3xB: Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
This Week’s Big Bottle: Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
If you enjoy hops, this beer is in your wheelhouse. It rests comfortably at 100 IBUs. And here are the hops involved:
Bittering Hops – German Magnum
Aroma Hops – Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Dry Hops – Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Torpedo Hops – Citra & Chinook
Yeah. It’s hoppy. Some beers only get bittering hops, most will get both bittering and aroma. A select few get dry hopped, and only Sierra Nevada does the Torpedo. (if you don’t know what a Torpedo is, imagine a machine whose sole responsibility is to pump hop aroma into beer) This truly is a one of a kind beer.
The big question is: should I drink it?
Hell yes. The beer is amazing. As you can see from the grainy picture above, it’s a beautiful deep bronze color. The hop aroma shows up immediately and seems mostly floral. The taste is all hops up front, like putting a bag of fresh cut grass in your mouth. The overpowering hoppiness is quickly settled and mellowed out by a strong malty backbone. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. An incredible beer.
If you were one of the hoard that was looking for a Hopslam and they’re either gone, or out of your price range, consider the Hoptimum. These stats may appeal to you: 24oz bottle, 10.4% ABV, $8. Get it at Whole Foods on P Street before it’s gone!!!