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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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5,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 261
Gots: 562 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

TTTBeer, Today at 03:24 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Loved this hoppy IPA-

Mikedive21, Today at 10:56 PM
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

dripa8, Today at 08:07 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

cursive7, Yesterday at 06:30 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

A real hop explosion to say the least! Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA is certainly worth seeking out for the average hop head.

FalconOne, Yesterday at 01:45 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TheAnk, Tuesday at 09:07 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

sean_paul, Tuesday at 05:18 AM
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

hacker1892, Tuesday at 03:00 AM
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

I'm huge fan of Sierra. Howeva... I find most 10% DIPAs over shoot compared to their little brotha's. This is true in this case with too much cedar saw dust and medicinal flavors marring all the under-currents that exist in this pushy brew.

Much prefer Ruination and Green Flash.

A: 4.5 Looks like scotch, manages a steady cream colored floating head all the way down with tons of sticky lacing.
S: 3.75 Imagine a manufacturer of cedar medicine & liquor cabinets where the whole shop was covered with cedar dust, shellac pots were left open, paint brushes drying and several sample medicine cabinets smashed along with a few liquor cabinets. This is the personality.
T: 4 Follows the chaotic aroma, but with far more nuance and goodness. Clearly a 4 for any hop head like me, and higher for machismo's or scotch/whiskey drinkers.
MF: 3.5 Rather than body, I get alcohol as in strong 19th century chest /cough medicine or snake oil.

Overall - As other reviewers wrote the big brutha to BigFoot and a bullet to notch on your belt. Bragging rights. A must try, but other than apres ski, I dont see the setting for this beer in my world as it's too alcoholic, cedary, medicinal, scathing, tongue busting.

All the same - it's better than a glass of scotch....

Act25, Monday at 10:16 PM
5/5  rDev +19.6%

i came across a 4 pack of this! Wish i knew it was going to be so great i would have bought 2! By the time i returned they were all out :(

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Vivy1723, Sunday at 03:00 PM
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Very aromatic with the woody qualities of pine and cedar dominating though there's a bit a grapefruit and orange. The taste is similar but this hops produce a pretty bitter beer. The texture is thick and oily. Probably the beer's most appealing quality. It tastes to me like a super-charged version of their Torpedo.This is a solid DIPA but not a a terribly complex one.

Qbdoo, Sunday at 05:32 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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