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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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5,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,596
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 319
Gots: 714 | 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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one. Taste it. Yum

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smell-sweet with powerful flowery hops
Look golden redish orange in color clear enought to see through but not crystal clear.
Taste hit with hops ans sweetness followed up with hops. Once you get past the hops you get more hops. Bitter
Feel. Co2 strong. Burns on the way down from co2
not for me

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Well, it's official, it's a boy! So to celebrate I decided to crack open the strongest bottle I have that isn't wine/liquor.

It's the color of a brand new penny, shiny and clear with lots of bubbles. 2 1/2 fingers of foam almost overflowed my perfect pour glass. Even with my allergies going crazy, I can still smell the citrus and floral notes from the copious amount of hops used for this hefty brew. The taste I can fully absorb. Lots of citrus, some cantaloupe, and maybe some pine. For 10.4% it hides the alcohol and is rather smooth for a double, almost to the point seeming a tad weak for a double. If you want something that will eat the enamel off you teeth, look elsewhere. If you want strength with grace, try this.

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First time getting my hands on a bottle. 2012 edition bottle into XL snifter.

A - Pours a nice shade of dark orange with a touch mahogany. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of off-white head with great retention. The head recedes after about 5 minutes leaving an array of bubbles. Looks solid!

S - Hops and lots of them. Piney hops and citrus hops are found in equal amounts. There are also hints of honey and a nice malt backbone.

T - Follows the nose - you are assaulted with hoppy bitterness, honey, a bit of alcohol heat and a nice touch of caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly below average carbonation level . This is a 'bigger' DIPA and so the alcohol is present but not overpowering. Nice lasting power.

O - While it's a far cry from Surly Abrasive (far and away my favorite of the style), it is a nice hoppy beer that is a good representation of the style. Recommended.

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Bottled March 14th, 2012

A: Pours a golden color with almost no head

S: Very hoppy, indeed. Grapefruit, floral, and slight resin/pine notes come through the most. Slightly malty as well, although nowhere near the level of the hops

T: Follows the nose, though somehow the hops aren't overwhelming even though they dominate the beer (if that makes any sense at all). It must be the alcohol that subdues the hops, because there is almost no trace of it what so ever. Impressive, especially with the lack of any malty or bready flavors

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick from the hop resin

O: I didn't get to try this last go around, so I'm glad I got to this time. I'm glad they changed the format to 4-packs, because a bomber would be a little too much IMO. Gets you your hop fix, that's for sure

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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