As a serious Sierra Nevada fan and heavy IPA drinker, it was hard not to be biased about the new Hoptimum Whole Cone Imperial IPA. From the moment I opened the bottle, the rich hops hit my nose and the first taste hit my lips, I remembered why Sierra Nevada remains one of my favorite breweries to date.
- smooth, amber colored, mild citrus 'n pine hints Hoptimum (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA) 10.4% ABV
Hold on to your hats 'cuz this beer's bittersweet with a great hoppy taste due to the Whole Cone action. It's got a smooth mouth feel and it's not heavy on the carbonation, making this IPA an easy drinker.
Despite the high Alcohol By Volume (ABV), Hoptimum does a great job of masking the bite of the booze while keeping the drinkablity good to the last drop.
It's definitely a strong contender, soon to become one of my new go-to delights. Enjoy!