Hop Bullet Double IPA is an American Double IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.
The ale pours a clear gold; topped by a thick stack of soapy white foam that shows fine retention. An aggressive pour yields the best results. Small patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is fragrant with hoppy notes of pine and citrus.
The palate begins with cracker malt, followed by mellow pine, and rises to a mild bite of grapefruit and spicy hops. The finish mellows with a taste of tropical fruit.
Its feel is relatively smooth but grainy on the finish. It has a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and astringent.
The Hop Bullet Double IPA has an excellent appearance and a pleasant aroma. Its palate is well balanced but hopheads would probably appreciate more bite. Nice flavor but the taste doesn’t quite have the complexity or intensity of a better Double IPA. But it does feel far lighter than it really is and is so easily quaffed. Enjoyable and don’t be surprised when the glass is suddenly empty.
Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Hop Bullet Double IPA: grilled salmon, lemon glazed chicken, triple cream cheese, brie, rich cow’s milk cheese, marmalade turnovers, and Crème Brulee.
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