Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearnance: Very clean and clean dark golden, with some hints of orange. Off white 1 finger head with decent retention. This could be brought back to life with agitation. Some limited lacing.
Smell: So wonderful. This is very similar to Laguntitas Hop Stoopid, but bigger and more floral. Obviously it's all about the hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, maybe some tangerine, but not quite orange. I wish this was what my house smelled like when I got home. As the beer warms the alcohol comes through a bit more.
Taste: Similar to the smell but slightly more piney and citric rather than floral. It's very good and still marks up there with the best but... I wish it replicated the smell just slightly better. The nose is just so perfect, and taste since it seems to veer of slightly can't match that perfection. At the tail end after you've put the beer down and are enjoying it, a heavy bitterness sets in. I love it, but it's probably one of the bigger bitter bites I've had in a beer. As the beer warms the alcohol comes through a little more.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. This isn't the big chewy sticky IPA. This is the clean and refreshing approach.
Drinkability: For how clean the beer smells, looks, feels and tastes up front the kick from the bittering hops is tough to deal with. I wanted to just keep getting back to the goods but the bitterness made me slow down quite a bit. I easily would have finished this beer in under 5 min had it not been for the strong finish. Instead this took me close to 30. It's a great beer, and I see myself buying this every year. However, I won't be having this everyday until stores runout.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2011 17:40:22 | More by websherpa
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