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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5,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,549
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 289
Gots: 671 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy dark orange color with huge fluffy white head that left huge clumpy and dense white lace. Sierra Nevada IPAs always have the most incredible lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Huge piney, dank, earthy, and grapefruit hop notes. Lots of candy sweetness and caramel malt.

T- Very dank, piney, and earthy hop profile. Dirty hop profile. Lots of candy sweetness, caramel malt, and grapefruit hops. Huge pungent hop character, but also a massive malt backbone to make this balanced yet bold. Quite a bit of bitterness and a lot of sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium to fuller bodied, slightly syrupy, some alcohol warming on the finish, very dry

O- Really unique hop profile reminiscent of Deviant Dales. Based on appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability I would never guess this was 10.4% ABV.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ClintBEERME
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Must complete IPA undergraduate degree before attempting to study and enjoy this beer. This beer is an a homage to the friend we all revere and love, HOPS. This beer will be overbearing for amatuers, but professional hop drinkers will relish in its unrelenting hop glory. The whole cone experience results in a grassy, piney, citrusy, HOP punch in the face. Enjoy it. Beer is proof God wants us to be happy.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Dorm Room Review

While moseying around my local beer store, I happened across a lone bottle of Hoptimum. This beer was on my short list of beers to try, so I'm glad to finally taste it.

Poured into a blue solo cup. (I moved into a new dorm with a sink, so I'll invest in a snifter or something.)

Appearance: Pleasant resinous color with a creamy head.

Smell: Moderate to strong DIPA smell. Resin, hops, some malt.

Taste: The 100 IBUs are there, but clearly not as potent as some other beers (Stone Ruination comes to mind). Smooth, bitter, strictly DIPA. Perhaps some citrus notes would make Hoptimum more complex and enjoyable, but it definitely has a pleasing, slightly alcohol-warming taste.

Mouthfeel: Hoppy characteristics linger shortly, then expire after twenty seconds. Not exactly unique; general IPA feel.

Overall: I really enjoy trying the popular DIPA offerings by US brewers, and Hoptimum is no different; however, Sierra Nevada's strongest IBU offering doesn't exactly compare to the revered Hopslam, which I couldn't help but compare to the SN beer (I think it's the equally cool logo). Typically, I give Sierra Nevada above-average marks, and Hoptimum clearly deserves the same as its cousins.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bottle dated 4/18/13 into a large snifter. Color is dark golden with an inch white head. As the head settled it leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is of resinous hops with some citrus undertones.

Mouthfeel is a medium carbonation and body.

Taste starts of with a very strong hop flavor, resinous like the aroma. There's a bit of grapefruit but then a pine flavor that finishes and lingers for a bit after.

Overall - this is a hoppy beast. I'm definitely digging it but wish I was eating some food to balance out the crazy hops.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy, golden amber in color that pours with a 1/4" head. Once settled, there is hardly any lacing and a good amount of carbonation.

S - a nice malty sweetness, with loads of pine, hints of citrus. Definitely full of hops.

T - hop overload! A very pleasant bitterness with pine upfront and tons of malty sweetness coats the palate. I'm surprised how well the alcohol is disguised considering the reviews I've read. Although, it still makes itself known. At 100 IBU's, the bitterness from the hops lingers for a good 45+ secs. If this had more citrus flavors, it'd be hard to beat

M - mouth coating and very viscous. Good sweetness that lingers with the bitterness on the end. A modest amount of heat from the booze makes its precense on the end as you begin to swallow. Reminiscent of a scotch.

O - If this was brewed year round, it would be a staple in my fridge. I'm surprised at how easy-drinking this is. Going deep on this was not a mistake.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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