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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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4,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,822
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 214
Gots: 384 | 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 busterwhite


3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden/amber color with a 3 finger head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, pine some tropical fruit. Just not a very strong aroma.

Taste is definitely strong, this is a BIG beer. Lots of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. The alcohol has a definite warming effect. Big bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and resinous. Almost felt like I was chewing on this one about halfway through.

Overall this is a solid IIPA. Big flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol. Definitely a sipper for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 20:28:59 | More by busterwhite
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-16-2012 17:31:37 | More by FeastCoast
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-16-2012 13:44:59 | More by Chrixsus
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-16-2012 12:57:57 | More by JohnSlaney
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2012 12:47:45 | More by Eriktheipaman
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-16-2012 11:08:16 | More by bexley10
Photo of Agold


4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-16-2012 06:44:00 | More by Agold
Photo of thecheapies


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery amber in color with a finger of off-white head. Great clarity. Looks like an Imperial IPA alright. 4.0

Whole hop cone dream supreme. Dry grapefruit and a little herbal remedy with a heavy dose of pine. Almost smells woody. Don't get me wrong, there's some sweetness underneath the surface. 4.0

(woah). Pine/grapefruit hop slasher flick. Bitter as hell and still juicy. Whole cone hops are leafy and alkaline. Sweet and mellow malts squeeze out caramel syrup and cereal notes. Nice alcohol tingle that's not as big as 10.4% would represent. Finishes out sweeter than the initial, but still a motherlode of bitterness that takes a minute or so to even out. All about the hops. 4.5

Solidly carbonated for a big IPA. Medium-bodied. A little hot as it warms, and specifically in the finish. Starting to turn into a sipper. 4.0

Another 'been-always-meanin'-to-try' that I can knock off my list. Incredibly solid. A must try. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:39:16 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Chirpie


3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade. Thanks Randy.

This is the 3rd of four I'm drinking at the moment.

Poured into a tulip. Some flash in the pan carbonation, and a very attractive amber glow coming out.

On the first sip? Yup, good stuff! Hoppy with pronounced grassy notes. Really refreshing. And absolutely no hint that this is a 10.4% beer. I'm still not sure I believe it... it's just hidden so well.

So what's the downside? The overpowering after taste. It's terminally bitter. Just lingers forever. You have to really pause for a while before taking another sip, otherwise it's an additive experience with the bitter overpowering everything else.

I still liked it, but I'd probably rather have a Modus Hoperandi over this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:24:36 | More by Chirpie
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-16-2012 01:47:32 | More by truesolution
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Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. 2012 bottling

A- Crystal clear copper pour with a two finger soapy of white head. Head sticks around for a while leaving gobs of sticky lacing.

S- Tons of pine and juicy citrus. Grapefruit and mandarin oranges stick out the most. There is a real resinous quality to it that just makes me happy. Sweet malt backing.

T- Massive amounts of pine, grapefruit, mandarin and a oily resinous hop oil. There is a touch of biscuit and sweet malt in the back but this is hop burping goodness at it's finest.

M- Light to medium bodied, chewy and juicy with a dry finish.

O- I did enjoy this, the whole hops make this much more sticky and resinous than a lot of other DIPAs I've come across in the past.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 01:42:48 | More by korguy123
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-15-2012 23:40:10 | More by Aschap
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-15-2012 23:04:48 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-15-2012 22:56:52 | More by hipsandnips
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-15-2012 21:51:03 | More by Gregwa
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-15-2012 21:48:15 | More by goblue3509
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-15-2012 21:11:01 | More by skateclutch
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-15-2012 20:33:48 | More by DrFunkenstein
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-15-2012 16:50:47 | More by Mealhouse
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-15-2012 14:06:38 | More by DCas90
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-15-2012 13:06:58 | More by zchops
Photo of Nachojon


4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- That golden brown Sierra Nevada IPA color. Looks very similar to SN Pale Ale. One finger foamy light head that dissipates into a thin layer.

S- Nice hit of that piney SN hop profile. There is also that mango malt background. Not overly fragrant.

T- The flavor here is legit. Real serious pine resin hops forward. It's harsh and not to some people's liking but I am one of those who loves it. Not a lot of balance in the flavor but it hides 10.4% amazingly.

M- It's clean, it's crisp, classic SN mouthfeel. Not a lot of tongue burn but that's not really the way of SN hops.

O- Another awesome beer from SN. Straight up triple SN Pale Ale which is always a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 07:15:12 | More by Nachojon
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from March 17th, 2012 poured into tulip.

A: Clear copper/orange with a nice two finger white head. Great retention for such a strong beer. Because of color and head, I'd expect a decent amount of malt.

S: Heavy doses of Simcoe. The dank "cat piss" smell that Simcoe hops are revered (?) for comes through nicely. There's a nice touch of orange and grapefruit from the Citra.

T: The Simcoe hops prevail again in the taste category. The main hops are piney and dank. There are some overtones of orange and grapefruit rind. This is backed up by a semi-prevalent candied caramel malt base. Hints of wood and wildflowers are also present. Alcohol intrusion is fairly minimal....no more than something like Maharaja, which is another DIPA with around this ABV.

M: Smoother than I'd expect. You also can't expect great drinkability with a DIPA of this ABV. It's pretty average.

O: Overall a nice DIPA. In comparison to Maharaja, this is a bit better. I think both beers set out trying to do the same thing...create an insanely hoppy DIPA. I think the Hoptimum is a bit more balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:19:51 | More by TTAmod
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-15-2012 02:56:24 | More by brentusaurus
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 14/4/12

A golden orange body with lots of tiny suspended particles being moved around by just a few slow bubbles, thumbs width of off white head leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S pine and grapefruit with a little toffee and booze, smells pretty straightforward but solid

T more caramel infused hop candy, a little boozy and slightly sweet and some lime rind I didn't smell, a little intense

M this one killed my pallet for sure, it's an enamel stripper with some heat, fairly full for the color and the flavors linger for ages

O straight up good DIPA, a little heat to complain about but its a small complaint, not overly complex but a solid brew

I feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record with all the hops bombs I've been into lately. I liked this beer but the hop bombs are starting to sound the same, moving on to the sours and stouts for a while all thanks to Rutager

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:39:24 | More by wordemupg
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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