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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

4,836 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,836
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 215
Gots: 395 | FT: 5
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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heysuz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-12-2013 14:31:10 | More by heysuz
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A dark copper colored IPA. Beautiful cascade of lacing on the glass. Thin head but not necessary for this brew.

Smell: BOOM! HOPS! There's an overall round hop aroma with some lime citrus aroma undertones which really make the hop presence pop. The aroma burst out of the bottle as I opened it, really a bold aroma.

Taste: Hops blast at the front of this beer but my favorite part of this beer is the pine flavor that dominates this beer. Refreshing, almost a syrup flavor after the initial hop attack. Really wonderful, there is a high alcohol content but does not interfere with this beer.

Mouthfeel: A sticky feeling to this beer. The hops continue bounce around your palette after drinking this beer. The pine accents also provide quite a bit of body for this brew.

Overall: Awesome IPA. Need a hop fix? This beer will do the job. But so complex and layed, this beer really makes you question what aspects of a great IPA are really your favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:20:44 | More by KFBR392
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum pours a clear copper color, with a small lacing head. There is a strong hop aroma, nothing else, just hops. The taste is the same a strong floral taste; very hoppy. Good full flavor, and enjoyable on the pallet. Overall a clear cut simple, and powerful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:43:04 | More by vette2006c5r
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vonnegut21

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-11-2013 15:05:39 | More by vonnegut21
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mishtif

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-11-2013 14:30:20 | More by mishtif
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xxbillay

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-11-2013 06:45:10 | More by xxbillay
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mojojc2000


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-11-2013 00:07:57 | More by mojojc2000
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Zach136

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into oversize tulip

A - Light amber body with a finger and a half pale head. OK Lacing.

S - This is a great smelling DIPA. Tons of grape fruit and floral tones.

T - Pretty solid hop punch, much more oily than some other 100 IBU DIPA's I've had. Some prefer it, It's not really for me. There are also some very earthy malts coming through, though this is definitely no where close to being balanced, which is to be expected.

M - The body is light, but has a sticky aftertaste from the hops.

O - Great DIPA, not exactly what I look for in a DIPA, but there's no denying that it's good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 22:18:18 | More by Zach136
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Durb777

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-10-2013 12:24:45 | More by Durb777
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-10-2013 02:50:00 | More by spycow
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-10-2013 02:11:39 | More by uturn
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2013 18:15:30 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-09-2013 14:28:55 | More by AlexFields
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2013 05:16:52 | More by jjheinrichs
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2013 05:16:13 | More by oglmcdgl
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2013 02:55:43 | More by iemailjack
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-08-2013 23:09:49 | More by BeerThursdays
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Franch

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-08-2013 22:58:10 | More by Franch
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DaKur

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-08-2013 22:50:26 | More by DaKur
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-08-2013 18:32:49 | More by josephwa
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-08-2013 17:56:43 | More by OldhouseRecs
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Lukass

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-06-2013 14:19:04 | More by Lukass
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phildow

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-06-2013 06:13:06 | More by phildow
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Lebby

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-06-2013 05:49:07 | More by Lebby
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-06-2013 04:32:03 | More by Shagator
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,836 ratings.