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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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5,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,601
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 324
Gots: 713 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods. Served in my Hangar snifter. Weak nose left me snorting for more. I didn't get the tropical notes that many others mentioned, instead I got harsh bitter pine. This beer had a decent but not a luscious mouthfeel. I found this offering from Sierra Nevada disappointing, I was really hoping for something more well rounded. Just not my cuppa tea.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a radiant tangerine with hints of goal. Scant white head.

Nose is not too potent, but with hints of orange, pineapple, and peach.

Taste is big and bold. Lots of citrus initially with bursts of peach, pineapple, and other lovely citrus. However this is quickly followed by a massive amount of dry, sticky, bitter hops. Really massive hoppiness.

Feel is medium full. Nice coating and thickness.

Great west coast style DIPA. Love that it's super available, and really wonderful. Personally would like a little more of the citrus charachter to shine so it's not just a total hop bomb, but that's how it's meant to be, so it's judged as such. Great beer. Alcohol is noted, but not overwhelming, until you try to stand up.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice orange color. Head is a little thin and porous, but tall.

S - Very strong pine notes. Citrus scents are subtle.

T - Smooth, sweet, and hoppy at first, but a more bitter than expected finish.

M - Clean albeit a little on the thin side relative to large taste profile.

O - Overall it's a good DIPA. Sierra Nevada continues to push the envelope of whole hop brewing. I would much rather drink the wet hop Harvest ale, but this is still worth drinking and at 10% you won't need to drink too many. Prost.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,601 ratings.