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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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2,777 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,777
Hads: 10,258
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 298
Gots: 2,443 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006

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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Reviews: 2,777 | Hads: 10,258
Photo of Yoda22
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bubbly super clear orange. 1 finger of head that just lingers forever (in a good way).

S- I can smell it from like 3 feet away - it's amazing. Citrus and pine, my favorite combo.

T- Super smooth and balanced, nothing dominates at first. Then you get a wave of pine and hop bitterness.

M- Smooth easy going body with carbonation on the upper end of the scale. It's an interesting dichotomy between the smoothness and the tingling.

O- I believe Torpedo is made with Citra hops and considering how much I like this beer I think Citra has become my favorite hop! Consequently Torpedo IPA has to be one of my favorite beers. There are DIPA's that i'd choose over this but not many regular IPA's i'd rather have in my fridge year round (plus how can you go wrong with the low price point!)

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems as though I am going for the cycle, having previously reviewed this on-tap and from a CAN.

From the bottle: "Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aroma highlighting the complex citrus pine and herbal character of whole cone American hops."

The humidity of the day is really playing hob with my initial pour! Once more, I began to see a massive head building and had to back off. I finally ended up with just over a finger of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was minty, like an evergreen forest in the dead of winter. Man, if that doesn't set your mouth to watering, turn in your hophead status soonest! Mouthfeel was medium and the mintiness of the hops was counterbalanced beautifully by the caramel of the malt. I have heard of hops candy, although I have yet to try some, but this is what I imagine it would taste like! The dense stcky lacing that began to appear was riotous. I swear that I even started to taste coconut at one point. Finish was dry, but not overpowering. Damn, but this was one tasty beer. I love that they are putting it in a CAN, but bottle and draft are no slouch, either.

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Photo of J23hc
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice mahogony, generous nearly caramel head. Good hop presence, warm pine, citrus, bitter finish, crisp, balanced perfectly, so fresh it's almost minty, grapefruit sour after. A perfect example of it's style. Easily drinkable, not too bitter, not lacking anything

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just one great beer! It tastes like a celebration ale gone very hoppy. When I first tried this brew, I was very skeptical after reading others' thoughts. But after trying it for myself, I was addicted and the 6-er didn't last long before it was quickly gone.

Great beer and well done. Another winner from Sierra.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A :slightly unfiltered deep gold with a creamy full head

S : hop and pine

T : complex bitterness, nice hoppy flavor

M : creamy intense flavor with aftertaste leaving you looking forward to the next drink

D : crisp and refreshing enough to drink a few; strong enough to stop at a few

very happy with this beer

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Photo of John1985
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in SN standard pint glass

A - Pours a deep amber with a 1" inch head that lacing beautifully down the glass.

S - Earthy hops with malt in background.

T - Awesome grapefruit hop taste up front with a good malty balance. Finishes fairly better. Almost a perfect taste profile for an IPA. Borders on a "5" rating for me.

M - Full bodied without being overly heavy on the palate.

D - Well I could drink a six pack of this except the alcohol will probably limit me to about three.

Incredible IPA, it is a little more malt accented than the Celebration but is perfectly balanced. We are truly blessed to have SN brewing this ale.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thorpedo? Pours a mostly hazy orange color with a light brownish-red hue to id. A fizzy white head with good retention and lacing through the entire tasting.

The nose is along the lines of a west coast IPA. Big citrus and grassy notes up front. Some minor herbal and spicy hop notes on the back side. No real specific hop comes out as it is blended very nicely. The malt comes out a bit but plays second fiddle to the hops. Some bready and biscuit notes. Very clean yeast.

The taste is very similar. A strong hop presence that is mostly representative in the finish. There is some bittering hops that do balance the finishing hops a bit but does leave a fresh vegi finish. The hops have mostly a citrus and spicy flavor with some minor piney and herbal flavors. The malt comes out a bit more verse the nose and balances well. Could be a bit light for some though, but good. A nice malty backing with some grainy notes and a more sweet caramel representation. Very clean yeast but some minor mineral and chalky taste in the finish.

The body is moderate. A bit sweet but I think it helps balance the hops out nicely. Very nice beer overall. Some minor water effects and a touch nit picky on the soupy hop notes but still very drinkable.

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Photo of drlumps62
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since the first announcement of the Torpedo Ale, I have been waiting with baited breath. Maybe, next time I will stay away from the hype. The torpedo press was supposed to eliminate all of the bitterness of the hops while accenuating the full citrus flavor. And while this beer certainly is full of rich hop flavor, there is still a lot more bitterness than I expected.
At the end of the day, it is merely a great beer.

A: Poured into 20 ounce glass. Clear copper color. Thin white head. Not much retention. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Full and fruity. Citrus tickles the nose from the light carbonation.

T: Light malt. Bright citrus hops. Raisins? Slight floral hoppiness. Blends the best of flavors from SN's Celebration and ESB

M: Light carbonation gives it a light to medium kind of feel.

D: 7.2 ABV. But again, like all SN beers it will try to talk you into bad things.

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Photo of mrc282917
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what I want to taste in an IPA, when I think of a nice IPA I prefer the piney aroma with a hint of the fruityness that fades and the bitterness that sticks around, overall very solid beer that I can enjoy every sip of

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon entering Toronado, I was immediately drawn to the board; "EXTRA IPA???" This I had to taste...

Appearance> Slightly hazy, dark amber colour, no head, but heaps of lacing.

Smell> Honey and hops, lovely.

Taste> Complex, awesome. Hoppy but balanced with sweetness. Extremely smooth finish with a honey and resin hang.

Mouthfeel> silky and effervescent

Drinkability> Could rate as my new favourite from Sierra Nevada. Good job, SN Brewers!

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Photo of jjboesen
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened my first bottle of this elusive nectar on the Fourth of July 2009. Torpedo begins with a heavy dollop of foam then slooowwly settles to rest atop a semi-translucent sea of amber. The continual lathery lacing dominates the glass throughout the quaff. Nary a carbonation bubble to be seen.

The nose detects (initially) a complex and vast myriad of ester, some of which seems to combines pineapple, almond and spice with pine needles thrown in for that extra kick. There is a heavy mouthfeel of malt that supplements some sweet hoppiness. [This was not the hop bomb I originally anticipated.]

This was a surprisingly light bodied IPA, and yet comes across as a sipping beer as well. Sierra Nevada has never disappointed me; and dependent on the availability, I shall certainly keep this one stocked throughout the year. Torpedo is another happy addition to the SN family.

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Photo of Darkale
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been meaning to review this beer; it has become my house favorite.

Bold, orange-copper body with a thick egg-white, resilient head. Lacing like spray foam. An exceptional appearance.

Basic, west coast hops aroma. Nice, but not exceptional.

Rich, creamy in the mouth... with a spritzy, citrusy, piney hops burn, lightly coated with just enough sweet malt.

Well done.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.2% ABV, 2019717:12 on bottom of can.

A - Brilliant clarity allows the gorgeous bronzy amber color to shine vibrantly. It also shows tiny floating particles throughout the beer, gently rotated by the streaming carbonation. Rocky and tall, the ivory head lowers slowly, caking the pine in mounds of gooey lace!

S - Full-on hop-forward, Torpedo blasts an earthy combination of aromas into the air; from sticky pine resin to dry leaf and mulch pile, the aromatic nose is aggressive. Smooth Vienna-like malt imparts notes of caramel cube and toffee shard in the background for nice, albeit lopsided, balance.

T - Sticky caramel malt coats the tongue with it's base characteristics, slowly adding in toast notes before the hops totally take over. Earthy, almost musty like the aroma, the hops impart dry leaf, woody notes, and resiny pine that lingers through the finish. You won't find those bright citrusy characteristics here!

M - Medium-full bodied, Torpedo's sticky sweetness balances out the bold hop additions which fill the finish with a "I-need-another-sip" dryness and resiny, lip-smacking bitterness.

O - Total hop domination from Sierra Nevada, experts at balancing their bold hop creations, Torpedo meticulously combines smooth, caramelized malts with strong earthy hops and a faint warming alcohol finish for an awesomely bitter, delicious IPA!

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Photo of jonB
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just as advertised, the Torpedo is almost exactly like the pale ale, but with an extra dose of hops. It pours a little darker and has a very smooth finish. There is a pleasant malt profile with a strong, but not overpowering hop finish. Hops leave a dry citrus/grass flavor without being too dry. Very nice beer.

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Photo of karst
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent citrusy American Hop Aroma (from Magnum, Crystal and Citra dry hopping) bit resinous. Clean malty sweetness in background. Clean neutral fermentation character with some low alcohol (7.2 abv) with warming. Low/no esters no diacetyl

Appearance is light reddish copper or Deep golden amber with orange-ish tint. Clear (no expected haze from dry hopping with whole cone hops) Ivory well formed head is persistent with fine beaded creamy cap, ring and lace.

Strong hop flavor with piny citrussy and perhaps lightly herbal note. High hop bitterness (70 IBUs) with additional supporting bready malt backbone. Balance is well toward hops. Very low lovibond Crystal malt gives little/ no caramel flavor but a light toasty malt flavor. No Diacetyl. Hints of tropical fruitiness nearly overwhelmed by dominate hop flavors from Crystal and magnum finishing hops. Long lingering bitterness that noes not become harsh. Medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is of medium body with a medium high carbonation. Light bite from carbonic acids and higher IBUs tingles tongue. Smooth alcoholic warming. Never astringent. Round smoothness in mouthfeel - Dextrins from CaraPils specialty malt.

Outstanding drinkability even with its top of the range American IPA characteristics. Don't just expect a bumped up version of SN's Pale Ale this borders on a well balanced lower alcohol intrepretation of an Imperial IPA

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy carbonation batman!! This one had me slurping the top of the IPA glass to prevent a waterfall of suds. What a pretty looking beer though. The chilled auburn appearance is graced with a massive cream colored crown of epic proportions. So fluffy and rich, like a giant dollop of whipped cream. Incredible lacing remains as the head recedes. As if it were perfectly etched in to the glass itself. This is easily one of the most picturesque beers I've ever seen. The aroma is a big, bold bouquet of hops. Complex and aromatic. Perfume-like. Elements of grapefruit citrus, lemon zest and spicy floral scents dominate. Malty bread notes punch through a little too. So fresh and vibrant! The taste brings a delicious blend of caramel sweetness and puckering hop bitterness. Amazingly, the malts hold their own here, striking a very improbable balance. Wow, simply delectable. It's quite a feat to pack in so much complex hop character and still have the backbone to bring it full circle. The mouthfeel is smooth, robust and full. Juicy, yet creamy and soft. An incredibly rich texture. To me, this beer stands tall on the sheer impact of the whole cone hop potency and remarkably sturdy malt base. The feat of balance is commendable, given the mega-hopped nature of the brew. It is certainly worthy of the name "Torpedo" because it is an unmistakable West Coast hop bomb. However, the stealth and sturdiness of the malts are equally fitting for this explosive namesake. World class all the way.

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Photo of Beertinez
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color with some cloudyness. Fluffy, white, 2-3 head. Looks mouth watering. The head eventually disappears into very thin sheet of white.

Aroma is very citrusy. Especially a good amount of orange. Hints of floral aromas in there too.

Taste is great. Subtle sweetness to hold up the hop character. Citrus and floral notes. Getting some of that orange that was present on the nose in the middle. Finishes with some great tasting hops. The floral notes make their return.

Medium body and crisp. Extrememly satisfying and drinkable. I can definitely see myself getting some more of this brew.

Overall, an excellent brew! A textbook American IPA from Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a great dark gold color. Smelled like hops with some citrus. Tasted great, overall the main thing you will taste is hops. But not as strong as I was hoping for. But overall it was very nice. Mouthfeel was also great. Bubbly and smooth. Overall a great beer! While I was hoping for it to be a tad stronger in the hop department, it tasted great and somewhat unique.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional color and clarity with this beer, so much so that its surprising for an IPA. Head poured to be perfect thickness and hung around for a long time with lots of lacing.

The nose of this brew is very floral with hops peeking through.

The taste is citrusy sweet which is well balanced by a strong hop finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also surprising to me. It goes down very smooth, little carbonation and leaves a nice taste in the mouth without any hoppy sting residue.

While I might not drink more than 2 of these, its very very drinkable. However because this beer is so well balanced I wouldnt doubt that those of you out there who love Harpoon IPA or anything comparable could throw back a bunch of these in a session. Try it out, the hops profile of this beer is very intersting.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's a big one for me from them old boys at Sierra Nevada - big because up until now I've been a Torpedo Extra IPA virgin and big because I know that I'm in for one hell of a ride - no need to descale my tongue of that 4.3% Ruddles County then...

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear copper bodied (I'm really running out of adjectives to describe 'amber' but who cares?) with what was once a proud white head but is now an even prouder minimal lacing - prouder because you know this beer is going to be a 7.2 ABV hop slap in the face.

S: Bitter bitter orange and pine hops assail the nose fairly lighter than expected but nonetheless with welcome arms wide open crying "Hooops!". The rest of the aroma is candi sugar water. Not bad, not great; no doubt a deceptive aroma for what lies ahead.

T: As expected this concoction is all about tripping the hop fantastic - a real hop lovers brew here. The hop characters are as diverse as the characters in a Robert Altman film; we have Sir Pine (the fourth Duke of Resinton), Madam Marmalade (of the prodigious Citrus line), Lord Tea-Leaf Tannin (part-time Sinonese adventurer) and the earthy (and seductive!) Eartha Kitt - also known as "Catwoman". Aside from the bold and varied hops there is a faint and sweet malt base at play here, thankfully though it doesn't distract from those fantastic hops. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this brew is the restraint of the bitterness. Yes it is bitter but not all-the-others American IPA bitter, well done Sierra Nevada. Would I be as bold to say dry even? Yes, yes I would.

M: Medium bodied with an oily but well balanced (i.e. light) carbonation.

D: Aside from the better than average aroma this is a damn, damn fine IPA, damn fine (in case the first two 'damns' weren't enough... and the extra 'fine' too). Expensive if you live in Real-beer-hater-land, aka Australia, but well worth the price in my opinion. If you love hops, and your nickname on Beeradvocate is "doktorhops" (that is one hell of an exclusive criteria) then this beer is for you.

Food match: I would savour and enjoy this excellent ale on its own if I were you. However if I weren't you and you were you and I was recommending something for you who I wasn't; then this beer would pair well with bold cheeses, dark meats and spicy food, but I am you and I'm telling you to "Shut up and enjoy this ale on its own", there.

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Photo of V3XX069
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pub glass.

A – Golden Oragne, with a full finger of head. Left gorgeous laces during consumption. Clear, no sediment.

S – Hops, Pine, Citrus, Earthy, Cedar even

T – Cascade of hops, blanaced, slight citrus on the finish

M – Smooth, balanced well. Not overly hoppy, though more so than a beginners hoppy ale, such as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

O - This is a favorite of mine to have on hand to drink. It wont break the bank like some of my faves will (Ruination, Hoptimum, Ethos) but is a good value for the general hop head. Purchased in a six pack, I now have 5 more to enjoy before the nights end, should I choose to do so. Overall, I am a fan, and I am happy to get it in my limited market. A go-to for me. Should definitely read up on the dry hopping process, using a technique they've developed called "torpedoed hops"

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Photo of washburnkid
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is solid finger off-white, airy/bubbly head; hues of copper, tan and amber and there is sticky lacing rounding out an everpresent head.
Citrus and herbal hop notes on the nose with just the slightest sweetness deep in the aroma.
Tastes of herbs, florals that glide smoothly over the tongue, lightly coating the palate. The beer doesn't leave the massive amounts of residue featured in DIPAs, but it's still pleasant. There's a brief sweetness at the front of the sip, rounded out by that pine/forest flavor. In general, the taste is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is my favorite part about this beer. Medium bodied and medium carbonation and smooth as hell. This beer goes down so easily that I polished off the 12oz in mere minutes. An exceptionally drinkable beer, with the alcohol creeping up on you only at the very end. I've already recommended this to friends and I look forward to trying some more.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Medium-orange in color with some yellow highlights. Excellent clarity, formed a two finger off-white head the collapsed down to half a finger, left some lacing on the glass and is holding up well.

S - Upfront grassy and herbal notes are followed swiftly by a citrusy kick. Pleasing variety of hop aroma and at an appropriate intensity for this style. Citrus aroma seems to be of a grapefruit nature. Picking up some mango too.

T - Much of the hop aroma coming through on the flavor. Grassy and citrusy hit first. Bitterness lingering on into a medium-dry finish. Malt is certainly present but the hops are taking center stage for this show. Bittering level is moderately-high, not what I usually expect from an SN beer.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - When one of America's oldest craft brewers suddenly releases a new beer, it certainly grabs a BA's attention. Sierra Nevada did not disappoint on this. American IPAs - you've got a new kid on the block.

Plenty of hop flavor and aroma, great mix of citrus/herbal/grassy. I'd easily take a few more and am looking forward to the rest of my six pack.

A drier finish could certainly benefit the drinkability but that's all I can suggest for improvement.

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Photo of ScotB260
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Amber color, decent two finger head that lingers. Mellow aroma of sweet citrusy/piney hops. Not as sharp as most IPAs. Taste has a great mellow hop flavor. Not too bitter at all. If you are looking smooth drinking IPA, this is it!

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Photo of monorailred
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a soft spot for a good, hoppy beer and this one does not disappoint. This beer has and keeps a really good head. The taste is pleasantly bitter, goes down smoothly with a nice finish. This is one of the better IPAs I have had and I most certainly recommend it.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.