Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

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Hoptimum is an Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   There’s a thick meringue-like head and the nose is earthy with the faint scent of pine needles.  The flavor is balanced with piney bitterness offset by sweet grapefruit and caramel.  It’s another really big beer at 10.4% ABV, but the alcohol really only makes its presence known right at the finish, along with sweet grapefruit and light vanilla.   This beer is really well balanced all the way through, but the levels are high, so to speak.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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