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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

4,816 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,816
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 214
Gots: 383 | 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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Jsmitty1967

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-18-2012 01:23:00 | More by Jsmitty1967
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Short's Pint Glass from the bottle.

A: Typical golden brown IPA with about a half finger of white head. A little bit of lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Citrus, Hops, Tropical Fruits, a tinge of alcohol.

T: Very good DIPA - the flavors come through pretty well, the lemon, grapefruit and citrus. The hops come out on the backbone but it finishes pretty clean.

M: Light bodied, pretty creamy.

O: Fantastic DIPA. Certainly glad I picked up a bottle to try, might have to go back to the store for a few more. Very drinkable but like Hopslam, have to be wary of the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:16:24 | More by BeRanger
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xavier390

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-17-2012 20:38:52 | More by xavier390
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-17-2012 19:47:50 | More by kaelingirl
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dav

Missouri

3/5  rDev -28.1%

03-17-2012 19:33:36 | More by dav
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mobius387

Florida

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

2012, poured into a snifter glass

appearance: nice looking amber, sudsy, big white fluffy head

aroma: smellls like a great ipa, piens, grapefruit, malts. medium power nose

palate: big body and bitter, you can taste the alcohol but its not too over-powering, medium carbonation

taste: just like the nose, bit pines and grapefruits, some nuttiness to it, a bit of sugar/sweetness too.

overall: if you are a big bitter hop-head, this ones for you. yes, it falls into the cavernous pit of ipa categories, but that doesn't keep it from tasting great. get it while its hot!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 17:51:36 | More by mobius387
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rippedflesh89

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-17-2012 16:51:08 | More by rippedflesh89
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-17-2012 16:32:48 | More by laymansbeerfan
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/12

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber colour. Two fingers of dense ivory head. Tight bubbles with good retention. Decent lacing.

S: A nice blend of pine, grapefruit and caramel malt.

T: Lots of big flavor here. Starts with a nice wave of juicy citrus, pine and malty sweetness but quickly turns into piney hop bitterness. The bitterness is a little over the top but that's about the only negative here. Was hoping for a little more balance between the bitterness and flavor.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of body and carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips.

Overall this a nice DIPA. Bold flavors combined with a very nice mouthfeel make for a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 13:03:00 | More by muletrane
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-17-2012 05:17:01 | More by FeelinSurley
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hcuta


4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-17-2012 03:37:23 | More by hcuta
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-17-2012 02:54:03 | More by ShemRahBoo
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Amber color with a two finger foamy white head with good retention and lots of lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Smells like it should be hoppy and sweet. Can't wait to try it.

Tastes like grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and sugar. There is plenty of malt to provide sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. To be honest, this beer is sweeter than I expected it to be.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet and sticky feeling in the mouth, and finishes somewhat dry. A very nice DIPA from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:59:48 | More by hardy008
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-17-2012 00:35:00 | More by CADMixes
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jpd026

New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-16-2012 23:46:53 | More by jpd026
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BAM! Wow, what a heavy hitter! Poured at a good temperature with large, foamy, very frothy, fluffy, billowy, cream colored head that lasts a long time and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is primarily fresh hop with malt, caramel, fresh sawn timber, leather. Flavor is somewhat similar to nose with hop bitter dominant along with some carbonic tang and a little malt sweet. Body is full, somewhat round and almost some sharp bitter points. Finish is like flavor, very long, and very boozy. Excellent beer for a bottle, maybe two.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:35:32 | More by drpimento
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Grinnerman

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-16-2012 23:12:54 | More by Grinnerman
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jminch

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-16-2012 23:12:35 | More by jminch
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wedge

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled about a month ago...

Pours a solid orange hue, topped by a thick, lush looking head. Hops burst forth in the smell, heavy and aromatic. Deep, pungent citrus pulp, floral perfume, zesty hop oils, and a nice spiciness. A whiff o' the dank weed as well. Bitterness hits full force with the first sip, but oh man is this a nice tasting DIPA. Juicy grapefruit, pine resin dryness, peppery hops, wood, and some floral notes. Not too sweet at all, which is a big plus...there is some malt to balance, but this is a potent hop showcase. No booziness flavor-wise, but it does warm the throat (and head). Zesty, sticky, drying - very, very nice all around. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:42:30 | More by wedge
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Steimie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-16-2012 22:33:37 | More by Steimie
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edfish

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass, good looking beer. 1" head off white. Clear and dark golden color. Nice lacing.
Smell-The pine has arrived! with some citrus notes. Not overpowering but decent.
Taste- A hop assult! A dry hop taste that lingers. The hops hide the 10%.
MF- Very rich and full nice carbination. A full mouth of this is real good!!
Overall- A great addition to SN. Warms yours your belly.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 21:30:59 | More by edfish
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awdturboiv

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-16-2012 11:54:46 | More by awdturboiv
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AgentMunky

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: A finger of dense head floats atop a hazy-clear amber-gold beer. Very little internal agitation. Great lacing.

S: Hugely citrus with a heavy dose of pine resin. Loads of hops. Forceful, if straightforward.

T/M: Delicious! A model DIPA about which I cannot say enough nice things. Immensely drinkable and perfectly balanced. Akin to Hopslam, enough so that I wonder if honey has been added...there is a similar sweetness. Spicy, piny, citrus hops are the main show, with a lasting (but not dry) bitterness on the endtaste. Lightly but well-carbonated.

O: The flavours are extreme, but kept in check by one another; balance is the name of the game. Bittersweet. Very well done -- incredibly highly recommended. Will drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:57:19 | More by AgentMunky
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harrymel

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 17FEB12, Reviewed 15MAR12
Pours a crystal gold with a finger of light yellow foam leaving decent lace. Smells of pine, grapefruit, honey, sharp spice and sweet malts come together beautifully. Flavor is hardcore - bitterness is combated with a sweet honey like malt and mid plane hops exercise their pungent and fruity flavors. The alcohol is noticeable, which I don't recall from the original release and the hops are certainly the main character here. Wowza, hoppy! Medium on light syrup body with a moderately tame carb and a semi dry finish. Great beer, if I were two more beers into the night, I might make the mistake of drinking this one fast and frequently - to much my dismay! 4/4.5/4/3.5/4

Originally reviewed 16JAN11
A: pours an amber golden. 1/2 finger, egg white head diverts to 1/4 finger within a couple minutes. Sporadic lacing along edges. Head easily agitated to original height with a spritely stir.
S: Pine. Classic SN nose with big gobs of Cascade and Centennial hops on the nose. Hints of spicy simcoe hang out in the background. Not much malt on this one. All hops, all SN.
T: Well balanced, much more balanced than I had anticipated. In fact, the malt makes a wonderfully sweet appearance here in the mouth. The hops make room on the stage as well. Super balanced for and Impy IPA - kudoes to SN, I think Ken took some time on this one.
M: Light, and dry. Lower carbonation help to highlight the flavors of the beer. Rather than applying standard carbonation and body, they seem to have taken time to make sure this one was balanced. Good whipped feel when swished around.
D: I find myself surprised giving this one such high marks. I think this is a great beer, gonna have to grab a couple more of these. Yum! 3/4/4/4/4-3.95

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:37:30 | More by harrymel
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Pine, floral and grapefruit hops.

T: Grapefruit hops and toffee and biscuity malt.

M: Creamy mouthfeel. Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: A decent IIPA, but nothing like estate IPA. Too much malt flavour and not enough hops for my liking. More of a beer to introduce Bud Light drinkers to craft beer than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:56:47 | More by DaftCaskBC
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,816 ratings.