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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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8,569 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,569
Reviews: 2,581
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 166
Gots: 963 | 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 Leviathan5
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass

A - Hazy orange/copper color with a massive off-white head. Nice long lasting lacing

S - Fresh and citrusy. Grapefruit and orange are predominant. Not really much of a presence from malt and/or yeast

T - It is meant to be bitter and bitter it is. Hops are what this beer is about, but they are well balanced. Dry and hoppy finish that remains in mouth

M - Medium/full body and medium carbonatation. Silky smooth on tongue and palate

O - An amazing beer. From its appearance to the texture in mouth to the hops in smell and taste everything is great. I couldn't recommend it enough

Leviathan5, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of tviz33
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can, served in a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep orange body with two fingers of rocky off white head. It looks beautiful.

S- Awesome citrus in the nose. Some floral pokes through but I really just love the citrus smell on this beer.

T- My first thought was that this is a very balanced beer. It's got some good complexity to it as well. Not overly choppy, but just right. The malt provides a subtle sweetness and some bready/ crackery character to the taste as well.

M- Full-bodied, creamy, smooth, and slightly slick. Nice.

O- All I can say is this beer is solid.

tviz33, May 24, 2013
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - copper golden orange. Can't see through it.
Smell - definitely smell the hops with a good amount of pine and citrus.
Taste - greatly hoppy taste with some citrus tang and a good piny after taste.
Feel - thick, slightly over carbonated but still really good.
Overall - for the price this is one of my go to beers. You really can never go wrong with it.

drdiesel9483, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of phishsihq
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a clear amber that leans towards brown, Torpedo is capped with two inches of fluffy white head that provides plenty of lacing. Rich, pine resin hop aromas dominate with a just a touch of biscuity malt poking through. Citrus and pine resin hop flavors blast the palate before fading into a delectable level of bitterness meets a caramel and biscuity malt backbone. This amazingly balanced IPA is medium bodied and slightly sticky. A great IPA from folks that know a thing or two about hops!


phishsihq, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of artemh
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very golden/amber. One finger of head that goes away slowly and plenty of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Prominent citrus/floral hop aroma, not the strongest smell however. Some fruitiness.

T - The same citrus and floral hops as in the smell, but way more prominent, and heavy on the citrus - lots of grapefruit. The hops are balanced out nicely with some caramel malt. Bitter, hops with slight pine on the finish. Overall a really good balance of flavours for an IPA.

M - Excellent. Smooth and easy to drink but very medium-bodied. 7.2% ABV is fairly well hidden.

O - Great balance of flavours. An excellent IPA.

artemh, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold-amber with moderate head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, dry toasted malts, slight alcohol.

Taste: Great hop taste with only moderate bitterness, mostly at the finish. Citrus, pine and tropical fruit countered by slightly sweet toasted malts.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium body, very smooth for a regular IPA (maybe this is why it is "extra"). Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: Fantastic smooth and drinkable IPA. I understand the "extra" part - more than an IPA, less than a DIPA.

bsp77, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of DCHritz
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

DCHritz, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of joeseppy
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A few years ago I was in search for a brew that matched a seasonal by Two Bros. Brewing, Hop Juice. I thus came upon Torpedo and my search ended.

Pours an orange/red and somewhat cloudy. Big frothy head. Lacing and head continued as I drank, even to the last sip--impressive!

Floral, piney and sweet malt.

Just enough grapefruit, resin and sweet malt. Hop aroma is vibrant in every sip. Maybe some sharp fruitiness.

A thick resinous, bitter, malty libation that covers well.

This is a perfectly balanced IPA. Hops, bready malt and a sweetness that works. This is a Sierra Nevada classic I've been going to for the past few years, over and over. This needs to be had fresh. I've had Torpedo six months out and it does lack, thus poor review scores I'm sure. Again drink it fresh-drink it often.

joeseppy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with so much Sierra Nevada stuff, this looks marvelous...big fluffy, creamy, long-lasting head which leaves a ton of lace stickage--and the color is an entrancing burnt orange/rust.

If you're familiar with S.N.'s many hop-based beers (pale ale, Anniversary, Celebration, Harvest, etc.) you'll recognize the smell. Herbal, grassy, piney C-hops. Clean, fragrant and fresh--and well-controlled. Obviously not meant as an over-the-top hop-bomb.

Full, fluffy, springy hops are the featured flavor. This hits all the great hallmarks of the hop: piney, rind-like, prickly, grassy, flower/herbal, exotic. Just enough malt to add balance, taking on a kind of rye-meets-brown sugar assertiveness. Flash of cinnamon/allspice. Excellent mixture of grapefruit, brown sugar and freshly-mowed grass in the finish.

Texture is almost perfect: fluffy and bouncy with just enough carbonation and an overall creaminess--lots of depth in this department as well.

Boy...wow...this is great. This would make a fantastic hops gateway beer. Yes, it's intensely-focused on the hops, but balanced and not at all harsh. I think some of S.N.'s hop-based stuff has been kind of samey, but it's always good to one degree or another. Torpedo is simply great; easily one of their best. This has already gained instant-classic status, and I'll add one more huge thumbs-up to that. Oh, and its ridiculously drinkable...this went down way, way too quickly...

Metalmonk, May 01, 2009
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!

Psyopticon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark clear amber with a lovely thick white pillowy head.

Clean and pure grapefruit hop nose, very inviting and with hints of sweet lemon in the nose.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of lemon-pine resin hops. A creamy hop flavor and not the "hop bomb" otherwise expected but very nice and clearly a drink of quality. Very drinkable and an all around pleasant quality IPA that shows just the right amount of bitterness. Pure hop grapefruit flavors, character and finish.

I don't mind extreme hops (which this is just short of) but this is very nice in a readily available and very well priced hoppy beer.

GRG1313, May 26, 2009
Photo of Mweddle
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mweddle, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of bgjohnston
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just tried a fresh bottle of the 2009 release. It poured a very clear dark amber, good carbonation, and had a very generous off-white foamy head.

It has a subtle, citrus smell. When you taste it, it gives you a solid, but not overwhelming hop flavor that stays with you for a while, then quickly finishes in a neutral, slightly sweet fashion.

I had enjoyed many bottles of the 12th release Wet Hop Ale this past fall, and was hoping this would be as good. I think it is even better, as the hop flavor with this one finishes more cleanly, and the hop bite is a bit more moderate. It is entirely too drinkable for a 7.2% beer.

bgjohnston, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of mshannon
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- bright amber color, nice frothy head lingers, looks great
S- citrus and pine hops in the nose, a little perfume
T- big hops, balanced well with biscuity malts
M- medium to big body, a good tingle too
D- This beer is big in all the right ways and still (almost too) easy to drink. I buy this often, and not just because its cheap and everywhere.

mshannon, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of WickedSluggy
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been regularly asking several of my favorite stores when they're getting this beer. Finally arrived to DFW in March.

A - Pale amber color. Nothing special about the way this beer looks. Not a lot of foam, but nice sticky lacing.

S - Piney hops bouquet and sweet malt. From its smell I might could be prepared for a DIPA or harvest ale.

T - Bright intensely hoppy. Very good IPA hops flavor with malt holding its own in the background. Malt flavor is not complex. Very bitter as it should be.

As it warms the malt comes out more but the beer remains dry true to the California style.

M - Medium bodied

D - Fits its intended purpose and definitely meets my expectations.

WickedSluggy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of lester619
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice dark copper amber, about what you would expect a good IPA to look like. Thick sticky head with perfect lacing. Smell is very fragrant floral citrus hops with a little sweet molasses showing up. This is one great tasting beer. Hop bitterness is the overwhelming characteristic of course, but this was a lot more balanced than I expected. There is plenty of sweet toasty malt backbone to start. The spicy grapefruit citrus takes over quickly folowed by a perfectly brutal bitter hop kick. There is a nice little burning hop presance on the back of my throat that I really enjoyed. I thought that this was going to be one of those IPA's that went overboard beyond the point of being enjoyable. Just the opposite. This is close to a perfect tasting beer. It's not a beer that you can drink alot of at one sitting. That's really not a bad thing I guess. From what I can tell it is imposible for Sierra Nevada to do anything wrong. Fantastic beer.

lester619, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of JohnnyJam
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle with a freshness date that was coded into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with an off white foamy head. The lace really sticks to the glass.

S: Defininately a citrus and pine smell. Smells refreshing on a hot summer day.

T: Perfect grapefruit taste is the first thing I notice then a pine taste with a more mellow malt taste that is in the background.

M: Almost chewy. Delicious. Juicy and kind of sticky. I want to give it a 5.0 but lest it as a 4.5 thinking that someone might craft a beer that is better. 4.8 if available number.

O: The first time I tasted this beer, I wasn't a fan. It was on draft and I was having pizza. I decided to give it another try and bought a six-pack. It is now one of my favorites. It deserves my first review! This is a refreshing and tastey beer. It has a really great price and is now all the time in my refigerator.

JohnnyJam, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of bens0n
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden orange with tons of creamy off white head that leaves massive amounts of lacing on the glass.

This beer smells pretty mild in the hop department, I pick up more malt than anything. The hops are there but they aren't overpowering, was expecting this EXTRA IPA to be a hop explosion but its not.

Flavor wise its got the hoppy backbone but surprisingly enough theres almost no hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness that lingers but the majority of the hoppyness is in the middle.

Its got a decent viscosity and low level of carbonation, extremely smooth and easy to down.

I'm not a big fan of IPAs but this one was an exception and I feel like the hops are well balanced with the rest of whats going on.

bens0n, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is often referred to as the best fair priced IPA. It is consistently stated as a go to beer for many hop-heads out there such as myself. I cannot wait to review this ever so respectable brew. Enjoy!

Appearance- Beautiful golden amber hue to this beer. With the initial pour, there is about a one finger head that seems to be lasting quite a while. Definitely a creamy head but there are some large bubbles. It has low transparency and has medium to high carbonation. Great appearance to this beer.

Smell- With the first sniff of this IPA, I get a reasonable hit of floral and piney hops. With the second waft, I get some tropical hints of orange with a crisp finish to the nose. Final smell with a swirl of the glass there is definitely more presence of bitter hops there is a strong bit of hops in this beer without a doubt.

Taste- Right on the back of the tongue you get a beautiful dry pine and floralness to this brew. Followed directly by that sense of orange that I pick up before with even a little grapefruit possibly. Second sip I get wow way more of the tropical tastes with just a bite of hops to finish it off. Very impressed with the taste especially the dryness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Very very smooth to drink for 7.2% it’s totally hidden and well balanced. It is a medium bodied beer that is just light enough to enjoy multiple in an evening. This mouthfeel is how I expect an American IPA to be.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this beer and would definitely keep a six pack of this at all times in the fridge. I would recommend it to every craft beer drinker and even to those who are just now exploring the realms of IPA's. There is a bitterness to it but not too overwhelming for anyone. This beer is a two thumbs up. CHEERS!

Tr0janSlay3r, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of hdog09
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-Copper/amber color

-Hints of mint and a strong citrus aroma

-You can tell this IPA has good amount of hops from the lingering bitterness left in your mouth

-Good balance of combination, malt, and hops

-Overall a really good double/imperial IPA

-Good job Sierra Neveda!

hdog09, May 05, 2010
Photo of medic25
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with a white head that laces nicely along a Rare Vos glass. Piney aroma, like a fresh-cut christmas tree. Taste is a powerful hit of hops, a little bit of fruit flavor, but there is no doubt which ingredient is running the show. Clean aftertaste, and drinks easily. Paired this with some homemade thai chicken and rice; great combination!

medic25, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of qdeguchy
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A. Poured a semi-transparent caramel body with a creamy two finger off-white head. There was nice lacing following each drink attributed to the hop resins.

S. The smell was a bit subtle. It was piney, grapefruit and floral in nature with a hint of spiciness. Maybe reminiscent of nutmeg.

T. Taste was hop-forward with a rush of bitterness. This transitioned to a bread sweetness that finished with a tart bitterness that lingered.

M. The mouthfeel was medium leaving a velvet coating of hop resins that blanketed the palate. Carbonation was pleasant leaving a nice crispness upon each drink.

D. A highly drinkable beer for an experienced enthusiast. The alcohol was extremely well hidden. If you are used to yellow fizzy beer than I suggest you adhere to what is comfortable. Real beer was not only created by but intended for real men!

qdeguchy, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of climax
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this one for too long now, especially for how readily available it is. It poured a bronze/copper with a massive head that cratered with the remaining pour. The retention was excellent as was the thick lace covering the rim of my pint glass.

The aroma definitely let me know it wasn't a typical IPA, as the hop bill is quite distinct and unusual. Minty floral and grassy tones rivaled grapefruit and soapiness for hop supremacy. The toasty malt backbone definitely sits on the bench, but it's presence is noble.

The flavor held the same good qualities that the smell started. Juicy citrus flavor creeps in as the initial whack of grass and soap subside. Red apple mealy flavor begins to shift the beer from bitter to sweet. Sweetness from the malt finds it's way in towards the finish and as the beer warms. Complex to say the least.

Creamy and thick, the body slides it's way around. The carbonation is mild, and does not distract from viscous feel. The finish is sticky and has a grassy dryness, that can only be described as if you were to just eat grass.... That being said, the hops used in this brew are not typical, and may be hit or miss. Whatever the cost, I like it.

climax, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of magnj
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Crystal clear amber body, no haze or floaties whatsoever. Nice fluffy off white head leaves some lacing.

s - Strong Pine hops aromas.

t - Pine shines through right away. Hops are present throughout but it's not a hop bomb. Rich malt backbone balances the bitter hops with sweet sweet flavor. Really well rounded. Alcohol is very well masked, not at all hot or off putting.

m/d - Mouth feel is perfect for the flavor and size of the brew. Very tasty, very drinkable. At 7.2% however make sure you share with your friends or you'll be asleep before you know it.

magnj, Mar 02, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,569 ratings.