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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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5,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,491
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 alexgash
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. 2012 edition.

Clear tangerine copper body. Solid inch of dense, thick, light beige head. Very good lacing. Nose shows plenty of hops. Lots of clean pine and citrus (grapefruit). Notes of caramel and fruit malt as well.

Toasted malts and herbal bitterness up front. Rich, malty sweetness right on the heels. Rummy tropical fruits mid-palate. Herbal, piny, and minty hops mingle. Bitterness increases into the finish. There's a swell of warming, alcoholic hotness going on here as well and it takes away from the letting the hops do their thing. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Not bad, but a little boozy.

alexgash, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

H0rnedFr0gs, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Glibber
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer again on tap at the Front Door in Boise- the first time I was overcome by the hops, but this time I was more preparred and in the mood. I am not necessarily a hop head, but this beer had good complex flavors on the front end before the hops slammed you on the back end.
A nice light clear amber color and very thick white head with heavy lacing. Served in a small tulip glass (10oz pour).
When you consider the 10.5% ABV, this is pretty impressive beer.

Glibber, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of javincik
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

javincik, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Shango42
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
Photo of yeti123
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
Photo of furthurgone
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of wobblymailman
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
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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