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

5,772 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,772
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 368
Gots: 825 | FT: 5
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: 5,772 | Reviews: 1,389
Photo of hoagzzz
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 100th BA review. Liked this more than I figured I would. Much more balanced than I expected, and at 10.4% only slightly boozy finish. Close to being absolutely world class.

Photo of Harpoonhaze
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a delightfully smooth hoppy brew pleasing to the palate. A pleasant and potent potation!

Photo of Invinciblejets
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

To syrupy and not very well balanced imo wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of RacerX5k
2.84/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The good: not expensive.
The bad: look, aroma, taste, mouthfeel.
The ugly: I still have 2 more to drink.

Because this beer fucking stinks. Kinda sorta malty with citrus, pine, and some bitterness that never quite comes together. Add that to it's too pale, and doesn't really sit well. Actually I think I enjoy the bitterness most of all, because the hop flavor is all wrong.

Pass.

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

Massively, bitterly, hoppy. Huge pine notes, w/ some grapefruit and maybe some lighter fruits. With as hugely hoppy as this is, its kind of one-dimensional as you just get flooded with pine. Almost salty.
Incredibly dry, which suprised me just because i expected more malts w/ the higher abv. But its truly west coast style in that its dry and bitter from start to finish.
The malts i do get are sticky, sugary sweet.
Definetly an enjoyable DIPA, but the hops are too one-dimensional to take the beer to next level status.

Photo of StuB2485
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really high expectations unmet. Good but more like a standup double than a home run. Not a complex IPA. Straight ahead single line hop. Balanced but bland malt.

Photo of HopHunter19
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No hop character, or malt character with comparison to most other imperial ipas out there. I really tried to get something out of this one but it's just not there, at least not compared to the other big IPAs - I like to get more pine, dank, fruit, garlic/onion and all I really got was a bitter pine, but not even really pine. I'll probably keep picking this one up once a year because it's so readily available but I wouldn't buy much of it. Luckily Sucks was released at my go-to store the same week and I picked up plenty of that!

Photo of questmason
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super hoppy double IPA, I kind of wish it was fruitier though. Picked up a 4 pack for beer week here in Asheville. Also attended a Sierra Nevada beer deconstruction event for their hop hunter. That was amazing, it really makes me respect sierra Nevada for doing a local special beer event, plus tons of free goodies.

Photo of russellwray
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice smooth imperial IPA. Not overly hopped.

Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear copper with about 1 finger of sticky, off-white foam. Sweet fruit and floral notes on the nose, including grapefruit and mango. The sweetness is balanced well with a dank, piney aroma. Medium weight, and a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel. Floral notes up front on the taste, followed by an ever-increasing bitterness. Some fruit notes, but not much. The taste is primarily dominated by a hoppy bitterness that really comes to life on the back end. Finishes creamy and leaves behind a little alcohol burn.

Overall, pretty good. I'll admit that this beer didn't live up to the hype for me. Obviously, this beer is meant to be an in-your-face barrage of hoppy goodness, and I think it achieves that. However, I feel like there's a fine line between pushing the limit and brewing a beer that's a gimmick. I'll stick to Torpedo and Hop Hunter.

Photo of erikkk
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pending pending pending pending pending

Photo of MLDucky
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 for me was less boozy than the past two years. The same big pine, big bitterness was still present. Even as it warmed I didn't notice the abv I also didn't get the overwhelming sweetness, but a bit is expected and experienced given the abv. Overall, I always enjoy hoptimum. Not something I buy or drink a lot of, but a fresh bottle is always a treat.

Photo of zmbgrafx
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada's crowning achievement in IPA'S

Photo of Libeertarian
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong, clear amber with pink hues and creamy-tan, foamy head. Fine, sparse, haze or flecks. Medium head retention, superb, fine lacing on glass and film on liquid surface. Aroma is piney, resiny, mildly sweet of citrus, and herbal, promising dankness. Palate is exquisite: resiny, dank, spicy, peppery, faint citrus up front but stronger in finish, with citrus rind/flowers and black pepper in the background but heavier and long-lasting in the aftertaste. Retro-olfaction yields fruit, alcohol, olive oil notes. Decent balance for the IBUs (100). Can barely taste malts or caramel, the closest you get is raisins or dried fruit, but it's not overly bitter, either. Feels chewy, sticky, and choppy as you slosh it around, mediocre carbonation, not super smooth, but medium to full in body. Pretty crisp for the amount of booze, and mildly astringent. Warming and prickling aftereffects detectable but not overwhelming. Deceptively drinkable, but do sip and appreciate this beer!

Photo of DanaC277
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very hoppy, not too fruity

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Real great beer hopped to the max awesome

Photo of dlee5
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional DIPA. The taste is a bit oily but I think it compliments the finish really well. They weren't kidding about the 100+ IBU!!! My taste buds need a breather!

Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft in tulip glass at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Beautiful copper amber color. Thin white head. Citrus, resin, grapefruit, a little caramel, with a nice bite to the finish. Almost no alcohol burn, which is amazing at 10.4 ABV. Thick and chewy for an IIPA, but mouthfeel really complements the rest of the package. Well done.

Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bottled 4/17/15. Poured a lovely clear dark Amber color. Kicked up a big fluffy two finger head, great retention and lacing.
Smell: Very piney, with just a touch of citrus and sweet caramel.
Taste: Just like the nose - huge piney bitterness, with a nice sweet caramel finish.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and oily feeling. The hops just seem to languish so nicely on the tongue.
Overall: One of my favorite DIPAs, I can't wait until this one gets released each new year. Simply outstanding!

Photo of sporklift87
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition poured into snifter from bottle. Pours a finger of light beige foamy head. Great retention, and eventually fades into a thin film. Beautiful solid amber in color, and clear. Floral and cedar on nose, with a light tropical fruit following caramel notes. Tastes much like aroma, with high bitterness, balanced with a slightly tart citric character. Feels somewhat creamy and syrupy, heavier bodied, with medium-high carbonation expanding in mouth and tickling center of tongue, and a long bitter aftertaste on back of tongue. Heat from higher alcohol is evident and relatively undisguised. I am very impressed with this IIPA from one of my favorite American breweries. If you like them bitter, strong, yet complex, I'd highly recommend this beer. On pricey side (~$2.25/12oz bottle), but well worth it. Will try ageing one of these for a year or so and revisit this review with any updates. Ideally, I'd like one of these in my fridge at all times.

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

L - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Prehistoric amber color. The foam dome wasn't having it with the humidity but it was pretty tame and got the whole bottle in there no problem. 2 finger length head.

S - Cascade hops hits your nose through the entire inhalation. Cascade heaven =]

T - very similar to the Pale Ale but with the same character as a Double IPA. Citrusy hop notes all the way with a nice bitter finish.

F - So drinkable, it's dangerous! Slight ABV burn on the palate but overall citrus-bitter character.

O - First All-Five rating I have ever given. Must-have for all Sierra Nevada fans and Double/Imperial IPA drinkers alike. They did a fine job in making and branding this beer and it should be duly noted as such.

Hopheads Unite!!!

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Darker golden than a normal IPA. It's expected for a double though. Not too much of a head.

This one is pungent with the hops and juices! Grapefruit and caramel come out as well.

Just like the nose, the taste is very juicy and hop-forward. Sweetness is up front like a truck (caramel or syrup). Then comes the pine, hop resin, grapefruit, lemon candy, and floral tones.

Mouth is fairly thick with little carbonation. It's creamy and full bodied.

Overall, the Hoptimum exceeded my expectations as far as flavor-packed. The taste is so intense but so good. It is definitely not for sessioning! Sierra Nevada did a great job on this one.

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

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,772 ratings.