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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

5,124 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,124
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 245
Gots: 503 | FT: 5
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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YOSHl

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

08-20-2014 15:45:23 | More by YOSHl
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-20-2014 15:16:24 | More by Whatup14
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fsuturp

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-20-2014 03:50:56 | More by fsuturp
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starkdog24

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-20-2014 00:39:11 | More by starkdog24
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Gear54

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Huge hop and citris flavoras soon as it hits your toung. Almost a bit sweet at the start but that fades into a fantastic hoppy bitterness. Just enough malts for balance. Quite a bit of spice to the hops as well.

I cant say that I've had a beer with such a high abv that was so easy drinking. This beer is very smooth. I can't wait for the next sip.

This is exactly the type of beer i would expect from SN. Fantastic!

08-20-2014 00:23:59 | More by Gear54
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours golden amber with a foamy, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tangerine with a bright "Sierra Nevada" house character.

The taste is of upfront citrus and tangerine that mixes with a honey-like caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades in the end to leave a fruity, leafy, bitter finish.

Despite the bite from the aggressive hops and the alcohol (which is relatively well-hidden) the malt backbone and on-spot carbonation give it a smooth character.

This is a hop-head's delight! Hops are tasty. A wonderful, enjoyable DIPA!

08-19-2014 19:30:28 | More by jwc215
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jascott2112

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

08-19-2014 18:33:34 | More by jascott2112
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Nbdreher


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-19-2014 16:47:45 | More by Nbdreher
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Jakeatchison


5/5  rDev +19.6%

08-19-2014 03:27:29 | More by Jakeatchison
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KevinV_85


4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

08-19-2014 00:32:36 | More by KevinV_85
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Stykes

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-18-2014 20:49:25 | More by Stykes
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getkrunkhoe

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-18-2014 19:07:39 | More by getkrunkhoe
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Patlee3324

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

08-18-2014 15:25:58 | More by Patlee3324
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Codycusey

North Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%

08-18-2014 06:15:04 | More by Codycusey
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-18-2014 06:13:03 | More by millerbuffoon
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mac31

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle to tulip

Nose: Sweet caramel malts. Big orange. Citrus, floral hoppy aroma.

Flavor follows the nose. Sweet malts and big hoppiness smacks the palate from the get go. Sweet orange peel. Grapefruit citrus and spicy, floral hops reminds me of the ever popular Cascade hop. There is a sweet candy like nuance that I'm getting from the hop profile as well. The early kettle hops are quite bitter, but are balanced out by the residual sugars left from the crystal malts. The malts are pale with notes of honey and caramel. Slight breadiness near the finish. The hoppy finish is a little sticky and resinous. All of these flavors work in harmony. It's a commendable offering from SN. If you can get on tap, it's tremendous.

Medium thin mouth feel. Carbonation is appropriate.

08-18-2014 03:45:12 | More by mac31
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-18-2014 02:00:56 | More by ZachT
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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-18-2014 01:06:02 | More by Yeroc
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twonder23

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%

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RPH2327

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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HopHead_

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-17-2014 20:50:15 | More by HopHead_
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wshinevar

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

08-17-2014 20:31:42 | More by wshinevar
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-17-2014 12:17:45 | More by Sam-VW
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1jstafan

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-17-2014 12:04:52 | More by 1jstafan
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MarkCraven


4.56/5  rDev +9.1%

08-17-2014 00:05:39 | More by MarkCraven
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,124 ratings.