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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

4,926 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,926
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 224
Gots: 423 | 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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PuckPuck

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-28-2012 02:02:43 | More by PuckPuck
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AmitC

New York

4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So here i am drinking this hop bomb. The last of four bottles. Wow open the bottle and you can smell the aroma of hops from an arms length. And this makes me excited.

Pours with little head.

Little more of bubbles than what i have seen in IPAs. Bubbles stayed for longer than i thought.

Pale amber color. just the usual stuff here. Somewhat of an haze, may be it was due to glass.

You take the glass closer to your mouth to drink and you get an idea of what is coming.

Love the killer smell that smells of hops and hops only, may be i am nose blind. Good use of beta component here.

And it hits the tongue like a bullet. Extremely brutal combination of alpha acids at play along with more than usual bit of carbonation.

Mouth feel is medium to full bodied. A bit of oily feel which is ok.

You feel it in your mouth, neck and even stomach while savoring this beer.

Love it for its bitterness, its smell and its alcohol. Exceptional and World class.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:28:02 | More by AmitC
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DaveStroud


3/5  rDev -28.2%

09-25-2012 19:35:42 | More by DaveStroud
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an expected amber with little head. Smell of hops is off the charts. Hops punch you in the mouth in a way that the malts can't help soften the blow. It would be tough to have a second helping of Hoptimum, but that's kind of the point.

This should satisfy hop-heads nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 18:52:53 | More by JimsArcade
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-24-2012 01:57:03 | More by slim2043
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dgilks

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Intense, piney and citrusy hop aroma. Lots of earthiness. Some sweetness.

Big malt backbone that supports a ton of bitterness. Lots of pine.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A great IIPA. Lots of hop flavour and pure intensity.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 07:16:00 | More by dgilks
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tviz33

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-22-2012 22:05:11 | More by tviz33
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chalkda01

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-22-2012 20:04:29 | More by chalkda01
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-22-2012 16:09:08 | More by mtbdonn
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dolphan39

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-22-2012 15:27:27 | More by dolphan39
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LuisLinares

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

09-22-2012 02:05:07 | More by LuisLinares
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KushBreakfast

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-21-2012 23:09:28 | More by KushBreakfast
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Gtg642

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-21-2012 23:07:58 | More by Gtg642
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cjac

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

09-21-2012 22:28:40 | More by cjac
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-21-2012 22:09:03 | More by Molson2000
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-21-2012 21:20:24 | More by Dizzy242
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Cam1991

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-19-2012 03:58:40 | More by Cam1991
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-19-2012 02:27:44 | More by Gagnonsux
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NathanFink

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-18-2012 15:49:40 | More by NathanFink
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-18-2012 01:05:09 | More by Number3red
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-17-2012 07:55:39 | More by muchloveforhops3
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hoptitsbrews

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-17-2012 05:12:48 | More by hoptitsbrews
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

09-17-2012 01:11:23 | More by scootercrabb
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-16-2012 21:58:54 | More by BeerOps
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jar66su

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-16-2012 21:01:10 | More by jar66su
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,926 ratings.