Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a dark mellow ambered gold with an eggshell thick cream head that dissolves away. There is little to no haze in this beer, and it sits in the glass regally though I see no carbonation bubbles either. There is a slippery lacing that appears on the sides of the glass when you give it a swirl, but that slides away immediately. The smell is wet with hops, but surprisingly weak for a DIPA. I was looking for more smell here, and perhaps my bottle is old but it’s just much mellower than I was hoping. There are good undercurrents of bready malt and caramel and there are good fumes of citrus mango and pine floating here, but overall just underwhelming. The beer tastes fat with piney hops that kiss the tongue sweetly and travel nicely down the throat. There is some nice light bread in the undertaste and aftertaste, and some really great resiny pine just coats the mouth in a wonderfully filthy ichor. The pine is definitely front and center in the taste, but there is some light fruitiness floating nicely below it. There are also different types of pine flavors in the beer, which is neat, some more bitter and some succulently sweet. The mouthfeel is that of a thick cloying bitter thing that sits on the tongue and is quite lovely for the style. The beer is clean, smooth, and faintly bubbly and harsh on the tongue but overall fairly mellow and slightly chewy. Overall this is a nice double IPA. I've had it several times on tap and always liked it but never been blown away by it. It is by no means the best, and is definitely hop heavy, which I like but some might not. This is a tasty drink that hides its 10% well and goes down nicely. It’s not for the young tongue, however, as the hops definitely have a kick, but I like it.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2012 23:29:58 | More by Maxwell
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4.18/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a brilliant, glowing amber color with a small white foam head that recedes quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing. Surprisingly murky.
Nose leads with floral notes and citrus, and lots of hops. Grapefruit and pine are noticeable.
Oy. This one punches you right in the face with the hops. Followed up by some light caramel malts. Light grassiness and floral notes. Pine resin. Grapefruit. Good deal of bitterness, and a bit of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. A little dry. Slightly sticky, but still goes down pretty smooth for such a hoppy brew. Medium carbonation.
Overall, as implied by the name, this one is very hoppy. Surprisingly easy to drink. Strongly recommend this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 02:56:07 | More by majorbase2
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,986 ratings.