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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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8,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,028
Reviews: 2,539
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 673 | FT: 1
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 ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours an orange amber with a huge, rocky bone white cap. Moderate visible carbonation and large amounts of sticky lace.

Aroma is of herbal hops, pine needles, faint grapefruit and sweet, sticky caramel.

What a terrific balance without being too balanced. Pine needles and herbal hops up front with a clean caramel sweetness that finishes with a grapefruit bitterness that lingers. The hop profile is very characteristic of SN. A very palatable flavor profile and rather enjoyable.

Medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering bitter finish.

If it weren't for the bitter finish and a higher abv, this score would be perfect.

A great addition to the SN lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:57:51 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of callmemickey


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice rich amber body. Fluffy white head which settles slowly into a nice coating.. Superb lacing, the glass is just coated like paint.

S: Delicate piney, grapefruit, orange and a bit of vegetation. You can sense the sweet malt base toward the end. No hints of alcohol. The nose is setting this up to be a solid IPA.

T: The nose was just a hint of the quality of this beer. Robust pine and grapefruit hop character. Hearty sweet caramel malt. Lovely.

M: Medium body. Lightly carbonated. Nothing outstanding but certainly no complaints.

D: Superb. I have a case of this to serve as my "daily drinker."

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 00:26:57 | More by callmemickey
Photo of ujsplace


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight into a hefeweizen glass...

A: Golden, copper-orange with an amazingly massive, pillow-like chunky head that lasts a good long time. Amazing lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: Piney, citrus, tart, bitter hops

T: Tart citrus, bitter hopped and mild malt nice dry mildly alcoholic finish.

M: Light, good carbonation.

D: Amazingly drinkable given the abv...a crowd pleaser especially for an extra IPA...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:45:08 | More by ujsplace
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with a huge off white head. The head is billowy and very persistent. Over time the fluffy head fades to give some very nice lacing. The look of this one is quite good.

Smell – Most potent is a very nice pine hop aroma. A little bit of floral and citrus hops are present as well and are mixed with a bready smell.

Taste – Throughout the whole taste the pine and the citrus hop flavors are present and mixed with a nice bready malt flavor. At the start the pine is the stronger of the hop flavor, but as taste moves on it becomes less piney and more citrus in nature. Toward the middle of the taste there is a lighter sweetness that becomes apparent. While the citrus is a more potent at the end, the pine taste is still quite prevalent. Overall the two hop tastes share the taste experience quite well and the transitions are all quite smooth. Well done.

Mouthfeel – The body is nice and creamy and has a medium level of carbonation. The brew really sooths the mouth with its body and really allows the flavors to permeates the tongue; allowing all those nice hop flavors to really be experienced.

Overall – this is quite a nice IPA. It has a very nice body and a very smooth, but still hoppy flavor. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 00:41:07 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a glass. Pours with a nice pillowy, off white head. Great amber color.
Great hops smell with pine in it. Great bitterness at the front that continues through your entire tasting. Slight, but enough, malt backbone to keep this from being too bitter in my opinion. After taste of citrus rind.
This is a great IPA. Very drinkable and a good choice for the everyday type of beer. I think I paid $7.99/6 pack so it is a good deal too, that is if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 21:32:53 | More by kbutler1
Photo of CASK1


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Pale amber with good clarity. Thick, long-lasting white head.

Strong citrusy/resiny hop aroma. Surprisingly well-balanced with a decent sweet caramel malt aroma in support of the hops. Yeasty esters are present, but hard to separate from the citrusy hops.

The flavor is hop-forward, but balanced like the aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor hit first, and finish last with a long, dry, lingering bitterness. There is a solid supporting malt backbone that stands up to the hops. Sweet and caramelly, with a lightly toasted character. The hops are complex, with a nice blend of citrus and pine.

The beer is medium to medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A lighter body would improve drinkability, but I wouldn't change a thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 00:03:27 | More by CASK1
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fingers width plus of a dark cream colored head. Large sized bubbles make up the head, but still rather creamy. A nice ring stays around the glass after the head disappears and lacing follows you all the way down to the bottom. The body is dark orangey-amber color that is crystal clear when you hold it up to light.

S: That glorious fresh hop aroma - definite floral and earthiness hop character with some spice as well. In the background is hidden a little sweet malt.

T: Deliciously hoppy without being taste bud killingly bitter. Strong grapefruit taste from the hops that lingers for quite a while. Add to that some tastey citrus and pine notes. Little sweet towards the end, but it's all about the hops, baby.

M: Very good level of carbonation, slightly sticky.

D: It's obviously full-on hop flavor and aroma, but the COMPARATIVELY low bitterness make this beer exceptionally drinkable for its style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 22:31:29 | More by leif86
Photo of Melikeydahop

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little sweeter (yet pleasantly so..not too swet), than most IPA's but still manages to master the dry and semi bitter finish. Smells of grassy and fruity hops yet still has an indescribable smell that is unique to Sierra Nevada. Great look for an IPA...a beautiful reddish/amber with a nice off white head. As it's predecessor before this, SNPA...another great beer to convert BMC drinkers into true beer enthusiasts as well as to satiate the much more experienced palate. And for the price point there are few better. A beer worth trying as well as seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:36:34 | More by Melikeydahop
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New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells fruity and citrussy with a fair bit of toffee and caramel to balance the hops. Orange and pith are imediately apparent in the flavor, with just enough caramel to help balance the hops. Medium to fill in mouthfeel with ample carbonation, which helps make this one very drinkable considering the ABV and complexity. A superb IPA, well worth the buzz it's been getting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 18:51:38 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Finite


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark golden hue, thick forming head with great retention. Moderate lacing on the glass, few slow rising bubble.

S- Rich amber, caramel malts, wonderfully fresh hop oils, floral, Orange peel, dark honey.

T- Strong grassy hop flavors, rich amber malts, rich phenols and alcohol punch. Powerfull hop tones, floral, hop vine, a real clarity of bitterness. Well balanced with malt sweetness.

M- thick and sticky, mild soft cabonation

O- A great IPA one of the best, bitterness come across a little harsh but still wonderfull.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 08:59:11 | More by Finite
Photo of Phillie

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Initially a large frothy head erupted but did not stay long. Lacing is quite apparent - a colour I would relate to pearl. This beverage is a beautiful amber colour bordering on an apple cider look.

The smell is certainly of pine needles and fresh lemon grass. I detect an undertone of malt that brings this IPA back down to Earth. Odour is pleasant and not overpowering.

Taste is dominated by the evergreens and is very refreshing.

A very smooth feeling around the mouth and not too bitter.

This is a great IPA by Sierra Nevada. Highly recommend to anyone who loves an IPA/Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:52:22 | More by Phillie
Photo of pittpens


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Smells of citrus fruits, pine and hops. Pours a very nice, golden color that produces a good head and great lacing on the glass. Taste is great, of citrus fruits, pine and finishes off with the hop bitterness. Overall, an exceptional example of the American IPA. I can most definitely enjoy torpedo's in a session and would recommend this IPA to anyone.

This beer can prove to be a little thick/bitter and thus inhibits (though minimally) the drinkability in sessions.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:47:41 | More by pittpens
Photo of naterock


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip with amazing head retention and a deep copper color with a very small bit of floaties. Thick lacing on the glass.

smell is quite citrusy for a SN brew, I don't get a lot of piney notes. but some nice smooth malt.

taste is so sweet and balanced. Nice piney and some slightly citrusy hops. a strong malt quality keeps this beer well balanced.

mouth is crisp and slightly dry, but overall this is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, I am glad that I can get this anytime I want it. This pairs well with a nicely crafted Mac and Cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 23:38:36 | More by naterock
Photo of DogfishJoe


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured agressively into pint glass and produced a three finger head. Has a light amber color.

S. Sole heavy citrus smell followed by some slight pine and bready malt.

T. Light to medium mouth feel that starts with a little pine bitterness and then follows with a smooth bitter malt aftertaste.

O. Great ipa could use some more west coast influence IMO but for the price and availability you can't beet it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:26:02 | More by DogfishJoe
Photo of IBU99


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said.

Poured a beautiful copper color with a one finger head.

Smells of pine. Great hoppy aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Just the right carbonation.

Great flavor and perfect finish of hops.

This would be a great session beer if not for the ABV. I would still finish a sixer in a night with no regrets.

Great IPA!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:00:42 | More by IBU99
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my go to ipa (when the choice is slim, which on the east coast can be rough at times.) But that isn't a diss on this beer at all. piney-style ipa, delicious refreshing and different than most ipas. and for the price (usually about 10-11 for 6pack) can't go wrong. a definite must try for any beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:09:57 | More by labattblueribbon
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/5/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Rather firm pour coaxes a 1/4 inch of short lived white head. Fine spotty lace clings to the side of the glass. Color is a deep ruby orange.

Nose- Wow! Pungent orange and lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit. My mouth starting to water.

Palate- Very nice, lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit. Mild pleasant bitterness. Some biscuit notes. Light sweetness, moderately long finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Dry slightly tart.

Drinkability- This is a delicious beast of an IPA, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 02:46:02 | More by Kraken
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Torpedo pours amber with fluffy head in a pint glass. Lots of great hop aromas fill the nose and capture your taste buds from the first sip. Think of Stone IPA with a little bit more snap in the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable for a "double" IPA. Just plain ol' good hoppy beer that does not cringe the palate with over-sweet grapefruit. Top-notch stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 14:01:57 | More by WCBCFrank
Photo of turamarth


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: big fluffy white head, that leaves some big lacing. Has a nice dark amber color. Looks almost like honey.

Smell: There are a lot of subtitles in this drink. Nice piney notes, and some very nice citrus notes. There are also some nice sweet berry notes. Almost like white grapes. Very nice nose.

Taste: Taste is a bouquet of citrus. Lemon juice, orange zest, grapefruit. There is a very pleasant sweet undertone to this. Like the white grape in the nose it has the same bright sweetness in the taste. The malts are very subtle but, are very very nice.

Mouth: Medium bodied, a light/bright carbonation. Leaves the mouth just a little thick. Pretty good.

Drink: For being slightly higher in ABV, and moderately bitter, very drinkable. One of my top IPAs so far in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:24:35 | More by turamarth
Photo of JohnF


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great IPA and readily available. Stronger than the original Sierra Nevada and darker plus more bitter. Too bad more bars/pubs do not put this one or Celebration on tap rather than the original. This is one of my old standbys for a good solid IPA and a good value.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 12:52:01 | More by JohnF
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Sierra Nevada Brewery.
Beautiful orange/amber color with a nice 1/2 finger head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is pine hops and sweet malt that finishes with a citrus tang.
Taste is initially sweet malt that immediately changes to the hops...a little piney resin, lemon peel and grapefruit.
Nice grapefruit drying aftertaste yet with a hint of sweetness left behind.
Not as intense as Celebration, but much more balanced (IMHO) than SN's IPA...no where near as harsh.
A wonderful session IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 17:08:23 | More by IntriqKen
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange to copper color with a decent fluffy head that lasted a bit but eventually went down to a thin film. Still very inviting.

Smell is extremely inviting. Sweet caramel, pine, fresh grass, mild mint, hoppy.. Overall just a freshness that brings joy to me.

Taste is exceptional as well. Sweet malt up front with caramel & bready notes. Followed by that signature SN hop presence.. Lots of citrus..orange peel bitterness is there. Burnt resin but not too sharp like other IPAs.. Very fresh finish with a mild to medium hop bitterness that lingers after its all down.. Could definitely drink more than a couple. 7.2% abv is unnoticed in taste but after a couple you will haha.

Overall a very solid IPA that I like to always have on hand. Another great job by SN. A true classic in my book.


Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 06:57:58 | More by aval89
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden light amber brew. Hazy with a fluffy one finger head. Light medium carbonation. Smells wonderful, sweet,hoppy but not overbearing/overpowering. Taste, very hoppy, not unbalanced, sweet malt backbone very well done. A higher alcohol beer, but alcohol is well concealed. Mouthfeel is nice and rounded,,not thin. Very good beer {i love all sierra nevada products}. Drinkability is good but not a session beer. A tad too hoppy for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:38:33 | More by tweeder263
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice orange-amber coloured IPA. Served cold in a sniffer, topped with a nice white head

Nose: Pine hops and floral odours comes first. Sweet malt became apparent after warming a bit. Citrus notes.

Mouth: Wow, neer perfection for me. A great chalenge to my all time favorite IPA (60 min form DFH). Carbonation is vivid, hops are crisp and almost dry which make this beer VERY drinkable. Bitterness is awesome. Aftertaste is long and topically full of hops oil and floral flavours.

This beer is certainly one of my favourite IPA. Very pleasant to drink. You won't stop at the first one...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:32:43 | More by blaje
Photo of haddon


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber color with a massive 4-finger off-white head. nice looking beer.

floral hops, pine needles, sweet malty smells with caramel & candied sugar dominating. earthy smells evident as well, perhaps peat moss

malty backbone hits palate first with a quick bitter bite that quickly follows. only intensifies as the beer warms

medium body with right amount of carbonation

very drinkable ipa. I could sip on this all night (or until the bitterness caused my tongue to stick to the roof of my mouth)!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:52:49 | More by haddon
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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