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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

4,997 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,997
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
Gots: 448 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

growldog fill thanks to the always chill folks @ copper mine pub (not been there>? go there)

eyes...
fizzy dizzy head crackles on the pour, one finger of picturesque white foam, uniform bubble-age, the beer is sticky and the legs are evident showing off the hefty abv lying in wait to crush my space, light golden brown like a lovely tater tot (sans lumps), a decent amount of carbonation but even so the head does fade at a decently quick pace. overall a good looking brew but nothing to make me wow over this compared to other winning brews in this american DIPA landscape.

nose...
fresh cone.. not the usual "fresh hop" scent, more of a deeper pine scent, like super fresh evergreen tree smashed into your maw, some caramel malt scent in the back, a clean sense, like a mountain stream (calgon take me away ? mt airy lodge champagne bath?)... anyway...
differing from many DIPAs this almost smells like hop resin rather than oils... not the strongest odor or hop craziness, just a nice solid consistent tone, like the look it is really nice but not crazy nice

taste etc...
thick, at first this is like slugging syrup (ok, maybe not THAT heavy but that was my first impression), some nice sweetness that melts on your tongue into tiers of bitterness and bitter tingly sensations, resiny, definite notice of the ABV in the stomach, this is one of those beers that is SO bitter that it takes some acclimation, kind of like the first time I tried Stone ruination (although that does not have the malt backbone this one does imo), in a full glass now... the hop flavor is a bit more apparent, and like the nose it is a deep hop flavor, not herbal, very much heavy pine cone but balanced with big sweetness with borderline orange notes, the ABV definitely lets you know about it...

verdict ?
pretty damn bitter but it does have a pretty rigid malt backbone... enough ? er, not sure. This is heavy handed but a bit more balanced than many hop destroyers but at the same time I don't love it. it is really good but not a genre killer

Serving type: growler

06-15-2013 04:16:36 | More by Ego
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After trying this beer a number of times I still enjoy it but it is no longer my favorite. The color and head are nice. It has a nice initial hoppy taste that returns for a second hoppier burst, I still keep it in the fridge as an everyday, affordable DIPA.

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Nose leads with floral notes and citrus, and lots of hops. Grapefruit and pine are noticeable.

Oy. This one punches you right in the face with the hops. Followed up by some light caramel malts. Light grassiness and floral notes. Pine resin. Grapefruit. Good deal of bitterness, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,997 ratings.