Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,890 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a light ruby cast. The head is excellent with a lacing that retains quite well. The nose is a light blend of citrus and pine hops over a caramel background. Medium bodied with an average carbonation level resulting in a light effervescence on the finish. Fairly well balanced and complex, it begins with mostly pine hop flavor. A significant pine and grapefruit rind bitterness appears next then slowly flows into a light caramel sweetness. The finish is mostly just a lingering rind flavored bitterness.

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Photo of wd40
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Allagash chalice. No freshness date :(

Appearance is exceptional. Mix of gold and amber with bright highlights. Pours a thick foam that looks great and leaves quite a bit of lace behind. The aroma is good. There is a sweetness in the aroma along with a astringency, but also a kind of weird smell in that is subtle but not appealing (like something not quite fresh). Taste is quite astringent. The bitterness lingers a bit longer than I would like. The hop profile is difficult for me to distinguish. There's not a lot of citrus, but there is a lot of bite! I guess it's very herbal to the point of being almost medicinal tasting.
The carbonation is great and the beer is very drinkable despite the few idiosyncrasies.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of the can into a tulip.

A: Murky copper with a finger and a half of head. Spectacular lacing.

S: Citrusy hops aroma, freshly washed oranges, slight malt aroma. Kind of weak to be honest.

T: Huge burst of lemons and grapefruit. Slight malt background, but this is definitely hop forward. Way more potent than the smell.

M: Very crisp and clean, medium carbonation. Super refreshing.

O: A damn solid IPA from one of my favorite breweries. Such a refreshing beer. I love to sip on these after a long day at school or work.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Piney hops

Appearance - Orange with a big yellow head. Not much carbonation following the pour but tons of lacing hanging around after a few pulls.

Taste - A well balanced IPA. Not a huge hop bomb like Hopslam but a more drinkable toned down IPA that might be at the upper limit of what you can call an American IPA

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber in color with a nice inch of pillowy head on top. Smell is some hops, but there's also a subtle spicy flavor as well. Taste is more hops. Somewhat piney and citrusy. Very smooth with the perfect amount of bitterness. For a year around sixer this is going to be a very tempting offering. Highly sessionable. I could easily put down a sixer of this in one sitting without even thinking about it. Well done Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice well balanced (for a west coast) IPA. Hop bitterness is present it is easy to identify as an IPA, but the balance is there as well. I also appreciate the malt being there without it being to sweet. I like this beer because the balance between sweet and bitter is good as is the balance of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is good too, honestly I really like this beer - nothing fancy but very drinkable, maybe a session IPA?

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Photo of weller1js
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: clear, copper-orange with moderage carbonation, lingering light foam after pour

smell: very light hop aroma with faint flowery undertone

taste: hoppy flavor is present from the start, yet a mellow, almost citrusy flavor becomes apparent throughout the middle and complements the tangy hoppy finish

drinkability: with a strong hoppy presence throughout, definitely a winner for those who like hops, but may deter some who don't

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Photo of Psilo707
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange/amber color in the glass, with a HUGE foamy head that takes forever to dissipate. The lacing it leaves is pretty phenominal as well.

Smells like a pine forest with a bunch of citrus thrown in the mix. The taste is extremely deep and roots itself in your mouth for many seconds after swallowing. A very piney taste, much like the aroma, and also reminds me of grapefruit or other bitter fruits.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both high, as with many IPA's of this caliber.

Overall, one of the strongest Sierra Nevada releases.

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Photo of jculler82
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a nice orange tinted amber, with a two finger frothy off white head that settles to a 1/4" frothy foam. Just like all Sierra Nevada beers, the head on this is great and earned it a bump in the appearance rating.

Smell is the expected cascade hop, piney, citrusy ripe grapefruit. Smells good, but wasn't anything more than what I expected from SN.

The taste is exactly what you would expect from the smell. Piney and citrus hop notes, actually more to the pine side, with a subtle malt background. The malt kicks in so briefly it takes another sip to make sure it was there. Hops rule the beer, but they should in an IPA. The bitterness hits after the swallow (right after the brief malt note) and lingers well after it too.

Overall, a very good IPA.

Note: To me, this beer is very similar to the Harvest Ale, which is a good thing. If you liked the Harvest Ale, you'll probably also like Torpedo.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this after a LONG ASS DAY at work. Pours a nice orange color. Not a whole lot of head or lacing on the glass. Lot of hops in the nose. Traces of juniper. Bitter up front on the taste and becomes citrusy, hoppy, with traces of alcohol. Very bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel. Good flavor and good drinkability. I would buy this again for more of a session IPA.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored brew with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of a very bitter piney aroma with a citrus backbone.

Citrus and bitter taste upfront, followed by a medium, bready body. A little buttery in the back and carbonation adds a nice crispness. Very drinkable for what it is: a hoppy IPA, although balanced compared to other west coast IPA's.

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Photo of irishevans
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a medium dark goldish brown, with a thick foamy three finger barely off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving an ample amount of lace behind, and seems to settle at a half-finger depth.

N- I could smell this very strongly as I poured it. Rather floral and a bit of sweet fruity esters in there as well, I almost pick up on a pineapple scent.

T- Peppery right off the bat, and then developing a floral hop taste, and shortly there after some citrus taste, most of the hop "bite" is up front, with a milder finish, all in all pretty balanced, although a little more hop bite would be nice. I do like the apparent blend of citrus and floral hops.

M- not too thick or thin, although more toward the thick side, and with a refreshing quality that I wasn't expecting.

D- I'm not usually the biggest IPA fan on the planet(IMO they are summer beers, but I am in hawaii where there is no other season), and maybe this is from my recent lack of access to any craft of otherwise decent beer at all (hence the malt liquor reviews as of late). but this is rather enjoyable, not fast drinker, but nice to sit in what anywhere else on the globe would be a summer evening and sip on. given that it's like a dollar more than a "40" down the street, I think I may have found a new night cap.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very cloudy orange with 2 fingers of chunky head with a lot of lacing. I smell some malt and hops with some booziness, but the taste doesn't reflect the alcohol. It has pretty nice malty bitterness balance, but not near as good as Celebration. I don't get the fresh hop impression in Torpedo. There is a dirty/earthy pine taste, which I do enjoy as a variety in an IPA. As I drink through this beer, I notice dark fruits that are represented in the smell and taste. The body is mildly heavy, I think I will stick with just one of these. Solid beer.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why I waited to try this, considering I'm a huge SN fan. Poured from the bottle into a standard US pint glass. A very pretty amber copper with a limited head and some residual lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell is a little more subdued than I was expecting - some pine, a little citrus and surprisingly I got a hint of malt. Very inviting.

Taste is excellent and you can certainly immediately id this as a SN product. I would fit this in right between their Pale Ale and one of their fresh hopped Harvest ales. I really like the balance on this.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with a good clean finish. Makes you want to dive right back in.

Drinkability a little limited for me, simply because of the ABV. But sipping a couple of these is just fine.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, bright copper color with a dense, rocky off-white head. Beautiful tracing covers the side of the glass; clarity is excellent. Aromas are extremely herbaceous and spicy with black pepper and orange dominating followed by some spicy alcohol. A real citrus zing is not to be found in this beer. On the palate, the first thing that hits me is the huge mouthfeel for an IPA. It is extremely full bodied and has a solid malty background. The hops, however, just aren't as huge as I'd like them to be. It's plenty bitter, but the presence and flavor is really lacking; nowhere near as good as Celebration. Worth a shot, and is well priced, but I'd like the see the afformentioned produced year-round over this one.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The smell was very weak to me - my beer was a little old though, so maybe it would be a little more pungent if it was newer. I like the bitter kick to the face upfront, as well as the malts, but I didn't taste enough fruit to really round it out. Decent, but Sierra Nevada makes some better beers than the Torpedo.

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Photo of ShameAndFailure
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle six pack. Julian date of 2011, November bottling.

Appearance is pumpkin ish. A little lighter than copper. Nice 1 inch head when poured into pint glass. Cabronated bubbles flowing upwards. Lacing was excellent all through the session.

Smell- I don't get too much. Maybe some piney or earthy hops with a trace of grapefruit.

Taste- Excellent as always.Love the slightly neutral creamy taste followed by the hops slapping your taste buds for the bitter finish. I taste a little piney hops and maybe breadiness (is that even a word?) from the malt.

Mouthfeel-Creamy like most of SN offerings. Excellent drinkability.

Overall-Awesome as usual.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- A burnt orange color with 1 finger of off white head that slowly dissipates leaving sticky multi layered lacing on the glass.

Smell- I get pine and grapefruit and the slightest touch of floral hops.

Taste- Like the nose, I get some piney hops with a big dose of earthy/herbal hops and the slightest citrus twang.

Mouthfeel- Nice crisp well carbonated mouthfeel making for an easy drinker.

Overall- I was hoping for a little more bitterness but the earthy/herbal flavors seem to dominate. Still all in all a decent beer, just not what I like.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a huge foamy, almost stiff, off white head that fades slowly with a good amount of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is floral and citrusy. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is on the lighter side. The hoppy citrus flavor is good, but not a 'stand out' by any means. Quite drinkable, the 7.2% ABV is well integrated...wouldn't have expected that it was that high.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Copper pour with a big, frothy, white head. Fresh hop grapefruit and pine aroma with a slight floral note, lemon zest, and a balance of earthy caramel. Loads of wet, resinous piny hop flavor with a hint of lemon, some honey, toast, and faint caramel. The pine definitely dominates the flavor and lingers long after you swallow. Creamy medium-full body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of VTaler
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - looks like any old IPA with a big head. Kind of a dark gold color.
S - Overall not much smell but there is a strong floral hop flavor. Citrus and spice smells
T - First hit tastes almost like a sweet citrus flavor quickly followed by a bitter hoppiness. Malt is there but mostly dominated by hops. Not very balanced at all. I am a big hop lover but this tastes more like hop flavored seltzer water. Sparkling hop juice. The hops however tastes amazing but it needs more malt
M - very light mouthfeel
D - probably the most drinkable 7.2% beer ive ever had

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Photo of CrystalGregory
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a very crisp, clean, and refreshing taste. The hoppy flavor smells and tastes so good to me, especially after a long day. You can smell it immediately after you pour it. It has a beautiful amber color, No bad after-taste. Very easy to drink. It leaves a nice lacing behind on the glass. I could drink this by itself (preferably), or with a meal. I love the taste so much I even use this beer in some of my cooking. Delicious

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Photo of schmitter
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light reddish gold with about a finger head and fair lacing.
Smell wasn't much, not too hoppy or spicy; I likely couldn't differentiate it from the SNPA.
Not too spicy in the mouth, but a pleasant hop presence. Piney aftertaste.
I've read up on the definition of 'session' beers but I offer this; great taste, good price, and an above average ABV is what I like in a session beer, so there, this is the first time calling a beer definetely session-able.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Very enticing.
S: Wonderful floral, herbal, citrus, pine hop smell.
T: Herbal, citrus, pine hops. A bit much with more bitterness than I appreciate. Not much balancing it out...all out hops.
M: Light body. Bitter sharp bite.
D: Definitely drinkable, but the overly strong and bitter hops knocks it down a peg here. A bit more balance would serve this brew well.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it is just because I finished the Bigfoot but this one didn't have the same reaction.

The bottle says that it is an Extra IPA but for me, it wasn't even an IPA....Maybe a minor IPA. When drinking it, I thought to myself several times....did Sierra Nevada forget to add the Hops to this beer? It is there but very mild.

Clean looking beer. Very Fresh. Almost a light carmel watery look to it. 1/2 inch head that sticks around to form a nice lacing all the way down.

Taste is the downside for me....just above average for Sierra Nevada. There are regular IPAs that are more hoppy and bitter than this "EXTRA" IPA.

Somewhat of a disappointment from a fantastic brewery. Oh well....I didn't say that it was bad....puts to shame most IPAs out there but nothing that is over impressive.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,890 ratings.
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