12 oz bottle picked up at Hop City for $9.99 a four pack. Served up in a shaped pint.
A: Hits the a really nice copper body with a good red hues to it. Held to the light, more copper/orange hues push through a brighten things up. The body is incredibly clear with a substantial carbonation activity going on in there. The pour got me two fingers bright white head that eventually fell to about a solid half finger top cap of dense/fluffy white head. Lace has stick and spots the glass all the way down.
S: Very nice here. Starts off with just a really good and clean grapefruit flavor. Just juicy as all get out, throws in a little orange. Behind that is a touch of pine resin and some lightly sweet, bicuity malt presence. Just bright with all that citrus hop fruitiness.
T: Things are decent here but it takes a turn from the nose. Really hits you with a pungent, resinous pine. It is big and a bit on the harsh side. This is further accentuated by a boozy sweetness coming out of the malts. The booze is so strong at times, it has a bit of a chemical, nail polish like flavor. Just a big punch of aggressive flavor. Behind all of that, the citrus hops bring some flavor but it is mostly orange and grapefruit peel bitterness. It is good, but damn it can be aggressive and a bit harsh.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation to it. Lots of bitterness on the taste buds. Tries to dry out, but there is some stickiness to this beer on the palate. ABV does bring some heat, and warms up the throat and belly. Aftertaste is all resiny hops.
OA: This is a big ass DIPA, that really brings the hops. I mean just tons of hop bitterness that attacks the palate. At times, it is a bit much but that has to be considered when you are dealing with a beer hopped with whole cone. This thing pulls no punches whatsoever and I can respect that coming from a big brewery like Sierra Nevada. Good stuff, but definitely doesn't check the excessively drinkable box.
Served In: Pint Glass
Brightly coppered orange with light sided amber highlights at the bottom. Gorgeous crown of medium thick off-white foam that sits like cake frosting on top. Hardly moving, very slowly leaking off some its might to keep a big skim always present and lots of melted ice cream lacing.
Aroma has a nice leafy fresh, woody hop tone to it with a smallish bready malt backing and some slight peached and darker orange tones of citrus.
Taste is extravagantly woven with a tapestry of hoppy stuff that's all very leveled off and easy to take in. Tamingly bready and dryish, with a honey butter glaze in its sweeter side that gets it started. Nothing over the top here, balanced well with a mild citrusy girth that grows pretty big as it sinks into the finish with lots of dark orangey bitterness. Notes to pith and peel, rind and pits, of lemon, peach, and white grapefruit. Also some bits of wood and floral leafyness emerge late in the bittering trails.
Well balanced sweetness at the front in a bold, crisp, nearly full body then birthing a good amount of hoppy bitterness as it delivers its spanking of hops on the palate.
A very solid Impy IPA that SN has unleashed here. I like 'em a little sweeter then this, but this is still nice to savor. But given the higher price tag of $9 for a strange 1 pint 8 oz stubby looking bomber bottle, it is something to savor and take your time with, which isn't hard given the 10.4% sits in quickly.
Served In: Pint Glass
A: Pours a nice clear copper color with a lot of thick tight white foam. The head fades quickly leaving some very nice lacing around the glass.
S: Some nice citrus notes, but mostly good piney hops in the nose of this one. Maybe a smidge of alcohol in there.
T: Taste is a lot more mellow than I would have figure from the nose. Picking up mostly piney hops with not much else.
M: Mouthfeel is good/great, almost a little heavy, but this is a DIPA.... Carbonation level leaves a bit of a tingle on the end of your tongue.
O: I really like this beer, but I don't think it compares to the Harvest or Estate. That's some tough competition though. I also don't think I could finish more than one bomber.
Served In: Snifter
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