Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
From Sierra Nevada – 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.
Sierra Nevada Brewing – Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA – 24 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 10.4% abv. Purchased at Bobby’s Liquor in Santa Clara, CA
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper with visible rising carbonation and a fluffy white head that retains rather well. This beer leaves behind a good deal of lacing.
Aroma: A big grapefruit nose, followed by fresh grassy hop notes.
Taste: Resinous piney hops, finishing with a nice malt backbone and a fruity bitter finish that lingers. After more inspection, there is a little bit of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation.
Overall: Above average for the style, but average for Sierra Nevada. A kicked up version of Torpedo, or a less malty version of Bigfoot? You can definitely taste the family lineage. Here’s another analogy: It’s another hit from The Beetles. I can’t ask for anything more, and I don’t know how it could improve, but it didn’t seem like a really unique offering.