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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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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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.
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Ratings: 5,613 | Reviews: 1,349
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a caramel color to it, with a very limited head--if any at all-an no lacing. Medium amount of bubbles coming up throughout. Hazy but light shines through.

S. Very hoppy and grassy scent.

T/M. Very, very grassy IPA. The hops are full and robust. Torpedo like, but extra hoppy. There are some caramel flavors there that provide some sweetness, but it gets drowned out by the hops. Full bodied and heavy. Quite carbonated.

O. This is a lovely IPA, but you have to want to down a very hoppy beer.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

A-honey-amber color, transparent. Thin white head, quickly dissipates
S-hops, honey, apricot, citrus
T-Boozy, hops, sweet malt, lingering bitter finish
M-full, round, resinous, sticky oily.

O-will try again, but much prefer Stone Ruination/others.

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very good, smooth IPA. I enjoyed this on cask. It has a nice light golden color. Not to much of a head(a litt fizzy looking). Nice smooth, hoppy finish. Not to sweet. I enjoyed this beer on Cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. A good irish pub with a good selection of local and craft beers. Enjoy!

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

You know how SN pale ale is hoppy and tasty compared to bud light? and you know how SN Torpedo is way hoppier and better than SN Pale Ale? Hoptimum is up 2 more levels than that, it literally makes Torpedo taste like club soda. This is the Double IPA to beat. Dogfish or Stone can't even touch it for simple classic IPA goodness.

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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A clear copper colored beer that pours to 1-2 fingers of off-white head that settled to a white collar fairly quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Hoptimum has a huge hop nose, lots of citrus (oranges and tangerines) and floral PNW bittering (no surprise there). There are also some nice malty, bread notes.

T: This is a hop-punch-in-the-face! Those PNW hops hit you at the front, middle and end; you can taste every one of those 100+ IBU’s. There is a big, sweet malt backbone helping to balance off the massive hop profile. The hops are king in this beer though and the finish is long and dry and bitter.

M: Med body and carbonation; smooth and creamy.

O: An aggressive, in-your-face salute to hoppy bitterness; I would go so far as calling it a palate wrecker. I have no doubt that this was the intent of the brewery, but for me, I prefer something with a bit more balance. This is obviously a personal preferences and I applaud SN for their efforts.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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