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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

5,165 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,165
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 251
Gots: 520 | FT: 4
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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tronester

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a clear golden/orange with a super creamy off-white head. Smells of fresh pine needles. The flavors begin with an earthy, spicy flavor, followed by a massive amount of malt sweetness, followed by an onslaught of resinous, herbal pine cone flavors. There is some citrus in there as well, but mostly pine. The hops cling to the tongue with relentless force. Mouthfeel is like syrup, ultra rich. Overall a great beer, not my favorite SN offering, but still very solid.

05-18-2012 00:00:14 | More by tronester
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a slight chill hazed burnt orange tinged copper with a sticky one finger head that held for quite awhile.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and big pine resin in the nose,a whiff of sweet alcohol is there as well.Just like the aromas the big tropical fruit and pine resin really hits at the start,the alcohol plays much more of a role as the beer warms a little,the sweetness really comes on keeping the drinkiblity just a tad low.A beast of big hops and big sweet alcohol,tread lightly.

01-20-2011 22:26:27 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-15-2014 23:43:34 | More by aszatk01
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Purchased as a recommendation from a friend of mine. Pours a nice golden-yellow color with a super fat, bright white head - don't pour this one too quick or aggressively, the head will tower up and over the glass. The lacing is magnificent, almost majestic, leaving a new ring every time you take a sip from the glass.

The aroma escapes as soon as you crack the beer open. Heavy, heavy, heavy hops, up and down. Pines through and through, insane hop oils, mildly dank and extremely resinous. Deeper inhales bring to light the balance of sweet citrus that goes hand in hand with the hops; grapefruits, orange, and lemon zest come to mind. Hugely aromatic and perfume-like. Some spices are present and even the alcohol is noticeable upon sniffing.

Then you taste it. BOOM. MF'ing hop explosion on your palate. Hops hit long and deep on all surfaces of the tongue and the mouth. Heavy pines, dense resin, thick and viscous hop oil flavors run amok. Immediately after, it starts to sweeten up with the grapefruits and citrus flavors coming alive. Maybe even some tangerines and pineapples. All of a sudden, you are thrust back into the clutches of the hops. Floral notes are rampant; like throwing a pine tree and a bouquet of roses into a blender and taking a swig. Malts aren't very present until the final moments of the sip; upon swallowing, your mouth is left with a yeast-like coating of flavors, biscuits and bread-like in character. But the bitterness doesn't go away - it stays and lingers and far outlasts the malt. It leaves your mouth dying for another dose of hop explosion. A warm alcholic presence from start to finish will scare away any newcomers and light lager lovers - this beer is for seriously heavy beer drinks only. Thick, sticky, heavy body and a tight, medium-level carbonation on this one.

Hoptimum is a must have for anybody who loves hoppy, bitter, and floral beers. Its main criticism is that the citrus and tiny malt backbone do not balance out the hops well. Well, it's true to a certain degree. The hops are heavy in this one. VERY heavy. But sometimes, that's what you're looking for. This beer must be sipped and cared for tenderly. It will stretch your taste buds to the extreme, and then throw them from the cliff. If you're looking for a hop bomb, look no further.

11-19-2012 19:22:02 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this on tap at Mews Tavern in RI.

I love 2XIPAs that pour a nice bright copper orange color like this one. One finger white head, bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and sticky lacing around the sides. Fainter aroma than anticipated, but hoppy with aroma of citrus and tropical fruit dominant. The flavor shines on this beer.

Starts of bitter and malty, then waves of citrus, tropical fruits and clean fresh hops waft over your palate. The finish is sticky and just on the passable side of cloying. For such a big beer I find myself wanting more!

07-04-2013 23:35:31 | More by ExtraStout
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-22-2012 01:51:09 | More by DavyJones
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Reviewed from notes scrawled on 2/9/11.

Hoptimum (how long will it be until all possibilities for hop-named beers are exhausted?) appears a gorgeous amber-gold with about one finger of head after I empty about half of the 24 ouncer. The carbonation bubbles move quickly up my snifter. The lacing is quite, well, lacy and racy.

Very resiny pine is the biggest impression on my nostrils, with dry grapefruit right behind. Earthy and grassy hops make their presence know for good measure. A little bit of malt sweetness is evident, but hops are THE STAR of this particular beer show.

A bit sweeter of a taste than the smell had led me to believe touches down on my palate. Don't get me wrong, dry pine resin, and grapefruit hops still rock and roll, but a sweet caramel malt presence fills in the middle of the taste between bursts of hops. The finish is a very back-of-the-palate resiny sizzler, while the aftertaste is very vividly green grassy.

The mouthfeel is quite biting throughout from the copious hops, but that bite is juxtaposed by a hearty, medium to full body for an Imperial IPA. This is right in my wheelhouse for the MF of a big hop bomb brew. The finish on my palate is dry resin.

Maybe it's just me right now, but I do not detect much booze in this guy. I find it drinkable on both counts; it goes down easily and is very titillating to my palate. I love hops and these are just what I was looking for- grassy, earthy, citrus-y, pine-y, and resiny. One big YUM from me.

02-25-2011 18:06:12 | More by TCHopCraver
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-17-2014 22:28:52 | More by OhioBobcat
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MadScientist

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer pours a brilliantly clear deep gold with an orange tint showing almost no carbonation capped with a long lasting off white head.

Intense hop aromas of pineapple and moderate pine with along with with lemon and a resinous, herbaceous character. There is a slight maltiness and light earthiness in the background after you get through the field of ripe luscious hop cones.

Huge hops flavors of pineapple and pine hops flavor with a smooth high hop bitterness. There is good malt support showing some carmel which lets this be very bitter and yet very, very tasty. There are flavors of moderate bitter orange peel and a low white grape fruitiness as well. The alcohol shows some heat just as the flavors stretch into a long bitter finish.

There is moderate carbonation despite the appearances. It has a medium body and a smooth warming sensation on the palate that continues down the through. No astringency noticed.

An imperial IPA very worthy of the hophead logo on the bottle. Another outstanding beer from Sierra Nevada.

06-21-2012 01:03:38 | More by MadScientist
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Zakk

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-02-2012 23:03:17 | More by Zakk
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-24-2013 17:39:04 | More by jono0101
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FLASH

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-22-2012 03:40:36 | More by FLASH
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hopivore

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.6%

08-24-2012 04:30:00 | More by hopivore
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npala86

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-08-2013 14:47:33 | More by npala86
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-12-2012 00:07:46 | More by Schlais
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Tiernan

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-08-2013 03:54:12 | More by Tiernan
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neverfehl


4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-16-2012 02:42:01 | More by neverfehl
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

08-05-2014 01:25:24 | More by tbryan5
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ynalak

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-18-2014 21:42:59 | More by ynalak
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-07-2014 00:51:51 | More by GameOfBeers
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Someguy1989

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Orange-Amber color with a decent white head

S: Like liquid sex. Smelt of the hop bomb it is, lots of fruit in the hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, piney, and a tad herbal. I can't think of many better smells on this earth.

T: Hoppy citrus flavors at first, an almost pineapple flavor at first.. As the beer warmed the hopiness became a little bit harsher and piney on the tongue.

M/D: Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with a pleasant carbonation. However due to its heavy carbonation and palette nuking hoppiness, its not the most easy bomber to finish.

Overall a pretty damn good DIPA. not perfect but I'm glad I got to try it

01-27-2011 00:31:58 | More by Someguy1989
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woodchipper

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-26-2013 21:14:39 | More by woodchipper
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SanFranJake

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-04-2014 14:12:54 | More by SanFranJake
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-12-2012 22:49:16 | More by dmheinz57
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

03-12-2012 02:26:23 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,165 ratings.