Torpedo Extra IPA is an American IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.
What You Need to Know
Dry hopping has been around for a long time but Sierra Nevada takes a slightly different approach with their Torpedo Extra IPA to maximize the hop flavor and aroma (more on that below). So how is their dry-hopped beer? Let’s get to the review.
The IPA pours a clear copper and is topped by a half-inch thick head of off-white foam that persists briefly. The head’s reduction leaves a touch of lace to coat the sides of the glass.
The aroma is fragrant with hoppy notes of citrus and pine.
The hop-forward palate follows the nose with flavors of juicy orange, grapefruit, and herbal hops. The tasting finishes with a bite of lemon while a biscuit malt base ties the palate together.
The feel of the IPA has a medium body and moderate carbonation. The tasting finishes dryly.
The Torpedo Extra IPA is so easy to tilt back in spite of its 7.2% ABV. It’s wonderfully hoppy and yet nicely balanced. An excellent representation of the style.
Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Torpedo Extra IPA: lamb, duck, Southwestern cuisine, and aged cheddar.