Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
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4.15/5
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Torpedo Extra IPATorpedo Extra IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by GClarkage on 05-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,581
Reviews:
2,986
Ratings:
11,193
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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Ratings: 11,193 |  Reviews: 2,986
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.36/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of JoeCeez
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of beerman21
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of tjsprague
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Clear golden body with a creamy white head.

s: Caramel malt meet a combination of citrusy and spicy hops. Some good pine notes too. Smells like an IPA, but how does it taste?

t: Caramel malt is quickly engulfed by the hops SN has become so well known for. Citrusy yes, but mostly spicy and piney. The hops seem very fresh, rather assertive too.

m: Medium body, leaves a sticky resiny hop oil layer on the tongue.

d: Solid stuff. SN waited 28 years to make a new year-round beer. Why the hell did they wait so long? A good IPA, but in today's beer market I feel the most important attribute is this: $7.99/6pk. Now that is money well spent!

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Photo of Troyone
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this at BevMo and the cashier said they had a hard time keeping this on display.

A real light amber color in the direction of gold and kinda orange with a copper hue. An off white head around sixteenth" and already see lacing from the pour. Carbonation is evident with some yeast suspension.

I get the multi sweet ester aromas that seem fresh with a hint of pine.

Just took a big gulp (first of a Torpedo). Hop flavor is evident throughout and all the IPA flavors are there and evenly balanced. I'm getting a balance of esters maybe like a tangerine flavored grapefruit with some pine and resin. Mildly sweet caramel throughout well balanced with the hops and yeast.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a smooth grassy carbonation throughout. The alcohol warming is there but not noticable, even at 7.2 abv, unless you think about it.

Drinkability is obvious this 12 ouncer is empty. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from the new batch. Bottle only expect for Chico.

Pours a brilliant light copper color, crystal clear, with a nice off white head. Not perfect, but man this is a nice looking beer.

Aromas are of fresh hops. Pine, pineapple, citrus, and resin. Very nice smells coming from this one, and it's pretty strong too, I smelled it at soon as I popped the top.

Taste is very clean, nice hop flavors, pineapple is the dominant taste, but with a drying pine and a sharp resin bite as well especially on the finish. There is some lightly sweet hard candied creamy malts in the background, that help balance this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, thick enough and well carbonated. A little bit prickly, but still very nice.

Drinkability is quite good. This is an excellent American / West Coast style IPA. Seems a little too strong to me to be one that I could have more than a couple of in a sitting. But this is very tasty, and a welcome addition to the regular Sierra lineup.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber, translucent, with generous off-white head. Aromatics dissapoint a little given the amazing taste, but still please with herbal qualities and an almost "baked hop" aroma. Palate is rather sharp, medium bodied, dry, and off the vine hop fresh flavors. More herbal and hoppy than the other amazing offerings from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aiming a quick-chilled stubby directly at a large goblet, I smirk in submariner satisfaction at loading a sleek, snazzy, brand new Torpedo into the breech.

"Conn, bring 'er about! Load forward torpedo tubes! Green Label! Flood tube one! Open outer doors! Match bearings and fire!"

With a muted whoosh it's Torpedo away, and the 'weapon' goes active immediately. A huge cap of pale beige foam mushrooms above a clear copper-amber body twinkling at its peripery with a thin trim of gold. The copious foam is fed by numerous streamers of active carbonation, and relaxes very slowly as it sticks thick bands and webby chunks of lacing onto the glass.

The namesake proprietary deadly-sounding dry-hopping doodad seems to work just fine, as the aroma of the drink is a citrus-hop perfume grounded in rich light caramel. Crisp lemon, mild lime, a touch of bitter grapefruit rind, and the sweet freshness of orange blossoms tingle atop a malty backbone that seems just a bit more savory than it does sugary.

The taste is mild and sweet with a surprisingly-rich and hefty dose of dark-toasted malts. Hop flavors are mild and juicy; a brief pine-resiny stab of bitterness is crisp and quite manageable. The fruity notes take a back seat to the chewy dark toffee cereal backbone that forms the core of the flavor profile, and a bit of savory malt syrup lingers in the finish.

"Torpedo inbound! Sound collision! Brace for impact!"

Sporting an explosive 7.2% ABV that is well-hidden at the darkest depths of the drink, Torpedo is on the full side of medium-bodied with slick feel and nice carbonation. A very easy drinker, and a welcome addition to Sierra Nevada's full time fleet.

"Reload! Flood tube two!"

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Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper, with a slight but persistent, sticky head. Smells of the characteristic West Coast hopes, citrusy and piney. Yummy. Taste is great - strong grapefruit and pine presence, with a malty backbone of caramel and brown sugar.

Solid beer - carbonation is perfect, and is very drinkable.

Another hit from SN

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass. Label calls it a "Big" American IPA and tells me something about u-boats and hops...or something.

Anyway, pours up in that oh-so-comforting consistent Sierra Nevada way: every one of their beers, even the porter, has given me two fingers of mellow dense foam, in this case white. Plenty of cottony sheets come down the glass throughout the tasting, and the body is another signature reddish-caramel, just a twinge more brown than an amber. Unless you're an absolute gimp I'm pretty sure you can get two solid fingers that won't quit on a pour.

For such a big IPA I was expecting more on the nose. The Harvest Ale release, in the big bottle, yielded much more in the way of hop aromas for me, with a huge citric and floral bouquet. This emphasized much more grapefruit and lemon, and in particular the non-flesh parts of the fruit, like the zest or the seed, the parts with all the oil, rather than the juice, in it. One thing that was fantastic on the nose was the creeping thin sweetness of crystal malt. Lent a neat sugar cookie dimension to the bright hop notes. I also got some more resinous notes on this that suggest a piney palate.

This goes from a suggestion to a shout when you drink the beer. Lots of great parching conifer needle goodness on the back end of this poppy. Enough to really wallop you into another sip--I drank this much more quickly than usual, so I don't really know how this changes with warming. In the front and middle you get more of those grapefruit oil/seed extract flavors along with a little clementine or tangelo or some other dark skinned orange (maybe tangerine?), followed by a soft wash of biscuity light sweet malt that forms the backbone of the flavor profile. Exceedingly well structured for the level of hops in this.

Mouthfeel as always is smooth, rich, and creamy. The brewers at SN get my vote for best mouthfeel out of any American at least brewery. Impeccable. Drinkability was average to me just because that much pine wears this drinker out. I feel like Jim the Hacksaw Dugan has taken his white pine plank and walloped me on either side of my tongue.

I liked the Harvest Ale better, but then again that was the beer that made me realize hops were special, so saying I like it less ain't saying much. This is still a worthwhile IPA I'd recommend checking out.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber-copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, but still has a light crystal malt edge to it as well. The malt lens some biscuit-like notes and a touch of caramel; this last melds with the citrus hop components that are the most noticeable part of the beer. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, a bit of herbal grassiness, spruce tips and a touch of pine seem to define the hop aromatics; actually this smells a lot like Meyer lemon, it is surprisingly lemony compared to many an American IPA.

The carbonation provides a solid fizziness, though this is not over-carbonated. The beer has a light crystal malt sweetness to it that is substantially dried out by the biting hop character. This has an ample bitterness to it that is noticeable from the biting through to the lingering finish of each sip. The hop flavor has quite a bit of sharp, herbal notes to it that leans a touch towards fresh pine needles; this is pretty well met by essential citrus oil notes that remind me of grapefruit, tart tangerine zest and orange zest. This has a nice biscuit like malt character to it that helps to dry out the finish just a little bit more. This has a touch of malt body to it, but is still quite quaffable and light enough to be a drinking IPA (though the alcohol percentage may tell you otherwise after a couple).

This is a solid IPA offering from Sierra Nevada. It is perhaps a little sharp, slightly astringent, and a little more herbal focused than I might prefer, but it is damn tasty. I still prefer the slightly more malt balanced Celebration as it brings out the fruity-citrus character from the hops a bit more than this beer does. Despite the noticeable malt presence, this is definitely an aggressively hopped IPA.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Flavor is on the bitter hops side with not much of a citrusy or fruity hop presence. Plenty of caramel malt and some floral hops. For an "extra IPA" I'm just not all that impressed with this one; it is rather mild in the hop department. I do enjoy the beer though, but it is not what I expected. Quite drinkable and tasty though!
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of rajendra82
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The previous IPA from Sierra Nevada (besides the excellent Celebration) was an English style affair, which is not what one is looking for from a West Coast icon. This one was definitely all American, as the pour looked clear copper in color and the smell was that of grapefruit, orange peel, and squeezed lime. The citric aspects continued into the taste with bitter peels 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.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great excitement surrounding this guy. I have read much on BA as well as elsewhere about this release

A: appearance is not shabby. A good looking light copper color with red and orange tones strong throughout. The head was very foamy and melted away to a small bubbly cap. Bubbles were everywhere in the mix and looks like a true fizzy lifting drink

S: floral, herbal tea notes, and a piney citrus nose to boot. Pale malts are also found in the mix and cut through the hops nicely with a waft of soft caramel

T: I am gonna go out on a limb and say this one of my favorite Sierra Nevada brews. This guy has it all and seems very well balanced. Caramelized malts (almost biscuity) make a stronger showing on the palate, more so than the nose, and a great sturdy profile. Now, the hops are harmonious and consist of floral, pine needles, and a mild grassiness. In addition to this are citrusy hop notes that give way to sweeter tangy oranges and make a perfect companionship with caramel flavors. Another thing, is that this brew has flavors that remind me of a good dry-hopped beer

M: somewhat bubbly but makes the taste buds feel alive. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style as it is easily drinkable, medium-light body, and briefly sticky

D: great showing and tasty. I love this type of drinkability in an IPA/APA. This is another one in my large book of go to beers

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Photo of budsboy
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red amber with a thick white head that hangs around. Crystal clear.

Ah, that smell. Pine, citrus, raisin, warm alcohol, candy sugar sweetness. Mouth watering.

Taste is what I expected and hoped for. A fruit-sugar sweetness and a wallop of hop bitterness and flavor ... pine, citrus, and a grassy bit. Finish is really nice. Dry, doubly bitter and leaves you with a pine resin residue that lasts.

Medium bodied, oily. Smooth.

I could drink a ton of these. Very typical of the style and done exceptionally well. Cheers to Sierra Nevada. Again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a west coast IPA if I ever had one... huge hop bomb in a glass, and its damn tasty! Tried out a new beer store and found this with the rest of the Sierra Nevada stuff... I never even heard of it and thought it was some relic from years ago.. but saw it was an "extra IPA" and figured the extra ABV would give it a nice shelf life anyways so I bought it. One of the more hoppy beers I've ever had, and while I do love me some hops.. I found it a bit dry and a tad too bitter at times. Don't get me wrong.. its a fantastic beer.. but could have been a little more balanced with malts. I would def buy again in the future though, I just wish more places carried this. (why don't they?)

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like orange peekoo iced tea. Nice two finger head right after the pour. his falls to a thin film, then island of foam, and hardly any bubbles. Very tea like and citrusy hops. The malt smell like maybe some water crackers. Orangey rinds, a little mint and maybe some biscuit malts. Plus a slight metallic twang. Stingy, bitter palate that could use just a little more malt for some better balance.

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Photo of jpiper
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel amber, with a 1cm white head atop a half bottle pour. Reduces quickly to a thin bubbly layer.

The smell is a touch medicinal, with sweet malt. Smells strongly of pine.

It's quite bitter - maybe moreso than the Dogfish Head 60 minute. Plenty of pine on the palate as well.

Nice, smooth, and clean. Well carbonated.

Decently drinkable. Maybe a bit too bitter. Low enough ABV to not slow you down too much.

Not a bad beer. I'll see how the full 6-pack sits with me. I'd go for Bell's Two Hearted any day of the week for a year-round IPA.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored brew with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of a very bitter piney aroma with a citrus backbone.

Citrus and bitter taste upfront, followed by a medium, bready body. A little buttery in the back and carbonation adds a nice crispness. Very drinkable for what it is: a hoppy IPA, although balanced compared to other west coast IPA's.

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Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11,193 ratings