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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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5,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,601
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 325
Gots: 713 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was slightly disappointing to me, given how much I like hoppy beers, and the fact that Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite breweries. It started out promisingly enough, with a great color and head. Aroma was all I could have hoped for from a DIPA. Big, sticky hops on the palate made this initially enjoyable, but then it went awry.

The issue was that it was just too boozy for me. I felt like it was much more alcoholic, and thus less drinkable (and enjoyable) than 3F Arctic Panzer Wolf and some other DIPA's I've had recently. Not bad by any means, but not what I was hoping for.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,601 ratings.