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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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5,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,596
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 320
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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3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Medium spicy citrus hop aroma: big tangerine and low grapefruit. Low neutral caramel malt aroma. No DMS, no diacetyl, medium alcohol what is hidden well by the spicy hops. The aroma is not over the as I have come to expect from some DIPAs.

Appearance: Light amber with copper highlights. Medium rocky white head.

Flavor: Low sweet caramel malt flavor. Medium high hop flavors: grass, sweet citrus, and spicyness. Medium-high bitterness. Very hop forward. Bitterness lingers into the finish but is not harsh. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: medium body lightly heavy on the tongue. Medium carbonation. No astringency. Dry finish.

Overall: very good double IPA. Classic American hop profile that works very well in the flavor. I wish it had a bit more in the aroma even from this very fresh bottle.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This dipa pours a handsome copper color with a small white head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The aroma is typical Sierra Nevada hops, tangy citrus, pine, and spice. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would have liked. I definitely prefer my dipas a little stickier than this. The flavor is a quite bitter blend of pine and spice with virtually no malt. This beer is quite unbalanced but I believe that was the intention of the brewers. Overall, a solid double ipa but definitely not the best out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold-orange in colour with a thin, creamy head.

The nose is a little weak, but the citrus, floral, and soft malt characters present are exceptional.

Starts off sweet like oranges then rolls into spicy pine with a nice backbone of malt. The sweet and spicy hop flavours carry throughout and nicely compliments the dry finish of the high ABV.

Body is thick, but on the lighter side keeping it smooth and satisfying.

With this Imperial IPA the citrus characters are dominant but are also very nicely balanced. This is probably better than Dogfish Head's 90-Min Imperial. My only criticism is perhaps a little high on the ABV and a bit soft on the nose.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,596 ratings.