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 paladinjoe
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy hot damn, this beer is AMAZING!! Hops, hops, and more hops, BUT it's not overpowering, as the sweet finish overtakes it at the end. The piney hops are to die for, this beer has become my overall go-to beer when it comes to a year round offering that is at a reasonable price, yet has the same amazing world-class qualities of a high priced beer. Sierra Nevada is flat amazing, especially with their torpedo brewing machine, bringing out such unique and awesome flavors. This beer is World-Class, like the Bros. have it rated above.

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Photo of hoppygram
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Hazy light amber with one finger head and lacing that clings to the side of the glass. This beer is very inviting.

Smell: Smell is hoppy, leafy with hints of pine and malt.

Taste: The beer is more bitter than I prefer, but otherwise well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Excellent body with good carbonation.

Overall: This is another excellent beer that is easy to get in Maine.

Serving type: Twelve ounce bottle poured into a beer mug.

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, and big piney hops.

T - There is a citrus peel and piney hops right upfront. Once the citrus fades the bitterness kicks in. The bitterness is aggressive and lasts through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel.

O - This is one big bad DIPA. Lots of piney hops and aggressive bitterness.

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Photo of BigHeavy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was consumed immediately after pouring and enjoyed while listening to Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Radio City.

A: Beer pours a very clear orangeish red color. An egg shell colored and pillowy head one finger in height forms atop the beer. There is some pretty intense bubbling in my glass and beautiful lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

S: Aroma is oil hops, all the way. Citrus, pine, and grassy aromas erupt from the glass in a volcano of scents. There are some bready malts trying to stick their neck out as well. Torpedo smells a little tart at times, too.

T: Intense hop bitterness slams into the taste buds and does not relent for a few seconds. Once that subsides, it's like biting into a grapefruit for a moment. Just a smidge of a white bread malt presence there to balance it a smidge, but not too much. This baby is all hops, and I love it. Hop bitterness lingers forever.

M: Mouthfeel is oily like every other Sierra Nevada IPA I have ever had. Flavors cling to the inside of your mouth like dog hair to a fleece jacket. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

D: Drinkability is high for a beer of 7.2% ABV. Hop bitterness detracts a little bit, as the flavors can overwhelm the palate after a beer or two.

O: Talk about a great way to get a hop fix. Full of fresh hop flavors, a hop heads dream, and only $8 a six pack to boot. Shares some qualities with other great Sierra Nevada IPAs. Will be buying more of this in the near future.

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Photo of Brencr
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Extra IPA has everything expected from Sierra. I enjoy the hoppy aroma and the initial taste is great. The only drawback I find is that it has an after taste that is a bit too strong. But I guess that is to be expected in an Extra IPA.

BTW the local store owner reports that this beer is flying off the shelf.

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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 rawhydes1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, with a nice creamy off-white head.

Smells of pine and citrus. I generally prefer more of the citrusy/grapefruit flavors, but this has equally pronounced pine and citrus notes.

Taste is similar to smell, with lots of pine and citrus, with some malt breadiness.

Very drinkable for a near 8% EIPA, the first tween IPA/DIPA that I know of.

This beer is so drinkable that during a poker session, two of my friends (unintentionally) got blasted.

An all-around great "E"IPA.

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Photo of alexhammond
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, my favorite west-coast IPA, if you factor in taste, cost, and availability. Pours with a small head, light amber color, but give it a swirl and out comes terrific pine & bitter hop scents. The taste is everything I'm looking for: crisp, biting bitterness, but not overpowering enough to scare me away from drinking a few of these. A sweeter, citrus taste as it goes down helps for a smooth finish. Not many of these "bigger" IPAs qualify as refreshing, but I'd say this one makes the cut. Truly a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gambelli
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Fairly aggressive pour into a Sam Adams tulip glass produces two fingers of creamy white foam atop a reddish-orange base.

S- Fantastic; pine, citrus, fresh-hops smell. One of the better bouquets of any American IPA.

T- Hops plus more hops with a decent caramel-malt base. Not an overwhelming hop bitterness, but definitely the main pupose of this brew.

M- Strong hop bitterness at start and finish, adequate malt backbone in between. Not as malty as their Celebration Ale,
but enough to balance out the hop explosion.

D- Very quenching for a 7.2 ABV beer. I've got to keep this in mind before I turn this into a summer session beer.

I've heard this compared to an amped up version of SN pale ale, but I find this to be a brew all it's own. Probably the freshest hop taste around, and an excellent example of SN's

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Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This had a nice rich deep copper amber color. The citrus and floral could be taken in right off the nose. The beer itself is pretty big but the abv is balanced nicely. The hop selection used in Sierra beers is always awesome. Great beer overall defiantly worth grabbing a 6 pack if you see it out!

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Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick head (2/2.5 sausage fingers). Beautiful white mountainous foamy head. Nice amber color with subtle ruby highlights. Nice lacing, pretty good head retention.

S - Spicy hops. That's about it... pretty one sided aroma.

T - Nice earthy spicy hops. A bit of a peppery taste. Nice bittering hops. Not much malt to speak of. Definitely a west coast IPA. Dry finish. Not super complex, but nice for a single IPA.

M - A bit creamy, full enough to not taste like hop juice. Nice carbonation levels.

D - Quite drinkable for the style. Bitterness is fairly high.

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Photo of sturner26
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass pint.

A - Solid 3 fingers of cream colored head with good retention. Beer pours a translucent a golden-amber color. A lot of lacing as well.

S - A very nice blast of citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt as well.

T - Initial rush of hoppy goodness that transitions into a pleasant blend of the citrus hops and crystal malts. Has a medium bitterness but is well balenced with a sweet fruity malt as well

M - Significantly more carbonation than I expected but very pleasant and refreshing. Crisp and very enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable, could have drank several. The alcohol is barely noticable even in the final few sips. The bitterness and sweetness blend well though I prefer a more bold IPA in general. Still good.

Overall a very good beer but nothing truly outstanding.

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Photo of henryd30
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear amber orange - had expected some cloudy particulate that often accompanies a double or extra IPA. Nice lacing appears after 1 finger head starts to settle.

S: Pine with citrus. Quite fresh and appealing.

T: Nice forward hops - finishing pretty smoothly. Good balance of malty sweetness. First couple tastes had bitter finish, but after third or fourth that had faded away.

M: Smooth and warm. Not much in the form of active carbonation tickling the tongue.

O: Great beer from always consisten SN. Thoroughly enjoying it, and will probably have another shortly.

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Photo of tenesmus
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a De Ranke tulip glass, clear bronze appearance, small fingers worth of cream head.

Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, citrus - grapefruit and orange. Floral hints and minty herbs.

Grapefruit and lemon zest, supported by a strong backbone of sticky toffee sweet malt, a fair touch of alcohol licks the back of the throat. Herb, pine and tropical overtones but these are negligible compared to the malt.

Feel is is medium/heavy, sticky in the mouth, with gentle carbonation.

I was expecting a hop masterclass, but left a little flat. Lacks the assertiveness I would expect and the malts are more prominant than I would have expected. Perhaps the trip over to the UK has sullied the flavour and complexity.

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Photo of Sum1tohate
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fine beer that I have had before and enjoyed. I decided to pick up a six pack while grocery shopping to see how much I really liked it.
Noting the look, it is filtered to a translucent amber color and a frothy creamy head, very nice. The smell is a subtle bitter scent, not too remarkable. The taste carries a bold hops flavor yet balances well with the malt. It hits the back of the tongue with it's bitter, spicy and moderately effervescent goodness. Smooth finish. Overall a very good beer for the price and, where I am, its fairly common in stores that normally carry less than quality beers. Cheers!

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Photo of JaredM
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper in color with slight haze. Huge frothy head, 3-4 fingers. Took a long while to dissipate. Lacing was great.

S: Fantastic smell. Huge amounts of citrus. In particular orange and pineapple. Not getting a lot of the pine. Malt is slight but sweet.

T: Just like it smells. Hops up front not much malt going on. Definitely leaning towards the hop side. Bitter? Yes but for a comparison it's not even close to Ruination which I just got done reviewing. I'm tasting a little of the alcohol too.

M: Light feel. Crisp, refreshing.

O: Solid beer. Didn't blow my socks off but I got this as a 6 for a decent price. I would definitely have this or the Pale Ale as a session beer. Where I am they are both readily available. I loved the citrus smell and flavors.

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Photo of derbledraught
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, exactly what an IPA should taste like and smell like.

This is my classic go to. Rich hop taste and aroma. Very piney and crisp. Refreshing on the palette, not to thick, or muddy.

Availability is a plus. And for being a larger craft brew, the consistency of the beer is spot on.

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Photo of iliotib
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rusty gold. A voluminous finger-and-a-half head. Beautiful lacing. I'm drinking it in my sub-freezing garage and it's still hanging on to the last drink (20 min).

S: Mandarin oranges, pine. Faint herbs.

T: Hardcore grapefruit. Herbal. Excellent hop bitterness up front. The taste really hangs on.

M: Firm and slightly heavy bodied. Buttery finish that lingers almost as long as the taste.

Excellent ABV

I really appreciate the grapefruit taste. It lingers long after the beer is gone; I'm convinced my breath actually smells better after drinking it.

This beer is a little slick. I think diacetyls are the things that make the slickness in beer. I actually like it, but I'm not sure I should. I found a page links this wort byproduct with Alzheimer's Disease. Does that one of my favorite beers is brain poison?

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Photo of rievelx6
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Good look when its poured into a glass with a darker citrus look very good for an IPA

S- Very good aroma nothing but hops

T- Hops with some citrus and some pine what an IPA should taste like

M- Leaves a good after taste with a lot of hops and some pine on the back of your tongue

O- Overall this is a very good IPA especially for the price

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Photo of SSwarts
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good sh*t. This is beer. It is a good beer. It is cheap, it is drinkable and this beer will get you drunk. My girlfriend had wine, I had this beer. I had others but this is the beer I liked most. I will order this beer again. It was a bit strong for my 8 year old, so we mixed it with soda water.

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Photo of btuthill
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber from 12 oz stubby bottle. Small head recedes quickly. Smell is of fresh cut citrus - stronger and more fresh than anticipated. The taste is similarly fresh and citrusy, but too much like SNPA for me. The hops may be mitigated a bit too much by the malt presence. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick. Drinkable and well-priced session IPA. I will drink this again, but it isn't a go-to.

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Photo of quinlin
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep honey amber. Thick almost latte like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass.

S - floral, citrus, loads of pine. Sweet malty background.

T - taste mimicks the smell. Right up front sharp hop bitter with a malts that hang around the finish.

M - high amount of mouth tingling carbonation. Medium/full body

D - Nice, drinkable IPA. Went great with the steak sandwich i had.

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Photo of HalenRush
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Playstation 777 - Blue Lake Casino. A stones throw away from Mad River Brewery.

A - Pours a fluffy, white, tightly beaded head. Color is a deep golden hue, very close to SNPA.

S - Hugely piney, touching on citrusy and grassy.

T - A different take on an IPA, touching on IIPA...Extra IPA, I guess it fits.

M - Typical. Nothing extraordinary.

D - I found this very drinkable considering the category. After a while, the piney hop taste went away, and I wanted more. Much more.

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Photo of BigDoug
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer several times and this is the first time I've had it in a while so I figured I'd review it.

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a brilliant dark orange, very clear. Nice frothy white head that built up nicely about 1.5" or better. Letting it settle down to a thick crown, leaving perfect sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells wayyy better than I remember! Maybe a super fresh case? Very very bright floral, piney, fruity dank hops. Smells like high quality marijuana almost. Very potent and addicting to smell. Amazing aromatics flying outta this thick crown of head settles on top this beer. Hints of mango, maybe pineapple? All the characteristics of the complex Citra hops and Cascades. Don't really pick out much malt notes other than maybe some slight caramel notes that keep this smelling like a beer and not a bag of hops. Very pleasing.

First sip punches ya with the same as it smells. Very aromatic. Gets the sinuses overwhelmed with hop glory. Hophead dream. Follows with a strong intense but very clean bitter. It's the kind of bitter that a true IPA lover craves and appreciates. To get the best flavor outta this beer or any good beer especially hoppy ones is to drink them at the right temp. This beer was straight off my porch so it was right around 50-55 degrees F. Could taste so many different flavors. The malt is there jus enough to keep all that hop kick in check. Balanced enough but still way hop forward.

Mouthfeel is on point for the style. Nice carbonation. Smooth but enough carb to keep the bright flavor popping out. Creamy finish and leaves the palate clean with a little hop oil left behind.

Drinkability is pretty good considering the pretty big ABV and big time bitterness. It's a beer that the flavor keeps ya wanting more. After a few you'll be pretty good feeling.

Better IPA's out there? Absolutely, but you'll pay a whole lot more for them. This beer you get way more than what you pay for and that makes this beer a top world class IPA in my books. It contends with the baddest cuz it is one of the baddest. Love that it's basically the same price as their amazing Pale Ale but way more of a beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Dohdaman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a quickly dissapating finger size off-white head, with some lacing.

S: Fragrance of citrus, hops and carmel.

T: Hops and citrus with a bitter finish, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, good carbination.

O: Excellent IPA, very refreshing and the 7.2 abv kicks it up a notch.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,837 ratings.
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