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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,142 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,142
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 250
Gots: 512 | FT: 5
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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brewlover517

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-24-2014 04:04:04 | More by brewlover517
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-22-2014 20:34:48 | More by cbcrunch
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Ozzie1111

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-22-2014 15:07:53 | More by Ozzie1111
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-22-2014 01:43:23 | More by kvgomps
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mattreitz49

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-21-2014 01:24:06 | More by mattreitz49
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-20-2014 21:21:39 | More by joemcgrath27
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JLT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-20-2014 18:12:05 | More by JLT
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into DH IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly, and unevenly leaving some dry sticky residue behind as it does. Continually rising effervescence. Thick persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Pine cone, pine resin, honey, and lemon and grapefruit citrus.

T: Woody hops. Pine straw. Sweet pine resin.

M: Thick and syrupy. Bitter hop lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy. The bitter character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really good. Large persistent head, continual effervescence, and thick beer ring lacing. Nose is piney and sweet with plenty of citrus. Woody and hoppy, with a nice sweet balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

01-20-2014 01:51:29 | More by bmwats
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osant37

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2014 23:39:01 | More by osant37
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dsimmons

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-18-2014 13:33:22 | More by dsimmons
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-18-2014 13:22:18 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-17-2014 23:14:44 | More by Hendrick24
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AndersonGT

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-17-2014 23:08:17 | More by AndersonGT
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BierJager89

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Amber with a white head.

S: Lots of citric hoppiness in the nose, smells great.

T: Citric hoppiness dominates the flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied, typical carbonation for an IPA, maybe a bit smoother.

O: Definitely my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. One of my favorite hoppy beers as well.

Note: These notes come from an old review, but I do remember liking this beer a lot.

01-17-2014 18:11:25 | More by BierJager89
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dandepoto

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-15-2014 12:36:14 | More by dandepoto
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miffsudd

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-14-2014 20:55:00 | More by miffsudd
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-14-2014 20:48:01 | More by TubaDan
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jnardone235

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-14-2014 06:39:18 | More by jnardone235
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-14-2014 06:36:20 | More by BeerNoobNC
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BennyThon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-14-2014 00:50:14 | More by BennyThon
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Jjski

New York

3.26/5  rDev -22%

Bitter, hop overload lacking balance. As one one who does not shy away from hops: I found the 2012 Abrasive and unpalatable.. I aged one bottle to try tonight, smells great but tastes like a caramel lime sour. Give me a Ghandi Bot, Burton Baton or Enjoy by.

Open drain, insert Hoptimum. It's been 5 minutes since last sip, still puckering and salivating. This is after having a Uinta Anniversay BW, which has no shortage of hops.

Palate wrecker is better, but IMHO neither is good.

01-13-2014 06:20:38 | More by Jjski
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Unfortunately this beer was enjoyed in a bottle so it looked brown.

S- Hop madness. Bitter as a old man who lost his retirement. Sour and then some. A little angry.

T- A bit overbearing. A bitter hop earthquake followed by a substantial aftershock of more bitter hops. Hops with a bitter southern drawl.

M- Heavy and moving. Powerful. Overbearing. I love bitter hops but damn son! Too medicinal for me in the long run. But I don't dare rate poorly with with the fear that I may be mugged.

O- Makes me want to cuss! A beer with attitude. A chip on it's shoulder. This beer punches babies right in the face and could care less. Rank to the point of enjoyment. Good luck!

01-12-2014 00:32:58 | More by Emnmarko
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cnoechel

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-10-2014 23:32:29 | More by cnoechel
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Belittle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-10-2014 18:41:40 | More by Belittle
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Metalmaniac915

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-10-2014 01:38:19 | More by Metalmaniac915
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,142 ratings.