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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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4,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,941
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 228
Gots: 430 | FT: 6
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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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa, homerun beer.

A: Not an exceptional color, honey, good head retention, anyone else notice the amount of CO2 buried in the bottle? Pretty great explosion of movement there in the glass after the pour.

S: Like a big hop picked off the bine in August and crushed between my fingers.

T: Pine sap, sweet malt, and alcohol, every sip makes the tongue thicker with bitterness. This means each tastes more of pine sap, malt, and alcohol. Not bad!

M: Falls into the "dangerously quaffable" category, each sip becoming creamier.

O: This is an over the top beer! I had a 1.5 year old Burton Baton before this, which was much easier horse to tame. Yeah the Hoptimum is acerbic as other reviewers note. I do not think that is a totally unpleasant characteristic though, reminding the drinker to sip slowly and take the time this big IPA merits.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:48:10 | More by JoshRadTxist
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-16-2012 01:54:45 | More by abanton
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-16-2012 01:31:25 | More by rockaday
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-15-2012 23:29:22 | More by nas4atu
Photo of Scotchboy


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version on-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a chill hazed darker honey gold, that regains its clarity as it warms...fluffy white recedes to a constant ring.

S: Resiny, pithy & piny hop assault, definitely more bitter smelling than sweet...malt is detectable, but buried...wow this is hoppy.

T: Taste follows...waves of piny hops, very dry and bitter with that signature Sierra Nevada resiny/herbal note...bitter citrus rind, pine needle, oily and a bit earthy...hint of honey and bready malt, maybe a slight toasty quality but the hops are king. Alcohol is noticeable especially as it warms.

MF: Dry! Bitter, probably about medium in mouthfeel, the alcohol does cut it some.

O: Very very bitter, more bitter than I remember last years bottling being and almost too much for me to thoroughly enjoy. Its definitely every bit a Sierra Nevada beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 20:51:32 | More by Scotchboy
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color, small white head to it. Great hoppy aroma. Taste has great mouthfeel, for the amount of hops and the high ABV it remains pretty well balanced, but this is a hop head's delight for sure. The bitterness dances around the taste buds and finishes clean and smooth. Bit of an alcohol warmness but that's to be expected. A great beer, I'm convinced SN can't make anything less than a "good" beer and this is one of the better ones I've had from them. Definitely pick it up if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 20:16:54 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12Oz poured into a tulip glass

A- Slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger of a foamy white head and decent retention for 10.4 is quite the feat.
S- This is more balanced then I expected. A creamy caramel smell. Has a certain biscuit quality to it. Hops are astringent and skunky. Lots of pineapple and lemon and other citrus tones. Not as hop forward a I would like for it to have been.
T- I get a wallop of bitterness up front followed by a unique but smooth feel to it. Tastes are very creamy like caramel and biscuit. None of the hop flavors really stand out to me. Alcohol is big here, expecially as it warms.
M- This is a very warming beer at over 10%, not surprisingly so. Very bitter, a creamy feel but a boozy aftertaste. Not very easy to get down a lot of this.
O- There isn't much wrong with this beer, its just honestly disappointing. I had high expectations but still. A beer called Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada should be hoppier. This beer is too boozy and not enough hoppy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 10:58:59 | More by TwelveOunces
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-15-2012 04:21:07 | More by sukwonee
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-15-2012 02:53:38 | More by kevgod
Photo of neckbracesub


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Sierra Nevada has always been a fan of using a great amount of hops, but with Hoptimum they have clearly out-hopped even themselves.

The appearance is nothing out of the ordinary, pouring a golden amber with lots of activity before it's settled.

The smell is wear the overwhelming power of this beer really starts to take effect. Even a person with the weakest sense of smell would be blown away by the ultra-hoppy aroma, mostly due to its "Whole Cone" hop process in this beer's creation.

After the incredibly intense experience that is just the smelling of this beer, then comes the task of trying to fully consume this "Triple" IPA. It's certainly a potent India Pale Ale. It's so potent that I can't imagine anyone but EXTREME IPA LOVERS really falling in love with it. It packs not only a lot of punch but I would say something more like a wallop.

Being more of a stout and dark ale lover, this one took some time to get comfortable with. Sure enough, though, after a few swigs of Hoptimum I have to say that overall I did enjoy it. A powerful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:40:41 | More by neckbracesub
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a vibrant glowing orange color. Head makes me think this beer is incredibly resinous for some reason. Head is viscous but not uniform. Body is transparent but looks reasonably full-figured.

S-Smells like grapefruits dipped in pine oil. Thick nose. Pine and hefty citrus. Very hop-forward. Smells big and bold and...IMPERIAL.

T-Very resinous. Incredibly piney and bitter. Super concentrated flavor. Citrus hops are only defeated by the incredible pine. Hop forward. Mild malt sweetness. This is a big, bold beer. Frankly, I find this very enjoyable. Dank, dank, dank. As I sip, I find that the malt is quite rich as well and balances the hops out all the while making this a supremely rich brew.

M-Very thick and full-bodied. Bitter and blatantly resinous. Massaging carbonation. Heady. Sierra Nevada always displays a full body, and this may be the fullest of any I have tried.

O/D-This beer has gotten mixed reviews. I find there to be several genres of DIPA; and this is not my most beloved take on the style. However, this is a great brew. Huge flavors, huge body, and a big bout of booze. It has its flaws, but this is a great beer. A $10 four-pack is not a screw-job (especially considering the high ABV). To me, Hoptimum lives up to its billing. I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:20:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-14-2012 21:23:22 | More by woodenbones
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-14-2012 17:35:15 | More by jasinviso
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-14-2012 01:32:48 | More by bootsdomino
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West Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/mellow yellow, nice foamy 1 inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, citric fruits, hop oils, lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime, some added sugars. And more hops!

Taste - Insane hop crush, sweet/bitter/citric hops. Slight malt and added sugars come out a little but this is straight up piney hop bite. Honey and lemon are also a main flavor. Alcohol is present in each drink and at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouth crusher! Tounge gets sweet and citric hops. Palette is numbed with the hops, and alcohol warms everything up. Finsih is bitter and very dry.

Overall - Just when you think that sierra nevada has become to commerical, or makes safe, easy to enjoy beers, this is released. A true monster, this challenges all the double ipa's out there. Its strong, bitter, and hoppy as hell. Hopheads dream, not for the casual drinker. World class!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:07:57 | More by wvsabbath
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-14-2012 00:16:57 | More by MaseFace
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Golden yellow, moderate internal carbonation, minimal head, decent lacing afterwards

S: Nice citrus, lots and lots of hops, some light tropical fruits and lemon notes

T: One of the most hop intensive beers I've had, quite delicious, strong citrus and bitterness, but good balance

M: Smooth and not over-powering on the palate, definitely a bit heavy and too lingering on the aftertaste, a mouth dryer

O: Perfect beer for any lover of hops, quite drinkable and smooth, just keep some water handy for afterwards

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 22:41:40 | More by MatthewWilde
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-13-2012 19:04:37 | More by xdefeatsy
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

03-13-2012 18:16:59 | More by Caterwaul
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-13-2012 14:13:58 | More by Winslow
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear orange-hued golden with a thick, foamy off white head and some lacing.

The aroma is resiny pine and grapefruit hops.

More grapefruit and pine hops in the taste.

A medium body, with appropriate carbonation.

A good, solid DIPA. Not really unique in any aspect, just well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 09:56:14 | More by vkv822
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-13-2012 07:01:53 | More by fluidmotion
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-13-2012 06:36:55 | More by spark3148857
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-13-2012 05:17:25 | More by dwduncan2
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-13-2012 04:50:48 | More by tripledbrew
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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