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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,656 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,656
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 355
Gots: 757 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-07-2010

A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
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Ratings: 5,656 | Reviews: 1,365
Photo of Bmftbl8
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great taste and very well balanced

Photo of KSOZE
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little sticky and too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of Chris33
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Will need to try this again. Something is off. Bottled 4/1/15

Photo of budnboos
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers HOPBOMB

Photo of rEBELlION
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites, love the whole cone hops and the big ABV.

Photo of CraigP83
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells is pine hops, taste is honey, sweet and sticky. Some citrus

Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint dated 4/10

A: head looks creamy perfect clarity light amber in color looks like it laces well

S: very piney, resiny and floral

T: this beer bursts with sticky resiny pine with a bitter bite on the end with a lingering floral slightly sour finish

M: medium and a tad bit syrupy this thing sits on your tongue

O: This beer is like chewing on a hop cone it's very strong and very pleasant with a slight syrupy feel and a taste that lingers

Photo of pitcherpreacher
2.42/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have had this beer multiple years in a row. Normally a great beer. I bought a 4 pack bottled on 4-1-15 and it tasted like a malt beverage you would buy at a local gas station. Buyers be ware.

Photo of JJSquid
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sticky resin notes with unrealized sharpness. Piney, flat, unbalanced. Great bottle. Disappointing overall.

Photo of Senechaux75
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hop bomb, when compared to others of it's ilk, comes through to me as the gnarliest, crunchiest beer around. And I mean that all in a good way.

Photo of RyanK252
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces beautifully.

S: Pungent spicy and pine hops, some herbal and dank notes, a little citrus, a hint of fruitiness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Beautiful fresh hops, pine, spicy notes, some citrus, grapefruit, herbal and dank notes, faint fruity notes, peach and melon (came out more as it warmed), nice caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy with a little warmth.

O: One of the advantages of being right in SN's backyard is getting to have this super fresh. Big bold delicious brew.

Photo of username
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/28/14, so nearly a year old.

Decent retention and some lacing.

Smell is foremost alcohol. Behind that is a layer of floral, kind of sweet-piney feel with a tinge of mold.

Taste is dominated by the alcohol-floral tones. Certainly bitter to the point of almost being astringent, lingers for quite awhile. This is balanced by a peculiar sweetness however.

Satisfying feel, not as heavy as expected for the ABV.

Overall I think the age on this particular bottle robbed it of some of its merits. It just wasn't as intense as it presents itself to be, though I can tell the potential is there. Would like to try a fresher release in the future.

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet bitter and wonderful
4.25/5
O.B.D91

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little hazy, amber-golden beer with a two finger high, white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, herbs and orange.
Taste: Grapefruit, grass, resin, mandarin, hops and orange.
Body: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A great bitterness that grows at the end. Great texture.

I LOVE this beer! Amazing!

Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, one of a few singles from CA.
Pours a clear, dark orange with a foamy tan head. Foam settles to a thin floating film, small lines of lace.
Smell is all hops, citrus, herbal, grapefruit.
Taste is the same, lots of hoppy bitterness, citrus and pink grapefruit, herbal and grassy. Despite the huge amount of hops, still some malt to balance and keep from burning your tongue with the bitterness. Alcohol is hidden behind, slightly oily mouth feel.
Good level of carbonation, finishes crisp, not too heavy.
A very tasty, balanced Double IPA.

Photo of snilsen13
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is, for a beer available in 6-packs, the hoppiest one I've ever had, hands down. The truth is, it is hoppy I can't drink much of it straight up and I applied my license at mixology to make very interesting hybrid beers using this like hop head jet fuel. So you don't get the wrong idea, I do enjoy Ruination and West Coast IPA. In summary, this beer is pretty special.

Photo of magpieken
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ bottle. PKGD 07/08/14. Pours a slightly hazy, deep gold colour with a dense, creamy, off white head which refused to settle. On drinking it left some nice lacing. Very floral aroma, pine, citrus, resin. A big whack of hops but pleasantly so. The bitterness dominates the taste but there is also a nice underlying malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied, thick texture, semi dry finish and a gentle alcohol warmth. Plenty of hops but some lovely balance to this one makes it very approachable. 9.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a bubbly golden-orange color with a 1f firm white head. Slightly hazy. Lots of sticky lacing.

S- Hops rule. Grapefruit, spice, woody, and a bit boozy. I wasn't buying the "rose" description until I smelled for myself. It's so floral, in fact, "Rose"? - I'll give it that.

T- More hops: grapefruit and orange citrus. Floral, spicy and earthy. Sweet bready malts, too.

M- Full body. Syrupy, resinous, boozy. Tangy with a hop bite and enough sweet balance for a pleasant finish.

O- I like that it's not a sugar bomb. At 10.4% abv, it's under control.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light orange and amber, looks like apple juice. Forms a generous and foamy two fingers of slightly off-white head. Head lasts for ages. Nice soapy lacing on the walls of the glass is left behind.
S - Sweet sweet oranges, grapefruit, apples, tangerines, persimmons, hops and a light touch of caramel. Fantastic nose on this IPA.
T - Jaw droppingly good. An immediate an intense bitter bite which fades and develops into a lovely sweet bouquet of citrus. Sweet apples, oranges, grapefruit meat and hops. Lots of boozy warming goodness.
O - An absolutely amazing IPA. Something any true IPA fan needs to try in their lifetime. Fantastic.
V - Four pack of bottles, worth it at any price for an IPA fan I'd imagine.

Photo of CJNAPS
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big hop taste, very clean

Photo of PintOh1759
2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft. Expected wayyy more from all the hype around this beer. I'm a hop head and this sint my cup to tea. The alcohol overwhelms this beer from first smell to the last sip that's virtually all you taste other then piney notes.

Photo of henkmudi
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange body with a mostly white head. Aroma made of herbal hops and fruity cake. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Wonderful bitter flavor of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, toffee and honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, medium carbonation. The beer sticks to the tongue and leaves a strong bitterness,Ton of brilliant fresh hops, but not too bitter, drinkable although moderatly strong.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

All I can say is Wow!

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time faves in this realm

Hop Happiness....indeed.

Photo of PolarBear3
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden colour with white frothy one fingered head that retains to a thin film

S - Wow..extremely hoppy, floral, herbal grapefruit, peach, pineapple, very tropical on the nose and sweet

T - Similiar to the nose, with grapefruit prominent, matched with some sweetness in caramel, toffee apple with a nice well balnced dry and slightly bitter finish

M - Low carbonation and medium bodied

O - Extremely tasty but sweet hoppy IPA that is balanced nicely. Love the dry finish and would definately recommend.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,656 ratings.