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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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5,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,575
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.
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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal tea, resiny pine, citrus, a little floral, caramel, and toasted malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above. Tingly bitterness in the rear. Nice for whole cone flower hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice DIPA from the Cali boys. Enjoyed over the years and many more in the future.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; color is a gorgeous, shiny gold. pours a medium amount of off white head that forms a nice layer of foam that retains very well.

smell; very crisp aroma of lime, ester, pepper, clementines, and burned sugar.

taste; oranges, grapefruit, lime peel, a certain, mild pepperiness, bread, caramel, bitterness in the fish.

mouthfeel; chewy, high carbonation, slightly dry.

overall; an interesting cross between an IPA and a barley wine, sips slowly but complex and very tasty.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle packaged 4/11/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Lovely aroma of conifers
Head large (6.5 cm), rapidly diminishing to 2 cm, white, creamy with large rocks; eventually ending as a 2 mm layer.
Lacing is average, with very small bubbles predominating
Body light orange, clear, a few rising bubbles but not enough to be “sparkling”
Flavor heavily of flowery hops (where’d the conifers in the aroma go?), slightly bitter; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl; ends slightly bitter but without astringency. A stomach alcohol after burn is present.
Palate is medium, slightly oily, and has soft carbonation.

This is a delicious hopbomb (100 IBUs) with a lovely bitterness that delights my palate, kicking my taste buds to new heights of ecstasy; well worth buying or trading for.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,575 ratings.