Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
This is a pretty solid offering from Sierra Nevada!
I poured the bottle into a (not exactly) snifter-type glass. The beer was a little cool when I first opened it (chilled it too long). I let it sit for 30 minutes before really getting into the beer.
First impression was a nice piney / citrusy hop aroma, which I found wonderful.
First sip had me...I was a nice, bitter (but not overly bitter for 100 IBU) beer with a really solid malt backbone. As it sat and warmed a little more, the maltiness increased and the beer almost became sweet, which was not unpleasant but was not expected.
For the size of the beer, I really could not detect the alcohol in it either. This is just a solid beer in my opinion. I am going to (try to) save one to see what 6 months does to it...maybe a year.
05-14-2013 13:45:20 | More by JoshBrews
4.36/5 rDev +4.3%
Bottle into Tulip (2013, no exact date found)
Appearance- Deep gold, fairly clear, 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. nice lacing.
Aroma- Nice hops, very piney, some citrus, grapefruit, earthy, pungent, slight malt in the background.
Flavor- This is very bitter at 100 IBUs, lots of pine, earthy hops, spicy, slight citrus, very clean, alcohol present but I probably wouldn't guess 10%. very nice.
Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied, medium carbination, alcohol warmth
Overall-This is a great hop bomb, leans toward pine, and earthy hops rather than citrus, very enjoyable. A sipper for sure. This is my first time trying it and I will be getting more for sure.
05-14-2013 04:23:05 | More by LI_PO12
3.91/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a large snifter glass. No discernible freshness date, but this is the 2013 batch, so likely fresh within the last month or so.
Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a one-finger head resting atop a body of glowing orange, with hints of umber. The head dissipates quickly to leave a ring of foam around the edge of the glass and an island of medium-sized bubbles in the center. Lacing is pretty generous as I drink the level of the liquid down. Hangs around for quite awhile.
Smell - Orange zest pushes its way through at first, along with some herbal notes and perhaps a hint of pine, but the aroma is predominantly fruity. After a few smells, I can detect a little bit of the alcohol that is coursing through this 10.5% beer. There is almost a hint of locker-room funk to it as well. Interesting smell for a DIPA.
Taste - The hop bitterness dominates, but rests on a bed of citrus notes. I'm a little surprised there isn't more depth of flavor going on here. I certainly expected more. However, it certainly does showcase the hops, which are present from start to finish, and even linger on after the beer has been long swallowed.
Mouthfeel - Lingering bitterness is actually pleasant, and hints at grapefruit where the smell and taste did not. For lack of a better term, the mouthfeel is "wet", and by that I guess I mean there is a hint of cloying sweetness to it, as much as it makes sense for a descriptor like "cloying" to be paired with a "hint".
Overall, a satisfying beer, but there are a handful of Imperial IPAs that I would pick off the shelf prior to this one. I will say that it's quite drinkable for 10.5% ABV.
05-13-2013 21:45:35 | More by LambicPentameter
3.61/5 rDev -13.6%
Appearance: Clear golden-hued copper. Bright. Head is off-white and leaves a solid creamy, rocky head. Drops to a 1cm cap with splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.
Smell: Oily earthy citrus. Loaded with oily pine. Some backing malt sweetness, but it's hops galore. Floral and delicate...but assertive, because that makes sense. Super fresh leafy hops. Lightly bready with a slight backing spiciness. Some of that trademark Chico yeast in the back. Unique, but still distinctly Sierra Nevada.
Taste: Fresh wet and leafy hops. Oily and smooth. Tangerine in the back of a solid floral and slightly spicy hop profile. Building earthiness as it warms. Pith with some mint. Some toasted malts liven things up a bit. Pale and bready malts bring some added sweetness. Grapefruit. A bit sweeter than I would expect from Sierra Nevada. Lingering moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Slick and oily medium body. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish. Wet.
Sierra Nevada makes better beer. An explosion of wet and leafy hops, but it feels a bit too all over the place. I'll take a case of Celebration any day, but this is worth drinking a bottle every year.
05-13-2013 19:26:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,126 ratings.