Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,909 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 brurevu
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Torpedo poured a deep golden amber with a full and fluffy head. The aroma was full of citrusy dank and herbal hops. The flavor is almost straight up juicy grapefruit with a piney hop on the back end that coats your palate with a dense bitterness. The citrus grapefruit hops pulled me in and the thick chewy body makes the torpedo a satisfying brew.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Clear copper with great head and lacing.

Smell - lots of grapefruit and malt

Taste - bitter grapefruity, piney hops create a tingly feeling on the tongue. Bread on the finish and the hop bitterness remains strong.

Feel - very hop forward, coats the tongue/mouth. Sticky.

Overall - very nice beer that I find has quite a unique feel.

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Photo of ananddullabh
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ARoman
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. The initial aroma is a bright evergreen forest that quickly ducks to a fresh cut grass, which in turn, fades and is replaced by bright peaches and grapefruit and pine with a hint of fresh baked, crusty bread sneaking in underneath. Near the end there's a warm, sweet honey and caramel note that starts to dominate. It pours a brilliant, shimmering orange with effervescence, and just a slight haze. The head is a dense soap / gelatin texture with an egg white hue that leaves a dense, heavy lace, and has great retention. The taste is a medium high bitter and sweet; well balanced. The texture is a slick, waxy quality with a soft fuzz and a medium full body. Flavors of juicy bittersweet citrus and waxy pine are first noted with caramel and honey pushing through as it warms. It finishes dry with a zip of pine and waxy grapefruit membrane. It's zesty and potent, but not offensive, long, and astringent with an aftertaste that'ss clean, chalky and dry.

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Photo of Jaysmittyland
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of gotek
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Chilly_E
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Justin-m
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of RJB66
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwakwhore
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful coppery pour with a big creamy colored head which stays around for a long time and leaves generous lacing on the glass.
Grapefruit hops dominate the aroma and the flavors. A big shot of grapefruit/orange peel hop bitterness leads off, but there is a bit of biscuity malt in the middle to provide a little relief. The long-lasting finish is again suitably hoppy. Sweet malt becomes apparent as the beer warms and persists into the finish. This is not a particularly complex taste experience. It's pretty straightforward so it's a good thing I like hops.
Pretty easy to drink and pleasantly bitter on the tongue. A worthy representation of an American IPA, but, given the choice, I'd probably opt for the Celebration Ale.

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Photo of paulmcm
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of tweezer159
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of aval89
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange to copper color with a decent fluffy head that lasted a bit but eventually went down to a thin film. Still very inviting.

Smell is extremely inviting. Sweet caramel, pine, fresh grass, mild mint, hoppy.. Overall just a freshness that brings joy to me.

Taste is exceptional as well. Sweet malt up front with caramel & bready notes. Followed by that signature SN hop presence.. Lots of peel bitterness is there. Burnt resin but not too sharp like other IPAs.. Very fresh finish with a mild to medium hop bitterness that lingers after its all down.. Could definitely drink more than a couple. 7.2% abv is unnoticed in taste but after a couple you will haha.

Overall a very solid IPA that I like to always have on hand. Another great job by SN. A true classic in my book.


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Photo of MCDub
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of CP20
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Blumstein
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dsuedbeck
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of APBT91
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Catlin
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of krampert11
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of thewilliamhart
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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