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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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5,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,407
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 267
Gots: 614 | 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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Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

dtx00, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bcsbeer, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hoptimum hits the glass and produces and really gorgeous, deep amber coloring. It's "rich" looking for a beer that you can see through. A tall 2 finger amber head takes it's time dissipating, Lacing is nice and strong. This beer has legs. 3.75/5

Smell: Of course hops hit you first. And they take the first few hairs in your nose along with them. For as strong as the scent is, it's deep. There's bold pine, lemons, oranges, grapefruit. I get a "stiffness" here that really helps the hops make a point. Hops aren't the whole show though. The high ABV imparts a warmness that gives this brew real backbone. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: This IPA really lives up to it's Imperial tag. It's heavy. Surprisingly so. The carbonation carries things along nicely but I get a syrupy feel at the end of the mouth. It's great. Get ready to ruin your palate for the evening though. 4/5

Taste: You really have to have a few sips before you can get to the taste here. It's quite overwhelming (in a good way). Lemon, grapefruit and peach stand up front. with a tangy pine that I want more of. There's a mild warming from the alcohol that helps the hops give a real punch. And it sticks with you for quite sometime. Close your evening with this because anything else will taste like water. It's amazing. 3.75/5

Overall: Sierra Nevada has a real winner here. Of course it's hoppy but it still manages to be fruity and rich. This beer is complex AND dominating in taste. And surprisingly drinkable. At 10%ABV though, one is enough. Your palate will walk away ruined but I think the people that are buying this are well aware.. It's a top notch Imperial IPA and I couldn't be happier with my buy.

mtlasley, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of beerguy36
5/5  rDev +19.6%

beerguy36, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

PeteRiz, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Goldfishman, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bonbini26, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of datalager
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

datalager, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jeremy13586
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a slightly hazy copper color with a big, fluffy, off-white head. My pour was a little bit too vigorous and the beer ended up overflowing. Left some big sticky lacing on the glass.

Citrus, grass, and resinous hops. There is a little bit of a malt profile, but I can't get more than a little bit of caramel.

There is a nice malty backbone that hits you up front, but then the rest is all hops. Pineapple, lemon, grass and earthiness is the general hop profile. There is a lingering hop bitterness, but overall, it finishes clean.

Pretty bubbly throughout. Medium bodied. A pretty slick finish.

Thoroughly enjoyable and very well balanced. The lack of super-complexity was a plus for me, but I didn't dig the oily finish. Beer was still bangin'. I can't think of anything from SN that I didn't like, and this is another hit. Try it!

jeremy13586, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours medium gold, excellent clarity, with two fingers of nice off white head. Good retention and copious lacing.

S: Beautiful, nuanced dried flowers, a couple different malts. Really nice.

T: Huge, thick resinous pine and crystal malt, hints of caramel and floral; the hops tear apart your palate. Medium-high bitterness which is balanced by the subtle sweetness of the malt. This is a tad too "big" for my taste.

M: Full bodied, slightly sticky, and with light carbonation.

O: Most definitely a pine bomb of an IPA. Hides the alcohol pretty well. This is a bit thick for my taste, and I tend to prefer more citrus in my IPAs (or at least a mix of pine and citrus), so that cut my enjoyment a little. Also, I rarely, if ever, find myself wanting a 4 pack of a > 10% DIPA.

pmarlowe, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

let8it8grow, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of sadiekay
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

sadiekay, Apr 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BradFCL, Apr 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

szmnnl99, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a off-white orange tinted head. The head is big and billowy with large bubbles seen entrapped within. The head has good retention, but eventually fades over time to give a wonderful amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a sweet caramel base with tons of pine hop aromas. There are lighter citrus notes as well of sweet orange/tangerine and lemon with a lighter hint of grapefruit. There are other subtle hop aromas of floral nature as well as a somewhat candy sweet aroma. Overall the smell is of nice sweet hoppiness.

Taste – The taste is quite full of transitions between more bitter and sweet. Right up front it starts out with a big shot of bready maltiness with a good helping of some bitter grapefruit hop. Carmel sweetness then quickly comes right after the initial bitterness. With the advent of the caramel sweetness the hops that were of more grapefruit initially transition to more pine in nature with the lighter orange and sweeter lemon present in the nose mixed in. The pine flavors are the most dominant in the taste and last the longest. With these flavors there are some hints of tropical fruit as well. Toward the end the brew bitters some with lemon hop and the grapefruit that was initially present mixing in with the heavy pine. At the very end a light alcohol flavor comes into the mix, and with the other flavors, creates a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The body is very creamy. The beer coats the mouth, basking the tongue in all the nice flavors the brew possesses. The carbonation level is just below average and very fitting for the high abv. and all the sweet and bitter flavors

Overall – This is a nice heavy IPA. A bit on the sweeter/maltier side with some good hop flavors. Not what I would consider a session brew (due to its high abv. and swinging taste profile) but a great beer to go to from time to time and sit back and relax with.

Darkmagus82, Apr 25, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. 2012 vintage. Bottled on day 75 of 2012 (March 15).

Appearance: Pours an orange amber with a clean white head. Soft and pillowy. Quiet carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of grapefruit, bubblegum and pine. Little to no alcohol aroma.

Taste: A bit overpowering. Hoppy, yes, but also a bit harsh and not necessarily from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thick and chewy.

Overall: With all due respect to Sierra Nevada, I've had other Double IPAs with much better flavor and character without exhibiting Hoptimum's harshness. Maybe this needs more than 5 weeks to mellow. As it stands, I much prefer the flavor profile, characteristics, and nuances of SN Torpedo over Hoptimum.

JednoPivoProsim, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Daniel9913, Apr 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

cashmier, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

brwnchrstpher, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

johnsilk, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

server222, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Gabany, Apr 24, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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