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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

4,809 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,809
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 213
Gots: 381 | 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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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-14-2012 12:29:09 | More by mychalg9
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to form, Sierra Nevada puts out a nice dipa. Thick body on feel and flavor. Consistency all the way through. It's a good beer. The only downside is that it gets salty as it warns. I'm sure I could say that it's over hopped, but who cares. Tastes nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 07:39:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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HippyJonny


2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada has produced some of my favorite beers. That said, this one left me rather disappointed. Picked up two 12oz. bottles this afternoon, read quite a few positive reviews, waited for the perfect time to savor in a big snifter glass...

Alas, the taste of the high alcohol blocks out any nuances or subtleties this hop-forward beer may contain. I was going to write a review with tasting/smelling notes, but boozy malt is all I'm getting out of this.

I've been on a DIPA kick lately and, considering the price and the scarcity of this one, I won't be seeking this one out again. There are just way too many other options available right now. The second bottle is gonna be in the fridge for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:47:54 | More by HippyJonny
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-14-2012 06:30:16 | More by drewone
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C2H5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-14-2012 06:02:02 | More by C2H5
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match1112

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a schooner at kellehers. poured a nice clear copper body with a fingers worth of off white head, leaving nice amount of lacing. nose is greeted by a bouquet of floral citrus hops. taste is very similiar to the nose with the added caramel malt presence and a touch of pine on the finish. mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily. nice carbonation with a dry hoppy finish. if you like citrus hops in your ipa then this is a must try!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 02:32:57 | More by match1112
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kimbo33

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, not too much head, just perfect. Smell is overwhelming nice citrus hops. Taste is more of the same. Really like the hop flavor, nice crisp pine flavor. Best aroma for an IPA I have ahd in awhile. Would highly reccomend to anyone who likes the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:22:02 | More by kimbo33
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a beautiful clear gold and produced a one finger high white head. It dissipates fast leaving some lacing.
The smell is full of fruity hops in all variation.
Tasting the beer those fruit flavors like citrus, lemon, orange, pineapple will be the beginning. Piney and earthy hop flavors balance with a nice bitterness. Some malt at the end rounds up this hop parade.
The alcohol is well hidden and for me this was exactly what I think a imperial IPA should taste like.
Great job!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:17:10 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a deep, very clear, orange body. an almost amber-like orange color. head is white and thick. retention dies to a rim and lacing is there, but a bit scarce.

S: the pine resins are so deep and entice the palate to take a sip. no sniff can go sip-less. caramel and vanilla back up the hugely pine-happy hoppy aroma.

T: boatloads of bitterness. wow. caramel, toffee, and bitter pine trees. the hops and the malt combine to make such a delicious bittersweet combo it is hard not to quaff at a very high pace. the bitterness lingers long into the finish. delicious.

M: low/moderate carbonation on a very full body. just what the style needs.

D: man this is some good shit. so stoked to see this in 12oz bottles at such a moderate price. definitely worth picking up if you ever come across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:04:29 | More by Jimmys
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TCJosh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-13-2012 23:50:44 | More by TCJosh
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-13-2012 23:18:39 | More by MacStinson
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gshackles

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-13-2012 21:52:25 | More by gshackles
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-13-2012 18:47:18 | More by HamGlade10
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2012 13:26:24 | More by Rollzroyce21
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spicoli00

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one. Taste it. Yum

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Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:24:22 | More by spicoli00
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mellowmark

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-13-2012 03:14:20 | More by mellowmark
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harris4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2012 03:02:56 | More by harris4
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-13-2012 02:18:25 | More by vbiliyar
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isualum12

Idaho

2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smell-sweet with powerful flowery hops
Look golden redish orange in color clear enought to see through but not crystal clear.
Taste hit with hops ans sweetness followed up with hops. Once you get past the hops you get more hops. Bitter
Feel. Co2 strong. Burns on the way down from co2
not for me

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:45:31 | More by isualum12
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2012 01:27:48 | More by DonFrap
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2012 00:39:09 | More by 2dogbrew
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Omer4176

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-12-2012 22:05:07 | More by Omer4176
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swooshjtb

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-12-2012 03:39:15 | More by swooshjtb
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

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

Well, it's official, it's a boy! So to celebrate I decided to crack open the strongest bottle I have that isn't wine/liquor.

It's the color of a brand new penny, shiny and clear with lots of bubbles. 2 1/2 fingers of foam almost overflowed my perfect pour glass. Even with my allergies going crazy, I can still smell the citrus and floral notes from the copious amount of hops used for this hefty brew. The taste I can fully absorb. Lots of citrus, some cantaloupe, and maybe some pine. For 10.4% it hides the alcohol and is rather smooth for a double, almost to the point seeming a tad weak for a double. If you want something that will eat the enamel off you teeth, look elsewhere. If you want strength with grace, try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:14:05 | More by DesMoinesMike
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SHCC

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-12-2012 02:51:53 | More by SHCC
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,809 ratings.