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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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5,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,138
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 249
Gots: 511 | FT: 5
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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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-20-2012 21:25:54 | More by AlexDank
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-20-2012 18:53:01 | More by Billz187
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass (at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL)

Pours a bright orange color, bordering on amber. There's plenty of clarity to the body, suggesting that this has been filtered. About 3/4 of a finger of white head. Minimal lacing. It looks fine.

The aroma is strong with orange and maybe tangerine. Orange fruits, mostly. Some pine resin and sharp, green hop notes. The malt does show through on the nose, but not strongly.

However, the taste demonstrates a clear tendency towards balance. The sweet malts are very present, and they do play well with the sweet orange hope notes. The fruit is tempered by the malt, so what ultimately comes off the strongest is bitterness. There's a large amount of bitterness here, so much that the heavy malt bill doesn't fully tame it.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied; not as thick as the malt flavor might indicate. The alcohol here is particularly sharp on the tongue. Overall, this is a solid Double IPA. I'm not impressed, as it is too malty and lacks dimension. But it is solid.

06-20-2012 16:48:06 | More by Reaper16
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-20-2012 12:32:04 | More by beergorrilla
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a hazy copper amber. One finger off-white head bubbles and dies. Spotty lace, almost some lace legs.

Aromas are citrus and pine dominated. Some grapefruit, orange peel, lemon.

Tastes is not as massively hoppy bitter as I thought it would be. More balanced Big Hit IPA with Malt. Citrus flavours linger, oranges peel, tangerines. Lets not forget a pine hint, not hit. Alcohol well hidden. Almost too well.

Mouthfeel spot on, medium bodied, not too high carb.

Overall great complex flavours without a hop explosion. Very well balanced beer indeed.

06-20-2012 11:35:38 | More by heygeebee
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-20-2012 03:06:51 | More by swaghawk
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Clear, tangerine copper color. Big, billowy, light, fluffy, white head. Very nice retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Nice hop presence with loads of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and hints of tropical fruit mostly pineapple). Fair amount of pine. Fairly balanced with caramel and pale alt aromas.

T - Similar to the nose, although it has a much more pronounced malt flavor (especially as it warms). Good mix of the fruity and pine aspects of the hops. Fairly sweet mix of malt and juicy, fruity hops. Toward the finish there is the slight vodka, alcohol tinge that DIPAs can get.

M - Medium, nearing full, body. Average carbonation. Somewhat sticky feel.

D - Well balanced DIPA with a pretty good malt backbone. A little too much body and sticky feel for my preference. Sweet and alcoholic reduces the drinkability a bit.

Notes: Much more of a big, malty DIPA. Nice hoppy flavors. Solid DIPA. I don't think it's quite in the league of the premier DIPAs, but for the price point it is wonderful.

06-20-2012 01:48:52 | More by FreshHawk
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-20-2012 00:43:16 | More by LianoPerez
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-19-2012 21:42:01 | More by Jerhad
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-19-2012 14:59:24 | More by HeadyBroughtMeHere
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-19-2012 06:16:02 | More by animal69
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2012 03:28:24 | More by Channel10Geuze
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-19-2012 01:19:53 | More by stampfler07
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

2012 batch in a 12 oz bottle.

A- This is a good looking beer, deep orange gold, slightly hazy. Two finger foamy head with decent retention reducing to a thin cap that continues to coat the glass.

S- Difficult to pull out anything other than citrusy hops. After a swirl the malt comes through along with some significant alcohol.

T- Big sweet carmel malt up front immediately followed by a tart hop blast that lingers through the finish. I didn't expect this much sweetness but it is balanced nicely and not syrupy or cloying. Plenty of hops but not too oily.

M- Smooth and rich, full bodied with excellent carbonation.

O- Wish they made this year round but now I have something to look forward too after Big Foot has run its course.

06-18-2012 22:34:20 | More by mschind
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-18-2012 22:31:59 | More by Wessoms
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

A - A beautiful golden hue with a 2 finger, cream head

S - Smell is tropical with notes of pineapple and guava, citrus and some alcohol.

T - Wow! Starts out incredibly creamy, then you get punched in the mouth with hops. Extremely bitter finish that lingers on the palate. Incredible!

M - Medium body and medium carbonation that perfectly accentuates the beer.

O - If I have enjoyed a beer more, I don't remember when. This bad boy is a must have. Just might be in the top 3 beers ever!

06-18-2012 21:29:00 | More by linkin22luke
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 20:31:53 | More by KFrank729
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 16:03:00 | More by prg1976
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-18-2012 14:11:51 | More by srw
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 13:53:36 | More by Calculat0r
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Bright reddish orange amber in body, one finger of densely packed head with sloppy streaks of lacing.

S - Clean west coast hop aroma, pine and grapefruit.

T - Bl**dy hell, that's a atomic blast of hop bitterness to just about strip the enamel of your teeth. Some ripe orange sweetness but just battered by bitter peel and apricot. I lose some of the flavour in the intense bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, tongue lashing bitterness.

O - I like my IPAs, and DIPAs but I have a limit where the IBUs start to lessen my enjoyment of the beer. Definately one for the hopheads.

06-18-2012 08:09:52 | More by dansmcd
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 05:00:13 | More by Vicsvapo
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 03:23:35 | More by poopsmitherson
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Clear, copper color, filtered, small head, slow moving bubbles.

S: Familiar balance of grapefruit hops and some malt sweetness. Not overpowering. Nothing suprising or exceptional yet.

T: Very, very bitter, grapefruity, alcohol warmth at the end. Some light caramel/toffee sweetness in the back. Nice hop character, but not very interesting. A very bitter DIPA, and not very balanced... not that it should be balanced, but I'd prefer some more flavor to balance the bitterness. Alcohol playing more of a part as this warms.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Not very carbonated.

O: This beer... is actually less than the sum of its parts. It is not bad, but it's a fairly standard DIPA with a lot of hop bitterness, a lot of alcohol, and not actually a ton of flavor. I like my DIPAs too, but not a huge fan of this one.

06-18-2012 01:36:16 | More by mattbk
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- a translucent orange/amber with a half finger of off white head that dissipates fairly quickly

S- a bready/biscuity malt is mixed in with a very SN hop profile. Reminds me of Torpedo a bit, with some Grapefruit, citrus, and an earthy pine element.

T- some boozyness leads into the slight biscuity/caramel malt note which is quickly dominated by big piney/grapefruit notes. A pronounced bitterness ends the sip. The bitterness dries

M- a solid medium mouthfeel, maybe slightly heavy for the style. The bitterness on the end dries the mouth out fairly significantly.

O- Certainly unapologetic in its west-coastness, you certainly need to enjoy big, grapefruity, piney, bitter DIPA's to enjoy this. I think it's good, but doesn't rise to the level of the Hopslams and Stoudt's Double IPA's of the world.

06-18-2012 01:34:02 | More by JWU
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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