jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Toronado. A golden amber with a small off-white head leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is strong of grassy hops with a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt and grassy hops with the alcohol coming through on the finish. Light bodied.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ EBF. How can I get my hands on this more often?This was only slightly less aromatically pleasing than PtY, but held up head to head well @ EBF. Orange pour with white head. Pine, tropical fruits, citrus notes. Delicious.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Nice carbonation. Medium to high bitterness. Nice orange and grapefruit flavors. Hides the alcohol well, there is just a touch of an alcohol bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Date: March 16, 2010
Source: Summits, Woodstock
Appearance: clear copper, fine white head, solid drippy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma, touch of citrus, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing hops and bitterness, light peppery alcohol adds a hot edge, long bitter finish
Date: April 20, 2012
Words: Duckworths Ballantyne
same sweet crystal and pine as from the original beer camp pilot batch,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011 2011 Vintage Bottle
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper with visible rising carbonation and a fluffy white head that retains rather well. This beer leaves behind a good deal of lacing.
Aroma: A big grapefruit nose, followed by fresh grassy hop notes.
Taste: Resinous piney hops, finishing with a nice malt backbone and a fruity bitter finish that lingers. After more inspection, there is a little bit of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation.
Overall: Above average for the style, but average for Sierra Nevada. A kicked up version of Torpedo, or a less malty version of Bigfoot? You can definitely taste the family lineage.
4/21/10 on tap 7/10 4/5 7/10 4/5 /15/20
On tap at Naja’s Place - Redondo Beach,CA
A very spicy hop experience. Pours a yellow gold with a big grapefruit nose. Tastes of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel was a little astringent. Overall, I enjoyed Handful of Hops better.
beersearcher (2168) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice floral aroma. initial hit is grape flavor then it settles into a barrage of hop bitterness
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Served up a clear, bright, bronze-plated body topped by an inch of white foam.
Smell: Initially, the nose isn’t very aromatic at all, though, given some time to warm, it eventually comes around. After some minutes, you’re given a sweet-scented aroma with a rather forward whiff of lemons. Lighter hop hints of meadow flowers and white pine.
Taste: Sweet-tasting pale maltiness with hints of almond sugar and wildflower honey. As it warms, a very faint basic breadiness develops in the taste and aroma. Pithy, citrusy lemon peel hop character with additional accents of flowers and resinous pine. Boldly bitter, though the sweetness does make a modest comeback late in the taste. Still, it does manage to finish both dry and bitterness. Lemony taste lingers into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: I dug it, though those who don’t appreciate a notable malt presence and sweetness in their DIPA’s might not care for this one.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: Clean, crisp, solid malt base, complex tasty hop signature. A near perfect IIPA.
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Many samples and then some more…
The look: Clear orange-blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose of grapefruits and piney hops. Solid malt backbone with plenty of crisp honeyed and caramelized malts. Truckload of hops with grapefruits, pineapples, pine-tree. Amazingly crisp and highly drinkable. Very clean beer. Compared to the main competition at EBF (Pliny The Younger) I found the Hoptimum better balanced with a richer more rounded body. Hops signature was kind of similar with Hoptimum going a bit more in the tropical fruits direction. Overall I prefer Hoptimum over Pliny The Younger. There was over 1000 people at my Extreme Beer Fest session and over 750 of those petitioned to have Sierra Nevada bottle this beer. This is now known as the 1024 x 768 resolution.
J_man (621) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 On tap at the brewery and in 24 oz. bottle. Big, hoppy DIPA! Crystal clear deep copper color with a white head. Lots of floral, grassy and pine notes in the aroma followed by a huge resiny, grapefruit and pine flavor. Well balanced with the malt, this assaults the tongue with sticky bitterness and you don’t want it to ever stop! Reminds me of Pliny the Elder except not as thick (if I remember right) with a cleaner malt profile. Delicious!
koshea (13) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Had on tap last weekend at Toronado SF
Poured into a pint glass. An amber colored with decent off white head. The beer smells like a lot of hops and some m=bready maltness. The taste definitely seemed off. There is lot of this German Bready maltness an intense hoppy bitterness and a lot of boozy alcohol flavor, there is no interplay between flavors, it just tastes like a boozy mess. Carbonation was fine. This beer tastes like a train wreck