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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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5,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,290
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 261
Gots: 566 | 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 javincik
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

javincik, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Shango42, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Anything
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Anything, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Myst
1/5  rDev -76.1%

Myst, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of teenwolfmansbro
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

teenwolfmansbro, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium copper in color. Head is has only moderate density but great retention. Lacing is minimal but present.

S - In this one you get your bitter citrus notes along with a great spicy floral aroma. Its a little different. Smells fresh.

T - Damn. Straight up bitter, piney and citric, with an excellent spicy crisp finish. Perhaps the most thirst quenching Double IPA I have had to date.

M - Very clean. Carbonation is in a neutral zone. Just feels right.

O - This beer is fantastic. One of the better DIPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. This one should be purchased in mass quantities and drank fresh and straight away. Another thing. I didn't even know this was at 10.4% abv till I was 3/4 through the bottle. Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste and smell.

depechemode1983, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

blmar311, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Richard33
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. Pours a medium copper/orange with nice head of different sized bubbles. Very clear.

s. Fresh squeezed hops with citrus, grass, and tropical fruit.

t. Taste bites a bit and gets it pine on a bit more than the nose. Citrus hops battle the piney earth to the death but then decide to get along... real well. A bit of malt sweetness acts to balance the beer from afar.

m. Suprisingly creamy for the style but that doesn't bother me.

o. First time for this brew. A really nice imperial from SN. ABV is hardly noticeable. I don't get so much of the pallete wreckage I have noticed in previous reviews. Despite it's 100 IBU's, this beer drinks much easier than others in that range.

Richard33, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jpbebeau, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. There's a nice golden yellow color for the liquid, gets brighter when held to the light. White head with small bubbles, erupts stronger than expected, but simmers down fairly quickly with some lacing. Unbelievable clarity here, truly remarkable for a DIPA, probably quadruple filtered here.

Smell is good, like many IPAs from Sierra Nevada. Super hoppy and sweet at the same time. I was surprised to read that a lot of the top reviewers weren't as impressed as I was in the nose. Plenty of earthy citrus hops as well as some nice pine and floral aromas as well. There's also plenty of sweetness from the strong malt backbone, caramel and toffee and some natural fruity sugar.

Taste is ABOUT as good as the smell, maybe a slight step down. Again nice citrus zest then some nice pine sap. There's a strong earthy tone here that gives it a slightly rougher feel, but still good. I don't know what the IBU is, but I'd assume it's really high. Still nice because of the high amounts of sweetness. Honey, caramel, and toffee, all nice.

I really didn't like the mouthfeel at all, but it grew on me I guess. As filtered as it is, it still has kind of an unclean feel. Strong bitterness and almost as strong sweetness, with a good carbonation level. Bitterness masks the ABV in my opinion. The balance is good enough to provide nice undrinkability.

Another beer I really like from a brewery I really like. Well done Sierra Nevada.

AndyAvalanche, Apr 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

yeti123, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Ghizmo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Ghizmo, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of dac0152
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dac0152, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jtd335
3/5  rDev -28.2%

jtd335, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

cameraman, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Crawfordesquire
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Crawfordesquire, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

furthurgone, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

wobblymailman, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks kawilliams81!

A- One inch off white head on a clear light ruby red body. Well above average head retention and very nice lacing as well.

S- Juicy citrus smell, somewhat bright.

T- Hopbite is more pungent than the nose would lead you to believe. More citrus in there as hops overpower the malts in there one. Never would guess this at 10.4%abv, probably closer to 9%

M- On the thicker side for a double IPA. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- A palate wrecker for sure, Hoptimum stands with some of the most pungent dank hop DIPA profiles out there. Worth a try if for hopheads who need a new fix.

Duff27, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Small fine white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Flavor is hop forward, but with a nice thick sweet malt backbone. Very well integrated. Finishes with hops, citrus, sweet malt; long lasting pleasant flavor aftertaste. To my taste a perfect balance of intense hops and a serious malt body. A very nicely made and hands down my favorite DIPA.

LiquidAmber, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of PaulMc
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

PaulMc, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Attacks out of the bottle with a big hiss and some foam spit at me. Pours a reddish-gold hue with a huge head. Frothy white madness sticks around a good while and laces tremendously.

S- Huge hops notes of every scent imaginable. Citrus, pine, floral, even some sweeter hop notes are in there. If you really search, there is a hint of the malt base for this beer, which is a slight bready scent.

T- Frankly, I was expecting a hop bomb, and I didn't quite get it, which is a good thing. Huge hop presence right up front, giving the taste buds a swift kick. Hops bitterness is present throughout, but the underlying malt base intermingles and provides a hint of much needed sweetness. Ends with the hops continuing their dominance.

M- Surprisingly thick and creamy for the carbonation attack when opened. Low carbonation and a slight burn from the ABV make this beer a sipper that develops with warmth.

Overall, I think I might be turning into a hop head. This style has frustrated me in the past, and I have not always enjoyed it. That being said, SN does a great job here making me a believer that DIPA's aren't all about just knocking you out with hops.

boilermakerbrew, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of gratefuld
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange, with a half inch head. Tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: Nothing extraordinary, but nice nonetheless. Some citrus notes...maybe a little orange and some grapefruit.

T: The taste is what seals the deal for me. Excellent hop flavor. Strong grapefruit with a bitter aftertaste. This beer starts pretty sweet and then ends with a solid hop smack upside the head.

M: Mouthfeel is a little slick and oily.

O: Overall a pretty decent iipa. There are better iipas out there, but not a bad beer on a Monday night watching the NCAA national championship game.

gratefuld, Apr 03, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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