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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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5,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,542
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 285
Gots: 664 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber with a thin white head that didn't last long. Crystal clear with a little bit of sediment floating around.

S - Fresh hops, citrus, and flowers.

T - Amazing citrusy hop bomb that fades into sweet malts and a little bit of booze. Really, really, really well balanced imperial. Amazing hops without being overly bitter. Pretty much what I want in an imperial.

M - A little resinous with the hops. Nice carbonation keeps this beer tasting fresh to the bottom of the glass.

O - Super great Imperial from a company that truly knows hops.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared with my girlfriend, tulip and snifter.

A - not too much to this one. Head recedes in the middle nicely, sticking to the sides on its way down. Coppery, orange, not too much to say.

S - delicious. Lots of hop character, sharp but sweet. I love the way this beer smells.

T - also good. Bitterer than expected, but still sweet enough to not overwhelm. I actually like bitter DIPAs, so this one tastes especially good to me. The alcohol is a little strong, however.

M - good, the bitterness sticks around in the mouth, leaving a small syrupy feel. Not unpleasant.

O - I like it. It's somewhat expensive 'round these parts, but I wouldn't turn this down given a second chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code on the bottle

LOOK: Bright golden hue, amazing lace

SMELL: Spicy, celery, vegtal, peppery, clementines, clean esters, marmalade, light caramel

TASTE: Chewy, creamy, smooth, very firm bitterness, blood oranges, lime leaf, tangerine, grapefruit rind, green peppercorn, rose water, faint broth, biscuity, bread crust, boozy, semi-dry bitter finish

Massive, a sipper ... this is Bigfoot's older half bother. Very nice to meet you. A real beer geek will need to have this notch on their belt and will most likely want to go back for more and more and more.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice light red with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is wonderful with lots and lots and lots of hops with floral and piney hops and a slight malty hint. Tastes of lots of hops with slight fruity taste with lots of light malt, with a slight taste of alcohol. Beer is carbonated very well for a beer of its strength and its medium body is very nice. Overall, a very good beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A little bit of bubbly white head. Cloudy honey, amber color with lots of bubbles.

S: Fresh, hoppy citrusy and grainy sweetness.

T: Whoa. Way hoppier than the smell let on. Citrusy and bitter. Kind of overwhelming. Hints of burnt toast and maybe some grains behind all the hops.

M: Full and just a hint of carbonation. Nice, but not astounding.

O: A good beer, bitterness is definitely something to get used to. I do wish the mouthfeel had been a bit more exciting.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,542 ratings.