Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hoptimum by Sierra Nevada

Hoptimum by Sierra Nevada . . . what's in a name?  A whole heck of a lot.  The label says an awful lot, too!

This beer is seriously hopped. It's is dry hopped as well as cold hopped to give a ginormous hop taste with out mouth puckering bitterness.  I likey!

Hoptimum pours a rich amber with a fluffy off white head that clings to the sides of the glass.  The aroma is a promise of what is to come . . . loads of hops and bitter citrus.  It's got a great mouth feel . . . a bit of carbonation and medium body.

Hoptimum's flavors virtually explode in you mouth . . . grapefruit, earthy pine, malt and a touch of fruity sweetness.   There are a lot of intense flavors vying for control of your taste buds.

Hoptimum has many of the qualities I appreciate in a big IPA . . . bitter hops balance with just enough sweetness.  It gets the salivary glands working, begging for another sip and another and then another.

This isn't a beer I could drink all night long.  I think the impressive flavors would begin to lose their impact as you lose yourself in the serious buzz your going to catch.

Hoptimum will knock you on your butt. . . the hops and the 10.4% ABV will do that to you for sure.

This is a really good beer and a yummy IPA . . . worthy of it's name.

I highly recommend Hoptimum for the hophead . . . novices tread lightly.

For more information about Sierra Nevada and their beer visit their website or check them out on Facebook.

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