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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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5,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,377
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 265
Gots: 605 | 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 powpig2002
4/5  rDev -4.3%

powpig2002, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Thehopluver
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

shockrocker65, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the head billows very well. the body was a bright amber color. about as fine a looking DIPA as i've seen.
s - big sticky, resiny, grapefruit hop aromas with some toffee underneath.
t - maximum hop flavor, hoptimum if you will. very spicy and piney hops.
m - thick and coating, bubbly carbonation.
o - stupendous is the only way to describe it.

GPHarris, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of cquinn17
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a skinny tulip

A- Dark, burnt orange with a 1.5 inch white head. Pleasant looking DIPA

S- Pure hops as is to be expected. Mostly piney hops with a hint of citrus and not much floral.

T- Again, all hops. I get mostly pine and a little pineapple at the end. It finishes with a bitter bite and a very minimal alcohol burn.

M- Its a medium bodied, almost heavy DIPA. Has a solid amount of carbonation and leaves a resiny, pine taste throughout the mouth.

O- Solid DIPA for the price. Not my favorite but thats mostly because its too piney for my tastes. It definitely shows its 10.4% as well. Good offering from SN who do a ton of styles very well.

cquinn17, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev -4.3%

elkinbrown, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of dmadsen
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

dmadsen, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of ImperialSnout
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ImperialSnout, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

minneapolitanjim, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of zapahoppa
5/5  rDev +19.6%

zapahoppa, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of dogger6253
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful, dark golden body is topped by a thick and pillowy white head. The head falls quickly, but only about halfway. It lingers through the experience and leaves large globs of lacing along the side of the glass.

Those nose is stuffed with floral, piney, and citrus hops. There isn't much room left for anything else. The aroma is quite pleasant, but not as multifaceted as I would hope from the style.

The flavor is practically the same as the nose - hops, hops, hops. There are the usual smacks of bitterness, pine, grass, grapefruit and lemon. Each sip starts bitter, moves into a quick sweetness and morphs fast into a slightly sour finish.

This beer is a little heavy and a little boozy, but somehow maintains a crisp bite. This beer is an excellent exercise in bitterness, but doesn't seem to hold up compared to other IIPAs.

dogger6253, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mrskunk, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of runfoodrun
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

runfoodrun, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Unibroue tulip glass. Nice color; almost a pale copper with a surprisingly small head. Very little lacing.

All pine, very little citrus in the nose. Taste is different. Pine still predominates, but there's a nice hint of citrus in the beginning of the sip, with a solid super hoppy finish.

Better than remember, I'll be picking this up again.

ProudBeerSnob, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brilliantly clear deep gold with an orange tint showing almost no carbonation capped with a long lasting off white head.

Intense hop aromas of pineapple and moderate pine with along with with lemon and a resinous, herbaceous character. There is a slight maltiness and light earthiness in the background after you get through the field of ripe luscious hop cones.

Huge hops flavors of pineapple and pine hops flavor with a smooth high hop bitterness. There is good malt support showing some carmel which lets this be very bitter and yet very, very tasty. There are flavors of moderate bitter orange peel and a low white grape fruitiness as well. The alcohol shows some heat just as the flavors stretch into a long bitter finish.

There is moderate carbonation despite the appearances. It has a medium body and a smooth warming sensation on the palate that continues down the through. No astringency noticed.

An imperial IPA very worthy of the hophead logo on the bottle. Another outstanding beer from Sierra Nevada.

MadScientist, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

AlexDank, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Billz187
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Billz187, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass (at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL)

Pours a bright orange color, bordering on amber. There's plenty of clarity to the body, suggesting that this has been filtered. About 3/4 of a finger of white head. Minimal lacing. It looks fine.

The aroma is strong with orange and maybe tangerine. Orange fruits, mostly. Some pine resin and sharp, green hop notes. The malt does show through on the nose, but not strongly.

However, the taste demonstrates a clear tendency towards balance. The sweet malts are very present, and they do play well with the sweet orange hope notes. The fruit is tempered by the malt, so what ultimately comes off the strongest is bitterness. There's a large amount of bitterness here, so much that the heavy malt bill doesn't fully tame it.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied; not as thick as the malt flavor might indicate. The alcohol here is particularly sharp on the tongue. Overall, this is a solid Double IPA. I'm not impressed, as it is too malty and lacks dimension. But it is solid.

Reaper16, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

beergorrilla, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper amber. One finger off-white head bubbles and dies. Spotty lace, almost some lace legs.

Aromas are citrus and pine dominated. Some grapefruit, orange peel, lemon.

Tastes is not as massively hoppy bitter as I thought it would be. More balanced Big Hit IPA with Malt. Citrus flavours linger, oranges peel, tangerines. Lets not forget a pine hint, not hit. Alcohol well hidden. Almost too well.

Mouthfeel spot on, medium bodied, not too high carb.

Overall great complex flavours without a hop explosion. Very well balanced beer indeed.

heygeebee, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

swaghawk, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, tangerine copper color. Big, billowy, light, fluffy, white head. Very nice retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Nice hop presence with loads of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and hints of tropical fruit mostly pineapple). Fair amount of pine. Fairly balanced with caramel and pale alt aromas.

T - Similar to the nose, although it has a much more pronounced malt flavor (especially as it warms). Good mix of the fruity and pine aspects of the hops. Fairly sweet mix of malt and juicy, fruity hops. Toward the finish there is the slight vodka, alcohol tinge that DIPAs can get.

M - Medium, nearing full, body. Average carbonation. Somewhat sticky feel.

D - Well balanced DIPA with a pretty good malt backbone. A little too much body and sticky feel for my preference. Sweet and alcoholic reduces the drinkability a bit.

Notes: Much more of a big, malty DIPA. Nice hoppy flavors. Solid DIPA. I don't think it's quite in the league of the premier DIPAs, but for the price point it is wonderful.

FreshHawk, Jun 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

LianoPerez, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jerhad, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

HeadyBroughtMeHere, Jun 19, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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