Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #97
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,285
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.79%
Reviews:
3,091
Ratings:
11,587
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
93
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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
Notes: 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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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly cloudy amber, off white head that lingers, leaving some nice lacing.
S: Lotsa piney aroma, malts and a bit of caramel.
T: Pine, citrus, and some sweetness.
F: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.
O: A consistently excellent beer.

Sep 28, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single bottle from Kroger for $1.67. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear amber with an incredible four-finger slightly tan and very sudsy head. Head retention is really good on this one.
S - Bright, floral pine. Grapefruit rind and a bit of pineapple. Some woody notes (cedar, maybe?) and a slightly sweet earthiness.
T - A bold punch of earth, right before a smooth pine note. While relatively well-balanced, this thing is seriously hoppy! Dank [cannabis] notes are hinted underneath a wonderful citrus mix; orange peel, juicy grapefruit, a hint of lemon, and a good amount of pineapple. Finish is a bitter pine tar.
F - Strong. Creamy. Full-bodied and with medium carbonation. Despite being a little over 7% ABV, this thing is surprisingly easy to drink, and warms on a cold, rainy day like today.
O - A fantastic representation of what Sierra Nevada is all about - hops. For any IPA lover, this is a must-try. Highly recommend.

Sep 22, 2021
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Fenderbender0789 from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of the Hoptimum (which is excellent!)- but with lil less hops n alcohol. Excellent go to dipa. Real Glad it's a year rounder! It's no Waldo's but at least you can buy it year round!!

Sep 21, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cerveza de color ámbar con un hilo espumoso de retención media. De cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a lúpulo y caramelo. En boca es dulce con una fuerte presencia de malta.

Aug 30, 2021
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden/amber with a decent amount of clarity and a white head that dissipates somewhat fast but leaves behind some lacing.
S - A good amount of piney, bitter, juicy hops and sweet malt - some earthiness and caramel as well
T - Follows the nose: a balanced amount of piney, bitter, juicy hops along with notes of earth and caramel malt that comes together perfectly.
F - Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation - smooth yet crisp.
O - A very well done, drinkable, balanced IPA that stands the test of time

Aug 21, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured this 12oz. bottle into a classic 20oz. beer glass. This amber colored ale is hazy but clear enough to watch the medium carbonation, the head was a solid three fingers of thick off white foam. As the foam receded it left thick lacing left behind. The foam never completely disappeared.
The aroma is slightly sweet malts mixed in with the citrus hops.
The flavor is malt first, smooth, touch of honey, then the citrus giving way to a dry, bitter, piney finish.
I am very surprised by how thick and smooth this ale feels before giving way to the dry, bitter bite for the finish.
This ale looked near perfect, it has a very nice feel, everything else is exactly what I expect from an IPA, bitter and dry.

Jul 28, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i don’t quite know why it took me so long to try this as it is everywhere but here we are, this is a pretty good not great ipa, one finger sudsy white head with good retention atop a lightly cloudy copper coloured beer, aroma is citrus fruit, dank, floral, herbal, caramel, pine, sweet, flavour is actually quite fruity, sweet fruit, orange, lemon, melon, cantaloupe, dank, piney, floral, some caramel and a hint of vanilla perhaps, some brown bread malt flavour too, medium to high bitterness, medium bodied and light to medium carbonation, pretty easy drinking, strength well hidden, lot of lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, a nice ipa/dipa

Jul 02, 2021
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Rickmeister from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so hoppy that its aftertaste reminds me of Cannabis. By this I mean the hops content is downright skunky, but 110% inoffensive in nature. The flavor is akin to the smell of a large, fresh bag of medical ganja.

I am really amazed at the number of hops they manage to pack into this fucker without ending up with a bitter, smoothie-like beer. Immensely hoppy as far as aromas and flavors are concerned; sometimes if I've been drinking it and engage in a physical activity I can actually smell the hops aroma coming out of my pores.

Carbonation is perfect, bitterness is perfect, strength is a bit stronger than moderate. I can almost not get enough of this beer; after drinking it exclusively for a few months I've gotten mildly burnt out on the flavor, but I'm about ready to go back.

Jun 07, 2021
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BeerWizard from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hmmm, the enigmatic Torpedo - why an Extra IPA and not just a DIPA? I've always wondered. Anyway, into a tulip this one goes.

Not much of a head generates from the pour, but it seems to be slowly making it's own just sitting there effervescing. The color is copper, and it is a clear-bodied ale. Malt and hops are pretty balanced on the nose, maybe leaning a bit to the hoppy side...maybe not.

First sip: this is a well-balanced IPA, with two things going for it: hops and malt, and lots of both. Maybe even some extra, who knows? Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and syrupy, with decent carbonation. Just solid. This piledriver of an IPA also has an unexpected floral quality in the finish, followed by a lingering bitterness.

Solid longtime offering from Sierra Nevada. Classic (Extra) IPA.

Jun 01, 2021
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MadMadMike from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Every region has its local brewery that cranks out their everyday IPA. Here in Florida, the king of beer is Cigar City Jai Alai IPA. Always one in the box. Or 6.

I poured out this Torpedo into my Cigar City pint glass - I got a rule, no snifter for anything under 8.5% ABV - and it fizzed up quite nicely. Dancing bubbles, nice white head.

Right to the point, it’s hoppy, quite dry, more than a little bitter. It’s nice. Good for day drinking, probably easy to quaff at the beach. And it travelled 3000 miles to get to my hand. Good stuff.
Cheers!

May 27, 2021
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really pretty beer. Apparently lots of folks like it. The nose and mouth part don't do it for me- bitter forward, bitter feel, bitter finish.

May 07, 2021
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Blankira from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-Pale Amber color like you would expect from a pale ale, nice head with light lacing.

Smell-Hop forward aroma with earth notes, pine, and citrus notes

Taste-The taste follows right up with the smell, the head gives it a creaminess that goes nice with the hops, earthiness, and slightly sweet earthy notes.

Feel-Feels amazing! Smooth, creamy, and crisp it definitely gives you what a IPA should with the mouth feel of the beer.

Overall-I will buy this regularly and that is one of the biggest compliments I can give a beer. For the price point($9.99) a six pack, its arguably the best beer for the style at that price on the market.

Apr 25, 2021
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mpyle from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber color, a slight bit of hop haze. Pours a nice 1 inch head, creamy and long lasting

Aroma struggles to get through the head, but getting an earthy hop aroma, and some caramel malt sweetness.

Great melding of malty sweetness with hop flavors from the beginning. Nice pine/earth kinds of hop flavors, and the hop bitterness on the back end hits gently at first, but grows into the finish. Nice smooth bitter finish

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency, no real warming despite the ABV level. A bit of a tongue coater, though, with the hops.

A nice, hoppy yet drinkable IPA. I like that it has a pretty assertive malt character to balance out the hops.

Mar 27, 2021
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mmontalto from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark amber, bit hazy
Smell - Absolutely terrific. Pine, earthy, hints of citrus
Taste - Plethora of different flavors. Bitterness, citrus-type hop, malt, amber, hint of spruce almost
Feel - Crisp, clean aftertaste, very pleasant on the palate

Feb 26, 2021
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jicommon from Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite beer of all time, and I have had Heady Topper, Pliny and many other top beers to compare. Perfectly balanced incredibly flavorful, exceeding every double IPA I have tasted, and with a relatively low alcohol content.

Feb 19, 2021
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle and packaged on 11/03/20 and enjoyed on 2/11/2021 in a pint glass.
A: Nice amber color with a half inch head of foam. Short retention time. The beer is clear with no haze or sediment.
S: Dank and resinous smell with a bit of pine and maybe a hint of grapefruit. Malts smell of caramel and a bit biscuity.
T: Taste follows the nose with a refreshing piney, resin taste with a bit of grapefruit and orange rind. Hoppy bitterness is well balanced with a medium body and the caramel and biscuity taste. Reminds me of Rye bread with a bitter aftertaste and a little boozy.
F: Feel is grainy, its difficult to describe but I am not really a fan. It is a bit too carbonated and lacking smoothness. Leaves the mouth dry and wanting more which is a positive
O: It’s a solid beer especially considering that it was $10 for a six pack of 12oz bottles. I like the piney resiny flavors of the hops and the malt flavors give it complexity and balance, but the mouthfeel isn’t pleasant and the taste is a little boozy.

Feb 11, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look...Original looking IPA. Dark brown ale look tan ample carbonation. No haze
Smell...No noticeable smell. Faint hop smell
Taste...this is where this beer just shines. Big bold fruit sweet roundness into bitter dryness mmm
Feel...full bright edges. Great zest carbonation. I've had this beer many times over a long time. It's very good bordering on great but its in the neighborhood of awesomeneness.
Overall...This is a very good beer and if you never have had it then it is time

Dec 21, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty solid beer for the price. The Overall gets a worse score because the bottle was from May and it is December, for a hoppy beer, especially as advertised, they shouldn't sell past 3 months in my opinion (that also could be more on the beer store, but I digress). That being said the hop profile was still there and delicious, just heavily hindered by the age of the beer. At around 7%ABV and $1.99 for a 12fl. oz bottle, is still a great deal for a good tasting beer.

Dec 06, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cannot believe I have not reviewed before.
16 ounce can - pours out a slightly hazy orange to copper colour with 2 solid fingers creamy yellow-white head.
Aroma is pleasant though a little muted - mainly citrus and some caramel malt - hint of pine.
Taste makes up for any aroma deficiencies with an explosion of caramel malt sweetness followed quickly by grapefruit pith, resinous hops, mango, and a touch of dankness.
Medium full (pushing to full) mouthfeel - bittersweet, moderate carbonation, a bit of piney floral hops sit on the palate. Fantastic.

Oct 28, 2020
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rob_likes_beer from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Torpedo IPA is one of my typical go to IPAs if I'm in the mood for something decent and consistent. Somehow, it seems highly carbonated to me which makes it initially a little harsh but it mellows out and is dry and hoppy. It's easy to get almost anywhere which is a plus. Overall, a solid standard that never lets me down.

Oct 16, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light copper, nice slightly-off white head, good retention and lace
Very floral, some mango and citrus, underlying caramel malt
Mango, citrus, and herbal hop flavors, caramel malt backbone
Medium bodied, clean, properly carbonated
Damn good IPA. Never understood why it doesn't get more love

Sep 23, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/29/20

Seems like this is a night full of discount rack beers, as I just had Red Flag from Heavy Seas. It was disappointing to say the least, but could be attributed to freshness. However, for this beer being nearly 8 months old, the price of $1 is not surprising. Still, I'm sure it held up better than the last

Pours a cloudy orange copper with 2 fingers of off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

There's a decent amount of sweetness in the nose here, with caramel malt and brown sugar balancing out dank, resiny hops with mild notes of lemon and grapefruit. A simple aroma but very nice

The hops go from heavy to mind blowingly heavy over the course of the sip, and this is an old bottle! At first, the piney hops are balanced out by subtle honey and a touch of spice. On the swallow, it turns to straight up resiny, oily hops, even a bit too much for my palate. Not necessarily bad, but it just feels like overkill

This has a medium body and mild carbonation that leads to a smooth drink, even with all the hop bitterness. Almost entirely drying on the finish and quite bitter

I'm a little conflicted with this one. I think it had good flavor, but I prefer more balance in my IPAs. I know this is a preference thing and many disagree, but it's just how I like it. Regardless, I do think it's well made and not half bad

Sep 18, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-beautiful dark copper with creamy foam head
S-the only area where my expectations were let down. Pretty modest hints of the piney earthy citrusy contents
T-Really good balance between the hops and the malts. Dank apricot, citrus and toasted bread. Above average bitter, average sweet.
M-Medium to full body, below average carbonation
O-better than I was expecting

Sep 12, 2020
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9/7/2020

Info: PCKGD 2/4/2020, 12 oz. glass bottle, 42*F, poured into a pint glass at sea level.

L: Deep, hazy amber-gold. Very light cream/beige head. Minimal lacing.
S: Piney backbone, yeast funk, barley.
T: Grain: Caramel, honey, toffee. Hops: Citrusy, floral (honeysuckle?), sweet notes on the front. Alcohol:
Peppery pine on the back.
F: Very full-bodied. Warming.

Overall: Really delicious IPA. Comparable in flavor to Terrapin's "Hopsecutioner." Being a grainhead, this adds something special for me, as the grains don't play second fiddle to the hops and instead say something unique alongside their whole-coned cohorts. The honeysuckle notes suggest spring, the toffee/caramel suggest winter: Just like "Hopsecutioner," this is a beer for all seasons!

Sep 08, 2020
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spicyhopdaddy from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imagine white water rafting down a river of hops. The torrent of carbonation makes it positively fluffy on the palette, but with an edge, like somewhere between a pomeranian and a hedgehog. It's piney and delicious.

Sep 01, 2020
Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 11587 ratings