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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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7,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,939
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 620 | 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 prototypic


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

Appearance: Torpedo's very clear and copper in color. Not a single bit haze in the glass. The head is a tad off-white and stands about two fingers tall. It was pretty slow to recede and left a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is not quite as strong as I'd like, but it is good. It's a little biscuity and yeasty up front. Some very refreshing citrus grapefruit, lemon, and orange scents emerge giving it a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are very vibrant. They smell a little piney, but mostly citric. A nice mix of pale and caramel malts is noted. Smells like the pale variety is the stronger of the two. Doesn't smell overly malty though. Good sign. Alcohol is not noted. Nice smell, but could use some more strength.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon strike first here. It's a very refreshing sweet flavor. Pale and caramel malts add more of a sweet flavor. Pale malts are definitely stronger and really lay a nice foundation for the hoppy flavor that follows. The hops are mostly citric, but have a bit of a pine flavor. It's nice and bitter. They're not at all affected by the malts. It remains bitter overall, but is somewhat close to being a well balanced IPA. There's some yeasty/biscuity notes on the tail that linger into the aftertaste. Alcohol is blended very well and is not noticeable. It finishes bitter and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth overall. Carbonation is nice and crisp. Not exactly a creamy feel, but good nonetheless. Drinkability is very high. It goes down very easy, has a lot of flavor, and an abv that doesn't scare you away. I could take down a few of these easily.

Torpedo's an impressive beer. I'm intrigued by the "Extra IPA" label. Is there really such a thing? This one probably falls into the good ol' IPA category if you ask me. There really isn't anything about that ventures out of that territory. Whatever you want to call it, it's very good beer. I like it quite a bit. The nose could use a little more strength, but that's about the only minor complaint I have. Very solid beer otherwise. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:37:37 | More by prototypic
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark, burnt orange color with an average sized head that stays around for a good while, and leaves good lacing.

Smells of hops, lots of citrus and pine. Also some malts in the background, but the hops are definitely dominant. The taste starts fairly sweet, but goes bitter very quickly. Lots of citrus, pine and grass towards the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is full of carbonation and full-bodied. This goes down great. Not overpowering, but still very bitter. Very full and heavy, but something that is hard to only have one of.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 01:27:29 | More by zimm421
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice bright amber look.

S- smell of citrus and hops and even a hint of a lemon peel or zest at the end.

T- Hoppy and Citrus taste a little lemony.

M- Dry and creamy citrus flavors linger through out sip.

D- Ok I been drinking IPA for awhile now and this is right up there. Has that bite of the citrus hops. Great aroma and flavor. I think I need to get some more. Try some if not already.


Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 13:54:32 | More by SamuelJackson45
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The newest year-round Sierra pours a coppery amber color with a fine white head. Clean, pithy citrus hop aroma with hints of sweet caramel malt.

Typical Sierra prickly carbonation. Short lived but supple malt sweetness; plenty of hops, up front, middle, and in the finish: a well rounded punch of bittering and finishing hops. The "extra" could refer to the minty hop resin that coats the tongue and lingers pleasantly on past the finish. Not a trendy, tropical fruit hop profile, but nice and bitter with some good citrus flavors. Malt isn't as lean as I expected, but serves as a nice balance to the bittering hops. A well rounded, balanced IPA with no obvious flaws.

A nice quaffer for hop lovers, although the abv is a bit high for a serious session. Very tasty, I've warmed up to this as possibly my favorite SN beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 04:42:07 | More by bcm119
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New York

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

Pours a clear burnt orange with a finger of off white head that thins to lacing.
Smells of grapefruit/citrus.
Taste is similar to smell with a decent sweet malt backing. Very well balanced not overwhelming in hops or malt.
Mouthfeel is fine with for this medium bodied well carbonated beer.
Drinkability is high...very good beer, very smooth. I really enjoyed this as it was balanced which sometimes is hard to find these days where everyone wants to overwhelm you with hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 16:13:52 | More by cpn920
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, finally a year-round IPA from one of the godfathers of craft beer. My only hope is that this beer will be as prevalent in hoo-hum sports bars as SNPA currently is. I know it won't happen for awhile, as Sierra doesn't want to cannabalize its pale ale draft lines, but it is inevitable. Basically this is the new go-to beer from Sierra. Sure I would love to call thier wet-hop harvest the go-to beer, but let's face it, wet-hop beers are meant to be drunk when fresh. Ummm, I mean, drank in staggering quantities when fresh because there is only a pitifully small window of time for you to enjoy thier knee-weakening deliciousness. Damn, I need to get back on track here. Torpedo. There we go. If you are looking for a description, basically take that brash, West Coast hop finger print that defines a beer from Sierra and crank that puppy up to 11! Rich, sharp, piney, herbaceous, spicy....mmm. These guys invented the wheel way back when with the pale ale, and now they have given us newbie hop-heads a brand new round thingie to roll around and play with. Cheers and please send some Chico Estate Harvest this way come Fall. Pretty please?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:54:09 | More by cthulu81
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far the best bang your buck IPA out there. It is high in alcohol, great tasting and very cheap.

The appearance is really nice. It has a darken golden color with not much head on it at all.

The beer's smell has a lot of hops and a little sweetness. I am also getting a bit of malt too.

The taste is almost exceptional. It is not the best IPA I have had, but very close. It has a lot of hops and a nice malt finish.

The mouthfeel is the part of the beer that isnt amazing. It is good, but a lot of crispness and leaves a chalky feeling in my mouth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I enjoy getting this and just relaxing. I cant think of a better session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 20:44:01 | More by gtermi
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-6-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, good head retention. Cloudy dark amber color with lots of carbonation present

S – Slight roasted malt aroma with tons of hops and citrus mixed in

T/M – Medium bodied, smooth hoppy flavor, citrus orange peel flavor. Nice piney back bone to this one

D – Very drinkable brew good summer time grill brew. Great hoppy flavor! I will have this brew again and recommend it

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:39:35 | More by FreshmanPour77
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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 Extra IPA has a thin, off-white, creamy head and a cloudy, orange appearance, with light carbonation. The aroma is of sharp, piney hops, and the taste is of an overriding hop bitterness, with some citrus and oiliness. Mouth-feel is moderately heavy, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA finishes delicious and refreshing. I highly recommend this beauty!


Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:36:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a nice nearly clear amber/copper color with three fingers worth of foamy white head. The head has good staying power with quite a bit of lacing.

S-Piney, hoppy aroma that seems to get richer as the beer gets warmer

T-A nice malty presence that quickly takes a back seat to the hops. The perfect amount of hop flavor, piney at first with a citrus finish on the back of the tongue

M-silky and smooth, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D-This is a very easy beer to drink. The perfect example of an American IPA. I will definately keep this on my list.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:20:28 | More by CBlack85
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass, pours a murky dark orange color with a small white head that quickly reduces to almost nothing but leaves some ok lacing down the glass. I think it just got poured off as I've seen this one with a better head before. Smell is very good, very hoppy. Smells citrusy and piney and just smells very good overall. Taste is just as the smell would lead it to be, citrus and pine hops. Kind of bitter all the way though and has a pretty piney after taste. Really great taste, especially when it warms up just a bit. A little high ABV but it's no problem at all. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada, just one of those breweries you can't go wrong with. This one quickly became a favorite from them and one I'll try and pick up whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 20:58:35 | More by dismal
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a two finger head. Color is copper and amber with red highlights. Some lacing develops as the beer drinks down.

S: Mostly piney hops here. Some grapefruit and other hints of tropical fruits. It's mainly about the pine scent here though. Some sweet malts come through.

T: Sharp, bitter pine cones come through here. It's like sucking on a pine needle. A decent malt sweetness attempts to balance out the bitterness. A few tropical fruits come through as noted in the smell.

M: Resinous hops stick to the palette. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very sessionable and drinkable IPA. And for the price, it's one I can keep in my fridge all the time once it makes its way up to Central Alabama.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:55:21 | More by kirkpjr
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle thanks to Viggo! Another gem - thanks!

Pours a beautiful golden with a finger plus head which leaves nice fine lacing down the glass.

Nose is full of floral hops with a hint of grassiness in there. Light citrus notes with a touch of pine. Not much of note in the malt category.

Initial bitterness on entry. Lots of citrus and floral hops with a faint pale malt foil - all about the hops though. Bitter, dry finish just the way I like it. A little bit on the heavy end with the carbonation but still oh so drinkable.

Another fine IPA that for the price is really quite hard to beat. Thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 23:35:05 | More by ritzkiss
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden witha a small, slightly off-white creamy head. Good lasting power of the head and decent lacing. Good amount of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is of citrus, malts. Hops are definitely present but not overpowering.

Taste is of grapefruit, caramel malts and some floral elements. Like the smell, the hops are definitely present but not as overpowering as some IPA's.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, this is a very drinkable brew. Very enjoyable. Not an overpowering IPA, but much more balanced than most. Highly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 16:53:32 | More by atigerlife
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Torpedo pours a crystal-clear copper with a quickly-dissipating white head. Lacing lasts and lasts, throughout the entire beer.

Delightfully piney. Mouth-watering thick grapefruit notes.

The balance of piney bitterness to the sweet citrus fruits and thick biscuity maltiness is just amazing. This is a delicious example of an AIPA if I've ever had one. I'm a pretty big fan of their SNPA, but I believe I prefer the more pronounced tastes of the Torpedo.

The Torpedo has a medium to thick mouthfeel. Syrupy, but lightened by the carbonation quite a bit.

A delicious beer whose drinkability is only detracted from by its higher abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:11:51 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for our rehearsal dinner get-together before our wedding. Cheers to my brother and Best Man, Brian & my buddy, Pat (my fellow beer lovers!)

Enjoyed in a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a rather clear, cooper-reddish color. A decent two finger head that fades to a white covering on top of the beer. Good lacing.

S - A classic IPA smell that leans towards a more hoppy smell than sweet.

T - A really great tasting IPA. All the flavors of a classic IPA with an emphasis on the hops. Personally, I love the bitter hoppiness so this beer was right up my alley. More bitter than sweet. The alcohol is well disguised but I can attest that these can sneak up on you. They are really easy to put back.

M - A thicker consistency that coats the mouth. Not highly carbonated.

O - A really great beer. I see this all the time in the store but since there are so many other beers to chose from, I've never picked this one up until now. Nice job SN! I will be purchasing again, without a doubt. Highly recommended.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 20:25:57 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a nice IPA. A great offering from SN. Beautiful in color and smell. Tastes piney and citrus notes are there. Lots of lemon zest as well. Nice juicy bitterness. This goes down very smooth. This isn't really a session brew bc the alcohol can catch up to you after a couple.. but it's hard to stop drinking! Solid IPA, this is the real deal! Cheers!

Top-notch American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 18:15:41 | More by BB1313
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a copper/orange color with a3/4 inch head that settles quickly then great lacing to the finish ..very nice..then the smell wow! pine right away then citrus and herb smells some tropical fruit and you smell the hops i know this might be good.. then the taste its outstanding. crisp pine notes floral accents and bittersweet hops with a little malt finish mmmm this is a good IPA..the mouthfeel is everything you would expect from an IPA.. also very easy to drink at 7.2 abv..this is an outstanding IPA i highly recommend it if you like crisp hop forward floral IPAS

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:31:58 | More by gatornation
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am so happy that SN decided to brew an IPA as a year round beer, and I think they have done a great job with this beer.

It is solid beer and it goes well as a essential beer for the fridge to always have a few of, much like SN Pale Ale.

It has a strong hoppy profile and the taste to match. Definitely has a bit more bite than I typically expect from SN (Bigfoot excluded), but there is nothing overpowering about this beer. It is extremely tasty and very drinkable.

For about $8 a sixer you can't ever go wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:27:08 | More by mirish72
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper or bronze with a head that is not as dense as for some IPAs leaving a little lacing on the glass. The scent as very piney. The hops dominate the flavour of this beer, with the piney taste being rounded out by a few light citrus notes. The effervescence of this beer gives it almost a champagne-like mouthfeel.

Along with Bell's Two Hearted, this is my go-to American IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 19:38:03 | More by falcozappa
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear amber beer with an off-white head that leaves some lacing and curtains.

The smell is typically hoppy citric, grapefruit, dried grass balanced with a bit malty bread sweetness. Pine resin and soap.

An immediate toffee and caramel sweetness with brown bread, then grape-fruit juice and bitter peel.

A medium low carbonation, soft slightly oily, a good body and dry long pleasant dryness..

A calm and clean hop dominated brew. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 19:40:24 | More by rarbring
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a copper color with a mild red hue. Clear and a thing head that left a solid lace for the entirety of my pint glass.

Upfront in the aroma is a lot of zesty citrus with a good amount of pine resin. As it warms the hop characters that show remind me of some of the botanical aromas that come from a fine gin. Fruity and zesty. A lemon grass and faintly biscuit grain aroma.

A well balanced pine/citrus/sticky hop bitterness is upfront but then balances out well to the middle with some solid juicy fruit and lemongrass grains. A dry medium/heavy astringency that gets heavier as you wait for the next sip.

Slippery on the tongue but a relatively light body the bitterness is mainly in the aftertaste so it goes down very smooth and makes you want another.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:43:24 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to a Leffe Chalice. Brewed on date is cryptic #109022043. $6.79 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a 2-finger frothy tan head. Decent retention, very nice lacing all over.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops, but more forward with the pine. Breadiness. Kind of a fruity twang.

Taste: Bitter hops with a nice balancing malt character. Sweet on the back end but the bitterness is still prominent throughout. There's a nice citrus fruity almost funky character in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: This beer is pretty much full bodied which is rather surprising. Extremely smooth and the carbonation is at a perfect level, I would say medium-low.

Drinkability: High

I wish I would have come across this sooner. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:27:06 | More by mellowmark
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

A gentle pour yields a rocky, off-white one-finger heads that holds up very nicely. Body is a reddish gold, slightly cloudy.

I can smell the hop aroma on this one without even leaning in close to the beer. Somewhat grapefruity, very nice.

Taste definitely showcases the hop presence upfront, citrus and pine notes dominate here. A mild biscuit malt is apparent on the finish. Very nice balance on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation that doesn't overpower the flavors of the beer.

Drinkability is great on this one, given the higher ABV and bold flavors. I probably couldn't put back as many of these as I could SNPA, but still very good for an "extra IPA." I'm hoping production on this one will kick into high gear again, soon, I could see having a sixer of this in my fridge regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 14:12:46 | More by kurp001
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-colored pour with a fat sticky three-finger head that leaves tons of lacing as you drink it down.

Pretty much all hops in the nose... pine, grapefruit and herbs. Smells like the freshest, lushest forest you've ever been in!

Taste follows the nose, but with a decent malt backbone to balance it out some. Hops is definitely the featured player here, but it's not all hops.

Nice mouthfeel, slick and oily with some chewiness.

I'm not generally a hophead, and it's only four or five times a year I get in the mood for a hop-centric brew, but this is very good! The fact that it's mass produced, sold at a great price, and available almost everywhere makes it pretty amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:00:15 | More by whiplash3825
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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