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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
94
outstanding

5,494 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,494
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 276
Gots: 646 | 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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Photo of RTEdmunds
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright, inviting golden color. Pretty much transparent. Robust pure white head forms, good retention.

I could already smell it a foot away from my head as I poured it into the glass. Pine, citrus (+ another sweet fruit I can't quite place), and herbs. Fresh.

The sweetness is still in the flavor, but it tastes more hempy than the nose let on. Slight alcoholic bite at the end but not as much as I expected.

Mouthfeel is probably this beer's weakest point. While it is surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA, it feels a bit thin to me.

I've been keeping my eye out for this beer, glad I finally had a chance to review it. Very fine product but didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations I created.

RTEdmunds, May 12, 2012
Photo of mooseo
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Ultra clear amber copper with a compact eggshell white head.

S - Grapefruit, mango, pine, rich caramel, accompanied by light earthy floral notes.

T - Delicious fresh grapefruit, mango and peach. Sweet, bready caramel malt lends balance. Nice complexity. Mildly bitter with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish and warming alcohol.

O - Solid double IPA from Sierra Nevada. Flavorful and enjoyable, this is a great brew.

mooseo, May 12, 2012
Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

LouDogg114, May 11, 2012
Photo of OPBrewCrew
5/5  rDev +19.6%

OPBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
Photo of EROCK75
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

EROCK75, May 11, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JRod1969, May 11, 2012
Photo of Piason
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

noyellowfizzbeer, May 11, 2012
Photo of mjaggers
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

mjaggers, May 11, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing.

Incredible floral hop aroma. Pours a bright orange-honey colored liquid with a ridiculous huge head.

Flavor is hop heavy without being ridiculously bitter. Some malt but the dominant attribute is lots and lots of herbal hops. Very dry. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus, especially grapefruit. A little bit of pine and bread too.

Mouthfeel is very interesting. Lots of hop oil is apparent. I kinda like it.

DIPA's aren't my favorite style, but this beer may have me convinced that my opinion of them was too hastily formed. I'm glad I bought a sixer of this beer.

jmbranum, May 10, 2012
Photo of MrTopher
4/5  rDev -4.3%

MrTopher, May 10, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

captainbearcat, May 10, 2012
Photo of cdkrenz
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Crisp orange body with a noticeable amount of rising carbonation. The head is eggshell white starting around an inch tall and fading fast to start but slows gradually.

S - Citrusy hops are a good thing.

T - Not bitter but it has a nice cirtus hop bite to it. The malt is present balancing well with a subtle sweetness.

M - The feel is good and heavy, just like a I like a DIPA. It sticks to my lips and mouth making for a supple feel.

~ This is a great beer. Once again Sierra Nevada did it right. Keep up the great work Cali!

cdkrenz, May 10, 2012
Photo of jsh5771
4/5  rDev -4.3%

jsh5771, May 10, 2012
Photo of dtreindl
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

dtreindl, May 10, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mendvicdog, May 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA over the weekend. Served in a sample glass. Pours a clear golden-peach color with a nice white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some good tropical fruits behind some strong orange and citrus. The flavor falls back quite a bit from there, as the bitterness gets to me a bit too much for the hop flavor. Body is light-medium with average carbonation and a hefty bitterness paired with a fair amount of alcohol. Nose was by far the best part of this one.

Thorpe429, May 09, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

AndrewMichael, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

steamboatbrewer, May 09, 2012
Photo of pigc
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden brown with three finger head that fades rather quickly with remains of foam lacing along sides of glass.

S - Pine, citrus, melon, orange, grapefruit. A tropical paradise.

T - Sticky citrus hops smack you right up front with a solid malt backbone to keep things in check. Alcohol warmth brings up the rear and lets itself known.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel. Hop resin sticks to your tongue and roof of mouth.

O - Very solid DIPA from Sierra Nevada. Very clean hop profile which I really like. This is better than I remember it from the bigger bottles. Amazingly drinkable for over 10% abv! Go grab yourself a 4 pack!

pigc, May 09, 2012
Photo of TriggerFingers
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 12oz bottle.

For such a large beer, the color is a little light for a DIPA- but pleasantly so.

On the nose, subtle pineapple and tropical fruit. It wasn't dramatic and dare I say, slightly muted?

The taste: Smooth, a little thin, but well balanced. Some DIPA's are lopsided (too much hops, not enough malt) and come off disjointed. Hoptimum is not overly bitter or overly sweet--if you ask me this is what makes this beer worth checking out. One reviewer commented on the subtle fruit flavor this beer has in the finish, but couldn't pick it out. It is delicate, and what I would describe as "peach-pit" (its got a definite stone fruit flavor, but not really the fruit --more the pit of a peach than anything). The hops & malt balance work to bring out this flavor in a cool way!

Integration and balance are what makes this beer a winner....

Only wish it had a little more going on flavor wise.

Overall: B+/A-

TriggerFingers, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Stockfan42, May 09, 2012
Photo of hmph
4/5  rDev -4.3%

hmph, May 08, 2012
Photo of IBU99
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

IBU99, May 08, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,494 ratings.