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 WickedSluggy
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been regularly asking several of my favorite stores when they're getting this beer. Finally arrived to DFW in March.

A - Pale amber color. Nothing special about the way this beer looks. Not a lot of foam, but nice sticky lacing.

S - Piney hops bouquet and sweet malt. From its smell I might could be prepared for a DIPA or harvest ale.

T - Bright intensely hoppy. Very good IPA hops flavor with malt holding its own in the background. Malt flavor is not complex. Very bitter as it should be.

As it warms the malt comes out more but the beer remains dry true to the California style.

M - Medium bodied

D - Fits its intended purpose and definitely meets my expectations.

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Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviews are pretty high for this beer.

This beer pours a bright dark golden or coppery color. Head is about an inch high. The nose is quite hoppy with floral undertones.

Taste left a first impression of nothing but hops. I have grown accustomed to asking for some malt balance. I did not get that. The second bottle I had was somewhat better. Might have been the day. Mouthfeel is fine as with most IPA or pale ales. The beer is drinkable due to freshness and my preference for the strong hop beers

Update: I have continued to drink this beer as it is readily available. The taste is quite clean and is mostly hop oriented but is quite a nice beer. There is a malt profile lurking behind the hop slam.

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Photo of Colt4540
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A medium clear amber color pours with a good head that takes a long time to leave. Has a solid half finger head that last throughout the entire beer. Leaves very nice lacing.

S- Has a very light malty flavor dominated buy floral piney hops.

T- A complete hop punch in the mouth. Slight maltiness. This is the perfect beer for hop lovers. The warmer it gets the more complex it becomes.

M- Crisp and light for and Extra IPA. And again the warmer it gets the easier it is to drink.

D- I could drink a ton of these, but the ABV. would end up getting me shit faced before I could drink too many of them.

Note- Everyone of my friends think that this tastes like Pinesol, Hairspray, or cologne. What a bunch of Idiots.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous coppery colr. Nice tight head on top. text book picture of what a beer should look like-very impressive. Soft, resiny aroma. Somewhat pine like and citrusy. Big hop flavor up front. Quite bitter but not overly so. Thick and lingering resin like flavors. Storng malt sweetness comes thru at the end. As storng as the hops are they dont "tongue strip" like some beers. Solid body. Very, very drinkable beer. Somewhere between their pale ale and Celebration, more towards the latter. Damn good beer.

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Photo of Risser09
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008?

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a very tall 5" cream colored head. It has great retention and gods of clinging, spidery lace. Deep craters are formed in the head.

Smell: Citrusy hops are strong. Grapefruit is the main aroma. Slightly mineral and somewhat metallic.

Taste: A nice balance of pale malts and vegetal, herbal hop flowers. There is a bit of citrus, but not as focal as the aroma would indicate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not cloying at all. There are equal parts of bitter, sweet, herbal and alcohol feelings. Medium body that goes down easy and leaves a bitterness in the mouth.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is probably the most drinkable of their beers. I'd like to try it next to SNPA and the harvest series. Worth buying and trying.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. this beer pours a nice, clear, deep, dark copper/amber color. The off-white, fluffy head is a bit over an inch thick when poured. Good lacing too. Aromas of piney, citrus grapfruit and hos, followed by a nice caramel malt smell. Has a nice, robust grapefruit and hop flavor upfront, followed by a caramel malty sweetness, ending with a hint of roasted nuttiness. Not overly complex, but damn good! Has a crisp, frothy and creamy medium bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink in a good way. I liked this one quite a bit. Not an Irish, beer but a good one to have on St. Patty's Day, or any day for that matter.


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Photo of DukeofAle
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just about fainted when I saw this on the shelf at Cyclone Liquors - AIPA is my favorite style and SNPA is one of my all time favorite ales. Most of the beers I've tried fall far short of that wonderful pale ale. So I was well primed to love this beer and bought a case having never tried it before.

Still, I'm not sure it's all that - I've has better. The apperance is very nice, the head voluptuous, the lacing persistent, the fragrance enticing - it just dosen't quite taste as good as I'd hoped. Unreasonable expectations? I'm glad Sierra Nevada decided to produce a full-time AIPA and it is a wonderful brew, but it's not the very best.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice rich amber body. Fluffy white head which settles slowly into a nice coating.. Superb lacing, the glass is just coated like paint.

S: Delicate piney, grapefruit, orange and a bit of vegetation. You can sense the sweet malt base toward the end. No hints of alcohol. The nose is setting this up to be a solid IPA.

T: The nose was just a hint of the quality of this beer. Robust pine and grapefruit hop character. Hearty sweet caramel malt. Lovely.

M: Medium body. Lightly carbonated. Nothing outstanding but certainly no complaints.

D: Superb. I have a case of this to serve as my "daily drinker."

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

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with an outstanding citrus hop nose. It's not overly done, but you can tell this is borderline DIPA territory. The taste is good. It has a tremendous hop bitterness that resinates in the finish. The malt character is good, although it's surprisingly thin. The mouthfeel is fine. Again, I was thinking it would be fuller, but a thinner, more drinkable hop bomb is certainly good with me. This is a tastey beer. Sierra Nevada is really coming out with some great new beers. They're bold and full flavored; very nice.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid IPA. An amber, clear light amber pour and a good foaming head introduces the beer as above average. The aroma is a good balance of the three biggies, IMO: citrus/pine hops, earthy hops and sweet malt. Of course the malt is the least of the powers, but it balances well. Most of the beer is non-aggressive. That is, it doesn't overpower with loads of hops. It has just enough to throw the kilter towards bitter. Nice bite, but it won't distract you. Clean, crisp. Under the a torpedo? ha.

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Photo of rodney45
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the color of this beer, its more Irish red then amber. This beer is a very good example of what an Extra IPA should smell like. The Magnum hops are fantastically overwhelming upon even opening the 12 oz bottle, chilled, but not cold. I don't know why, but i was a bit underwhelmed by the beer itself. I was expecting a big bitter Extra IPA, and was kind of let down. By all means, this beer is extremely good, but... I wanted more. I love Sierra, and this was a good addition to their line of enjoyable, well balanced beers. The problem with this beer is that I was spoiled by the Anniversary and Celebration ales... Buy it!

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Photo of northaustin
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this brew is nothing too special. but its price reflects that feature. it should cost as much as any of the other sierra nevadas and tastes similar. for an "extra ipa" it doesnt taste very hoppy. the best part about sierra nevada torpedo is its high abv. which leaves you feeling good for the right price.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a typical pint glass.

Amber hues swirl around the glass topped by a fluffy white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing

Pine and citrus with a nice hop profile and a hint of sweet malt

Flavor is about the same as the smell well mixed. a bit rough around the edges but still pretty good. The ABV is well hidden on this one

Mouth is medium thickness and medium carbonation. the hops linger on the tongue for a while

Drink is pretty high for an everyday beer. The ABV might set it back, but it's soo... yummy =)

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 6 pack from Jax. I split the 6 pack with my friend. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small amount of tiny bubble off white head. The lacing coats the sides of the glass as it is consumed.

S: There is a grassy hop aroma with a bit of caramel malt aroma mixed in. There are a lot of beers in the style that have a lot more of an interesting aroma.

T: A very light flavor for the style in both malts and hops. A weak caramel malt flavor with not much in the way of hop flavor. What is there matches the nose and has a grass like flavor.

M: It has a medium thickness and the carbonation does not assist to make it more smooth.

D: This one does not go down as easy as many others in the style. I am a bit surprised that I do not care for this beer that much.

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Photo of cullenvens
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I thought I should preface this review with that tidbit.

The floral notes are slightly piney. They are countered by happy sweetness. The hops they use for this beer are exceptional and flavorful. I still can't get over the flavor. The second I put this delightful beer to my nose, I swore I was in a hop field in bloom. The mouthfeel is immense. I was overwhelmed. I swished and swallowed and went back for more. One beer was never enough, and I was nearly addicted.

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

not typically a dan of IPAs but SN's all seems to have a very refreshing quality that makes them super easy to enjoy.. The smell and taste are (guess what?) totally hops. though not too citrusy in the aroma, the flavor is more citrusy. Both very floral.. its like a tree in a glass. Its got a very clean, refreshing aspect to the flavor and mouthfeel . Not too bitter.. Certainly an IPA thats not just for hop addicts. it does have over a 7% abv, but seems very easily drinkable, almost sessionable if it werent for the relatively-higher abv. Definitely awesome, check it out.

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Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful deep amber color, a bit darker than what I associate IPA's with but has gorgeous color. About an inch of creamy off white foat, sheets of lacing and head retention were really fantastic. Nose is of citrusy hops, a bit piney. There is actually a good deal of malt in the nose as well. Taste is the citrus hopes (grapefruit and orange, maybe a touch of lemon) and pine bursts at first. There is a strong malt backbone that gives a good deal of girth to this beer. Medium bodied, low carbonation, goes down smooth, abv is not detectable. I could sit with this beer for a while.

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Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2 12oz bottles into a Duvel snifter. Pours a crisp orange with a wonderful frothy eggshell head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops with some sweet malt present as well. The taste is a wonderful plethora of citrus and pine hops with a great malt backbone holding it up. The beer is crisp and smooth with mild alcohol presence and enough puckering hop bitterness to leave you craving the next sip. Considering how easy it is to find, it's $8.99 a sixer price-tag and just how tasty it is, this makes for a very drinkable beer!

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

Gorgeous ice cream cone head that leaves plenty of lacing over a clear amber brew. Piney aroma of hops, sprits of citrus, some hop spice. Wet, a bit oily in the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Flavors of aggressive hops, light citrus, orange peel sour, mint, grass, lemon juice, fresh pine aftertaste. Alcohol rides shotgun of flavor but in full camo gear. Drinkable and enjoyable especially for the spring.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber color with a two fingers worth of head on it.
Smell: It isn't the most intense IPA, but I do get lemon peel, grapefruit rind, and some other citrus smells lightly balanced with a touch of toasted malt.
Taste: The flavor profile is very well balanced between the citrus flavors and a nice toasted malt base. I am also getting a slight touch of caramel in the malt that is welcomed on this offering. I was hoping for more bitterness and pine on the flavor profile, but they are only slightly apparent.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation leaves an almost prickly sensation in your mouth and it coats the mouth very well.
Drinkability: Great balance on this beer helps to be able to have multiple. I could easily see myself taking a sixer of these to BBQ's this summer.

I just personally think the malt profile outshines the hop profile on this beer, and this is more of a bigger pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of herbalist
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange color, almost a dark amber but more on the orange side of things. It has a foamy white head that disapates quickly but leaves a nice lace. It has a very appealing color to it certainly darker than most IPAs.

The aroma is light which is kind of surprising. Pine dominant with nice blend of citrus and freshness. It almost smells like fresh air. It is hoppy upon the initial smell but has a distinct malt background. The malt scent is almost honey like.

The taste is light and hoppy upon the initial sip but it lingers in your mouth after you have finished your sip. It is a nice blend of freshness and pines which is both very refreshing and tasty. It does not have an overwhelming taste to it but the blend of citrus and piney hops certainly wakes up your taste buds. The malt background comes out upon the finish and it makes each sip well balanced and enjoyable.

The drinkability of the beer is nice in that it is light and refreshing.. not too heavy at all. The carbonation is a bit much but it fits well with the hoppy character of the beer. It is not an outstanding IPA by any means but it is certainly good and worth trying. I'd def pick it up again and it is well worth the price.

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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 Vengeance526
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish orange color with a 1 finger white head that lasts for a little while before dying down to a light ring and leaving a little bit of lacing.

Strong hop presence easily detected in the aroma. Very inviting with pronounced notes of pine and citrus.

Taste reveals lots of piney hops along with clear notes of citrus, mostly grapefruit but also some light hints of lemon and orange. Despite the strong hop presence, some malt can also be cleanly detected in the finish. A faint spiciness can be felt in the aftertaste.

Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Too high an ABV to be considered a session but I don't really care, I wouldn't mind drinking this stuff all day. Here I thought SNPA was a pretty solid offering but Torpedo takes it quite a few steps further. One of the most affordable quality beers out there too so this is something I will definitely come back to again and again.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber with big soapy head, lace is everywhere.

Smell: A whole bunch of citrus hoppy goodness.

Taste: Very well balanced hoppy character. A bunch of grapefruit with a bitter bite, but it's not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, nothing out of ordinary here.

Drinkability: This is an excellent day in day out IPA, could throw back 5 of these no problem.

Notes: Too bad this is a seasonal production for SN, really enjoy this brew.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a burnt orange color with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Thick fluffy head on top leaving web patterns.

The nose is f'in glorious - big whiffs of hop bombs, grapefruit, pine cones and other citrus notes.

Wow, what an enjoyable IPA from Sierra Nevada. Big fan of the hop profile in this beer. Flavors of orange, lemon & lime combo with a resin-like element. Bitter and acidic, yet balanced with a nice malty biscuit punch.

A very solid offering from SN. A real-deal hoppy ipa from one brewery that has the style down. Check this beer out.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,889 ratings.
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