1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,576 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,576
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 305
Gots: 687 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,576 | Reviews: 1,345 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BSUBronco
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of spw109
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of twenty5
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Matt73
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of blastoderm55
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of greenboat
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Orange
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CrazyEasyBartender
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Acoma
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of
4/5  rDev -4.3%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

Photo of DrZeus10
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dbkdev
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Santanax
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet bitter syrup...piney hoppy thickness....This beer pours a bright amber in a glass and is as thick and rich as it looks.. hoppyness is achieved with the mouthwatteringly citrus bitterness from the hops used... brilliant mouthfeel leaves your palate wanting more. I need to lay off IPAs they fuck my stomach up but damn there too good.

Photo of sneth019
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Artjsantos
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SarcasticAaron
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Dogzbone
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Ego
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

growldog fill thanks to the always chill folks @ copper mine pub (not been there>? go there)

fizzy dizzy head crackles on the pour, one finger of picturesque white foam, uniform bubble-age, the beer is sticky and the legs are evident showing off the hefty abv lying in wait to crush my space, light golden brown like a lovely tater tot (sans lumps), a decent amount of carbonation but even so the head does fade at a decently quick pace. overall a good looking brew but nothing to make me wow over this compared to other winning brews in this american DIPA landscape.

fresh cone.. not the usual "fresh hop" scent, more of a deeper pine scent, like super fresh evergreen tree smashed into your maw, some caramel malt scent in the back, a clean sense, like a mountain stream (calgon take me away ? mt airy lodge champagne bath?)... anyway...
differing from many DIPAs this almost smells like hop resin rather than oils... not the strongest odor or hop craziness, just a nice solid consistent tone, like the look it is really nice but not crazy nice

taste etc...
thick, at first this is like slugging syrup (ok, maybe not THAT heavy but that was my first impression), some nice sweetness that melts on your tongue into tiers of bitterness and bitter tingly sensations, resiny, definite notice of the ABV in the stomach, this is one of those beers that is SO bitter that it takes some acclimation, kind of like the first time I tried Stone ruination (although that does not have the malt backbone this one does imo), in a full glass now... the hop flavor is a bit more apparent, and like the nose it is a deep hop flavor, not herbal, very much heavy pine cone but balanced with big sweetness with borderline orange notes, the ABV definitely lets you know about it...

verdict ?
pretty damn bitter but it does have a pretty rigid malt backbone... enough ? er, not sure. This is heavy handed but a bit more balanced than many hop destroyers but at the same time I don't love it. it is really good but not a genre killer

Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,576 ratings.