Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Goldish Amber in color. A little hazy and pours with a 3/4-inch head that disipates quickly, but coats on the way down.
S: Citrus, pine, and hops: up front and in charge. Down further, a bit of malt comes through.
T: On the lips it’s mild, with a hint of caramel. On the tongue the tartness of the hops hits, and the grapefruit builds as it moves back. The finish is a full hop bite that lingers, with just a hint of alcohol. The aftertaste is surprisingly balanced, with the tiniest bit of toffee and caramel.
M: Full but smooth. Plenty of carbonation.
O: One of the better I’ve had of this style. More balanced than most, but doesn’t skimp on that full hop experience you’re looking for in a DIPA. The bottle says it uses whole-cone hops and is, “Aggresively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed,” and I can’t argue with the results. It tastes extremely fresh and clean, which makes it incredibly drinkable, especially in warmer months. It’s easy to see why this isn’t a year-round beer from Sierra, AND why it’s so hard to come by when it is available, especially given the whole-cone hopping.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 18:33:58 | More by BeerNotes
3.7/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Ok, so here goes another review. I felt this one needed a review just because it's a relatively low score for such a great brewing company. C'mon, it's Sierra Nevada, one of the grand daddy's of them all! I feel like there was just to much push to have a lot of hops in this beer and it wasn't designed properly with the style.
Appearance: Obviously good, it comes from Sierra Nevada and they know what they are doing. Polished for a high lupulin resin beer. Good carbonation.
Smell: A blend of citrus and earthy hops. Not as pronounced as other DIPA's that I like though.
Taste: Here is where the beer fell short for me. Overly bitter. The beauty of DIPA's is to have the hops shine through from the flavor and aroma, in my humble opinion. This beer was excessively bitter. More late kettle additons and less high alpha acid hops, again in my humble opinion.
Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was also lacking as I felt my jaw cringe from the hop bitterness. Not balance enough with the malt sweetness to offset the ever present harsh bitterness.
Overall: Not my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada. Might have to try it again to see if it changes my mind.
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2013 23:21:11 | More by seanwilson530
3.86/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From notes, pours a clear golden color with a substantial white frothy head which recedes to leave some solid lacing.
Aromas begin with tropical fruits, citrus and orange. Light crackery maltiness which smells sweeter as it warms.
The tastes follow the nose with some bitter citrus, lemon rind hoppiness up front and some lesser orange and pineapple in the background. The bitter citrus overwhems the more pleasant tropical fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. FInish is quite hefty in the bitterness column with some spicy alcohol adding to the dryness.
Overall this a slight improvement to the Harvest, North and Southern Hempisphere Imperial IPAs but really doesn't shine about the everygrowing aroma forward DIPAs or even the more balanced ones. Increased bitterness and ABV just don't make a great DIPA in my opinion, they can make a good one, but the real stars have equal amounts aroma and bitterness or even more aroma than resiny astringent bitterness.
Serving type: on-tap
04-09-2013 19:07:50 | More by claspada
4.34/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour into pint glass, from bottle.
A= beautiful honey color with amber tint. Nice, frothy head with decent lacing.
S= Honey, pine, wildflowers, berries. Powerful hop punch to the nose. Sweet, toasted malt smell.
T= Wonderful hop kick. Bitterness throughout the tongue, but doesn't overwhelm. Well-balanced hops, with a very nice honey taste.
M= Lightly carbonated, light and easy to drink.
0= A wonderful double IPA. Truly great bitterness, as one would expect from an IPA. Very, very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 20:38:16 | More by smooth_aleing
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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