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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

2,863 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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Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a small white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Citrus fruit, no one particular variety standing out, very thick smelling, sweet, some caramel maltiness in the background. Very balanced.

T: Nice malt backbone up first, with tangy hops popping up right after. Finish is pretty dang bitter with a bold hit of piney hops.

M/D: A bit too prickly on the tongue, medium bodied, hop oils play a major part in the mouthfeel. Good drinkability. A big IPA, but very balanced and refreshing.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Plenty of creamy white head adorns this one, excellent lacing also. A dark amber color with exceptional clarity. Smells are of piney hops, a bit floral along with a hint of sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell, plenty of hops that dominate, not overly bitter though, the sweetness also keeps coming back, honey possibly? Alcohol is well hidden also. Very smooth and very drinkable, a great beer paired with the hockey game I was watching at the time.

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Photo of burnstar
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with a medium persistent head. Aroma is very nice hops- citrusy- grapefruit, and piney. Taste is dominated by delicious hops. Citrus, pine- resinous. A nice strong pleasant bitterness. A nice amount of malt sweetness to provide just a bit of balance. Full bodied. Easily drinkable and overall a very good IPA.

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

Wow, every ski resort in North America needs to offer Torpedo from about late March to the end of the season. Nothing would beat sitting on the deck after a "hard" day of riding and having one of these well-balanced, gorgeous and delicious beers in your hand. The alcohol (7% +) is just enough to relax the muscles and erase any self-consciousness about your wack hair and that frozen booger on your upper lip.

Huge citrus notes, a more subdued pine aroma, hints of lemon? That first whiff really is amazing with all the complex citrus notes dancing around.

Large off-white creamy head. Good lacing but not great. Beautiful orange color with red notes. Slight haze.

The bottle claims the perfect balance between malt and hops. Maybe. If not, it's close. Delicious maltiness collides with a strong hop presence in seamless harmony. Hops don't overwhelm and the bitterness at the end definitely knows when it has overstayed its welcome. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Medium bodied, carbonation is mild to medium and doesn't get in the way of the flavors. You almost forget it is carbonated in fact...maybe they should have put "perfectly carbonated" on the bottle.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/orange color. Smell of citrus/grapefruit and pine. Cascade hops? Good lacing, not much head. Nice bitter flavor, bit of pine and lots of citrus. Decent abv, great session beer. Reminds me slightly of two hearted. Great IPA, glad they made it a year round offering.

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Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber, some light orange hues, very thick white head forms, drops a nice sheet of lace on the glass as it settles to a thin layer and ring, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, very hoppy, some grapefruit and floral, pine and pineapple, some biscuity malt makes it through, light caramel sweetness, some spiciness from the hops, very nice. Taste is nice, lots of malty sweetness up front, brown sugar and honey, grainy malt, then a big grapefruit blast, very piney, some floral, very balanced, lots of malt, lots of hops, perfect bitterness, doesn't blow me away but this is good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down super easy. Doesn't feel like 7.2%, and doesn't feel too hoppy but you know it is. Great balance.

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

Appearance: a tad darker than the average american ipa, with a nice off-white head that stays.

Aroma: a piney, earthy, citrusy aroma that is really quote a unique blend. just a tad of malts in the aroma as well.

taste: Starts with a juicy candy-like sweetness that succumbs to the piney, grassy, herbal hop blend. the bitterness sticks on the tongue for a while.

mouthfeel: medium/high body with middle of the road carbonation. smooth and sticky.

drinkability: this is a unique and excellent offering, with good drinkability. not as high as some others, as the stickiness of the hops coats the mouth. but one or two of these are well worth the try. a good ipa.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 12 oz. Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip, Torpedo swelled above the rim of the glass, and hovered there. It showed off a dimpled surface, creamy with a meringue sheen. Plenty of lacing, practically an unbroken sheet coating the whole glass. The orange color had a nice clarity to it, and little trails could be seen on the sides, just below the surface.

A fresh floral aroma, grassy hop notes. Earthy and herbal, but not overpowering. Firm dry bitterness in the back, pine and floral notes up front, grapefruit rind, plenty of caramel malt in the middle. Soft creamy feel, with lasting residual bitterness. A quenching IPA, it struck me as being nicely balanced with a moderate level of bitterness. Thanks to Chris for leaving this one at my house ;D

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A heavy ipa by Sierra Nevada? Must try.

A- Nice dark orange color with plenty of off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Very bubbly begining.

S- Mostly floral hops and just a small note of piney evergreen hints.

T- Very smooth hoppy beer that dances on the buds. Has kind of a malty after taste. Very small bitterness at the end. (But i love the hellish bitterness of an ipa)

M-D- A very easy to drink ipa that is enjoyed as a flavor booster if you haven't had a good ipa in a while. Has just a tad of an oily feel on the palate. Good drinkablity.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this the other day. Poured into a tulip glass, which turned out to be sort of an unnecessary treatment for this particular beer since I was expecting something, I don't know, bolder.

It looks great. Pale ruby hues and a nice white head that is on the right side of frothy. It smelled nice too. Floral pine hits you right away and hints at citrus as you take it in. Couldn't wait to drink this.

The taste is... okay. I mean, I don't know what I was expecting - but I didn't get much of anything. For one, there wasn't any fruitiness to this. There was good hop balance... no aftertaste. This is a dry IPA. It is, I think, the most bland "Extra/Double/Imperial" IPA I have had to date. This may very well be the taste they were going for and I cannot say that I didn't enjoy it a little bit. But I wanted more flavor. Even the piney bitterness feels toned down. Also, this brew felt pretty carbonated, just a tad too much. It sort of reminded me of drinking tonic water, for this reason.

But I drank 3 of them without any sort of difficulty. Each one was the same as the next. I can say this for the Torpedo: I may not have loved it, but I didn't get sick of it either.

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

This pours a very deep ruby color, especially for an IPA. The head is frothy an substantial.
Fresh flower garden smell is strong and hoppy.
This IPA has notes of bitter/hops up front hints of citrus and pine.
This wonder taste stays with me for several seconds after drinking.
Very smooth for it's strength and hop flavor.

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

A little too bitter for my tastes in the realm of IPAs, but still above average. Didn't seem very complex at all, just straightforward, bitter style IPA. I don't think I would revisit this one, after being a little disappointed with all the hype surrounding this beer. Leans more to the pine side of hops and I really didn't detect too much sweetness as others have mentioned. I happen to like the more citrus-flavored IPAs, but I won't hold that against this beer. Whatever...a slightly above average beer and review.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper golden hue. Foam that sticks around for a bit and trails down the glass very nicely.

S: I Set this beer down for a sec before trying it to hold a brief conversation, caught herbal piney notes from about 3 feet out. Hophead stimuli on the increase.

T: Pine right up front. Hop oils demand the palate's attention as does a bready undertone. Piney hoppiness lingers. Absolutely delicious. I like to savor this one

M: Smooth. Medium. On the carbonated side and it works.

D: I could have 2-3 to start but would like to move into something lighter after that. Not a "session brew," to me anyhow.

A good beer from SN. For an Extra IPA it's decently balanced but it will definitely kick your tongue's ass. Be ready for the pine, and if you're a hophead...be ready for a buzz.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange amber with a little bit of haziness. Two fingers of foamy white head which, for the most part, stuck around for the entire glass.

S: Nice floral hop essence with faint notes of orange and yeast.

T: Medium amount of sweet malts followed by a dose of hop bitterness. Long finish develops into some interesting citrusy sweetness on the tongue and cheeks.

M: Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D: Very easy drinker. A strong IPA with pronounced flavors, but not over the top. Easily sessionable

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Photo of SickBrew
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They supposedly developed a new process for hopping this beer.

First impression is good with a clear, amber orange body topped with about a finger of pale, off white head. Some fair lacing is left behind. Nose was weaker than I was expecting and bit grassier than I prefer. Their new process could benefit from a bit of tweaking in the nose department. Taste is good but nothing different, exceptional or noteworthy, but a good tasting IPA. I'm not sure about the "Extra" or what that implies, but it's not in the nose or taste departments. Body is spot on for and IPA and the carbonation is right there too. Overall this is a good IPA that I could probably drink most of the night.

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Photo of zdk9
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a burnt orange color with a nice full frost head- about a finger and a half. Some very very nice lacing- sticky walls on the glass.

S- Pine needles and sap dominate the nose. There's a touch of tropical fruit or melon also. As far as malt there's a hint of roastiness, and some subdued sweetness. Also a good bit of alcohol.

T- Hops forward, that's for sure. The hops are piney, pithy, and bitter- really bitter.

M- Creamy, and also some astringency- almost like an ashy feel to it. Good though. The creaminess is really good.

D- Definitely going to get some more of this. Though I don't care for the bitterness so much the hops flavor is delicious, especially as I'm missing the hop bombs of the coast.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice orange/copper color with a thin creamy foam that leaves nice lacing.

S- Hop and pine nose with some orange peel, grapefruit, caramel and floral scents.

T- Starts strong with bitter hops but evens out with a nice malt backbone for balance. Lots of piney hop flavor that lingers (in a good way).

M- Nice medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable and a nice IPA from SN.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold-amber, some particles, good head.

Smell: Nice hoppy mix, citrus, pine, some floral qualities.

Taste: Moderately bitter citrus that lasts and lasts. A little bit of sweetness gives some balance.

Drinkability: Somewhat hard to find, a little strong for more than a couple.

Finally got to try the SN Torpedo. I have a feeling this might be a little better on tap, but still was a quality IPA. I thought it might be a little more bitter than it was, but still pretty good.

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

A - Beautiful orange pour, clear, nice almost white head, reduces to disk then ring. Spotty, sudsy lacing.

S - Smell has some malt but it is mostly about the hops. Dank, yet hoppy stuff.

T - Nice sweet up front malt squashed sufficiently by the hops to balance the whole thing.

M - Medium body, good carb, coating and balance.

D - Oh, yeah, I would take another.

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Photo of smsub185k
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Express mart Plattsburgh, Ny

A:Nice semi dark IPA

S: kinda sweet, pine, with a hint of citric

T: balanced with a nice bitter kick

M: Full, slightly thick

D: Average

Overall: very impressed and at 6.99 per 6 pack a bargain

Serving type: bottle

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

A-orange/amber...decent clarity

S-Very perfumey....Also Sweet floral and fruity notes...caramel malt also evident

T-At first I thought this as jagged and abrasive with the hops...but I am now adjusting my scores and comments after purchasing a full sixer....I'd describe the hops as more floral/perfumy and almost English IPAish in nature....very tasty in its own way...

M-Medium bodied..

D-I just basically re-wrote this review...sometimes it takes more than one to make an impression...this is a top notch solid IPA with a different twist to the hop flavor and aroma than most...plenty of bitterness on the finish but not unbalanced at all....very nice beer....

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

Pours a rusty amber color with extra fine floating particles in the liquid. A very light beige 1/2" loose head with nice visible carbonation. Nice smattered sheets of lace all the way down.

I got a clean whiff of this baby from 2 feet away once the cap was popped. Upon being poured into my large mouthed stemmed chalice, the aroma of cascade hops was unavoidable. Grapefruit and pine, the angelic elements of a whole-cone highly hopped beer. A teasing amount of succulent sweet malt rides the edges while the hops caress and flirt for what is soon to come...

...Ahh. The hop bonanza that was just smelled translates two-fold into the realm of taste. A fantastic rendition of extra dry and juicy hops simultaneously greets the pallet with grace and poise. The hop flavors are compressed and do not blow-up your mouth. A restrained ushering of finely crafted bitter, fruity and tangy hops fill the mouth and do not dissipate until after a long while. The malt profile seems to be a bit elevated from what I perceived in the smell, but in a way that doesn't take away for the hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an unbelievable extra-extra fine carbonation that just blows me away. Dry and flavorful (long) finish. No chalky leftovers from the hops too.

Drinkability is spectacular. I will be buying more of this in the fall when it comes out again!

I was utterly surprised by this beer. It almost reminds me of Ruination, but with more poise and polish. It's a perfect marriage of an English IPA and a high-octane West coast IPA. My hat is off to Sierra Nevada once again!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Nice golden brown with a rocky off-white head.
S :: Hoppy, floral and citrus. Noticeable malts (not overdone) and a little spice that I can't place. Definitely hits you with hops but not too much.
T :: First I got the biscuit malty sweetness that closed out with a nice hop bitterness and a hint of citrus (mostly grapefruit).
M :: Clean, crisp, moderate carbonation. I didn't have that hop oil slickness left in my mouth.
D :: This is one I could enjoy outside on a nice warm day though after a few the ABV, while disquised, might smack you for it.

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

Poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A: Orange amber color, one finger of foam after a moderate pour

S: Piney, grapefruit, strong hop nose

T: Delicious piney hop flavor, balanced by a malt backbone, truly wonderful.

M: Smooth, slightly fizzy

D: I love this beer. Strong hop bitterness is refreshing to my palate.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Deep amber color. Low carbonation pours into to finger and a half, frothy, off-white head. Settles slowly, foam clings to the sides of the glass as it does. Eventually dissipates to the point of leaving a nice blanket layer of carbonation on the surface of your brew. Thick, sticky, substantial lacing stays behind, and becomes a permanent beer artifact.

S: Sweet syrupy malt, strong hoppy goodness, honey and a bit of pine.

T: Well, hops are the story here. Mean, angry hops and pine nuts. A bit of lemon citrus sneaks in as well.

M: Sharp but light bodied. Hops assault the palette, and linger throughout the quaff. Dry finish.

D: This is a sipper. Solid flavor, but hops are the order of the day.

Very good atmosphere. Appearance is impressive, and although basic, the nose is full. Same with the flavor. Not much to say, simple but fulfills it's purpose. Feel is harsh and dry, but what do you expect from a 7.2% alcohol IPA. Does have good drinkability for a beer of this type. Definitely a sipping beer. Good quaff.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.
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