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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPASierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

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Photo of MattyV
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden-amber in colour with a creamy 1.5 finger head that shows decent retention and lacing.
Lots going on in the aroma-- sweet fruitiness and honey, citrus, and pine.
Wonderfully balanced-- solid caramel toasty malt backbone that supports the piney, floral hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of lingering pine but not overly bitter.
Medium body and modest carbonation create a rich and creamy mouthfeel.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. It provides a ton of hop flavour without being one-dimensional/overly bitter. I'd gladly/easily knock back a few of these in a row.

For 7.99 a sixer, this puts any Ontario craft beer (which start at around $11-12), let alone IPA to shame. I'll definitely be picking more up on future trips to that country to the south.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden red copper color with bright clarity, a fluffy thick head that dissapates into a web of lacing, and an aroma of citrus fruit, herbal hop, buttered toast, cereal, cooked sugar. Taste was wonderful citrus flavors, not overly pungent, herbal and slightly minty undertones, biscuity malts, dark sweet sugars. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation that doesn't bite and coats the mouth nicely. Overall a tasty IPA that leans toward the citrusy and sweet side of the spectrum. Not quite heavy enough to be a double IPA, hence the "extra" moniker.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep Amber/Gold with a touch of haze and very good lacing. Nice frothy white head as well, two and a half fingers with a semi-aggressive pour.

Smell: Pungent, spicy, fruity citrus, herbal notes, with a crackery, sweet malt back. Very clean and sharp.

Taste: Very similar to aroma, a big bite of bitterness hits first and then come in pungent notes of herbal spice and fruity citrus, as well as some pine on the finish. The malt makes a nice appearance as well, giving a nice toastiness to the beer that balances out the abrasiveness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and a slightly oily, medium bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall, a great hoppy ale! Not the typical pine/grapefruit character you get from the swarms of other west-coast ipas on the shelf. This boasts a pungent fruity citrus character with big amounts of hop spiciness, as well as some very nice toasty malt notes without getting to sweet. Take into account the ease at which one can find this beer, and that it now comes in 16oz cans, you have a real winner.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

What's interesting about Sierra Nevada is that up until this year, they were probably one of the only West Coast breweries to not produce a year-round India Pale Ale (IPA). However, around three years ago, there was buzz on the internetz that Sierra Nevada was dabbling with a new way of infusing hops into beer. Soon, a concoction named "Torpedo" began to rear its foam at select locations and events. In late 2008, Sierra Nevada announced that they'd be launching a year-round IPA called "Torpedo Extra IPA," and revealed the process:

"The name itself comes from a device called the 'hop torpedo' that was conceived, designed and developed at the brewery. The result is a revolutionary method of dry-hopping that harnesses the vital hop oils and resins that lead to an unusually flavorful and aromatic beer featuring the full, nuanced range of spicy complexity that hops have to offer."

They also use 100-percent American hops and multiple varieties--each of which impart unique characters. Let's load this one and give it a shot--yeah, that was bad.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a thick and hop-induced, creamy, off-white foam head with a lace that sticks and stays along the glass. Big hops in the nose. Floral with some grapefruit rind and pepper in the back. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a firm, round and semi-full body. A bit chewy and juicy at times. Fruity (a bit tropical) with citrus (mostly rind, some grapefruit), semisweet apple (Red Delicious comes to mind) and some herbal notes (soft and pleasant). Then bitter. Dry and acidic with an aspirin edge. Building layers of hops on the palate with each sip. Fresh, green hops. Pine. Resin. Spice. Hint of soap (happens with highly hopped beers). Palate turns gritty and leafy with an ashy finish. Biscuity malt. Hay. Bone dry. More-ish.

Torpedo is a dry and robust IPA that waves confidently at the Double IPA with a ton of hop presence and 7.2-percent ABV, but remains an American IPA with its artful use of hops that brings big, but balanced, flavors, and subsequent drinkability. We love it. Released in January 2009 in six-packs and hopefully available until the end of days.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight into the bottom of a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Picture perfect dark amber in appearance. Head retained nicely.
Nice citric hoppy feel and taste. Left me wanting more.
Hop feel is good. A typical West Coast IPA by today's standard. That's what happens to beers over time - especially on the West Coast. Holding up well but just not as superior as it was a couple of years ago.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, has a nice darker orange color. The initial head is about a finger high, which stuck around for about a minute. Very nice lacing, clings to the glass!

S - A very lovely citrus aroma with plenty of piney hops. Not much else going on, but it smells gorgeous nonetheless.

T - Tastes just about how it smells. Very hoppy, with nice citrus details. It has that recognizable Sierra Nevada taste, but with more hops, which I am all for.

M - Very, very drinkable. Smooth on the palate, with a dry finish that hangs around for a bit.

O - This is simply a wonderful IPA which I can see myself coming back to again and again. Definitely a must-have! Just beware of the 7.2% ABV ;)

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Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz pint glass

A- 1/2 finger cake batter head with a dark golden color that has a very clean transparent presence in my glass. Carbonation is moderate

S- Strong citrus presence including grapefruit, pineapple, orange and a hint of pine. Of course there is a nice strong aroma of hops present

M- Light to medium body with a strong front end flavor of hops and a slight malt finish. This beer is very balanced and does not overwhelm you with all hops like other IPA's or Double IPA's..

T- Very smooth with a strong dry hop presence and a back end malt finish. Very nice positioning of this beer between a standard IPA and an aggressive Double IPA which typically knocks your taste buds out with hops. The balance is key in this beer

D- Excellent beer that is drinkable even with a 7.2% abv. The alcohol is not really present in terms of taste. This is a great beer that is not like any of Sierra Nevada's other beers. Great work Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada- Torpedo

A- Golden brown with a huge pock-marked fluffy head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Huge oily pine hops. slight touch of citrus.
T- Sweet slick pine hops with an even sweeter touch of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Buttery caramel malt makes up a good backbone.
M- Good thick malt with a mouthful of oily green pine hops.

Overall- Very fresh feel and taste.

(Oh yeah, review #1200.)

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Photo of HopHed
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A beautiful, deep, bright amber color, bordering orange, with a small white to off white head with nice lacing.

AROMA: The first thing out of the gate is the freshest smell of hops I've ever smelled in a beer. It's that distinct grapefruit bordering on pine scent that is so common, and wonderful, in IPA. Only, in the Torpedo is more concentrated and stronger from the time you pop the cap to the last sip.

FLAVOR: This beer has a distinct and noticeable hop character, and the Magnum Hop really comes through. The malt is perfectly balanced, in my opinion, to keep the harshness of the hops subdued. Don't get me wrong, though, this is all about the bitterness of the hops. While not huge, by some standards, the 7.2 ABV is hidden very well by the layers of flavor. The most noticeable are the grapefruit (rind), pine, a slight almost black pepper notes. Also I noticed, especially when it started to near room temp, an odd almost fruit character about this beer. After researching the Citra Hop used in the beer, I am guessing that this is where the fruity notes come from.

MOUTH FEEL: A medium-bodied beer, but extremely well balanced. It's on the higher side of carbonation, which I think helps really coat your mouth with the beautiful taste of this hop bomb. I think the best part is how the taste lingers on the palate long after you've swallowed.

NOTES: Sierra Nevada is known for their use of American Whole Cone Hops. I think this amplifies the fresh, dare I say almost dank, smell and taste of hops in this beer. I had this wonderful 7.2% ABV poured from a bottle into a pint glass, and straight from the bottle. This could easily be my go to summer beer, with as crisp and fresh as it is. I could, once again, see the 7.2% making it tough to really session this beer, but it is the kind of beer you need while working on a laptop from a hammock... Which is what I'm doing right now! Cheers!

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Photo of scootpolute
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One Pint can with a coded freshness date…Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…drying finishes…

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter.

O: Very clean, Very drinkable...just an outstanding American IPA all around… pretty much nailed it with this one...VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!...Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of S_Weinstein95
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

A: A dark amber with a tan head that dissolves quickly into a mild lacing.

S: Smells of rich hops with mild notes of citrus and pine in the background.

T: A big blast of hops and grapefruit on the top of the brew with some caramel notes on the backend.

M: Very mild feeling with excellent carbonation

Overall: An excellent example of the style from yet another excellent SoCal Brewery.

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Photo of beveritt
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is classic Sierra Nevada, green this time, and the center picture depicts rows of hop plants in a field. 9 digit number printed on the label, but not clear on the brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 plus fingers of off white head. This settles somewhat, but still maintains a massive cap on the beer. As everything eventually settles, nice, puffy lacing remains. The beer itself is amber, trending towards red, with an ever so slight haze. No sediment in he bottle.

Smell: Dry hop aromas abound, grapefruit, citrus, and pine upfront against a semi sweet malt backdrop.

Taste: Bold and powerful hop flavors of pine and grapefruit, with an subtle, bubblegum like sweetness. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but the dry hops linger so long and so well, that it is still not the predominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, high enough to prevent this from being cloying. Body is good.

Drinkability: Another fine example of a higher ABV, dry hopped beer. Life is certainly good for all the hopheads out there right now.

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Photo of Preston6578
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to the store to buy Stone IPA or Bells Two Hearted but the they were sold out. So I was forced to find a different IPA. I noticed this beer and decide to give it a try. Smooth for an IPA but not lacking flavor. Without a doubt I will buy again. Not my favorite IPA but better than most.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Very clear amber color with 2 fingers of thick, creamy, off-white head. Head fades slowly and leaves ring of sticky lacing on the glass with each sip. Aroma is fairly subtle (though I am getting over a cold). Hints of pine and citrus hops. I was shocked at how balanced this beer is. I was expecting an in-your-face hop bomb but was pleasantly surprised with a bready, slightly malty flavor up front followed by hints of apricot and grapefruit and a slightly dry finish. Minimal lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is fantastically creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Highly drinkable, the 7.2% ABV is very well hidden. Could drink these all night.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant clear copper with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful sticky lacing.

S: Floral, Pine, Citrus, Tropical Fruits... the hops are crazy!

T: Tingly bitter hops, hops, and more hops. A caramel bread like malt taste in the background. But the hops are overpowering (just the way i like em), Big fresh pine and citurs and tropical fruits and floral tastes.

MF: Medium bodied, dry bitter extremely hoppy brew.

D: Hoptastic! Love this one, thank you Sierra Nevada for making a great new year round IPA, I will be buying this often. The Hop Torpedo is a great invention, used with full cone hops, it gives it a burst of fresh hop taste that is more intense than normal dry hopping and does not add much extra bitterness. And I love the new hop strain, Citra, it has some really exotic flavors, and pairs nicely with the Magnum, Chinook, and Crystal. A great XIPA as they dub it.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #11
Served On: 7/16/2011
Glassware: Pint

A little disclaimer here - Sierra Nevada Torpedo has always held a special place in my beer fridge, so this review may be somewhat biased.

Look: Poured a very smooth perfect clear copper. Nice fluffy 2 finger light-tan head. Had extremely high carbonation.

Smell: Clean hoppy spice notes with a pronounced maltiness. I notice the 7.2% ABV coming through in the nose, but in a good way.

Taste: I got the hop spice with some bitterness upfront. Middle of the palate was a juicy floral. Finish was a dry ginger spiciness combined with a hop bitterness that seemed to linger for a while.

This beer is certainly a top 3 IPA for me. I am lucky enough to have a distributor who carries it all the time. It is a very nice ‘general-purpose’ brew to have on hand at all times.

Ba Review #11 1/2
Served On: 7/16/2011
Glassware: Tumbler

Wild Goose IPA (retired but reviewing anyway)

I ran into a 6 pack of this beer with a current best-by date on it. Beer Advocate won’t allow anymore reviews of this particular beer, but I’m reviewing it anyway. I decided to include it at the end of my Sierra Nevada Torpedo review because I personally consider both beers to share a similar character and rating.

Look: Poured a brownish orange with carbonation bubbles rising up the middle. Head was about 1-finger and dissipated to a thin film that covered the top.

Smell: A very malt forward aroma with biscuity notes. Dark fruits in the background. Maybe some spicy hops. The nose was well balanced.

Taste: At first there was a spicy hop bitterness - followed by heavy malt notes. The bitterness returned in the aftertaste with hints of citrus. The hop citrus lingered long after each sip.

I can't wait for Logan Shaw Brewing to get on their feet so we can start enjoying Wild Goose once again.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Big thick off-white creamy head fights the glass the whole way down. Lacing all the way. Bright, clear copper in color. Pretty decent carbonation.

Smell: Floral citrus hop. A little spicy. A little wet grass too.

Taste: Juicey fruit. Floral hops. A peppery backbone. Biscuity malt.

Feel: Bone-dry. Well rounded and full body. Chewy.

Overall: This is my party beer. If I'm trying to not drive later on, this is the sixer I grab. Great quality and great price.

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Photo of VTbeerbroad
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the "World's Best Beer Glass." (Sam had to be the best at something, so I suppose I will give them the glass.)
This beer was recommended to me by a co-worker who is also a beer geek. He couldn't believe I hadn't had it, since it had already been in the store for like, twelve hours, and was the awesomest thing that Sierra ever made. So I bought it and clocked out early. And man, was he right.

The head is lacy and promising, like fine lingerie. So far this is a sexy beer.

Smells clean and crisp, with hints of pine. Reminds me of a lumberjack I dated.

As promised, this is a bitter, citrusy, piney blast in the face. Oh, how I love a cascade. Nice, lingering finish that calls to mind an afternoon of post-coital bliss without all the hassle and bitterness of a real relationship. This stallion is definitely going to be in my stable for a long, long time.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into an IPA glass to a slightly hazed golden orange with a two finger dense and rocky off white head that has excellent retention and some lacing.
S: smells of citrus, pine, and earthy hops with a bit of caramel malt poking through
T: taste is citrusy and piney goodness with some slightly toasted malt and a bit of caramel, some earthy hops as well toward the middle with a resinous and oily pine hop finish
M: this beer is medium in the mouth with carbonation that is near perfect. it's there and apparent but it isn't prickly. and it has a refreshing finish
O: Overall this beer is a benchmark for the IPA style. It's truly phenomenal and damn near perfect. It isn't over the top and it has excellent balance.

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Photo of ted2612
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

very nice beer. not as great as the some of the more highly rated beers here that I've had the pleasure to sample, but at less than a buck a bottle at my local supermarket, it's a steal.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm no hop head, but love this beer. Plenty smooth and malty to balance the ample hop load. Balance and ingredient compatibility are key in brewing outstanding beer, Torpedo is spot on.

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Photo of Clembo1957
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA! Poured from a 350ml bottle this is one good looking beer with a taste to match. A good thick foamy head which lasts the distance, a full tasty flavour, a citrus, fruity aroma. I had the beer on tap at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, Ca a couple of years back and the bottled version is just as good. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in a “make your own six-pack” at my local grocery store. I’ve heard of Sierra Nevada, but this is the first time I’ve tried it. I consider myself a bit of a hophead, so if anything says “Extra IPA” on the bottle, I’m down.

A: Surprisingly dark. A nice amber/rust color, with an enormous white head that creates a ton of bubbly lacing. Looks great!

S: Hops, hops, hops. Some citrus zest (mostly lemon), but it’s all about the bright, American hops here.

T: This is a very hoppy beer. A lot hops can sometimes mean an overwhelming saltiness, or a diminished palate. Not here, though. This is good old-fashioned craft beer at its best: don’t be stingy with the flavor, but don’t overwhelm the drinker. It’s hoppy, yes, but in a smooth way that brings other flavors to the taste buds with ease. There’s the lemon again, with some herbal/floral notes (a little less than I would like, but still a nice addition). Just a hint of roasted malt and breadiness leaves the aftertaste crisp and refreshing. A great taste for summer.

M: High carbonation dances on the tongue and brings out the piney bitter flavors even more. If they toned down the carbonation, I feel the smoky/biscuit undertones would come out even more (which would bring a little more complexity to the palate). But hey, it’s an “Extra IPA,” so it works well with the style.

O: This isn’t a head-turning “gourmet” beer. It’s just great American hops, loaded with even more hops, then brewed slowly and carefully. The second I tasted it, I thought “Wow, what a great session beer.” Then I saw the 7.2% ABV. Well, a good beer, anyway! If all of Sierra Nevada’s brews are like this, then they just found a new fan.

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Photo of BeerSnobsUnited
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I fell in love with this beer. It is definitely my new favourite.

Appearance: Nice orangeish-brown colour (slightly brighter than copper). Carbonation was crazy, putting 3 1/2 fingers of head in my tulip. Head retention was outstanding, and spotter lacing never faded.

Smell: Huge sweet citrus notes. A lot of pineapple, red grapefruit, tangerine, and Clementine. Has some huge floral and grassy notes as well, with other earthy tones. Very subtle caramel malt squeaks through the aggressive hop to add some contrast.

Taste: A little bit of every type of hop melds perfectly. Small pine, large citrus, and aggressive floral tones sweep across the tongue. Bubble gum sweetness and caramel take charge half way through and finish with subtle booze and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive carbonation makes for continual stimulation, mild alcoholic glow, and the light/medium body is refreshing at first and sudden dramatic astringency follows.

Overall: I would have sex with this if I could.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light amber with a thin white head and leaves a nice trail of lace down the entire glass

S: sweet and hoppy, citrus and pine notes like many of sierra nevada's brews, also very resiny

T: sweet at first, then the hop bitterness comes into play very strongly and lingers throughout the taste, finishes crisp and bitter

M: medium body, great carbonation

O: a very enjoyable IPA, a staple IPA in fact, one of my favorites year round brews

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 10,750 ratings.
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