Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy, lightly burnt orange color. The lightly tinted head is fairly tall, with a moderately dense, frothy texture. Retention is above average, and a few wisps of lacing stick to the glass.
S: Big time citric hops in the nose. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine all over the place. Multi-dimensional fruity, pithy, and oily notes. Some sugary sweetness and light caramel maltiness is present in the background, along with some alcoholic presence. Some lighter herbal/candied/piney hop notes are also apparent, adding some dank funkiness to the initial citric bomb. A bit of tropical fruit is also detectable.
T: Rather firm sweetness up front, with light caramel and honey tones. It is a reasonably malty beer; I guess the 10.4% abv has to come from somewhere, after all. A huge, bracing hit of hop bitterness quickly sweeps away any sweetness. Huge citric and tropical flavors of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit are at the fore. Lesser fruity and floral hop flavors contribute depth. A second light touch of sweetness appears in the aftertaste, along with some plainly apparent alcohol.
M: Fairly full-bodied. Some sticky heft up front is quickly overtaken by a huge, bracing wallop of hop bitterness. The finish is long and dry, thanks to the massive hop bill and big dose of alcohol.
O: This is a good double IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's a bit sweeter and maltier than I've come to expect from SN; at 10.4% abv, this is a huge beer that isn't nearly as effortless as its smaller cousins (Pale Ale, Torpedo, and Anniversary Ale). That said, it's still a very nice effort that manages to be big and balanced.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2013 00:35:19 | More by Clydesdale
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3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Amber hue. a bit of froth, slightly off-white head. Continually rising effervescence. Solid rings. Head rising the occasion after head sip.
S: Pine and citrus.
T: Big hops, with an off and on sweetness that makes it a bit more than just the slam of the hops...but they're always there...even 30 seconds after. The moisture of the next sip brings relief, but it passes quickly and I'm back where I started.
M: Thick and smooth.
D: It's for sipping', but as was mentioned in T....the time in-between sips pulls at you.
It's good...really good...but lacks some of the layers of its peers. I'd like to have on tap...I think that might take a bit of the edge off and add a layer or two.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 21:49:19 | More by agilis
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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