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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

4,986 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,986
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
Gots: 447 | 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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TriggerFingers

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 12oz bottle.

For such a large beer, the color is a little light for a DIPA- but pleasantly so.

On the nose, subtle pineapple and tropical fruit. It wasn't dramatic and dare I say, slightly muted?

The taste: Smooth, a little thin, but well balanced. Some DIPA's are lopsided (too much hops, not enough malt) and come off disjointed. Hoptimum is not overly bitter or overly sweet--if you ask me this is what makes this beer worth checking out. One reviewer commented on the subtle fruit flavor this beer has in the finish, but couldn't pick it out. It is delicate, and what I would describe as "peach-pit" (its got a definite stone fruit flavor, but not really the fruit --more the pit of a peach than anything). The hops & malt balance work to bring out this flavor in a cool way!

Integration and balance are what makes this beer a winner....

Only wish it had a little more going on flavor wise.

Overall: B+/A-

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:34:15 | More by TriggerFingers
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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.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. A little dry. Slightly sticky, but still goes down pretty smooth for such a hoppy brew. Medium carbonation.

Overall, as implied by the name, this one is very hoppy. Surprisingly easy to drink. Strongly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,986 ratings.