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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

5,194 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 253
Gots: 530 | 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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tim28

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 14:09:35 | More by tim28
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SDG1070

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 12:07:08 | More by SDG1070
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RollBeerTide

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-11-2013 10:28:54 | More by RollBeerTide
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-11-2013 10:12:38 | More by ChopsMeister
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%

Just hit the east coast, a few weeks after bottling. Pours a lovely honey gold with a bright white head a lots of lacing, it's been working throughout. Looks really inviting. The nose is a meddly of powerfull hops: a bright flowery sweetness, dances with citrus bitterness, with hints of mango and juniper around the edges. The flavor starts bright and frothy but the flowers and light are quickly crushed by powerfull hop bitterness. Grapefruit predominates, this is a hopheads dream.

05-11-2013 02:40:09 | More by templar316
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-ronin-

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 01:58:22 | More by -ronin-
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ScottieD

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 01:23:39 | More by ScottieD
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lsummers

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-11-2013 00:38:33 | More by lsummers
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MagnusThunnus

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 00:20:43 | More by MagnusThunnus
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freemanj

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 00:14:17 | More by freemanj
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comradekyle

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2013 00:07:03 | More by comradekyle
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-11-2013 00:03:55 | More by troegaarden
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MarshMan71

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-10-2013 22:53:48 | More by MarshMan71
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.2%

05-10-2013 22:13:47 | More by dailyminefield
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2013 22:08:44 | More by bvlaminck
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2013 20:33:08 | More by Caudalie
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2013 20:16:54 | More by CurtFromHershey
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Erice78

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-10-2013 19:59:59 | More by Erice78
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BadJustin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-10-2013 17:13:58 | More by BadJustin
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Stugotzo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-10-2013 12:55:19 | More by Stugotzo
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wyckydsceptre

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-10-2013 06:26:08 | More by wyckydsceptre
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alelover

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2013 02:47:40 | More by alelover
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%

This was bottled 03/19/2013 but purchased this bottle today.

Poured into snifter glass. It has a very light copper color and a little less than a quarter inch of an off-white foamy head which dissipated pretty quickly. Lacings all around the glass but that didn't take long to fade away.

Scent gave off floral notes, some hay, and lots of citrus, definitely a sweet smell. There was a little pine, but not as much as other beers I have had (such as Anti-Hero).

It like it pops in my mouth. It started out sweet but then became insanely bitter. It has a very heavy citrus bite to it with the bitterness from grapefruits. While the smell was primarily sweet, the taste was dominantly bitter. The bitterness still lingers in my mouth - sort of like as if I ate a grapefruit 15 minutes ago. Just a very very subtle heat to it considering the high alcohol content. The beer seemed to have a syrupy like consistency, makes my lips stick together. Just moderate carbonation present.

I contrast this with other Double IPAs for its serious bitterness. The bitterness just attacks. At 100 IBU's this beer should not surprise you. Pretty decent beer!

05-10-2013 02:24:52 | More by Benish
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Drinking the 2013 version of this beer while listening to Drudkh, one of my favorite bands.

Glass: Port City "craft pub" pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful dark orange amber color, very clear, streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass. An aggressive pour produced a finger of head which dissipated in about a minute or two. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass in beautiful organic blobs.

Smell: Oh, man, this smells delicious. Hops! Perhaps one of the best smelling beers I've ever been fortunate enough to enjoy. Smells of weed, peaches, other tropical fruits, and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Taste: Not a complete fruity hop bomb, although there are strong characteristics of tropical fruit especially at first sip and in the mid-palette. However, a malt characteristic certainly comes in within a couple seconds, followed by a strong bitterness that lasts for AGES. It tastes almost like weed smells, perhaps an effect of the whole-cone hopping? Alcohol is noticeable, a bit too much for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish on the tongue, perhaps mostly the result of the bitterness. Despite the dryness, you definitely get that strong IPA resin remaining long after the beer is gone. You can feel the alcohol warming your throat and stomach.

Overall: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer, but find the flavor to be slightly dissapointing compared to the smell. The appearance of the beer is beautiful, as is the bottle cap and bottle itself! The smell is incredible, the mouthfeel is just what I want in an IPA. Overall, great beer, but I personally prefer less bitterness in a DIPA, and for the alcohol to be hidden a little better.

Would drink again (luckily, since I purchased a 4 pack!).

05-10-2013 02:11:55 | More by ChrisKayler
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dapatte2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2013 01:45:38 | More by dapatte2
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,194 ratings.