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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

5,367 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,367
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 262
Gots: 602 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-07-2010)
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Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a recommendation from a friend of mine. Pours a nice golden-yellow color with a super fat, bright white head - don't pour this one too quick or aggressively, the head will tower up and over the glass. The lacing is magnificent, almost majestic, leaving a new ring every time you take a sip from the glass.

The aroma escapes as soon as you crack the beer open. Heavy, heavy, heavy hops, up and down. Pines through and through, insane hop oils, mildly dank and extremely resinous. Deeper inhales bring to light the balance of sweet citrus that goes hand in hand with the hops; grapefruits, orange, and lemon zest come to mind. Hugely aromatic and perfume-like. Some spices are present and even the alcohol is noticeable upon sniffing.

Then you taste it. BOOM. MF'ing hop explosion on your palate. Hops hit long and deep on all surfaces of the tongue and the mouth. Heavy pines, dense resin, thick and viscous hop oil flavors run amok. Immediately after, it starts to sweeten up with the grapefruits and citrus flavors coming alive. Maybe even some tangerines and pineapples. All of a sudden, you are thrust back into the clutches of the hops. Floral notes are rampant; like throwing a pine tree and a bouquet of roses into a blender and taking a swig. Malts aren't very present until the final moments of the sip; upon swallowing, your mouth is left with a yeast-like coating of flavors, biscuits and bread-like in character. But the bitterness doesn't go away - it stays and lingers and far outlasts the malt. It leaves your mouth dying for another dose of hop explosion. A warm alcholic presence from start to finish will scare away any newcomers and light lager lovers - this beer is for seriously heavy beer drinks only. Thick, sticky, heavy body and a tight, medium-level carbonation on this one.

Hoptimum is a must have for anybody who loves hoppy, bitter, and floral beers. Its main criticism is that the citrus and tiny malt backbone do not balance out the hops well. Well, it's true to a certain degree. The hops are heavy in this one. VERY heavy. But sometimes, that's what you're looking for. This beer must be sipped and cared for tenderly. It will stretch your taste buds to the extreme, and then throw them from the cliff. If you're looking for a hop bomb, look no further.

tectactoe, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about time that Sierra Nevada brings out the big guns with their take on the fastest growing style of beer- Imperial IPA.

Bright golden with copper highlights, the beer carries a froathy off-white head that eventually falters with the immense alcohol stresses. No lace with only moderate retention. Light legging clings to the glass with a gentle swirl.

Moderately strong aromas of caramel and grapefruit sing the praises of a big IPA. Citrus piths (as revealed on the label) is fused with orange zest, fresh-cut grass, and gentle pine notes for a rounded, juicy aroma. The scent is balanced with maltiness that reminds me of caramel/barley malt.

Stong hop flavors of those citrus, grass, and pine character carry over to taste. But the malt influence is felt much more than the aroma suggests. Caramel maltiness make the hops flavors seem as if they are candy-coated citrus fruits. Definately closer to balance than most hop-forward Imperial IPA's. Alcohol flavor comes in just before the finish with the characteristic of nail polish remover and though it helps to dry the beer and crispen up the malt influence, it does provide a harsher, solventy finish and aftertaste.

Robust sweetness to the feel because of the malt creaminess and gentle carbonation. And with a full mid-palate, the malts begin to fade as the hop bitterness and dryness play more boldly on the finish. But the beer holds onto a bit more sweetness and maltiness even in the drying finish than is generally prefered in a big IPA's. Growing alcohol sensations eventually numb the palate as the solvent flavors intergect.

This is a very good Imperial IPA that, surprisingly carries a heafty malty-sweet maouthfeel, despite Sierra being known for their malty-dry, effortlessly clean, and error-free beers. The beer gets closer to 90 Minute and Maharaja than it does Dreadnaught or Pliny.

BEERchitect, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a massive head (just what one would expect from a Sierra Nevada hoppy beer); clumps of foam stick to the side of the glass

Smell: Tropical fruit salad, with tangerine, pineapple and a hint of mango; the crystal malt also leaves a sugar subtext underneath

Taste: As the beer warms, the malt makes a stronger impression, with the caramel sweetness laying down a backbone from which the hop flavors are suspended; and what a load of hops there are, with the citrusy, pineapple flavors detected in the aroma marching all over the taste buds, and creating a menthol-vanilla that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; just a bit sticky; moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Another signature Sierra Nevada IPA, but elevated a notch or two for the hopheads; this one is very aggressive on the tongue and a bit raw in character; a fine beer, but I find myself taking smaller and smaller sips to mitigate the tongue-lashing

brentk56, Jan 15, 2011
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4.96/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

owenmeaney, Saturday at 12:28 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Local restaurant had this on tap and poured it by the pint. Didn't realize it was a 2xIPA until I got home. Delicious.

ConradSomm, Thursday at 09:57 PM
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Leave it to Sierra Nevada to put out one of the best Imperial IPAs in the world! Good body, malty and yeasty, with a bit of syrupy sweetness that helps disguise the higher alcohol content.

D9sus4, Thursday at 12:04 AM
Photo of Retroman40
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%

I was expecting a lot from this one and wasn't disappointed!

Poured out from the bottle a golden yellow with a long lasting fluffy head that never dissipated and left large globs of foam on the side of the glass. The smell was a true "hop bomb" with pine and citrus almost overwhelming the senses. The taste was a great balance between the intense hopping and rich caramel from the malt. The mouthfeel was thick and almost chewy and with the great carbonation went down very smooth with a bitter yet sweet finish. I drank this with some rather spicy homemade chili cheese burritos and it stood up quite well.

Overall this is just a great DIPA. In spite of the rather high ABV (10.4%) there was absolutely no sensation of "hotness", just smooth flavor from start to finish.

Retroman40, Wednesday at 11:27 AM
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/08/2014 printed on the back label. The local beer store finally got some fresh Hoptimum, and got rid of the bottles they had from 2012. Anyhow, a 100 IBU double IPA, let's see what's good.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice golden orange with just under two fingers of frothy off-white head. Soapy strands of fluffy lacing that cascades back down into the glass. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is fresh and hoppy. Herbal & floral. Lightly soapy. The aroma invokes lots of tropical citrus fruits - orange, grapefruit, lemon peel. Maybe not quite as intense as I'd expected, but it smells very nice.

T - Taste is the same - floral, herbal, & bitter. Orange, mango, lemon peel, grapefruit, and a pleasant sweetened caramel malt backbone. Mild alcohol warmth is apparent.

M - The feel is smooth and easy-drinking, especially at 10.40% abv. Bitter and dry on the finish.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum -----4/5.

mfnmbvp, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

arlingtonjoe, Oct 15, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +8.1%

akward, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%

hopuntilyoudrop, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

What a beer! The aroma during pouring started me to salivating. I just sinffed the bottle for a while and forgot to drink.
The colour is a gorgeous sun kissed orange.
Absolutely amazing balance between sweetness, alcohol warmth and the bitterness. The only reason I took some points off my score was because I was expecting more from the 100 IBU's - for the bitterness to stand out more perhaps.

AdamH, Oct 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

nicksanch81, Oct 13, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,367 ratings.