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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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5,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 253
Gots: 530 | 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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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-24-2012 07:13:17 | More by rhhjr
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-24-2012 04:24:37 | More by JPWestCoastIPA
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

05-24-2012 04:20:47 | More by Xauday
Photo of jmdrpi


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

12 oz bottle

clear dark golden color with copper highlights, 1/4" off-white head. massive hoppy resin aroma. piney, a touch of citrus.

taste is hop dominant, but enough of a malt presence to back it up. lingering aftertaste. medium body, higher carbonation. a bit oily feeling.

overall - a good DIPA at a very reasonable price compared to most.

05-24-2012 03:07:56 | More by jmdrpi
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-24-2012 01:25:10 | More by JohnNasso
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

12 oz bottle into a tulip. The appears to be some type of numbering system on the bottle, but I'll be damned if I know what it means.

A hazed orange lies below a creamy white head.

Citrus and oodles of minty hops. Grassy peppermint and spearmint dominate the nose.

Big wallop of minty and spiciness. Hp rides roughshod over the palate...a big sensation of toothpaste. Boozy alcohol bite on the finish lingers long after the sip. Malt jumps in as a parachute to soften some the blow. This shit could be used as mouthwash. It's a bit loose and slightly unfocused, but it's a good dose of hops delivered en masse.

Body is medium, really resinous, and oily.

Overall, I really don't enjoy Sierra Nevada all that much. Their house yeast turn me off and their hop profiles don't do much for me. But this may be one of my favorite offerings from them. It served to quell my hop fix for the evening and I can dig that.

05-24-2012 00:23:12 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

12 oz bottle from Bellport Beer, thanks Dave! Dig the artwork.

Golden orange color, creamy white head with nice retention and lacing.

Smells sweet, yet quite pine forward with a big whiff of booze.

Alcohol is a little overpowering, taking away from the "whole cone hop" expereince the front of the bottle boasts. Still, this manages a biting bitterness and a subtle honey sweet finish. Citrusy throughout, but also has that onion/garlic presence I hate in IPAs...Bummer

Rather full in body with a desert dry finish. This is a one and done I think; I'll switch to a more sessionable IPA after I finish this up.

With all the hype, I can't help but be a little disappointed. I'm all about double IPAs, but they overdid the booze on this one a bit. Not sure if I'd invest in another bottle or not.

05-24-2012 00:22:15 | More by mocktm
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-23-2012 23:21:22 | More by jakea
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-23-2012 20:27:49 | More by DCon
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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Thick four finger cream colored head. Long retention, creamy and tiny-bubbled head. Light orange in color, nice clarity and carbonation.

S- Pine scented hops, full bodied and well balanced for a hop-bomb type beer. Grapefruit, honey, and other sweet scents. Nice smelling beer and not too overpowering. Near perfect.

T- Still piney hops, but predictably they become a lot more potent in the taste. Very strong, bitter-earthy notes, clear alcohol taste, like a young bourbon or something.

M- Surprisingly sort of a sickly thin feel. Extremely dry finish. Worst part of the beer in my opinion.

O- Great smell, above average taste and fairly awful feel. Glad I got to try it, but it was better on-tap.

05-23-2012 05:36:54 | More by Murrhey
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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

05-23-2012 04:23:53 | More by apocalypsezombie
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-23-2012 04:15:36 | More by Torabayama
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-23-2012 00:57:48 | More by DeezGunz14
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-23-2012 00:36:20 | More by HEADYdb
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a dark orange with a two finger offwhite head. The orange is almost perfectly transparent. Man, looks phenomenal.

S- very perfumey hop aroma...flowery almost

T- slight bit of sweetness in the beginning, with a touch of bitterness at the end. Citrus mixed throughout. Slight alcohol burn.

M- pretty thick body...almost syrupy. Man, there's a lot here

O- pretty good DIPA from Sierra Nevada. Doesn't seem very balanced, though

05-23-2012 00:15:49 | More by bigfnjoe
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%

In my chalice:

A: golden brown colored boy yielded a small white one finger head that lasted for a good fifteen seconds. Gentle flowing carbonation rose at a moderate pace. No lacing was left.

S: hops up front with a fruity yet malty background, however all were pretty powerful in the smell.

T: powerful combination of the hops, fruits and malts. There was the slight alcohol taste that came out.

M: medium with a decent level of carbonation. A slight creamy feel came out as the beer warmed.

O: this was a pretty good brew that I would happily welcome again despite the alcohol taste that came out a bit too strong.

05-23-2012 00:13:17 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

05-22-2012 20:10:53 | More by TubbyDullard
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-22-2012 19:20:13 | More by yankees31
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-22-2012 04:29:27 | More by twizzbeatz
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

Stubby 12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew appears a clear copper color with some particulate stuck in suspension keeping the brew from being perfectly clear. A yellowish stained cap that is about a finger strong composed of large bubbles stays atop due to streaming carbonation maintaining a thin lace atop for quite a duration. As the cap fades, it leaves some strings of webby lacing effect sticking to the glass.

The aroma is a pretty intense wack of fresh hoppy goodness. The nose initially is fresh and fruity with a floral bouquet that rapidly changes into more of an herbal aspect that gets quite dank with some pine inclusion. As it warms up, it gets a little grassy which is just an extension of the previously mentioned dank aspect mixed with a touch of alcohol tingle to the nose.

The taste is absolutely resinous with hops but surprisingly the hops carry quite the punch of flavor without getting excessively bitter. The resinous bite includes flavors of herbs, pine, grass, rinds and pulp. A bit of grass inclusion mixes with some fusel alcohol and towards the back it gets more focused on herbs and a bit of catty touch. Despite the assault of enjoyable hop flavoring, underneath is a respectable amount of contrasting caramel malt flavoring that is a bit toasty which provides enough sweetness to keep things enjoyable and rounded.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I regret waiting this long to partake in this brew. In some ways, this was minorly reminiscent of that most fantastic experience I had with Ghidora back when it was originally released as a beer camp brew. This is a pretty intense brew from tip to hilt. It is sure to satisfy the most profound hop craving.

05-22-2012 03:06:48 | More by stakem
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

tasted from a 12oz bottle

A: nice dark amber color, pretty much what you would expect from a solid dipa

S: has some nice citrus smells but also a very malty smell to it. Punctuated by a very strong whiff of alcohol, which is not surprising for a 10%er

T: I enjoyed the very grapefruit citrus balanced with a pretty yummy sweet malt. I'm a fan generally of over-hopped beers and a lot of beers in the dipa category get a little 'meaty' for me, but this kept a very hoppy presence from start to finish

M: full and yummy

O: I gave this a solid 4 and will def. try it again (3 more in the fridge) but would also purchase it a second time. Solid double that is very well balanced and manages to be very big at 10% but still maintain some great hop flavor

05-22-2012 02:54:36 | More by klie5111
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-22-2012 01:51:09 | More by DavyJones
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-22-2012 00:43:32 | More by dcellis
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-21-2012 11:46:50 | More by wcl113
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North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-21-2012 02:05:08 | More by Cramerican
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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