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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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5,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,542
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 285
Gots: 664 | 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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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 release, bottled 4-11-14.

Appearance: A stunning clear orange amber.

Aroma: If your pouring this bad boy right out of the fridge than don't expect too much aroma.
Let it warm up to between 45 - 50 degrees and you'll get a pungent herbal, citrus "dankness",
even cannabis like, ripe melon, hibiscus, slightly tropical smell. Very nice indeed.

Taste: Big oily grapefruit rind, intense candied hops, blueberry skin, citrus peel, bergamot, lemon-lime, some mint, some cedar, pineapple, slight tropical fruits. Underneath is a cracker like, slight caramel sweet malt that tries to hold the onslaught of hops back. Some alcohol coming through, which it usually does when its this fresh.

Body: Almost overwhelming (in a good way). So much hoppy goodness going on here, it takes awhile to swallow this beast.

Conclusion: This is a true hopheads delight. If you like easy drinking DIPA's, look elsewhere. This takes hop bitterness to the extreme, but does it well with a nice malt bill too.

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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber hue. a bit of froth, slightly off-white head. Continually rising effervescence. Solid rings. Head rising the occasion after head sip.

S: Pine and citrus.

T: Big hops, with an off and on sweetness that makes it a bit more than just the slam of the hops...but they're always there...even 30 seconds after. The moisture of the next sip brings relief, but it passes quickly and I'm back where I started.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: It's for sipping', but as was mentioned in T....the time in-between sips pulls at you.

It's good...really good...but lacks some of the layers of its peers. I'd like to have on tap...I think that might take a bit of the edge off and add a layer or two.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,542 ratings.