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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

4,847 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,847
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 216
Gots: 400 | 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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Damian

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2013 vintage
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The slightly hazed, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, light beige crown. Nice lasting strength on the head. It slowly faded to a thick ring. Odd shaped patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The nose was rather muted and odd. Slightly hoppy with subtle chive notes. Pithy, powdery and dry. Some citrus. As the beer warmed, a touch of grapefruit was noticeable. Hints of orange peel as well.

The flavor profile was quite different from the aroma. It was comprised of lots of pithy, dry hops and sweet caramel malts. A bit uncharacteristic for a Sierra Nevada brew. Strong citrus flavors. Candied orange peel was apparent. Some ruby red grapefruit. The finish was super dry and bitter. Notes of pine sap and grapefruit rind came through strong. At 10.4% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess amazingly well.

The beer felt super frothy, smooth and supple on the palate. Pillowy soft. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, plush, medium effervescence.

Although this beer lacked some complexity and used excessive amounts of sticky sweet malts to balance out the bitter hops, it was still enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:51:14 | More by Damian
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,847 ratings.