Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
Just hit the east coast, a few weeks after bottling. Pours a lovely honey gold with a bright white head a lots of lacing, it's been working throughout. Looks really inviting. The nose is a meddly of powerfull hops: a bright flowery sweetness, dances with citrus bitterness, with hints of mango and juniper around the edges. The flavor starts bright and frothy but the flowers and light are quickly crushed by powerfull hop bitterness. Grapefruit predominates, this is a hopheads dream.
05-11-2013 02:40:09 | More by templar316
4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
This was bottled 03/19/2013 but purchased this bottle today.
Poured into snifter glass. It has a very light copper color and a little less than a quarter inch of an off-white foamy head which dissipated pretty quickly. Lacings all around the glass but that didn't take long to fade away.
Scent gave off floral notes, some hay, and lots of citrus, definitely a sweet smell. There was a little pine, but not as much as other beers I have had (such as Anti-Hero).
It like it pops in my mouth. It started out sweet but then became insanely bitter. It has a very heavy citrus bite to it with the bitterness from grapefruits. While the smell was primarily sweet, the taste was dominantly bitter. The bitterness still lingers in my mouth - sort of like as if I ate a grapefruit 15 minutes ago. Just a very very subtle heat to it considering the high alcohol content. The beer seemed to have a syrupy like consistency, makes my lips stick together. Just moderate carbonation present.
I contrast this with other Double IPAs for its serious bitterness. The bitterness just attacks. At 100 IBU's this beer should not surprise you. Pretty decent beer!
05-10-2013 02:24:52 | More by Benish
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Drinking the 2013 version of this beer while listening to Drudkh, one of my favorite bands.
Glass: Port City "craft pub" pint glass.
Appearance: Beautiful dark orange amber color, very clear, streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass. An aggressive pour produced a finger of head which dissipated in about a minute or two. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass in beautiful organic blobs.
Smell: Oh, man, this smells delicious. Hops! Perhaps one of the best smelling beers I've ever been fortunate enough to enjoy. Smells of weed, peaches, other tropical fruits, and the slightest hint of alcohol.
Taste: Not a complete fruity hop bomb, although there are strong characteristics of tropical fruit especially at first sip and in the mid-palette. However, a malt characteristic certainly comes in within a couple seconds, followed by a strong bitterness that lasts for AGES. It tastes almost like weed smells, perhaps an effect of the whole-cone hopping? Alcohol is noticeable, a bit too much for my tastes.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish on the tongue, perhaps mostly the result of the bitterness. Despite the dryness, you definitely get that strong IPA resin remaining long after the beer is gone. You can feel the alcohol warming your throat and stomach.
Overall: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer, but find the flavor to be slightly dissapointing compared to the smell. The appearance of the beer is beautiful, as is the bottle cap and bottle itself! The smell is incredible, the mouthfeel is just what I want in an IPA. Overall, great beer, but I personally prefer less bitterness in a DIPA, and for the alcohol to be hidden a little better.
Would drink again (luckily, since I purchased a 4 pack!).
05-10-2013 02:11:55 | More by ChrisKayler
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,194 ratings.