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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,263 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4263
Reviews: 1238
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%


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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ibbjamin

California

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 for a 24oz bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. This is the January 2011 release and I am tasting it fresh!

Off white colored head of about a half inch consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Rather transparent and light copper in color. Good layer of retention and thick lacing.

Lots of resinous, sticky hops held up by a good amount of maltiness. This is not the typical Sierra Nevada hop profile I'm used to. Hard for me to pinpoint the hop characteristics, my guess is this is a medley of several varieties. Has a very fresh and almost creamy character to the nose.

Flavor is certainly on the balanced side with some of this high alcohol content showing face. Again, like the nose, the hops lack a distinguishable character and in my opinion are balanced too much by the malt. I was hoping for Sierra to showcase their fine profile, but I'm left thinking this is somewhat 'blah.'

Medium body and good levels of carbonation, but overall comes off a bit too watery. Medium length piney hop finish.

While this isn't my favorite offering from Sierra, this is very drinkable and going down very quickly. Glad I tried it, but would recommend they try a different approach on their next DIPA offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 03:02:31 | More by ibbjamin
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,263 ratings.