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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,745 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 2,745
Hads: 10,076
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 283
Gots: 2,248 | 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: 2,745 | Hads: 10,076
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Brilliantly clear light copper with golden yellow edges. Solid finger of pillowy, light beige head. Great lacing. Classic Sierra Nevada cascade hop nose with loads of fresh grapefruit, and flourishes of pine, sap, and resin. Sugary malt and fruit notes balance it out.

Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Faintly sweet bread and fruit malts follow. Big grapefruit and numbing pine bitterness take it away to the finish. Dry, bitter and appetizing finish. Lingering fruit notes, but mostly numbing bitterness. Unmistakably Sierra Nevada, with a very clean, fresh, aggressively bitter cascade character. Oh, and quite delicious too! Medium body with a creamy feel. Much like an amped-up SNPA, that I kind of was expecting. Glad to have this around! (776 characters)

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

A: A clear orange-bronze color with large carbonation bubbles. A big, densely foamy off-white head with very nice retention and lacing. Definitely looks the part.

S: Strong citrus aromas - lemon, orange, grapefruit, you name it. Definitely some substantial floral hops there to back up the citrus. A hint of caramel malt, but this one is dominated by the citric and floral scents.

T: Floral hops are much more assertive than the nose initially suggested, as they offer a fairly robust initial kick of bitterness. Definite citrus notes as well - mostly grapefruit and lemon zest. Perhaps a bit of resiny pine hop flavor too. Light hints of yeast and biscuity malts are present, but certainly don't offer much.

M: Rather medium-bodied. Carbonation is fairly active and lends a nice crispness that accompanies the bitterness well. A dry, slightly puckering finish and a lingering aftertaste.

D: As always, high-quality stuff from SN. The hop flavors are quite floral, in my opinion. Take your pick: a big, assertive IPA, or a somewhat mild yet extremely drinkable double IPA. Either way, a very nice beer. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really what Sierra Nevada is going for with this brew. It bridges tthe gap between the American Ipa and IIPa nicely.

Picked this up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown - poured from the stubby 12oz into my Dupont Saison willibecker

A - A dark golden/medium amber w/ good clarity and a medium khaki cap that is smooth w/ spacious bubbles from a vigorous pour. The lace clings almost instantly as the head settles and the beading is very fine

S - All the aromas you expect w/ a strong pungent,yet fresh blend of mango, orangey citrus and grapefruit w/ pine and herbal aromas like inhaling hop flowers

M - A nice + mellow hop feel w/ mild bitterness, just slightly more bitter than your average IPA w/ subtle pale malt sweetness and moderate carbonation

T - The taste is bitter w/ grapefruit acidity at first followed by sweet citrus like a valencia orange perhaps with a squirt of passionfruit, the pale malt and hop flavors seem more floral and sweet as it gets warmer w/ more herbal notes and juicy flavor w/ a side of sweet malt in the finish. A nice balanced taste you don't normally find in a 7% ipa with tea-like sweet and less bitter grass in the finish

D - A truly drinkable IPA with a little extra juice - in every sense. It is balanced, but doesn't lack for fresh hop flavor or aroma and is just bitter enough to let you know it is an IPA without going overboard. The hop flavor doesn't just deliver bitter tastes, but a wide range of hoppiness and is a unique method that obviously hits the mark. I could drink these one after another. (1,546 characters)

Photo of Shannon
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.99 a sixer at Total Beverage in Fairfax, VA.

A - 1/2 in head, off-white head with good lacing. Deep copper color denoting a higher malt content of a double IPA.

S - Flat, a little malt, not what I'd expect. Will check other the other bottles from the sixer but this one was disappointing for lack of hoppiness.

T - Very good hoppy tang. Also, recognizably Sierra Nevada. Like the pale ale, but with increased hop and malt. Same blend of hops (just with a different process and increased amount)?

M - Smooth and hefty. Fine carbonation.

D - Good. What you'd expect from a heavier or double IPA. (601 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a $7.99 sixer purchased at Nugget Vacaville on February 12, 2009. Poured into a Firestone pint glass at 55°F.

Pours a golden amber with a foamy 1" light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Head is long-lasting, and after receding to 1/2 cm, stays for most of the ride.

I sniffed and sniffed, but there just doesn't seem to be a whole lot happening on the nose. Light grapefruit citrusiness with a bit more malt than expected. Notes of pine.

Wow, this is different. There's this nutty, creamy, tanginess complementing the hops that sets it apart from many other IPAs I've had in the past. The finish is piney with a slight alcohol burn. This is a well-balanced beer, if just a bit malty for a west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with lots of carbonation. Alcohol is quite apparent for a 7.2% beer.

I could go through these pretty quickly. Solid IPA, especially for the price.

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Retasted a week later, forgot about my first review. Scores were exactly the same save for drinkability.

A - Deep copper amber with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a resilient film. Some lacing noted.

S - More pine than citrus. The citrus says grapefruit.

T - Tons of citrus with a maltier-than-expected finish. Notes of caramel. The balance seems to be lacking.

M - Lots of carbonation, medium bodied, almost chewy consistency. Bitter finish that sticks around till the next sip.

D - Every time I crack a Torpedo, I wish I'd opted for a Celebration instead. :/

I'm a huge SN fan, so this was somewhat of a letdown. (1,551 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear pale orange color with a creamy white head. Lacing is thick and sticky.

Pineapple, grapefruit rind, caramel,and a light pine aroma in the nose.

Starts with some malt and a blast of lemon. Grapefruit rind and pine flavors follow. You can definetly tell this is a SN ale, with its beautiful hop profile and near perfect balance. Bitterness is high yet pleasant.

I really enjoy this beer, big surprise everything this brewery puts in a bottle is balanced, full of flavor, and exrtremely drinkable. Recommended for sure. (531 characters)

Photo of Soneast
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copperish color with a creamy off-white head that started out at a half-inch in size and rapidly grew to about 2 inches after I set the glass down.

The nose consists of a nice, FLORAL pine bouquet with a little hint of citrus hidden away in the background with a nice balanced malty, caramel aroma to finish it off.

Taste is definitely not your typical Sierra Nevada affair. This really seems to have a much more balanced profile, deliciously hoppy up front, predominated by pine flavors accenuated by grapefruit citrus flavors backed up amazingly well by delectable caramel and toffee flavors. Finish dry and bitter, but not crazy-style bitter due to the great balance they achieved with this beer, just delicious and juicy.

Really good mouthfeel on this beer, so refreshing, leaves a great aftertaste. What can I say I love this beer. I could be biased as this is my first beer after a 10 hour day at work, but wow it's going down so good! (957 characters)

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

here we go. i saw this last night for the first time at total wine in greenville, sc. HAD TO HAVE IT! i love hops. i love bitterness. i am always looking for a new beer that makes my mouth feel the taste long after the pint is gone.

so it is with torpedo. wow! what hop character! it isn't ruination, but it is in the unique hop category. if you don't like aftertaste, if you don't like bitter, then this beer is not for you.

the standard sierra nevada color and head are present. you can really get a generous head out of these bottles. they settle very well. your standard citrus, pine, and floral tones are in the nose, but this beer does have a twist all its own...must be the torpedos talking. floral. very floral.

the taste is even more unique than the smell. it has that signature sierra nevada touch, but after the swallow, this beer goes in a whole new direction---a direction most people probably won't like---a direction I LOVE!

mouthfeel is full enough and even chewy at times. shadows in comparison to the smell and taste.

drinkability...3 in and i'm asleep on the couch. my wife woke me up this morning. i guess 7.2 can still pack a bit of a punch after a long day.

if you like hops, try it! if you like hops, but prefer a malt balance, try anniversary or celebration.

a notable and worthy offering from sn. (1,328 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass

pours a clear dark golden with a big off white sticky head.

smell is fruity. citrus, rich ripe fruit. Sweet malty backbone. Not as piney. Different.

First is mildly bitter, then malty balance. Clean taste disappears. Great beer.

Full mouthfeel and very easy drinking.

I am thoroughly impressed. The best SN I have had yet. (367 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper color with nice big clumpy head that rings the glass repeatedly. Big floral hop bouquet with lots of umph. Taste of grapefruit and some piney bitterness that puckers your mouth on the finish. Drinkability is through the roof for the price I was able to get this. Are you kidding me, $32/case for a world class IPA. This beer rocks. (338 characters)

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

7.2% ABV listed on bottom side of bottle. Chill hazed bright blood orange with a thick frothy cream colored head. Very pillowy froth...quite striking in the SA BA glass. Pungent grapefruit nose. As it warms a little, I get this mango/coconut aroma...very unexpected.
Piney, chewy hop flavor. Very perfumey, somewhat bitter. Touch of sweetness up front, then a beautiful hop bouquet. The chewy/chalky bitterness keeps me from scoring the taste higher, but this is a really tasty IPA from Sierra. (494 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and rich golden copper in color. The off white loose head left modest lacing.

Smell was leafy and earthy. Not strong.

Taste was also earthy hops. Husky grains. There was a lingering grassy bitterness after the sweeter middle.

Mouthfeel was appropriate in body and carbonation. Nicely zippy. I do not like this beer as much as the Anniversary Ale or the Celebration Ale, but it is very drinkable. (485 characters)

Photo of BenJames1984
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass; I let it sit for about 10 minutes. Pretty good IPA, very smooth for a 7.2% ABV. This one does not leave much of a ring around the glass, as opposed to most IPAs I've had.
Sierra Nevada did a great job with this IPA. If you like this, I also recommend their Anniversary Ale. which is still hoppy, but a bit maltier. Cheers. (349 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can imagine the delight on my face as I saw this beer on the shelves of the Lexington-local Liquor Barn. Of course I'm rushing home to drink this beer. Now that I've had a few... too many, I'm going to attempt my review...

The pour gives me something that lands somewhere between the standard SN Pale ale and the Celebration ale. The color is deeply golden, but not quite amber. Not brilliantly clear, but glowing. Good head formation retains well throughout the session and leaves memories of lacing on the glass. A standard Sierra Nevada look.

Very citrusy in the nose with orange rinds, ruby-red grapefruits, pineapples, and maybe a pine cone or three. Sweet ginger-bread malts blend with caramel for a grahm cracker crustiness that leads to a well attenuated yeasty and cracker-like flavor.

The feel is supurb. Aside from a slight nail-polish-like taste and feel, the alcohols are well hidded, leading to a dry finish that accomodates the resiny hops well. Highly attenuated for a very palatable, clean, refreshing citrus finish.

Do IPA's taste better? Sure. But do they finish as well? Doubtful. Does the drinkability fare as well? Doubtful. This is a beer where the mouthfeel and palatability fares even better than the signature-quality taste. Thumbprints of Sierra Nevada are all over this beer... keep up the good.. (er) great work! (1,349 characters)

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

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a filtered, amber-bodied brew with infrequent and relatively large effervescence. The one-finger off-white head has average retention and leaves some nice spider web-esque lacing after it recedes - the lacing actually lasts around the top of the glass for quite some time.

Aroma: A little too subtle, perhaps, with a lot of what I expect from an IPA getting lost It's mostly just light, tropical fruity esters and faint backing sweetness. It's pleasant, but, as mentioned, a little too mild.

Taste: A very balanced flavor profile. Smooth, gentle bitterness is moderate and perfectly in check with a citrusy, piney hop profile. Hints of pineapple, coconut, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, resinous pine needle, and mint. The malt backbone is similarly well-crafted, bready, slightly roasted, relatively sweet, with slight hints of gummy bears provided by those great tropical fruit notes mingling with soft saccharine overtones.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly soft and gentle, with a moderate amount of carbonation in a moderately-thick body. Just a very nice, balanced, even, crisp, but soft mouth.

Drinkability: This really is a smoother IPA. I know there's been a lot of discussion lately about being "underwhelmed" by this brew, but I don't think this beer is meant to overwhelm, or even ... well, whelm. It just is what it is, a smooth, soft, gentle, flavorful IPA, well-balanced and drinkable. It's very sessionable, as well, and though the abv% isn't listed, I can't assume it's 6%, 6.5%. If you've gotten used to the harshness of overly hoppy beers, this one might even be too tame for you, but if you're looking for a good introductory IPA, this one's a winner. (1,784 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz bottle for just under $1.50, so the deal on this beer may sway the voting a little because this is a good deal!

Poured a nice amber colour, completely transparent, with a nice fluffy bread-like head that slowly disappeared and left nice spotty lacing throughout.

Smelled of a little bit of hops, some malty backbone, and a little mango and wet grass in there. Slightly watery.

Tastes great for as cheap as it is, but to be honest there are better.

Right amount of effervescence, medium bodied.

Almost drank the whole bottle ina oner, but this is a great little beer! (585 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ol' Torpedo (what a great name) pours a clear and enticing amber / copper with a full load of ivory head. Good Brussels lace in the Corsendonk tulip.

Plenty of sharp and cutting citrus and pine in the aroma. Those two are balanced well with the malt in the quaff. Touch of woody resin in the finish. Rich and a decent brew, this is in-between an IPA and a DIPA - but still closer to an IPA. Almost a session type IPA, sipper-wise, as the $8 a sixer won't break ya, and that sixer could last an evening. Did for me. (519 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra IPA

This is the first time I've seen this and I'd consider it an Extra IPA for us SN lovers.

Pours a light copper color with a sticky white lace.

Very floral nose with a nice amount of citrus but it doesn't seem to be much more than I get from the regular pale ale.

Now the taste is bolder and has a bigger malt bill along with the hops to pick it up into the IPA region. Good amount of caramel but less than celebration and less pine. The hops seem toned down in citrus and pine and more have more of a floral bouquet. There is a bitterness, almost a spiciness that is hard to place. Very sharp though.

The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Finishes with a strong spiciness and leaves a very pleasant trace of hops.

Nicely done and I'll take an extra IPA any day of the week. (789 characters)

Photo of Rchap1
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this as I write, straight from the bottle. From the start, poured out a little to gauge the color; it's a great deep golden color, not quite copper but pretty close.
Smell is surprisingly light, definitely getting the hop scent. It's not nearly as strong as I would have expected. Pretty floral overall, I'm not picking up a whole lot else.
Taste is pretty aggressive. I can see why this is called an extra IPA. The hops hit you pretty quick, and kinda flare your nostrils a little bit. Picking up some citrus in there as well. The taste holds for quite some time after the swallow too. Nice and bitter.
Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a decent IPA, good bite to it, nice and full, decent carbonated feel.
Drinkability is also quite good. I imagine I'll have several of these this evening...
All in all, a good strong IPA from Sierra Nevada, definitely something I'll buy again! (892 characters)

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, a beautiful amber body appeared. Really nice, quite translucent, with a steady carbonation. A half finger cloud appeared, before the head eventually settled on a fluffy film. Solid lacing. Nose is quite fruity, not brash like a pine or citrus. Rather, some dark fruits, plum and strawberry.

Flavor as expected leans towards the hoppy side, but it's very refreshing and smooth. Some floral notes, but mainly a bitter apple?? Certainly unlike anything I've had before. Mouthfeel is a medium body, and a slightly dry finish.

This guy is unlike any IPA I've had before. It's a perfect grab if you're looking for an IPA that doesn't take over with bitterness, but provides just enough. Top notch - definitely need to get some more. Could see this being a mini session beer. (791 characters)

Photo of jdoncbus
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams special glass (the official name escapes me); two finger head consisting of fluffy bubbles leaves rings around the glass. There's a good amount of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass, leaving nice trails in the golden-bronze colored beverage.

The nose is biscuity and leads to a pine and mildly grapefruit/pineapple. A decent amount of sweet malt appears as well that exposes the nostrils to some sugary, toasty grains.

Like most Sierra Nevada ales, this one is very balanced. The initial flavor is the sweet, sourdough bread flavors of the malt; nice and robust. As it crosses the palate and heads towards the throat the hops really take charge. You can really make out the citrahop with the appearance of grapefruit, pear, apricot and rounded out with some serious bitter pine.

The smooth mouthfeel gives way to a sharp tart feel to the mouth; oh my how it's dry! The finale lets you know that you are dealing with an IPA.

A solid addition to the SN portfolio and a beer I look foward to enjoying throughout the year. (1,068 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured with a half inch of off-white head that left a lot of sticky lacing. An attractive, clear Orange-Amber color. A very good pine/citrus hop aroma. The flavor follows the lead set by the aroma, with SNs typical lack of malt, this beer is all hop flavors. The body is good, but could use a more solid foundation to build upon. A very drinkable beer, palate fatigue will become an issue due to the lack of balance. I'll admit that I liked this beer more than I expected, due to all the hype surrounding it. I generally find SN to be a one-trick pony. While I like their beers, the focus on hops only is boring. That said, this beer will likely find it's way into my regular rotation. (709 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a beautiful inch and a half off white head. The head lingers with good retention and leaves some spotty lace as it subsides.

The aroma is great, and pretty typical Sierra Nevada/West Coast. Big hop notes smacking you with some sappy pine and some sweet citrus. Delicious.

The taste is decent. A good hop presence giving a big sappy pine note, with a touch of citrus. It's slightly sweet up front, but gives way to a moderately bitter finish. A little rough around the edges with some boozy qualities, and a flavor profile that seems to be missing in mid pallate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and subdued carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a tasty IPA, though lacking slightly. It's certainly easy to drink, and pleasureable as well. Another solid hop forward offering from our friends at Sierra Nevada. (860 characters)

Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous crystal ruby/amber with a generous cream colored head.

S- Big notes of citrus, tangerines and ruby red grapefruit.

T- Starts slightly sweet yet not with a distinguishable flavor, mid palate brings sour grapefruit notes. Finishes with a nice bitter piny and herbal hop.

M- Moderate high carbonation. Could have a bit more body to it a little thin.

D- This is a pretty nice IPA. Could have bit more body, and flavor could be slightly more pronounced. (472 characters)

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

Bottled on January 13, 2009... this is from a fresh sixer purchased a week ago. Served in a tasting tulip at a few degrees above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Four tall fingers of soapy, off-white head adorns this clear, deep burnished orange beer. Lacing is moderate, it's just plain juicy looking.

Smell- Clean, pungent aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut pine trees leap from the glass. A nice floral character wafts alongside, it's a classic West Coast hop profile. Similarites to Nugget Nectar in the nose surprise me, as I've never gotten that from any of SN's other offerings.

Taste- Deep, luscious hop juice envelops the mouth, rich and meaty with plenty of malt for balance. The whole cone hopping delivers a fullness and honesty that any IPA lover will find really enjoyable. It begins with a mild astringency, then grips the tongue and finishes with an eternal bitterness... the malts are there the whole time lending their backbone to support the massive flavor rush.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Entering the mouth the beer sizzles just slightly, then gently eases up and glides effortlessly down the gullet. At 7.2%, the alcohol is warming enough to be noticable... I wouldn't session this particular IPA if given the choice. Big, bold, and very tasty... two thumbs up as usual for the boys and girls in Chico, CA. (1,332 characters)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.