Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA

Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA (10.4% ABV / 100 IBUs): Anytime you see the word “Imperial” coupled with a beer style, then you know the brewer’s intent is to “push the envelope” of that particular beer style.  With Hoptimum, Sierra Nevada definitely succeeded.  Hoptimum features resinous hop varieties Magnum, Chinook, and Simcoe, as well as, a new experimental hop variety exclusive to Sierra Nevada.  This beer pours a clear amber-gold color with off-white foam.  Hoptimum has an INTENSE pine resin aroma.  The beer is full-bodied and clings to your tongue while exhibiting mild carbonation.  Hoptimum delivers massively assertive pine resin and cedar flavors with hints of grapefruit pith and tropical fruit.  The finish is dry with intense bitterness and some spicy pepper.  Hoptimum is a delicious beer that delivers a field of hops in every glass.

 

 

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