Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
24 oz. bottle, split with a friend and poured into a snifter.
Appearance: A beautiful orange/copper color with hints of amber with moderate carbonation bubbles and who-knows-what kind of residue (hop resin) in suspension, slightly hazy look. Topped by a 2-finger head of clingy ivory foam and leaves fantastic lacing.
Smell: Wowza. Big stuff going on, kinda like sticking your head in a hop warehouse. The nose gets blasted with pine and floral hops out front, the main feature, with tons of citrus and tropical fruit hanging in the balance. There's a backbone of heavy caramel malt to balance out the bitterness. Big stuff going on here, but still perfectly balanced.
Taste: Starts off with aggressive, brutal presence of pine and floral hops on the front of the palate, but neither of them are total bruisers or overwhelming. This is followed by piney/herbal notes which melt into a heavy, almost sickly sweet caramel malt presence on the palate to provide some balance. More pine notes shine in the finish with some warming from the alcohol in the finish. This is a big beer, no doubt - but it's still very balanced, something I expect from Sierra Nevada. Excellent beer overall.
Mouthfeel: Full, thick, and resinous with hop flavors. Almost oily, but not quite. Even for how big the body is on this, it's still fairly soft and well-carbonated in the mouth. Hugely drying finish from both the alcohol and the hops.
Overall: This is a beer for the big boys, but it doesn't rip your head off. If you like some malt with your hops in a double IPA, you'll enjoy this. If you're looking for a tongue-ripper though, go elsewhere. A fantastic beer, true to SN quality.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2011 03:21:20 | More by Groomsy
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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