Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Beautifully clear amber orange beer with a steady stream of bubbles feeding an ivory head that sticks around forever. Sticky lacing as it slowly disapates. Fresh and florally hoppy notes with lots of citrus and bit of pine on the nose. Nice breadiness backing it. Not incredibly aromatic, but definitely a very pleasant aroma.
Well this one packs a punch on the taste buds. Between the incredible amount of hops and the prickle of the alcohol, its almost overwhelming. I say almost because it has an element of malt that manages to provide just the right amount of balance with a slight breadiness and a hint of caramel, letting the hops flourish. The hops are piney with a ton of grapefruit, maybe even a bit catty. Lots of pleasant bitterness but so much flavor that the bitterness can't run away with it. Again, the malts provide just enough to counteract the bitterness without compromising the flavor of these hops at all. Surprisingly not a whole lot of resin, definitely a smidge but in the end it remains pretty clean and crisp. There is a pretty sizeable alcohol feel to it, but its not cloying at all, matched by the sharpness of the bitterness. The mouthfeel is prickly in the middle but smooths out into the finish, providing a long, dry and warm finish. Just a touch of a juicy burst in the end that evens it all out. The aftertaste lingers for a bit but is almost all grapefruity hop flavor and a lot less bitterness than expected.
Don't get me wrong; this beer is bitter as hell. But the flavors that stem from this bitterness more than match it, leading to a complex and enjoyably refreshing sipper of a DIPA. Definitely recommended if you are a hop head.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2012 02:49:29 | More by chodinheaven
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4/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 5/2/14, poured into a tulip
A- pours a bright deep golden color with a small creamy white head that retains a small layer, leaving some short lasting lace behind
S- sharp piney hops with some citrus rind, slightly danky and grassy, sugary and bready malt backbone
T- loads of piney, floral, citrus and tropical fruity hops attacks the palate up front, super sweet malt kicks in mid-palate to stand up to the hops, sugary finish with a big linger of piney hops
M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a syrupy mouthfeel and a thick and creamy finish, with some alcohol warmth on the linger
O- a palate wrecker big big sweet malty notes to back up the huge hops, the only down side is that I usually like a cleaner DIPA, not a sweet and malty, still a great beer
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 23:53:09 | More by Treyliff
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
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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