Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.89/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter
Gorgeous appearance. The slightly hazed, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, light beige crown. Nice lasting strength on the head. It slowly faded to a thick ring. Odd shaped patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.
The nose was rather muted and odd. Slightly hoppy with subtle chive notes. Pithy, powdery and dry. Some citrus. As the beer warmed, a touch of grapefruit was noticeable. Hints of orange peel as well.
The flavor profile was quite different from the aroma. It was comprised of lots of pithy, dry hops and sweet caramel malts. A bit uncharacteristic for a Sierra Nevada brew. Strong citrus flavors. Candied orange peel was apparent. Some ruby red grapefruit. The finish was super dry and bitter. Notes of pine sap and grapefruit rind came through strong. At 10.4% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess amazingly well.
The beer felt super frothy, smooth and supple on the palate. Pillowy soft. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, plush, medium effervescence.
Although this beer lacked some complexity and used excessive amounts of sticky sweet malts to balance out the bitter hops, it was still enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 03:51:14 | More by Damian
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