: Mouthfeel is a little sticky and bitter, but there is an overall creaminess and smoothness to this brew that makes it very easy to drink.

D: A nice spiciness and definitive hop profile make this a very tasty, clean and fairly well-balanced IPA. The 7.2% ABV is appropriate in the taste, though the flavor is undisturbed. I could probably have a few of these before I found myself not-so-mysteriously intoxicated.

Another successful IPA from the hitmakers at Sierra Nevada. I'd like to see more of a sweet malty flavor to balance some of the hops, but that's not what Torpedo is about, I don't think. Enjoy the constant hop flavor and aroma of a Torpedo today!

04-21-2009 02:07:53 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Bought locally for just over $9 a sixpack including tax.

This pours a very bright clear gold colour with about an inch of foam.

The smell is very hoppy with pine and citrus being well represented. Heck, I even get a decent caramel malt presence after more sniffing. I'm hoping that the malt is more assertive in the taste than the smell as I'm just in the mod for a balanced IPA.

The taste has big hop flavours up front with lots of citrus and grass, pine as well though more noticeable to me in the smell, and...yep...sandwiched in between I can defintely taste a good malt backbone that culminates about mid palate and just before the finish. The finish itself is hop dominated but there's still a smidgeon of malt there and it cuts into the bitterness nicely.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is also medium but just saying that doesn't put it in proper perspective. Let me just say for the category, it's excellent.

Drinkability? Very tasty, unintrusive alcohol, nice mouthfeel, easy drinking...I think this is a terrific IPA that begged over and over for another sip. Sierra Nevada hit another home run with this one!

Edit: I found that the local Albertson's carries it for $7.86 a sixer....what a fantastic bargain!

03-08-2009 16:08:56 | More by Bitterbill
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured a ruddy caramel amber into a tulip with a finger of slow-fading off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit with touches of caramel, honey, and bubblegum sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel (one of the most enjoyable that I can recall). Sweet up front with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced by grapefruit hops and returning to bitterness on the finish with a hint of tangerine. Alcohol is well-masked, and the result is extremely tasty and easy-drinking. Exceptionally well-balanced.

10-24-2010 06:23:23 | More by grittybrews
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: This poured a light brown, slightly orange color. It had a puffy, off-white, 1 finger thick head. And it had a thin lacing that stuck around for a while.

Smell: It had a nice Hoppy smell to it. I could sense a slight citrus and piney smell.

Taste: This was a really tasty brew. The taste went along hand in hand with the smell; but the Hops had a higher presence in the taste. It had a nice hoppy bitterness to it which was directly followed by a smooth malty presence.

Mouthfeel: This beer was very refreshing; it had a nice crisp carbonation to it and it had a medium to full-bodied feel to it. Once the beer was gone, it left a slightly warming and dry taste in my mouth.

Overall: This was definitely a good beer. Sierra Nevada just never seems to disappoint me. This was a solid IPA. It had both, the scent and taste that I was looking for. This left a nice hoppy aftertaste, and I’ll definitely be drinking this again.

05-26-2013 03:15:10 | More by oi_scout_jessie
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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