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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

5,126 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,126
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 246
Gots: 504 | FT: 5
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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Chegui

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-14-2013 20:36:21 | More by Chegui
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jricharc

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-14-2013 19:19:53 | More by jricharc
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Absolut

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-14-2013 17:43:21 | More by Absolut
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BryanK

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-14-2013 17:41:21 | More by BryanK
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rheimbro

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-14-2013 17:28:16 | More by rheimbro
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JoshBrews

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

This is a pretty solid offering from Sierra Nevada!

I poured the bottle into a (not exactly) snifter-type glass. The beer was a little cool when I first opened it (chilled it too long). I let it sit for 30 minutes before really getting into the beer.

First impression was a nice piney / citrusy hop aroma, which I found wonderful.

First sip had me...I was a nice, bitter (but not overly bitter for 100 IBU) beer with a really solid malt backbone. As it sat and warmed a little more, the maltiness increased and the beer almost became sweet, which was not unpleasant but was not expected.

For the size of the beer, I really could not detect the alcohol in it either. This is just a solid beer in my opinion. I am going to (try to) save one to see what 6 months does to it...maybe a year.

05-14-2013 13:45:20 | More by JoshBrews
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.2%

05-14-2013 13:43:48 | More by Hugonaut13
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1424IpA

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-14-2013 05:07:35 | More by 1424IpA
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottle into Tulip (2013, no exact date found)

Appearance- Deep gold, fairly clear, 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. nice lacing.

Aroma- Nice hops, very piney, some citrus, grapefruit, earthy, pungent, slight malt in the background.

Flavor- This is very bitter at 100 IBUs, lots of pine, earthy hops, spicy, slight citrus, very clean, alcohol present but I probably wouldn't guess 10%. very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied, medium carbination, alcohol warmth

Overall-This is a great hop bomb, leans toward pine, and earthy hops rather than citrus, very enjoyable. A sipper for sure. This is my first time trying it and I will be getting more for sure.

05-14-2013 04:23:05 | More by LI_PO12
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HiWire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-14-2013 02:15:29 | More by HiWire
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schnell

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-14-2013 01:06:49 | More by schnell
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jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-14-2013 00:31:34 | More by jkane101
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-14-2013 00:31:09 | More by lostandwandering
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Mjohnescu

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-13-2013 23:51:51 | More by Mjohnescu
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prock180

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

05-13-2013 23:51:05 | More by prock180
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aLenwell

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-13-2013 23:47:27 | More by aLenwell
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a large snifter glass. No discernible freshness date, but this is the 2013 batch, so likely fresh within the last month or so.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a one-finger head resting atop a body of glowing orange, with hints of umber. The head dissipates quickly to leave a ring of foam around the edge of the glass and an island of medium-sized bubbles in the center. Lacing is pretty generous as I drink the level of the liquid down. Hangs around for quite awhile.

Smell - Orange zest pushes its way through at first, along with some herbal notes and perhaps a hint of pine, but the aroma is predominantly fruity. After a few smells, I can detect a little bit of the alcohol that is coursing through this 10.5% beer. There is almost a hint of locker-room funk to it as well. Interesting smell for a DIPA.

Taste - The hop bitterness dominates, but rests on a bed of citrus notes. I'm a little surprised there isn't more depth of flavor going on here. I certainly expected more. However, it certainly does showcase the hops, which are present from start to finish, and even linger on after the beer has been long swallowed.

Mouthfeel - Lingering bitterness is actually pleasant, and hints at grapefruit where the smell and taste did not. For lack of a better term, the mouthfeel is "wet", and by that I guess I mean there is a hint of cloying sweetness to it, as much as it makes sense for a descriptor like "cloying" to be paired with a "hint".

Overall, a satisfying beer, but there are a handful of Imperial IPAs that I would pick off the shelf prior to this one. I will say that it's quite drinkable for 10.5% ABV.

05-13-2013 21:45:35 | More by LambicPentameter
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-13-2013 20:10:12 | More by TheNightwatchman
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bcheng

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-13-2013 19:28:31 | More by bcheng
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-13-2013 19:28:01 | More by Dcunicelli
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%

Appearance: Clear golden-hued copper. Bright. Head is off-white and leaves a solid creamy, rocky head. Drops to a 1cm cap with splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Oily earthy citrus. Loaded with oily pine. Some backing malt sweetness, but it's hops galore. Floral and delicate...but assertive, because that makes sense. Super fresh leafy hops. Lightly bready with a slight backing spiciness. Some of that trademark Chico yeast in the back. Unique, but still distinctly Sierra Nevada.

Taste: Fresh wet and leafy hops. Oily and smooth. Tangerine in the back of a solid floral and slightly spicy hop profile. Building earthiness as it warms. Pith with some mint. Some toasted malts liven things up a bit. Pale and bready malts bring some added sweetness. Grapefruit. A bit sweeter than I would expect from Sierra Nevada. Lingering moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily medium body. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish. Wet.

Overall: Hoptiminimum.

Sierra Nevada makes better beer. An explosion of wet and leafy hops, but it feels a bit too all over the place. I'll take a case of Celebration any day, but this is worth drinking a bottle every year.

05-13-2013 19:26:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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RangnaR

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-13-2013 17:08:31 | More by RangnaR
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-13-2013 15:53:26 | More by wonothesane42
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-13-2013 14:43:31 | More by CB_Crowe
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dmitalski

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-13-2013 14:09:26 | More by dmitalski
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,126 ratings.