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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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5,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,277
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 260
Gots: 561 | 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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2012 vintage.

Appearance: good light-orange hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: fresh whole-hop aroma with a citrusy, piney, slightly spicy, slightly resiney character. Quite good.

Taste: nicely malty body with bit of sweetness and more fresh hops, though here presenting as quite citrusy. This complements the malt very well. Bitterness is there, but it is surprisingly low considering the style and strength.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good carbonation and slow-building but steady creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a very good imperial IPA. It doesn't throw any curve balls, but it is solidly made, solidly tasty and surprisingly drinkable for its hi-test ABV.

flagmantho, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

hagbergl, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of seth72104
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

seth72104, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Good amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Big hop aroma with lots of dank, spicy pine resin up front. Also a good citrus hop presence with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple. Some bready caramel malts in the background. The piney hops stand out the most here with a spicy onion like hint.

Taste: Burst of fresh hops give a good bitter whack on the tongue. Big taste of pine resin hops with some good notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and mango. Some caramel malts add a little balance in the back end. Very hoppy and bitter. Very good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very bitter, chewy, and drying. Alcohol heat isn't really noticed under all the hops.

Overall: A very good double IPA. Almost hoppy enough to be considered a triple IPA. Definitely for a hophead and not for the faint of heart.

MattyG85, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of longbongsilver
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

longbongsilver, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mecmd, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of yokken
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

yokken, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottled 3/14/12. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter. 

Pours clear dark amber with 2 fingers pale head. Spotty lacing. 

Pungent dank hop aroma. Mangos, pine and a hint of booze. 

Tastes nice. Citrus and pine are present with a mildly onion garlic dankness (which I happen to enjoy in a DIPA). The booze comes through in the long aftertaste. 

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbination and sticky hop oil slickness. 

A well done imperial IPA. I'm glad it's in 4 packs of 12oz bottles this year. This is worth a try for DIPA fans. 

ThickNStout, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mcorwin, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Chugs13, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of KohlbeckM
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

KohlbeckM, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -4.3%

birchstick, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark golden pilsner color. Slighty amber. 2 fingers of head, and all that sticky lace I love to see on my glass in a DIPA

S - I immediately smell all the hop goodness as soon as I popped the cap off. A good combination of citrus and pine hops. The alcohol whiff is very present as well.

T - A smack of citrusy hops up front, piny hops at the end, and big alchohol aftertaste. Delicous though.

M - Well carbonated, smooth, perfect mouthfeel. Nice!

O - A very well done, well balanced, DIPA from Sierra Nevada.

BeerDawgs, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of LeoPanna
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

LeoPanna, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of chrisbues
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

chrisbues, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jlordi12, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Massbmx, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of brownwc2
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

brownwc2, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of YeastInception
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

YeastInception, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

richkrull, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Edgewater, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev -4.3%

alalvarez75, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of amosher13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

amosher13, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of jhawkjedi
4/5  rDev -4.3%

jhawkjedi, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of tewaris
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, about a month old, poured into a snifter. Pours rust-amber hued with some haze and a good head. Decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is signature Sierra Nevada at first... seems bigger Torpedo but a much diverse bouquet soon opens. Reading the description of the beer on the brewer's website, I could oddly relate to rose. Fruit is present, some pine and grass.

The taste is much more aggressive than taste... strongly bitter, almost challengingly so with plenty of juicy notes carrying it... malts did contribute to the body but sweetness is minimal. Perfect feel, thick, silky, but not cloying. Overall quite good... perhaps I have laid off the IPAs for a while but this sure is coming off a little strong. Will drink again, that's certain.

4, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4

Edit: On second thoughts, the taste was not all that good. Discordant hop notes I think.

tewaris, Mar 30, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,277 ratings.