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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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2,776 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,776
Hads: 10,249
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 296
Gots: 2,439 | 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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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of papaya and mango, but I also get some bready malt notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. In addition to the papaya, I get some orange citrus. The beer is very juicy tastings. There is a little bit of bready malt. Low bitterness. A nicely balanced IPA that has a ton of fruit flavor, but not too much bitterness of malty sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to Torpedo land, it's in da can and now in my nonic pint glass!

Great super foamy off caramel whit colored head, with a crystal clear body, some cola like sticking bubbles, but that great orange and red amber body, real great looking as usual.

Nose seems a mild pine hop pungency, some nice fresh chewy sense, a little bit of citrus but not much.

Taste is earth and dirt hops, simple good malt backbone. Mouthfeel washes over with a good body, nothing crazy or mindblowing. Very soil dirt finish.

Overall pretty solid no complaints works in the can just as well.

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

Happy to find this one on tap at Brooklyn's Spuytin Duyvil, It poured dark honey amber, quite clear, with a light tan head and leaving typical "good beer" lacing. The nose was found to be pleasantly hoppy. This a grainy, oily, hoppy AIPA, notes of maple, and pine sappy hops. A wonderful addition to the SN line, fine, hoppy, tasty and sessionable. I'd love to see this one more widely available some day.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: nice caramel base with some grapefruit, pine, and a hearty but not overpowering floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice sessionable IPA. Nice flavors keep you interested through a few bottles.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass. It's good to see another year round beer from SN.

A- SN Torpedo has a color a bit brighter than copper, perhaps bronze to a burnt golden color. A sturdy pour produced a 1/2 inch dismal white head that faded quickly. A thin sheet of bubbles were left on the top as well as minimal lacing.

S- Torpedo smells like something from the left coast for sure. A bunch of American hops and a good malt base which you would expect. This gives of citrus & earthy scents with sweetness from the malts. Some bready characteristics as well. Hops are the dominate force.

T- Torpedo hits its target with a blow of west coast hop goodness. Not the biggest assult of hops but a good enough profile for a year round brew. They give off the usual grapefruit and pine taste which is evenly split. After the initial strike Torpedo lowers its arms and gives off a good maltiness for the injured tastebuds with a slight caramel sweetness. This is a well executed IPA.

M- A bit thicker on the mouth than I expected But this is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carb felt on the tounge. A nice amount of bittering power but nothing over the top. A smooth IPA with the hop cones lingering well after I am finished. Well balanced with no alcohol distractions.

D- This one is year round to my knowledge so I think I found a new IPA for the rotation. I would gladly drink this at anytime. I could probably finish 3-4 bottles over an evening without killing my palette. Not a hop bomb but a damn smooth American IPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber-copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, but still has a light crystal malt edge to it as well. The malt lens some biscuit-like notes and a touch of caramel; this last melds with the citrus hop components that are the most noticeable part of the beer. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, a bit of herbal grassiness, spruce tips and a touch of pine seem to define the hop aromatics; actually this smells a lot like Meyer lemon, it is surprisingly lemony compared to many an American IPA.

The carbonation provides a solid fizziness, though this is not over-carbonated. The beer has a light crystal malt sweetness to it that is substantially dried out by the biting hop character. This has an ample bitterness to it that is noticeable from the biting through to the lingering finish of each sip. The hop flavor has quite a bit of sharp, herbal notes to it that leans a touch towards fresh pine needles; this is pretty well met by essential citrus oil notes that remind me of grapefruit, tart tangerine zest and orange zest. This has a nice biscuit like malt character to it that helps to dry out the finish just a little bit more. This has a touch of malt body to it, but is still quite quaffable and light enough to be a drinking IPA (though the alcohol percentage may tell you otherwise after a couple).

This is a solid IPA offering from Sierra Nevada. It is perhaps a little sharp, slightly astringent, and a little more herbal focused than I might prefer, but it is damn tasty. I still prefer the slightly more malt balanced Celebration as it brings out the fruity-citrus character from the hops a bit more than this beer does. Despite the noticeable malt presence, this is definitely an aggressively hopped IPA.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid IPA. An amber, clear light amber pour and a good foaming head introduces the beer as above average. The aroma is a good balance of the three biggies, IMO: citrus/pine hops, earthy hops and sweet malt. Of course the malt is the least of the powers, but it balances well. Most of the beer is non-aggressive. That is, it doesn't overpower with loads of hops. It has just enough to throw the kilter towards bitter. Nice bite, but it won't distract you. Clean, crisp. Under the radar...like a torpedo? ha.

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

Pours a crystal clear deep copper almost orange color with a huge creamy/bubbly beige head that sticks itself to my glass all the way down. Aroma is pine and resin and citrus with a hint of caramel deep underneath. Taste is much the same. Starts with some pine and resin followed by some caramel that peaks through followed by more bitter citrus with a bone dry finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium as well, mouthfeel is resinous and a little sticky. Another hops showcase from Sierra Nevada. Lots of West Coast hops with a hint of malt. 7.2% is well hidden.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Dark amber, small, compact, lasting creamy head. Pops away slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.
Nice mix of citrus and pine in the smell, but also caramel sweetness. Big hops predicted.
Rich tasty hops, fruity, crisp, with lots of lime and grapefruit, some peach and faint pineapple, bathed in some floral honey, on top of caramel "covered" biscuity malts. Nice pine and hop resin afterwards, developing into a bigger leafy bitterness in the finish, hinting some "sticky icky" dankness.
Medium body, a bit oily, low to medium carbonation. Very bitter, sure, but the aftertaste is full of fruity hoppy tastiness. Big plus in my book.
This is a really gentle monster. Tons of hops without being a one-track beer, quite big hidden ABV, just a few steps from being Imperial, really great.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured into a pilsner glass, it basically just looks like SNPA, clear amber with a white head. I'm a fan, this is on the heavy end of IPA's Great Divide's Titan IPA. There's a rich mix of grassy, citrus and pine that, well, reminds me greatly of normal Sierra Nevada, but without the malts. This is a fine IPA and I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber, medium white head, good lacing.

S: Kind of lacking since SN usually gives solid noses, but Cascade hops dominate.

T: Defintely maltier than SN's usual brews, but certainly provides a good backbone to the hop taste which is dominated by grapefruit and citrus, overall very good.

M: Resiny, medium-bodied, solid for an IPA.

D: Another good beer from Sierra Nevada, just making continously excellent hop beers.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3rd IPA of an IPA tasting evening on 8th Oct 2012: 350ml bottle, best before 23 Jan 2013. Poured slowly into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice at home.

Orange hue to the amber body: on top an impressive show of white foaming bubbles, the body has a slight haze, the head as white as the driven snow.

Hop nose (surprise, surprise): struggled to find the citrus notes others have mentioned, even as the beer warmed in its chalice. Pine, nuts and floral hop esters for me with a semi-hint of pink grapefruit as it changed temp.

There is a malty undertone but the hops rule the roost here in all aspects, the taste is supposed to be 'Extra IPA' and that is what the brewery has provided. The after-taste is dry and fairly bitter, had a whole lot hoppier stuff when over in the US though.

My taste buds are subtle and European (OK English): so this is too heavy on the hop front for me. I knew what I was buying and I've enjoyed this brew. I couldn't however see me buying a case of this and passing it around my mates (if I had any).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Light hazy golden brown in color with a soapy head and some lace.

Smells of bready malt and some spicy hops.

The taste grows on me particularly. At first, just strong hop bitters, but as I delve into it further, orange peel notes, grapefruit juices, light malt backing tries to peek through, then the hops squash it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Interesting attributes to this brew. Spritzy and a bit spicey on the palate.

Drinkability is solid, this is a nice new yearly addition from SN.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a nice copper-red coloring with a decent light, foamy head. The aroma is hoppy, with a hop-forward taste on the tongue to match. Also, an undertone of light spice and bitterness balance out the beer very well. The beer is smooth on the tongue and in the mouth, with a sharpness to the aftertaste. It is very easy to drink, and even easier to drink in quantity. A very tasty beer overall, and at a decent price. I have no doubt this will frequent our fridge in the future.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, bottle thanks to freud via BIF! Had this in my sights for quite some time, great to finally get my hands on this. Popping the cap on this bad boy, and all I get is hops, hops, hops from the bottle. Piney hops. Poured this out and gave a nice couple finger head, dissipated to a thin, creamy looking layer with a golden brown/red body. Thick and chunky lacing. Sniffing this and I'm getting lots of hops, piney again. Taste is hoppy too, piney, a bit sweet with very little malt coming through. Great mouthfeel, not too carbonated or anything. Dangerously drinkable, ABV is not at all discernable until you've put one back, definitely quaffable and something I'd definitely look to pick up next time I'm in the states.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been partial to Sierra Nevada brews, so I was happy to see this on tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

Pours amber with ruby highlights. Relatively thin head, but good lacing.

Smells like fresh wort. Very fresh smelling with a slight roastiness to it.

Tastes malty, grainy and hoppy- and very balanced and delicious. Mostly grainy up front with just a touch of malt sweetness, sort of like malt o' meal. This is followed by a rich middle that is pretty evenly balanced between the hops and malt with some faint sweet cherry flavors. The finish is long and hoppy with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rich and grainy and chewy. Good body.

Very drinkable- goes down easy, is super fresh tasting, and different enough to hod your interest.

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Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored beer with a glass filling light tan colored head with staying power.

Smell is malty and woody with a mild hop aroma and strongly of no particular type. Slight pine aroma.

The taste starts out neutral and herbal with a good malt backbone. Bitter and herbal kicks in fairly quickly. Strong herbal beer with malt just right keeping everything in balance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkable IPA, could be more complex but this is a good beer. This is a great deal like Firestone Walker Union Jack.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

A beefy cloud of eggshell white. The lacing it leaves behind is nothing less than beautiful. Slightly darker than many IPAs, it's the kind of tawny amber found in stain glass windows. The body is clear, classy looking, and will turn shades at different angles to the light.

The aroma offers so much of the many attributes of hops: it has the earthy green leafy character, light zest, light spice, and just a splash of citrus with a fetching tang.

My first few sips sort of extinguished my enthusiasm for the beer. The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was not at all the least bit bitter which, along with equally low carbonation, left the beer feeling overly buttery and didn't give this IPA all the quenching power it was thought to be capable of judging by its aroma. More of a pale ale than IPA.

The tastes were also light. The malts were moderately sweet and with soft notes of toffee and nuts. The hops imparted a small notes of grapefruit pith and vinous, green pine.

Sierra Nevada's Torpedo was really just one more of the same thing they do - a simple, but solid, pale ale. And I have no complaints with that fact. While their beers - in particular their string of new IPA offerings - aren't overly innovative, they are always of wonderful quality, extraordinary balance and endlessly drinkable.

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

A - Poured a nice Amber colour with a thick, white foamy head.

S - Citrusy hops with some earthiness & pine. Very strong nose.

T - An explosion of citrus. A nice bitter hop profile with a clean grapefruit aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with some chewiness. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice, smooth DIPA. This will definitely become a regular in my fridge.

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

2009 Edition

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, nice to see this one in Utah now.

2008 Edition

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden copper color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from SN, could drink a few of these easy, even at the 7.2% ABV, Thanks Brian.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inch thick white head on top of a cloudy orange IPA. Wonderful head retention and very good lacing.

S- I'm getting pine and grass notes.

T- Piney hops with a caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is crazy...love it if you're a "hophead", stay away if you're not. Some citrus detected. Leaves the mouth watering for more.

M- Big mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- Is this considered a "classic" yet? I know it hasn't been out too long (2 years maybe?) but this has to be the best widely available IPA in America. Overall, I'd throw this into the upper echelon of IPAs, albeit on the low end. At 7.3% just a few of these will have you acting goofy. Thanks Sierra Nevada for making a great "go-to" beer, even in the beer black hole that is known as northwest Illinois.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but deep coloured amber, with an excessively good froth of off-white foam on top. Surprisingly, it doesn't leave a lot of lacing, but it does have a good body, and the bubbles in the body swirl around in its thickness. It's a pretty lovely looking American IPA all up.

Nose is alternately sweet and bitingly pungent. On one sniff, it's tropical and fruity liked tinned pineapple, and on the next, the apple drops out, leaving the sharp and fragrant aroma of pine - resiny and needle-y. Not as full bodied and overpoweringly robust as some of the best, but it's pretty nice.

Taste is also good, although it definitely shears towards the pungent robustness of pine, giving a straight and direct vector of hop bitterness slicing through the centre of the palate. Finish is slightly nutty, with a touch of peach and a very light hint of phenol. In some ways, apart from the pineapple on the nose, it reminds me of an East Coast IPA - the clean body, the sharp, almost herbal hop bitterness. Feel is smooth from the extra body, and is untroubled by whatever carbonation is present in the visuals.

A tasty brew no doubt, from a brewery renowned for doing tasty brews. Drinkable, but with plenty of character.

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

The beer pours the typicial SNPA copper color, but with considerably better head retention and lacing. Lot's of sticky lacing all around in this one. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a seriously hoppy IPA. There is pepper, a touch of pine and bitter citrus, which comes across as pretty dry. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except I confess I was completely unprepared for the amount of hoppy bitterness in this one. Wow. The beer starts off with some malty sweetness, but the sweetness is quickly buried in an avalanche of hoppy, dry, spicey bitterness. There is a huge hoppy presence in this beer, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the abv. is very well disguised.

This is an impressive IPA from SN and is clearly not for the faint of heart. This is a very big, very impressive, very hoppy IPA. Yummy!

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.