fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Sierra Nevada has really outdone themselves here. By far their "biggest" beer, Hoptimum reminds me of Stone’s Ruination IPA, but this is actually much stronger in flavor. Very resinious and oily. It is best to take small sips because the flavor will stay with you for quite some time. It achieves a dense but complex multitude of fruit-inspired flavors, almost like a Belgian Quadruple for hopheads. Malts are almost undetectable, but who cares. The hops balance themselves out, with the citrus flavors shining through the intense bitterness. A work of art.
robgibbens (429) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice clear amber color with a short white head. Looks nice. Fresh citrus aroma. Like smelling fresh cut oranges or grapefruit. The taste is sharp and bitter. Astringent enough to be mouthwatering, clean enough to be crisp and refreshing.
mikehanneman (62) - Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a double IPA...make no mistake about it. It is a seasonal beer too. About $12.00 for a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles.
ABV is 10.4%..so it has some kick to it. Looks and smells fantastic. Very hoppy but not too much so. Seems Sierra Nevada has found a nice sweet spot for a double IPA with a high alcohol content. A sweet and bitter balance. I was quite impressed since I am a big fam of IPA’s and double IPA’s. Try it and you will be impressed too. Thumbs up!!
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a finger and a half of cream colored head. The nose is fruity sweet and fresh with hops. Some malt in the background as well. The taste has the malt up front, with some tip of the tongue sweetness following. The deep hop kick cleans it all up. Finishes a bit chewy with some thick body. A little pricey, I prefer DFH 90 for a DIPA, but it's good to switch things up, and this is a good beer.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber with think off white head. Nose is citrus & grassy notes with some pine. Flavor is resinous hops with grass and pine. Viscous mouthfeel with a pleasant bitter hoppy finish. Very drinkable for a 10%+ ABV.
kermis (9889) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared from Bierkoning. Clear amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma is full on grassy hops and citrus. Flavour is very grassy, super bitter, some citrus and a little background sweetness. medium to full bodied with soft to medium carbonation.
deanso (8293) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle courtesy of Kermis.
Thin white head. Blond pour. Hoppy aroma. Great bitterness!
paintedmaple (666) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle...One of the finest DIPA’s to date. Very impressive and complex bill of hops and SN has managed to bring new flavor profiles to this brew - much like a maker of fine wines. Outstanding
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t love it, but it isn’t bad. The color is quite light despite all of the hops. The lacing is oily but thin. The oiliness of the hops caries over to the mouthfeel. The flavor is bitter with some citrus but significant earthiness.
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a nice dense head. Nice aroma of spicy hops. Medium bodied with a nice palate for how hoppy it is.
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