Endless Beer: Sierra Nevada Wild Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada concludes their 2014 Harvest series with the Wild Hop IPA. Sierra Nevada went on a journey for the best wild hops around and crafted brews around what they found for these suds. The Neomexicanus “is the literal wild card” of the five bottle package with the hops’ unusual flavors. “Unusual” does not get the cravings going, but that’s why it is the wild card, right? Sierra Nevada introduces the brew with a teaser of melon, apricot, and citrus aromas in the beer coming from the hops. Here’s what we thought:
Appearance: Hazy dark orange
Aroma: Heavy hops and subtle citrus and apricot.
Taste: Hop-forward flavor provide a pleasant bitterness for hopheads. Slight malty sweetness comes through complementing some citrus.
Mouthfeel: Dry finish with light aftertaste that does not linger.
Overall: This is a definite hophead pleaser. The hops begin and finish the beer nicely. First, the aroma hits hard with scents of being in a sweet hop garden. Then, we get some quick sweetness from the malts that are quickly cut by the pleasant hop bitterness of these WILD unusual hops.
ES Rating: 3.75/4 Suds!
Cheeses: Cheddar cheese curds, parmegiano reggiano with balsamic glaze
Appetizers: Buffalo wings with blue cheese, pork potstickers
Entrees: Chicken and pork tacos on a soft tortilla, barbecue pulled pork
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