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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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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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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Ratings: 5,613 | Reviews: 1,349
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

This beer was amazing.

Incredible floral hop aroma. Pours a bright orange-honey colored liquid with a ridiculous huge head.

Flavor is hop heavy without being ridiculously bitter. Some malt but the dominant attribute is lots and lots of herbal hops. Very dry. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus, especially grapefruit. A little bit of pine and bread too.

Mouthfeel is very interesting. Lots of hop oil is apparent. I kinda like it.

DIPA's aren't my favorite style, but this beer may have me convinced that my opinion of them was too hastily formed. I'm glad I bought a sixer of this beer.

Photo of MrTopher
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Crisp orange body with a noticeable amount of rising carbonation. The head is eggshell white starting around an inch tall and fading fast to start but slows gradually.

S - Citrusy hops are a good thing.

T - Not bitter but it has a nice cirtus hop bite to it. The malt is present balancing well with a subtle sweetness.

M - The feel is good and heavy, just like a I like a DIPA. It sticks to my lips and mouth making for a supple feel.

~ This is a great beer. Once again Sierra Nevada did it right. Keep up the great work Cali!

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dtreindl
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA over the weekend. Served in a sample glass. Pours a clear golden-peach color with a nice white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some good tropical fruits behind some strong orange and citrus. The flavor falls back quite a bit from there, as the bitterness gets to me a bit too much for the hop flavor. Body is light-medium with average carbonation and a hefty bitterness paired with a fair amount of alcohol. Nose was by far the best part of this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of pigc
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden brown with three finger head that fades rather quickly with remains of foam lacing along sides of glass.

S - Pine, citrus, melon, orange, grapefruit. A tropical paradise.

T - Sticky citrus hops smack you right up front with a solid malt backbone to keep things in check. Alcohol warmth brings up the rear and lets itself known.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel. Hop resin sticks to your tongue and roof of mouth.

O - Very solid DIPA from Sierra Nevada. Very clean hop profile which I really like. This is better than I remember it from the bigger bottles. Amazingly drinkable for over 10% abv! Go grab yourself a 4 pack!

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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 12oz bottle.

For such a large beer, the color is a little light for a DIPA- but pleasantly so.

On the nose, subtle pineapple and tropical fruit. It wasn't dramatic and dare I say, slightly muted?

The taste: Smooth, a little thin, but well balanced. Some DIPA's are lopsided (too much hops, not enough malt) and come off disjointed. Hoptimum is not overly bitter or overly sweet--if you ask me this is what makes this beer worth checking out. One reviewer commented on the subtle fruit flavor this beer has in the finish, but couldn't pick it out. It is delicate, and what I would describe as "peach-pit" (its got a definite stone fruit flavor, but not really the fruit --more the pit of a peach than anything). The hops & malt balance work to bring out this flavor in a cool way!

Integration and balance are what makes this beer a winner....

Only wish it had a little more going on flavor wise.

Overall: B+/A-

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #162
Served On: 05/08/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

This was a single 12oz. bottle I found at Ye Old Spirits in Frederick, MD.

Look: The beer was clear and had a brilliant orangeish copper color. Not much head to speak off, although a nice film did hang around to form some respectable lacing. Carbonation level was medium.

Smell: A pungent pine with some grapefruit hiding in the background. Basically a hop bomb!

Taste: First was an harsh bitterness blended with straight ethanol. A chemical burn came through when swallowing. The palate could almost remind someone of drinking turpentine, maybe?

Ok I admit - I was not ready for this beer. I often gravitate towards balanced Imperial IPA's, so this one caught be a little off guard. Definitely have some cheddar or provolone available to cut the extreme abrasiveness of this beer if you ever have the pleaser of drinking it.

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

A: Light copper hue with a two-inch steady head and great lacing; light carbonation

S: Strong tropical hop aroma coupled with weed and pine--lots of weed aroma actually; though there is a sweet bready aroma, the booze shines through the most in the finish

T: The bitter tropical hops play well off the sweet boozy, bready malts; this is a big IPA but it's tasty

F: Sticky and oily; a near perfect mouth feel for an IPA

O: This is a great DIPA; so glad it's more available this year

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - copper and clear with 2 finger head. Large bubbled head and only moderate retention. Plenty of lacing and moderate carbonation.

S - combination of citrus and pine hops. Nothing wonderful but pleasant.

T - its a hoptimum all right. Well crafted for the hop head though. Plenty of bold and complex flavor to balance a noticeable yet tolerable explosion of hop bitterness. Probably a little too bitter for my palate but still I can tell its a well made beer.

Mouthffeel - very buttery and smooth. Definitely a high ABV beer.

Overall - I think SN's other hopcentric beers like Torpedo and Celebration are better crafted and a more tolerable drinker. This one is quite heavy and bolder but still a good beer for the imperial style.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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