Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice clear golden color with an almost 2 finger head that lingers for long time. Plenty of stick down the side of the glass.
Smell is classic SN, with some malty sweetness to balance. 60/40 ratio of hops to malt. SN claims the aroma hops are Simcoe and a "proprietary variety." Smells like grapefruit covered in pine needles and malt. Appetizing.
Taste is malty up front, with solid bitterness on the back of the tongue and a bitter finish and aftertaste. Very dry with very little residual sugars. Leaves you parched.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, and with light carbonation. Mouthfeel is expected given the ABV, but it could be a touch lighter. Viscosity helps hide the alcohol.
Overall this is a good DIPA. Not a complete hop bomb as there is malt to balance the flavor, but it is very bitter. Only criticism is that I would like the hops to contribute more than bitterness. More hop flavor may be achievable by dialing back the malt a bit; particularly the Munich malt, which can be rather sweet.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2012 02:47:03 | More by nitro0292
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,986 ratings.