Friday, March 4, 2011
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum from Al’s of Hampton, and was very excited to try it. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a lofty and frothy off-white head. The aroma consists of fresh pine hops with lemon on top of a caramel backbone. The taste is smooth with caramel at first before the hop oils take over the tongue, dry it out, and leave a delicious lemon, grapefruit, and pine flavor behind. These oils do not subside quickly and linger on the tongue for several minutes of enjoyment. The alcohol content is 10.4% ABV. The Hoptimum was a wonderful beer that oozes with hop oil and a wonderful, fresh pine and citrus flavors.