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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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4,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,997
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
Gots: 448 | 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 natemort13


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with hints of amber with an off white head that sticks around forever.

Aroma is super resiny hops. Reminiscent of the elder. graperfruit, mandarin, bright piney and floral hops. It's all there. A sweet malty backbone to it too.

Taste is piney hops up front that fades into beautiful floral bouquet. Finish is a subdued pinyness. The strong citrus aroma turns into faded notes that nicely complement the strong floral piney flavors. Nice mint characteristic.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Decently carbonated.

Overall an amazing DIPA from sierra nevada. Super happy with this one, just grabbed one but i need to get a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:40:49 | More by natemort13
Photo of yamar68


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb 17 and poured into a pint glass:

The nose is unreal - huge, sweet citrus. It almost smells like some high grade sativa. A bit of spruce to follow. There’s enough malt to balance but the pungency of the hops is what makes this appealing. Pours a bright amber gold with a swelling off-white head and distinct laces. The taste echoes the nose with a stronger malt presence: caramel and simple syrup. A cloying orange peel bitterness dries things out in the end. Overall, this is a must-try and, for me, a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:55:57 | More by yamar68
Photo of Impfan


5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hops, hops, and more hops...resinous grapefruit, mandarine orange, tangerine, pineapple, guava, mango with a very long, candied resinous finish. Nice body with enough malt backbone to make it an utterly enjoyable hop-bomb. I'd stock this regularly if it were available year round.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 17:00:02 | More by Impfan
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a huge bitter DIPA. Agressively hopped with a big "torpedo" dry hop addition. Hoptimum comes off the tap a grassy yellow amber. It comes with a creamy double finger white head. The hops make a definite impression, they are intensely bitter resins, dank and like a fresh cracked hop cone. There are big hits of stingy pine and cutting grass. The alpha oils add a lemon zest, lemongrass, and green tea.

The taste is big and mouthwatering. This is a northwest hop lover’s delight. If you enjoy sticky pine and mouthwatering grapefruit this is your beer. The firm malt base makes the big hops more palatable. There is a slight funk to this beer as well. It’s hop farm fresh. The mouthfeel is oily and sticky.

This is a fine Double India Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada demonstrates there ability to make the most of the fresh northwest hop harvest. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 08:28:41 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up tonight at the Boise COOP... poured into my small CC goblet... decent off white head... nice retention and lacing... the brew is a polished orange.... nice.

Nose is pretty huge grapefruit zest and some lesser piney notes... just enough pale malt sweetness helps balance..

Good bitter bite up front.. seems a touch sweet throughout.. the hops are plentiful, but seem muted by the heavier malt profile... finish shows the same pithy citrus, but trails off pretty quick.

Body is a bit hefty IMO... carbonation is creamy small bubble that accentuates the bigger body.

Good beer, especially for the $$... but I would prefer it to be quite a bit drier.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 05:53:51 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Buzzerben


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just crushed this one...deceptively drinkable.

A - golden hued appearance characteristic of many DIPAs. Crystal clear.

S- big bitter hop nose. Sharp pine and citrus notes.

T- deliciously bitter at 100 IBUs. Sticky sweet.

M - sticky leftovers...divine coating.

O - Great DIPAS at 10 percent. Wish it was more readily available in the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:03:56 | More by Buzzerben
Photo of kiki3drt292


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-01-2012 16:36:54 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of Fitzmke


4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-29-2012 07:50:11 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of EricCioe


3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours medium gold without much head and no lace at all. On the nose there is a huge pine resin note backed up by an acetone aroma. I guess you could call this phenolic. It might be a combination of the big hops and the high abv, but I've had other big DIPAs that don't have this particular note or intensity. In the mouth the phenols disappear a bit and the hops come out, almost with a juniper note buried somewhere. Lots of times with big barleywines I mention rum-soaked raisins or figs, but with this one I want to say gin-soaked hops. The body is medium heavy with a slick finish of mostly bitterness but also some heat.

I would call this beer a hopwine if I could.

Overall, this beer is too hot for me. I'm always one to say that one should not be surprised that a big beer has an alcohol taste, but this one was too much for me. I've had bigger barleywines and DIPAs and enjoyed them, but this one drank way above its abv for me. Others may like it. There is no denying the quality, it simply doesn't sit right for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 06:06:27 | More by EricCioe
Photo of Gatch


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-28-2012 20:29:33 | More by Gatch
Photo of bstave


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head tulip pint

A- Light translucent copper with massive white head that sticks around with nice lacing. Another beautiful Sierra Nevada beer.

S- Loads of piny resin hops and a sweet caramel malt.

T- Big hops. Wow! This is a big beer. Palette wrecker indeed. Sweet too. Alcohol warming is big too.

M- Nice medium to thicker mouthfeel. Carbonation creates nice creamy mouthfeel.

O- A BIG beer that demands attention. One and done with this one. Glad to see it in 12 oz bottles now.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 03:27:34 | More by bstave
Photo of CellarGimp


4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-27-2012 20:48:58 | More by CellarGimp
Photo of AndyTaylor

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-27-2012 18:36:44 | More by AndyTaylor
Photo of jbozley


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-27-2012 04:02:33 | More by jbozley
Photo of DMc8ride


5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-26-2012 17:46:37 | More by DMc8ride
Photo of Evil_Pidde


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
Photo of John11486


4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-21-2012 18:36:24 | More by John11486
Photo of SoCalStout


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-16-2012 18:43:00 | More by SoCalStout
Photo of sharpski


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-15-2012 22:49:43 | More by sharpski
Photo of jwmarcum


5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-15-2012 19:06:34 | More by jwmarcum
Photo of caliwineman


5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-15-2012 00:47:11 | More by caliwineman
Photo of zrab11


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
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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