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Monday
Aug192013

SIERRA NEVADA HOPTIMUM 2013

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2013. A whole-cone Imperial IPA that delivers “the ultimate whole-cone hop experience”. Usually this would be marketing bullshit but when it’s a Sierra Nevada beer, you know you’re in for something very good.

It uses Magnum hops for bittering and Chinook, Simcoe and a  new proprietary for flavour and aroma. According to the label it’s 100 IBU and is “aggressively hopped, dry-hopped AND torpedoed”. Let’s just hope they remembered to throw enough malt in. They used two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich and Wheat malt to keep the hops in check.

When you pour this from the bottle you can immediately smell the beautiful pine aroma. Honey coloured with a fine head. Medium body with relatively low carbonation.

Strong pine and grapefruit flavour, with a resinous mouthfeel and a firm bitter finish. The hop oils and bitterness linger for a long time. As it warms up a bit it becomes more resinous and less bitter. Like other Sierra Nevada beers it’s beautifully balanced. Whilst it packs a hell of a hop punch the malt keeps the bitterness in check.

This is a hop lover's wet dream. 

 

9/10

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