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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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5,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,601
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 324
Gots: 714 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice 1.5 inch head that stays for awhile, over orange-yellow beer with low level of carbonation.

Smells nice and hoppy, with both citrus and pine hops. A 7 out of 10 on the strength scale, but less overwhelming than some other double IPAs.

Taste is hop forward but not hop dominated. There are some sweet malts that balance it out, so the hops don't kick you in the teeth.

High ABV. On the 2nd one, you can feel it hit you. Pretty well disguised though, so quite drinkable.

There are better double IPAs. This one is just fine, but not a stand out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant orange with a fingers worth of an off white head and left decent lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine. Bitter as all get out on the front of the tongue but very balanced as it proceeds. Mouth feel was resinous leaving a long lasting after taste.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,601 ratings.