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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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5,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,575
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 304
Gots: 686 | 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: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum has a very thick, lively, over-flowing, cream-colored head with nice lacing, a semi-hazy, pumpkin-orange appearance, and a lot of little streaming bubbles. The aroma is dense and rich: hop spice uber-alles, malt, sweet bread, and even citrus. Taste is of a wall of hops, with an unusual wall of malt juxtaposed to the right of it in the sip (sweet bread, caramel, caramel candy, and toffee). Obviously, this beer is supremely bitter, but not unpleasantly so, and there is a menthol aspect upon inhalation, yet no apparent alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is high-medium, and one gets a light pancake syrup consistency in the mouth. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum finishes rather ragged and puffy. Overall, this is a very interesting beer, and I highly recommend at least trying it. Check it out!


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A-a light amber color that almost looks like sunset orange. Gorgeous head and lacing. It is frothy and hangs around.

S- pine hops dominate the nose with resin in the background. great smell! Simple and sitcky.

T- Strong pine hops and backend floral hops as well. This is something i didnt get in the nose was the floral but it comes out nicely in the mouth.

M- resiny and piney. Love it. Nice hop and nice smooth finish

O- One of my favs by sierra nevada and a damn good beer! i want a case now!

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,575 ratings.