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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

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7,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 7232
Reviews: 2494
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-12-2006)
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Photo of alexrichman


3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into glassware, pours a rusty orange with a nice fluffy head that's just a bit off white. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is a bit muted, a little bit of carmel from the malt but mostly citrusy tangerine aroma from the hops.

On the tongue the malt takes a bit more presence, the carmel is still present but hints of dark fruits and burnt biscuits are faintly detectable. The hops also make themselves known, mostly imparting pithy citrus as well as pine. A fair amount of sweetness that is perhaps overbalanced by the pithy qualities of the hops.

A nice beer on the tongue, quite thick and nicely carbonated. Easily drinkable and does a good job at hiding its high alcohol content.

Overall a solid IIPA that is decently drinkable but does little to excite due to its lack of complexity.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 01:51:42 | More by alexrichman
Photo of 57md


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper with a finger of good head that enjoyed some lengthy retention. The nose is quite hoppy with more than a hint of pine. This beer is very well balanced, but that does not mean it lacks in the hop department. It is also very drinkable – dare I say almost sessionable given its 7.2% ABV.

Serving type: can

02-04-2014 05:01:52 | More by 57md
Photo of ISmith87


3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Great white head with lumpy lacing. Golden amber crystal clear beer.
S - 3.75 - Earthy hops, pine, floral scents, bready malts.
T - 4.00 - Earthy hop bitterness, pine, floral tastes, citrus zest, bready malt in the background.
M - 4.00 - light-medium mouthfeel, very bitter, aftertaste is pine/bitter hops, alc completely covered.
O - 4.00 - great beer, but not the best by far. There are tons of IPAs from Cali (Sculpin, Ruination, Pliny, etc) that I would rather have, even for the price/hunting them down. For the price it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 00:46:46 | More by ISmith87
Photo of drmcleod10


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am convinced this one is better out of the 16oz can than bottle but it may just be the liquor store

A - Looks like any other "extra" IPA with the light amber, yellow orange blended color with solid lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Somewhat funky smell (I am slightly sick and snuffly) with pine and hops pushing through with the slight citrus fruit smells

T - Taste much more like the latter, piney hoppy grapefruit citrus fruit bomb with a sweet nice smooth finish

M - Quite smooth for the carbonation rather light and session able

O - Haven't had this beer since i really started getting into craft beer and wanted to go back and see how my taste buds had evolved. Quite the nice IPA the smell is a little off but the taste is delightful and the rating backs the taste. Affordable and easy to obtain

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 06:28:03 | More by drmcleod10
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lynx, in the Circle in Orange, CA.

As Raul's longtime ex just walked in with some hipster tool wearing a fedora (I cannot make this up, my children) Raul is sipping on a Torpedo like one just hit the Bismark. Boom! Like said hoochie that took a bite out of Raul's heart, Torpedo has a devilish bite too.

Hoppy and delicious, but nowhere near my favorite, Raul still approves.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 05:38:37 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Spikester


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber with a pale yellow two finger head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is piney grapefruit resinous with a full malt backbone. Good mouthfeel and good carbonation level. Good drinkability even though 7.2%abv. Hard to believe it is 7.2% until later.
Awesome value. Plenty of bitterness and just enough malts to prevent flatline bitter overload.
Love the 16 ounce cans too.

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 06:42:40 | More by Spikester
Photo of redearth329


4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pilsner glass around 40 degrees F. This is my third one of the night. The first two I had while I was eating some spicy vegetarian chili, which was a good pairing.

Appearance: Medium clear gold color with fine carbonation. 2-3 fingers of dense, cream-colored foamy head at first that settled down to about a half-finger width after a few minutes with substantial lace on the glass.

Smell: Perhaps a bit too cold, as I'm not getting much aroma. Pleasant but mild hop aromas that are balanced between citrus and herbal qualities. Mostly lemony as far as citrus goes, but a bit of grapefruit is detectable. Not much in the way of malts or yeast.

Taste: Very well balanced. Light malts up front with long progressive bitterness from the hops. More towards the herbal side than the citrus. I'm definitely salivating on the finish from the bitterness that I'm experiencing on the sides of the front part of my tongue.

Mouthfeel: my first few sips of this one seemed fairly aqueous, but after it warmed up a bit it's feeling more integrated. Very lingering astringent quality from the hops. Actually, I still feel like some of the flavors are separating a bit about two-thirds of the way through the sip. Man, it does stick to the roof of your mouth on the finish, though! Medium-bodied.

Overall: I suppose they call this an IPA, but I feel like Sierra Nevada tends towards the APA side of things, as far as having earthier hops and a bit more malt presence. This one is no exception, but it does have extremely lingering astringent hop bitterness. This property paired very well with my spicy chili, and I imagine it would also go well with fatty foods such as some pork belly or cheese, etc. Now that I'm drinking it on it's own, though, it's a bit much. I'm going to go see if I have any cheese in the fridge...

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 03:23:26 | More by redearth329
Photo of Brianedonovan


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in Vermont at a bar that was out of Heady Topper.
Very good I must say!
Bought it in the bottle at home and still love it.
Very hoppy nice color.
Mouth feel is nice with a clean finish.
They produce more so it is easier to procure...

it's hard to get Heady Topper around these parts....

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 23:12:04 | More by Brianedonovan
Photo of Weisseguy1


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Golden amber , more reddish than gold,full head that hangs out while you admire the smell. Plenty of lacing.
S. breads malts citrus and little raisin with a slight spice.
T. Heavy bitterness, malty goodness and more distinct hop, magnum, citra and crystal to be exact, the combination of these hops make a great tasting burp
M. Full mouthfeel, sticky resin flow, cotton mouth
O. Awesome beer for hop heads, and wannabes like myself. A simple IPA with an impressive taste

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 03:21:23 | More by Weisseguy1
Photo of Fl1pzomg


4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? I love this beer.

It's bold and has a great hoppy front with smooth malt finish. Very floral and crisp and appealing to the nose and the tongue. Wonderful color, great balance with the bitterness and the malt taste.

I made the mistake of cooking with this beer and the food I made took a horrible taste from it, a great beer like this must be drank, not used for cooking.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 07:53:28 | More by Fl1pzomg
Photo of Libationguy


4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-copper in color with some orange hues. Slightly hazy in the glass, but still carries a nice healthy brilliance to the color. Firm off-white head with a nice level of retention.

Loads of citrus, fresh pine needles, resin and some mandarin orange zest in the background. Underneath the hop assault, white flowers, gentle fruitiness, and light malt sweetness. Aromas hang on quite well.

Great structure to the palate of this beer. Very dry with a moderate-plus amount of tannic astringency. Beautiful malt flavor builds through the mid-palate, before being replaced by the hop attack on the back end. The gentle citrus and floral notes come back to linger after the beer is gone. There is a small amount of alcoholic heat that is not covered by the malt in the beer, but overall, a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is full, rich and very clean. A nice amount of carbonation, without being over the top. The hop attack tends to eat everything else up on the finish. Nice long aftertaste to the beer with the hop bitterness and resin lingering for some time.

If you are a fan of hops, you will not be disappointed by this beer. It is as advertised and gives you a full frontal assault. The wonderful part of this beer is its complexity and overall sense of balance. Super well made and highly interesting the entire time you are paying attention to it. It is a beer that maintains it's allure from beginning to end.

Serving type: can

06-21-2013 20:18:41 | More by Libationguy
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a fluffy soft head of foam that won’t fall down and left clumps in the glass. Good lacing. Nose is strong perfume, pine and sweet citrus. The malt is bread, caramel and honey. Little soap on the nose. Very floral with a touch of yeast . Malt is pretty sweet. On the palate it greets with malt first, then a quick piney bitter then lots of perfumey floral hops. The alcohol is just a bit on the palate. A small bite from carbonation to finish it off dry and a little toasted, sticky and some resin too. I wanted to like this more than I did. It became heavy after a while and hard to drink from the oily bitter on the back palate. The hop perfume translated into the drink astringent and I didn’t care for it. Felt out of balance and like it could have used a touch more malt depth, the sweetness wasn’t full it was kind of sugary. The bitterness was sharp. Decent but I liked the SNPA better.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 10:49:24 | More by utopiajane
Photo of oi_scout_jessie


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured a light brown, slightly orange color. It had a puffy, off-white, 1 finger thick head. And it had a thin lacing that stuck around for a while.

Smell: It had a nice Hoppy smell to it. I could sense a slight citrus and piney smell.

Taste: This was a really tasty brew. The taste went along hand in hand with the smell; but the Hops had a higher presence in the taste. It had a nice hoppy bitterness to it which was directly followed by a smooth malty presence.

Mouthfeel: This beer was very refreshing; it had a nice crisp carbonation to it and it had a medium to full-bodied feel to it. Once the beer was gone, it left a slightly warming and dry taste in my mouth.

Overall: This was definitely a good beer. Sierra Nevada just never seems to disappoint me. This was a solid IPA. It had both, the scent and taste that I was looking for. This left a nice hoppy aftertaste, and I’ll definitely be drinking this again.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 03:15:10 | More by oi_scout_jessie
Photo of tviz33

New York

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can, served in a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep orange body with two fingers of rocky off white head. It looks beautiful.

S- Awesome citrus in the nose. Some floral pokes through but I really just love the citrus smell on this beer.

T- My first thought was that this is a very balanced beer. It's got some good complexity to it as well. Not overly choppy, but just right. The malt provides a subtle sweetness and some bready/ crackery character to the taste as well.

M- Full-bodied, creamy, smooth, and slightly slick. Nice.

O- All I can say is this beer is solid.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 01:07:30 | More by tviz33
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep Amber/Gold with a touch of haze and very good lacing. Nice frothy white head as well, two and a half fingers with a semi-aggressive pour.

Smell: Pungent, spicy, fruity citrus, herbal notes, with a crackery, sweet malt back. Very clean and sharp.

Taste: Very similar to aroma, a big bite of bitterness hits first and then come in pungent notes of herbal spice and fruity citrus, as well as some pine on the finish. The malt makes a nice appearance as well, giving a nice toastiness to the beer that balances out the abrasiveness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and a slightly oily, medium bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall, a great hoppy ale! Not the typical pine/grapefruit character you get from the swarms of other west-coast ipas on the shelf. This boasts a pungent fruity citrus character with big amounts of hop spiciness, as well as some very nice toasty malt notes without getting to sweet. Take into account the ease at which one can find this beer, and that it now comes in 16oz cans, you have a real winner.

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 01:25:18 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Almost hazy amberish orange. Foamy cream colored head calms to a film with sheets and sheets of lacing.

Aroma: An almost grassy, herbal kind of hops carry the smell. Very faint pine.

Taste: Really good woody base underneath a layer of piny hops. Some more tropical fruit notes come through adding sweetness. A bright citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: An extremely well made brew that doesn't have many flaws.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 15:42:57 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have had. The IPA pales (LOL) compared to it. Bought in a 16 oz. can and placed in a nice 16 oz. pilsner glass. Delicious. Great beer. Will taste great in the Summer if you are out on a boat. Tastes great in a stubby old fashioned beer glass also.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 17:32:01 | More by emmasrue1
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4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer in both can (tall) and bottle (12 oz) servings. The 7.2% ABV is hidden/blended very well for a smooth finish on the malt/alcohol end. While the IBU level is not off the charts (65), it finishes very hoppy due to the abundance of aromatic and dry hopping via the "Hop Torpedo". This beer is extremely pleasant for a hop head like myself.

Serving type: can

03-26-2013 11:21:46 | More by YardmanFTB
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a wonderful translucent amber with one full finger of tan head. The foam fades in a decent amount of time, leaving frothy ring along the edges of the glass and a few larger bubbles sitting atop the beer.

S: The nose is citrus, pine, a medium amount of malt, and a bit of vegetation. It actually reminds me of a wet hop ale. The main scent is pine, but it has a nice floral bouquet.

T: It starts off sweet with a mild bit of lemony citrus. As it moves to the middle, I get that vegetation flavor (leaves, grass, a bit of dirt). As it move tot he finish, the pine notes come on strong really bitter this beer up.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and coating to start, high carbonation with an effervescent quality at times. It finishes smooth, bitter, and a but dry from all the hops.

O: Very good beer. This would make a great default beer in non "beer-geek" bars. I would drink this again. Yet again, Sierra Nevada makes a wonderful beer. I be hard pressed to object to something that they make.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 23:50:46 | More by trxxpaxxs
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District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ticking through the "Beers of Fame" list. I used to drink a lot of this stuff, but have not had it recently.

Poured from a can into a DC Brau tulip.

A: Massive head on this gal... about 2-3 fingers at least. The brew was a toast brown-orange color, extremely murky, and kinda dangerous looking.

S: Sorta had the same fresh clean linen scent as the standard Pale Ale which suited me fine. Still, lots of zippy citrus (orange in particular) came through as well.

T: I tasted VERY similar to the Pale Ale on the front end, but teeth-stainingly bitter at the end, which is certainly a hophead's dream. I wouldn't categorize the hop profile as piny though. Yeast with liquified plant stems might be a better descriptor.

M: Like I stated, bitter, but the drinkability is fine if your used to a lot of the hop bombs out on the market. Ridiculous lacing left on the glass.

O: This one is quite good, but I don't like it nearly as much as a lot of peeps on here. Celebration Ale, which is a COMPLETELY different beer is much more satisfying to my mind.

Serving type: can

02-03-2013 21:42:30 | More by Chaney
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2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
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 me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Acquired as part of a four pack at a local Von's grocery store. I'm not big on Sierra Nevada, 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 continue to think that Sierra Nevada is incapable of brewing a solid beer - at least on their own. I wouldn't get this again.

High C-

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 04:38:34 | More by kojevergas
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 16 oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden caramel amber with nice 2 finger head. Tons of lacing on the glass and fantastic head retention.

S: Sweet malt aroma is first thing I smell followed by nice hop bitter back bone. Really biscuity bread aroma is present as well. Some slight citrus on the nose, this is an almost 3 month old can and that is obvious on the aroma. Losing some of the hop bite.

T: Malty, sweet with a nice bitter finish. Not getting much citrus which you get a bit of on the nose. Really bready.

M: Medium bodied with a fluid like feel. Bready and malty on the feel. Residual sweetness that feels like it coats the mouth . Not a very bitter finish.

O: Pretty damn good ipa and sets itself apart from most West Coast IPAs in that its not a hop bomb, has a bit of an east coast malty flavor in there as well.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 23:11:33 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured in plastic pint glass.

A - clear amber with beige head.Exceptional head for style left a long-lasting surface coating.

S - piney and citrusy (grapefruit) hops with subtle herbal notes and caramel malt in about a 65/35 ratio (hops/malt).

T - Predominately hoppy with a strong hop finish. Nice level of bitterness given strong hop content. {SN says IBU = 65}.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation. Crisp

O: excellent American IPA that fairs fine in a can.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 16:39:10 | More by chinchill
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can -- love these 4-packs!

Pours a hazy straw with strong carbonation and fluffy white head.

Aroma of piney citrus and a slight backbone of sticky-icky.

I really enjoy the balance of this IPA -- it's up there in my top 10 single IPAs. Malt backbone of cereal and grains help support this floral and resiny hop-forward brew.

Sticky and tart in the mouth. But in a good way :)

Serving type: can

12-08-2012 02:37:48 | More by SFGuy187
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good old Torpedo. So glad this is in cans now as it makes for a perfect camp/pool beer. Poured into a glass for the review.

A - pretty glorious actually. Nice copper color but fairly opaque. Fairly large off-white head that sticks around ok with excellent lacing.

S - a nice citrus and pine nose. Fairly sweet citrus (hi there citra) and resin gives it a pretty sweet nose but the pine balances it nicely.

T - balanced. Plenty of the sweet citrus here again but that leads into a grassiness that's not so present in the aroma. The grassiness heads off and is followed by piney, resinous bitterness. A little bit of backing malt but this is a hop show. The bitterness is fairly resilient. Tasty.

M - on the slightly thicker side. Carbonation is nice enough to give it a slightly creamy mouthfeel. It's a bit juicy but not in the extreme. Quality.

O - a good, solid IPA. I'm a big piney/grassy IPA fan, so this is right up my alley, and the citra gives it some nice fruitiness to balance that out. More malt backing than some of the typical "west coast" IPAs. This is pretty unique. For the crazy low price, convenience of cans, and basically nationwide year-round availability, it's hard to do better than this for a quality IPA.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 23:14:24 | More by OSUBeerStudent
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,232 ratings.