In this beer blog, we are going to sample one of my favorite Imperial India Pale Ale. It is Sierra Nevada Brewery Hoptimum Imperial India Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Sierra Nevada Brewery. Let us get into this Imperial IPA.
It has a clear copper color with a constant white head. The smell has a heavy piney to earthy notes. The taste has a heavy piney to earthy notes with a heavy dry hop bitter finish for the aftertaste. It is a nice to comfortable sipping beer.
Here is a description 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 description from their website (www.sierranevada.com):
Hoptimum® Imperial IPA
A whole-cone hurricane of flavor.
Hoptimum is a hurricane of whole-cone hop flavor. Hopped, dry hopped and torpedoed for incredible hop flavor and complexity, Hoptimum is the pinnacle of whole-cone hoppiness and the biggest Imperial IPA we have ever produced. It features resinous hop varieties: Magnum, Chinook, Simcoe and a new experimental hop variety exclusive to Sierra Nevada. With intense hop flavors and aromas of grapefruit rind, pine, herbs and tropical fruit, Hoptimum is an aggressive drinking experience. Originally created as part of our Beer Camp program, Hoptimum throws down the gauntlet to all other IPAs.
We work hard to get strong hop flavors into our beers and one of the ways we do that is through dry hopping. Dry hopping refers to the addition of whole-cone hops to the fermentation tanks. The addition of hops to cold beer allows the aromatic oils and resins to infuse the beer with flavor and aroma without adding any additional bitterness.
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In the end, I love Sierra Nevada and their beers. This brewery does not make a bad beer and I had pretty much all their brews. This is one of the best all around craft brewery and I feel they are very under rated. I believe that is because there are so many new breweries around. They just get forgotten in the mix. If you have not went back and retry their beers, I highly recommend doing so. I believe you will be stun at how good their beers are compared to other breweries’ beers. I am not saying they are the number one brewery but pretty close. I love the IBU count in this beer. It is like eating a whole hop cone. This is a great beer and it has a nice malty backbone. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser