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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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5,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,550
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 289
Gots: 672 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 4/17/14; into an Avery tulip (originally had in Duvel tulip, which I love, but my Avery tulip framed this better).
Appearance - dark gold to orange and noticeable sediment! Impressive, bubbly carbonation that constructs a fluffy white head that leaves some thick, sticky lacing!
Smell - strong citrus hops; mango, pineapple, grapefruit with a hint of Hawaiian bread! Grass presence in the nose after it sits!
Taste - powerful flavors and complex at that! Hop bomb explodes at the first sip, but then presents some of the Hawaiian bread to balance it out!
Feel - bitter hops, medium body, 10.4% ABV is masked well, but not completely hidden; complex flavors and a smooth finish makes this truly fantastic!
Overall - not the best DIPA I've had, but is a spot on representation of the style!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Lovers, here it is!!!!!!!!!This is one of my all time favorites. Everything from the label to the finish is awesome. Nice hop and citrus flavors are bold. The ABV is high but the alcohol is hidden well. The finish stays awhile and is enjoyed long after the beer is finished. I love the balance of a touch of sweet maltness and the bold hops. Well balanced, a must for any hop lover and a beer that I will drink again and again and again !!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have never tried this beer before this year (2014), and some of the reviews in the past seem to point out that, while Hoptimum tastes great, the smell is lacking. Well Sierra Nevada must have seen those review and adjusted the recipe because this beer smells great! Drink this beer from a snifter, and you won't want to pull the glass from your nose. This is also a beautiful looking beer! It has a golden, orange color to it that is extremely appealing. This may be the prettiest beer I have seen, what with the orange color and with a nice, off-white head. This beer is moderately carbonated, with a strong citrus taste (limes, grapefruit), and some nice piney notes. The flavor is (obviously) weighted on the hoppy side, but this is still nicely balanced. There is some alcohol feel, but it isn't over-powering (for me anyways). Overall this beer is fantastic, and one of the best Imperial IPAs I've tasted. I strongly recommend picking up a four pack if you see it!

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,550 ratings.