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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

4,828 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,828
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 214
Gots: 391 | 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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bosox941827

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

24oz bomb bottle into imperial pint glass, tasted cold and warmed as it tasted
A - Pours a "typical" SN; that is, amber/orange, clear and with a foamy head that dissipates to lacing but holds down the glass
S - Grapefruit hops and a definitive whiff of alcohol, with a hint of caramel malts
T - First off, the alcohol is there, right off the bat and throughout; unavoidable. A strong hoppy sweetness right off the bat, and the hoppiness is grapefruity and persistent and really nice. However the alcohol is prominent throughout and becomes a bit of a drag. The persisting flavor, minutes after a sip is the drying hoppy bitterness and this part really helps redeem the "difficult" middle palate.
M - Not a heavy beer, nice mouthfeel and really drying. Carbonation is barely perceptible.
D - Probably as low as I can think of for a SN beer; this one really wears on you b/c of the alcohol.
To be honest, I thought I was pretty biased when it came to Sierra Nevada; they are easily my favorite brewer. However, this one is pretty tough; the alcohol really wears on you, and it's a tall task to put down a 24oz bottle in one sitting. Good beer, but I'd rather a Bigfoot any day; much more balanced w/less prominent alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:46:26 | More by bosox941827
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,828 ratings.