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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,942 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,942
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 228
Gots: 430 | 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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Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-22-2013 03:20:23 | More by sneezye
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Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-22-2013 01:22:14 | More by beerhast
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-21-2013 23:44:47 | More by bccrosley
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TokyoCO

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-21-2013 23:06:20 | More by TokyoCO
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Jules11788

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-21-2013 04:43:00 | More by Jules11788
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SuperbikeShaun

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-21-2013 03:53:13 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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RaijinQ

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-21-2013 02:08:28 | More by RaijinQ
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Bonis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-20-2013 05:44:34 | More by Bonis
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-20-2013 02:53:26 | More by RichardMNixon
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pjkelley82

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-20-2013 02:15:03 | More by pjkelley82
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RussBeercier

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-20-2013 01:53:44 | More by RussBeercier
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Premo88

Texas

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

3 183 2 10:53 printed on bottle (born on July 2, 2013)

L: bright orange, about 90% clear; it's not murky, just a slight haze keeps it from being crystal clear; classic Sierra Nevada lacing -- what does this brewery do? it's amazing ... stick from the 1 1/4-inch head and massive lacing on the way down.

S: so many whole-cone hops ... hops! green, green and green -- piney with loads of sweet tropical fruit/candied caramel under the piney hops; mango; as it warms, it goes from the piney/grassy/green note to the sweeter mango/tropical fruit note

T: bitter. it's classic DIPA stuff with a huge bitter bite back-ended by a load of caramel/tropical fruit sweetness. it's almost salty at first, there's so many hops ... hard to explain exactly, but "salty" fits. there's supposedly four different types of malted barley in this brew, but they've got no chance to shine -- it's all about the little green guys.

F: perfect. carbonated out the ying-yang, full midweight that's exactly right without ripping your tongue off b/c of all the carbonation.

O: cannot taste 1 molecule of alcohol despite the 10.4% ABV, so it gets big-time bonus points from me. with that said, it's impossible for me to distinguish the TASTE of this American imperial IPA from all the other American imperial IPAs I've had -- the look is better, Sierra Nevada style, but honestly, almost every beer I've had in this category tastes the same, i.e., like hops.

if you want a good American DIPA, you'll always win with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 22:44:12 | More by Premo88
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California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-19-2013 20:22:20 | More by biertrinkenja
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BeerGreg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-19-2013 19:44:00 | More by BeerGreg
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Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-19-2013 18:57:08 | More by Lelampp
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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labattblueribbon

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

okay, well this beer put me through a few ups and downs. poured from bottle to glass. the smell was lackluster and didn't offer much. the first sip was also less than impressive, no real strong flavors of any kind, sort of bland. the second sip was better offering a little floral and grapefruit. as the beer went on the malt (or maybe the special exclusive hop) was really present and actually offered a fairly well balanced DIPA. lacing was about just north of average. when i let the beer sit on the front of my tongue i got more hops, but overall the flavor just didn't measure up to the "hop bomb" i was hoping for. for a 10.4 the alcohol is pretty well hidden and has a solid drinkability. for me the star of this beer is the mouthfeel. not too creamy, not too thin, but just right in the goldilocks sense, enough to be enjoyable but not too much. would probably buy again, but not until i need a reminder of how it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

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Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,942 ratings.