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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5,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,545
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 288
Gots: 668 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange/amber color. Pours about one finger head. Minimal lacing.

S - Resiny, floral hops at the forefront. You can tell this one's going to be boozy. The malt/grains are fairly present with a swirl.

T - Pleasant bitterness on the initial taste. Immediately followed by a relatively strong alcohol taste. Nothing overpowering, but the 10.4% abv is obvious. Hoping for more of the hop scent to come through in the flavor but it's a little obscured.

M - Medium body. Nice lingering bitterness that's just astringent enough.

O - This is a pretty good IIPA. Bitterness is fairly balanced but the alcohol wasn't integrated as well as I thought it could have been and the hop character wasn't as prominent. Good beer for the price and availability.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Clydesdale
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, lightly burnt orange color. The lightly tinted head is fairly tall, with a moderately dense, frothy texture. Retention is above average, and a few wisps of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Big time citric hops in the nose. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine all over the place. Multi-dimensional fruity, pithy, and oily notes. Some sugary sweetness and light caramel maltiness is present in the background, along with some alcoholic presence. Some lighter herbal/candied/piney hop notes are also apparent, adding some dank funkiness to the initial citric bomb. A bit of tropical fruit is also detectable.

T: Rather firm sweetness up front, with light caramel and honey tones. It is a reasonably malty beer; I guess the 10.4% abv has to come from somewhere, after all. A huge, bracing hit of hop bitterness quickly sweeps away any sweetness. Huge citric and tropical flavors of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit are at the fore. Lesser fruity and floral hop flavors contribute depth. A second light touch of sweetness appears in the aftertaste, along with some plainly apparent alcohol.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Some sticky heft up front is quickly overtaken by a huge, bracing wallop of hop bitterness. The finish is long and dry, thanks to the massive hop bill and big dose of alcohol.

O: This is a good double IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's a bit sweeter and maltier than I've come to expect from SN; at 10.4% abv, this is a huge beer that isn't nearly as effortless as its smaller cousins (Pale Ale, Torpedo, and Anniversary Ale). That said, it's still a very nice effort that manages to be big and balanced.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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1.8/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very disappointed! I heard good things about this beer, seems to be flying off the shelves in my area. Not sure if I received a bad bottle but it has a bad smell to it, tasted off. Ill give it another try if I come across it but it wont be something i seek out.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dougfur
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orangy color, quite clear, with a modest head. The smell is hoppy and nice, though with a bit of skunkiness that I don't love. Taste is almost sooo nice. The great hop flavor is there, but the booziness is just too strong. If they could cover that up, or brew the same beer with a lower abv, this would be a really special beer, but I think it falls a little short of expectations because of the strong alcohol taste.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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