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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

5,199 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,199
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 253
Gots: 532 | 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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Picked up a four-pack of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum from my local grocery store for about $10.50. Couldn't pass that up! As a die-hard IPA (and IIPA) fan, I've seen a lot of chatter about this beer online. Very excited to get my hands on it. Here goes...

A: Poured into an ice-cold weizen glass, Hoptimum is a rich, dark amber/orange with a good two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Very strong lacing around the glass with excellent retention. Carbonation bubbles faintly visible. This is a beautiful-looking beer.

S: It smells like you're walking by a florist shop; very strong rose and tulip notes, coupled with an intense orange/citrus hop impact. Amazing smell...

T: All the wonderful things I smelled X 1,000!! The hops just SLAM your tongue with a bitter explosion of citrus-y, pine goodness. A pleasant aftertaste of woody malt remains after each sip. The best part is, there is little to no 'booze flavor' to tell you you're drinking a 10.4 ABV beer. Honestly, this is probably the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. Phenomenal!

M: Just enough carbonation to bring out all the nuances of the beer, yet lighten up the intensity of the flavors at the same time. Goes down smooth and very dry, in true IIPA fashion.

O: Thank heavens that the beer geniuses at Sierra Nevada cooked this one up. This is probably the closest thing to a true work of art that a beer has ever come, in my humble opinion. The fact that I paid essentially $2.60 per bottle for a four pack of this goodness is mind-blowing. This is the start of a beautiful friendship...

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,199 ratings.