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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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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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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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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Picked up a 4-pack of this in Totowa before the rest of it flew off of the shelf. I've had so many beers from Sierra Nevada that I thought this would be like them but amazingly, it wasn't. The oily mouthfeel is here but the hops are much more earthy and less sharp than in other West Coast IPA's, Combined with a recessed alcoholic feel, this was a beer that was full without feeling terribly strong and overpowering.

Loved the pour to this as the apricot hue had a subtle radiance unlike anything I've ever seen due to the slight cloudiness, oily consistency of the beer, and small but long-lasting head that lingered on as light rings of lacing. The aroma wasn't terribly strong but it was that of pine, earth, resin, booze, and a very slight metallic bitterness that undercut everything else. Lots of body here - caramel and sweet malt (nearly Crystalline) that balanced out the hops nicely with just a hint of stickiness in the aftertaste and with the carbonation being one stream of bubbles rising to the top, there wasn't a lot to scrub everything away here after each sip.

Make no mistake - this beer is strong even though it will take most of the bottle before you realize it. The alcohol can be felt but it never seems like something that's over 10% ABV. This almost had the feel of a ESB that was squared and had I not seen the label, I wouldn't have immediately guess that this was a Sierra Nevada offering. Absolutely wonderful stuff from one of my favorite brewers and worth finding, even it should be available 6 at a time.

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S. Very hoppy and grassy scent.

T/M. Very, very grassy IPA. The hops are full and robust. Torpedo like, but extra hoppy. There are some caramel flavors there that provide some sweetness, but it gets drowned out by the hops. Full bodied and heavy. Quite carbonated.

O. This is a lovely IPA, but you have to want to down a very hoppy beer.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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