Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PBoegel:
3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
So I picked up two bottles of this brew at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, not cheap either, what I'd expect to pay at a bar for a draft pour. Reviewing after the second bottle.
Popped the 24 oz bottle, label bottled on December 15, 2010, nice audible carbonation hiss, served at about 55 degrees to maximize aromas.
Poured into a Sierra Hop Tulip Pint, bright shiny bronze and golden, perfect clarity, some amber tones, a nice inch tall cloud white head. Decent lacing, however, the head breaks down to a thing but persistent topper.
Aromas are very subdued and overall clean fermentation profile for a big beer, but a lot of perfume like floral alcohol tones. Some mellow citrus and tropical fruit and an underlying malt honey crisp sweetness.
Flavor profile is where this beer shines. Not the most explosive flavor from an Imperial IPA but nice, clean and interesting. Good cantaloupe, honeydew melon tones, with some sharp grapefruit acidity and bitterness. Some raspberry and a layer of resinous spruce pine coats the tongue before a deep bitter finish, which is not taxing but cleans the palate along with the warming floral alcohol across the tongue.
The beer has a nice medium light body, excellent for the style, not cloying or sweet with an intense dry and bitter palate cleansing finish. No harsh astringency or numbing alcohol heat.
For its heft it is drinkable, with good and interesting flavors, very unique character. The aroma is subdued, much like I believe Torpedo is, but with consideration of the 10% abv, you can sip your way through a 24 oz bottle in an evening without struggle, but good enjoyment.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2011 12:37:52 | More by PBoegel
More User Reviews:
3.06/5 rDev -26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75
This one pours a nicely cloud high karat gold color with a light tan head that is moderate height but thick, long lived and pillowy settling to bread like bubbles and leaving strong lacing.
The nose is a nicely done hop sensation with a busy mix of floral to fruits and woody all mixing together with some grass and pine. The smell is actually bitter in the finish.
The taste is a kick in the balls hop experience. There is some hint of malt but it is readily squashed by the maximum powered hops. This is incredibly bitter, as one would expect. The hops are buttery, grassy, pine and lots of camphor. There is a medicine flavored finish to it that really strips your palate of a few layers of skin.
It is an experiment that I find interesting as it pushes hops to the absolute max. This one is a great tool to help level set a palate of an extreme.
The moutfeel is rather rich and helps the insane amount of hops assault every square millimeter of your palate.
Overall this is better as an educating beer and for palate training. Other than that I would rate this as generally undrinkable in a pleasurable sense.
I feel like data after his emotion chip activating and he tried the "revolting" alcoholic beverage.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 22:45:56 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dense, white head that laces well. Aroma bursts from this one; citric with a floral backing that is reminiscent of honey. Hazy, straw color. Starts with aggressive, rich hop resin. Lots of notes of pine and grapefruit. Builds into a nice, aggressive bitterness that tastes of citrus rind. Lingering citrus rind bitterness with a touch of sweet malt.
This is really nice. It's quite assertively hopped, but it really keeps the lingering bitterness in check, which I quite enjoy. This is the 2013, so I think the year or so of aging has mellowed this quite nicely.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 02:28:47 | More by TheSSG
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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