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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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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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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A: A golden, transparent color and a thick, two-finger off white head.

S: Big citrus notes. Hoppy, fruity and incredibly enticing. I can't stop smelling this beer. This is the big boy smell any Imperial IPA should carry. Just perfect.

T: Woah this flavor is incredible. Just so full of hops and awesomeness. But with how complicated the smell is, the flavor comes through tasting like a regular DIPA.

M: Very smooth. Medium carbonation. A bit bubbly and a bit creamy. Very balanced.

Overall: One of the best beers SN has ever created. A true hop bomb and one of the best beers out there. A must for hopheads.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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