Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jhutch31:
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I guess we all have different pallates and mine usually loves big, hoppy beers. However, I was really disappointed with this beer. The appearance and aroma were great, but it fell on its face after the first sip. (atleast for me). Very bitter, not just in flavor but in the mouthfeel as well. My jaw started to cringe and cramp up, like when you eat a very sour lemon or sour candy. In my opinion, to many early hop additions and not enough mid to late hop additions to equal out the flavor to bitterness ratio. Again, I maybe way off compared to what others experienced, but I only got half of this beer down before sending it back. The ABV's were a litte high as well without enough malt character to mask the ethanol flavor. Maybe i'll try this one again and get a different experience.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2013 18:54:21 | More by jhutch31
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4.49/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
(bottled 04/17/14 - purchased chilled - poured into a balloon)
A: ice-cream-orange colored liquid, bit of a haze... tall, open-structured, spongy foam - 2 finger high, lasts a good while... broad spreads of webby lace... cool bottle label - dude looks like his head is a hop/artichoke hybrid
S: orange marmalade, fresh oregano... hints of pine, wildflowers, black pepper, hard candy...real resinous hops
T: sharp, spicy citrus with a potent hit of alcohol drenched in flowery hops, delicate lightly-toasted pale and crystal malt in the finish... very clean... initially, very soft edges and punch to the bitterness... mix of yellow grapefruit, lemon, orange, and caramelized candy sugar... the spice has a sweet-hot pepper quality to it
M: compact, a touch slick, but ultimately wonderfully light and clean... the resins lend an almost slippery-glossy latex flow... about light-medium bodied, finishes light and somewhat dry... resins want to smear, but the alcohol does a nice job lifting them away
O: happened to swing by the brewery on a NW trip last year the very day and hour Hoptimum was released for the season - had it on tap, enjoying it and chatting with two members of the local homebrew club - pretty damn fresh and tasty then - this wasn't terribly far off from that, even with 3 months on it... funny, it surely tastes like a SN brew - like a triple SN Pale Ale, er something... I'd like to have another, but I gotta go to work in a few... love them whole cones!!
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 18:20:20 | More by Bouleboubier
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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