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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

4,954 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,954
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 228
Gots: 435 | 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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Bernardkowalski


5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:40:55 | More by Bernardkowalski
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-16-2013 11:09:23 | More by ChrisMon02
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-15-2013 14:39:08 | More by ROBSTARR
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one. Poured a nice light golden pale straw with a frothy but not enormous head.

The bouquet was unquestionable. There was going to be a lot of good hops here.

My first taste, I was somewhat surprised. It was Hop, after Hop after Hop, different styles and flavors, but not one of them too much or over the top.
It almost reminded me of drinking three different beers at once.
The taste lingered and left me wanting another sip.

This is a real nice brew for this time of year. I can see myself purchasing many more of these delightful 4 packs

*Retasted this one several times since my first exposure. With each tasting, this beer is getting better and better.

When customers ask about this beer, I tell them it is not a "Hop Head" beer, despite the label. The Hops are they and will stay with you for each sip. Though each sip almost presents another hop variation. A real exciting beer.

02/14/13
This was one of the 4 IPAs I tasted together. One of my other reviews took a previous "5" down just a little. I am doing this here also. Still a fantastic beer, just that when I compare to my best ones this is just a little below

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 16:42:01 | More by rdilauro
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Flashyspoons

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-14-2013 05:54:24 | More by Flashyspoons
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MisterGrizz

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-13-2013 17:32:09 | More by MisterGrizz
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silverking

Florida

4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a tan head. Head retention is very nice, but it eventually fades to a thin layer of foam with beautiful lacing. The aroma is pure hops, citrusy and floral with strong underlying pine. The aroma alone is intoxicating. Moving into flavor, lots of pine and very bitter. The bitterness fades for a moment but the pine remains. The Bitterness returns in the finish in the form of incredibly bitter grapefruit with notes of pine. Mouthfeel = Excellent. Low carbonation and a full, almost oily mouthfeel. It coats the mouth with the taste of resinous hops. My only real complaint is that it's not available year-round.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:35:32 | More by silverking
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CreightonSM

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-12-2013 21:42:34 | More by CreightonSM
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-12-2013 21:39:33 | More by Phillyz
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

02-12-2013 00:41:19 | More by touchmeimsac
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Jae9979

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too bitter for me. I hae tried on numerous occasions and keep longing for a Pliny or HT to wash it down. Generally enjoy iipas but feel this one missed a portion of the balancing act. Wouldn't turn it down but wouldn't seek it out either. Pushing through my 4 pack so I can free up fridge space.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 22:49:19 | More by Jae9979
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pengs68

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-11-2013 21:45:23 | More by pengs68
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Bill235

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-11-2013 16:25:03 | More by Bill235
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2013 02:27:24 | More by GRG1313
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pianoman511

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-11-2013 01:09:33 | More by pianoman511
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RayUF07

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-09-2013 04:06:58 | More by RayUF07
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LikeFliesOnFlesh

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-08-2013 12:36:58 | More by LikeFliesOnFlesh
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averagejake872

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

02-08-2013 02:14:32 | More by averagejake872
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WestCoastBrew2

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-06-2013 20:17:47 | More by WestCoastBrew2
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-06-2013 04:34:03 | More by BugTownPub
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-05-2013 04:45:10 | More by waddellc2
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-04-2013 02:55:02 | More by calcnerd
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thedoer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-03-2013 14:49:10 | More by thedoer
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Supergenious

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-03-2013 03:21:43 | More by Supergenious
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-02-2013 22:01:01 | More by SnatchyMcPants
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,954 ratings.