Who is Ted?

I'm the father of two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife. For fun, I enjoy the long hours of seemingly endless suffering that endurance sports (mostly running, cycling and triathlon)provide. During my "down time" I'm an avid beer snob and self-described gourmet chef (in other words I like to burn things on a stove or grill).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Beer of the week: Hoptimum

10.something% ABV, 100 IBUs.  This is by far the hoppiest beer that I've ever had.  But in a good way.  Given the extreme nature of this beer, it would be easy to write it off as a novelty beer.  In reality, it's quite drinkable, a sipper for sure, but still something to be savored.  As with many IPA's (or imperial IPA's as in this case), you probably will enjoy it if you are a fan of the style.  A piney nose, light to medium body, and a slightly bitter finish with a pleasant after-taste.  Given it's "shock and awe" style, it's fairly well balanced.  Still, I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a single sitting unless I was trying to get stupid-hammered.  It also isn't a beer that I'd pair with food (although I would caution against drinking it on an empty stomach).  Let's face it.  When it comes to hops, there isn't a better brewery than Sierra Nevada.  They've got it down.  Hoptimum is evidence to that end.  Enjoy.

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