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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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8,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,735
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 174
Gots: 1,042 | 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 CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber reddish color with a small (1/4 inch) tan head, and smells of hops, pine cones and floral hops, but not the strong hop odor that the Pale Ale or Celebration Ale release. Tastes hoppy and sweet, like caramel and malt mixed with hops that has some pine and citrus notes and give it a slight spice flavor. It is very balanced with medium carbonation which allows the hops and malt to both add flavor and do their jobs well. Has a dry bitter finish that fades with roasted malt and hides the alcohol level well. Nice lacing on the glass.

Overall very tasty with a nice floral malty taste throughout. A very good beer that's halfway between Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, which are both outstanding beers. A top tier IPA with nice bitterness and flavor, worthy of being a year round offering by Sierra Nevada and a beer that I highly recommend.

CHickman, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one monster flavored IPA that Sierra Nevada really did a fanstastic job with. Serious notes of pine and earthy, peaty hops really dominate both the scent and taste. Its an IPA lovers delight as its extremely well balanced and has some hop bite but it doesn't linger into much prolonged bitterness at all. A very well made IPA and one I plan to make regular returns to.

bubseymour, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of AllHatDavidson
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright amber with a large airy foam head. Interestingly, the caramal malt dominates the nose, with the piney/citrus hops subdued. There’s no doubting the hops in the pallet, as they charge full steam ahead. Doesn’t have that chalkiness that this level of hopping can come with, just a big and clean bitterness.

AllHatDavidson, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of SeaOfShells
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the can into my mouth.

A: This is purely based on memory, as I drank this straight from the can. It's really a typical looking IPA, with an off white, creamy head that sticks around for quite sometime.

S: Pungent, aromatic, piney hops coupled with biscuity malt and bread. Tropical fruits are present, but the pine dominates as far as hop profile goes. It's really an exception smelling beer.

T: For me, this is probably one of the best "single IPAs" out there, and out of the can, it's simply that much better. This beer is really, really bitter, but manages to be exceptionally balanced. Pungent hops, and sweet malts work in tandem to provide just the right flavor profiles. I wouldn't say it's underrated, but I also wouldn't say it gets the recognition it deserves. If you haven't had it, I suggest you pick up a four pack sooner rather than later. I believe Torpedo can stand toe to toe with any similar single IPA on the market.

M: Medium bodied, with a strong amount of carbonation. The hops leave a "coating effect" on the palate. This one stays with you long after the swallow. Very crisp, and clean. No complaints about this beer whatsoever.

O: This was already one of my go-to beers, and now that it's being canned, I can see myself always having this on hand. Camping, and the golf-course just aren't going to be the same. Props to Sierra Nevada for canning this exceptional beer.

SeaOfShells, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of mbusster88
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: Orange color with fluffy off white head. Great carbonation on this and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Huge pine notes and great citrus in the background. Very strong hop presence that lets you know this beer is for real.

T/M: Great pine flavors and citrus right away. The hop balance is really good, not to drying but very powerful none the less. Wonderful fresh hop flavors make the taste even more inviting.

D: Could drink this all day regardless of time of year. Just a great IPA.

mbusster88, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a good head and is a great copper color with great clarity for a dry hopped beer.

S- Smells great, a bit of pine and a lot of citrus, smells like a good mixture of hops, also has sweetness from the malt in there as well. hmmm

T- Man this is good, I thought the hops would be very upfront since it is an extra IPA but they were very subtle, the flavor extends past the first sip and the pine hops really come through. Man this beer keeps going after each sip it is great. The malt adds a great richness as well.

M- medium-to heavy bodied, with a little alcohol but not much.

D- Over all a great beer, probably my new replacement for SN pale ale, plus it is a freaking steal at a regular 6 pack price (i got mine for 7.99

SeattleBeerBlog, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep amber orange, excellent head retention, carbonation, and lacing.

S: Piney, herbal-fresh hops with some malt. Hoppy and grapefruity.

T: Nice short burst of hops, then some malt, then some nice bitter, tasty hops. Complex, in a good way. Finish is extremely well-balanced, long and clean with no oily hop aftertaste which is nice. Tons of awesome hop flavor without being bity, cloying, chewy or overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied, great for the style, nice carbonation.

D: Exceptional. If you are a hop head, this is right up your alley. Alcohol is well hidden, my new favorite IPA. Will definitely be picking up a case of this.

IPAs4lyfe, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange color, thick white 2-finger head sticks around for a bit, fantastic lacing left on the glass

S- Earthy, grassy, citrusy hops with a malt garnishment. Really good overall.

T- Quite piney, hints of breadiness, and citrus. There is a great balance between the hops and malts, bitter/hoppy at first with a deliciously sweet aftertaste.

M- Nice carbonation-not too much, but just the right amount for the style. The body is actually pretty light considering the 7.2% ABV although I would say it is about in the middle. This is a very drinkable IPA.

0- This is a very good beer, a pioneer of the style, and easy to find. Also, the price is pretty reasonable. Definitely worth a try.

AC-Mivsek, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of merryjoulton
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber that is very clear with minimal head but a persistent sticky film was clinging to the surface. Smells like clean citrusy hops and a faint whisper of malt. Taste is bitter, clean and crisp. This is an expertly constructed IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and familiar. Drinkability is two thumbs up.

merryjoulton, May 26, 2009
Photo of Mojo
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't think Sierra Nevada can make a bad beer. This one pours a beautiful pale orange with a 2 finger off white head. The lacing is extensive, lasting, and elaborate. The nose is wheat, oranges, apples and honey. Mouthfeel is full with not huge amounts of carbonation. Taste is excellent. The front end is a sweet satisfying honey perfectly balanced with grapefruity hops on the finish. I so love this beer. Buy some today!!!

Mojo, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of AWA
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Currently my favorite everyday beer. I would call this an easy drinking beer, but certainly not lacking in taste or character. Strong citrus and pine flavors, with a clean finish. The perfect beer for summer. Fortunately it's easy for me to get and inexpensive.

AWA, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of NickRivers
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Stone Snifter.

A&S - Clear copper, two-finger white head, medium/heavy lacing very carbonated with lots of bubbles. The nose is mostly made up of pine hops with a little citrus and a little bready malt. Theres few other nots I can't get through the pine.

T&M - Very sweet crisp front with an almost honey feel, turns to a pine sap flavor, kind of maple in the middle then the citrus hops kick in and turns everything to a very bitter finish. May be to bitter for some.

O - A fantastic beer.

I like to think of this as the piney SN Pale Ale. Despite the DIPA title, its got a great medium body thats balanced for the most part. I wouldn't say this is as balanced as DFH 90, theres definitely more hop presence here as appose to all the malt floatin' around in the 90. I respect the gent that noted its evergreen forest feel. I've always said that SN takes you to the image on the label. They're a very earthy brewery, even there porter hits home. Bottom line? An amazing beer everyone should try, personally a great session beer for a nice dinner at a friends house? Fancy picnic? Pick it up! you won't be disappointed! Stay thirsty my friends.

NickRivers, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark burnt honey color. Nice creamy head with good retention and some light lacing.

Smell: Instantly bitter. Smells fresh and finely balance. A sticky resiny hop profile matches with a brilliant woody piney smell. There is smell of pale and crystal malts to back this IPA up. Some astringency. There is a powerful alcohol smell that is barely masked by the incredible character.

Taste: Wow. Much maltier than I expected. I'd call this an autumn IPA. Good caramel Malts blended with nice sappy hops. Some flavor of peach and lemon zest. Slightly burnt flavor that I enjoy. This is a dream beer for me.

Mouthfeel: There is a good creamy mouthfeel of deliciously balanced sweet Malts and bitter piney hops. Finishes perfectly leaving no aftertaste. Well done.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Watch out for the high ABV. It's a shame more breweries can't put out more affordable IPA's as good as this.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of eljefe21
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours to a huge billowy head. Copper in color and translucent.

S: Sharp citrus hop smell.

T: An explosion of hops and malt balanced and avoiding bitterness.

M: Smooth and light to medium in body over the front of the tongue. Exits the mouth with a dry finish that leaves you wanting for more.

D: Love the style, love this beer. Tasty and easy to put away, especially in warm weather or with spicy food.

Served in an American pint glass.

eljefe21, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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 littlelorib
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden brown with a generous finger and a half head that dissipated rather slowly. Scent of citrus, spice, and pine, very nice hoppy smell. Taste followed smell with plenty of bitterness and only a hint of maltiness. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer that more than lives up to the "extra" in its name. Will keep on the lookout for this in the future.

littlelorib, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like where Sierra is going. The Kellerwies was decent, I'm anxious to try the Glissade. and then there's Torpedo.

Beautiful clear copper color, with hefty head that shrinks but never goes away and provides sticky lacing throughout the pint.

Aroma is all piney notes, but not too strong. Quite drinkable for a "extra" IPA. Hops are sharp upfront, a bit sweet in the back.

Naturally, it paired quite well with pre-Super Bowl NYS sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.

ProudBeerSnob, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of viverlee
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is how you make a beer. No honey added, no orange twist, no shandy of lemonade. It would make an ideal complement to wedge fries and curry sauce.

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 7.2%

LOOK: Let’s start with the head. Fluffy isn’t the right word. It’s more like one of those moon rocks with holes throughout. The volume is there facially, punctured though it is. The color — a creamy, mellow amber.

NOSE: Sunflower seeds, pistachios, sweet pine needles, black licorice, fresh mint. Unfathomably complex.

MOUTH: Predominantly lemon, fresh, black cardamom, buttered nuts. Strong malty backbone, pizza crust and English muffins. Maybe a tad astringent with the finish, my only real complaint, if you can call it that, is that I wish more of the nose came through in the mouth.

BA Rating: 92

Hayward Abbey Rating: 90

viverlee, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of boneboy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a clear copper with a finger width, off-white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving delicate lacing.

S - The aroma is all hops, mostly pine and citrus.

T - Again, the taste is all hops. With an assertive bitterness

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, goes down easy.

O - This is a very enjoyable IPA from Sierra Nevada, and for the price, and availability, it can’t be beat. I purchase this fairly regularly.

boneboy, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a hop farm with mountains in the background.
The body is a crystal clear amber with low carbonation and an off white creamy buttes head and a rocky center. Great retention and beautiful lace.
Nice mellow pine hop scent.
Great resin hoppy flavor with a rough edge and mild caramel notes. Wheat and nuts and earthy character. Long pine hop aftertaste.
Full massive thick body, lots of coating and just a bit of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability. This is a well balanced brew that still has the hop weight expected of an IPA.


oelergud, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this one for sometime now, finally got it here in front of me, now...is this overly hyped....

A - transparent amber w/ a beautiful and lasting cream head with amazing lacing. goergeous beer

S - floral/grassy hops with a little pinnsol

T - hop bitterness opens up, but leaves plenty of room for a grainy/bready malt taste w/ some caramel. a spice comes through that gives it a tea like flavor, before closing dry and bitter. but not overly so. the name of the game is balance here.

MF - medium to medium full bodied, and moderate carbonation, only slightly oily, and not to a fault. again, balanced just right

D - good cold, even better as it warms slighty. this is easily one of if not the best session IPA i have ever tasted/smelled/looked at. nothing is ever too much, but this beer lacks in no department.

bonsreeb85, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Rock & Brew, El Segundo

Here goes my introduction to the world of cask-conditioned beer. I've been looking forward to trying something on cask for a while now. This pours a gorgeous honey/amber color with a very bubbly half-inch head which dissipates quickly, leaving minimal traces of lacing behind. First thing I noticed was the overpowering aroma of dank, resinous hops. There was also a nice floral and citrus scent in there as well. This thing is a hop bomb. Pungent hop taste, leaving a peach aftertaste in my mouth. Definitely much better than the bottled version. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a little under-carbonated, which I expected from the cask. The only thing that could have made this better, is if it was just a little bit colder(another thing I expected from a cask, warmer temps.) Overall, I would say this is one of the best brews I have had. Feels like a totally different beer. Cheers.

BrewtifulMind, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of colefsuwr
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer defines what an American IPA is all about. Hops, and a lot of them. The malt up front is just enought to wet your palate for the approaching bitterness and that is just what it is designed to do. I could not make a recomendation better than this one if a friend asks what an IPA is.

colefsuwr, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of birdypowder
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, every ski resort in North America needs to offer Torpedo from about late March to the end of the season. Nothing would beat sitting on the deck after a "hard" day of riding and having one of these well-balanced, gorgeous and delicious beers in your hand. The alcohol (7% +) is just enough to relax the muscles and erase any self-consciousness about your wack hair and that frozen booger on your upper lip.

Huge citrus notes, a more subdued pine aroma, hints of lemon? That first whiff really is amazing with all the complex citrus notes dancing around.

Large off-white creamy head. Good lacing but not great. Beautiful orange color with red notes. Slight haze.

The bottle claims the perfect balance between malt and hops. Maybe. If not, it's close. Delicious maltiness collides with a strong hop presence in seamless harmony. Hops don't overwhelm and the bitterness at the end definitely knows when it has overstayed its welcome. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Medium bodied, carbonation is mild to medium and doesn't get in the way of the flavors. You almost forget it is carbonated in fact...maybe they should have put "perfectly carbonated" on the bottle.

birdypowder, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great brownish orange color. Nice head with good retention. great lacing.

S - Citrus hops as well as a piney smell.

T - Great taste, citrus hops, with a piney taste to it. Good level bitterness, not overpowering. Finishes with a great spicy taste.

M - Perfect carbonation for the style. Nice and full.

D - Great drinkability, smooth and easy to drink. The bitterness is so that is makes this very drinkable.

Another great beer from Sierra. Not as strong as the celebration, but stronger than the pale ale, good in between IPA to offer as a year round. Will definitely be on my list of regulars.

cottonkoozie, Mar 12, 2009
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,735 ratings.