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Sierra Nevada's Torpedo: A go-to ale with craft quality

Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale has been a mainstay in the craft beer market for more than 30 years, pretty much the entire life span of the industry as we know it. The beer continues to be a classic, and its wide availability has exposed many drinkers to West Coast hops and a bolder brew.

Sierra’s Torpedo Extra IPA is a take on the original. The name comes from the shape of the cone the brewery uses to infuse those bitter, piney hops into the beer. The process ensures maximum flavor and aroma but is a pain to clean up, with hop sludge finding the nooks and crannies of the cylinders, stubbornly resisting a good scrub.

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