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 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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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with possible batch labeling of "9 013 C18 12"

clear, coppery amber. lots of light tan head that very slowly fades to thin, wispy layer. great lacing.

aroma has citrus zest and rind, leaning towards the grapefruit side, with pine later on. light caramelized malt. hint of apple-like fruitiness. all this is a bit more faint and subdued than hoped however.

a decent interplay of malt caramel sweetness and citrusy, piney hop bitterness, then getting slightly more resiny. the bold bitterness gives way for a second to let that estery apple hint to come through again, but then it's back to more hops, all while not getting overly aggressive.

medium body, smooth at first, then some resins in the finish. solid, moderate carbonation.

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

Finally found someone in my town that stocks this. I was looking long and hard to find a sixer of Torpedo.

Appearance is a nice orange amber with a clean foamy white head with ample head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma's are dominated by strong pine and hop bitterness followed by a nice twang of fresh grapefruit.

One taste from this beer and it demanded my attention. Starts off with a good hop pop giving way to a good malty backbone to balance out this beast of an IPA. Finishes smooth with a nice bready aftertaste lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was on par with the style, nice medium body coating the mouth.

I must say that I was extremely impressed with this IPA. I would have to say that Torpedo fits the bill as a phenomenal session IPA.

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

Poured a beautifully clear, clean amber golden color, with a huge 3 finger, frothy, white head. Lacing was incredible on this one, totally covered from the top to the bottom of the glass when finished. smells of hops of coures, little grapefruit scent, as well as smelling the sweetness of malt. Taste is similar to the smell, sweet malt up front then some hop bitterness in the middle and finishing sweet and bitter again...4 stages....sweet, bitter, sweet then a lingering bitterness. but its not a real intense bitterness though.

Overall this is a really good brew. I actually expected the bitterness to be me WAY more intese, but it was just about perfect for my palate. i would rock this again!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice brass and goldend mixture. Minor bright, white head sheds a little bit of lace on the glass.
Aroma of pine resins and some citrusy grapefruit.
Flavor had soem solid malt, molasses hints and some brown sugar to start but then an unbalanced bitterness creeps in that doesn't really compliment the malt.
Slightly unbalanced I guess, not bad but doesn't quite work for some reason.
Mouthfeel is solid and grows on you as the beer warms, in fact I might try this at room temperature to add some impressions for this brew.
Drinkability is solid as you would expect from SN but a tad disappointing for me.

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Photo of bum732
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear burnt orange with a nice pillowy head leaving unbelievable lacing. Smells of predominantely grapefruit and pine, a little bready malt in the background, tad of cannabis. Tastes of sweet grapefruit and bitter orange up front followed by a nice pine and light malt profile. Finishes with moderate lemony bitterness leaving the mouth coated in hop resin. Moderately high carbonation gives a nice zing at the end.

Sierra Nevada does it again, a great sessionable IPA. I can't believe they didn't release something like this sooner. I'll definitely be hitting this up again. Highly recommend.

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

pours a healthy massive bright creamy head that settles very slowly, leaving beautiful foam veneers that will (if in a session), suggest true rorschach drinking the 3+ finger foam settles, it leaves a really beautiful terrain of heady bluffs and wispy peaks. something complex and artful going on here. the liquid below is a deep, transparent amber-red.

wonderful aromas of hoppy-malty sweet pine resin, but it's subdued. this is my first bottle so i have a case to go through and will focus on this aspect. i thought i smelled something with heft as i pour it...and first sniff revealed something i really liked but can't describe (yet). i like that.

this bottle was almost 'cold' but i couldn't wait...and i will certainly try another (for sure my last one for the night!) in a bit..very silky, creamy, snappy...alot going on...someone mentioned this being the hoppiest beer ever...not sure about's hoppy, sure, but there's some amazing exchanges and interplay going on that will truly take some well-timed sessioning...because, yes, this is a session beer. like the Pale Ale. on thing that keeps this (at THIS point) from a 5 is the slight sweetness i keep catching. much less sweet than the Hop Wallop i just had, but somehow, i still think Nugget Nectar does the best job of keeping the hops up front and the malty sweetness minimized but quite a part of the structural flavor profile. a blind taste test is in order.

for me, yes, an incredibly drinkable, big league session craft beer. i plan to do a head to head with this and the Pale. very impressive and, yes, the hype over this is for real. can't believe i got what looked to be the only case at Discount Liquors in Claymont, DE (down the road from Total Wine who still haven't gotten any Torpedo in) for a nce $26.99 a case. life is good.

so, yeah, i give it a low A+ for now...

edit remark #1: funny how some find it 'unbalanced' due to it being too bitter...i think it's a tad sweet. unbalanced? it's maybe too balanced. bottle #2 was better than the first, but it's still a lovely mystery. STILL like Nugget Nectar better...

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

Poured clear gold with a bubbly white head. Average lacing. Fresh, crisp grassy hop aroma with orange peel, tangerine, and the signature cedar/pine aroma of Sierra Nevada. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. Lovely taste. Lighter resin gives way to grapefruit and tangerine hop flavors. Done without becoming overwhelming or over-malted. There is only a bit of the caramel and biscuit flavor. A somewhat mineral-water bite as well. Very well balanced. I've got to say, this was one refreshing IPA. Well done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze/amber color, nice 1/2" creamy, rocky head.

Faint aroma,lightly hoppy, lemon peel, creamyorange and tangerine..and something I haven't put my finger on, quite yet....but none too bitter. More muted than I expected for an "extra IPA" though.

Taste: blast of hops, smack of bitterness, then fading back, ...sweet, caramel malt-y...a little chocolate meeting citrus hops...there's orange in my cocoa.
A bit maltier than I'd like, not sure if those particular malts were right with these particular hops.

Balance is great, but this is over-balanced. A bit too much sweet, and not enough bitter.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, cedar-like in collar with an incredibly fluffy off-white head.

S: Grapefruit and pine dominant. Hints of orange peel with a sweet malty aroma.

T: Yummy. Begins with a very nice grapefruit note that evolves to lemon peel. Then on the swallow you pick up some piney hints that are quite refreshing. Dominant in the aftertaste, but not overbearing on the palate. In between grapefruit and pine you find a very nice maltiness that seems to bounce between sticky sweet and dry. Very nice job.

M: Nice attenuation keeps the sticky sweet mouthfeel at bay and their is some dryness that makes you yearn for another sip.

D: I found this more drinkable than SNPA just because the mingling of flavors is a real treat. Have always enjoyed Sierra Nevada for the quality and reliability of their hoppier beers and this is no exception. Nice balance with the hops and I enjoy the fact it isn't over the top.

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Photo of nc41
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love SN, but I don't get this brew. Does it stand as is or against the marketed style? It's nowhere near an IPA let alone an Extra. Not bad in any way, but nowhere near the style you might think. Actually a decent session brew. The taste is very similar to their ESB, nice lasting head, slight hops on the nose. Going blind I'd guess this to be a slightly hoppy APA. let alone an IPA or DIPA. Again, very balanced and very drinkable, but please don't call this an IPA. The drink ability drives up the score on this one.

A second review supports the first one,. Surprising because tastes change with exposure to different brews. I don't consider this an IPA , but perhaps an extra APA. Very drinkable to the max, tastes great, but not enough hops to be an IPA. Maybe too controlled and balanced.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Did this review after drinking a whole 6 six pack... over the course of a week.
A= Amber/ orange/ brown color with a small head but excellent lacing. The head falls fast and leaves big soapy bubbles.
S= Good. It actually smells like really bitter hops with a little sweetness. Grapefruit comes through and a little pine.
T= Wow. This is the first beer that I've had that I thought was over hopped. Up front it's fine. Pine and small grapefruit come through. Then the after taste lingers for sooo long on the back of my tongue. It's not really describable in any way besides really bitter. Taste reminds me of a homebrew that I didn't let bottle condition properly.
M= Average weight and very very dry
D= Not too great. The extreme lingering hop flavor lasts way too long in the after taste. It satisfies my hop craving but not more than one. I may buy it again if I have an extreme craving but a little over board for me. The hoppiest bitter beer I've ever had.

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

Pours a nice browhish orange. About one inch of head that lingers for a long time. Smells of pine and citrus and has a nice pine (hoppy) taste, citrus is there but I get more pine flavor. Not extremely bitter (what I expected with a beer billed as a triple IPA), but very drinkable. The malt definitely helps to balance the hops. I will definitely be putting this beer on my buy list.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Helluva good IPA...yes, IPA. Thick poofy head that hangs out during the whole experience. My first pint was a 4 in appearance, my second pint was a vigorous pour, creating a mountain peak snowcapped with melted marshmellow...4.5. Young and freshly agitated the aroma is damp, sweet pine needle; citrusy fruit punch balanced with spice. Several minutes later...the head is sill on steroids, needed to be roughed up though. Medium body, sharp with several notes interchanging, finishing long with a refreshing bitter. The hops are zesty, prickling a humbly balanced malt background. This one sits as a session for the palate abusers. All them RIS' and DIPA's have slapped around (and stimulated) our tastebuds, requiring a 7.2% ball game beer. Sky is the limit.

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

A - Great brownish orange color. Nice head with good retention. great lacing.

S - Citrus hops as well as a piney smell.

T - Great taste, citrus hops, with a piney taste to it. Good level bitterness, not overpowering. Finishes with a great spicy taste.

M - Perfect carbonation for the style. Nice and full.

D - Great drinkability, smooth and easy to drink. The bitterness is so that is makes this very drinkable.

Another great beer from Sierra. Not as strong as the celebration, but stronger than the pale ale, good in between IPA to offer as a year round. Will definitely be on my list of regulars.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pour this into my glass, it delivered a nice head around 1/4 inch of head and a beautiful burnt orange

S- citrusy and fruity, smells like it tastes

T- oh my God, delicious, the hops are full on flavor but retain their bitterness to a minimum, has a citrus and fruity flavor, which meets a great balance

M- yummy

D- goes down smooth, nice full flavor, what more do ya want?

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Howe is this not a double?

Beautiful beer!

appearance: golden amber hues, reddish

smell: loaded loaded hops, very plesant for a hop fans. Extreme freshness

taste: Very strong hops aroma, this beer is loaded, nice grapefruit taste

mouthfeel: high carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: smooth summer beer. This is how to make an IPA. SN did it again!

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into a trusty mason jar...

I do like the look of this stuff. Crystal-clear copper-bourbon body with moderate quick carbonation. Head is 1 1/2 fingers and sticks around for the most part. The perfectly eggshell-colored head leaves excellent lacing.

With the exception of a telltale Sierra Nevada mildly metallic tinge at firt (caps? yeast strain?) there's a solid floral and slightly grapefruit hop tinge that represents well...quite fresh indeed. Malt provides a little caramel balance to the hop oiliness but this really doesn't need much. A hint of alcohol works. Slight earthiness emerges with warmth.

Wow...the carbonation makes an impact spritzes up what is now a grapefruit rind-ladened oily hop bundle of goodness. There's a mild sweet caramel-alcohol touch in here but it's definitely overshadowed by the rich hop character. Warmth gives it a little more synergy and calms the carbonation down. A bit of earthiness muddles it slightly...age or yeast strain?.

This starts out bright and spritely and calms down into a true fresh IPA. A little all over the place but quite solid overall. Finish is a bit oily and slightly earthy. Age, probably...they don't use Ringwood at all, do they?

Man, the elements are good and overall it's OK but almost everything Sierra Nevada does that I have tried tends to leave me wanting a little bit. No exception here...I prefer the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts rather than the other way around. Like the French and Russian judge would say to the American figure skater...Technical Merit/Required Elements 5.6, Artistic Impression 5.2...

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

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours a 1 and a half finger slightly tan head. Color is an orange copper. Clear. Great retention. Splattered lace.

Aroma is mainly hops. Very piny. Citrus notes and grapefruit. A very appealing aroma.

Taste comes off just slightly malty then the hops hit. Carmel malts, pine hops, citrus zest. Very great taste.

Mouthfeel is an intense bitterness but in a good way. Wow it just fills the mouth with happiness. Leaves the normal dry aftertaste of an IPA. Carbonation is good as well.

Right now I am thinking to myself, "Why did I buy just one of these?" This will definitely be a go to beer, since it is seasonal. This beer is really great and packs a large flavor. The 7.2% is also completely unnoticeable. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6-pack from Belmont Station here in Portland..

- Great dark amber color, like a slightly aged copper penny. Light off-white head w/ a tiny bit of lacing. Not foggy, but clear.

- I was expecting a bigger, more citrus-like smell... but didn't get that. Slight sour and bitter hop notes, and a bit of caramel malt. Smells like the ESB.

- To me it tastes like their ESB as well... sweet, malty, caramel.. and a punch of bitterness. Taste is rather strong n' sweet.. but to me not really like an IPA.

- Decent carbonation.. but a bit too much.. a bit chewy... leaves me grating my teeth. Somewhat dry.

- Good in flavor, but not too drinkable.. a bit too rich for an easily drinkable IPA. All my favorite IPA's can really go down in quantity if desired.

Overall I am not impressed with this one... going out of my way to get it.. kind of wish I saved the extra $9 on my $100 shopping spree. Summit hops? Tasted that hop a lot more in Widmers Drifter.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - amber color, three finger head. Soap bubbles on the lacing but it does stick around well.

s - hops explosion. I get a little sulfur underneath, too.

t - no surprise - grapefruit and hops. The bitterness starts light but grows until the first inhale after a swallow. Then it just mellows out. Some lower throat warming.

m - medium body with some mouth coating. Great light yet prickly carbonation.

Okay, the recent forum posts tempted me to try this one. Most said that they generally disliked their first 1-2 glasses but then grew to appreciate it as the night went on. I'm not a big hops guy so I didn't get the six-pack to try out that theory but I did let the bottle warm up quite a bit before pouring so I can taste things more clearly.

d - As not much of a hops fan, this is decent. Even from one glass I think I can see the draw on liking this more as the night goes on. As with anything, the taste becomes less intense as you consume more of it in a short session. I don't know that I would session the stuff but I think it would be a reasonable option for pitchers shared with hop-loving friends. It warms nicely too - no big alcohol hits develop on the nose and the good mouthfeel works at warmed temps. I have to rate this in-category and say that as a well-hopped beer I like it.

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Photo of jgap
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to matt for this one! Pours a deep amber with tons of frothy, white head. Smell is sweet grapefruit, with a hint of toffee and some earthy notes. Taste is slightly malty up front. Smooth toffee which is quickly interrupted by the hops. Strong grapefruit, earthy notes and some slight pepper. The aftertaste is a lingering crisp hoppiness. Very good beer!

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/09/09.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with an inch of soft beige foam. The head receded slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piny hops and hints of malt. A bit tame, but still smells good.

Taste starts with sweet caramel and biscuit-like malt flavor. That is followed by plenty of bitter citrus and piny hops. Some grapefruit flavor as well. The taste is well balanced between the sweetness up front and the bitter finish.

Feel is smooth with ample carbonation. It's medium-bodied and leaves some stickiness around the mouth. Drinkability is decent, but it's too heavy to be sessionable.

Overall, a very solid beer. This is one of my favorite beers from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of slk22
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber with a nice cream colored head having a hint of amber. Head retention is good and very inviting. Aroma is a bit understated, but pleasant. Citrus notes of orange, lemon, and pine are obvious. Taste is stronger than the aroma, beginning with the sweetness of the expected lemon and orange citrus. The sweetness is followed by more acidic grapefruit leading into a pleasant pine bitterness, strong, but not puckering. Well-balanced. Moderate carbonation is present and mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Overall, a very tasty and refreshing beer. I will definitely have this one again. Not overly complex, but solid and very enjoyable.

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

Pours a clear, effervescent dark copper, with a fluffy one finger off-white head that sticks around awhile, actually getting bigger and denser as the glass wore on. Interesting.

Nose is soft and citrusy, a bit piney. Not very bold.

Taste is clean and citrusy. Clean citrusy hops with a piney astringency sit on top of a mildly sweet, not-quite-biscuity malt note. As the beer warms, the sweet turns a bit caramelly, and the citrus melds with the sweetness to get a bit more pronounced. Clean but fairly astringent at the same time, if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, sharp, with a medium-full mouthfeel that's just a bit oily.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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