Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.39/5 rDev -18.7%
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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3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Amber hue. a bit of froth, slightly off-white head. Continually rising effervescence. Solid rings. Head rising the occasion after head sip.
S: Pine and citrus.
T: Big hops, with an off and on sweetness that makes it a bit more than just the slam of the hops...but they're always there...even 30 seconds after. The moisture of the next sip brings relief, but it passes quickly and I'm back where I started.
M: Thick and smooth.
D: It's for sipping', but as was mentioned in T....the time in-between sips pulls at you.
It's good...really good...but lacks some of the layers of its peers. I'd like to have on tap...I think that might take a bit of the edge off and add a layer or two.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 21:49:19 | More by agilis
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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