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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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5,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,271
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 259
Gots: 560 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

slimntubbs, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Brown120, Apr 15, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

Bright orange-amber color with a minimal head consisting of just a trace of fine bubbles on the surface.

The aroma is a bit shy, showing some tangerine and grapefruit. The flavor combines these fruity notes with spicy pine, overlying a prominent sweet honey base. A mellow bitterness builds and finishes with a mild peppery character.

Full-bodied with low carbonation, leading to a heavy mouthfeel. The hop flavors are quite nice but fight to keep ahead of a booziness and an overall sweetness.

CliffBrake, Apr 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

friartuck72, Apr 15, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. 2012 vintage. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thick band around the shoulders and a dollop of cream in the center. Nose reveals sweet grapefruit notes, a trace of tropical fruit and a piney quality. Taste consistent with nose; however an earthy bitterness runs down the center of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with an assertive carbonation that is slightly prickly. Consistency is somewhat oily with a light viscosity. There's also some residual heat that lingers at the back of the throat. Overall, another solid brew from SN - these guys rarely fail to satisfy. I'd really like the opportunity to try this on draft, or better yet, on cask.

Jwale73, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BlakeL, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

NoProblem, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

splendidsplinter, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

datphoo, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

keepitsimple1990, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

justinlaz, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

rowmine, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mychalg9, Apr 14, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

True to form, Sierra Nevada puts out a nice dipa. Thick body on feel and flavor. Consistency all the way through. It's a good beer. The only downside is that it gets salty as it warns. I'm sure I could say that it's over hopped, but who cares. Tastes nice.

RblWthACoz, Apr 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Sierra Nevada has produced some of my favorite beers. That said, this one left me rather disappointed. Picked up two 12oz. bottles this afternoon, read quite a few positive reviews, waited for the perfect time to savor in a big snifter glass...

Alas, the taste of the high alcohol blocks out any nuances or subtleties this hop-forward beer may contain. I was going to write a review with tasting/smelling notes, but boozy malt is all I'm getting out of this.

I've been on a DIPA kick lately and, considering the price and the scarcity of this one, I won't be seeking this one out again. There are just way too many other options available right now. The second bottle is gonna be in the fridge for a long time.

HippyJonny, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

drewone, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

C2H5, Apr 14, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

served in a schooner at kellehers. poured a nice clear copper body with a fingers worth of off white head, leaving nice amount of lacing. nose is greeted by a bouquet of floral citrus hops. taste is very similiar to the nose with the added caramel malt presence and a touch of pine on the finish. mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily. nice carbonation with a dry hoppy finish. if you like citrus hops in your ipa then this is a must try!

match1112, Apr 14, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

Nice pour, not too much head, just perfect. Smell is overwhelming nice citrus hops. Taste is more of the same. Really like the hop flavor, nice crisp pine flavor. Best aroma for an IPA I have ahd in awhile. Would highly reccomend to anyone who likes the style.

kimbo33, Apr 14, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

The beer poured a beautiful clear gold and produced a one finger high white head. It dissipates fast leaving some lacing.
The smell is full of fruity hops in all variation.
Tasting the beer those fruit flavors like citrus, lemon, orange, pineapple will be the beginning. Piney and earthy hop flavors balance with a nice bitterness. Some malt at the end rounds up this hop parade.
The alcohol is well hidden and for me this was exactly what I think a imperial IPA should taste like.
Great job!

Hopfenpeter, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

A: a deep, very clear, orange body. an almost amber-like orange color. head is white and thick. retention dies to a rim and lacing is there, but a bit scarce.

S: the pine resins are so deep and entice the palate to take a sip. no sniff can go sip-less. caramel and vanilla back up the hugely pine-happy hoppy aroma.

T: boatloads of bitterness. wow. caramel, toffee, and bitter pine trees. the hops and the malt combine to make such a delicious bittersweet combo it is hard not to quaff at a very high pace. the bitterness lingers long into the finish. delicious.

M: low/moderate carbonation on a very full body. just what the style needs.

D: man this is some good shit. so stoked to see this in 12oz bottles at such a moderate price. definitely worth picking up if you ever come across it.

Jimmys, Apr 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

TCJosh, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

MacStinson, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

gshackles, Apr 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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