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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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2,755 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,755
Hads: 10,147
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 286
Gots: 2,330 | 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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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.
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Reviews: 2,755 | Hads: 10,147
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of being able to finally try this one at Barley's last night. I had been tracking this one down forever. Went upstairs and got a glass on tap right away!

Appearance - The pour was nice, your typical IPA pour with a deep brownish amber, with great clarity. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top of the glass throughout the session, letting me know this one was definitely not going to be dull in anyway. A nice two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.

Smell - The aroma was rich with pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. Still though, this was a solid IPA, with a classic west coast aroma.

Taste - The flavor was spot on, and exactly what I had been looking for. The first flavor to hit my mouth was a deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well. Virtually no alcohol present, so I cannot imagine this one as coming off too terribly strong, it was a nice solid IPA. Some nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitter, with the long lasting taste of pine coming through quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this came off very smooth, and at the same time, quite refreshing and light. I really enjoyed how nicely this all came together here as it was quite lively and crisp and really the nice way to start an afternoon.

Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. Crisp, clean and with fresh hop bite, I could have continued to drink this one all day long. Every sip left the mouth dry, and left you waiting for one more.

Overall this was definitely as good as I wanted it to be. The most solid offering yet form Sierra Nevada it really was very well done. Too bad this is not a regular item, as this would be fantastic to have on a regular basis.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 7.2% ABV. Very clear copper color. Great white rocky head. A few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Great head retention and lace.

Big juicy grapefruit nose. A soft pine note seems to follow. Lots of hop aroma, along with some faint caramel.

Good malt character, followed by lots of juicy hops. Not as dry as some of the other SN beers, which makes this one stand out for me. Fruity, citrusy, with a piney edge. Still, well balanced.

Medium body, alcohol hidden very well. Very easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of brewtus
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A-pours amber with a two finger dense bone head that grasps the side of the glass as it fades.
S- smells really sweet, cinnamon, bready, earthy, piney, not as hoppy as I would have imagined. I get subtle tropical fruits. Very floral too.
T/M- still get a lot of sweet cinnamon like the nose, I get some pine, some of the fruits too. Has a nice mouthfeel.
O- so way different than I expected, I though I was in for a tongue lashing IPA but what I got was a delicious well balanced, unique, and very enjoyable brew. Maybe I'm missing something obvious but I can't quite put my finger on this one. Very good and so glad I finally grabbed one.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an golden amber with a dense white head that lasts and lasts.

S - Big fresh hop aroma.

T - Some malt flavor detected, but quickly replaced with a smooth hop bitterness that lingers, but doesn't linger.

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - This is good for several pints. I think this is better than their flagship IPA.

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Photo of nate714
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.
A: cloudy copper color and a big white head.
S:very hoppy. some cherry and a lil pine.
T: hopps dominate while you can taste a lil pine undertone.
M: carbonation is key and my palate was please with the tingle. smooth.
O: a very good ipa. afordable! 1.29$ at total wine.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head from the pour of the orange/amber IPA. Rates a 20 on the SRM beer color chart. A little cloudy in appearance with good bubble action. Smell has grapefruit, lemon, lime, green pinecone, along with other hints of wheat, corn, malt and hops. Wonderful citrus taste, with citrus being in the forefront, but also good amount of hops in the finish. Good bold feeling in my mouth with plenty of zing. This is a beer worth drinking and often. The more I have of it the better I like it.

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Photo of southeastmat
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer. Orangish pale with a little bit of copper tones. Terrific lacing and a foamy head that stays throughout.

S: Pine up front. Tropical fruit on the back. Just a bit of resin in there too. As it warms the alcohol comes out but it's not overpowering.

T: Amazing example here. Clean. Fresh. Bitter hops up front hit you right away then linger. Pleasant malt as tge beer warms. Almost perfect.

M: Medium. Bright. A good bit of carbonation here too.

O: Absolutely top notch IPA here. Classic. Refreshing. All of the qualities you look for in this style. Also, affordable and accessible. Sierra Nevada is a pioneer and producing beers like this is exactly why.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7.2% abv in case you're interested.

A- clear shiny copper amber with some golden highlights and big nice kinda yellowish cream colored head. foam is wrinkly and frothy with excellent splattered lace. i mean like SPLAT. liquid looks somewhat viscous as well.

S- big toasty pine grapefruit with an herbal bite hrmm just like the label suggested. some lemon in there as well. zesty herbal non-dish-soap lemon. even gets a little tropical like pineapple skin and passionfruit.

T- tastes pretty familiar. maybe like a cross between snpa & anniversary? but with a nice clean noble hop type bitterness at the end. woodsy with a pepper spice also as well as something very grassy & green. lots of burnt grapefruit flavor and toast and pine. pretty much a carbon copy of the aroma but with malt sweetness to keep a great balance. website lists 'citra' on the hop bill, varietal that i haven't heard of but i'll go ahead and 'spect it's the culprit for the cascadesque citrusness. very nice from the people that respect the hop. in a major way.

MF- prickly, resinous, sticky, sappy, with a very... 'pine resin' feel. tight carbonation, filmy juiciness, delicately dry at the end with an easy goin' hop oil coating. perfect.

D- classy.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada family. I could almost call it a session beer. Light copper color in my glass, excellent hoppy aroma, just the right bitterness, and a little kick to boot. Definitely give it a few minute out of the icebox to warm up.
Purchased from the Navy Club in Seoul, Korea. Well worth the trip although there may be some more conveniently located.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's a review that's long overdue...I first had it a little over a year ago and have had this many times since.

Pours a dark copper orange, an off-white head tops it off, eventually becoming a slight cap+ring. Pretty good lace.

Scent is good. Earthy and piny hops noticeable with some light grapefruit and citrus there too. Not much for malt except some faint toastiness.

Taste is an improvement. Piny/resiny and grapefruit hops are most prevalent with some earthiness and citrus there too. Decent amount of caramel and bready malts back it up. Pretty classic IPA taste that's very well done.

Carbonation is on the low side for an IPA, very smooth, full-bodied. Good balance.

This is definitely a go-to classic IPA for me. It's an excellent deal for the quality and it's consistently great.

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Photo of bark
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-amber, the liquid clear. The two finger head sinks very slowly down to a thick uneven lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet, hoppy and very inviting. Notes of pine wood, ripe grapefruits, honey, pineapples and fresh lemon juice over an elegant bitter background. Lovely.

The taste is as rounded and smooth as the smell, yet there is a lot of bitterness and hoppy flavour: Sweetened grapefruit juice, fresh cut wood, raisins, lemon peels, oat flakes, bitter almonds, coca butter. Medium to full body. Some warming, pleasant alcohol in the aftertaste as well as a mild metallic flavour, an elegant bitterness and a sweet creamy note of rustic bread.

The carbonation is strong, yet the many small bubbles are mild. The liquid is semi-smooth.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the best priced/available strong IPAs available in my area.

Pours a good golden color, with good lacing.

Smells strong of bitter hops, and not much else.

Tastes strong pungent hops up front, very bitter like Admiral hops. Smooths out the rest of the taste. Hops are good, so this is the desired flavor.

Good texture and alcohol feel. Doesn't try to hide the alcohol, and I like that.

This beer has been my staple for months now, while it's not special, it's a great beer(especially for the $4 price). I love the upfront hops taste and the pleasant feeling after drinking one of these 25oz bombers :)


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Photo of MrJohnnyDRocker
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a bottle into a pint glass. Very nice amber color. Great head with amazing lacing. Smells of piney hops, with underlying citrus notes, along with that classic scent that can only be described as "beer". The hops hit the tounge instantly, with just enough malt to keep the bitterness from becoming unpleasant. As with the aroma, the pineyness of the hops is more immediate, with the citrus coming into play in the finish. Good mouthfeel. Not too heavy, but you know you're drinking a real beer, not beer-flavored water. Very nice buzz, but the alcohol is well hidden by this beer's amazing flavor.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful billowy white head. A nice copper color, beautiful ipa. It also leaves a nice lacing.

S-The hops are very present. Smells piney and spicy. It has a much more spicy/peppery smell to me than any other ipa I've tried.

T-Hoppy, spicey like the nose. Citrussy, but to me it is the spice that stands out. I also noticed some pear in the finish. The alcohol is slightly present.

M-Slightly carbonated, not too thick, just about perfect.

D-This is one highly drinkable ipa. I was expecting it to be much heavier. The 7.2% alcohol might hinder this from being a true session beer, but it is very easy drinking.

Overall, this is one great ipa. It is deffinitely is better than I expected and worth the hype. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of godlessape
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my trusty Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Clear and brassy, with a gorgeous beige pillowy head that holds on to the last drop.

Smell: The nose comes through with all the citrus and pine one should expect with a West Coast IPA--but that's not all. Lurking in the back are some sugary caramel notes and I swear I'm smelling weed with this. The good kind.

Taste: Despite the tongue shredding, mind swirling hop bitterness that I've come to love with this style, I can still taste that ever sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied velvet caress of the palette.

Overall: One of the best IPA's that ever crossed these lip's.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear orange-amber, with a nice 1" head that retains. Great lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is of flowery hops, bitter citrus, and a bit of pine and pale malt. Simple, yet pleasantly crisp.

Taste is a slick refreshing hop blast, subdsiding soon after each sip. Very clean, yet flavourful. Nice minty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is excellent-smooth carbonation makes this an easy drinker.

Drinkability is excellent--smooth hoppy goodness.

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Photo of klaybie
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colored with an excellent 3 finger head (after a vigorous pour). Very nice lacing, head retention is excellent.

S: Grapefruit and some piney hop resin aromas.

T: Grapefruit and resin flavor, much grapefruit than resin but its there. Nice bitterness at the finish, no malt detectable at least to my palate.

M: Medium bodied, creamy. Nice carbonation, light but enough to let you know its there.

O: A great beer from a great brewery, Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint. I will be buying Torpedo again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - orange/copper color with a fluffy white-ish head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - strong citrus rind aroma, everything a IPA should smell like.

T - bitterness hits quick and hard, there must be just enough malt to keep your tongue from falling off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - you can't taste 7.2% abv in this brew but after a few you can feel it, drink responsibly.

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into pint glass at 40 degrees

Poured with 1 inch foamy head that settled into creamy cap with thick lacing. Color is amber/copper with a light cloudy diffusion of light. Effervescent.

Aroma – nice citrusy hops, with herbal/grassy notes. Light caramel malt and balanced.

Flavor – Balanced herbal bitterness with smooth finish. Lemon grass notes begin midway and pleasantly linger on top of mouth and back of throat. Caramel malt provides a nice sweetness that plays well with hop character.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with carb tingle.

Overall: Well balanced beer with strong hop character. A fine choice that I will revisit with frequency. Substantive enough to pair with beef or pork.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. The smell is of pine citrus and a slight Buiscuty malt aroma. The Tate is hops up front followed by a good bitterness and the. A slight malt finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium and overal this is one of he Better readily available ipas

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Photo of smanders
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a British pint glass - 7.2% ABV.

Appearance - Dark amber with a pillowy head. Lacing showed all the way down the glass.

Smell - beautiful hoppy nose without as much sweetness as I expected.

Taste - smooth, vice biting, citrus, spice, and pine flavors...initially. Oddly the more you imbibe, the spicier the hops became. There's malt in there, you just really have to try to taste it.

Mouthfeel - medium body which makes drinking very easy.

Drinkability - My new favorite. At least that I can get for a good price ($8.99/6'er) in my area.

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Photo of barleywineman
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so good! it is basically a beefed up version of the sierra nevada, but much more bitter and clean, and alcohol is higher which is always a plus in my book, nice head retention to the last sip, good hop aroma, slight sweet finish, thirst quenching and awesome with fried calamari, or some fish n chips! Good Job Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of budsboy
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red amber with a thick white head that hangs around. Crystal clear.

Ah, that smell. Pine, citrus, raisin, warm alcohol, candy sugar sweetness. Mouth watering.

Taste is what I expected and hoped for. A fruit-sugar sweetness and a wallop of hop bitterness and flavor ... pine, citrus, and a grassy bit. Finish is really nice. Dry, doubly bitter and leaves you with a pine resin residue that lasts.

Medium bodied, oily. Smooth.

I could drink a ton of these. Very typical of the style and done exceptionally well. Cheers to Sierra Nevada. Again.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer needs no introduction. From the barrels of the great name that does not need to be mentioned. I am just now getting to this beer.

Poured into a 12oz chilled pint glass. The head pours directly to the ledge of my glass. A sign of their great mastery.

The smell is intense as expected from an IPA of this caliber. The mouthfeel a good show of brewing mastery. It is not thick or sappy but yet piney and resiny in taste.

It finishes with a bite as any extra ipa should. It is incredibly fresh and the lace on the glass showing rings with each sip is a nice touch. This is top dog for a 12oz bottle of an IPA. I hear the Captain Lawrence brewery is soon to bottle a double. Anxiously awaiting that moment.

In the meantime, I think I will drink another. It is strong be ware.

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Photo of Tartarus
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Dark, mostly translucent amber color, with about 2 fingers worth of head that stuck around for a little while.

S: Lots of hops and a little bit of malt, I can also smell a bit of the pine in the beer.

T: Hops, lot of delicious hops. I can also get a bit of the pine taste. There is a aftertaste of alcohol after reflecting on the flavor. There is also a bit of a spicy taste partially due to the carbonation, overall VERY tasty.

M: Medium bodied with an acceptable amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is really delicious, I love IPA's and I love this take on that style. I think it's better than the normal Sierra Nevada IPA.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.