Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
24oz bomb bottle into imperial pint glass, tasted cold and warmed as it tasted
A - Pours a "typical" SN; that is, amber/orange, clear and with a foamy head that dissipates to lacing but holds down the glass
S - Grapefruit hops and a definitive whiff of alcohol, with a hint of caramel malts
T - First off, the alcohol is there, right off the bat and throughout; unavoidable. A strong hoppy sweetness right off the bat, and the hoppiness is grapefruity and persistent and really nice. However the alcohol is prominent throughout and becomes a bit of a drag. The persisting flavor, minutes after a sip is the drying hoppy bitterness and this part really helps redeem the "difficult" middle palate.
M - Not a heavy beer, nice mouthfeel and really drying. Carbonation is barely perceptible.
D - Probably as low as I can think of for a SN beer; this one really wears on you b/c of the alcohol.
To be honest, I thought I was pretty biased when it came to Sierra Nevada; they are easily my favorite brewer. However, this one is pretty tough; the alcohol really wears on you, and it's a tall task to put down a 24oz bottle in one sitting. Good beer, but I'd rather a Bigfoot any day; much more balanced w/less prominent alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2011 00:46:26 | More by bosox941827
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