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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

5,577 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 306
Gots: 687 | 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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Photo of MrBoh
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost a bronze. Head pours two fingers thick, off-white and far from dense. Pretty good lacing.

Grapefruit is the strongest scent, by far. THat is followed by grass and orange. SOme good malt sweetness comes through while a little pine makes a nice backdrop.

For being so hoppy, this is a pretty malt forward beer. I definitely get some tangerine and grassy taste here.

Decent bit of body. The ehad is relaxed but just manages to stimulate the tongue and back of the throat. Definitely bitter, but well balanced. Oddly enough, the malt sweetness tends to dissipate behind the bitterness as it sits.

Pretty balanced. I like how it switches from malty to bitter, makes a pleasant adventure each sip. SN did really well here. On a side note--just noticed its 10.4%...what! Wow love it even more now. While you can taste the alcohol, I would not have guessed more than 9%.

Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Chazari99
2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer was incredibly bitter and very disappointing. I am a IPA and double IPA lover and this beer was difficult to even sip. I suspect that it was the hop character that was just off base, but I'm candidly not sure why it has received so many accolades.

Photo of DaveU31
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Moose90
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A – Bright copper, pours quite thick and sticky. Transparent body shows slowly rising bubbles. Head is thin, and leaves more legs than it does leave lacing.

S – Big hop bomb. Orange peel, lemon rind, pine, and honey. Very hop forward, there are some light malt notes as well, but who cares about those when the hop aroma is so great.

T – Big, bitter, sticky, and resinous. Mostly sweet here, sticky hop notes of orange and pine. There is a bitterness here, but it is covered up by the huge, borderline cloying malty backbone. It is so sticky and bitter it's almost like chewing on candied hops.

M – Full bodied and heavy, finish is infinite and keeps developing new flavors. This is a huge beer, to be blunt.

O – A great experience, though it borderlines on excess, which is strange from this particular brewer. It manages to find balance in it all somehow, though. Truly great beer here. Wish it were year round.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a beautiful deep orange with an one-finger off-white head.

S - Big floral hops and some grapefruit.

T - Just like the nose. Floral hops right upfront give a nice bitterness. Grapefruit and pine really shine. Alcohol is present when the beer warms.

M - Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Creamy slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O - Awesome DIPA! Look forward to it every year. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of Beeranator
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mardrommar
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle states on the back label that it is a whole cone IIPA, that is aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, and then torpedoed. Code 3078205:01 on the back of the neck and 3078204:58 on the front of the neck.

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Pours an amber-orange with yellow highlighting and formed a bright white finger-width soapy head that shrank down to a centimeter or so within the first 5 minutes. Left a thick, sticky lacing that coated the sides of the glass entirely.
The nose is quite delicate. No one scent stands out. The aroma is pine, grass, and has multiple hop strains coming through. There is a bready sweetness in the background, as well as citrus and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel of the beer is medium and seems to coat the entire tongue. Moderate-high carbonation. The initial flavor is a bread that has a bit of sweetness, that instantly gives way to a pine-hop flavor, that then transitions into a bitter finish with a grapefruit undertone, as well as an acidic kick. The finish is extremely dry and extensive. Aftertaste is bread, bitterness, grapefruit and hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BobaFret
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2013 release.

A - Bright orange with a quickly dissipating head.

S - Sweet floral hops, malty, biscuity. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - First sensation is of grapefruit, bitterness and sweetness. You can definitely taste that this is a high ABV beer. Very piney/resiny. Seems to get syrupy as it warms. The right flavors are here but this is just too intense.

M - Very smooth, medium body.

O - This is one of the more "extreme" IIPA's in bitterness and how forward the alcohol is. I like my IIPA's to be more well-rounded. An ok beer but there are many better IIPA's. This is a major let down compared to the other great beers Sierra Nevada makes (Pale Ale, Torpedo, Stout, Porter). I like big, intense beers but this one is not for me.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,577 ratings.