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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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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

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.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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Photo of ms11781
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/17/2010. Reviewed on 01/23/2011. 24oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark, clear orange with a huge, foamy, off white head. Thick, foamy lacing left covering the entire glass from top to bottom.

Huge hop aromas dominate the nose. Grapefruit and citrus lead the way with hints of pine in the mix as well. There is the slightest hint of a sweet malt scent but not much at all.

The taste is intense hop flavor all the way through. A quick hit of grapefruit and citrus give way to a hugely bitter, piny, resinous finish. The bitterness seems to linger forever. It sticks on the tongue well after each sip. A good alcohol burn at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is very oily and slick. Medium body with a low/medium carbonation. Piny, resiny hops stick on the tongue for a good amount of time. A bit harsh at first but smooths out nicely as it warms.

Drinkability turned out to be good. As mentioned before, it was a bit harsh on the finish at first, but smoothed out as it warmed. At over 10% ABV 24oz was more than enough but was also very enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light amber with a soft white head, good retention and lace, looks the part.

S: Piney hop notes, light tropicality, some booze, not wowing me.

T: Fairly mild malt profile with standard white grapefruit and pine hop characteristics that aren't really in DIPA territory. Noticable ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, boozy, resiny, OK here.

D: Has its bright points, but a boozy mess at other points. After the first few sips I got pretty disinterested. Not one of SN's better efforts IMO. I'm glad I didn't pop the $10 for the bomber.

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Photo of pjs234
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, golden copper color, mildly carbonated, and a small off-white head. There was some lacing as the beer was consumed

S - Beautiful pungent hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and citrus smells.

T - Taste starts of a little sweet and citrusy, then turns a little more bitter as a grapefruit flavor takes over. Overall, it had a very nice hop presence. The alcohol remains well disguised. This is one tasty brew.

M - Love the mouthfeel of this beer. It is very smooth and creamy.

D - The only thing that takes away from the drinkability of this beer is the ABV. At 10.4, this is a sipper.

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Photo of argock
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Dec 17, 2010 bottleing date per SN code on label. Purchased at Wine Wahrehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Clear golden-amber with copious 2-finger off-white head with good retention and prodigious layers of lacing all down the glass.

S: Herbal, earthy aromas are most grabbing with a touch of sweet caramel malt. The alcohol is pretty substantial and mutes the overall hops aroma.

T: The flavor is not muted at all by the alcohol. This is definitely a DIPA for those that like balance as the hops presence, which boasts grassy, haylike, herbal flavors most but also floral, pine resin, orange citrus, and some tropical fruitiness, is cut substantially by pale and caramel sweetness. There is big bitterness in the finish, which is lively and not flat or puckering.

M: A very easy-going mouthfeel with low carbonation, slick and coating with a medium-full body which is less that expected with the big ABV.

D: The ABV is a bit of a drawback overall, but the balance of this brew is amazing.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with brassy hues and a creamy-foamy off-white head.

The aromas come in successive waves of grapefruit, b.o., pine, leafy green flora, grapefruit and b.o. again, then wood sap and grapefruit/ tangerine peels. The b.o. angle is an impression I sometimes get when local tap water gets an extra dose of chlorine.

The flavor is first citrus, then pine, some raw leafy green-ness, aspirin and alcohol, with a citrus peel bitterness on the finish that mostly covers what would otherwise be an almost cloying sticky malt sweetness. Medium-full body.

I am very glad that Sierra Nevada decided to do this, even though I did not find the beer to be anything amazing at all. There are still better examples out there that are not seasonal or limited varieties, but year 'round offerings at admirable prices. This was 7.99 and I thought fairly priced, even though I have had more satisfaction for less.

I would have liked to see less alcohol and more hops.

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Photo of hdog09
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I first sampled this beer it was back at the GABF. When I heard it was coming to stores for a limited time I was dying to get my hands on some. Out of the bottle this beer a whole rang of smells, most noticeable are the grapefruit and pine aromas. It's got a nice solid burnt orange color to it and pours a nice white head. As far as taste goes this beer throws a lot at you. A can taste the variety of hops and malt. The only downside to the taste I can think of id you can taste the alcohol other than that this beer is superb and I highly recommend. Having said that this beer is certainly not for everyone.

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Photo of WesWes
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful fresh hop scent; bitter and citrusy. The malt bill provides a solid base aroma; pale and Munich malts. The taste is f%cking awesome! Wow, this is perfection! Sweet, malty, yet bitter as hell with tons of citrus hops. It goes down easy with a resinating bitterness; almost 120 minute IPA-like. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine DIPA. It's well balanced with awesome hop character. Great Job

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one's golden looking, nice. Very good lacing.

I smell a lot of grapefruit, then there's an oily hop smell with a slight bready background.

This is one of the most distinctive Sierra Nevada beers that I've had. It is very rich in taste and mouthfeel, and the tropical fruit undertone you get from their pale ale seems to have come full fledged and in your face here. Definite grapefruit and the rind flavor hangs around for quite a bit!

I am enjoying this a lot. The drinkability of any imperial IPA is never extremely high, but I would certainly drink it again.

Very well done Sierra Nevada. These guys always seem to do justice to the hop. This beer is certainly no exception.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8, into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Deep amber/orange in color with a white head, not quite half an inch thick that recedes down to an island of bubbles in the middle and a wall of lacing around the glass. Excellent clarity. Nice looking beer.

S: Decent amount of pine and grapefruit, and a ton of tropical fruit. Doesn't smell incredibly resinous, but still smells nice. Decent amount of caramel malt shines through as well. Fairly boozey too, it definitely isn't hiding.

T: Very flavorful, tons of caramel and pale malts, pretty sweet but has a great hoppy bitterness on the finish. Tons of pine and grapefruit, but also a significant amount of mango and pineapple in here as well. Definitely more of a balanced DIPA than I had expected, but pretty nice. Great notes of green tea linger in the mouth for quite some time after the swallow. Unrefined ethanol really hits hard at the finish, but it isn't too bad.

M: Very thick and creamy, light velvety carbonation, hot alcohol heat on the finish. Warms the whole way down. Bitterness aids in drying this out, but it definitely is a sweet beer.

D: Very well made and well done DIPA, just a little too harsh on the alcohol, which knocks it a bit in ease of drinking category, but still. Very enjoyable, but I don't think I could do a second bomber.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, bottled on January 17th, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with an average amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some sweet malt. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, it's pine and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops, sweet malt and a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a good overall beer, hopefully Sierra Nevada will decide to make this again sometime in the future.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bright, clean coppery color with 2 finger head that didn't hang around too long.

Aroma = the first thing that hit me was a huge smell of grapefruit. Then a sweetness from the malts, and a bit of pineapple smell as well.

Taste is citrus, sweet malt, and finishes dry but with a touch of sweetness. Has plenty of hops to go around but not extremely bitter, tons of aroma and flavor hops.

Drinkability is pretty good for a nearly 10.5% IPA, although it is just a little hot, its still pretty impressive. I drank this 24 oz bottle by myself - over about an 8 hour period of time.

Overall this is a really good DIPA - one of the best I have had, reminds me of Maharaja, which is a good thing, except I felt it might not have had quite the hop complexity. I would get this again...that is if it was possible, I paid around $7.50, so i wouldn't get it often though.

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Photo of misinformed
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. bottled 12/17/10 reviewed 1/27/11. Tulip glass.

A- Completely clear, vibrant orange color. Poured with 2" of off-white rocky head that settled down to a consistent 1/8". Good lacing.

S- Faint tropical fruit overshadowed by pine and a touch of lemony citrus. All around light, but still a nice nose.

T- Pine, bitter grapefruit pith. The malt backbone does show up occasionally. Smooth bitterness all the way. Nice lasting finish. Very mild. Overall this feels very one dimensional to me.

M- Nice carbonation here. The body is almost light though. Not oily or particularly mouth-coating yet the bitterness does linger.

D- So so. Good mild and long lasting bitter taste and finish, but it really just seemed one dimensional to me. On the "whole hop cone experience" level I get it, but that doesn't mean I'd want to drink it all the time. If it weren't so expensive I'd probably try it once more though.

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Photo of gatornation
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 24 0z bomber..$8.99

A-pours a mostly clear burnt orange color with light red highlight a nice fluffy just right head with sticky lacing on glass

S- is sweet citrus and tropical hops a caramel malt smell is followed by pine and grass and grapefruit

T- is a great floral/grapefruit hop hit with citrus,tropical,pine notes,,,very flavorful and not overwhelming,its offset with some sweet caramel notes

M- is nicely carbonated full of flavor the 10.4 shows up in the taste as it warms but by that time im almost done.the ABV is detracts from the total feel of this dipa

D- well done delicious dipa that is very smooth..you will feel this one.easy to drink the bomber..it is pricey at $9-$10 and hard to find wish the ABV was not so high..well worth the find..very recommended

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone World Bistro & Gardens

A - Pours yellowish amber, almost orange w/ a creamy one finger off-white head that never completely goes away. Nice lacing left on the glass. Clarity is perfect. 5.0

S - Not as potent as you would think. Subtle citrus and tropical fruits. Hoppy, resiny. 4.0

T - Not overly bitter for a DIPA. Its a touch boozy on the back end as fusel alcohols creep up the back of the throat...a nice reminder that this beer is enormous. This beer packs a punch with strong citrus and tropical flavors from the hops. Piney, resinous hops round out the hop bill. A solid malt background rounds out a fairly well-balanced DIPA. 4.5

M - Creamy carbonation. The carbonation level is medium-high but is offset by the thickness of the beer. A quick swirl of the glass reinvigorates a one finger head. 4.5

D - The thickness of the beer coupled with the stinging fusel alcohols makes this beer just average in the Drinkability department. 3.5

This is a fantastic DIPA...dare I say Triple IPA? Hoptimum holds its own compared to the usual suspects in this category (Younger, Maharaja...) but falls short in Drinkability. I really enjoyed this beer and will seek it out again.

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Photo of gwguest
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

2011 Vintage poured from a 22oz mega-stubby bottle into a Goose Island Imperial Pint.

Hoptimum pours a beautifuly orange/amber body with about 3/4 of an inch of slightly off-white foam. The foam holds nicely until I'm ready to dive in. The body is nearly brilliant clarity making for a picturesque beer.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet with a sharp caramel note running throughout a nice citrus, floral and pine hop bouquet. For the style, I was really expecting a bigger dose of hop aroma. It's pleasant and well-crafted, but not amazing.

There are no shortage of hops in the flavor. There is a strong bitterness from the front, middle and lingers long past when the beer is safely in your stomach. It's great to have a DIPA that isn't afraid to lean on the bitterness. Fortunately, it's not a sharp, unpleasant bitterness. It's more like a really heavy guy leaning on you to the point where you might almost fall over. If you're fit, you can handle it, but those who aren't properly trained will crumble under the bitterness.

Through the rest of the flavor is a firm caramel thread that balances the bitterness quite a bit. The hop flavors and resin are really well put together. The resinous quality is quite enjoyable. It's a much more unified and blended flavor that I've come to expect from the style. It's clearly not a single-hop beer, but it's not a kaleidoscope of flavors like most DIPA.

I rather enjoy the coating quality of the mouthfeel, but it is a bit heavy in the mouth along the way. It's just a little too dense to be exceptional.

Drinkability on this is surprisingly low. The carmel sweetness just adds up too quickly to the point that I simply don't want more. This 22oz bottle is going to be tough to get down. Recommended for sharing...maybe even three ways over a cheese course at the end of a meal.

[Edit: I had to knock the drinkability down on this one as I couldn't even finish 5oz without my stomach feeling like I'd been doing shots of syrup. The beer is tasty, but I couldn't even finish a serving.]

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Photo of Akfan
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

after much fanfare, and stalking the BevMo Manager I was able to locate a few bottles in the San Diego area. I enjoyed the taste tho not my fav DIPA. That would be HUB's.
A darker pour than expected. Almost amber in color. Smell not the strong fruity smell, rather a balanced one. On taste,...sweet is the first thing rolling off my tongue. Medium body, and actually got a bit of malt in the DIPA.Nice. Drinkable, tho with 10.5% ABV that must be considered. Overall, I would recommend this beer to any Hop Head. Above ave in all catagories but not at the Stone, Caldera, Ballast Point level.

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Photo of bsp77
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with billowing off-white head and loads of lacing. Sierra Nevada beers always look great.

Smell: Spicy and bitter aroma with orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. A light underlying sweetness provides balance. As opposed to the appearance (and taste), the aroma of this and many other Sierra Nevada beers tends to dwindle as it sits in the glass. Still smells very good while it lasts.

Taste: An onslaught of grapefruit, orange and pine upfront with a light pineapple-like sweetness underneath. While I am sure the malts provide some backbone, I don't taste much of them. This is a hop machine with a long lingering bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, fairly full and creamy body. Extremely dry finish but almost a little too warming and hot.

Drinkability: Other than being a titch too boozy (and a dwindling aroma), this is a fantastic DIPA. Something about it just tastes like Sierra Nevada, as (while I can definitely tell them apart) there is something similar about this beer, Celebration, Torpedo and Estate.

This really needs to be a little less limited next year, and a little less expensive as well. C'mon Sierra Nevada, make this a six-pack next year, even if you need to charge a Hopslam-like price, as that would still be a lot cheaper ounce for ounce. Edit: Thanks for the 4 packs!

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even a careful pour might fill half your glass with whipped up foam,creamy eggshell white, excellent retention, takes a good long time for the larger bubbles to initiate dimpling, at the same time, once the head recedes the lacing is glued to the glass sides. Light orange amber colored liquid, sparkle and transparency, yellows some around the rims, only a few, scattered bubbles to be seen. Sweet hop notes rule the nose, sweet pink grapefruit, tangelo, lime citrus, pine sap, then pineapple, papaya, nectarine, apricot fruit scents, likewise has a solid amount of milk chocolate and licorice too, the grassiness displays energy while quite willing to step aside in favor of the sweeter aspects. Medium-bodied, not quite creamy in texture but does have softer give when not expected. Caramel and chocolate take some sting out of pine, lemongrass, green hay hop notes, Odd in that the flavors are sweet, the texture dry and at times biting. More tang in the pink to white grapefruit citrus, lemon too. Pine, black tea, sage and marjoram spice keep you back on your heels. The carbonation possesses enough fluff factor to tame the rougher edges of the pineapple, papaya, guava, nectarine fruit. There just might be a little too much going on here, hard to relax when it's in your mouth.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Burnt orange amber in color with a thick off white head. Great retention and tons of lacing.

S_Citrus,pine, and a peppery/floral aroma.

T_Orange,honey,pine and a spicy floral finish. Really warms on the way down.

M_Full bodied,sticky and lots of carbonation.

D_Really drinkable . Very memorable DIPA.

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Photo of ferb99
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the 24 oz. bottle of this.

Sierra Nevada's IPA's seem to lean heavily towards the malt and this is no exception. In fact, I think it throw it way out of balance. I love the hop aroma and flavor, but the sweet malt hides the bitterness of what's supposed to be a Double IPA, disappointingly so.

Appearance: Nice dark amber color. The head is huge and sticks around forever. The head is barely off-white. It makes for a very pretty beer.

Smell: Sweet malt swirls together with citrusy hops. Light pine aroma follows closely behind the citrus. Strong orange notes accompany the other aromas.

Taste: Major malt sweetness washes over the palate on the first taste. It's way sweet, washing away any chance of a nice, strong bitterness. Big alcohol flavors accompany the malt, but nothing objectionable. In fact the alcohol helps to cut the sweetness a bit. But still, the finish is a little sweet, albeit clean. Hop flavor is definitely present, but tends to be overwhelmed by the malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice, high carbonation helps give it a big creamy smoothness. Slight alcohol warming. No astringency. Medium-full body.

Drinkability: This is a completely subjective term and has no place here.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Glass.
Man, the color on this one is beautiful. Nice darker gold, with a thin lacing of head that sticks well and creates a bit of froth in the middle.

Smell: The hops smell hearty and sticky. Picking up some pine resin and a little grapefruit too. Has a bit of musk, as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and buttery!!! Big surprise with that mouthfeel! Very smooth to begin with. Picking up the pine notes and citrus midway. Doesn't have a bit of bitterness associated with most IPA's. Tongue numbing...I guess the 10.4% abv does have that affect, but you cannot tell by the taste of this beer...very well hidden. Has some of that flowery bouquet flavor near the end (tends toward the sweeter side) of this baby. This is the ticket!!!!

Drinkability: So, I bought a case of this knowing I was going to love it, and by all the hype I've been reading through reviews. The "Hype" is real and I'm really glad I decided on buying extras. This will be in continual rotation, until it lasts. When it comes to hops, trust your instincts and go with the brewery that specializes in it! Another Homerun!

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first tried Hoptimum, on tap, last week, it was just something new to try. I wasn't expecting a huge DIPA like this from Sierra Nevada. Wow, this is a really big DIPA.

I really liked the beer, but it was a bit harsher in the tail than favorites like Maharaja. The bottle I have in front of me seems to have fewer rough edges.

A - Beautiful amber orange with slight sticky lacing - slow rising bubbles. Good clarity.

S - Pleasant alcohol and spicy citrus. Like a cordial.

T - Really big orangey, citrus hops. Spicy too. It draws a clean sugar lattice of sweetness on top of a thinner malt backbone and an finishes with an pleasing alcohol swell. I'm not getting the harshness in the tail this time. That could be the days wear of my palette or the fact that I had a Double Dog an hour ago (last time Hoptimum was preceded by Live Oak Hefe).

This beer is all about the hops. It could get a better score if it had some more malt-side flavor complexity. But it is well-executed - no flaws.

M - Nice viscosity. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. No detractors if you are a hop-head.

I will buy as much as I can get my hands on.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 for a 24oz bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. This is the January 2011 release and I am tasting it fresh!

Off white colored head of about a half inch consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Rather transparent and light copper in color. Good layer of retention and thick lacing.

Lots of resinous, sticky hops held up by a good amount of maltiness. This is not the typical Sierra Nevada hop profile I'm used to. Hard for me to pinpoint the hop characteristics, my guess is this is a medley of several varieties. Has a very fresh and almost creamy character to the nose.

Flavor is certainly on the balanced side with some of this high alcohol content showing face. Again, like the nose, the hops lack a distinguishable character and in my opinion are balanced too much by the malt. I was hoping for Sierra to showcase their fine profile, but I'm left thinking this is somewhat 'blah.'

Medium body and good levels of carbonation, but overall comes off a bit too watery. Medium length piney hop finish.

While this isn't my favorite offering from Sierra, this is very drinkable and going down very quickly. Glad I tried it, but would recommend they try a different approach on their next DIPA offering.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm.... whole cone hops.... pours a rich golden hue, crystal clear with a substantial frothy cream-colored head that slowly fades leaving a thin cap and ample lacing. looks promising.

aroma is subtle at first, growing slightly stronger as it warms. earthy hops, pine, herbal notes... oregano and cannabis? lemon and grapefruit.

taste is of sweet malt, hints of salted caramel, lemon zest. a honey sweetness and a piney dryness. has a similar citric bite as chewing on fresh douglas fir needles. then more honey, malt sweetness. lemon. not much floral or grapefruity... but tasty. hints of alcohol and a salty lingering bitterness. interesting.

mouth is full, sticky, ample carbonation - almost a smidgen bubbly? a touch drying and a good hint of alcohol heat.

All in all, a potent, powerful hop monster. interesting profile, as it's relatively neutral with an herbal and pine potency. Clean, well polished, nicely dry and potent imperial IPA. outstanding and a must try.

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Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery gold color with a massive tan foamy head that produces a generous amount of lace and has nice retention.

Like a plump and juicy fresh hop cone. The only knock I have is that it's not the strongest smell, hence the four.

As expected a big dose of oily, resiny and citrus (grapefruit) hops. Not overly bitter due in large part to the big malt backbone present. Really fresh, clean and crisp. Some noticeable alcohol is present.

Foamy, creamy and frothy. Really a nice smooth mouthfeel from this medium full bodied beer. Very dry on the finish.

I like this beer, but I do not love it. It is a very good DIPA, but it is not top tier and it does come with a hefty price tag. I'm glad to have been able to try it and it is a well crafted beer that utilizes the glorious hop.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.