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Torpedo<sup>&reg;</sup> Extra IPA

Pale Ale Kellerweis®

Torpedo® Extra IPA

Whole hops, the whole time.

Sierra Nevada and hops go hand in hand. What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became our newest year-round hop bomb, Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature our “Hop Torpedo”—a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

  • From Dry Hops to Torpedo

    We work hard to get strong hop flavors into our beers and one of the ways we do that is through dry hopping. Dry hopping refers to the addition of whole-cone hops to the fermentation tanks. The addition of hops to cold beer allows the aromatic oils and resins to infuse the beer with flavor and aroma without adding any additional bitterness.

    Traditional dry hopping uses nylon sacks stuffed with hops and suspended in the tank. We found that as we removed the hop sacks, even after weeks suspended in beer, we’d occasionally find the center to be dry, meaning that the hops never came in contact with the beer. We thought there had to be a better way and, nearly ten years ago, an idea was sketched in a bar that changed the way we dry hop. In 2009, that idea became a reality with the invention of the Hop Torpedo. The Torpedo is a stainless steel device packed with whole-cone hops and sealed against pressure. Fermenting beer is circulated out of a fermenter, through the column of hops, and back into the fermentation tank. This circulation method is easily manipulated through time, temperature and speed. We can control what types of flavors and aromas we extract from the hops and how those aromas will appear in the finished beer.

  • Experimental Hops

    Hop farmers, breeders, brewers and brokers are always looking for new and interesting hop varietals with compelling flavor characteristics and intriguing properties. Sierra Nevada has a unique relationship with hop growers and often has access to limited and experimental varieties. Some of the varietals, while interesting, don’t add enough value and never make it into commercial production, while others—like the recent hop Citra—take the brewing world by storm. Every day new varietals are being tested and some have become signature flavors for Sierra Nevada.

  • The American Style

    Worldwide, Americans have something of an outsized reputation. Bold, brash and brazen. To some, that boldness is perceived as arrogance, but for us it’s just daring spirit and a thirst for adventure. The term “American” in brewing is not necessarily a sign of origin, but rather a brewing ethos and homage to that daring nature we love so much. In the early days of the craft brewing movement there were far fewer beer styles and what was on record largely comprised the historical ales of the UK and the lagers of Germany. As American brewers began experimenting with homegrown ingredients and their own techniques, they inadvertently created beer so unique it defied conventional categories. Instead of a traditional pale ale, there all of a sudden was American pale ale—a new, rowdy hybrid of the older beer, intense with hop flavor and aroma. American-style beer is shorthand for the kind of brewing we do at Sierra Nevada—a reference to the use of a clean, crisp and neutral yeast, and a healthy dose of hops quite appropriate for the adventurer in us all.

Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change
at our brewers' creative discretion.

Overview

  • Alcohol Content 7.2% by volume
  • Beginning gravity 17.0° plato
  • Ending Gravity 3.7° plato
  • Bitterness Units 65

Ingredients

  • Yeast Ale yeast
  • Bittering Hops Magnum
  • Finishing Hops Magnum, Crystal, Citra
  • Malts Two-row Pale, Caramel

Food Pairing

  • Cuisine Lamb, Duck, Southwestern Cuisine
  • Cheese Aged Cheddar