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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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7,987 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,987
Reviews: 2,536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 134
Gots: 647 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My old standby, the Neil St. Piccadilly, had this in ample quantities looming enticingly at the front display. That's a slam dunk for this guy.

A finger of durable white froth tops a clear golden-brown body in the Yankees pint glass; nice durability and dense lacing leave me quite impressed. Abundant floral, citrusy hops accost the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon over roasted caramel malt. Rich, complex taste, almost but not quite as malty as it is hopped. Caramel and milk chocolate nicely complement the bold hop content, with Magnum and Crystal supplying fine bitterness with floral citrus. This is excellent IPA, without a doubt.

I was initially iffy about giving the mouthfeel this high a score. My initial sense was that the malt submerged the resiny, chewy hop texture that I love so much. Yet the more I enjoyed Torpedo, the more restrained the malt in fact is, with hops dominating the second half of Torpedo.

Yet again, Sierra Nevada has impressed me with a bold, flavorful beer. Yet again, SN has provided a beer that will be on my radar for future appearances. IPA lovers should revere Torpedo.


Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 19:16:08 | More by Gehrig
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear orange yellow color. The head is an off white and likes to hang around. Something typical of an IPA.

S- Smells like hops, typical grapefruit/citrus smell, nothing too special.

T- The hops are sweet with a taste of honey, I almost get a fruit loop taste, kind of funny. The hop taste is almost like a watered down ruby red grapefruit.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thin or thick.

D- Easy to drink, sweet and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 05:41:57 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark amber color. Has a dark red tint to it as well. Nice two finger frothy big bubbly head that laces away quite well.

S - Great rich floral hoppy aroma followed by a nice potent grapefruit smell. A faint yeasty, bready smell is noticeable as well.

T - Up front I am getting a very sour (good way) grapefruit taste. Flows really well into a tasty dry hop flavor.

M - Silky smooth, medium body that froths in your mouth with the decent amount of carbonation that is present. Gives the wonderful hoppy/alcoholy bite that I was expecting from this brew.

D - Bought a 6 pack and plan to finish it. I would buy this again. I think the regular IPA is done for me now and this moved into its place.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:00:32 | More by xsists
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of this in Newington. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour creates one finger of fluffy, white head. Color is a reddish orange. Great clarity. A few streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. A small amount of lacing.

Aroma is hops and grapefruit. A touch of sweetness is revealed as the beer warms.

First taste is citrusy hops, followed by grapefruit and a bit of sweet maltiness. The beer finishes dry and leaves a taste of pine on the back of the tongue.

Medium bodied and very creamy. Carbonation is perfect.

This is a delicious IPA and I could easily drink a number of these. In my opinion, it's not quite as good as Celebration Ale, but very close.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 02:31:27 | More by jimj21
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Torpedo was a copper color with a ridiculous 3-4 finger foam head that slowly subsided. It had some nice sticky wave like lacing and soft pillow head.

The aroma was piney and citrusy. The taste had a good malt backbone with a crisp dry finish. It reminded me of the Pale Ale just hopped up on the cones. In the mouth it left a mark on the tongue and didn't seem to be overpowering as far as the abv. I am glad I bought the six and pack and will enjoy it tonight.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:58:50 | More by cswhitehorse
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. into a snifter/ fresh 09

P: Evacuates the bottle light copper in color, and sits a cranberry & orange-infused deep bronze. Eggshell head is more bubbly & frothy showing good retention, finally settling to a bubbled-halo with an island in the middle.

A: Citrusy like oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit with some pine and gobs of caramel. Doesn't detonate upon pour and explode through the nostrils like other hop-explosive DIPA's I've had, but still quite enticing to a hophead nonetheless.

T: Torpedo is a laid back, generously-hopped beer that is clearly striving for at least a little balance. While hops are still headlining the show, the malts are no slouches in the supporting role. Boasting some fresh & vibrant taste sensations of brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rinds, sweet oranges/clementines, a twist of pineapple with a hint of herbal and some pine sap, the hop bill's definitely hogging the spotlight. It's not a palate-obliterating sandblasting of the tongue, but it does provide enough bitterness to temporarily satisfy my addiction. That's because bitter meets a formidable foe in the considerable toasted malt bill that teams up with the caramel & a twinge of toffee that does a great job of counter-punching the hops attack. It does finishes on the dry side, but the caramel rides out all the way through the finish line to complement.

M & D: Notch below being full-bodied, but it's thick, rich, adequately creamy, and very smooth. Drinkability is out of this world, very good session beer that this hophead will be drinking all night long.

Notes: The aroma and smell just aren't explosive enough for me to put it on the top shelf of beers I've had in this category, but its very good brew nonetheless. Bottom line is this, a DIPA with this good of a hop bill at 7.2% ABV for only $8.99 a 6er is a no-brainer! Its a real winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:46:13 | More by sweetbrew82
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North Carolina

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

Clear copper with a big, thick head that sticks around as a soapy cap and leaves drippy sheets of lace behind. Flowery, perfumey sweet grapefruit aroma...biscuit and graham cracker-like malts to balance. Sweet rindy citrus flavor. Bitter pine resin, herbal hop oils. Medium bodied and goes down real easy. Yet another good hoppy beer from SN.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:32:30 | More by wedge
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4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great name for an IPA, and you know, those hops hit you like a Torpedo -- an explosion of floral aroma and goodness but with a bitter punch like being back handed by the ale. Wonderful creamy texture that did not die in the glass. No nasty after taste either -- just the initial blast of flavor and then the subtle sweetness takes over. Highly recommended. I hope it stays around the Puget Sound from now on.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 23:58:10 | More by jkdrummer
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color is burnt orange and crystal clear. The off white head starts with a good two fingers, then reduces to about half an inch of bubbly, mounding head which leaves some pretty chunky lace.

Smells tremendously of citrusy hops, and a piney foundation mixes with some floral notes to render an outdoorsy, subtly earthy, fragrance.

Nice hoppy bitterness without the bite. Slightly roasted malts are smooth and silky, with a touch of sweetness. Has a typical citrus and grapefruit predominance.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a resiny aftertaste. Medium bodied brew.

Pretty drinkable. I'm glad this one made it to GA, and plan to have it in the fridge occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 22:23:37 | More by wescj
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After finally arriving in Raleigh I had to pick it up. Unfortunately I only got a sixer, luckily there is much more where this came from. I just hate that I ran out...

It pours a crystal clear dark amber, almost the color of sweet tea. Wow this is clear, nothing suspended in this brew. A nice off-white head formed during the pour, extremely fluffy. Dissipates to a wispy sheet covering the surface. Great lacing left in the glass.

It is quite hoppy in the nose with loads of grapefruit citrusy notes and piney undertones. The citrus smelling hops are predominantly what I smell.

Your tastebuds are enveloped in a great hoppy bitterness from the very beginning. The underlying flavor would suggest grapefruit rind. The malts are very smooth and creamy, almost caramel like.

Medium bodied with good hops and an impressive malt presence. Its creamy almost but the carbonation leaves your mouth feeling crisp. This beer definitely finishes bitter.

I'm so glad it finally made its way to Raleigh, and even happier that SN is keeping it as a year round release. I am very impressed with the Torpedo and do see myself drinking entirely too many in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 18:20:57 | More by ncstateplaya
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another smooth IPA from Sierra Nevada, this brew pours an orangey amber with a solid sticky white head that leaves some good lace. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, hoppy with a lot of citrus, some pine and brown sugar. Smooth brew, very well balanced as most SN offerings are, not quite as citrusy as Celebration, but there does seem to be a little more fruitiness, some sweeter citrus like tangerine hints all around. Bitterness is a bit higher than Celebration. Finishes easy with a nice hoppy kick.

A very solid brew from SN. It's not as good as Celebration, but this is a worthy alternative.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 06:22:58 | More by saintwarrick
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer, another above-average offering from our boys at Sierra Nevada. Clear orange, nice lace, looks pretty much like SN Pale. Nothing to complain about... nose is citrus American hops all the way, not in your face, but earthy and pleasing. Refreshing. Tastes like a malted-up SNPA, (although less heavy than Celebration) with a different (and tasty) hop bill. Crisp, wet, refreshing, bitter-orange and lovely.

Easily quaffable, Torpedo is another fine brew from the Wizzards of the Coast out in Chico. I've been impressed with their newer beers, this is worth seeking out for a session IPA and quick hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:58:17 | More by kkipple
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in pint glass

Appearance: A very crystal clear orange with a 1/4 cream head. THe lacing is quite lovely as it goes down.

Smell: Citrusy and grassy to the extreme, this almost could be confused with something like Ruination or Maximus. Very little malt evident, and the hops, despite their fruitness, do give a subtle pine note.

Taste: Very aggressive citrusy and piney hops and very little malt presence. The balance isn't quite there, but it also doesn't have that sheer punch of hops you get from some of the bigger beers. The description of a "1.5" IPA sells it pretty well.

Mouthfeel: The hops leave that beautiful oily residue on the tongue and it's bite is quite crisp.

Drinkability: Already known for their hoppier "American" pale ale, this kicks up the standard that much further. Its not quite monster enough to play with some of the big hop bombs, but it's certainly getting there. Went amazing with my turkey sandwhich, but I can't imagine wanting to down a lot of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:56:47 | More by BWMKappaSig
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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 from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a clear orange color with a one inch off-white head. It sinks to a cap and retains very well. Leaves perfect sheets of lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Aroma is very nice and citrusy, lots of grapefruit, some tangerine, a very small amount of tropical fruit. A bit of eathiness too. The malt character compliments and balances the hops very well. It's lightly sweet with a touch of biscuit.

Taste is citrusy up front with the grapefruit dominating alongside a prominent tangerine character. The tropical fruit present in the aroma comes through in the taste as well, more so in the finish with an earthy/spicy character. The malt sweetness doesn't really get it's own moment but creates a perfect balance between against the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and creamy with a bit of crispness towards the finish.

This one was even better than I was hoping to be. I can easily see this becoming one of my go-to IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:06:52 | More by roadhouse
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Normal Sierra Nevada style label, but in a dark teal color. ABV is 7.2 %, date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Pours a fairly typical orangish color, clear with a thin head, fades quickly but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, a bit of a bready malt.

Taste: Plenty of hops and a nice level of bitterness. Definitely highly drinkable.

Overall impression: The obvious comparison is to Celebration, which is one of my favorites. This one is definitely a keeper as well, maybe just a touch less malt than Celebration, but I haven't had them side by side to be sure. The six pack certainly won't last long.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:04:38 | More by rowew
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was definitely all American, as the pour looked clear copper in color and the smell was that of grapefruit, orange peal, and squeezed lime. The citric aspects continued into the taste with bitter peals of these fruits making a prominent appearance. The malt backbone was solid and caramelized, but the hops were large and in charge. Sticky mouthfeel and long drawn out aftertaste made me wonder if this was straddling the line between an IPA and a DIPA, but with the well hidden alcohol and unpublished ABV, I am not certain. This torpedo hits the mark dead on.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:19:46 | More by HopEnthusiast
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I am enjoying this beer. I bought three and finished the first one about 20 minutes ago. Just popped the second and time for a review.. I really enjoyed the first... so I expect some good things here.

The head here just like the first was very aggressive.. three fingers + with not a very aggressive pour. Lost of structure and excellent retention.. The Lacing is just insane.. All over the glass. Beer is a reddish amber with perfect clarity. Slight carbonation is visible. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is fantastic. Fresh and just a blast of fresh hops. Mostly citrus and juicy.... Slight spice as well.

What a well balanced IPA. I really love this. Certainly showcases the hops as it should, but with enough of a malt backbone. Starts more citrus/grapefruit.. The middle has some nice grain flavors and spice... Then finishes with a bit of pine.. A little of everything. Works very well.

Mouth feel is bright, fresh and medium bodied.

Totally drinkable and refreshing. This is that you think of when you try to picture a fresh/bold American IPA...

Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 22:07:35 | More by Reagan1984
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3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

With all the talk of citra hops and their torpedo technique of hopbacking/dryhopping I was expecting something a little more aromatic. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar as an Imperial Amber but with a bit more grassy/earthy middle and a bit more bitterness to balance the sweetness.

But as an American IPA, Extra IPA, or 1.5 IPA, it is lacking the hop balls necessary to satisfy the hophead. Has more of a IPA profile that will sell well to the masses, but will dissapoint the hopheads out there. I would like to see more hop aroma and quite a bit more bitterness to help ride out the sweet malt character for me to buy on a regular basis. Medium/thinnish body is welcome, but incongruent with the sweet malt character.

Might be something I pick up on the way to a party or something, but nothing that will satisfy my hop jones.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 15:16:36 | More by Longstaff
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with a light khaki two-finger creamy head. Aromas of wood (between pine and cedar), resin; almost rubber and burning plastic as if Pittsburgh were in eastern North Carolina. Sharp bite of sticky green hops gives way to angry grapefruit and killer bees. Then comes the odd taste of a pecan sandy with this wood-filling puddy I've been working with lately to repair some old doors. I like it. Medium-full body with a bitter finish. Great for the price too.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 05:23:07 | More by dedrinker
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.60.

A: Bright amber-orange with solid 1-2 finger stick oatmeal-colored head with plenty of retention and lacing.

S: Delicious citrus rind and light pine and spruce are coupled with pretty hefty amounts of caramel and pale malts

T: Much more of the citrus and pine hops flavors with a less substantial malt contribution than I would have thought from the scent.

M: Typical low-carbonation, high-acid IPA with medium aftertaste.

D: A drinkable, hoppy ale but I wish it had a bit more variety of malts in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 05:00:16 | More by argock
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a white head leaves some lacing after each drink.

Smells of hops and has a malty, nutty aroma as well.

Taste is not as hoppy as I expected. There is a very strong malt flavor that really mellows out the hop. Hop tends to come through a bit in the end. Mouthfeel has some thickness and chewiness. Great drinkablity for this one. It does not have enough hop to burn out the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:25:29 | More by brewintheLou
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I guess this beer is like in between SNPA and Celebration, well it's not as hoppy as either but it is still a very tasty and well balanced IPA.

A: A brilliant reddish copper like a shiny new penny, a two fingered off white head that leaves loads of sticky lacing, this a really beautiful beer

S: very subtle nose on this one which is surprising considering it's siblings, a good balance of citrusy hops and sweet malt but not nearly as hoppy in the nose as in any of the other SN beers

T: Delicious! the bitterness is not a kick in the balls like most American IPAs these days but there is alot of hop flavor, grapefruits, oranges, and alot of sweet caramel on the front, finishes semi dry with some aspriny bitterness... the only thing extreme about this beer is it's balance

M: very creamy yet kind of thin with a tickle of carbonation

D: very drinkable as the alcohol is well hidden, here's another gem from Sierra Nevada reminding us that theres a reason why these guys really know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 22:35:38 | More by JoeCeez
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer before the start of the super bowl i've herd good things about this beer and i've not come across any SN beer that i havent loved, well here i go.

Appearence-much lighter then i thought it would look like. I guess i thought it would be darker like celebration but it pours a nice cooper color. Nice sticky head disipates to a thin lace.

Smell- To be honest not as pronouced as i thought it would be. Subtle floral hops, hints of sweet malty background but it didn't really blow me away.

Taste- Wow! very tasty sweet at first with a subtle bitter kick that hits the back of your palate. Sweet and bitter floral hops, a little tobacco aftertaste, nice malt flavors to balance it all out.

drinkablity-extreme i would say very balanced and smooth not to filling. Great adition by SNB.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 06:03:48 | More by beerman21
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as bitter as the Pale Ale but still a great beer.

When first poured it smells strongly of hops. The light floral aroma gives you a decent preview of what you are about to drink. I thought it smelled stronger than it tasted.

The beer itself is lighter than I expected. Its a good copper colored beer. Smooth and easy to drink. The hops add a nice bitterness and a great aroma. The hops come through with more of a floral flavor than the traditional bitterness I was expecting.

Nice beer, easy to drink, I could definitely sit around and enjoy these for an afternoon. I would have liked a stronger hop flavor but I can't complain at all about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 04:55:51 | More by tjsprague
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle brewed January 20 so this is damn fresh. Nice resiny hop smell, green and herbal.The taste is bitter, a hint of citrus, a solidly hoppy IPA. Nice creamy mouth-feel and is as easy to drink as any Sierra Nevada beer. This is a nice addition to their lineup and I'll probably buy this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:38:52 | More by ArrogantB
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,987 ratings.