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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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5,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,490
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 276
Gots: 644 | 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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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

@ Gula Gula, Salem MA

Beautiful, pristinely clear amber color. Thin head quickly collars and fades away. Nice lace up top though.

Floral, super sweet malt aroma. Tastes really sweet with very little hop flavor. Hops come through more as pine sap and a lingering bitter. I'd like more hop resin. And hop aroma. And hop flavor.

Didn't like it in the bottle and like it less on tap.

donkeyrunner, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of buddyvelt
4/5  rDev -4.3%

buddyvelt, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

GeoffreyM, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of ajkmetron
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ajkmetron, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of trixdout
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

trixdout, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Ajax84
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Ajax84, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of GoGators
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

GoGators, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jewellrunner
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

jewellrunner, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

oldp0rt, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and slight malt on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a better taste than smell.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of RebornStussy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

RebornStussy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Bytemesis
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Bytemesis, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber body with an off-white head.

S- All hops. Piney hops come through with some citrus.

T- Hops are definitely the focus, but the finish includes some malt to balance it out. A little booze in the finish as well.

M- Has that crisp clean taste apparent in all Sierra Nevada beers. Some stickiness is left behind from the hops.

O- Very good iipa. The booze is there but at 10.4%, it should be expected.

stephenjmoore, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of standorsey
4/5  rDev -4.3%

standorsey, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bigbeers84, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a RR Pint.

A: Amazing golden orange with a decent 1 finger off white head.

S: Olily pine, hops, resin-y.

T: Pine and hops with a resin finish. Maybe a hint of sweetness from citrus or honey.

M: Sticky full body.

O: This ranks up there with a lot of IIPA/DIPA's. Personally I love the abundance of hops mixed in with the resin pine flavor. Well worth the money and a must buy seasonal. On a side note, I drank this back to back with a Pliny the Elder, they are both amazing in there own right, but two very different takes on the IIPA/DIPA, IMO.

WesM63, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 4-pack today at The Liquor Shoppe ($10.19 w/dep) and indulged out in the 'Zebo....

Poured some into a nonic... Was a clear, medium golden/copper color. Carbo was steady, and the head, was light egg-shell colored, about 1/4", and somewhat creamy. It ebbed slowly, leaving some decent lacing behind. Nose was of rindy citrus, with minimal malt evident. It was quite smooth going down, with a better than emdium body. Solid!!

Light sweetness was found, with a little biscuity malt and light honey. Some fruity sweetness with apricot notes came around, but soon everything was very resiny and pithy. There was some serious hoppage to be found here, along with some booziness! It can be felt, oh yes... Over the course of about 5 hours, I had all 4 bottles. And, yes, I feel fine! This is top-shelf; will be purchased again, to be sure!! Prosit!!

4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bierman9, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Gkimbo, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

CoolGuy42, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, deep-orange with one finger of just off-white foam on top. Retention was just average but the lace left behind was impressive.

S: Pretty tropical. Mango and papaya. Loads of pine poke through as does a pretty healthy alcohol presence.

T: Taste follows the smell very closely. Carmel malt flavors help to roll off some of the rought edges of the alcohol.

M: Big and oily. Coats the entire tongue with loads of bitter hops. Spicy alcohol heat comes more to the forefront as it warms.

O: Suprisingly good considering the abv. This could've easily been a hot mess but the balancing act it put forth was impressive. I would've preferred more hops and less alcohol, though.

GbVDave, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of iskeptopotamus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

iskeptopotamus, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of DannyDan
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber hue with a thin whitehead that has some nice retention and nice lacing. The smell is of citrus, pine and grassy hops. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma which is a yummy mix of pine, citrus and hints of grass. A very yummy imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth, but dry like most IPA's and once again Sierra Nevada shows that they are one of the best pale ale style breweries in the USA.

DannyDan, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Tan colored...fluffy white head

S-Really enjoy the aroma...very floral with an oily pine hop presence. Smells really fresh...almost fresh hop aroma...

T-I like it a lot because they achieved a real strong hop flavor without a ton of biting bitterness. Usually the ones that do this lean heavy on the tropical fruits but this is different. More herbal, ganja like...the malt is a nice match and complements nicely with a touch of sweetness.

M-Make no question about it...this is a dryer style DIPA...finishes tight and dry and while I mentioned the bitterness is not overwhelming this is by no means light in the shorts as it gives a nice strong dry bitterness on the finish.

O-I'm very impressed with this. Kind of a changeup from all the tropical fruity DIPA's but a good changeup. While I prefer those fruity notes this is appreciated as well. Definitely a top notch DIPA.

ZAP, Apr 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

electtodefer, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev -4.3%

rcatalano, Apr 21, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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