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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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5,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,575
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 303
Gots: 685 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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.
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Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle

Appearance: bright bronze peach with decent head
Smell: citrus, lemons, hops, pine, not particularly strong or impressive
Taste: Citrus and pine hops, big malt backbone. Needs to be a bit more hop-forward
Mouthfeel: medium-light, with moderate carbonation
Overall: A bit too boozy with not enough tropical hops

Photo of ButtomsUp
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HopFace
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap during the Sierra Nevada keg debut at Beer Deluxe. Rough notes on my phone.

A - Poured dark copper with good carbonation, one finger of creamy white head. Film of retention and good rings of lace.

S - Lot's of pine, honey, grass, and citrus.

T - Booze, honey, citrus hops, and boozy pineapple.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and quite bitter.

O/D - Pretty nice stuff. A solid DIPA in the American vein. Tasty and pretty drinkable, yet a bit boozy, but for 10% I understand why.

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

Hoptimum pours a dark orange, with some amber highlights and an inch of off-white head that clings to the glass. Sweet caramel tones quickly give way to BIG aromas of floral, piney, and citrusy hops, hints of resin, orange, grapefruit, lemon and grass make for a BIG nose. The BIG hoppy flavors of citrus, pine, and grass all carry over onto the pallet before blending very well with a sweet caramel malty backbone, hints of alcohol linger in the finish. Hopitumum is well balanced for a staggering 100 IBU brew, and features a medium-full body and moderate levels of carbonation. BIG, BOLD, Delicious!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

A - Pours an 1 1/2" of creamy white head that has very nice retention. As it fades, it leaves globs of lace sticking to the inside of the glass. The beer is clear with a light copper color.

S - The aroma is full or resinous hops. I get a mixture of citrus and pine with light caramel notes. No trace of the high alcohol content.

M - Medium to full in body with a resinous slightly creamy feel. The hops oils coat the inside of your mouth and don't let go.

T - The beer begins with a citrus/pine combo along with some malt sweetness. A warming alcohol flavor picks up next along with a barrage of bitter hops. Despite the alcohol being present in the taste, it's fairly subdued and works well with the beer.

Sierra Nevada crafter a very nice, big double IPA. The price is very reasonable for a 4-pack ($9.49) and it's got some nice art work.

Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz snifter, a surprising as hell find at our sandwich shop destination on a day tour of the North Kohala valley region of the Big Island.

This beer appears a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy, rocky white head, which leaves some nice frozen hoar frost lace around the glass as it wisps away.

It smells of grapefruit and tropical citrus fruit, a slight pine resin note, and big caramel/toffee malt. The taste is bitter grapefruit, orange, and lime rind, pine oil, and hefty caramel nougat malt. A wee bit of booze warming bubbles up in the warm air.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, the body a solid medium weight, with a moderate buzz-saw hoppiness that obliterates what I would assume to be a sexy smoothness. It finishes pretty zingy from the you know what, but the malt is no pushover, keeping things precariously honest.

A stellar west coast DIPA - everything big and bold, and all in balance, with lofty booze only threatening the gates, without actually breaking through.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of woemad
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $2.69. No specific freshness date, but the neck label has “2012” prominently printed on it.

Clear amber in color with lots of bubbles arcing skyward. Big, bubbly beige head that took it’s time dropping. Lots of spotty lace.

Very citrusy in the nose. There’s some piney elements as well, but they don’t stand out nearly as much as the grapefruity scents. Tiny biscuity malt notes cower deep in the background.

Big hop smeck to the tastebuds, but it’s a sweet, citrusy smack for the most part. People looking for a super-bitter, tooth enamel burning hop character may feel slighted.

Medium bodied, with a coating, prickly yet sticky mouthfeel.

A pretty good DIPA, one the does not let on it’s packing a 10+ abv punch. Tasty, but for that reason I think I’ll stick to one per session.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of alexipa
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber color. Huge head that stays.

S- Wow! Smells like fresh hops, I have no idea how they did that.

T- Yes it's an IIPA, yes it's still balanced. Really impressive how the malts back up the huge hop bill.

M- Nothing wrong here, nothing particularly amazing either.

O- SN knows how to do IPAs. This one is a marvelous example of that.

Photo of 4balance
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip, pours a gorgeous clear copper orange color with 1/2" white head that quickly reduces to a nice ring with minimal cap, spectacular lacing to the bitter end!

Smells so damn good, you could smell this one from across the room wondering who lit what! Hops, pine resin, grapefruit with a little bit of alcohol.

Tastes like a dream - crisp bitter hops, grapefruit rinds, pine resin, grassy earthiness, fresh tangy citrus with a slight malty backbone to balance it out, some booze but not much for 10.4%.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drying bitter finish that is so crisp and clean, makes me grit my teeth and grin!

Overall - WOW such a magnificent balance that makes me want more until I have to go to sleep! Highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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