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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
93
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8,045 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,045
Reviews: 2,539
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 678 | 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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TangTKE402

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from one of Sierra Nevada's delightful little bottles into a pint glass. A 2-finger, taupe-colored head developed after the pour and settled into a nice thin froth the rest of the way down. Minimal lacing and a hazy honey-colored beer was made evident.

The smell was nondescript and minimal. Floral notes and woodiness persist on the nose.

The taste is bright, bitter, and leathery. For the amount of hops, this isn't a particularly floral tasting beer, but it has a nice dry tanin that leaves the mouth with a crisp refreshing feel on the swallow. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp, carbonated and full-bodied. This is a beer you can savor and reach for another right after.

This beer is like a wood shop in your barn on a fresh spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 21:42:47 | More by TangTKE402
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up because this was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. I've had most of Sierra Nevada's offerings and I was pretty much expecting their trademark taste here with just a bit more kick than the Pale Ale and sure enough, that's what this beer is. It's not a bad beer nor a hop bomb but anyone looking for a surprise needs to move on!

The appearance was the best aspect of this beer - a beautiful deep amber hue bordering on a bright apricot with an abundance of flecks that glistened as I held this up to the light. It almost looked like this beer was a timeless piece of amber as I moved my pint glass around, since the beer just stayed still as a beautiful whole. The head filled up the remainder of my glass but there wasn't much of any lacing to go along with it. Bubbles can be seen like in the trademark Pale Ale, but only when I took my sips. As for the taste, it's got the usual Sierra Nevada hallmarks - pine, resin, citrus, some metallic notes, and a buttery consistency. The piney hops remain in the aftertaste but there's no burning here, just a mellow taste that asks for more beer to quench it.

This beer is deceptively strong, as it feels more like a dry-hopped ale than an IPA. This isn't my favorite beer from these guys but it's very solid and immensely enjoyable because it's so easygoing. Sure, the hops emerge through in the aftertaste, but this isn't too strong or weak in the mouthfeel. This isn't a session beer but it feels like one and there's no doubt I'd have this again. Another great offering from Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 05:46:53 | More by JerzDevl2000
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impeccably clear amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves awesome lacing. The aroma starts off with a big citrusy hops character, along with some piney and resinous notes as well, and some caramel, toasted bread, esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a big hoppy blast upfront (with notes of citrus, pine and resin), along with a malty backbone of caramel and toasted bread, a mineral like note along with some fruity esters, and a nice closing alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, and drinkability is good despite the ABV. A really solid IPA from SN, not mind blowing but reasonably priced and complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 03:21:47 | More by silver0rlead
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Borgs

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice head with lacing. Dark golden color.

Smell: Phenomenal hop aroma. The citrus really stands out.

Taste: Has definite a sweetness to it (almost too much), with a hard piney, light hop flavor. I'm not getting much of the citrus from the aroma in the taste.

Mouthfeel: For an extra IPA, I would assume more of a bitterness

Drinkability: I like it, & will drink more in the future

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 02:20:53 | More by Borgs
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Two finger, fluffy white head. Amber colored with lots of carbonation bubbles. Laces nicely.

S. Either my sniffer is off or this beer has little aroma. Some faint malt and piney hops if I coax it with swirling.

T. Bready malt that gives way quickly to piney hop bitterness. Kind of a one-trick-pony in my book.

M. Nice mouthfeel with good creaminess - the best attribute of this beer. Well carbonated to boot.

D. Given the bitterness, two of these is enough and it's time to move on. This is a decent IPA but it won't be a staple in my fridge given the plethora of nice IPA's I have access to that offer more complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:40:19 | More by bound4er
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

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

If you've ever had a SNPA, then you could predict what Sierra Nevada would produce in an IPA. I poured this brew into a standard pint glass and it came out dark amber with a thick but bubbly white SN head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

The nose was on the citrusy and herbal side with just the hint of caramel malt. The SN yeast was prevalent.

The flavor was essentially a hopped-up SNPA. This is not drastically bitter nor full of citrus and pine. Those flavors are there but they are not overpowering. Only the hint of biscuity malt.

Medium-bodied and dry on the finish.

During the summer, this is the IPA in my fridge. I've spent many of summer evening sitting on the lawn with a Torpedo (or several). The 7.2% ABV is dangerous, though. There is no alcohol bite in this beer at all. The first time I drank these, I got shit-faced. I now know.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 22:00:49 | More by BuckeyeOne
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Nerfherderhan

Oregon

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

A- The Torpedo has a clear amber/orange color with a good amount of carbonation. The head wasn't too much to speak of, but I don't think I've really ever seen much of one on an American IPA before.

S- The smell is a bit citrusy with a hint of a piney scent.

T- The taste is definitely better than some of the other more well known American IPA's out there and I already like those quite a bit. It seems to be a bit heavy handed right at first, but quickly becomes a well balanced taste that doesn't linger too long with any straight up bitterness. Definitely one of the better, easier to find IPA's I've had.

M- Its pretty light in the mouth and doesn't leave too much of a film as many IPA's do seem to do to me. This is also very smooth and probably is just slightly more carbonated than the middle of the pack.

D- I really enjoyed this, and as someone thats pretty hooked on IPA's as of the last year or so, I'll definitely have another. Its easy to keep sipping and just gets more personality as the temperature rises, so this definitely gets some good marks on overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 06:22:07 | More by Nerfherderhan
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WTBash

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend and I have recently been exploring the world of American IPA's. I came across this one and, not being a particularly big fan of Sierra Nevada, I was pleasantly surprised.
Toasty golden orange color and hints of citrus and what I think are pine. It provides a smooth drink for the ABV and not especially bitter but definitely in line with other IPA's in that department. It really is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 04:48:08 | More by WTBash
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a two finger head. Color is copper and amber with red highlights. Some lacing develops as the beer drinks down.

S: Mostly piney hops here. Some grapefruit and other hints of tropical fruits. It's mainly about the pine scent here though. Some sweet malts come through.

T: Sharp, bitter pine cones come through here. It's like sucking on a pine needle. A decent malt sweetness attempts to balance out the bitterness. A few tropical fruits come through as noted in the smell.

M: Resinous hops stick to the palette. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very sessionable and drinkable IPA. And for the price, it's one I can keep in my fridge all the time once it makes its way up to Central Alabama.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:55:21 | More by kirkpjr
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zimm421

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark, burnt orange color with an average sized head that stays around for a good while, and leaves good lacing.

Smells of hops, lots of citrus and pine. Also some malts in the background, but the hops are definitely dominant. The taste starts fairly sweet, but goes bitter very quickly. Lots of citrus, pine and grass towards the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is full of carbonation and full-bodied. This goes down great. Not overpowering, but still very bitter. Very full and heavy, but something that is hard to only have one of.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 01:27:29 | More by zimm421
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Soilworker

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a fluted Ephemere glass.

A: Coppery brown in color with a 2-3 finger light tan head. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer as evident by the amount of bubbles rising quickly through the liquid.

S: A little bit more maltiness than I would have expected but there is a huge amount of citrus, piney and herbal hops...it really is a mix of all three. I like the fact that there is more malt in the nose, it really balances out the hops in a pleasant way.

T: Cookie-like malts provide a backing for a strong amount of hops. The hops themselves are pretty intense and is mainly piney with a light backing of citrus and herbal hops. Nice caramel sweetness plays along with the hops. Ends with a strong bite of bitterness which lingers on the tongue.

M: Nice carbonation and there is a nice zing and zest on the toungue from it and perhaps the hops. Pretty smooth but feels a little heavy in the mouth.

D: ABV is a bit high on this one but you can still get a few down. Only thing really holding you back is the strong bitterness.

I liked the extra malts in this one, I feel it complimented the strong hop character well. This is an extra IPA so the hops are obviously present, a bit much for me but I think appropriate for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:41:25 | More by Soilworker
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into globe glass.

A=short head retention, with a white foamy head.

S= Pine layers are complex and spicy.

T= Full bodied taste, with herbal notes. A strong hop taste that affirms the extra IPA.

M= Creamy well balanced with a good flower after taste.

D= The taste of the hops create a nice drinking experience, not that its a quick drinking beer but one that will have you coming back for another.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:07:17 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Kinsman

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Bottling code suggest this one is about 2 months old.

Light copper body with a towering pearl colored head. Light carbonation showing through bubbles in the glass.

Herbal aromas with hints of citrus. Sweeter aromas make their way though but are quickly masked by the herbalness of the hops.

Quite a well balanced brew with a moderate malt presence before the hops come through. As the nose suggested, the taste is more piney and herbal than expected. Crystal malt seems to provide all the sweetness needed to balance out the hops.

A well polished mouthfeel helps this one go down well. Overall a solid IPA from Sierra but Celebration will still be my favorite Sierra IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 23:10:29 | More by Kinsman
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden orange. Head is a light tan puff cloud. Great lacing throughout.

S - Hops, pine resin.

T - Same as smell. Pine off the top, then astringent grapefruit.

M - Nice medium to light body.

D - The 7.20% ABV is really hidden by the amount of hops in the beginning, but quickly becomes noticeable as it warms. I was expecting alot out of this beer. It didn't really shine like I'd hoped it would, but It's still a great beer. It's also really nice that it comes in a sixer and not a 4 pack. Thank you for that SN!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 21:28:55 | More by StaveHooks
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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

I've had this one in the bottle a load of times so when I saw it on tap recently while on a business trip to Tampa, I had to try it...

Arrives a burnished golden with a huge thick head of off white... Lacing all over the place as well... Awesome looking... Very fresh looking...

Piney dank hoppiness up front with hints of citrus and a nice solid malt backbone as well... Doesn't seem quite as pungent as the bottled version but still rather good...

Sharp biting citrusy piney hoppiness right up front and in your face all the way... This really tastes uber fresh and delicious... Oily sticky fresh hoppiness in a glass here... The malts play a nice background role and keep this from getting too bitter on the finish...

This may be better on tap than in the bottle... It was uber hoppy but not a chore to srink a couple of... Very refreshing....

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 20:54:19 | More by Tilley4
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a two finger head, white and frothy. Transparent body with vigorous upward carbonation. Lacing isthin and sticky. Copper in color.
S) Caramel. Grainy. Subtle notes of orange.
T) Caramel malt and robust hop bitterness from the onset. The sweetness of the malts keeps the hops at bay. Tones of orange and grapefruit. Towards the finish the malts fall out and leave the hop bite.
M) Crisp. Medium body. Slight tannin feel.
D). A delicious brew. Pour me another and another ...

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:26:25 | More by u2carew
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Piney hops

Appearance - Orange with a big yellow head. Not much carbonation following the pour but tons of lacing hanging around after a few pulls.

Taste - A well balanced IPA. Not a huge hop bomb like Hopslam but a more drinkable toned down IPA that might be at the upper limit of what you can call an American IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 21:11:00 | More by jwhawkins81
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aval89

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange to copper color with a decent fluffy head that lasted a bit but eventually went down to a thin film. Still very inviting.

Smell is extremely inviting. Sweet caramel, pine, fresh grass, mild mint, hoppy.. Overall just a freshness that brings joy to me.

Taste is exceptional as well. Sweet malt up front with caramel & bready notes. Followed by that signature SN hop presence.. Lots of citrus..orange peel bitterness is there. Burnt resin but not too sharp like other IPAs.. Very fresh finish with a mild to medium hop bitterness that lingers after its all down.. Could definitely drink more than a couple. 7.2% abv is unnoticed in taste but after a couple you will haha.

Overall a very solid IPA that I like to always have on hand. Another great job by SN. A true classic in my book.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 06:57:58 | More by aval89
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a deep amber-copper with a huge frothy head that raises above the top of the pint glass. It hangs around forever and it makes it a chore to clean the glass with all of the lacing it leaves. tons of bubbles stream up from the etching in the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. beautiful beer.

smells like an IPA, thats for sure. fresh cut grass, pine, grapefruit, lemon, lemon rind, a bit floral with some malty sweetness, caramel, in the background.

tastes hoppy.... citrus punch is strongest. grapefruit and lemon, kind of acidic. a bit herbal and floral. also has some pineapple and mango or passionfruit tartness. pine and grassy flavors are there, just not as strong as in the aroma. bit of malt sweetens it up on the tongue, but bitterness and some spiciness lingers on the tongue for a while. very hop-forward, but also its pretty complex.

medium-bodied, but frothy from start to finish. carbonation tickles the whole mouth, but doesn't make it hard to swallow.

goes down great. bitter, but nothing overpowers. has plenty of flavor, a bit of alcohol burn, but plenty of drinkability. a strong beer, yet one that I cannot drink just one of.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 02:27:49 | More by silentjay
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birchstick

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a light copper, caramel coler with a nice sized head

S - the traits of an IPA are in the nose: pine and citrus are very mixed, with some sweet malts.

T - this started off with some malts, but then I got hit with very piney, bitter hops. Reminds me of an ESB that is super hopped up. Nice balance, however I am not a huge fan of the hop profile in this.

M - good mouthfeel...creamy and smooth with slight dryness.

D - This was a pretty good IPA. I think the bitterness was too much for my palate, though, as I was ready to move on after a couple. Not a bad IPA, but I don't know if I will return to this after this 6 pack is gone.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:20:56 | More by birchstick
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It's hazy orange in color, so pretty similar for IPA profile
S - Smells of mostly barley malt and hops
T - Was a decent IPA. One I could drink all night. Equivalent hops and malt in sync.
M - No too bitter and sweet.
D - Na not too much. When I think IPA's I think of bitter hop tones and this beer doesn't have much.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 08:41:34 | More by DrDemento456
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a very attractive clear golden color into the glass, with a very fluffy and billowing off-whte head.

smells very floral and earthy, and I also get a hint of malt, so I'm preparing for some sweetness.

The hops jump out immediately as they attack the taste buds. I'm not really getting much citrus like in a lot of the IPAs I've had lately, I'm guessing this is due to the lack of Cascade hops. It's somewhat Piney and herbal, rather than fruity. This gives way to the sweetness I detected. Very enjoyable.

The Torpedo is a very nice feeling beer going down. smooth, and well balanced. lower carbonation than a lot of IPAs, and medium bodied.

Very drinkable beer and well priced. I'll be having three of these tonight. When I get a craving for a refreshing, lively, hop forward beer, this is an IPA i can trust. And it is for this reason that I find myself returning to it often.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:44:37 | More by wolfinthemirror
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a decent, frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, citrus (orange particularly) and pine malts. Flavor is sweet pale and caramel malts, citrus (orange again), and resin. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, and bitter finish. Good beer, I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:33:55 | More by mtstatebeer
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of white foam. Moderate carbonation evident and nice lacing

s - Lots of hops. Smells of pine and citrus hops, and maybe a little bit of pale malts as well.

t - Taste is pine and citrus hops. Citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a very solid IPA. Very accessible and easy to drink, this is a good IPA you can have a few of. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 01:07:59 | More by mdfb79
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infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hefty amber color with a beautiful, tall, white foamy head with incredible sheets of lace. Incredibly carbonated throughout the glass as well. The aroma actually surprised me with the generous amount of malt character in it. It's pretty distinguishable right off the bat. Of course, the hops are the most prevalent on the nose. Straight up pine, wood and citrus.

Geez. The taste is quite incredible. Seriously refreshing and thoroughly done so. A sort of caramel sweetness hits the palate at first and then comes in a plenitude of the hops and grapefruit. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be, which is always surprising yet pleasant. This has quickly become one of my favorite IPAs. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp and carbonated - like a seltzer, except tastier. Drinkability is definitely high. I foolishly finished my 12oz. bottle within fifteen minutes. Now I wish I had bought the six-pack instead of a single.

Sierra Nevada's got the formula right in regards with pale ales. Excellent IPA and deservingly so.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 04:24:34 | More by infi
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,045 ratings.