Starting other new blogs, we are going to take a look at a brewery called Sierra Nevada Brewery. If you read my earlier blog then you are pretty much up to speed on this brewery, the beer is called Hoptimum Whole Cone Imperial India Pale Ale. This beer only comes out once a year. Everything depends on the hop harvest that goes on throughout the country and even the world on these speciality craft beers. Let us get into the beer.
This beer is a deep dark copper with a nice white big head. A big grapefruit smell to the beer. It is very nice smell and I do not like grapefruits. As far as the taste of the beer, it is sweet carbonation with a hint of grapefruit. The aftertaste is a very nice dry hoppy kick to it. This big India Pale Ale of ABV of 10.4% and over 100 IBU is very extremely drinkable.
Here is a descripation from the beer bottle:
Hoptimum is the biggest whole – cone IPA we have ever produced — a 100 IBU, whole – cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry – hopped, AND torpedoed, Hoptimum delivers ultra – intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere.
Here is a descripation form their website (www.sierranevada.com):
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.
Resinous “new-school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, I really love their beers and this beer is no question at the top of my list. It took this brewery a long time until they came out with an India Pale Ale in package form. When they did finally came out with it, then they made this awesome beer. This is a very drinkable Imperial India Pale Ale and I can see many people getting in trouble drinking this beer. I love this beer for the hop taste, nice malty backbone, and the smoothest of it. I highly recommend this beer and I would go and search it since it is a seasonal brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser