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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: 233
Gots: 447 | 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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Winslow

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-13-2012 14:13:58 | More by Winslow
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vkv822

Oregon

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

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear orange-hued golden with a thick, foamy off white head and some lacing.

The aroma is resiny pine and grapefruit hops.

More grapefruit and pine hops in the taste.

A medium body, with appropriate carbonation.

A good, solid DIPA. Not really unique in any aspect, just well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 09:56:14 | More by vkv822
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fluidmotion

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-13-2012 07:01:53 | More by fluidmotion
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-13-2012 06:36:55 | More by spark3148857
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dwduncan2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-13-2012 05:17:25 | More by dwduncan2
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-13-2012 04:50:48 | More by tripledbrew
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Nice amber with a hop haze out of the bottle. A good finger of head, that settles to a wispy dusting. A little lacing.

S) Piney floral aroma, malt sweetness, light honey, bit of citrus, alcohol.

T) Nice malt presence. Sweeter citrus flavor, like fresh OJ. This has pine and grass. There is some alcohol heat in the finish. The aftertaste is citrus rind.

M) Medium body, pretty lightly carbonated. This one is pretty smooth, a little sticky. There's some alcohol tingle.

O) Pretty impressive. I've been drinking Hopslam lately, and this is a notch below from my standpoint, but man, it is very good. I would gladly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:35:38 | More by RoamingGnome
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ackbigcahuna

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-13-2012 02:10:03 | More by ackbigcahuna
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beesy

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a brilliant medium to light orange - copperish with a two finger just slightly off white head with a high amout of carbonation.

S - hops overwhelm. Lots of citrus with some pine and an oniony grassiness

T - tons of hops. Citrus and pine throughput. Somewhat sweet. I keep getting some onion notes through latter early palate through early latter palate. A nice lingering bitterness that isnt overly coarse.

M - fairly thick, medium to medium high. A little unexpected, but a little residual sweetness does help carry the hops.

D - somewhat low.

Overall, an fairly impressive beer with tons of hop character. A little sweet for my liking. I'd like to know what their proprietary hop blend is - maybe a cross of someing with Summitt and thats where Im getting the onion?
D -

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:59:26 | More by beesy
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XavierMuskies

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-13-2012 01:53:24 | More by XavierMuskies
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a bright copper pale ale with a billowing white head, maybe a touch of off white color. Fine even speckled lacing layers nicely down the sides of my glass, I've also recently had this on tap equally as impressive. Green aromatics, a bit of earthy vegetable notes, green onion, citrus, you name it when it comes to hops and it's here. It almost gives you a buzz based solely on the hop aromatics, a dank weed nose forms as well within the earthy citrus notes. This label states 10.4% abv which is noticeable on the palate with each sip, a beer so big with hops malts and alcohol that it tastes that way. Strong full on bitterness earthy, citric, vegetable hops like opening a bag of fresh hops...this beer has it. Whole cone hop concentrated in a double IPA malt base. Mouthfeel has a full bodied oily hop based texture with even carbonation that flows evenly. Overall excellent flowing DIPA, that has mucho mucho hop character, gotta love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 23:37:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this off the shelf as soon as I saw it, nice and fresh. Pours a very clear amber bronze sort of color with a 1" eggshell colored head retention isn't bad, especially considering the ABV. As it recedes it leaves a little lacing in my glass. Smell is absurdly aggressive, I get lots of citrus, grapefruit and a bit of orange, a bit of pine. There is a slight sweetness to the smell as well. I was surprised that this does in fact have just a touch of noticed bitterness. It is rare that I detect that anymore. The sip starts out with a slight hick heavy sweetness. In the middle of the taste I get that noticeable bitterness with some of those sweet orange/grapefruit notes. the beer finishes with a residual pine bitterness and a slight vanilla taste. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy smooth, a slight carbonation gives it some life. This thing is really a hop-bomb. The flavors blend together quite well, giving this mildly complex beer a taste that subtly morphs as it progresses across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 21:23:30 | More by gkunkle
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- This one is all pine hops. Very resinous and bitter nose with a noticeable alcohol presence.

T- Holy bitterness batman! Easily one of the most bracingly bitter beers that I've ever tasted. All hop resin and pine with a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is a bit brash with a hot finish.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall a bit more unbalanced than I like my IPAs. Still certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:39:11 | More by projectflam86
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-12-2012 20:07:41 | More by UltimateLivewire
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-12-2012 04:13:50 | More by lilnicky068
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djbreezy

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

Appearance - rich clear orange, solid one finger off white head with great retention, some sticky lingering lacing

Smell - tropical citrus nectar hops, sweet smell

Taste - tropical hops with some grapefruit and citrus presence, some apricot sugary sweetness in there as well, substantial sweet malt body hiding behind the hops, lots of flavor

Mouthfeel - sticky, thick, almost like honey, mixed with a bit of a dry finish

Overall - good hop presence, but I could do without the nectar sticky sweet thing going on, highly resinous, overall a great IPA, very hop forward

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:11:55 | More by djbreezy
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

03-12-2012 02:26:23 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-11-2012 21:46:23 | More by HoistinBrews
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bentonquest

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-11-2012 21:31:34 | More by bentonquest
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musicsherlock

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-11-2012 18:29:51 | More by musicsherlock
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amart80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-11-2012 17:01:39 | More by amart80
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fDOTbear

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-11-2012 15:52:43 | More by fDOTbear
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack of this at Princeton's last week, looking forward to trying another good SN brew (Rutherford Rye is still lingering pleasantly in my synapses). 12 oz. bottle, one for me, one for the lovely wife.

Pour is clear, cold-hammered copper, the kind the guys in 300 could have used more than rippling abs. Nose is surprisingly tame, threadbare malts, confused but distant hops. Huh.

Hoptimum lowers a malty, malty, malty boom on my unsuspecting ass. Malt blows like a nor'easter throught his beer, big, malty, blustery sweetness. Hops arrive late to the party, but does bring a piney, oily bitterness. Really sticks to the palate, & improves with warming. That stickiness you can't scrape off with a grill cleaner saves the beer at the end.

Good beer that could do with more hops & a lower bucket of malts. Good beer, but it's cursed with that "balance" that I hear of. Less balance, more hops!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:27:54 | More by maximum12
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fmccormi

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my Bruery tulip, a Luettich balloon. Bottling date of February 17, 2012 printed in white just above the barcode on the label (“204820632”), so just over three weeks old at the time of consumption. Hopsss.

Appearance (5.0): Light khaki-colored head with a beautiful mixture of fat and fine bubbles, taking its sweet-ass time dying down. Starts at only about two fingers but it seriously just isn’t dying. Lacing is moderate and spotty, but what do you expect from a beer so strong it also leaves legs on the sides, like wine does? The body is a deep orange, nearly clear with a chill haze. What an impressive looking beer!

Smell (4.0): Sweet lord in heaven. Bright pineapple and grapefruit mixed with some pine, but dank, dank, dank as hell. Some booze, for sure, which masks an underlying malt sweetness. This is nothing, if not hoppy.

Taste (4.5): Hops and alcohol compete in the front and the end of the palate, though the midsection is interestingly left to show a bit of that sweet, blonde malt body—which is nice. At the front, the beer starts with a sweet citrus note lent by the hops, immediately overrun by pine sap and resin. The high ABV is apparent, no question there, but I’m fine with it—adds a deeper dimension to the hop profile, in a way. But again, this is just weedy. Damn weedy. Resin dominates in the finish, again mixing with the ABV to accentuate and prolong the bitter finish. The underappreciated component here is clearly the malt: bready with a honey sweetness, it offers a nice contrast and counterpart to the hop profile. Damn. Loving this beer.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Low-key but expansive carbonation brings this beer to every part of your mouth. It’s not the driest finish, but the ABV dries out your palate after the fact. The body, in contrast, is medium- to full- in character, and quite oily. God bless hops.

Overall (4.5): If you like your DIPAs big, then this is for you. Arguably the best DIPAs are closer to the 8-9% ABV range—think Elder, Heady, Citra, etc. Six of the top ten are 8-9%, and only three are 10+%. If you prefer your DIPAs in the 10+% bracket, then this is exemplary for that range of the style. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s sweet for a lot of people. But that’s par for the course for a lot of those so-called Triple IPAs. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:58:45 | More by fmccormi
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roblund

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-11-2012 02:39:01 | More by roblund
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,997 ratings.