Hoptimum earns my top rating: Gangster.
I am loving 2011 when it comes to brewing innovation. It has been a great year so far thanks to the fantastic brews that I have had the pleasure of sipping in January. Already excited about featuring an unprecedented way beer has been served in my lifetime—hot as tea with the saucer and the whole nine thanks to Atlanta’s 5 Seasons (go here)—in the matter of a week, I have lots more to write about. Thank you, brew gods! With that being the case, I am starting a section on my site called “Ale’s Draught Picks” exclusively dedicated to limited edition beers that hit the shelves and taps, but when they’re gone, they’re gone!
Regarding brewing excellence, here is the first Draught Pick you have to snatch up: Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum.
The Bell’s Hopslam has definitely garnered the most hype year after year in the land of India Pale Ales (can you believe I haven’t tried this year’s edition yet?!), but even when I do, I truly believe Hoptimum deserves the same love, if not more.
|God bless the hop!|
Available in a 24–ounce, robust bomber that’s hooked up with some pretty cool art: a whole hop cone dressed like a distinguished politician from the colonial days crowned with a cool futurist font full of serifs surrounded by a crest of hop vines.
This earns my top rating: Gangster.
Get a bottle. Now.
Here are the specs courtesy of the Sierra Nevada website:
Alcohol Content: 10.4% By Volume Bittering Hops: German Magnum
Beginning Gravity: 22.8 Plato Aroma Hops: Simcoe and New Proprietary Variety
Ending Gravity: 4.5 Plato Dry Hops: Simcoe and New Proprietary Variety
Bitterness Units: 100 Torpedo Hops: Citra and Chinook
Yeast: Ale Malts: Two-Row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich and Wheat