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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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5,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,390
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 267
Gots: 609 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JRBecks, Apr 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Auror, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

cletusdog, Apr 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

MaineMike, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

st9647v3, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

max9371, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Kenai4, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods San Francisco CA for 2.49$ - thanks to j for this

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, lots of hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with LOTS of hops. It also has a apricot and pineapple flavour mixed with a grapefruit. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - One of the hoppier beers I've had so far. This beer definitely packs a punch in both the flavour and the alcohol department. Well worth picking up if you love hops, wish I had more of it.

spinrsx, Apr 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Invictys, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields a finger of creamy looking off-white head. The body is a nice rich amber color and the lacing tries to cling to the glass.

So many hop notes...Piney and grassy are the first notes detected. Grapefruit is certainly in there, as well as a crackery malt smell to balance her out.

This beer is very grassy. Nice grassy hops are complimented by a strong pine hop flavor and grapefruit notes. Nice and bitter. Strong alcohol flavor on the back end.

This beer ends up bone dry. Between the stylistic desire to make it so and the way the alcohol on the end pushes it to be, it makes you quickly look for that next sip. Carbonation is about average and the beer is otherwise medium bodied.

CFHMagnet, Apr 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Nightrain87, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Steasy66
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter

A- deep amber, thin half finger head
S- A little bit herbal, not a whole lot
T- citrus, grassy, herbal, sweet
M- thick, high carbonation
O- good dip a but doesn't make the grade compared to others available, would probably buy again, I think this is an older bottle and has fallen off a bit.

Steasy66, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum is exactly what you'd expect: a bitter hop-bomb. If you like that sort of thing (like me) then you'll love it.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Great grassy-hop smell with just a little bit of citrus. 4.5

T: Hugely hoppy and bitter. This beer aimed to be a bitter hop-bomb and it certainly succeeded. Yum. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

vandemonian, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber color with a whispy white head.

All the reviews I've read notes citrus and pine. I pick both those up, but get an overwhelming whiff of floral notes, specifically lilac. I get heavy floral perfumes.

I get the same floral perfume in the taste, especiall in the aftertaste. There's a good dose of pine, too. There is a slightly soapy aspect to it.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and resinous. Decent carbonation and a little alcohol astringency.

Overall, this is a good beer and quite the palate bruiser.

Vonerichs, Apr 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BeerTaster727, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Rozyravens, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

discdueler, Apr 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Kuges, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden/amber color with a 3 finger head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, pine some tropical fruit. Just not a very strong aroma.

Taste is definitely strong, this is a BIG beer. Lots of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. The alcohol has a definite warming effect. Big bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and resinous. Almost felt like I was chewing on this one about halfway through.

Overall this is a solid IIPA. Big flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol. Definitely a sipper for me.

busterwhite, Apr 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

FeastCoast, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Chrixsus, Apr 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JohnSlaney, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Eriktheipaman, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bexley10, Apr 16, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,390 ratings.