Tasting: August 2, 2015
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 780
Chimera: from Greek mythology. A monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature, composed of the parts of more than one animal. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake’s head.
The term chimera has also come to describe anything perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling. Great name for a beer.
Finch’s Beer Company offerings are distributed to eighteen states including New York and Pennsylvania. According to seekabrew.com and my eyeballs, they are not yet available in New Jersey. This sixteen-ounce can of Hardcore Chimera came courtesy of a friend’s trip to Vermont. One of the other guys waiting on the line for Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine made the recommendation.
Right out of the gate Hardcore Chimera reminds me a lot of another recent tasting – The Shape of Hops to Come. In both cases, I was expecting a ton of bitterness but it’s citrus rind bitterness is not an overpowering bitterness but balanced nicely with honey, caramel and grassy flavors. Dangerously drinkable at 9% as the alcohol is well concealed. Hardcore Chimera earns 91 points in my book.