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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

4,808 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,808
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 212
Gots: 379 | 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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dwilson01

California

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, the body color is a clear yellow tinted with orange and brick red to give it the look of the browned top of a buttermilk biscuit. The carbonation rises quickly through the beer keeping a nice half finger of head atop it.

The smell is amazing, I get a sweet citrus scent that refreshes my nostrils. The orange smell is great, it smells so fresh like it was just bottled a week ago. There is a slight sweet matly scent on the back end and the bitter hops are just barely intermingled there. Must have dry hopped like crazy to get that aroma.

The flavor has a profile and a half. It starts right where the smell left off, citrusy sweetness hilts your palate and washes out anything that was there beforehand. This is followed by the body of malt which imparts a sweet bread and clover honey flavor. The last part is the bitter hopping, it comes in slow but it definitely comes, that pine flavored bitterness reminiscent of Sierra Nevada brews comes out with a vengeance to let you know just what you're getting into. No alcohol flavor at all on the back end, the bitter nops linger for a long long time.

The mouthfeel is perfect, just before you take a sip your lips touch the light fluffy head which is ultra soft, the beer itself is smooth as I can remember any IPA being with a strong malty creamyness.

The drinkability is amazing, I feel like I could session on this beer...of course there is no way I could keep that up for any length of time, but it's definitely that good. If you're not into the super bitter IIPA's then this is definitely one to try out.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:14:32 | More by dwilson01
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,808 ratings.