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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

4,820 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,820
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 214
Gots: 384 | 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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Samuel906

California

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Beautiful, bright amber color; very high clarity. Thin head that very quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Light effervescing.

Aroma:

Strong mix of hops and malt; bready and bitter. Lots of nice florals with, heavy pine, orange and grapefruit.

Palate:

Thick creamy mouthfeel, full bodied. Mild carbonation keeps it feeling crisp and fresh.

Taste:

Hops, hops, hops and more hops, with some hoppy hops on top of it all. This is not a hop-bomb, it's a hop-nuke. Intense up front, and lingering in your palate for minutes after your last sip. The malt and citrus give a nice backdrop to the dance of the hops on your tongue and the hefty 10% ABV barely comes through... well, in your mouth anyway. It'll sure come through for your central nervous system. Again, this is what an Imperial IPA should be. It makes you wonder why the hell you've been drinking other IPAs when weapons of mass hoppiness like this existed.

Overall:

Sierra has done it again; this brewery just keeps cranking out winners. After so many IPAs claiming their beer is the hoppiest or that they have the newest revolutionary way of getting the most hoppage out of their beer, it is refreshing to finally have a beer that comes through. It truly is Hoptimum. I am truly pleased with this beer, 100% worth the price. If you are even a mild fan of IPAs, you need to check this brew out. Bravo, Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 04:28:45 | More by Samuel906
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,820 ratings.