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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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5,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,182
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 254
Gots: 527 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-18-2013 02:47:22 | More by Joey1566
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into HF tulip. Purchased single at Total Wine in Norwalk, CT for $2.50. Pours an amber orange with sticky lacing but not much head - but can be expected for such a big ABV. Nice resinous pine and bready malt aroma...some sweetness. Taste is fantastic. Sweet piney bready...wow really amazing. Its so smooth for the abv..I mean scary smooth. Its almost a chugger. Its rare to come across a beer that is so smooth at such a high abv. Really a fantastic DIPA/strong ale. Serious deal for this brew at $2.50!!! I recommend this for anyone looking for a great amazing hop flavor without a huge mouth puckering bitterness...

05-18-2013 02:34:51 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-18-2013 01:46:04 | More by beertardis
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-18-2013 01:45:58 | More by AGoodStout
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

05-18-2013 00:52:43 | More by SixBitsKyle
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-18-2013 00:18:43 | More by KeyWestGator
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-17-2013 22:26:10 | More by jkrug5
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-17-2013 21:19:29 | More by gavjamhawk
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New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-17-2013 17:20:00 | More by cbord459
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-17-2013 12:44:18 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-17-2013 03:16:19 | More by kirchy
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%

A pretty golden orange with nice head and carbonation. Moderate lacing.
Hops and pine with a slight waft of grapefruit.
Pretty much like the smell with a huge burst of hops, dank with pine, then more hops and pine with an undercurrent of grapefruit, and then it mellows out a little in the middle where the malt and fruit flavors become more evident and then a hoppy, spicy, boozy finish.
Medium, chewy, resiny, and a little dry.

This is a hop bomb but it also has balance and flavor that makes it drinkable but it is not for beginners or non hopheads. Sierra Nevada does a solid job as usual.

05-17-2013 03:01:19 | More by highdesertdrinker
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-17-2013 01:27:32 | More by Mortarforker
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-16-2013 23:55:01 | More by JuniperJesus
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-16-2013 22:35:21 | More by vancean2
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-16-2013 22:08:53 | More by LambicKing
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

A-A clear golden orange with about one finger head, some lacing

S-Hops. Some More Hops. Citrus flavors as well. Very grass and pine heavy.

T-Starts sweet and citrusy. Has a strong earthy pine note. Ends bitter, the bitterness lingers. This thing is a bitter bomb. Could be more balanced, but this beer delivers.

M-Smooth, much smoother than most DIPAs. Medium bodied.

D-Very drinkable, maybe too drinkable for a DIPA. Downed the entire bottle in about an hour. Maybe should have savored it a little more but damn to was tasty and drinkable.

05-16-2013 19:24:46 | More by rlee1390
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-16-2013 11:25:01 | More by rkcrozier
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

05-16-2013 05:08:05 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

2013 12oz brown bottle, poured into snifter. Golden orange-yellow with a medium white head. Smell is floral and piney hops, spicy alcohol and sweet fruit as it warms. Taste is sweet and thick up front, bitter hops on the finish. A relatively heavy DIPA, even as American IPAs go. Still delicious by my account.

05-16-2013 04:48:19 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-16-2013 04:04:50 | More by elec
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a fairly clear, deep medium to dark golden color. White head is initially about an inch thick when poured. Eventually settles to a nice medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass with a few spots of foam dotting the surface of the beer sporadically. Not too much lacing though unfortunately. Aromas of piney, resinous hops with hints of grapefruit and citrus that give way to some slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same. A good mix of earthy resinous piney and grapefruit citrus hops that aren't overly bitter and that give way to some slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness. The bitterness certainly dominates flavor wise but, unlike several of their other beers I have had, it is not over the top bitterness that completely blew out my tongue. Good balance of flavors here. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, sort of chewy and sticky medium mouthfeel with an oily like residue that really coats the inside of the mouth nicely and hangs around for awhile. Medium carbonation. A fairly refreshing beer on this very warm spring night here in Cleveland, OH.


05-16-2013 03:25:55 | More by neenerzig
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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from the bottle into my Gandhi Bot glass.

A: Pours a dark orange hue that borders on amber with a stubborn finger's worth of white, foamy head. The head sticks around more than I would expect and leaves behind some nice lacing where it does fade.

S: Picking up on a lot of different notes of citrus rind, a bit of mango, pine, and some caramel sweetness. I like my IPAs and DIPAs to be a bit more juicy in the nose, but I can tell that this has a lot going on.

T: Holy bitterness. I feel like my palate just got assaulted. Lots of pine and more of the caramel from the aroma. Not sure if this much of a hop attack is my thing, but it definitely accomplished what it set out to do.

M: Definitely on the syrupy side and has a thicker mouthfeel than I'd want on a drink-more-than-one basis. I'm glad that I only picked up a single since there's no way I'd get through two of these...and I say that as a fan of hops. Carbonation is pretty solid.

O: One thing I respect most about Sierra Nevada is their ability to make a wide range of styles at a solid level. I loved Narwhal, enjoy Torpedo, and SNPA is a great anytime beer. While I don't dislike Hoptimum, it's just not really my thing. Enjoyable in some aspects, but maybe it's too big a beer for me. There's a part of me that's curious how this would taste with some time on it, but I'll let someone else experiment with that.

05-16-2013 00:40:15 | More by Andrew61923
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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%

The 2013 batch is absolutely drinking like a champ right now. It's big, bitter, and boozy in all the right ways. This is now my favorite shameless palate wrecker on the market - so much so, that I'm raising scores.


12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color with excellent clarity. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a moderately frothy texture and decent enough retention. Spotty streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S: This features a good blend of various hop scents: herbal pine, dank earthiness, and juicy tropical fruit, with hints of brown sugar breaking up the hop assault. The smells like it will be right up my alley.

T: Hops! Initial sips bring out the strong tropical fruit flavor that mixes with brown sugar and caramel maltiness. Actually, this isn't as hoppy as I hoped it would be, in fact, it's surprisingly malty (and not so surprisingly boozy) with only a subtle underlying bitterness near the finish...at first. Herbal and piny notes accumulate on the aftertaste gradually but surely. The hops slowly become more aggressive in their flavor; actually it becomes pretty damn imbalanced - and I love it.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy, with a heavy body. Oily hop resin builds up as more of the beer is consumed. Booze lightly tingles the tongue and throat as well in conjunction with the carbonation. Not the easiest drink, given its texture and alcohol presence, but the long, lingering aftertaste is enjoyable.

O: This drinks and tastes like Torpedo on horse steroids, but it's slightly less enjoyable in my opinion. This is due to some of its drinkability niggles (understandable), but you bet I'll drink this again (and again) in the future.

05-15-2013 21:19:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-15-2013 20:55:14 | More by tsco7
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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