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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5,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,549
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 289
Gots: 671 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful amber gold with a one finger soapy white head.

S: Lots of grapefruit at the front of the nose. Then come candied apricots with a fresh squeeze of lemon. A tad earthy before an onslaught of sweet honey

T: Nice floral hops that open up to a cascade of grapefruit, pineapple and citric acid. It gets pretty sweet mid palate with a nice caramel/ honey flavor. The end gets nice and bitter with some pine and a touch of resin.

M: Sticky and medium bodied.

O: I love this beer and look forward to it every year. You don't taste any of the 10% and this thing is just bursting with wonderful SN hop flavor. Delish! / 94

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Beautiful copper color with a good thick off white head with good retention.
Wonderful aroma of peaches and passion fruit.
Initial malty sweet flavor that gives room to a bold bitterness. Notes of sweetened grapefruit, honey and toasted malts. Dry, even a bit astringent aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Full and liquorish body with a low carbonation. 10.4% ABV is very timid against his flavors, hops and body.
Very good DIPA, I just would like to see it a bit less sweet (though I had it slowly until got warmer).

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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