Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Beautiful copper, orange color. Strongly translucent, with about a finger and a half of white head (after a turbulent pour). Head quickly fades to a thin line; lacing coats the glass evenly and nicely. Tons of carbonation visible.
S - Pine? Hops? Yes, and yes. Think SNPA, but stronger. A definite hint of citrus, slightly overpowering the floral notes.
T - Instantly, the thick sweetness is clearly obvious. This is followed by the bitters (it is 100 IBU, after all), and then another fruity, tangy sweet wave. Finally, there is a bit of a malty finish. The overall sweetness of this brew actually masks the individual hoppy flavors, but I can detect a bit of grapefruit and orange peel. Lingering aftertaste is a little dull and bitter.
M - Thick and tongue-coating. The flavors wash over in waves, with a lingering aftertaste. For a 10+% ABV, you don't notice it, except for perhaps a slight warmth coming from the throat. Wonderful feel, really, on par with the best quads and dubbels I've had.
O - This is an intensely sweet DIPA, more so than Enjoy By. For something that is supposed to be extremely, ridiculously hopped - and it is - you don't notice that so much. Yes, it's a fresh, cleansing, bitter brew, but the sweetness is overpowering at times. I like that the malts are very subdued, but some balance between the sweetness and the hops would make this better.
...I think I just stated that I'd prefer Hoptimum to be MORE hop-forward. Wowzers. Regardless, this is an overall great beer, very drinkable (and potent), very tasty.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 18:42:12 | More by Roguer
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