Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.43/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Re-reviewing this beer. 2011 version got "Look: 4 | Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 3.5 | Feel: 4 | Drinkability: 3.5." The written review could be summarized as "Powerful grapefruit and tropical fruit hops, overly aggressive solvent booziness, heavy bitterness, small malt backbone."
2012 version is much better. 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch fluffy, bubbly white head that dissipates steadily and leaves a web of lacing. Pours a translucent orange/gold and leaves sparse spots and arches of lacing.
Smell: Dank, pungent marijuana-like hops is the dominant aroma. Slight melon, along with citrus and tropical fruit. Some toasted grain aromas underneath.
Bold hop aroma befitting the name and label.
Taste: Heavy bitterness carrying thick flavor; reminds me of Summit hops but very light on the onion/garlic and heavy on the pungent weed + sweet melon. Citrus undercurrent. Same mild toasted malt / cracker backbone, though hops and bitterness are the major players. Finishes dry and leaves some warmth in the chest, but no solvent flavor at all.
This is an excellent DIPA. Tons of hop flavor, and extremely drinkable. Could be off-putting if you don't want maximum bitterness, but this isn't a flaw... this beer is exemplifying bold, American hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Soft feel underneath the aggressive bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish. While not really a complaint, I would like this beer to be "juicier". As is, it's a good feel.
Overall: This beer supplies as good a hop fix as the best beers that come out in wet hop season. That you can buy it pretty much anywhere in America is icing on the cake, and further illustration of how grateful beer drinkers ought to be for Sierra Nevada.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2012 01:35:12 | More by Pahn
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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