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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

4,986 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,986
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with an almost 2 finger head that lingers for long time. Plenty of stick down the side of the glass.

Smell is classic SN, with some malty sweetness to balance. 60/40 ratio of hops to malt. SN claims the aroma hops are Simcoe and a "proprietary variety." Smells like grapefruit covered in pine needles and malt. Appetizing.

Taste is malty up front, with solid bitterness on the back of the tongue and a bitter finish and aftertaste. Very dry with very little residual sugars. Leaves you parched.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, and with light carbonation. Mouthfeel is expected given the ABV, but it could be a touch lighter. Viscosity helps hide the alcohol.

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Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,986 ratings.