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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
93
outstanding

5,128 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,128
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 247
Gots: 504 | 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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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2012 vintage.

Appearance: good light-orange hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: fresh whole-hop aroma with a citrusy, piney, slightly spicy, slightly resiney character. Quite good.

Taste: nicely malty body with bit of sweetness and more fresh hops, though here presenting as quite citrusy. This complements the malt very well. Bitterness is there, but it is surprisingly low considering the style and strength.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good carbonation and slow-building but steady creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a very good imperial IPA. It doesn't throw any curve balls, but it is solidly made, solidly tasty and surprisingly drinkable for its hi-test ABV.

03-31-2012 17:03:01 | More by flagmantho
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2012 15:32:20 | More by hagbergl
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seth72104

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-31-2012 07:46:30 | More by seth72104
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Good amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Big hop aroma with lots of dank, spicy pine resin up front. Also a good citrus hop presence with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple. Some bready caramel malts in the background. The piney hops stand out the most here with a spicy onion like hint.

Taste: Burst of fresh hops give a good bitter whack on the tongue. Big taste of pine resin hops with some good notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and mango. Some caramel malts add a little balance in the back end. Very hoppy and bitter. Very good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very bitter, chewy, and drying. Alcohol heat isn't really noticed under all the hops.

Overall: A very good double IPA. Almost hoppy enough to be considered a triple IPA. Definitely for a hophead and not for the faint of heart.

03-31-2012 06:57:21 | More by MattyG85
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longbongsilver

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-31-2012 05:28:50 | More by longbongsilver
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mecmd

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2012 04:22:37 | More by mecmd
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yokken

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-31-2012 03:42:41 | More by yokken
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

12oz bottle. Bottled 3/14/12. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter. 

Pours clear dark amber with 2 fingers pale head. Spotty lacing. 

Pungent dank hop aroma. Mangos, pine and a hint of booze. 

Tastes nice. Citrus and pine are present with a mildly onion garlic dankness (which I happen to enjoy in a DIPA). The booze comes through in the long aftertaste. 

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbination and sticky hop oil slickness. 

A well done imperial IPA. I'm glad it's in 4 packs of 12oz bottles this year. This is worth a try for DIPA fans. 

03-31-2012 03:34:22 | More by ThickNStout
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mcorwin

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-31-2012 03:28:49 | More by mcorwin
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2012 03:13:13 | More by Chugs13
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KohlbeckM

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2012 02:45:43 | More by KohlbeckM
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-31-2012 01:54:34 | More by birchstick
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

A - A clear dark golden pilsner color. Slighty amber. 2 fingers of head, and all that sticky lace I love to see on my glass in a DIPA

S - I immediately smell all the hop goodness as soon as I popped the cap off. A good combination of citrus and pine hops. The alcohol whiff is very present as well.

T - A smack of citrusy hops up front, piny hops at the end, and big alchohol aftertaste. Delicous though.

M - Well carbonated, smooth, perfect mouthfeel. Nice!

O - A very well done, well balanced, DIPA from Sierra Nevada.

03-31-2012 01:24:43 | More by BeerDawgs
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LeoPanna

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2012 01:16:58 | More by LeoPanna
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chrisbues

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-31-2012 00:59:41 | More by chrisbues
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-31-2012 00:34:08 | More by jlordi12
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-31-2012 00:24:56 | More by Massbmx
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brownwc2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-30-2012 23:51:15 | More by brownwc2
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-30-2012 23:01:34 | More by YeastInception
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-30-2012 22:48:02 | More by richkrull
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Edgewater

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-30-2012 21:35:03 | More by Edgewater
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alalvarez75

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2012 19:05:03 | More by alalvarez75
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amosher13

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-30-2012 14:43:42 | More by amosher13
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jhawkjedi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2012 13:22:19 | More by jhawkjedi
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

12 oz bottle, about a month old, poured into a snifter. Pours rust-amber hued with some haze and a good head. Decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is signature Sierra Nevada at first... seems bigger Torpedo but a much diverse bouquet soon opens. Reading the description of the beer on the brewer's website, I could oddly relate to rose. Fruit is present, some pine and grass.

The taste is much more aggressive than taste... strongly bitter, almost challengingly so with plenty of juicy notes carrying it... malts did contribute to the body but sweetness is minimal. Perfect feel, thick, silky, but not cloying. Overall quite good... perhaps I have laid off the IPAs for a while but this sure is coming off a little strong. Will drink again, that's certain.

4, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4

Edit: On second thoughts, the taste was not all that good. Discordant hop notes I think.

03-30-2012 07:04:51 | More by tewaris
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,128 ratings.