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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5,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,545
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 288
Gots: 668 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10.40%. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a good IPA.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of khaki colour, nice thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Piney oily hops, floral hops, some hop bitterness, clean malts, some caramelization, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Lots of pine on the backend is what I notice first, with floral character and caramelization throughout. Clean malts comprise the foundation of the body. Crystal malts. Slight cream emerges underneath the body. The piney character is overdone, negatively impacting the balance. Otherwise, it's nicely built. I like it for what it is, but it lacks real complexity or subtlety. There's nothing unique or special here.

Mf: Coarse and somewhat dry. It doesn't fully commit to either characteristic, leaving a middling unconfident beer. Good carbonation. Some nice cream. The crystal malt tingle/coarseness is a nice touch. A bit heavy on the palate. Too thick.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd try it on draught, but it's nothing exemplary. Hop heads might like it, but its lack of balance really holds it back.


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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, but now what's expected from a typical IPA...
The aroma is more malty than hoppy, which initially shocked me. However, the citrus and sweet taste from the hops made up for it. A wonderfully complex sweet IPA (Imperial IPA to be exact) that really leaves you enjoying a beautifully crafted beer.

This drinks more like a wine than a beer, given its depth of flavor. Starts out with the hops slamming you, then immediately goes into a sweet malty characteristic. I could only imagine a creamy element if served from a cask or beer engine. it laces beautifully, and holds on to the head for quite some time (drank out of a stout glass, as opposed to a pint glass).

A typical IPA fan will be pleasantly surprised by this wonderful brew, as I certainly was!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some Hoptimum.

A. Pours a golden colour with a slight cloudy haze. Decent lasting head.

S. Smells like a hop bomb but it def has some sweeter malted elements. The citrus bitterness is def the main component.

T. It's def it is a higher alc beer. Hoppy bitterness still the star of the show. Somehow manages to round out at the end with a slight malty flavor a hop heads dream.

M. Thicker but it's ten percent.

O. Overall this was as good as I could've imagined. Very nice beer. Will be buying again.

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A: very clear golden color with slight orange. Nice one finger head with good retention, leaving a thin layer on the top.

S: decaying hops, slight onion, and some malt and sweetness.

T: good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops, some spicy and resinous hops are left for my tasting pleasure.

M: very well carbonated, but not at all over-carbonated. Medium-heavy body goes well with this.

O: balanced, not overly hoppy. Would love to try it fresh. Picked it up for around $8 at Wegman's in Cherry Hill just yesterday. Couldn't tell what the bottle date meant at the time so I took a gamble thinking maybe another batch had hit. Nope - these were bottled in April. Still good, but wish I had them earlier.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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