Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

It’s a Monday night. Now, while that may not seem so amazing to most people - being the first day back at work, with four more days until the weekend - to me it means the neighbor comes over for dinner, we have a roast, crack open a bottle of champagne, and more importantly, DRINK SOME BEER.

The beer in question on this stormy evening is one that’s new to Australia, despite the fact that it’s been out for quite some time over in the US. The Sierra Nevada Hoptimum. About a month ago, I noticed post after post of this beer, showing off the hop headed gentleman proudly sitting in the portrait of the bottle, and the rave reviews taunting me into what could only be described as envy. After a few visits to the International Beer Shop and several queries later, it has finally arrived on the shores of Western Australia. So let’s see what all that fuss was about.

The beer poured a strong translucent golden hue with a small white head, while the aroma gave way to a grassy, piney nose with light fruit and floral hoppy notes in the background.  Right off the bat, the taste had a satisfying warmth and smoothness to it. These flavours lingered until what you’d think was the end, with the hoppy bitterness slowly building to a crescendo, until it suddenly hijacks the flavour, leaving a long bitter finish that seems to last forever. The piney hop notes from the aroma really shine through in the flavour. Towards the middle, the 10.4% seems to prop its head up and help to retain the looonnnngggg lingering flavour, and add to the depth of the body.

I have to say, Sierra Nevada seem to have taken this beer to another level. While I do like Sierra Nevada, there certainly have been some that just haven’t done it for me. If we take a look at the Green Flash beers on the other hand, I’ve been an enormous fan right from the start, and I’m glad to say that this Hoptimum certainly is in the same ballpark when it comes to quality and all-round awesomeness. However, I do have to say that this is not one for the IPA virgins, it is definitely aimed at the more seasoned IPA drinker. The flavour isn’t necessarily intense, it’s just got some big hairy balls that seem to make their way out into the public.

So would I get this again? Fuck yeah. I think I’m going to have to pay IBS another visit within the next week to secure myself another few bottles!


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