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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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4,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,975
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 230
Gots: 445 | 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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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone World Bistro & Gardens

A - Pours yellowish amber, almost orange w/ a creamy one finger off-white head that never completely goes away. Nice lacing left on the glass. Clarity is perfect. 5.0

S - Not as potent as you would think. Subtle citrus and tropical fruits. Hoppy, resiny. 4.0

T - Not overly bitter for a DIPA. Its a touch boozy on the back end as fusel alcohols creep up the back of the throat...a nice reminder that this beer is enormous. This beer packs a punch with strong citrus and tropical flavors from the hops. Piney, resinous hops round out the hop bill. A solid malt background rounds out a fairly well-balanced DIPA. 4.5

M - Creamy carbonation. The carbonation level is medium-high but is offset by the thickness of the beer. A quick swirl of the glass reinvigorates a one finger head. 4.5

D - The thickness of the beer coupled with the stinging fusel alcohols makes this beer just average in the Drinkability department. 3.5

This is a fantastic DIPA...dare I say Triple IPA? Hoptimum holds its own compared to the usual suspects in this category (Younger, Maharaja...) but falls short in Drinkability. I really enjoyed this beer and will seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 20:08:38 | More by mroberts1204
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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