Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s new Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA has hit the shelves and we popped open a bottle to check it out in celebration of the impending weekend. Hey, it doesn't take much. Sierra Nevada has pours a lot of hops into this brew using German Magnum, Simcoe, Citra, Chinook and some "exclusive new hop varieties." From a horticultural perspective, I'm curious whether/how Sierra Nevada developed these new hop variety. It's certainly cool to have an exclusive hop, but even cooler to see what various brewers can create out of it. You probably never expected me to use the word "horticultural" in a sentence, eh?
The beer is a bit bigger - and sweeter - than Deschutes Brewery's Hop Henge Experimental IPA which checks in at 9.0% and 95 ibus. Overall, I prefer the slightly more bitter punch from the Hop Henge, but they're both great beers and a fun beer experience.