Sierra Nevada Hoptimum: 10.4% abv
Sierra Nevada. What do you know about Sierra Nevada? Well if you know anything about them, they’re pretty big. Like Sam Adams big. Not quite that big, but certainly big, all the same, they’re big. So what kind of beers they produce? A large variety of them, friends. One of those varieties is a double IPA, which is probably not as common as some of their more universal versions. Redundancy at its best. So what does Hoptimum have to offer, besides alcohol percent? Isn’t that enough? No. You need to spend your dollars well, friends. And here’s what we think of it:
On the nose, you will find very fruity notes, with light bitterness to it. The fruity flavors include grapefruit, melon, citrus, lemon, pineapple, and light tart apple. There is caramel as well, followed by some pine and floral notes. The taste follows with consistency. There is honey and caramel on the arrival, along with apple, brown sugar and raisons. There is no doubt that there are some unique flavors in this beer, as it leads into the full flavor.
The body provides a little more bitterness, with pine resin, grapefruit, and I seem to have written bitterness in here like five more times...this beer is bitter. I guess. Alright. So moving on. The finish is bitter...again...with some grain character, grapefruit, more bitterness, pineapple, floral notes, earthiness, and a dry aftertaste. This beer is syrupy in texture and full-bodied, but it is certainly unbalanced, and we weren’t necessary impressed.