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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

4,947 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,947
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 227
Gots: 433 | 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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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-27-2012 19:31:36 | More by callmeishmALE
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JimmyTango

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-27-2012 15:24:11 | More by JimmyTango
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thydarkprevails

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a clean orange amber. Inch and a half thick white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is like a tropical ipa with caramel. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit are abundant. There is some caramel and toffe malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is sticky and the beer is resinous. This DIPA is great and I will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 12:42:02 | More by thydarkprevails
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Beezee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-27-2012 04:53:31 | More by Beezee
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danwho

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-27-2012 04:30:41 | More by danwho
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-27-2012 04:01:30 | More by asafarc2
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of bright, piny, and tropical fruits.

Tastes of the tropical hops with a solid malt base. Starts off with a giant wave of tropical and citrus hops with some grassy notes as well. Malts come in with a bit of caramel and toffee. Malt sweetness us very underdone and this definitely leans towards bitter. Ends with a bit of a brandy like note with alcohol and light fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good, but the flavor profile may only be enjoyed by those that truly love hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:48:05 | More by ocelot2500
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 February 2012.

Pours a clear orangey amber with a lovely glow. One finger of off-white head, fades fast but leaves good lacing. Tons of carbonation visible in the glass.

Smells freaking delicious. Hops, hops, and more hops, with a big bolus of malts to support them. Tons of pine, but also some nice fruit in the background. The malts provide an excellent base, and a shade of sweetness that complements the aggression of the hops really well.

Taste is well balanced, with a whole lot of caramel malts to go along with all those hops. Sure, it's bitter, but the beer handles that bitterness well. I like this kind of DIPA, where the hops have a stage to perform on, rather than being out there on their own blasting away. Lots of pine and resin, again, but a grainy warmth and smoothness beneath that. Alcohol is nowhere to be found... wow.

Mouthfeel - medium-heavy body. Pretty chewy for a DIPA, with the expected syrupy sticky feel, but the carbonation loosens things up quite nicely.

This is a really good, balanced, piney DIPA. Right up my alley. Hard to believe it's over 10% ABV (so much so that I actually went and checked the bottle). If this were more available, I would drink it often.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:41:24 | More by zeledonia
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a trend going on now with the breweries trying to make the ultimate hoppiest beer. This is probably because everyone wants to be Hop Slam. First off this beer pours a rich creamy color of a dark yellow color. The aroma is extremely grassy and earthy. It pours with a great deal of carbonation. The beer is sweet, but very grassy on the tongue, but leaves a nice aftertaste. A worthy effort indeed, but definitely second rate compared to Hop Slam.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:25:36 | More by ronniebruner
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jegross2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2012 vintage bottle with bottling code "2048206:09." Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 03/26/12.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color that falls between transparent and translucent. Almost three fingers of thick, cream colored seafoam head that settles into a thin layer. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Resinous pine, heavy honey, and tropical citrus mixed with some earthy hops. Spiced caramel heat, orange, mango and pineapple. 4/5

Taste: Super hopped hop bomb! Huge doses of earthy hops, mulch, a little pine, pineapple, orange rind and juicy orange. Lot of heavy, bitter, spiced caramel on the midpalate and in the finish. Maybe a little sweet honey? The alcohol is pretty well hidden. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Bitter hoppiness sits heavy on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Not the most balanced or flavorful DIPA, but this is a solid hop bomb. I enjoyed this one more than Southern Tier's Unearthly. I would absolutely buy/drink this again at some point in the future.

Recommendation: Hop haters and casual beer drinkers probably will not enjoy this one.

Pairings: Swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: $2.89 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:20:38 | More by jegross2
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travMI13

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Bottled 2/17/2012. 12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a deep golden orange with a full 2 inches of fluffy white head. Whoa. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrusy hops along with some booze. Very unpretentious here. There is almost a faint, fruity sweetness to the nose.

T: Huge grapefruit notes and tons of citrusy hops. Maybe some piney hops in there as well. There is definitely some heat and some sweetness on the back end. The sweet malts hold the hops up nicely. Make no mistake: this DIPA is huge.

M: Nicely carbonated. The stickiness and the resins from the hops linger nicely, providing nice balance to the heat that also lingers. The mouthfeel is syrupy, but it isn't heavy or overpowering.

O: This is a fantastic DIPA. This is finishing a little hot, but I am ok with that at 10.4%. Very glad Sierra Nevada decided to brew this again and make it available in 4 packs. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:05:22 | More by travMI13
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves a little leg.

S: Not a huge aroma, but there's plenty of depth: Pine, sponge toffee, mango, candied pineapple, papaya, marmalade, tangerine, nectarine, somewhat floral and herbal with a hint of steelie grass. A bit dank. What are those hop geneticists up to now?

T: Assertively bold bitterness. Plenty of piny resin, grapefruit rind, candied pineapple, mango, papaya, steelie grass, sponge toffee, alcohol is remarkably well-hidden under all that flavour.

M: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness with PLENTY of hop acidity. Slightly drying alcohol finish.

D/O: This bold and the hopping is rather unique. Makes me wonder what they're cross-breading... have they been playing with Nugget?

Another big thanks to Rutager!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:40:44 | More by Derek
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Bottled on February 17, 2012 @ 8:16AM) into a 14oz Libbey snifter glass

A- An aggressive pour yields a 3 finger, soapy, eggshell white head with a rich, semi-hazy, golden body and beautiful lacing.

S- Overwhelming...aroma for days! Orange and grapefruit citrus, pine resin astringency and sweet tropical fruit are immediate. As the head subsides, the bitter citrus rind mellows while pine and and notes of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) introduce themselves...delicious, inviting and complex. This is going to be one heck of a DIPA.

T- Sweet malt (and very honey-like) is followed by citrus which is then followed by a piney tackiness along with a subordinate rye spiciness. Simply awesome. For a DIPA clocking in at 10.4% ABV, a substantial malt bill is expected and some residual sweetness is expected.

M- As some have stated, sweet and hop-oil slick, btut ultimately finishes with that classic, Sierra Nevada piney tackiness. Very enjoyable and deserving of another sip.

O- Although I have yet to sample Bell's Hopslam, some say that this is close...and I can only imagine that the sweetness I get from Hoptimum would be reminiscent of the honey added to Hopslam. For me, this is an absolute winner...high gravity, copious hops and robust aroma/taste. What's there not to like!?

PS- Be warned: If not an ardent fan of Sierra Nevada's more hoppy offerings (Torpedo, Celebration Ale, Ruthless Rye), I would suggest you pass this one up...but for all you hop heads and Sierra fans, you just have to check this one out...awesome! (As for me, I've got to pick up a couple more 4-packs to enjoy)

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:39:30 | More by threeviews
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loren01

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice clear orange color big head with great lacing down the glass
S: Strong citrusy scent, like some of the freshest strongest hop scent i've ever smelled in a beer. Very nice!!!
T: Slight caramel malt up front with big piney and citrus flavor, very bitter but very well balanced out too
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation seems about right
O: This is an excellent DIPA, I only bought 1 bottle wish I had purchased more. I will be buying this again for sure. Sierra Nevada really knows how to make a great hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:36:57 | More by loren01
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Kinsman

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear light-amber colored body with a big creamy white head on top. Sierra knows how to make a good looking beer, no doubt.

Big piney and resiny hop aroma initially before the citrus and grapefruit get a chance to come in. Faint hint of alcohol underneath all the hops.

A potent and flavorful hop character hits the palate with a nice variety of grapefruit and orange citrus with a health dose of pine and floral notes alongside. The 10.4 Abv does come through a bit stronger than expected but it's not all that unpleasing. Little room is left for some malt character to come through.

Full bodied feel, rather thick compared to many a DIPA. Overall, a nice tasty hop-bomb from Sierra.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 21:06:46 | More by Kinsman
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-26-2012 17:43:34 | More by DelicateDelirium
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IPx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.6%

03-26-2012 16:12:07 | More by IPx
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punkhim

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-26-2012 05:32:39 | More by punkhim
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Watered-down marmalade champagne, with a 2 finger retained bleach-white head. Icky-sticky-slicky lacing.

S: Huge, walloping pine hops.

T: Like the nose, but with a sweet and tart backbone. Loads of tropical fruits (pineapple, gf, starfruit, orange zest) and candied hops. Has a vodka-like boozy finish which is slightly offputting, but I can live with it.

M: Oily and biting, with a pungent dry linger.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:16:02 | More by Heavenisbeer
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mscudder

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber with a nice thick white head. Lacing was evident after the beer settled.

S - Hops and grapefruit. Some notes of citrus and pine, fairly standard for a good IPA.

T - As expected, this one is packed with hops. The carbonation compliments the bitterness nicely. There is also a nice caramel malt behind this making it quite unique. The ABV is well hidden and I must say this is spectacular.

M - Medium body with a taste that is almost oily, although I use this word with modest hesitation.

O - Overall this is another hit from Sierra Nevada. If I could request improvement in any area, I would request a bit less oily mouthfeel, perhaps a tad more robust. That said, anyone who enjoys a good DIPA should not be disappointing this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:04:32 | More by mscudder
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-26-2012 03:12:43 | More by ortie
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nitro0292

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with an almost 2 finger head that lingers for long time. Plenty of stick down the side of the glass.

Smell is classic SN, with some malty sweetness to balance. 60/40 ratio of hops to malt. SN claims the aroma hops are Simcoe and a "proprietary variety." Smells like grapefruit covered in pine needles and malt. Appetizing.

Taste is malty up front, with solid bitterness on the back of the tongue and a bitter finish and aftertaste. Very dry with very little residual sugars. Leaves you parched.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, and with light carbonation. Mouthfeel is expected given the ABV, but it could be a touch lighter. Viscosity helps hide the alcohol.

Overall this is a good DIPA. Not a complete hop bomb as there is malt to balance the flavor, but it is very bitter. Only criticism is that I would like the hops to contribute more than bitterness. More hop flavor may be achievable by dialing back the malt a bit; particularly the Munich malt, which can be rather sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:47:03 | More by nitro0292
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cssosprey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-26-2012 02:21:01 | More by cssosprey
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BrianOhio

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a clear amber, thick 2 finger head that lingers pretty well.

Aroma is classic west coast DIPA, juicy pineapple and mango, apple, with mild grassy notes.

Taste again is juicy citrus, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Well balanced, with some sweet notes of toffee and butterscotch. The finishing bite you expect in an IPA is more subtle, much like that of a Hopslam. Warm and boozy. Delicious.

As someone who tends to set the DIPA bar at Hopslam, this beer is damned close. This is as excited as I've been about a new beer in a long time. Close to perfect for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:33:29 | More by BrianOhio
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Nate

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-25-2012 23:12:18 | More by Nate
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,947 ratings.