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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

4,990 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,990
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 233
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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mechamifune

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, no Hopslam or Double Trouble yet, but lo and behold I have found Hoptimum to hold me over... or at least i'm assuming it will hold me over, as its awesome label reminds me of colonel quick-e-mart's kentucky bourbon from an early episode of the simpsons for some reason... but anyway, let's see....

Poured into a tulip, a light frothy white head develops and dissolves in short order. Nice golden color, completely clear.

Smell is like a pine punch in the face. Resiny, piney, with some slight notes of citrus. The taste is.... shockingly, almost exactly like the smell. No real malt presence to be found, just pure resiny hops over and over, some citrus notes rise up here and there.... but really bitterness through and through, and an incredibly bitter finish to boot.

Mouthfeel is probably the hight point, creamy and smooth but still crisp on the finish. A sticky resin remains with each finished sip, which I don't altogether mind.... its just so friggin bitter.

As you might surmise from my constant notes on the bitterness, this is not an especially drinkable ipa (though to be fair, the high abv is well hidden). Not like drainpour undrinkable, but just too much to drink more than a pint of. I've had younger, elder, expo hoppiness, hopslam and plenty of other super hoppy beers, but this one just does not give you the fruit/citrus notes or any kind of sweetness to counter the pure hop bitterness. Will take a good deal of convincing for me to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 20:06:38 | More by mechamifune
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,990 ratings.