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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,194 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 253
Gots: 531 | 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:
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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Calculat0r

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 13:53:36 | More by Calculat0r
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dansmcd

Australia

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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Vicsvapo

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 05:00:13 | More by Vicsvapo
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

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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JWU

Pennsylvania

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
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 01:00:34 | More by csmartin6
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djbst73


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-17-2012 21:45:24 | More by djbst73
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-17-2012 20:08:29 | More by xxcarpxx
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javi10653


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-17-2012 19:51:24 | More by javi10653
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

2012 Edition

A: Pours a clear golden orange in color. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of hops - strong floral, grapefruit, and citrus along with lighter amounts of pine.

T: There is some upfront caramel malt sweetness but that is quickly dominated by the hops flavors. The primary hop flavor is the grapefruit but that is supported by floral and light pine flavors. There is some moderate bitterness in this beer but it is not overly aggressive.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: For as big a beer as this is from a flavor and ABV perspective, this beer is quite easy to drink. I'm really enjoying sipping on this one while watching the Euros. Easier to drink than I expected with the hoppy flavors/aromas and bitterness because it is not overly agressive.

06-17-2012 19:40:23 | More by dbrauneis
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mindlucent2007

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a copper-amber-gold. There's a gorgeous hue to this beast. I observed a half- inch bone white head. Delicate and intense lacing touches up the glass in a beautiful way. The grapefruits and grassy aromas are dominant here with an explosion of fruitiness lurking underneath. The taste is incredible for my first impression. Hoptimum shows it's complexity from the gate with a certain hoppy bite that I haven't experienced before. A blast of flavor from the good variety of hops used. It's bitter but not overdone. Solid, I say. It is not too heavy of a double IPA and the fact that it was put together neatly allows you to enjoy a few of these without tasting the ABV too much. You can't hide from the 10.4% though. A killer brew that I will grab more 4 packs of when I see them. The Bigfoot of IPAs.

06-17-2012 18:54:46 | More by mindlucent2007
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-17-2012 17:39:27 | More by sludgegnome
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%

What a pleasant surprise by SN. This is among the top DIPAs out there. Had this on tap at Vinology in Ann Arbor a few times now. Pours a beautiful clear dark amber color and perfect white froth on top with plenty of lacing. Smells of pine and grapefruit, some caramel and toffee, and then a bunch more grapefruit. Tastes of bitter hops with grapefuit candy on the back end. Really like drinking grapefruit candies here with some slight booze. But, alcohol is barely detectable at the 10+ percent. Fantastic!

06-17-2012 17:14:33 | More by BMMillsy
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DTown

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-17-2012 14:26:59 | More by DTown
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salinasa

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-17-2012 03:00:40 | More by salinasa
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PSanger

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-17-2012 01:22:09 | More by PSanger
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-16-2012 22:42:04 | More by wertschy
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-16-2012 20:58:25 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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danipp

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-16-2012 15:51:00 | More by danipp
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-16-2012 10:55:48 | More by Rekrule
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BillyCannon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-15-2012 18:46:25 | More by BillyCannon
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LandWorld

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-15-2012 17:28:00 | More by LandWorld
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mlhenson

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-15-2012 14:07:07 | More by mlhenson
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ADZA

Australia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a hazy amber hue which leaves a two finger creamy dimple laden head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is honey,piney resinous hops and lots of them along with butterscotch and marzipan,the mouthfeel is full bodied and resinous which leaves your lips a tad sticky and as can be expected the taste is all about the hops while still feeling quite balanced with hints of piney bitter hops,sticky honey,toffee treacle,grapefruit,marmalade,raspberry lollies and finished with a dry herbal bitterness but suprisingly for a hop beast of this calibre it really isnt the bitter tastebud destroyer i was expecting it really is nicely balanced and thats a good thing as its easy to hop the hell out of a brew but to make it really quaffable at its high ABV is another thing and SN definately nailed this,one of the better DIPA's going around.

06-15-2012 13:37:21 | More by ADZA
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,194 ratings.