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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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

What I like about Sierra Nevada is that you can always expect a nice blend of hops with a strong malt bill. On the nose, this one is no different. Big malt scent along with melon and citrus when digging deeper into the nose. Scent translates to the flavor. Immediate malt flavor with some mild citrus and piney bitterness lasting through the finish. Well carbonated with zero alcohol heat. Pretty easy drinking with nice balance.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at an Albert Heijn somewhere around here.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 25 August 2017
IBU: 65

APPEARNCE: Pours a three finger, frothy, creamy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear tangerine orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head foams up and slowly fades to a full foamy cap and leaves foamy lacing on the glass. A foamy wisp remains leaving chunky lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Pale malts, some melon, plenty of grassy and hay-like character, and a touch of citrus aroma on the nose. Barnyard qualities in this one.

TASTE: Pale malts, some hay and melon notes up front. The barnyard qualities to this one are pretty evident. A medium but lingering finish of pale malts, grain, flavors of grass and hay, light notes of citrus fruits and some hop bitterness linger. This is closer to a bitter Belgian pale with some light funk.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Plenty creamy and frothy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch on the drier side. Some light bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A good beer but not my favorite take on an American IPA. This one’s got a good deal of grass and barnyard character to it, which reminds me very much of some of my favorite Belgian strong pale ales. This is not a hoppy, citrus forward example of the style, which is what I look forward to when picking up bottles marked “IPA.” Worth checking out if you like hoppier, more bitter Belgian style strong pales, but not if you’re up for an American hop bomb.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Single bottle from Meijer bottled just over a month ago. Poured in a tulip glass. Clearly fresh and clearly freshness makes a difference here. Worth checking the date.

So well balanced and flavorful. I love the feel of this one too. The ABV is dangerously well hidden. I wanted a second immediately after the first. Great ratio of bitter to sweet. So yummy.

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Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Golden orange with a solid two finger cream colored head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S -- Given the taste, the smell is remarkably mild with little more than a fruity and floral hoppiness shining through
T -- Not overly bitter, like many IPAs can be. Citric hops merge with notes of pine, vegetal, and coconut/vanilla
F -- Nice and full, mildly astringent finish

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from memory. Had last night, poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. I accidentally ordered this when I misread the Torpedo as being a Stout, but I was very impressed with this IPA's balance, particularly given my fear of hop-bombery with the "extra" label. I recall the head being very full and fluffy. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I think will stand out particularly as a food pairing.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected more out of this beer. I would rather have sierra's original pale ale although the torpedo does have a 7 abv vs 5.5, however when it comes to ipa Founders centennial or Bells two hearted wins me over. Still this a delicious beer if you have it. I prefer only getting it when it comes in variety packs but would never get it on its own unless you never tried it. Sierra has a black iPa that out does the torpedo as well does their hoppy lager. But I must say this beer is perfect for spring, summer, and fall months. It is delicious with its bitter hops but just doesn't excite me as others on the market. And yes it's best in a tulip glass and color is a golden orangish brown color. It also tastes good straight from the bottle.

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Photo of MikeViall
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bitter. Strong. Big hops. Low malt. About 70 IBU? This is my favorite beer, although keep in mind these IPA's are NOT marketed as diet beverages.

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

Other than Pliny the Elder, this is my favourite IPA. It looks nice and golden. The smell is a subtle fruit smell and a smooth fruit taste. Not too bitter and just enough carbonation to make it feel fantastic on the palette. Great beer!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: golden orange, mostly clear.
Look: Small white head. Aroma: pine hops
Taste: ash, wood, pine, veggie. Very sharp. Feel; nice carbonation, crisp Not bad. None of the 4 Sierra Nevada ipa’s were great, Nooner was the most pleasant, though least fitting as an ipa. This one is almost ok."


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Photo of jeffadow
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark, almost orange, gold in color, with a small bright white head that quickly dissipated. Frontloaded Piney taste, with a long, pleasing lightly malty finish. Indistinct citricity and a strong hoppy flavor throughout.

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Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A strong IPA weighing in at 7.2% ABV but with a drinkability of a Belgian wit Beer. Its bold and complex aroma is reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada mountains: pine, citrus, and a host of other herbal varieties which are insufflated up your sniffer so when you chug it down you are actually well prepared for the hoppy storm that's soon to come. I've found myself many times pouring a bottle into a large wine glass so I can really smell its aroma as I sip it down. For the more advanced beer drinkers, I recommend throwing a straw into the cup and shoving the top end up your right nostril while plugging the other with your finger. Let out all the air you can from your mouth until there is none left in your lungs then finally inhale as hard as you can through your nose for a glorious onslaught of taste, smell, and mind-numbing feelings. I've easily downed a full bottle in one breath this way and must say the buzz I get is unlike any other.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Style: American IPA

Look: Dark orange, reddish color. Hazy, with a 1 finger brown/white head. Good carbonation

Smell: Mild aroma for a beer called Torpedo Extra IPA with hints of hopy & pine aromas. Sweet malt characteristics

Taste: Less hoppy than you would expect.

Average beer

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle. Forgot to check date before I brought it home and this was bottled almost four months ago.

L: Fairly clear copper color. Large white foamy head that laces the glass well.

S: Pine, some malt, maybe some citrus too.

T&F: Hop bitterness. Very smooth. A little grassy and citrus notes. Just a little malt to even things out.

O: Hops aren't overdone and very well balanced. I need to try one that is a little more fresh next time to see if the hoppy flavors will come out more. Still enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a transparent golden orange with a three finger, off white head that laces the glass exceptionally well.

Aroma: Surprisingly faint for a beer so insanely hopped. Notes of vanilla, grapefruit, pine sap and mild coconut.

Taste: Bitter upfront, but not overtly so, with notes of pine and grapefruit peel. An understated, soft, creamy pale malt flavor kicks in mid palate, contributing notes of freshly baked biscuits and sugar cookies... following that are more flavors of bitter orange pith and pineapple. Flavors of coconut, pistachio nuts, white chocolate and finally more bitter pine follow on the finish.

Feel: Moderately bitter throughout, but with a nice dry tropical fruit and vaguely sweet pale malt backbone to back it up. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting and actually quite pleasant after a while.

Overall: I thought this was going to be another overrated BA primadona, but Torpedo exceeded my expectations. It's overtly hoppy, but oddly drinkable and balanced. If you're not afraid of big beers, try this out - just make sure you're buying fresh bottles - as the taste of the hops will fade over time effectively destroying the flavor.

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Photo of DarkStar75
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Love it. Very rich flavor, a little darker and deeper than SN pale ale, not as piney. Excellent toasted malt and hops hit you good and so does the 7.2 abv. Strong flavor that some will love and others not so much. Powerful beer..smooth, rich, delicious. Give it a try if you've never .

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Photo of chuckakhan
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Nice copper color with visible carbonation. Mouth seems a bit on the malty side for my tastes, but a refreshing ipa overall. Smell is piney and dank. Finishes dry.

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

Poor placement in my distributorship, coupled with a mediocre Sierra Gose I tried made me reluctant to try this IPA. When my go to Stone wasn't in stock, and Founders IPA was also out of stock, I tried this. Wow. Great hoppy beer. Neck and neck with Stone for my go to beer.

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Photo of Tohibii
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good old Torpedo - brings a very strong bitter pine/resin IPA crispness. Doesn't offer a tremendous amount of nuance beyond that, but is satisfying through the whole swig and lasts on the palate well beyond the point that you finished it (you can still taste it after you finished it and that's both a good thing and not just the alcohol lingering).

Highly recommended to anyone who fancies a good bitter IPA and doesn't want to go hunting for exotic breweries.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. Bottled on April 2nd 2016, drank on August 3rd 2016.

Appearance: pours beautiful amber with 3 finger head of small bubbles that stays there for a long time. Very good lacing.

Smell: took a sniff from the bottle and knew I was in for a treat. Great floral, piny and fruity aromas: cantaloupe, pear, red apple and a little peach come to mind. A little of a honey character too. Absolutely amazing. May be crazy, but reminded me of Westmalle Tripel.

Taste: piney and fruity as the smell with a strong malty backbone that makes it a solid beer. The hoppiness is really balanced, not agressive nor astringent.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, but you feel the hoppiness in the mouth for a long time. Not astringent but finishes dry.

Overall: my first IPA ever, and I think this is a great great beer. Very well balanced, the correct hoppiness and malts, great look, smell and taste. Today, it's in my top 3 together with Rochefort 10 and Westmalle Tripel.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Torpedo pours with beefy eggshell white foam that leaves decorative lacing nothing short of lovely. The body is a little clouded and its deep tawny amber colour is a shade or two darker than many IPAs. That said, it looks absolutely afire when held above eye level and has a complexion resembling a fully illuminated stain glass window.

Just when IPAs were starting to feel redundant, leave it to a widely available ten year veteran to rekindle my interest. This aroma had me fully captivated from the first sniff. There are many dimensions to this one, ranging from leafy and resinous to zestful and spicy to citrusy and just a touch tangy. It's fetching in a way only whole-cone hopped beers can be.

There's also a noticeable amount of toasty, buttery-sweet malt, a feature that also plays out on the palate. The pine and candied citrus are still there, but there's a reliable amount of nutty, caramelized grain they've got to compete with, especially in the finish. The two sets of flavours compliment each other splendidly.

The question must be asked: what makes Torpedo an "Extra" IPA? Admittedly, it has a lot less restraint than is typically for a Sierra Nevada beer but it still pales in intensity compared to other American IPAs. On the spectrum of "hop bomb" to "hop sparkler" this probably ranks as a "hop grenade". It's impactful but not maximum damage.

Sierra Nevada's branding is modest and elementary, but also consistent and charismatic - their recipes are much the same. Torpedo is probably their boldest regular offering yet still has the brewery's trademark approachability, balance and purity of flavour. It's these reasons I appreciate it even more now than when I first tried it 8 years ago.

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Photo of cha0scypher
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An explosion of flavor! Dark Amber color, citrusy hoppy scent and flavor, taste and mouthfeel are great but the finish is what I love best about this one. It sits on your tongue for a solid minute or two after swallowing. This is one you just sip and savor.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

HOPPINESS! If you like hops this is for you. Cannot drink this one fast nor should you. Great color and hoppy aroma. Nice color and great mouth feel, love the hops explosion.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 06/09/16.

A - Pours a nice clear, deep color with a thick, frothy bright white head that's very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - A hint of herbalness, and dominated by spicy pine aroma with a thick sweet caramel malt.

T - Follows the nose. Strong caramel malt backbone followed with citrus, and towards the end the palate gets hit with an assertive dose of piney resin bitterness that scrubs the sweetness away and then morphs into a lingering pine/bitter grapefruit bitterness (with a little bit of floral buried in the mix).

M - Thick and full bodied with a little bit of boozy effervescence permeating up to the sinuses.

O - It's been a long time since I've had this beer and can"t figure out why I never reviewed it before (probably because it's been so hard to find in my area anywhere close to fresh). I forgot how good and how solid this beer is and for the price point, it's hard to beat. Should be a staple IPA in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Nismo2
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, at 7,2% abv.
Style: American IPA

Look: Dark orange, reddish colour. Very hazy, with a 2 finger brown/white head. Good carbonation

Smell: Heavy aromas. Lots of hoppy & pine aromas, floral, with hints of citrus flavors. Also sweet malt characteristics

Taste: Well balanced, hoppy , bitter & spicy with malty sweetnes. Mild carbonation

That is an awesome beer, really. Strong aromas, very tasty. Never felt like a 7,2% abv. Extremely drinkable. A proper IPA. Cheers

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If I were judging this beer purely on value, it would be near 100. Always less than $15 for a 12 pack. However, I judge beers as compared to others in the style. That doesn't mean I don't think this is a great beer, just can't consider this to be on par with so many great IPA's out there. It is a great beer though and I will continue to buy this regularly because it's tough to beat the taste combined with the price and availability.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,867 ratings.
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