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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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5,273 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,273
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 259
Gots: 560 | 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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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, light copper color with a one finger, creamy white head. The head sticks around throughout the drink and leaves behind sheets of lacing.

S: The aroma is comprised of a wonderful hop profile of tropical fruits and citrus and a slight toasted malt backbone.

T: The taste has a bigger "dank" aspect than what the aroma hinted towards. The fruitiness and citrus components are still there, but take a back seat to the more dominant "dank" characteristic.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. A moderate amount of carbonation allows the flavors to dance across the palate. A moderate bitter bite finishes it off.

O: A very good DIPA from Sierra Nevada. I'd expect nothing less.

BilbosNuts, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

sbanacho, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Fahz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Fahz, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of kjb32812
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

kjb32812, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Shnanign, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of DreaminBeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

DreaminBeer, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of abraxel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Crystal clear red-orange, with beautiful, pillowy head that clings to the glass like it's going out of style. A smattering of bubbles leisurely make their way to join their compatriots at the top of the glass.

S - Oh man... resiny, piney, juicy hops, with some malty, caramelly sweetness. Really inviting.

T - Waves of hoppy resin (or is it resiny hops?), with just enough of a sweet malt backbone to make me smile. Seems like it saves up all the bitterness for the finish, when it lingers for oh, (let me check my watch) just about forever. At first I really liked that, but by the end of the beer that lingering bitterness got a bit too lingery.

M - Moderately full mouthfeel, a tiny prickle of carbonation. The alcohol is entirely hidden.

Overall, I'm a fan. In the future I'll probably make a point of eating something that can cleanse the bitterness every now and then, but still, props to Sierra Nevada for a great brew.

abraxel, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Much anticipated. The Godfather of American hops brewing a big-ass Imperial IPA is long overdue. Clear copper with an inch of crisp, white foam on top. The alcohol and body is apparent with a quick swirl in the glass that shows off the legs of the beer. Almost sweet in the aroma with a blend of bright, citric American hops and alcohol esters. The palate reveals the slightly aggressive hopping I was hoping for with a big punch of vibrant pine and juicy citrus. A smooth ethanol note persists through to the finish along with a backing caramel flavor. I guess I was hoping for the malt-minimal, dry, West-Coast Double IPA. Hoptimum is more of "balanced" Imperial IPA, but an awesome beer, nonetheless. Despite the malt heft and alcohol, there is a smooth and vibrant hop flavor that manages to stay in the fore.

bump8628, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of SaintJonah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SaintJonah, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of danedelman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to thebeerbug for this extra in our trade.

A-very copper/orange with 1 finger head. Great lacing on glass as it is going down.

S-Very floral with a hint of citrus/grapefruit hops. Hint of malty sweetness in the background. Very fresh smelling, like I am standing in a hop field.

T-bitter hits first with a dose of citrus burst. Lingering in the back is the malt backbone and is a good one, little more on the sweet side to balance the hop bitterness. Ok, hops just made me sneeze. That means good IPA.

M-medium body and very easy drinking. Didn't know the ABV and that hides in there very well.

danedelman, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -6%

12oz single, $2.99 from the Village Pump. This *finally* made it here, eh? Bottled the 90th day of the year, consumed the 156th day of the year.

Amber with a dense, choppy, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great-looking DIPA. The nose has a wonderful, full, complex hop aroma that, while slightly deteriorated, is still great. A great blend of aggressive pine, grapefruit and a fairly mellow fruitiness (peach, melon) and a moderate floral character. A mild sweetness is noticeable, as is the alcohol. That said, it's definitely not at the 10.4% level.

The palate opens with quite a bit of bitterness, taking me by surprise. Full, resiny, bitter pine and grapefruit with some ripe oranges as well. Moderately floral and fruity, with the sweeter flavors melding in with the malt profile. I do get some caramel, but there's also a mild bready, biscuit-like malt presence. This pairs very nicely with the floral and fruity flavors (particularly the peach). Mildly sweet and moderately resiny on the finish, this beer is medium in body and moderately carbonated. The alcohol is a lot more noticeable on the palate (and your sobriety) than on the nose. Despite being sweeter than I typically like, this is very good. The sweetness does make drop the drinkability a little bit, though.

DefenCorps, Jun 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

jenray, Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dannykugler, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%

Clear light orange amber, medium frothy head with good retention. Big pine and alcohol with grassy notes in the aroma. Very high alcohol warming and sweetness with a big pine character balanced with a caramel and orange sweetness. Strong bittering and linger but not overpowering. Very thick, slich and lightly dry on the finish.

A ton of barley evens out a huge beer with tons of alcohol and a fairly straightforward hop character. Really not very complex or that enjoyable past the first half of the bottle but very easy to drink. So, hey it’s a hoppy, high ABV beer… what more could some ask for?

Bfarr, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of 59rockabilly
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

59rockabilly, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A: Pours a lovely amber-golden color. There is a very light tan head. Despite a small head, there are heavy curtains of lace.

S: Hops all the way. At first almost all I can taste is grass and pine, but as the beer warms a little, some fruit flavors come through. Bitter orange peel and grapefruit. There is a decent bit of fusel alcohol which complements the bitter hops. In the background is a barely detectable note of caramel malt.

T: Similar to the aroma, bitter hops dominate. Grass cutting and floral pine. Fruit flavors are muted. The alcohol flavor is present and builds as the beer warms. The bitter grass and alcohol linger in the aftertaste. Very light malt tempers the alcohol heat a bit.

M: Alcohol is undeniably present, first only slightly so but growing as the beer warms up. The high alcohol content gives it a thin, slick feel. Carbonation is present but small.

O: A potent IPA that focuses on grass and pine. Some balance from other aspects makes it moderately drinkable.

WankelEngine, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

glitchedmind, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of daledeee
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

I had this on keg but now it comes in bottles!!

Poured a dark clear orange with white head and lacing.

Taste is a new level of hops. I don't live out west but for a bottled beer, this one comes out as the strongest hop profile yet for me. Pine, floral, oily, malty, citrus. In your face.

Mouth feel is creamy with a strong aftertaste of hops and malt once again. This is one of those you taste for 20 minutes afterwards. But I like it....

daledeee, Jun 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SoulfulRover, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Lorihall1, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jnolan, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

cfinch2, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Reeba, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

gutbuster, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

djtomain, Jun 03, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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