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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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7,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,943
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 621 | FT: 1
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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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like where Sierra is going. The Kellerwies was decent, I'm anxious to try the Glissade. and then there's Torpedo.

Beautiful clear copper color, with hefty head that shrinks but never goes away and provides sticky lacing throughout the pint.

Aroma is all piney notes, but not too strong. Quite drinkable for a "extra" IPA. Hops are sharp upfront, a bit sweet in the back.

Naturally, it paired quite well with pre-Super Bowl NYS sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:41:26 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of OhioHopDevil


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of the Sierra Nevada brewery.

I've enjoyed many of their beers, and their pale ale is simply a classic. SN produces an exceptional product for a reasonable price. What's not to love?

The music for this review is "8 Miles High" by The Byrds.

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear, pale copper sounds about right. Nice rocky two-finger head that lingers to the bottom of the glass & quickly re-forms with a minimal swirl leaving quite impressive lacing.

S: Fresh, spicy hops. I get some sweetness from the malt, and a hint of alcohol as well.

T: Green, earthy hops are up front and dominate. Bitter. Big grapefruit, other citrus. Getting a really nice herbal element in there too. Clean, refreshing finish. Very tasty.

M: Oily and coating, in a good way.

D: High. "Hit-on-your-sister-in-law"-sorta high. The substantial alcohol is well hidden in the big flavors of this beer. Fair warning.

A great IPA from the folks at Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:18:48 | More by OhioHopDevil
Photo of John1985


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:18:12 | More by John1985
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
(crazy Sierra Nevada dating 9329, so 11/25/09)

A: Crystal clear, dark copper/orange color, pours with a thick white head that leaves a ton of lace.
S: Lots of citrus and pine hops completely overwhelm any malt characteristics.
T: Again, citrus and piney hops are very present, there is a hint of caramel sweetness to help balance things out, also apparent is a malt graininess, no hint of alcohol.
M: Oily hops, high level of carbonation, crisp/well attenuated.
D: A great IPA, much better than Sierra Nevada's standard IPA. Goes down very easy, could be a great "session" beer if you are driving anywhere. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:31:40 | More by wspscott
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Big big head with lots of lacing. Its the kinda stuff I like to see. Pale copper mixed with orange. Nearly perfectly clear.

S- Piney and medicinal. The hops have that really oily, medicinal/astringent characteristic. This isnt very citrusy. From the nose you can tell this is going to be a bitter one.

T- And yes, this is a bitter one. Its not insane though. There is a nice toasty malt base. The hops are like the nose would suggest. Piney, oily, herbal and astringent.

M- How a good IPA should be. Medium carbonation, Medium body, very clean finish that's not too dry.

D- Average drinkability for me. Quite bitter, slightly more alcoholic than a session beer. This is a style that should be highly sessionable, but SN was obviously going for a beer between an IPA and a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:30:10 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light copper color with a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves fairly heavy lacing.

Smell: Some earthy smells, along with many floral aromas and hints of sweet malt.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing off with strong bitterness that has a bit of an herbal tartness about it. Bitterness lingers in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy body with little carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A good IPA and one that I would look to again in the future. Hoppy and a nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 17:56:56 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only tried Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale once, and at the time I didn't really care for it. I was going to pick up a six pack and give it another shot, but decided instead to try something new. Pours a coppery-orange with a nice looking off-white head. Right off the bat I'm impressed with how this beer looks. Smells pretty good too. Solid malty smell, accented by hops. Tastes pretty good at first, smooth and pleasantly bitter. Finishes a bit too bitter for me and after a few sips I don't like it as much. I'm not really sure how to rate the taste as I don't think it's bad nor particularly good, but it's by no means average. Eh I'll give it a 3.5 on taste. Overall, pretty good, a quality product, but not my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:52:36 | More by robobor
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label on the bottle intrigued me. This label shows a field of green crops. What could those be? Why, they are hop plants, of course. Does this mean that Sierra Nevada grows their own hops?

Poured into a tumbler it produces about an inch of head that leaves solid lacing. The appearance is orange-amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops, not quite as strong as I'd like in an IPA, but nice, with some malt. The taste is hop bitter and malty. The feel is medium bodied with a nice alcoholic bite in the finish.

This is a fine IPA, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 23:27:49 | More by rfabian
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sister's new boyfriend brought this one over--I think he's a keeper.

Clear amber with a chunky white head. Retention leaves multiple lace rings like my glass is dressed in a striped shirt. Juicey, hop stank aroma: tropical, citrus and sharp bitter pine. Tastes like prickly christmas tree resin hop oil with herbal citrus. Poundcake malt isn't too dry and not too sweet; just about right.

A fine, fine beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 22:13:10 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-brown color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of pine-y and herbal hops. A slight touch of caramel can be detected in the background.

Taste: Wow...Definitely hoppy. Hits you strong up front and finishes intensely bitter with a bit of toastiness as well. Slight citrus notes towards the beginning but aren't as pronounced as I would expect.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side but with a great carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A great IPA and another winner from Sierra Nevada. I definitely see where the "Extra" comes in in "Extra IPA." This is definitely a hophead's beer but everyone should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:09:57 | More by wahhmaster
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: pours a big, rocky, 3 finger head above a copper brew with amazing clarity. head has great retention. fades and leaves arches, spots, and splatters of lacing.

S: earthy, dusty. pine, citrus, and herbal aromas, with a slightly sweet and toasty malt. well representative of style, however, I expected something more powerful given the ABV and IBUs.

T: earthy and toasty, with sweet citrus fruit juice up front, then grapefruit, orange peel, pine sap, and more biscuity, grainy malt close it off.

M: creamy medium-full body that quickly becomes tingly and resiny from a balance of carbonation and hoppiness. leaves mouth off dry with a coating of hop resin.

Overall, a wonderful AIPA that fits the style to a tee. It has an earthiness that gives one an idea of hop quality and freshness. Another great use of hops by Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 04:04:57 | More by OlRasputin989
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: What a great looking beer. Clear, shining orange-copper with a fluffy, creamy looking head. Good head retention and absolutely ridiculous lacing-- really looks like lace plastered inside the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine. Raw citrus hops, not the sweet candied kind. Malt takes a backseat.

Taste: As expected-- bitter citrus hops. Grapefruit pith and some pine. There's a sweet little punch of malt in the middle surrounded on both sides by bitterness. In that way its balanced, but in no other way. Its a great bitter-hoppy IPA, but dont try to sell us on balance. The finish does also have a sweet crackery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Great. Medium mouthfeel. Just a little bit of resiny mouthcoating. Nicely carbonated-- feels great.

Drinkability: I love this beer. Very hard to drink just one. Unfortunately, this was my last. Thank you Sierra Nevada for making great, cheap beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:08:01 | More by rapidsequence
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle. Pint glass

A: Pours a reddish caramel looking color. With two finger off white head. Sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Aroma is very hoppy and filled with a mixture of pine and citrus.

T/M: All hops at first with a strong bitter bite. A sweetness then follows from the malts. Mixed in is a chewy feel with more hops and citrus. The finish is slightly bitter.

D: Very good brew. Not to overpowering but still enough to hurt the drinkability slightly. Not sure how "Extra" it is, but still a great IPA.


Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:59:08 | More by mnrider
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A. Poured a semi-transparent caramel body with a creamy two finger off-white head. There was nice lacing following each drink attributed to the hop resins.

S. The smell was a bit subtle. It was piney, grapefruit and floral in nature with a hint of spiciness. Maybe reminiscent of nutmeg.

T. Taste was hop-forward with a rush of bitterness. This transitioned to a bread sweetness that finished with a tart bitterness that lingered.

M. The mouthfeel was medium leaving a velvet coating of hop resins that blanketed the palate. Carbonation was pleasant leaving a nice crispness upon each drink.

D. A highly drinkable beer for an experienced enthusiast. The alcohol was extremely well hidden. If you are used to yellow fizzy beer than I suggest you adhere to what is comfortable. Real beer was not only created by but intended for real men!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:01:44 | More by qdeguchy
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to check out a relatively new friend from an old friendship circle: Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA.

A: Poured out a nice, wild honey color with a deep, thick topping of rough waters river foam. Head dissapates kinda quickly, but a good, dense lattice remains up top. Should've poured this into my etched Sierra pub glass to watch the pretty swirl of carbonation out of the bottom. Damn you, dirty dishes!

S: Kinda northern woodsey... like walking around in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in late summer... smell the Jack Pines? Nice soft notes of Myer Lemon underneath the pine needles. Barely-perceptible hits of malt sweetness at the end. (1/2in head still there...)

T: Not nearly as big and chewy as I'd expect for a double IPA. Rather restrained in its spice and citrus. Slightly coppery flavor to go with the citrus rind. Very clean finish with just enough pleasant bitterness to keep your noggin from straying to unimportant thoughts like, "Should I go? I've got to get up early," or "This chick is totally digging my striped shirt... all-right..." or, even worse "Maybe I should switch to a Bud Light Lime. The ladies seem to dig the guys that drink those..." Ugh. Thank someone somewhere that this beer is nicely-balanced. Leave the stupid ideas to the Jagerbomb crowd. (Oh, half-way down the pint glass & the head is still there albeit 1/4 in now...)

M: Only slightly viscous with a very nicely-noticible fizz present. Still hoping for something a bit chewier.

D: And how. The 7.2%abv gives just enough kick that a full sixer should do you dandy without feeling cheated at the end. Just enough balance of flavor and texture makes this one you could take to a party, drink the whole shebang and not worry too much about acting like a drunken dork whilst still knowing you drank a darn good beer and had a good time doing it. I am now drinking this while eating popcorn laced with s&p and yellow curry powder 'cause I'm a doofus like that. Oh, final report: head still 1/4 in and lattice clinging to insides of glass like ancient boulder moss.

What a well-rounded, multi-tasking, good-time-friendly little beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:42:41 | More by sudsellier
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Torpedo pours a crystal-clear copper with a quickly-dissipating white head. Lacing lasts and lasts, throughout the entire beer.

Delightfully piney. Mouth-watering thick grapefruit notes.

The balance of piney bitterness to the sweet citrus fruits and thick biscuity maltiness is just amazing. This is a delicious example of an AIPA if I've ever had one. I'm a pretty big fan of their SNPA, but I believe I prefer the more pronounced tastes of the Torpedo.

The Torpedo has a medium to thick mouthfeel. Syrupy, but lightened by the carbonation quite a bit.

A delicious beer whose drinkability is only detracted from by its higher abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:11:51 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, i'm biased, I love Sierra Nevada and everythibg they do and what they have done, they are consistant and solid.
The beer pours a clean deep amber, strong citrusy pine notes. Taste is a very balanced strong hops with a sweet malt finish. This beer is what most IPA's try to be, and Sierra does it everyday, a consistant clean IPA that highlights the hops, but balances out the finish with the malts, making this a very drinkable tasty brew. It seems that everybody out here is doing an IPA, what sets these guys apart is that from bottle 1 to bottle 1000, they taste the same, and all good, not hit or miss like the 22oz. pretty label IPA's that are stuffing the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 06:14:26 | More by chickencoop
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bottle

A: Golden Amber with a 1 finger white head that faded quickly.

S: Smells of cascade hops - very lemony, with pine and cedar notes.

T: While most IPAs I've head are so strong with regards to IBUs, this beer is the top so far. 78 IBUs. It doesn't taste like it. The malts they used were very properly fermented, creating a very beautiful sweetness that combines well with the perfectly brewed hops.

M: Very good for an American IPA. Not too thick nor thin - could be a little thicker IMO but still good.

D: I slammed one back after that first one for taste quite quickly. Not any worse than water if you're not a weiner.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 02:53:44 | More by acelin
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours a thick three-finger frothy cream-colored head that persists remarkably well. Thick lacing lingers. A deep rich orange-tinged amber color.

Aroma rather unremarkable given the beer's striking appearance -- a musty scent of hay bales with stark hop and piney undertones.

Taste is of a dramatic bitter-rich honey-hop foreground bombardment. Pine and straw background tones. Bitter hop flavor lingers nicely but sits slightly heavy. Carbonation moderate but appropriate for the heavy taste. This is a strong and forward IPA: rich, heavy, lingering.

Mouthfeel rather light -- this in stark contrast to heavy flavor.

Drinkability is good - flows well but the heavy flavor may limit one's desire to indulge in more than a few rounds. I can see this beer as a good appetizer to start out a weekend dinner date. A rather fine and creative IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:43:41 | More by Kitt
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into german mug.

Appearance: Nice orange-amber color some visible carbonation and a nice off white head that leaves a nice lace.

Smell: This IPA smells citrusy with a nice malt bisquit like backscent as well pairs nicely.

Taste: Nice and dry hopped leaves that oh so wonderful dry bitter taste that I love with IPAs. also good balance of malt as well hops dont overkill like I thought might happen with this brew.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice little zing to the palate as its going down medium full bodied taste.

Drinkability: Being 7.2 ABV this beer comes behind to kick your ass if you dont realize how much you're drinking. (Happend to me lol.) Anywho this beer is delisious go out and try it if you love IPAs

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 22:30:26 | More by hopheadjuice
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- somewhat hazy golden amber hue that's topped by a small eggshell head that laces longer than it retention would lead you to believe

S- citrusy, floral hops dominate here

T- first taste is of resiny, highly flavorful hoppiness, hints of citrus and a good malt base

M- medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a slick feel and nice finishing dryness

D- great for the style, but why would you want to chug it? it's meant to be savored at your own pace, and it serves the purpose very well

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 06:19:18 | More by BDJake
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a nice lively orange with good white head that has good lacing and moderate retention.

S - The aroma is exceptional...The nose on this beer is something to get excited about. Grassy citrus scent and is piney and very hoppy. Malt is also detectable on the nose, though it does not smell sweet. I want to boil this shit in a pan in my house as an air freshener. Tremendous.

T - Follows the nose and is just excellent. Piney and very hoppy with a nice oakey aftertaste and an anisey aftertaste is detectable on some sips.

M - Very balanced. Full but not too heavy. Medium bodied overall. Carbonated a good deal with a great hop bitterness and bite. A great dry finish.

D - One of the smoothest and most pleasant beers I've come across. The 7.2 ABV is a bit high for it to be sessionable, but I wish it were. Overall, a great beer, and once again, Sierra Nevada passes expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:18:07 | More by jmerloni
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome brew. I'm a hop head so I really like the way this beer is set up. I have had probably 2 cases of this...just to make sure on the quality assurance. I have also created a recipe that is fairly close to the original. I do think my recipe could use a bit more hops though. I used about 9 ounces in a 10 gallon batch. I'm not a "pureist" to Sierra's recipe, but mine was pretty damn tastey ! Email if you want the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:30:35 | More by BEERHEAD001
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a wine glass.

A = amber color, clear, lots of lace, good head that fades to a thin film that is retained.

S = Pretty similar to Sierra Nevada pale ale, not as citrusy as you'd think. A bit light on the aromas, actually.

T = As expected from this brewer and these hops, citrus, bitterness, and a whiff of hemp like funk.

M = Good mouthfeel, a bit light on the carbonation.

D = Very drinkable for a 'hoppy' ale and doesn't kill your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 22:35:50 | More by watchnerd
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= modest copper-orange, little head, little lacing.

S= huge huge floral boquet of hops, massive overdose of sniffing; some hints of malts.

T= overdose of hops bitters, too much; nice malts coming through that didn't seem very evident in the scent but they're overwhelmed by high-IBU hops obesssion. Dry bitterness.

M= too over-the-top axtringent, slight sweetness bitterness.

D= too much bitterness without balance, maybe a few for me at most in a sitting.

Great air-freshener or for someone with a sniffing obsession. Great deodorant or cologne.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 09:18:25 | More by therica
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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