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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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4,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 228
Gots: 440 | 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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-27-2012 18:36:44 | More by AndyTaylor
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-27-2012 04:02:33 | More by jbozley
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-26-2012 17:46:37 | More by DMc8ride
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours lovely warm amber with a rather large off-white head. Dissipation leaves some lacings.

S: No surprises here; American hops galore - both bitter and floral; pine and citrus. Caramell-malt, a bit sweet. Buttery notes in the back.

T: The hops are overpowering everything else; bitter and piney/fruity - pineapple, grapefruit and lemon sezt. A buttery backbone can't blanace the hops, neither can the caramell-malt.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation and medium to full body. Quite alcoholic.

O: A nice DIPA, but not a great one. The hops could have been better balanced by more malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 21:07:58 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-21-2012 18:36:24 | More by John11486
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-16-2012 18:43:00 | More by SoCalStout
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-15-2012 22:49:43 | More by sharpski
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-15-2012 19:06:34 | More by jwmarcum
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-15-2012 00:47:11 | More by caliwineman
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on 3/15/11 and Opened on 7/11/11

A- Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger white head and has nice lacing though out.

S-Has a nice piney malty flavor up front. Followed by some floral notes . Smells very fresh and crisp

T- Wow this has a nice bunch of hops to it. I thought it might have faded some but no sir. The hops come first then its followed by a nice sweet honey flavor and then finish;s with a crisp piney/cirtus flavor

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-OVerall i was very impressed with this beer. I had heard a lot of bad things about it but i thought the hops and sweetness had a perfect marriage. I was afraid i had held on to this bottle to long but i think it was just right. The hops had faded just a tad to make this beer so smooth and drinkable but still have the hop lovers punch to it. I would get this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:47:17 | More by zrab11
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2012 01:30:57 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-29-2012 16:44:35 | More by CoreyCramer
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-29-2012 04:23:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Bomber (24oz) poured to pint glass. 2011 edition. Hit the shelves and into glass in 24 hours.

A - Rich orange-amber color with a thick frothy head. Good lacing throughout.

S - Hops! Great citrus hop aroma. Slight alcohol and malt detection but my nose was overwhelmed with hops!

T/M - Strong grapefruit citrus hop taste immediately. The flavor transitions to a warm alcohol and less intense grapefruit hop. In the middle I started to get hints of onion due to the bitterness and ton of hops. Beer is rather dry and finishes with a sweet malt flavor with a kick of citrus hops. Carbonation is an after thought, which is nice.

D - I am glad I tried it but one is enough.

Overall it's a fair representation of the style. I've had more balanced, less intense, and more enjoyable DIPA's. I would recommend to try but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-20-2011 02:32:03

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:33:27 | More by hopfacebrew
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-20-2012 16:15:02 | More by ggodzik
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2012 15:30:53 | More by xenjoiii
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2012 03:32:38 | More by ralphw56
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-16-2012 02:59:27 | More by whartontallboy
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-15-2012 02:20:54 | More by btesta
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-15-2012 02:19:03 | More by acurtis
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 3/1/11

A - Pours a beautiful translucent copper with two fingers of light brown head. Head has excellent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Initial burst of hop aromas is very pungent pine. Following that are hints of tropical fruit, including pineapple, and a bit of sweetness.

T - Biting pine hops followed by tropical fruits. A decent malt backbone attempts to balance this out but the finish is very bitter, a bit earthy, and somewhat drying. Overall very good though the finish is far from ideal.

M - Medium, oily mouthfeel with significant dry bitterness.

O - The finish definitely reduces the overall enjoyment of this one, but still a good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:53:01 | More by warnerry
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-14-2012 20:07:20 | More by GrindFatherBob
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-14-2012 19:29:09 | More by JAHMUR
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a clear brown color. Light white head formation sticks around for quite a while. Lightly bubbly.

S - A citrus and piney nose - pretty potent. A light amount of crystal malts in the background, a little bit nutty.

T - Very bitter starting out, you can feel it puckering you up. Mid-stream brings in a pretty potent citrus hop note, awfully strong. Finishes with a more resinous and piney hop flavor which transitions well to the bitter finish.

M - Solid body and matching carbonation. A little sticky from all the alpha acids. Alcohol warmth is present, but well hidden.

O/D - A potent but very drinkable DIPA. The ABV is up there, snuck right up on me. Flavors are interesting, but it sure comes off very bitter. Not at all filling.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 00:56:31 | More by katan
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-09-2012 05:06:03 | More by N8DAGR8
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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