Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich, copper colour with a vibrant off-white 2 finger head that lasts a decent amount of time. Nice lacing.

S- Smells fantastic! There is that dominant citrus/pine smell one comes to expect from an IPA but there is so much more. Rich,complex and very pleasant.

T- A truly delicious taste dominated by an overwhelming presence of hops. This is not without intricacy though, as I can taste a good amount of malt flavours and some green apple sweetness. The alcohol content is completely and utterly masked at over 7% ABV. I am very impressed by this.

M- The excellent level of carbonation really adds to the robust character of this beer. The body has a nice, sticky but fairly easy texture which, again, augments this brew's character.

O- This is an exceptional beer. This drunk with all the flavour of a double IPA yet with the drinkability of a single without any compromise at all. I love this and will be buying a lot more of it in the future.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amazingly pretty dark orange with brownish head that hangs around the whole time you're drinking it. Rich and thick like honey.

S: This is one of those beers that when you smell the empty bottle the next morning, it smells good.

T: Rich and dark malt, heavy dark fruit, grapefruit hops, florals, biscuits, peat, earth.

M: Full but not too heavy or "thick."

Value: How can anyone complain about Torpedo? For the price, this is THE BEST strong IPA out there and they sell it in my nearby 7-11. There is one neat store in my neighborhood where I can buy this in a 12 pack for $12.99. At a little more than a buck per beer, I dare you to find something even close. As good as IPA's twice as expensive.

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Photo of JamesS
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great copper color with wonderful initial head, excellent lasting head, and some very nice lacing as it goes down. It has a deep scent, very bitter and piney, with enough citrus to keep the edge off. Great taste, a wonderful bitter with great hop attributes: a great pine, Christmas tree forest like; hints of citrus, some nice pineapple/orange; bit of English hops to give it a nice cross-Atlantic flavor. Very smooth, no alcohol flavor which is great, and has a long lingering pine hop flavor. A great IPA.

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Photo of hoppyoldsoul
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this IPA. It is reliably consistent, and the hop aroma and taste are almost unique. the citrus aroma and flavor keep it fresh tasting, and it is so smooth and balanced that I can drink it all night. While it doesn't have unique flavors, it does have a reliable and refreshing flavor that makes it a safe selection for almost any situation. I love it.

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4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

another excellent IPA - one I purchase and savor over other great IPA's. Bold and full of flavor . Well balanced; bitter, very drinkable, very tasty hops. Easy to get- reasonably priced. Can not think of any other IPA out there that is consistently great! A 'world class' IPA from California Overall, an extremely well made beer.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clarity that is consistent with the Sierra Nevada line. Deep amber color with a caramel-frosting colored head - think carrot cake in color. Big fluffy head made a big bubblers. Significant lacing.

S - Like sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Big, bright, pure hop smell. Wonderfully floral and bitter. Perfect is a word that comes to mind. Just what I'm looking for when I reach for an American IPA.

T - Wonderfully balanced while still packing a punch. Big hop flavor - banana, grapefruit, flowers are all present. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness that is very pleasant - none of that puckerface action sometimes associated with an IPA. A paramount example of the style.

MF/D - Very drinkable, especially conisdering the alcohol content. Delightfully interesting mouthfeel.

I can't reccomend this beer enough. Another great offering from SN that will please any fan of the style. Try this out immediately!

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Photo of Beerwitched
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich-Brown/ Red-copper (medium tan), decent head. Good consistent presentation.

Hops and citrus flavours in the appealing aroma.

Good strong taste with rich, chocolate and hoppy notes with a citrus tang, yet balanced and not too zesty.

Decent mouthfeel even though I don't usually palate citrus notes.

I will definitely be coming back for more of this! Drank four pints over the course of an evening visit to the pub and was a highlight of proceedings!

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Photo of turnerk3
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a gorgeous dark golden color with an exquisite, half-inch head that admirably embraces the glass. Truly an impeccable first impression.

S: An paramount hop essence floods the nose well before the first sip. Upon a more in-depth observation reveals an underlying malt sweetness. However, the extensive citrusy odor from the hops is still a little overwhelming.

T: Almost identical to the smell, but this is where the malt sweetness combines perfectly with the hoppy bitterness. Perfectly balanced and undeniably delicious.

M: The malt sweetness makes it appear to be quite smooth initially, but this is quickly removed by the sticky, bitterness of the hops.

O: When I think "IPA," I think Sierra Nevada Torpedo. This brew perfectly defines American IPAs, and the gratification of knowing it is readily available at an impeccable price makes it the perfect choice. Definitely worthy of a try!

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer.

A: Dark golden reddish color.

S: Hops hops and more hops.

T: What I think a IPA should taste like. Tastes even better as you drink more (bottles).

M: It does not feel like a rather strong beer.

O: I love this beer.

Comments: My options are probably way too subjective as this is the beer that got me into beer.

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Photo of Pdh32
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a consistently well balanced, well hopped beer. It's my first choice wherever I go. It's not so hoppy that it tastes like I've bitten into a pine tree, but the taste and drinkability is outstanding. Some beers can fluctuate with taste. I know exactly what to expect with a torpedo and ask for it by name at each establishment.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

EXTRA EXTRA! This IPA is fantastic, enjoying with some mild buffalo wings, perfect compliment for the food. Smells fantastic. I want to bathe in this brew! Not really, that's gross.

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: nice shade of almost a dark orange. Almost looks unfiltered but you can see through it. Smell: citrus, fruit, hops, pine. Taste: amazing! Very fruity with just enough hopiness to prove that it is an IPA. Feel: perfect, just the right amount of carbonation and not too heavy/ light. Also has a wonderful aftertaste but it doesn't linger very long. Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had! I would Recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys Good beer.

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Photo of jdizzel
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is by far my favorite ipa right now for the price 8.70 a sixer
a-great color all around looked deceiving as i could smell it sitting a foot away
s-very piney evergreen like totaly creative craft here
t-doesnt really matter what other beer you had before this one so powerful
m-taste of fresh evergreen on my palate i love this beer
d-although i could drink a whole sixer and would love to but i might not be able to do that cause the alchohal
solid beer from sierra nevada but we should expect that im so glad they made this year round

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.85/5  rDev +18%

Head is frothy, off-white with good retention; body is clear and deep gold; leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is very pleasant with lots of fresh pine, lemon-lime, and eventually a touch of graham cracker. Well-rounded flavor is comprised of pine, lime, earthy bitterness. Hop flavor is bold but not soapy or astringent, and some light malt sweetness contributes balance and complexity. Soft carbonation, medium body, slight carbonic bite.

Very smooth, quaffable, and balanced. The hop qualities are bold but stop short of overwhelming, and the supporting roles are gentle and harmonic. A very solid and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber, clear. Head builds into a finger and a half of tight, light tan foam. Head falls quickly leaving decent lacing.
Aromas hit me first with the piney, grapefruit hoppiness. Sweet lingers out back.
Taste again with a huge hop hit with the pine and grapefruit shouldering in the door, following the initial blast a warm, bitter caramel tones bring up the rear.
Its a lovely feeling ale, with low carbonation and a medium dry end.

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Photo of RollTide05
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love how this beer is so readily available in the states. I must say that this is right up there with all of the best IPA's I've ever had. The hops are very complex and loaded with citrus and pine flavors. I think that torpedo hop thingy that they use to infuse the hops makes a big difference. You can really taste ALL of the hops. The malt and hops are absolutely perfectly balanced as well.

I absolutely cannot fathom why anyone would buy a six pack of Coors, Bud, or Miller for $6.99-$7.99 when you can buy a six pack of the Torpedo IPA for $8.99-$9.99. One of the best beers I've ever had...seriously.

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Photo of heirixon
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to beer. What an IPA should be: crisp, refreshing, flavor that lingers. The pine character of the beer does not overpower the citrus, leaving a complex yet smooth taste. One of the best around.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Writing this review after a long day and a nice workout playing ultimate frisbee. Didn't even pour it in a glass, just straight into my belly. This is definitely my kind of IPA. Smell is incredible, can definitely detect the citrusy hops. Taste is incredible. Plenty of hops in this one to keep me satisfied. Goes down very easy. At 7% a 6 pack of this could be dangerous.

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Photo of Jerdmier
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great IPA. Pours very well but is missing a good staying head.The little bit of head I got from the initial pour was a nice light caramel color. Lacing also lacks staying power. Has a good fruity hops taste with a strong hops aftertaste. This is definitely a beer I can sit down to and make a night of. May be a little heavy in the hops for a new person trying IPA for the first time. Save it for the more serious IPA drinker.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I'm drinking it straight from the bottle, so I can't speak to the actual appearance of the beer. The bottle is pretty good, hence the 4.

Smell: Sweet and refreshing. Very complex. Allow the beer to get fairly warm before smelling it and tasting it for best results.

Taste: This is a sweet beer with strong bittering hops. The sweetness is almost like what you would get from a good apple cider. Hops are bitter and not really floral at all.

Mouthfeel: Perfect.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer, best drank on the warm side.

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Photo of Hopamaniac
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went looking for a hoppy brew but not so hoppy as my local favorite brew from cigar city here in Tampa...jai alai. This beer is a go to for a drinkable hoppy beer that has a nice finish. I have also been drinking hoptimum brew but the high avb gives the taste a kick in the finish. This beer is a daily drinker and easy to down more than just a couple. I hope I can find it on tap here in clearwater fla given that I prefer my beers out of kegs. This beer is a winner in my book!

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Photo of DarkStar75
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Love it. Very rich flavor, a little darker and deeper than SN pale ale, not as piney. Excellent toasted malt and hops hit you good and so does the 7.2 abv. Strong flavor that some will love and others not so much. Powerful beer..smooth, rich, delicious. Give it a try if you've never .

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Photo of itfitz
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow -- can you say "over-hopped"? This Extra IPA goes overboard with the hop aroma and flavor, nearly negating any malty tones in the beer. But is that a bad thing? Not in this case.

The bitter citrus hops are like a depth charge and combined with a moderate carbonation -- it's an all-hands-on-deck experience that makes one of the best commercially-available beers. This isn't an IPA for landlubbers; its in-your-face experience and high alcohol (7.2%) will take you to Davey Jones' Locker rather quickly if you're not careful.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemless wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Orangish amber, very white head some lacing.

s: Great American hop bouquet, tons of cascade scent, but some malt comes through as well, surprising for a aggressively dry hopped IPA .

t: Bitter but very balanced, the malt doesn't disappear. This is a very hoppy beer, but not an all out hop bomb.

m: Nicely medium bodied, not as thin as some in the style, but not heavy at all, very drinkable beer.

o: This is my go to for availability and price in the style. I'll happily drink this every day of the week. Not the best IPA I've ever tasted, but pretty damn close and very available.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw this stuff for the first time yesterday.
It has a dark amber color and smells wonderful.
The most noticable feature is a hint of grapefruit. A perfect balance of sweet and sour for me.
For a beer with a 7.2 alky content, it is very well hidden.
Too bad that some beer lovers from years gone by never had the chance to try this one....

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,891 ratings.
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