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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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4,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,970
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 230
Gots: 445 | 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 TheCondor:
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep orange/gold color with a nice one and a half finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing. Love the packaging. Carbonation is present inside the glass, good presentation overall for the brew.

Smell - It is certainly an Imperial IPA, with strong citrus and floral notes emanating from the glass. There is a certain sweet, almost candy like smell as well, kind of hard to put my finger on. A little pine rounds out the smell, where hops are prevalent but malts can certainly be detected.

Taste - The sweet malts come first, washing the palate in preparation for a hop bomb. This comes mid-taste, and delivers big time. Floral, citrusy, grapefruit, pine hops wallop the taste buds. However, even though it is rated as over 100 IBUs I didn't find it as obnoxiously hopped as Ruination. More balanced than that.

Mouthfeel - Finishes dry and bitter. There is an alcohol presence, though not like you would expect from a 10.4%. There is absolutely an alcohol/hops bitterness and coating to the finish.

Overall - This is a good beer, for sure. I am not a hophead by any stretch, so this really pushes the boundaries for me, but I did like it and would recommend it. Its' a strong example of the style no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 03:02:12 | More by TheCondor
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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