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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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Photo of dcook11
5/5  rDev +19.6%

dcook11, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Great clarity. Gold/very light amber with a fluffy, slightly off white head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Lots of bitter resin, hints of marijuana, grapefruit, pine and grassy hops. Greens. There is some malty, honey like sweetness too.

T: Pretty brash and hoppy as to be expected. A hint of carmel malt sweetness right at the start, then all the bitter, bitter hops come and take everything over. Mainly grapefruit, pine resin and earthy green hops. Hop oils linger for a long time in the finish.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: As expected, no surprises. Damn hoppy, not that balanced, but still a bit of carmel malt. A bit boozy. Glad I got to try it, but probably wouldn't buy it ever.

herman77, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jimelee108
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jimelee108, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Goulash
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Goulash, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -4.3%

tenacioustomato, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of outlaw1323
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

outlaw1323, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mudbug
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

From the 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass results in a very clear amber body topped with a thin tight head that recedes into a sticky thin cap that leaves heavy lacing down the sides.
Bring your nose anywhere near this brew and it will smack you in that proboscis with a heaping fog of hop flower, pine, citrus, dank weed, fresh cut grass, tip it in and,
Wham! Imagine chewing on a fresh hop cone, layers of bitter,scrape your teeth clean and pucker the lips, then a delicate malt sweetness makes it's way up, but only for a hint because the next sip is going to be soon and the hop wrecking ball is going to swing.
Hop lovers meet another nirvana.
Overall just stellar, with a nice warming from the booze to remind you to use caution.

mudbug, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Mdog
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Moderate citrus, maybe a little less than expected but I think these bottles are 2+ months old.

Taste: Very nice. Starts with a good citrus sweetness balanced with a solid malt body before transitioning to a long bitter finish.

Overall: I've had this on tap before but finally got a chance to review with a 4 pack. Maybe a slight step down from Hopslam as it is not quite as sweet or tropical flavored, but hits most of the guideposts for a DIPA that I enjoy. Tasty stuff.

Mdog, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of BCross
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BCross, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JohnnyP3, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Horbar, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A-pours an orangish, light amber color with a fluffy off white head that clings to the side of the glass
S-big citrus and pine hop aroma , faint malt backbone
T-More citrus and pine up front followed by nice malt sweetness and a hint of honey, finishes a bit dry with citrus hops on the palate
M-medium-full bodied
O-Very well balanced beer, at points it acts as if it will be a bit too sweet but manages to hang in there. Great aroma and flavor, very well crafted

atr2605, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours very little white head and leaves a little bit of lacing. The beer is a light amber bordering on gold.

A small and barely noticeable hint of alcohol is dominated by the bitter hops and tiny bit of sweet malt in there.

The hops are bitter and balance out the tiny hint of roasted malt and caramel malt that I taste.

A fairly heavy-bodied beer with light carbonation.

An absolutely excellent beer from Sierra Nevada. Great price, great taste, great deal.

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DoctorB2B, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%

12oz bottle, bottled on march 15, under one month, cash. Cool label

A: Pours a beatiful clear, amber/golden color, rather large white head. Subdues to a thin film that retains well, leaves a cascade of lacing.

S: Whoa deep tropical citrus, caramel too. Grapefruit, even cherries, very sweet smelling. Some grape malty

T: Very citrus/tropical up front, upon first sip its a lemon and powedered sugar combo, quickly you get assaulted with deep tropical mango/pineapple/grapefruit. Sweet honey, caramel malt backbone hides but is there. Insane hop oil flavors. Lingers forever. As it warms notes pine-y, and minty notes emerge in background. Leaves palate wet.

M: Super creamy, rich heavy body, abv med/low, super oily. ABV incredibly well developed. Its almost tiring to drink it as there so much flavor to comprehend, yet it doesnt overwhelm the palate with bitterness/dryness. A bomber is do-able 1 man.

O: Hop nirvana really, this beer aint for the bud light drinkers. Absolute homerun. Mandatory purchase for hop heads. Hop elixer, not sure what else to say. Hop bill might not be as complicated as others, but the dominate flavor/note in this brew is unrivaled in my experience up till now. I might have to buy this again, like now.

BigCheese, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of FickleBeast
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a sticky orange color with a finger of off white foam. Quite viscous. Aroma is fantastic, tons of grapefruit hops, with a sweet tropical fruit / papaya note as well.

First sip is... huge hop flavor with a big sticky sweetness to back it up. Lingering strong bitterness. This is one big, complex, beer. There is a beet sugar sweetness that powers through the substantial hop flavor. Bitterness is potent but not palate crushing.

Probably one of the sweetest IIPAs I've had in recent memory. But the sweetness is expertly balanced by a huge hop flavor, and strong bitter finish. This is a fantastic beer.

FickleBeast, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
4.43/5  rDev +6%

Bottle poured into a Dogfish Head goblet.

Very little head. Impressive golden appearance. Powerful aroma - floral/piney/hoppy - what I would expect from an imperial IPA.

I was looking for an in your face hop explosion tonight, and this one delivered. I can taste the 10.4% ABV, and it's definitely somewhere in between Dogfish Head 90 and 120 in terms of bitterness. It lingers for quite a while. As someone who enjoys strong IPAs, this is not a negative.

This is not for amateurs. Miller Lite and Bud drinkers would probably pass out from a single sip. Well done Sierra Nevada.

Celtics76, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of stouts4me
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

Appearance is normal for the style, clear orange-yellow.

Smell has a nice burst of the bitter resin we all desire.

Wow ! the taste is similar to the brashness of Hopslam, dogfish 120. Maybe not the exact same taste, but you know you are drinking a monster .

the mouthfeel is nothing out of the ordinary, but the taste has been crafted very well. no real burn here, though, so some extreme hopheads may be disappointed. But I don't think S N was going for the extreme here, and this was a very good job on their part. $2.50 a beer for this much flavor is a great deal, and would be awesome after a mow and right before a cookout( and throughout the cookout, too).

stouts4me, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

RTrain12, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

tjeppaint, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%

Poured a nice clean amber color with a creamy and sticky tan head.

The smell was very green and pungent.

This starts out very sweet and biscuity but is quickly overtaken by the hops, has a very fresh floral flavor with a big long lasting medicinal bitterness to it. Tastes sort of messy.

The mouthfeel is very thick and oily.

Not a great double IPA, to sweet and seems to lack focus.

bashiba, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BigTrubble, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Jfatora3
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jfatora3, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -4.3%

zenwatts, Apr 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

rah1734bones, Apr 07, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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