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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5,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,546
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 288
Gots: 667 | 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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Photo of Alextricity
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled March 19th ... poured May 11th. $2.49 bottle poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint"

Appearance: Orange with a slight haze -- two finger head sticks around for awhile... lacing is patchwork.

Smell: I get a dominant pine-hop characteristic, with some malt as well. As good ol' Chris Steltz would say, there's "an astringent quality" about it.

Taste/feel: Huge bitterness... like really, massively bitter all the way through. Starts a bit sweet on the front, but then a wallop of hop bitterness comes in and is unrelenting. Some malt on the finish tries to balance it out, but it's not quite enough -- I definitely consider this a hop bomb, and find the name appropriate. Piney hops with a bit of sweetness on the front, with a lingering bitterness with some malty flavors on the finish. Additionally, the alcohol can both be felt and tasted, which makes the bitterness feel a bit more harsh on the swallow. Not very balanced and brutal on the taste buds (THIS beer should be made by Stone and THIS beer should be called Ruination), but it remains a solid beer regardless. The feel is medium in texture and in carbonation.

If you want a massively bitter beer, THIS is the beer for you. Truthfully, this is one of the most bitter beers that I've ever had. I like the look, I love the aroma, I love the complexity... I even love the flavor. My only issue with it is that the bitterness is a little past my threshold, and it lingers too long after a sip -- I just like my IPAs/IIPAs to have a bit more balance. I'd still GLADLY have it again, but I think that there are better options.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The pour is burnt orange in color with some hop haze and a finger of rocky white head. The nose reeks of pine resin, hemp, grapefruit, and lemon.

Medium-bodied beer with a firm, oily feel. Very intense hop flavors are offset by a substantial sweet malt backbone, which cuts through the bitterness and makes the beer more drinkable than it really is. I get flavors of apricots, toast, and marmalade up front and lots of dank, herbal hop flavors at mid-palate. The finish is dry, boozy, and slightly medicinal.

Overall, a decent IIPA, but not one that I would buy again. It certainly has lots of hoppy bitterness, but it's not very well-constructed, complex, or pleasant. There are IIPAs out there that are just as bitter or more so, yet have lots of tantalizing complexity to their flavors and are much more pleasant to drink. Heady Topper and Dreadnaught spring immediately to mind. This beer tastes like Billy Bob made a bet with Betty Joe as to how many hops they could cram into the Torpedo. Hops simply for the sake of hops is a waste of hops.

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

Just hit the east coast, a few weeks after bottling. Pours a lovely honey gold with a bright white head a lots of lacing, it's been working throughout. Looks really inviting. The nose is a meddly of powerfull hops: a bright flowery sweetness, dances with citrus bitterness, with hints of mango and juniper around the edges. The flavor starts bright and frothy but the flowers and light are quickly crushed by powerfull hop bitterness. Grapefruit predominates, this is a hopheads dream.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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