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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

4,939 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,939
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 228
Gots: 429 | 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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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-22-2013 10:23:28 | More by browniewithnuts
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karpems

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +19.6%

04-22-2013 01:48:58 | More by karpems
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BeerNotes

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Goldish Amber in color. A little hazy and pours with a 3/4-inch head that disipates quickly, but coats on the way down.

S: Citrus, pine, and hops: up front and in charge. Down further, a bit of malt comes through.

T: On the lips it’s mild, with a hint of caramel. On the tongue the tartness of the hops hits, and the grapefruit builds as it moves back. The finish is a full hop bite that lingers, with just a hint of alcohol. The aftertaste is surprisingly balanced, with the tiniest bit of toffee and caramel.

M: Full but smooth. Plenty of carbonation.

O: One of the better I’ve had of this style. More balanced than most, but doesn’t skimp on that full hop experience you’re looking for in a DIPA. The bottle says it uses whole-cone hops and is, “Aggresively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed,” and I can’t argue with the results. It tastes extremely fresh and clean, which makes it incredibly drinkable, especially in warmer months. It’s easy to see why this isn’t a year-round beer from Sierra, AND why it’s so hard to come by when it is available, especially given the whole-cone hopping.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:33:58 | More by BeerNotes
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-21-2013 06:58:47 | More by Eighty
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BlakeAM

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-20-2013 17:23:41 | More by BlakeAM
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jreindl

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-20-2013 05:31:46 | More by jreindl
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huskermike12

Iowa

3/5  rDev -28.2%

04-19-2013 01:39:08 | More by huskermike12
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seanwilson530

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, so here goes another review. I felt this one needed a review just because it's a relatively low score for such a great brewing company. C'mon, it's Sierra Nevada, one of the grand daddy's of them all! I feel like there was just to much push to have a lot of hops in this beer and it wasn't designed properly with the style.

Appearance: Obviously good, it comes from Sierra Nevada and they know what they are doing. Polished for a high lupulin resin beer. Good carbonation.

Smell: A blend of citrus and earthy hops. Not as pronounced as other DIPA's that I like though.

Taste: Here is where the beer fell short for me. Overly bitter. The beauty of DIPA's is to have the hops shine through from the flavor and aroma, in my humble opinion. This beer was excessively bitter. More late kettle additons and less high alpha acid hops, again in my humble opinion.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was also lacking as I felt my jaw cringe from the hop bitterness. Not balance enough with the malt sweetness to offset the ever present harsh bitterness.

Overall: Not my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada. Might have to try it again to see if it changes my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 23:21:11 | More by seanwilson530
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virinow

New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

04-17-2013 20:40:19 | More by virinow
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ChrisCorbin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-17-2013 03:28:46 | More by ChrisCorbin
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civicm87

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-16-2013 22:01:40 | More by civicm87
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jwel24

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-16-2013 21:55:46 | More by jwel24
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VTHopddicted

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-15-2013 22:08:25 | More by VTHopddicted
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smb4087

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-14-2013 04:11:01 | More by smb4087
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JandJMD

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-13-2013 22:03:24 | More by JandJMD
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Skott1123

Ohio

5/5  rDev +19.6%

04-13-2013 17:22:01 | More by Skott1123
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Cdunk11

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-12-2013 23:43:54 | More by Cdunk11
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jcb7472

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-11-2013 19:39:12 | More by jcb7472
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Hophead420

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-11-2013 05:35:43 | More by Hophead420
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BushwyckCraft

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-10-2013 22:34:31 | More by BushwyckCraft
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claspada

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes, pours a clear golden color with a substantial white frothy head which recedes to leave some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with tropical fruits, citrus and orange. Light crackery maltiness which smells sweeter as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with some bitter citrus, lemon rind hoppiness up front and some lesser orange and pineapple in the background. The bitter citrus overwhems the more pleasant tropical fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. FInish is quite hefty in the bitterness column with some spicy alcohol adding to the dryness.

Overall this a slight improvement to the Harvest, North and Southern Hempisphere Imperial IPAs but really doesn't shine about the everygrowing aroma forward DIPAs or even the more balanced ones. Increased bitterness and ABV just don't make a great DIPA in my opinion, they can make a good one, but the real stars have equal amounts aroma and bitterness or even more aroma than resiny astringent bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2013 19:07:50 | More by claspada
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-09-2013 14:52:00 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour into pint glass, from bottle.

A= beautiful honey color with amber tint. Nice, frothy head with decent lacing.

S= Honey, pine, wildflowers, berries. Powerful hop punch to the nose. Sweet, toasted malt smell.

T= Wonderful hop kick. Bitterness throughout the tongue, but doesn't overwhelm. Well-balanced hops, with a very nice honey taste.

M= Lightly carbonated, light and easy to drink.

0= A wonderful double IPA. Truly great bitterness, as one would expect from an IPA. Very, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 20:38:16 | More by smooth_aleing
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Swik

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-07-2013 14:32:38 | More by Swik
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-06-2013 13:58:15 | More by irish01980
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,939 ratings.