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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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5,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,491
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 276
Gots: 644 | FT: 6
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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Photo of dar482
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a bright reddish amber.

The aroma has big resinous pine. A substantial breadiness. Some alcohol. Some fruity qualities of grapefruit and citrus peel.

The flavor, there’s a pop of alcohol in the front and an aggressive warming down the esophagus. There’s a medium bready quality, but the beer is generally themed with grapefruit peel, big pine, and lots of leafy green qualities from the whole cone hops. There’s a jab of sugary sweetness on the back along with a heavy lingering of chlorophyll, possibly from the use of whole cone hops.

A decently crafted brew, but not really where I prefer DIPAs. Alcohol, bready, pine, leafy.

dar482, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Nunya, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +19.6%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Brdlist
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Brdlist, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Plissken
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Plissken, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Shortonvt
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Shortonvt, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

SanFranJake, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

cyrushire, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of maniaczak
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

maniaczak, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

justinm4bama, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

AndrewScottPentland, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Punisher
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Punisher, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Furley80, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ObiBeerCanobi, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: wonderfully clear orange-copper, lacking sustaining head, but given ABV, not a huge surprise. A quick swirl brings the carbonation out.
S: having trouble with this where I'm tasting, but seems to be orange in nature, with a sweet grain backbone (need to revisit this on a re-review)

T: starts with some maltiness (brown sugar, sugar cane), but the grapefruit bitterness grows almost immediately. As such, I would probably say this is hop-forward, but there is a significant sweetness initially (to me). This taste overtakes all else 1/4 way into taste (scientific, this is). I like grapefruit notes in my beer, but this to me is overpoweringly one-dimensional, which in this case, doesn't work for me. However, I rated partially on the fact that it promises what it says... 100 IBU.

M: definitely west-coast palate-wrecking bitterness that dominates the mouth in the end. The carbonation missing in the appearance does make an appearance in the taste when it's cold, less as the beer sits.

O: this beer has two likable components to me, a malty front, and a hops bite in the end. Unfortunately, to my tastes, these contrast each other too much in this beer, especially if it's too cold. Of course, the contrast mellows, but the fairly intense grapefruit rind bitterness in the end is a little too much for me.

Note: if you have similar tastes to what I explain, let this warm considerably, you'll enjoy it a little more.

cjgiant, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

TaylorBrake, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

amalburg, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

vermilcj, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

RozzieBoy, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Noonan425
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Noonan425, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- slightly turbid orange amber. Full head.

Aroma- slightly acidic hops.

Taste- A powerful hoppy brew starting strong with very dry almost bitter introduction then quickly fading into a lingering and pleasant hoppy middle and finish. The finish is surprisingly balanced and dry. The high alcohol is well masked. This is a quality imperial IPA. 100 IBUs.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 8/10/2013.

utfiero, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

buzzed, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

ariceclemson, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of mattffrost
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer, so many great IPA's I have tried this one is right up there with Pliny the Elder as the best love it.

The Hops just jump out at you. I am a hop head and this delivers for me. The taste of this beer is just world class.

Its a rusty copper color with very little carbonation and little head. A sweet taste where the whole imperial hops will just blow you away. Goes right to the nose :)

mattffrost, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Walshwi
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Walshwi, Jun 01, 2014
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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