Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2018 Edition

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 9.6%
Style: American Triple IPA
Other Notes: Distinguished yet devilishly hoppy. 65 IBUs. Malts – Two-row Pale, Wheat and Flaked Oats. Hops – Crystal, Ekuanot, Strata, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Loral

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Every year, we try to top ourselves by making the hoppiest, most intense and most flavorful IPA we can muster. This year, we chose the most flavorful hops and pushed them beyond their limits in this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hoptimum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, packaged on 18th May 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber colour with a just over two finger off white head with great retention that left behind some nice lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit rind, orange, lime zest and light caramel malt.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, candied orange and a light booziness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Looks great with good aromas. Taste was also nice but it would’ve been even better if the light booziness could be hidden behind the pine or fruit. Having said that, it is a Triple IPA, so you do kind of expect it to be strong.

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