Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Another Valentineís Day gift from my wife. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Very smooth for something this big. Truly unique aroma and flavor. Hard to describe exactly because they were new hop flavors to me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel; moderate to heavy pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon, line, earthy and funky hops; slight alcohol; citrus punch and citrus rind. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, moderate to rather bitter and moderately acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, rather to heavily bitter and lightly acidic with a rather long duration. There was alcohol, candy-coated citrus fruit, a little brown sugar, lots of citrus hops, funky hops that almost seemed like and odd bacteria or yeast strain, pine hops, caramel, exotic fruit and tropical fruit. The medium to full body was oily,but also a little sticky on the lips with lightly fizzy carbonation and a light to moderately alcoholic finish.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from bleeng and TXJeep. Thanks!
Pours an average orange with a light apricot against a backdrop of grapefruit. Flavor is a nice balance of grapefruit and sweet fruit. Average mouthfeel. Tasty.
cmonster (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler served in a tulip. Deep clear, yet weighty glowing orange-amber body. Medium sized orange-white head with moderate retention and decent lacing, though not enough to warrant a full 5 point. The aroma is huge and hop driven, showing massive resin and pine, with cedar, caramel, and citrus following. Sweet, very bitter flavor. Full body, prickly carbonation, hop-creamy sticky texture, and an exponentially bitter finish. Intense and sublime.
Frovigalning (2460) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Sorbon in Bromma. It poured a slightly hazy golden liquid with a small white head. Smell of grass, trees, hops and fruits. Smeet taste of grapefruit, grassy hops, trees and fruity hops. Semi-harsh mouthfeel, strong carbonation, medium thick body. Strong and intense DIPA. A bit harsh but still nice. A hop kick to the head. Brutal! :)
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh 2011 bottle at the White Horse Parsons Green. It pours clear amber, with a small foamy white head. The nose is sweet caramel, resin, pine and grass. The taste is resin, wood, varnish, grass, hay, caramel and tangy orange zest. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very drinkable double IPA.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a thick white head. The aromas are pine, floral and citrus with some heavy fruit sweetness. All the right stuff in there. Taste is bitter up front.....very much the dominant flavor. Very large and heavy with sharp citrus and some pine, but overwhelmingly bitter. Body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter finish. Lacing is all down the glass. Overall, this is a decent DIPA with big hoppiness. Not bad, but a bit too over the top for my taste
beerme31 (432) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper/amber with medium white head. Very satisfying nose - grass, citrus, floral, pine. Obviously heavy on the bitterness. Its is likely the most bitter Iíve ever had and most bitter Iíve rated so far. Quite a bit of tingling and carbonation in a lasting bitter finish. Overall it was interesting but not something I would buy again.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A careful pour produces a mostly clear orange/amber elixir with a one finger bubbly white head that recedes quickly but leaves lots of lace. Smells of pine and citrus with a bit of an earthy grassy tone mixed in there as well. Hints of sweet malt buried deep beneath barely find a voice in this one. Taste is pine and resin mixed with more bitter grapefruit and lemons than the produce isle at Hannaford. Thereís some malt in there Iím sure, but every time I think I can find it, its gone. Sticky resinous pine pitch mouthfeel, low to medium level of carbonation, medium body. Well you asked for hops, you got it! I was expecting that Sierra Nevada sameness that runs through their IPA line and was pleasantly surprised at this over the top DIPA. Its over the top hops, bracingly bitter, and thatís just fine with me. Now put it in a six pack and charge me a fair price for it and Iíll buy it often.
On a side note why is this vintage dated? Not a cellar candidate by any means.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not Sierra Nevadaís best effort in their always-interesting lineup expansion. Very, very, very, very bitter, not Ruination levels but close, with a heavy malt front that leaves the beer tasting like maple syrup chased by quinine. Iím a huge SN honk, but Hoptimum seems a lot like a quick effort to capitalize on a fading craze than a well-thought-out beer. (2/2/11)
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
God was this stuff hard to get. I didnít even know they had it for sale but I met a fellow hophead who told me they had it stashed behind the counter. Pours amber from bottle with a decent head. Big citrus notes on the nose and even bigger on the tongue. Thereís bitterness but at a certain point the bitterness is so extreme it becomes sweet. The mouthfeel was thick almost like pudding. It has some linger to it but yet it hides itís 10% fairly well. A great reward for a long day of work.