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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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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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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Ratings: 5,611 | Reviews: 1,349
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/ golden color with a thin filmy off white head. The aroma is mostly fresh and hoppy with floral notes, sweet citrus fruit and pine, slight caramel base. The taste is a lot more sweet and has more caramel malt, in the background you can find The grapefruit and tangerine hoppiness, there is also a lot of pine in the aftertaste. It's very thick with low carbonation and a sticky finish. This is a good IIPA but I thought it could have more 'layers' of hoppiness.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Maxwell
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark mellow ambered gold with an eggshell thick cream head that dissolves away. There is little to no haze in this beer, and it sits in the glass regally though I see no carbonation bubbles either. There is a slippery lacing that appears on the sides of the glass when you give it a swirl, but that slides away immediately. The smell is wet with hops, but surprisingly weak for a DIPA. I was looking for more smell here, and perhaps my bottle is old but it’s just much mellower than I was hoping. There are good undercurrents of bready malt and caramel and there are good fumes of citrus mango and pine floating here, but overall just underwhelming. The beer tastes fat with piney hops that kiss the tongue sweetly and travel nicely down the throat. There is some nice light bread in the undertaste and aftertaste, and some really great resiny pine just coats the mouth in a wonderfully filthy ichor. The pine is definitely front and center in the taste, but there is some light fruitiness floating nicely below it. There are also different types of pine flavors in the beer, which is neat, some more bitter and some succulently sweet. The mouthfeel is that of a thick cloying bitter thing that sits on the tongue and is quite lovely for the style. The beer is clean, smooth, and faintly bubbly and harsh on the tongue but overall fairly mellow and slightly chewy. Overall this is a nice double IPA. I've had it several times on tap and always liked it but never been blown away by it. It is by no means the best, and is definitely hop heavy, which I like but some might not. This is a tasty drink that hides its 10% well and goes down nicely. It’s not for the young tongue, however, as the hops definitely have a kick, but I like it.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of peensteen
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, a little lace but not much. Smell is all hops, pine and citrus, grapefruit, tangerine/orange, pineapple and a bit of sweet malt underneath all the bright juicy hops. Taste is like the nose all hops upfront, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange and a bit of lemon, lightly sweet malt mid palate, bitter throughout with a long hoppy finish. Slick and oily, great light carbonation, medium-full body. Really good DIPA, defintley a palate bruiser and should be consumed as the last beer of the night.

Photo of jpro
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-pack from Piggly Wiggly...

A: Pours light copper into a Duvel tulip glass; nice clarity; one-finger, eggshell head and no lace.

S: Piney and super grapefruit hoppiness; a touch boozy; not much malt sweetness.

T: A touch of malt provides just enough sweetness to cut the super hoppy, would-be dry, bitterness; pine hops; alcohol is present, but not indicative of the 10.4% abv.

M: Full body; low carbonation; slick.

O: A nice double IPA that is widely available.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a four-pack of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum from my local grocery store for about $10.50. Couldn't pass that up! As a die-hard IPA (and IIPA) fan, I've seen a lot of chatter about this beer online. Very excited to get my hands on it. Here goes...

A: Poured into an ice-cold weizen glass, Hoptimum is a rich, dark amber/orange with a good two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Very strong lacing around the glass with excellent retention. Carbonation bubbles faintly visible. This is a beautiful-looking beer.

S: It smells like you're walking by a florist shop; very strong rose and tulip notes, coupled with an intense orange/citrus hop impact. Amazing smell...

T: All the wonderful things I smelled X 1,000!! The hops just SLAM your tongue with a bitter explosion of citrus-y, pine goodness. A pleasant aftertaste of woody malt remains after each sip. The best part is, there is little to no 'booze flavor' to tell you you're drinking a 10.4 ABV beer. Honestly, this is probably the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. Phenomenal!

M: Just enough carbonation to bring out all the nuances of the beer, yet lighten up the intensity of the flavors at the same time. Goes down smooth and very dry, in true IIPA fashion.

O: Thank heavens that the beer geniuses at Sierra Nevada cooked this one up. This is probably the closest thing to a true work of art that a beer has ever come, in my humble opinion. The fact that I paid essentially $2.60 per bottle for a four pack of this goodness is mind-blowing. This is the start of a beautiful friendship...

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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great big beer. The hop flavors are enormous, in your face, and lingering. The maltiness of this beer comes through in a moderate caramel and candy sugar kind of way, but the hops run the show with this brew. Grapefruit rind, resinous pine and an almost sage like herbal quality are quite obvious on both the nose and the palate.

All in all a fantastic imperial.

Photo of jman42
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = A very clear, beautiful amber color with a nice head and good retention. 10 minutes into the beer and there still is a slight head floating around. Decent lacing.

S = Very hoppy aroma. Smells just like the fresh hops I picked this morning. Do notice some malt balance in the background too.

T = Nice hoppy taste. Maltier than I expected. Good balance between the two. Had no idea this is 10% ABV from the taste.

M = Slightly creamy...actually very creamy. Mouth is left with a fairly hefty bitter taste (to be expected from all the hops).

O = Good double IPA. Nice looking beer and great aroma. A bit TOO bitter at the end, otherwise I'd run out and buy a case. Might need a summer ale to quench my palette.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of floral hops is quite powerful and enjoyable with some good citrus notes and light pine. Taste is also dominated by huge floral hoppy notes with good citrus undertones and malt backbone is not too sweet. Body is full with excellent carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wow!

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a snifter, it has a nice brass color body with a 1" finger cream colored head that holds its own for a while. The smell is quite inviting of piney hops and some citrus with some carmel malt also.
The taste is great, a little sweet to start then the nice bitterness of the hops hit your tongue just nicely that you know they are there strong but not too strong. It has a nice balance for a DIPA. I just love the hoppiness to this beer. The mouth feel is great, leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste on the tonuge. Overall this is a great DIPA. Good job Sierra Nevada

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a semi-translucent, golden/amber color. A one finger, short lasting head on the initial pour that dissolves to a white skim that lasts throughout the tasting. Decent lacing left on the glass.

S - A very hoppy, flowery, pine resin aroma. Inviting aroma to a hop head.

T - A DIPA that lives up to the hype. A great combination of aggressive, rather bitter hops along with a malty, caramel-like backbone. The familar piney, grapefruit flavors round out the taste. A dry finish. The ABV is pretty well hidden but it sneaks through as the beer warms a bit.

M - A medium consistency with light to medium carbonation. The palete takes a pretty good hit with the bitter hops.

O - This is my kind of brew. Hoppy, citrusy and in your face, the way a good DIPA should hit you. What makes this beer so good is that it is well-balanced and isn't just a hop bomb. Good job Sierra Nevada, another home run. Highly recommended.


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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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