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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

4,929 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,929
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 225
Gots: 423 | 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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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours deep, clear copper, with a two-finger off-white head that settles down into a thin, soapy cap. Nice lacing, though.

Nose is beautiful - bright and vivid, loaded with grapefruit and pineapple, lots of pine, with undercurrents of clear, bright caramel and a nice dose of alcohol heat. The pineapple note underneath somehow linked up with the caramel to give off the most amazing pineapple upside-down cake whiff at one point. May be a bit sweet for some of the hardcore west-coasters, but this is beautiful, and unbelievably fresh to me.

Taste is near perfect for what I would consider to be a somewhere between a west-coast and a midwest-syle DIPA. Loads of grapefruit coming through here, decent amount of pine, moderately bitter, some tropical pineapple notes as well that really link up with the caramel sweetness to swell a bit as you drink. Malt body underneath provides a big, heady dose of sweet caramel, lightly bready, just a bit of a toasty side, with alcohol heat noticeable but not overwhelming for the size of the beer. Finish is moderately bitter, a bit of alcohol burn, exhale is big on the tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow. So soft, just a bit of fluffiness, with the only bite coming from the alcohol and the sharpness of the hops. Smooth, with a soft but perfectly balanced carbonation over a full body, just barely sticky.

Drinkability is good, but the alcohol is very clear in this one. Very fresh, fantastic balance, exceptional flavor. I didn't really mind the heat, but I never forgot it was there either.

It's funny, I never bought much Sierra Nevada when I lived in Brooklyn. Now, having moved to Tennessee where the selection is a shadow of what it was in the city, I buy tons of Sierra products - and am almost invariably unbelievably impressed. One of the best overall breweries around. This one doesn't disappoint either; would love to see this become a year round presence. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 02:38:11 | More by JohnQVegas
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,929 ratings.