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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

4,986 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,986
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
Gots: 447 | 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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foamystache

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-02-2013 23:21:41 | More by foamystache
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

2013 release

Crisp amber pour with a moderate head. After the pour, you can smell this beer from far away. Almost an overwhelming hoppy smell, mixed with some rye notes. The taste is not quite as strong, with the hops hitting you upfront but with there being a distinct rye aftertaste that i wasn't expecting. Beer goes down smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall a good beer bordering on excellent. The price is right with this one too, definitely one you should pick up a 4 pack of when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 15:35:01 | More by Axnjxn
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2013 vintage
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The slightly hazed, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, light beige crown. Nice lasting strength on the head. It slowly faded to a thick ring. Odd shaped patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The nose was rather muted and odd. Slightly hoppy with subtle chive notes. Pithy, powdery and dry. Some citrus. As the beer warmed, a touch of grapefruit was noticeable. Hints of orange peel as well.

The flavor profile was quite different from the aroma. It was comprised of lots of pithy, dry hops and sweet caramel malts. A bit uncharacteristic for a Sierra Nevada brew. Strong citrus flavors. Candied orange peel was apparent. Some ruby red grapefruit. The finish was super dry and bitter. Notes of pine sap and grapefruit rind came through strong. At 10.4% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess amazingly well.

The beer felt super frothy, smooth and supple on the palate. Pillowy soft. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, plush, medium effervescence.

Although this beer lacked some complexity and used excessive amounts of sticky sweet malts to balance out the bitter hops, it was still enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:51:14 | More by Damian
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cw577enfield

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-02-2013 03:50:34 | More by cw577enfield
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-02-2013 02:57:01 | More by Hessian257
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klyph76

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-02-2013 02:22:37 | More by klyph76
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evanforbeer

California

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 2013 bottle, nice strawy amber with off-white head.

smell- pine, floral/rose/lavender, wood, malts, citrus rind

taste- this is a SN beer- juicy and resinous hops- orange, tangerine, touch of dried mango/tropical fruit, followed by soft floral notes, some wood, and savory bready malt, finishes with a delicious layer of pine/ sticky hop resin and some malt sweetness

feel- resinous, medium bodied, juicy, sticky

Fantastic brew. incredibly balanced, awesome complexity and intricate notes. So much flavor that covers up the booze pretty good. Pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 01:27:44 | More by evanforbeer
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-02-2013 00:53:14 | More by Lurkerson
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-02-2013 00:19:26 | More by MNBeer1017
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-01-2013 19:29:19 | More by MammothTarantula
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version

A- Pours a clear light amber/dark copper into my Spiegelau IPA glass. 1-1.5 finger creamy, off white head with average retention. Spotty lacing that makes an effort to grab hold of the glass. A whole mess of carb bubbles flowing to the top

S- Assortment of NW hops bring out pine, grapefruit, touch of spice, citrus, herbs. Sweet malt breaks through in the end.

T- All the smells, but so much more intense. Wow! 100 IBUs smack you around a little. Huge hops up front, followed by a sweet pale malt base that puts up just enough of a fight to keep the resinous hops honest. Biscuits. Warm finish that goes bitter quick...in a good way.

M- Mid body that borders on full. Creamy. Bitter but smooth. Dry. A little boozey, but at 10.4, does a respectable job of not letting it control the palate.

O- Big flavors from a big beer. Hop combination and dry hop process lets the cones go wild, but finds a way to stay balanced. If you prefer your DIPAs a little on the sweet side with outstanding balance, then you will love this one.

No bottled on date
$10.99/4 pk

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 15:45:59 | More by Bosoxfan20
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miadw3

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-01-2013 02:07:48 | More by miadw3
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adam_e

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-30-2013 20:02:50 | More by adam_e
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-30-2013 14:01:57 | More by drgonzo2k2
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

04-29-2013 23:22:04 | More by ridgeline23
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-29-2013 17:13:29 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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Kerrie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-29-2013 02:22:44 | More by Kerrie
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-29-2013 00:29:17 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-28-2013 22:16:54 | More by jplopez21
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-28-2013 21:24:35 | More by DIPAFAN
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DanE

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone RIS tulip glass. 2013 brewed sometime in late March. My first 2013.

A: Clear, amber color. Great lacing. Poured a 1 finger white head which quickly dissipated.

S: Nothing really going on here. You get some dry hopping. whole cone aromas - or what I think those aromas smell like. I get more "lager" type smells, almost some oxidation - like a stale SNPA.

T: This is where this beer shines. Bitter throughout with nice pine and tropical fruit. Betters with a little warmth.

M: Nice and oily - you know this beast has been dry hopped.

O: Pleasant. I tend to drink this by itself when I only need a beer or too. Not very refreshing so I drink it more like I would a stout. Very tasty though. Worth a 4pk.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:40:18 | More by DanE
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-28-2013 20:33:27 | More by ahbithwabm
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Hoptimum Imperial IPA - 1pt 6 fl oz bottle

Look - Pours clear copper amber with a glorious soapy head that sticks around. Sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Smooth sticky smelling sweet malts with hearty hops on top. The whole cone hops put off a unique and awesome aroma.

Taste - Snappy malt blast and hops creep in after. Full flavored candy malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - Hop assault and a sticky malt mouthfeel. The lingering taste of this brew will not be soon forgotten. Resiny fresh hop lingering is my thing.

Overall - Great brew, sticky and sweet but a hop blast as well. Would recommend!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:49:59 | More by JMScowcroft
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take_it_sleazy

Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Good Nature snifter. Ooh la la

A: nice orangey copper color. Lacy white head that disappears pretty quickly. Bubbles scattered haphazardly along the inside of the glass.

S: strong, characteristic, hop smell. Citrusy and sweet

T: hoppy, earthy, and honey sweet. Taste really lingers on your tounge and more hops come out at the end. It's actually a pretty unique balence of malts and hops, both strong throughout the course of enjoying this one.

M: medium-bodied, I'm thinking from the malty aspect of the beer. A bit astringent toward the end, like if you were to let a cup of tea sit out too long. Medium-low level of carbonation, pretty standard of most DIPAs.

O: would definitely recommend this one to any hophead. For $8.50 and an abv of 10.4, it's absolutely worth picking up if you can find it. Would absolutely pick this up over torpedo if they were side to side on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:38:35 | More by take_it_sleazy
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-28-2013 12:15:18 | More by Mersh
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,986 ratings.