Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.33/5 rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Paid $7.99 for a 24oz bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. This is the January 2011 release and I am tasting it fresh!
Off white colored head of about a half inch consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Rather transparent and light copper in color. Good layer of retention and thick lacing.
Lots of resinous, sticky hops held up by a good amount of maltiness. This is not the typical Sierra Nevada hop profile I'm used to. Hard for me to pinpoint the hop characteristics, my guess is this is a medley of several varieties. Has a very fresh and almost creamy character to the nose.
Flavor is certainly on the balanced side with some of this high alcohol content showing face. Again, like the nose, the hops lack a distinguishable character and in my opinion are balanced too much by the malt. I was hoping for Sierra to showcase their fine profile, but I'm left thinking this is somewhat 'blah.'
Medium body and good levels of carbonation, but overall comes off a bit too watery. Medium length piney hop finish.
While this isn't my favorite offering from Sierra, this is very drinkable and going down very quickly. Glad I tried it, but would recommend they try a different approach on their next DIPA offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2011 03:02:31 | More by ibbjamin
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