Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.39/5 rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The pour is burnt orange in color with some hop haze and a finger of rocky white head. The nose reeks of pine resin, hemp, grapefruit, and lemon.
Medium-bodied beer with a firm, oily feel. Very intense hop flavors are offset by a substantial sweet malt backbone, which cuts through the bitterness and makes the beer more drinkable than it really is. I get flavors of apricots, toast, and marmalade up front and lots of dank, herbal hop flavors at mid-palate. The finish is dry, boozy, and slightly medicinal.
Overall, a decent IIPA, but not one that I would buy again. It certainly has lots of hoppy bitterness, but it's not very well-constructed, complex, or pleasant. There are IIPAs out there that are just as bitter or more so, yet have lots of tantalizing complexity to their flavors and are much more pleasant to drink. Heady Topper and Dreadnaught spring immediately to mind. This beer tastes like Billy Bob made a bet with Betty Joe as to how many hops they could cram into the Torpedo. Hops simply for the sake of hops is a waste of hops.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 17:26:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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