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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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5,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,594
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 319
Gots: 713 | 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 phaley87
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had the pleasure of enjoying the Hoptimum two different ways. Last year (the first year of distribution) at Novare Res in Portland, ME they had it on tap--I had vaguely heard about the release of the beer through the artist, Nate Duval, who designed the label. Had to try it, was served really cold in a balloon glass, and it was amazing. I wish I could have sat there all night and drank two of them. But at nearly 10% abv, one is definitely enough before your mouth gets a little chewy--like most IPA's. Needless to say, I wanted to find the big bottle of Hoptimum the next day but couldn't find it anywhere. Then came this year with the new release of the 12 oz 4 packs. I picked up a couple packs and took my time getting to each one. The beer in the bottle was good--but it wasn't nearly as good as the year before. It had a bit of a rough aftertaste, while refreshing and citrusy, it had a bit of a rough side to it, an almost bitter aftertaste that was not a welcome experience. Very good beer, very good brewery, but I think I want to stick to this one on tap.

Photo of Mick-e-d
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of athouve1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tln13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thick off white head and good lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like pure hop oil. A very very strong citrus and herbal (sticky buds) hop aroma.

T: A very strong citrus and herbal hop flavor which actually lets through some of the toasted malt and subtle fruit flavors.

M: Very oily and thick. Wow, that's definitely a double IPA. A slight tingle in the finish, don't know if it's from the alcohol or the super strong hop oils.

O: This one definitely needs to mellow out a bit. It's one of the strongest IPAs I've had. Going to save a few to cellar and update later on.

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

Pours a clear golden/orange with a super creamy off-white head. Smells of fresh pine needles. The flavors begin with an earthy, spicy flavor, followed by a massive amount of malt sweetness, followed by an onslaught of resinous, herbal pine cone flavors. There is some citrus in there as well, but mostly pine. The hops cling to the tongue with relentless force. Mouthfeel is like syrup, ultra rich. Overall a great beer, not my favorite SN offering, but still very solid.

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big time IPA here. A nice copper colored pour with a medium sized white head. Piney citrus aroma; full flavor of hop bitterness with the citrus hop flavor. Very intense but also very good. A great beer to sip on but very dangerous with a 10% ABV. I will look forward to this beer every year.

Photo of hitter114
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium amber-copper color
S: Smells of Hops strait up, nice profile
T: Taste is similar to the smell, hop forward bitter and sweet
Mouth feel: Sharp and bittey
Overall: Great DIPA overall nice and smooth for 10%, delicious. Could have more balance

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of quetzal013
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WrathsU
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brilliantly clear body with thin white head on vigorous pour.

S - Strong pine and floral notes with a good dose of malt. Smells like a hop bomb with enough of a malt backbone to balance it out.

T - Very very sweet. Sharp bitterness throughout the sweetness helps a bit but still too much sweetness. Floral notes are the predominant hop flavor with some spicy and pine to complement. A low amount of fusel alcohol flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. A bit hot which is undesirable.

O - I don't want to imply that it is a bad beer, but it is my least favorite from Sierra Nevada yet. Flavors are all over the place and don't work well together, and it's a bit too hot still.

Photo of JefferyDean
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of oliverwren
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of BrianParsons
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mack2012
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Thunderchief
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of pearljam118
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a goldish brown with little to no head with nice lacing.

S - Fruity, piney, and slightly resiny

T - A bit malty for a second then the hops show up strongly and the finish is dry. Very refreshing and hiding that 10.4% devilishly well.

M - Pretty normal for this style mid-high carbonation

O - This is an excellent DIPA. One of my favorites for west coast style dipa. I could drink this all day, it's refreshing, addictingly tasty and stupidly hoppy.

Photo of RepMichigan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HopFace
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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