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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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5,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,367
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 262
Gots: 602 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ColdOneKev, May 19, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is amazing beer! Sierra Nevada was one of the first Pale Ales that I had ever tried years ago when craft brew were gaining popularity. This beer is full of flavor and it packs a strong punch with a high alcohol content. If you have not had this one, give it a try.

HedleyLamar, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Shogun730, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bluestar0828, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Phacoman, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JArena13, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

HopLuva, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jbarletto, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tswater, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Hobo, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Joey1566, May 18, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into HF tulip. Purchased single at Total Wine in Norwalk, CT for $2.50. Pours an amber orange with sticky lacing but not much head - but can be expected for such a big ABV. Nice resinous pine and bready malt aroma...some sweetness. Taste is fantastic. Sweet piney bready...wow really amazing. Its so smooth for the abv..I mean scary smooth. Its almost a chugger. Its rare to come across a beer that is so smooth at such a high abv. Really a fantastic DIPA/strong ale. Serious deal for this brew at $2.50!!! I recommend this for anyone looking for a great amazing hop flavor without a huge mouth puckering bitterness...

DrinkSlurm, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

beertardis, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

AGoodStout, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

SixBitsKyle, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

KeyWestGator, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jkrug5, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

gavjamhawk, May 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

cbord459, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

kirchy, May 17, 2013
Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pretty golden orange with nice head and carbonation. Moderate lacing.
Hops and pine with a slight waft of grapefruit.
Pretty much like the smell with a huge burst of hops, dank with pine, then more hops and pine with an undercurrent of grapefruit, and then it mellows out a little in the middle where the malt and fruit flavors become more evident and then a hoppy, spicy, boozy finish.
Medium, chewy, resiny, and a little dry.

This is a hop bomb but it also has balance and flavor that makes it drinkable but it is not for beginners or non hopheads. Sierra Nevada does a solid job as usual.

highdesertdrinker, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Mortarforker, May 17, 2013
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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