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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

4,997 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,997
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
Gots: 448 | 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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demgoth

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-19-2012 00:56:37 | More by demgoth
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theholdsteady

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-18-2012 21:11:19 | More by theholdsteady
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raynmoon

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured really nice, but smelled even better. Like a fresh pine tree, or if someone held a handful of fresh hops right to your nose, it was amazing.

And the taste didn't let down either. It was similar to the smell. Very bitter, but not overpowering, and smooth on the finish, The alcohol was actually well hidden.

The only bummer was the "dank" hop feel on the back end of the brew. But still very good.

I'll definitely be buying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:01:45 | More by raynmoon
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-18-2012 14:47:52 | More by polishkaz
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-18-2012 13:55:53 | More by rderedin
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-18-2012 04:18:38 | More by SFC21
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Jsmitty1967

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-18-2012 01:23:00 | More by Jsmitty1967
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Short's Pint Glass from the bottle.

A: Typical golden brown IPA with about a half finger of white head. A little bit of lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Citrus, Hops, Tropical Fruits, a tinge of alcohol.

T: Very good DIPA - the flavors come through pretty well, the lemon, grapefruit and citrus. The hops come out on the backbone but it finishes pretty clean.

M: Light bodied, pretty creamy.

O: Fantastic DIPA. Certainly glad I picked up a bottle to try, might have to go back to the store for a few more. Very drinkable but like Hopslam, have to be wary of the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:16:24 | More by BeRanger
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xavier390

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-17-2012 20:38:52 | More by xavier390
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-17-2012 19:47:50 | More by kaelingirl
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dav

Missouri

3/5  rDev -28.2%

03-17-2012 19:33:36 | More by dav
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mobius387

Florida

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

2012, poured into a snifter glass

appearance: nice looking amber, sudsy, big white fluffy head

aroma: smellls like a great ipa, piens, grapefruit, malts. medium power nose

palate: big body and bitter, you can taste the alcohol but its not too over-powering, medium carbonation

taste: just like the nose, bit pines and grapefruits, some nuttiness to it, a bit of sugar/sweetness too.

overall: if you are a big bitter hop-head, this ones for you. yes, it falls into the cavernous pit of ipa categories, but that doesn't keep it from tasting great. get it while its hot!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 17:51:36 | More by mobius387
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rippedflesh89

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-17-2012 16:51:08 | More by rippedflesh89
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-17-2012 16:32:48 | More by laymansbeerfan
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

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

Bottled 2/18/12

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber colour. Two fingers of dense ivory head. Tight bubbles with good retention. Decent lacing.

S: A nice blend of pine, grapefruit and caramel malt.

T: Lots of big flavor here. Starts with a nice wave of juicy citrus, pine and malty sweetness but quickly turns into piney hop bitterness. The bitterness is a little over the top but that's about the only negative here. Was hoping for a little more balance between the bitterness and flavor.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of body and carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips.

Overall this a nice DIPA. Bold flavors combined with a very nice mouthfeel make for a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 13:03:00 | More by muletrane
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-17-2012 05:17:01 | More by FeelinSurley
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hcuta


4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-17-2012 03:37:23 | More by hcuta
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-17-2012 02:54:03 | More by ShemRahBoo
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a two finger foamy white head with good retention and lots of lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Smells like it should be hoppy and sweet. Can't wait to try it.

Tastes like grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and sugar. There is plenty of malt to provide sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. To be honest, this beer is sweeter than I expected it to be.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet and sticky feeling in the mouth, and finishes somewhat dry. A very nice DIPA from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:59:48 | More by hardy008
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-17-2012 00:35:00 | More by CADMixes
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jpd026

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

03-16-2012 23:46:53 | More by jpd026
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BAM! Wow, what a heavy hitter! Poured at a good temperature with large, foamy, very frothy, fluffy, billowy, cream colored head that lasts a long time and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is primarily fresh hop with malt, caramel, fresh sawn timber, leather. Flavor is somewhat similar to nose with hop bitter dominant along with some carbonic tang and a little malt sweet. Body is full, somewhat round and almost some sharp bitter points. Finish is like flavor, very long, and very boozy. Excellent beer for a bottle, maybe two.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:35:32 | More by drpimento
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Grinnerman

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-16-2012 23:12:54 | More by Grinnerman
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jminch

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-16-2012 23:12:35 | More by jminch
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Bottled about a month ago...

Pours a solid orange hue, topped by a thick, lush looking head. Hops burst forth in the smell, heavy and aromatic. Deep, pungent citrus pulp, floral perfume, zesty hop oils, and a nice spiciness. A whiff o' the dank weed as well. Bitterness hits full force with the first sip, but oh man is this a nice tasting DIPA. Juicy grapefruit, pine resin dryness, peppery hops, wood, and some floral notes. Not too sweet at all, which is a big plus...there is some malt to balance, but this is a potent hop showcase. No booziness flavor-wise, but it does warm the throat (and head). Zesty, sticky, drying - very, very nice all around. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:42:30 | More by wedge
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,997 ratings.