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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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5,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,597
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 320
Gots: 714 | 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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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper body with lively bubbles of carbonation dancing to the antique white head that eventually gives way to a consistent sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

Abundant citrus and pine hop aromas float from the glass with.

The palate also offers big piney hops with sweet citrus, a hearty malt backbone and becoming spicy as it warms.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

This is a hearty DIPA. It can kill the palate a bit but offers a nice variety of hop characteristics.

Photo of SiflandOlly
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MrOH
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant deep gold with two finger white head. Great retention.Lace everywhere.

Nice blend of citrus, overripe pineapple, dank, and some pine. Nothing really stands out above the others, but it is a potent mix. Could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle.

Flavor is dominated by citrus, with the tropical fruit notes playing back-up. A quick lash of some caramel, then a fruity boozy wash reminds you of the ABV, then an intense, lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied, good carb. A touch sticky.

I bought this purely because I haven't had a good hop fix in a while, and this supplied it and then some.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh off the truck from the Biergarten. Thanks Freddy!
12oz. served into a snifter glass.

A - Golden orange with a hefty white head that stays through the entire session.

S - Wow! Smells very fresh, floral, leafy green, sweet grapefruit, pineapple, green pine resin, mild onion,

T - Dense perfume hops, sweet mango, cantaloupe, tangarine, grapefruit, intense pine resin, all backed by candy like sweet malt. The finish is provides a ridiculously long bitter finish.

M - Smooth thick feel with moderate creamy carbonation.

If you like hops, this is your dream come true. I've had insanely hoppy beers in the past but none come close to pulling the aroma, bitterness, juicy flavor, and balanced malt that this perfect beer provides.
As I rate this I find myself going back to every IIPA that I've tasted trying to find a better candidate...but I can't.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Nice and light. Head is very large and remains for a good amount of time.
S: Very floral with hints of sweetness. Can you be allergic to beer? After smelling this guy I can't stop sneezing. But I digress...
T: Pretty solid. A good amount of spice and floral notes really come through especially on the finish.
M: This is really where this beer shines. This has the creamy texture of a nitro beer. Sits bubbly and extremely smooth. Goes down great.

Overall a very nice beer. The taste is certainly above average in terms of other IPA but the mouth feel is where this beer really shines through. Seems like a great beer for any occasion.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beaker30
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot I had this left over from a pick-six...poured it into a pint glass and enjoyed.

Head not too thick, but lacing still hanging around awhile as I drink.

Hops in the nose, in the front, in the middle and down the chute. But not to the point that I tasted nothing else. I was surprised by the sweetness, at least at the beginning. Smelled like citrus and pine, but like an earlier reviewer said, there was some other fruit in there too.

Felt thick in my mouth, kind of like their Bigfoot Barleywine. Bitterness lingered on for awhile. Completely refreshing.

A hop-head, I love this thing. Enjoying the whole beloved thing.

Photo of phishphorce
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and hazy with a one finger head that had some staying power and left decent lace.

Smells like hops! I like that in a beer! Piney and fruity hops dominate the nose, leaving little else in their wake.

The taste follows the nose with a hop bomb from the very depths of the ninth layer of hell. Bud drinker's hell, that is. It's kind of sweet with a dry finish, bitter as hell, monstrously hoppy, with a little (very little, that is) malt balance.

It's a pretty one way beer, but enjoyable. Finishes dry, oily, and bitter with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Enjoyable, but not overly stupendous. I brewed a homebrew that kind of approaches this, and essentially I just pounded a red ale with gobs and gobs of hops, especially late.

Hops head alert: buy this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TWStandley
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Salty Pig in Boston...

Poured a golden orange color with a 2 finger bleach white head.

Smelled up front of some piney hops, a bit of grapefruit and lemon.

Taste was pretty good. Hid the alcohol well behind the hoppiness. Wish there was a bit more malt to balance it out more.

Mouthfeel was solid, no heat given the 10% abv.

Overall pretty good, but still not close to touching the top IIPAs.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptimum 2012
2075211 (number on bottle)
Deschutes tulip

A: Like a lot of SN beers, very pretty clear bright orange color. Half finger eggshell white head. It's nicely carbonated. I definitely get some alcohol feet. The swirl leaves some nice lacing bits.

S: Wow, I am surprised by how hoppy this actually is. Tons of piney hops. But I also was surprised to pull fruity hops: mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, etc. Not picking up too much malt but it's there.

T: I certainly get those hops up front. Its a very rounded hop bite on the tip of the tongue that encapsulates it a little bit. By no means how crazy other WC hop bombs are. The malt bill helps to try and balance a little in the middle. It's very sweet beer. The close is nice and dry and bitter. Leaves me wanting more.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Bottle into a Tulip glass. Really like the art work of the dignified hop all dressed up. Now down to business.

Appearance - bit of a darker amber color, nice head formation when first poured, nice/thick lacing remaining. No haze at all, absolutely clear through the glass.

Smell - There's pine, and pine and pine, did i forget to mention how i smell pine? There are some hints of citrus as well but it's pretty dominating pine.

Taste - This is the first Imperial IPA I've been able to get my hands on but I had warning before hand. If you aren't into hop bitterness then this isn't for you, it's all about the hops really. Strong citrus and pine, getting some grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick and syrupy. Leaves a thick coating on my tongue and rest of my mouth. Fairly dry as well, just makes you want to keep drinking.

Overall - Feels like a great introduction to the world of Imperial IPA's. Really love the challenge of the extreme hops and bitterness.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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