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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

4,267 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4267
Reviews: 1239
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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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a vibrant, deep amber color with thin white lacing and very minor carbonation. I would like to see more head on this but then again, I poured it too carefully and perhaps there was some soap film left on the glass? The color is a sight to behold!

S - Some nice pungent citrus fruit consisting of tangerines & pineapple, along with some nice pine notes. Malt is present in the form of light, sweet caramel to compliment the fruity aroma. As the beer warms, the aroma has an increased level of spice, oak, and effervescent booze and the tropical fruit becomes more ripe and juicy in the nose.

T - Absolutely outstanding fruit hop presence that hits the tongue immediately with a huge burst of tangerine, pineapples, papaya, ruby red overripe grapefruit, followed by a rush of pepper before migrating to a piney, sweet hoppy finish. There's a very obvious warming in the throat from the alcohol and Hoptimum is not shy in that department, it let's you know right away.

M - Velvet on the tongue with a big body and a little thick for an IPA. Finishes semi-dry and with some lip smacking lupulin sweetness.

D - Exceptional.

I like alot of Sierra's beers but in my opinion, this is the finest beer they've ever released. I hope they do this one again and I'm getting more than one bottle of this stuff. This is a high gravity beer that can hold it's own with the rest of the Imperial IPA "Big Boys". Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:48:24 | More by jzeilinger
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,267 ratings.