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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

4,804 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,804
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 211
Gots: 378 | 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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RichScherle

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was great - but oddly enough seemed like more of a showcase of malt flavors.

A - Rich orange with nice voluptuous head.

S - Deeply sweet malt with an evergreen sharp piney note from the hops

T - Favors the malt more than the hops imo. At first sip, it just explodes with juicy sweetness of fresh barley. The hops seem to play a background role and seem only noticeable on the backside of the palette. The malty notes quickly subside and a very elegant pine flavor comes to the forefront which dries it out. Remarkable how intense the malt flavor is without being cloying and the hops I think are what do it. And for such a high abv, the alcohol is very finely woven into the beer - almost unnoticeable fumyness.

M- hedonistic full-bodied experience.

D - I rate drinkability low because this beer is crazy strong and quite pricey. (it says 10% but I suspect its higher). I was drunk after one bottle, and i drink craft brews very regularly (and the kind of drunk where it hits you all at once well after finishing the bottle). The drunken feeling reminded me almost exactly of Dogfish's 120min IPA - unique feeling which is weird but true. Not all beers get me the same way.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 21:27:55 | More by RichScherle
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(bottled 04/17/14 - purchased chilled - poured into a balloon)

A: ice-cream-orange colored liquid, bit of a haze... tall, open-structured, spongy foam - 2 finger high, lasts a good while... broad spreads of webby lace... cool bottle label - dude looks like his head is a hop/artichoke hybrid

S: orange marmalade, fresh oregano... hints of pine, wildflowers, black pepper, hard candy...real resinous hops

T: sharp, spicy citrus with a potent hit of alcohol drenched in flowery hops, delicate lightly-toasted pale and crystal malt in the finish... very clean... initially, very soft edges and punch to the bitterness... mix of yellow grapefruit, lemon, orange, and caramelized candy sugar... the spice has a sweet-hot pepper quality to it

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,804 ratings.