Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #91
Ranked #2,040
4.17 | pDev: 10.79%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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TooManyGlasses from Canada

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.

Wednesday at 02:25 AM
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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 Maryland

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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KRug 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


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
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BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania

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

L - Amber in color with a creamy head and some nice lacing.

S - Getting a combination of caramel and pine along with a floral note. Some peach in there too.

T - Taste follows the nose. Getting caramel and pine up front with peach as secondary.

F - Medium bodied with good carbonation. A bit dry, but easy to drink.

O - Really love what this beer brings to the table. Very well balanced, which makes it easy drinking. Enjoy the sweet caramel combined with the earthy pine. This is what I consider one of the best representations of a WCIPA.

Aug 09, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can with a two-inch, dirty white, pocked head that faded after a few to a thick ring, leaving some stray sticky lacing. Color is dark amber/maple with great clarity. Dark resins and pine dominate on the noise; bit of juiciness hiding way back there as well, but sticky sweetness expected from the aroma. Taste follows nose, but really love how hop bitterness balances everything out. Mouthfeel is full and creamy - hard not to love.

Aug 02, 2020
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Germsmasher from California

3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best price strong ipa anywhere. very dark rosted flavor. Dark ipa not my thing . Big ups to sierra nevada , these 12 packs cost the same as the big 3 water beer .lol cheers

Jul 17, 2020
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Sharkbite20 from Philippines

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark amber looks very appetizing with nice creamy off white head. 2-3 finger head that settles to a thick cap (vs the SN Pale Ale) with lacing.

S - Goodness i could smell the aroma from a meter away. Bouquet of stone fruits, peach, pine, and some sweet malt.

T - follows the nose, starting with peach, slightly floral, pine, wet grass, herbs, citrus. Spicy. Hop bitterness is present but surprisingly not as much as in the Pale Ale! Maybe because the finish of sweet bready malt and light toast balances every off.

F - light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated but has a smooth and pleasant finish despite the pronounced bitterness. Goes down sweet and easy, before it leaves the mouth dry.

O - now i understand why this achieved an outstanding score. The special hops is highlighted yet there is perfect balance all through out the drink. The emphasis on the hops is perfectly match by the sweetness of the malt and both have a fresh, and distinctive premium flavor.

My first time to taste this type of hops and malt for $2 a bottle. Watch that sneaky alcohol. Perfect!

Jun 27, 2020
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John123will from Indiana

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Thick off white head with good retention. Color is burnt orange and pretty clear. There might be a slight amber hue but I am color blind so I could be wrong on that.

S- I get pine in the nose with some citrus. Can pick up some of the malty sweetness aroma hidden behind the hops. Definitely a west coast IPA.

T- Very slight toasted flavor from the pale malt and can pick up some sweetness. Earthy bitterness from the hops that linger in a good way. Some citrus as it warms up.

F-medium bodied with good carbonation. It goes down easy for a 7% beer

O- Solid west coast IPA and at a good price

Jun 16, 2020
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber clear with white foamy cap. Notes of pine and mild citrus on the nose. Crisp and fragrant with nice bold hoppy flavor laced with citrus and pine.

Jun 13, 2020
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CoryNaplesFlorida from Florida

2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok...2 stars because this beer does not taste like an IPA. Tastes like a nut brown ale. There is Zero Citrus. Not very Hoppy either. I only bought it cause it was 2 for 1 at Publix. Now I have to go back and get some real IPA.
I'll keep these other 11 bottles for a BBQ or a party. It's good but I want HUGE CITRUS AND HOPS.

Jun 10, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy golden, almost orange color; little to no head on this beer. The smell consist heavily of citrus & pine with a little bit of malt. The taste is pretty much identical to the smell, piney & citrusy; has a nice bitter aftertaste that I'm quite fond of. The feel is pretty coarse with light carbonation, not to fizzy. Overall, this beer is an okay double IPA. I think that the OG Sierra Nevada IPA is far more desirable to drink.

Jun 08, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful slightly hazy copper color with an off-white 1.5 finger head. Moderate lacing. Nose of light sweet malt and piney hops. Well balanced citrus and pine hop flavors with undertone of breadyness. There is a lingering bitter hop finish that is nice, but not overpowering. Medium body and carbonation.

May 25, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a average white head of small bubbles that leave a sticky lacing in my glass. Fresh grapefruit and pine aromas, citrus and pine flavors. Medium bodied, easy drinking.

May 08, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that you can not go out to get a proper pint.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears amber, clear, with a nice foamy head and lacing that lasted.
Smells floral, piney, lightly bready.
Taste follows the nose, all balanced, together.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with good carbonation.
Overall, a very nice American IPA that I would definitely order again.

Apr 13, 2020
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CCStix from California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a well balanced IPA. Haven't had a Torpedo in a while since the space is so crowded these days and I'm always trying something new. After going back to this I realize why its such a staple. Pours a nice copper color with a 2 finger head. The smell is of some sweet malt with a soft/medium hop profile which leans more piney. It's exceptionally smooth on the download with a medium bitterness upfront that lasts just long enough on the back of the palate to not be off putting. It strikes a nice harmony between malts and piney hops in a way that captures the essence of a solid IPA. A classic, a gem and something I need to bring back into the mix more frequently.

Apr 11, 2020
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OrtheusMaximusRex from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have varied experience with this beer, must depend on age or something. One time - wow, I was impressed, big aroma, big hops, another, not so much, just bitter. Check the date on this one.

Mar 17, 2020
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overfiend1976 from Vermont

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've been drinking quality beers for a bit more than a quarter of a century now. much as I love the thought of continuing to try new and exciting beers, I realize I've gotten to the point where I know my comfort. And that's my favorite, go-to IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra. It's an outstanding amount of hops, but not overkill. Very well balanced nose, with a nice citrus/floral flavor, and a wonderful finish. Easy on the carbonation as well, so much so, that it drinks a LOT smoother than a 7.2 ABV should, and ends up smacking you around, but nicely. All this being said, I think save for the occasional stout/porter to mix with it, whenever I 'do' go pick up some beers, it is, without question going to be the Torpedo.

Mar 04, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with full head. Scent is of malt and citrus, which continues to the taste with the addition of hops. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that follows the taste

Feb 27, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic glass.

Pours a dark orange--nearly amber--with a great fluffy and creamy white head that lasts for several minutes. Even after it subsides, there is some nice soapy foamy lacing.

Classic down the middle American IPA aromas. Grapefruit, evergreen, guarded caramel and pale malts, and hints of floral and earthy hops.

The brew's flavor follows the nose, and is well-balanced. Caramel malts hit the tip of the tongue first, but are quickly balanced by some firm but not heavy-handed hop notes from all quarters--earthy, floral, evergreen, and citrusy. Pale malts in midstream. A touch of white pepper and herbal/chive flavor at the finish, along with a bit of warming alcohol.

The brew has a great feel. Solid and medium-bodied, it still has a naturally drying quality that mates well with good carbonation to make this very drinkable, although a 7+% probably shouldn't be called sessionable.

A well-balanced approach to the style that has an excellent dry finish that makes it really drinkable.

Feb 08, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange coloured ale, with totally gorgeous creamy thick creme coloured head.
Hoppy aroma of course, but not "in your face"softer, like spruce tips.
Very spicy hop taste to it, very livelly and carbonated well ( not to muchj. Great hoppy after taste comes back up to say "hello" now and again!
Very nice IPA.
Not at all balanced!

Jan 27, 2020
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EJPA_0425 from California

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good IPA! Pours reddish orange color with good lacing and head. Smells a bit skunky but also a bit hempy. Tastes bitter like an IPA should be with a nice tannic feel. Not the best, but quite competitive.

Jan 13, 2020
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