Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

2,912 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,912 | Ratings: 10,888
Photo of matjack85
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this at the local Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL. for $9.99 a six pack. This is a new Sierra Nevada product for me so I was anxious to open one up and give it a try.

The beer poured a clear copper/orange color that made a 2½ finger creamy white head that lasted several minutes. It also left an incredible amount of lacing on the glass. A perfect 5.0 as far as appearance goes.

One sniff and there is no doubt that this is an IPA. It has a really nice hoppy smell - a mix of pine and citrus. Not much malt in the smell but the hops are nice. So far so good.

Oh no. What started out so promising falls completely apart in the taste department. The combination of 7.2% alcohol added to the huge amount of piney hops make this taste like I'm drinking Pine Sol cleaner. I wish there was more of a citrus hop presence to this to cut into the pine, but there isn't. There is also a serious lack of malt for balance. This is all alcohol and pine. At 65 IBUs I expect a good dose of bitterness, and bitterness is usually a good thing. I love most IPAs, but this one just doesn't have the right mix of bitter flavors. It needs to be balanced with other flavors besides the pine and the alcohol. The aftertaste is all alcohol. Don't get near a flame when breathing out or your breath might catch on fire.

The mouthfeel is on the smooth and creamy side but with a lot of carbonation to make it kind of spritzy as well. It's medium bodied in its thickness and makes no effort to hide the 7.2% alcohol content.

I'm not a fan of this one, although looking thru the other reviews I see a lot of people are, so be your own judge.

 1,637 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in Los Feliz, California. Acquired as part of a four pack at a local Von's grocery store. I'm not huge on Sierra Nevada generally speaking, so expectations are average. I don't recall the cost.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV (~5-6 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical of the style; there's nothing unique or special here. Standard fare, though the head retention exceeds expectations.

Sm: Evocative floral hops, nectary hop character, dominant grapefruit citrus, and hop bitterness. Pale malts. A bit too assertive and seemingly imbalanced, but conventional for middling examples of the style. A fairly strong aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Floral hops, messy grapefruit citrus, and overwhelming hop bitterness. Lacks balance; it's really off. A slight nectary touch on the climax is the best attribute of this beer. Light hop oil notes. The grapefruit is rather poorly executed. Lacks complexity and subtlety. The entire third act is just plain bitterness, irritating the palate. I'm not a fan. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, however. Whatever hops were selected for this beer were a poor choice; that or it's just poorly brewed. Pale malts form the foundation.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit nectary. Overcarbonated. Independent of that wretched bitterness, the mouthfeel is actually quite pleasant. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: A horridly imbalanced IPA that represents exactly what the problem is with American brewers of IPAs; IPA brewing is not a dicksizing competition with hop content and/or IBUs - it's process that requires balance and planning. Another underwhelming beer from Sierra Nevada. I wouldn't get this again unless in a pinch.

High C-


Had a bottle in a variety 12 pack.


 2,130 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.79/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/15/11
*From notes

A: Fairly dark resiny-amber. A good pour yields a good head: 2.25 fingers that leads to some nice lacing.

S: A bit boozy on the nose. Earthy grains and malt that seems to have sat around for a bit too long prior to brewing. Almost no hops on the nose. Not what I was expecting, and pretty dissapointing.

T: Bitter. Malt and barley, with a very grassy edge to it. No citrus or florals on it at all, as the bitter, biting hop oil and raw edamame overwhelm the entire palate and crush the tastebuds. Dissapointing yet again - not what I was expecting for a SN AIPA.

M: A bit sharp, but it's not offensive. The bubbles actually help to balance the overdose of brash bitterness this brew carries.

O: Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA was a letdown. I was hoping to find a go-to, everyday AIPA, and instead I found an overly bitter, earthy mess. Was the bottle fresh enough? Maybe that was it - I don't know. I'd be willing to give this one more shot to find out, but otherwise this one's a wash.

 1,052 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
2.86/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Now....I hope learn what all the fuss is about with Torpedo IPA. On to the beer:

Copper colored body with hues of orange, the finger thick head forms and holds up well while leaving a good display of patchy lacing. The aroma starts off hoppy and piney, but the hop burst fades into some bready malts, alcohol, and esters.

There's a lot going on in the flavor. Pine starts off the journey. Grape skins and nectarines follow, but with a low intensity. The extra kick of alcohol in this beer gets in the way of things throughout, even as it warms. There's a good share of bitterness found. Mouthfeel is right on the spot for an IPA, not too bubbly, easy, medium...and surpringly the booze doesn't numbs my senses. Finishes is pretty clean, with crackery malts lingering on in the aftertaste.

There is some good in this beer, but the alcohol washes over the levees at times. Not to mention the raw bitterenss gets in the way too. Methinks bigger levees or developing a flood control system would help this beer, because without one or the other, I will be hesistent to try this again given what's available on the market.

 1,122 characters

Photo of rickyleepotts
2.86/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Today is national IPA day! Good thing… because I love a good IPA. We only had one in the fridge and it was the Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada. I have had this before, and what I remember is the big calorie count. I can’t recall the hops or the bitterness… but from what I am reading, it is loaded with both. I mean, the “extra” came from somewhere. Let’s celebrate national IPA day with… an IPA!

In the Glass: It looks like an IPA in the glass. It might even be darker than I expected, but still has that golden appeal that a nice IPA brings. It has a decent lace, too and produces a thick, white head.

Nose: Holy hops does that smell good. This beer is just loaded with hops. The tasting notes talked about a lemony overtone… and I am not getting that. The Citra hops is what would produce that, but all I am smelling right now is hops, hops, and more hops! Also, isn’t it cool that there is an IPA day? This beer is being served ice cold, and I can imagine that would help it create a more crisp, bitter flavor.

Flavor: The flavor is boring at first, and then the hops kick in. But they don’t really do much. They don’t kick in the way I expect them to. For this to be an “extra” IPA I was expecting a lot more. Sure, there are hops and there is some subtle bitterness, but man… what a let down. I expected more from such a good brewery. Maybe that’s why it’s so cheap.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is malty at first (boring, really) and then the hops kick in and almost numb the tongue as you swallow. The best part about this beer is the aftertaste. But we will get to that. The burp is nice, though.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is dry, and provides the most bitterness that you experience along the way. When a beer is an “extra” IPA, I immediately think double IPA or imperial IPA. Man, what a let down. Oh, speaking of IPAs… my buddy Mike Bravo ordered one of those last week. The server told him it was an Indiana Pale Ale. Yeah. Servers should know better. I hope he loses his job! Not Bravo, the server!

Well Sierra Nevada, I am upset with this one. You could have and should have done SO much more. I have had basic IPAs that have more hops and more bitterness than this. Try again!!!

Torpedo Extra IPA – The bottle says: “Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.”

 2,464 characters

Photo of 100floods
2.87/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clearly burnt yellow hue with a little haze. Smells of that typical Sierra Nevada "clean smell". This is the first time I've had this beer and I'm not smelling a lot of the hops (the pour did finish with no real head to be seen). After a few sip, I can really put my nose into the glass and I smell minimal citrus flavors. I really have to really for not a lot of reward.

After getting over the smell, I tasted the brew and initially I get an opposite experience from the smell. Bit burst of pine tree hops. Still very clean for an IPA. Light, chewy, fruity finish. The malt kind of lingers and creates a lemonade flavor. Nothing in the pint jumps out a you. While there's some hop flavor, the clean aspect of this beer kind of kills any ability to enjoy the true nature of a beer like this. I'm pretty sure I'm drinking a bad batch. I've had better versions of this. I think it's interesting that they'd made a beer like this in the first place. Aside from Big foot, hops aren't their strong points.

 1,016 characters

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.

 1,548 characters

Photo of Damian
2.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazy and medium amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a dense, frothy, two-finger crop of sticky, off-white foam. Patchy blocks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The nose was much more tame than anticipated. Light pineapple notes. Slightly floral. A dry, yeastiness was apparent as well. Overall, pleasant yet far too subtle for the style. As the beer warmed, the yeast notes became stronger.

The flavor profile was tremendously dry, pithy and bitter. Tons of orange rind. Strong lemon notes. Peppery. Grapefruit peel dominated the back end. The super piney, resiny and dry finish bordered on astringent.

For a 7.2% ABV beer, the mouthfeel was disappointingly thin. The liquid contained a crisp, large bubbled effervescence that was quite distracting.

People typically have a strong affinity for or against Sierra Nevada's beers, and I happen to be in the later camp. Their signature yeast strain dries out their beers far too much for my liking.

 1,072 characters

Photo of mjmay12
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a favorite. It seems to appear at places that don't have any good craft beer. It will do in a pinch, but would choose many others before this IPA.

 151 characters

Photo of KChristie87
2.97/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Darker amber color. Has a reddish tint. S - No real piney smell to it. Kind of smells like a Lager mixed with an IPA. T - Goes with the smell and has a lager/IPA mix taste. F - Has a heavier feel that darker IPAs have. Overall = Eh. Not one of my favorites.

 268 characters

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.99/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear copper body. Creamy off white head.

Smell - Skunky. Grassy with a small bit of hop.

Taste - Grassy and acidic. Very average IPA.

Mouthfeel - Decent body. Some texture and creaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Average in style. Nothing special. Acidic and hoppy. Not very balanced.

 301 characters

Photo of kellyej
3/5  rDev -27%

A: Foamy head; bubbly; hazy; amber, golden color
S: Floral, piney
M: Good carbonation; medium body; dry finish
T: Starts with a good hit of hops, sweeter in the middle, but the one bottle I've drank had a really unpleasant finish that was very bitter and aspiriny (medicinal).

 280 characters

Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -27%

Bitter. Far too bitter for this palette. Not well balanced. Not awful, it's bold DIPA for those that really love the style. But I'm not a fan of this particular example.

 169 characters

Photo of mralphabet
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

First I have to say I'm not a big IPA guy... that being said.

A: Amber colored, nice big head (2 fingers), settle to a nice layer of foam and wonderful lacing... Great looking beer.

S: Hops.... Wow lots of it... Maybe a little piny & floral and a little hint of honey. (I love the way a IPA smells)

T: Taste like it smell, lots of hops, touch of honey midway through and then a hoppy bitter aftertaste... (This is what I don't like about IPAs)

M: Lighter than I thought it might be.... but gets a little thicker as it warms.

D: ABV is great for a IPA, but the over board hops makes this a one a session beer for me. If you like it hoppy give it a try....

This is a Sierra Nevada and they always do a great job, just not a big fan of the hop bombs.

 792 characters

Photo of boyfromthenorth
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loved this beer when it came out and sooo cheap compared to other IPAs. Then , the more I tasted other IPAs and came back to Torpedo, it just tasted too slick. Too precise. I know , lame review but taste it again. It is wonderfully made but seems to lack soul or something. All the talented reviewers will truly look down on this. That said, put it to the taste test- somethings missing.

 387 characters

Photo of 911CROFT
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

350ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.00 for a single bottle.

Pours a semi opaque, shiny dark orange/ copper body with lovely reddish pink tinges that show through when held to the light. A thin off white head made of large soapy bubbles quickly forms to two fingers in height and later condenses to a thicker foam upon a short rest. It leaves excellent lacing all the way down the glass, even towards the bottom when the head has been reduced to a thin white cap.

Powerful citrusy hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit is the main scent but also noticeable are marmalade, pine and floral notes. It has a medium bodied feel with a very slight oily consistency. Small bubbles rise quickly from the bottom of the glass to give a lively carbonation that playfully foams up with a light swill around the mouth. The initial taste hints at a slightly sweet, fruity malt that doesn’t last long enough before handing over to more dominant dry bitter hops. Pine and citrus fruit pith are the main overriding flavours after this point. To my tastes, once these have kicked in, they are all that is left. The finish is a little too bitter, it has a slight astringency but not so much that it leaves the palate dry, in fact it is quite crisp and refreshing. At 7.2% the alcohol is well hidden, perhaps it was just masked by the bitterness but my bottle went down quite easily.

Overall I found the further I got down the glass, the more I liked the beer. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had a stronger malt backbone, or if the hops came in a little later. I will probably look to revisit this one in the future if I develop a greater taste for more hop forward or bitter styles.

 1,699 characters

Photo of Adamdc
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into nonic. Didn't check date but it's def fresh.

A: great looking amber pour with one inch of thick white foam--purdy!

S: disappointing! Maybe I need to get my nose checked but I'm not getting much here. Picking up the slightest amount of pine.

T: again disappointing! It seems like the hops are providing plenty of bitterness but the flavor is strong pine with a sort of medicinal finish. I'm getting absolutely nothing floral or citrusy.

M: pretty good. Nice thickness for an IPA/DIPA!

O: I remember enjoying last years version but this year it's a bit of a letdown. Better aroma and a little citrus in the taste would bring this around nicely.

 669 characters

Photo of giblet
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured very nice into the glass. one inch of head that settled to a quarter inch. nice color and steady carbonation.

the aroma was ok. not as hoppy as expected. the taste...was ok, certainly not the hops it needed for me. drinkable but mild.

suckem up and movem out.


 277 characters

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.

 961 characters

Photo of RickS95
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A light amber in color, very clear with a fluffy beige head on top.

A combination of pine, citrus and pepper fill the nose.

Definitely an IPA. To be honest, too bitter to identify any distinct tastes. Not sure what pine tasts like, but there was a taste that I can only define as pine.

It's highly astringent in the mouth. It's bitter from beginning to end. Will certainly put hair on your chest.

This is a man's beer. It's very strong in its bitterness and has a lot of alcohol, though I didn't get much alcohol burn. It's difficult to give it high drinkability scores because it's so bitter and strong.

 610 characters

Photo of claminat420
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a cloudy honey color with a thick slightly off-white color head. medium lacing

S- a slight old orange aroma. pretty weak on the hops. the malt really pulls through.

T- nothing to special. a malt show with the old orange bitter after taste. you can notice the alcohol just slightly.

M- medium bodied. decent carbonation.

D- don't know if i can tolerate the whole six pack.

Overall- totally bummed. where do they get off saying extra ipa when it doesn't taste like a good ipa to begin with?? sierra tho to me is more commercial and their beers show. it's what to get if there's nothing in the store besides bud and them. i shoulda got bell's two hearted instead.

 675 characters

Photo of zbuc919
3.06/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass or mug. Right away was taken back by the lack of aromatics I would come to expect from something termed an "extra IPA." The aroma wasn't non-existent but left a lot to be desired. The taste wasn't as hoppy as expected either, a little citrus and piney but again I was expecting more from the label. It seemed to finish overly malty where I prefer the hops to be more balanced with the malt or to have it dried out a little more.

All in all this is far from a bad beer, I wasn't overly impressed the first time I had it, so I bought it again to be sure a few months later. It's not what I'd expect from an "extra IPA" but if you like some moderately hoppy beer with a bit more piney than citrus flavor with stronger malt finish give it a whirl. In my opinion you'll never go wrong trying a SN brew, this one was just not my favorite.

 885 characters

Photo of Hallabrew
3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Several 12oz bottles served different days in tulip glass, pint glass and bottle

A: Clear orange red color with white head.
S: Strong bitter wall of hops with nice floral sent, accompanied by a decent malty aroma.
T: A very bitter tasty hoppy start evolves in to a nice middle with good continuing hop oils and flavor, but has a poor finish that tastes much like cigarette ash and leaves a kind of dry thirsty feeling that lingers for along time. Malt comes through pretty well, but doesn't help the aftertaste.
M: Good initial feel, however as it develops, it is not smooth and the carbonation feels too harsh.
O: This beer is okay but it's not balanced enough for me I love IPA and I especially love aggressive IPA, but this one just isn't right for me. The cigarette ash flavor and aftertaste ruin this one for me.


 829 characters

Photo of jbredbeard
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't know what's extra about this, not even average. Light pine aroma with a mild banana hops up front and a dry sticky malt finish. Tastes more like hoppy pilsner. That being said, it is very drinkable.

 209 characters

Photo of pinyin
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured 38F into a tulip snifter from the 22 ounce bomber.

Average overall.

Not a bad ale, but I was expecting so much more from this.

Every flavor seems subdued. The grain load feels light, the IBU's feel very light and the hops don't have much bite, the yeast is clean but underpitched.

I taste cane or corn sugar the most in the flavor profile, and that makes sense, considering the $3.99 price point. Majority of fermentables are cheap adjunct ingredients. On level with those crappy Sam Adams attempts at IPA's.

You get what you pay for.

I would have purchased Hop Hunter instead but it was bottled 6 months prior. (Union Distributors) still not maintaining their planograms.

 688 characters

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,888 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.