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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

5,366 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,366
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 262
Gots: 601 | 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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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice bit of head and good color, looks good to me!

Smell - Floral and citrus notes intermingle and make my mouth water.

Taste - Nice hoppy taste is well balanced. I love hops and every sip leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel - I have never thought about what a beer feels like in my mouth before, but for such a high ABV, this one is quite smooth and goes down very easy.

Overall - I used to like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but got burned out on it. This beer is very tasty and has left me with a smile on my face

tastybeerinmybelly, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jburchett
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jburchett, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Brian15
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Brian15, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, vibrant golden orange with an off-white 2 finger head, decent retention, leaving behind a thin but sticky lace.

Smell - Lots of citrus aromas on the nose; orange and grapefruit.

Taste - Starts with some floral hops, then big citrus character comes to the forefront and never leaves. Solid toasty biscuit malt backbone. Long, bittersweet grapefruit aftertaste, giving way to a high citrus bitterness before fading away completely.

Mouthfeel - Medium body to full body. Somewhat sticky. Carbonation is a tad flat, but doesn't kill it.

Overall - Really good Imperial IPA. Comparable to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid. Little flat body wise, but a great flavor profile. I was worried about the amount of pine character this beer might have, given my track record with Sierra, but there was very little, if any.

TheSixthRing, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of pumaguy021
4/5  rDev -4.3%

pumaguy021, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of hyoung41
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

hyoung41, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of jmathis
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

jmathis, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

GrizXTKEX519, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Dine
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Dine, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Oldscramch
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into a handled mug. Final .5 oz left in bottle due to sediment.

A - Color is good, a nice bright orange. Head is 1 - 1.5cm thick, pure white, receding to a ring leaving traces on the glass. Very little carbonation.

S - Sharp smell, aggressive. Slightly fruity. Hoppy, but not so much as would be expected.

T - Slightly metallic, but not in a way that melds with the other flavours. Not incredibly hoppy. The alcohol definitely comes through.

M - No carbonation. Not very crisp. Coats the mouth.

Oldscramch, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev -4.3%

rob99er, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of masterkush
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a humboldt brown pint glass. Pours a brilliant amber/orange with a frothy white head with great retention.

Smell is slightly floral with some piney undertones. Not too strong but it's there.

Taste is well balanced at first, strong hops flavor with a distinct malt balance. Aftertaste is pure bitter, but in a good way. Overall however the flavor comes out a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel is big and bold with a nice carbonation. Afterwards leaves a nice oily feeling. Leaves me salivating for more.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Perhaps not the best as the flavors are not quite refined as others in this style, but it makes up for that in drinkability and overall character. Would drink again.

masterkush, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jawneyt
4/5  rDev -4.3%

jawneyt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of pabney
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

pabney, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of nealbert
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

nealbert, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ryser2k, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Psychmusic
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Psychmusic, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Ryanc23
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Ryanc23, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of guillemiro
4/5  rDev -4.3%

guillemiro, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of MikeDATL
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

MikeDATL, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of BillyTWilliams
4/5  rDev -4.3%

BillyTWilliams, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear orange copper with a tall, white head. The head dissipates very slowly, leaving plenty of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. There are some tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma of citrus, sweet malts, and resinous piney hops come through. The alcohol is not detectable in the aroma. The flavors are very bright and juicy. The citrus and pine flavors are intense and the sweet malt provides a strong, yet subtle backbone for this beer. The alcohol is not detectable in the taste, but it can certainly be felt. There is hop bitterness in the very back end, but it's mostly confined to the aftertaste. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry, yet sticky finish that provides a pleasant aftertaste. This is highly drinkable for such a big beer. Overall, this is an excellent beer and a great example of a DIPA.

acevenom, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P:  Huge off white orange tinted rocky head that has great retention.  Body color is a brilliantly clear shiny copper with streams of carbonation. 

S:  Vibrant tropical fruits, toasted grains, semi sweet malt, spicy slcohol and wood. 

T/M:  Subtle sweet malt with a big tropical fruit explosion. Alcohol is well hidden but has a slight sting on the end. Toasted grains, apricots and slight wood hops. Medium- full body almost chewy with great to prickly carbonation. Finish is dry with citrus and old bitter coffee.

O:  This almost spoils me when it comes to DIPA's.  Exceptional easy drinking DIPA. Fantastic subtly sweet malt and succulent tropical fruit hop bitterness. I couldn't ask for more. I appreciate the delicate malt base and the profound bite of the hops. For a 10.4% brew it is quite refreshing. I will be sure to pick more up. 

Hopswagger, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of FuselGuy
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

FuselGuy, Jun 25, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,366 ratings.