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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

2,864 Reviews
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 2,864 | Ratings: 10,687
Photo of daizee
2.31/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow, fascinating the high scores. My batch was so foul I poured one out and gave the rest away.

This beer LOOKS good, but tastes like rotting juice with a cough syrup chaser.
Never again. Too bad, as I like their classic Pale Ale.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich amber with a generous head. The aroma gives me sticky pine, a touch of tangerine, and pineapple. The flavor starts with rich whole grain malts, followed by a pleasant dose of pine, tropical fruits, and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Overall this is a very pleasant well contructed brew that I honestly have not tried up until now.

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Photo of carolinahophead
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always want to rate this very underrated beer from Sierra Nevada now brewed in NC (Mills River).

Nice Color ..lets say more orange than amber .. creamy head
Aroma does have the west coast hop and mellow malt coming through,
The taste is full of citrus then the toasted malt is there.
Medium mouthfeel ... nice carbonation and very smooth

Overall this beer is one that is an IPA and DIPA all in one ...
Sierra Nevada has got this down to a science

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark amber color, pours a finger of head that dies down but never fully diminishes.

Smell: Bright hops with a solid punch of west coast pine and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Big hop presence on the front end followed again by a tight pine flavor. Transitions quickly into a heavy malt profile which balances the strong hops very well. The finish is of a prickly bitterness with a residual citrus note. That finishing taste lingers for quite a while and is excited nicely right back into the hops of the next sip.

Overall: This beer is a classic and admittedly has always been a go-to of mine. What separates this beer from a lot of the IPAs coming out now a days is the incredible balance of the beer. Each flavor from the hops on the front end, to the malt in the middle, and finishing with the bitterness on the backend is perfectly in balance with one another. Torpedo may not be the biggest hop bomb, citrus explosion IPA out there but it is a damn well balanced IPA, and for the price, cannot be beat. Make sure you check the date though and pick it up as fresh as you can. I have seen this beer on the shelf well past 5 months from the bottling date, almost guaranteeing that your buying a malt bomb. Fresh however, an amazing beer and a perfect example of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of scrooge-mcduff
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought for $6, poured into a pint glass.

Look: Deep auburn colour, slight caramel colour to two inch head, dissipating into half-decent lacing

Smell: Large hoppy smell initially, decent hints of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lime) slight hint of caramel sweetness

Taste: Akin to smell, initial heavy bitterness, bitter sweet after taste, citrus and caramel.

Feel: Pleasant carbonation, medium bodied, slight alcohol noticeable around tongue and cheeks

Overall: This was one of my first IPA (Feral Hop Hog being the first) and it is probably the best imo.

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Photo of mickwin
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pale golden with plentiful frothy head, aroma slightly peppery with strong citrus and hops, flavour initially lots of malty caramel with hoppy flavours prevailing, very fine ale, only problem is it disappears too fast!

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Photo of ACon204
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A vibrant and clear copper. Fluffy white head with decent retention.

S: Mostly floral aromas with hints of pine and grassy notes.

T: Hops are at the forefront. Slightly spicy in the beginning, moves to a malty sweetness, and finishes with a clean citrus bitterness with notes of pineapple, berry, and peaches (I assume from Citra hops).

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and refreshing, despite the darker than gold color. The crystal malts provide sweetness (balance) and darker color with little effect on the fullness of the body.

Overall: A pleasantly complex beer. The malt build and bittering hops balance the beer without getting in the way of the star of the show, the Citra hops. The finishing flavors of these hops will take minutes to fully develop. While they are in the process of developing, enjoy the show, as you will discover new flavors by the second.

Cheers to this one.

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Photo of crhensel
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Poured rich Amber color with one finger head. Mild citrus and pine nose with a very smooth taste. Not as bitter as I hoped, but a wonderful piney and slightly lemony flavor is a good balance.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Bright copper body, filtered, clean. No visible carbonation. Creamy off-white head, good retention.
S- Piney and hoppy with a slight sweet finish. Not overwhelming.
T- Dank and resinous all the way, coats the palate, but the hopinness fades out right in the aftertaste leaving a slightly sweet malty touch. Orange rind, floral hops, grapefruit, melon.
F- Rich, creamy.
O- Amazing, very nice brew. Expected hop power but not over the top. ABV is nowhere to be felt. Smooth.

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Photo of KelvinWalls
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not gonna pretend I'm so beerophile and give some detailed account of a liquid beverage. I love beer and especially IPAs. I prefer citrusy/grapefruit ipa's first of all, and this beer is just too hop forward and not drinkable enough. Too bitter and actually makes me nauseous. Leaves a lingering terrible aftertaste. Headache type of buzz Ipa. This IPA would be a 5 star ipa 5 years ago but today it's terribly outdated and weak. Not a fan. Could just be my preference but I like refreshing, and this stuff is draining and tiresome. I could see why some people like this but for me it's old hoppy hat, longing for some refreshing hydrating citrus. Did I mention it gives me a stomach ache? Yeah this stuff kinda blows. And I love good IPAs. Oh well. Its tasty don't get me wrong, but just not my style at all. Every IPA lover should try this though, as it is unique.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red amber with a solid two finger head that sticks like memory foam and laces beautifully as it sits. Aroma is slight. Pleasant, the usual citrus and pine, but you really have to dig in and snort it to find it. Taste is nice, hops forward, the bitterness leading with just the slightest amount of sweet malt in the background, which is a nice change of pace from the usual sweetness into bitterness schtick. Mouthfeel is fantastic, just enough texture to let you know it means business but not overly oily or syrupy. This is a fantastic brew.

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Photo of JDaV
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Close to it, but not quite a perfect beer. Not meant in a harsh way.
Poured into a pint, a brassy color with a light, pleasant haziness to it. Perfect, creamy, aromatic head that retains well and honestly just makes the beer look so good.
I have an awful nose, so I'm not the best to ask on the subject of that but this beer had a lot of good smell to it. Citrus, pine, herbs.
Taste is dreamy and perfect. Sweet but tart. Refreshing, but bitter. Fruit rind with just the right amount of spiciness. Floral and earthy notes, as well as citrus and even sort of... melon?? Then it hits hard with hoppy, herbal, bitterness that will make any hop head very happy. The dankness tones down into a subtle malty finish. This is a good beer for a flavor journey. mouthfeel is easy and pleasant. Perfectly drinkable. Very slight tingle of carbonation.
Overall I loved this beer. Its 7.2% alcohol so I'm not planning to finish this sixer tonight, a couple have left me feeling good. Personally enjoyed Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter more than I did this beer but this is definitely worth the acclaim.

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Photo of lamergod
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown clear body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Single finger head.

S-Really lacking in this department. Just a hint of smell. A slight piney smell. Dissapointing smell.

T- This is where it gets fun. A big mouthful of hops blast on to your palate. The bitterness lingers for awhile before dancing away into the sunset (Or in my mind it does) Absolutely fantastic.

F- Nice crisp beer. The way the bitterness dissipates is absolutely fantastic. Leaves with a malty slightly sweet taste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange body, prodigious carbonation, perfect clarity. The head deserves its own paragraph, but in a sentence, off-white, velvety, building itself into a mountain of smooth isohumulone alpha-acids and protein chains, dense, creamy, bitter, and utterly beautiful. The nose is intense with the bitterness of the usual orange peel, grapefruit, and pine notes, with some sweeter pineapple and apricot notes, faint malt. Taste favors the fruit, particularly grapefruit, but gives more reign to the bready caramel malt than the nose does, yet remains dry. Medium body, crisp carbonation.
It's got plenty of diverse hop notes, just enough mature malt to balance it out, and the right refreshing body to tie it all together. An everyday gem.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super resinous. Very piney aroma and taste.
Slightly thick mouthfeel. Im a big fan of New England IPAs (fruity/citrus) but for a west coast (piney) style this is very good.

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Photo of mchegash
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautiful red-orange, a finger of slightly off-white head. Sparse amount of visible carbonation rising up the beer.

S: Strong pine-citrus, and tropical fruit aromas. Hints of citrusy resin as well.

T: Pine, spruce, tropical fruit (less intense than in the aroma), hearty malts.

F: Smooth, medium-heavy body. A nice amount of carbonation (slightly more than average intensity).

O: Overall, this is a great IPA with great tropical fruit flavors and a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 9/15/2015, now almost four months later. Don't know if it is an accurate portrayal, but I digress. Poured into a small pint glass. The color is a beautiful amber gold, with some cool lacing dissipating quickly. A small ring of foam stays on top throughout drinking.

Smell is absolutely nice, but is Extremely faint. Lots of fruity, rad hops, but I would love if it was about 5x more robust. The taste is quite different from the smell, with a strong bitter component and piney, resinous compliments. Leaves a bitter taste that is not too unpleasant. Very drinkable, I could put back about 5, but satisfying enough in the belly to not need to.

I wish that it was a bit more liberal with the flavors, but what it does right is the refined balance I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada's hoppy selections. They all seem quite reserved from my albeit limited experience. I like really loud, citrusy IPA's I must admit. I can definitely see the appeal to these beers; strangely enough the '15 Celebration with it's lower alcohol content had me buzzing a tad more.

Would certainly love to give it a go on tap or perhaps with a more recently bottled batch. Maybe I am missing out, and these have sat on the shelf for a while, but I have tried one or two from the style that stand out more (this beer seems to get a lot of hype on here).


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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice amber color with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a sort of sweet aroma, not a very powerful smell, hard to make a distinction. Has a nice crisp finish. Overall, a decent IPA

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one yet. The pour is a moderately deep amber in color with plenty of red in it. The head has great retention and lacing and is a great, creamy froth. The scent is a mild to moderate punch of hops, subtlely balanced with a touch of sweetness. When the beer hits the tongue, a mild burst of piney hops preside throughout most of the front half of the drink. The back half of the drink displays a bit of malt underneath the bitterness that balances the drink nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and decently thick, but still light enough to drink it.

Overall, this is one of the standards of IPA. Nothing terribly flashy, but always a solid pour and drink.

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Photo of acavaciuti
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: amber yellow, moderately hazy, some carbonation

Smell: not a lot going on here at first whiff, some floral notes and a bit of bitterness

Taste: not much at first sip but the after taste is nice. has that hop chunk at the end. not much brightness up front but I can dig that. very drinkable.

Feel: crisp, refreshing

Overall: pretty great, doesn't develop too much. very session-able

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had little to no luck finding a Sierra Nevada offering that I like. That is until I had a Torpedo Extra IPA. This stuff is really, really good.

Full disclosure: I am not an IPA aficionado, I'm more of a porter or stout kinda guy. But in wanting to give SN another try I decided to give this Torpedo a shot. I'm glad I did. It has a very nice orange glow with thick head and great lacing down the glass. The citrus aroma mixes well with the hops and it does even better when you taste it. It is a perfect mix of a fruity and citrusy flavor mixed with the strong hops - how they do it is amazing, but it's there nonetheless. It was by far the best IPA I've ever had and I'd be curious to fine anything that is considered better.

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Photo of aznightdevil
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Gorgeous copper, lingering head

Smell- Hoppy, Sweet

Taste- Balanced, not overpowering with hops, pancakes

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp

Overall- A solid beer, I'll definitely drink it again. I'd recommend this to anyone who says they're not a fan of IPA's in order to get them thinking about the possibilities.

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Photo of bwood06
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer pours a khaki head that is creamy while maintaining a bit of frothiness to it that is retained very well throughout the tasting. Beer is clear and well carbonation with lots of bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. Beer is amber in color. 4.25/5

S - Pine and a citrus fruitness dominate the aroma with a bit of caramel sweetness showcasing the malt. Citrus is more citrus fruit than rind. 4/5

T - Caramel malt comes out right off the bat and then transitions to multiple flavors of hops. Light citrus (tangerines), pine, citrus rind, and some herbal hops all present themselves throughout and in quick succession once the malt flavor is passed up. Lingering bitterness upon swallowing due to the amount of hops present. 4.25/5

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a moderate carbonation burn throughout the profile. Light and very crips with some drying on the back end and a decent amount of lingering dryness. 4/5

O - The amount of hops used in this beer is not surprising but the amount of different hop flavors is a welcome sight. Definitely a hop centric beer but with multiple hop flavors the palate does not become bored or overwhelmed. 4/5

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Piney, citrusy hops with moderate baking bread-like malt.

A: Amber color, totally clear with a moderate white head that has adequate retention, some lacing noticeable.

T: Citrusy hops, tempered by moderate malt support that finishes, slightly sweet. The malt has a lot of character without taking away from the prominent hops, which is impressive. There is a moderate, but not overpowering bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Quality; this beer has been awesome for awhile and for good reason. Interesting hop profile and malt character – while still being very much an IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear dark golden color with a nice white head. the aroma is full of hops, caramel and a faint hint of tobacco. The flavor is a crisp hoppiness of taste of nirvana.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,864 ratings.
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