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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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5,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,550
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 289
Gots: 672 | FT: 6
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice bit of head and good color, looks good to me!

Smell - Floral and citrus notes intermingle and make my mouth water.

Taste - Nice hoppy taste is well balanced. I love hops and every sip leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel - I have never thought about what a beer feels like in my mouth before, but for such a high ABV, this one is quite smooth and goes down very easy.

Overall - I used to like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but got burned out on it. This beer is very tasty and has left me with a smile on my face

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, vibrant golden orange with an off-white 2 finger head, decent retention, leaving behind a thin but sticky lace.

Smell - Lots of citrus aromas on the nose; orange and grapefruit.

Taste - Starts with some floral hops, then big citrus character comes to the forefront and never leaves. Solid toasty biscuit malt backbone. Long, bittersweet grapefruit aftertaste, giving way to a high citrus bitterness before fading away completely.

Mouthfeel - Medium body to full body. Somewhat sticky. Carbonation is a tad flat, but doesn't kill it.

Overall - Really good Imperial IPA. Comparable to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid. Little flat body wise, but a great flavor profile. I was worried about the amount of pine character this beer might have, given my track record with Sierra, but there was very little, if any.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Oldscramch
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into a handled mug. Final .5 oz left in bottle due to sediment.

A - Color is good, a nice bright orange. Head is 1 - 1.5cm thick, pure white, receding to a ring leaving traces on the glass. Very little carbonation.

S - Sharp smell, aggressive. Slightly fruity. Hoppy, but not so much as would be expected.

T - Slightly metallic, but not in a way that melds with the other flavours. Not incredibly hoppy. The alcohol definitely comes through.

M - No carbonation. Not very crisp. Coats the mouth.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of masterkush
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a humboldt brown pint glass. Pours a brilliant amber/orange with a frothy white head with great retention.

Smell is slightly floral with some piney undertones. Not too strong but it's there.

Taste is well balanced at first, strong hops flavor with a distinct malt balance. Aftertaste is pure bitter, but in a good way. Overall however the flavor comes out a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel is big and bold with a nice carbonation. Afterwards leaves a nice oily feeling. Leaves me salivating for more.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Perhaps not the best as the flavors are not quite refined as others in this style, but it makes up for that in drinkability and overall character. Would drink again.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,550 ratings.