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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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5,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,385
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 265
Gots: 607 | FT: 5
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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Zaphog, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Nage37, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of haddyhustle302
5/5  rDev +19.6%

haddyhustle302, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- gorgeous pounr into a Bruery tulip with a massive, frothy, soapy looking 3 finger head. The foam dies slowly into a soapy blanket leaving awesome lacing. Each sip produces a new walls of thin and thick lace, making a maze on the side of the glaze.

S- Pine sol at first, soapy seems to be a word I'm liking with this beer so I'll use it again to describe the initial smell of hops. Opens up to grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel and pineapple among the still dominant pine forest. Awesome again.

T/M- Hefty, juicy body is lifted squarely along by an equally hefty and tight carbonation. Big hit of pine and lemony citrus. Grassy, earthy hops mingle with tropical and grapefruit notes. All the while there's a significant malt presence fighting to get away from second fiddle status. Sweet buttered toast and crispy caramel wafers really come out in the middle and it almost seems chocolately for a second.

O- Insanely good. 10% alcohol?? nowhere to be found.

sentomaster, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of BrokenStones
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BrokenStones, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of lowflite
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

lowflite, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of RingnesExtra
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum pours a semi-translucent golden color with about a one inch head. The mouthfeel is oily and resinous with a lingering sheen on the tongue that lasts a very long time. This is a very well balanced DIPA which is remarkably improved over last year's version.

Given that many DIPA's are becoming a luxury purchase due to their high price, Hoptimum is an outright bargain at approximately $2.50 per 12 oz. bottle. Thank you Sierra Nevada.

RingnesExtra, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

AlexChillton, Mar 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.2%

rottnbkr, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum - 2012

12ozer with a 10oz taster Nonic

A: Hoptimum pours a clear and bubbly copper colored amber. Signature SN. A loose cloud of off-white foam head forms leaving some splashy lace.

S: Smell is just uber hoppy with dank florals and a ton of Simcoes here. Real fruity with mango, apricot, and grapefruit. Pine and grass notes. A bit of solvent like alcohol vapor emits as the brew warms up a bit but otherwise just all hops here.

T: Taste is so juicy and herbalicous. Real danky stuff. Some pine and spice mingle with a great abundance of tropicals. Mango and grapefruit mostly. Solid caramel malt backing provides a bready cracker foundation for all dem hops. Some alcohol flavs and abv warmth come through but barely and at 10.4% it is quite the feat. Overall super smooth. Hoppy but moderate in bitterness. Doesn’t assault the palate. Grassy. Resinous and lingering with the hops. Real light and flowery for such a big brew. Awesome stuff!

M: A real smooth creamy texture with a medium body that feels even lighter with the upper level of carbonation. Resiny stickiness from the copious amounts of lupulin oils. Bit drying in the finish.

D: Bare no bones this is a Triple at 10.4%ABV. And really well done to boot. Some of SN’s best work IMO. Vast improvements from last year. Really enjoyed this, even more than Expo and Younger. Yes I said it. Oh yeah and to all the Hopslam lovers…sorry not even close.
I mean really, who else is putting out such a good brew in mass distro?

Nugganooch, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

wesley14, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

gueuzegossage, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jchoffman
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16 oz SN Pint Glass

A- Pour yields a 3 finger, white head with a rich, golden body.

S- Nice overbearing..orange and grapefruit citrus, pine resin and sweet tropical fruit are immediate. the citrus mellows and pine comes to the forefront.

T- Sweet malt is followed by citrus which is then followed by a piney dryness and some spiciness, excellent . For a DIPA that is 10.4% ABV, a substantial malt bill is expected and some residual sweetness is expected.

M- As previously stated, sweet and slick, yet ultimately finishes with that classic, Sierra Nevada pine tackiness(which I really love). Very enjoyable

O- This is a real winner and I'm not disappointed at all, but if you don't like the hoppy offerings from SN you may want to not try this one, but if you do.. go for it...

jchoffman, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

NHSTEVE, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

callmeishmALE, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JimmyTango, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of thydarkprevails
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a clean orange amber. Inch and a half thick white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is like a tropical ipa with caramel. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit are abundant. There is some caramel and toffe malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is sticky and the beer is resinous. This DIPA is great and I will seek this out again.

thydarkprevails, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Beezee, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

danwho, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

asafarc2, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of bright, piny, and tropical fruits.

Tastes of the tropical hops with a solid malt base. Starts off with a giant wave of tropical and citrus hops with some grassy notes as well. Malts come in with a bit of caramel and toffee. Malt sweetness us very underdone and this definitely leans towards bitter. Ends with a bit of a brandy like note with alcohol and light fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good, but the flavor profile may only be enjoyed by those that truly love hops.

ocelot2500, Mar 27, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17 February 2012.

Pours a clear orangey amber with a lovely glow. One finger of off-white head, fades fast but leaves good lacing. Tons of carbonation visible in the glass.

Smells freaking delicious. Hops, hops, and more hops, with a big bolus of malts to support them. Tons of pine, but also some nice fruit in the background. The malts provide an excellent base, and a shade of sweetness that complements the aggression of the hops really well.

Taste is well balanced, with a whole lot of caramel malts to go along with all those hops. Sure, it's bitter, but the beer handles that bitterness well. I like this kind of DIPA, where the hops have a stage to perform on, rather than being out there on their own blasting away. Lots of pine and resin, again, but a grainy warmth and smoothness beneath that. Alcohol is nowhere to be found... wow.

Mouthfeel - medium-heavy body. Pretty chewy for a DIPA, with the expected syrupy sticky feel, but the carbonation loosens things up quite nicely.

This is a really good, balanced, piney DIPA. Right up my alley. Hard to believe it's over 10% ABV (so much so that I actually went and checked the bottle). If this were more available, I would drink it often.

zeledonia, Mar 27, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a trend going on now with the breweries trying to make the ultimate hoppiest beer. This is probably because everyone wants to be Hop Slam. First off this beer pours a rich creamy color of a dark yellow color. The aroma is extremely grassy and earthy. It pours with a great deal of carbonation. The beer is sweet, but very grassy on the tongue, but leaves a nice aftertaste. A worthy effort indeed, but definitely second rate compared to Hop Slam.

ronniebruner, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2012 vintage bottle with bottling code "2048206:09." Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 03/26/12.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color that falls between transparent and translucent. Almost three fingers of thick, cream colored seafoam head that settles into a thin layer. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Resinous pine, heavy honey, and tropical citrus mixed with some earthy hops. Spiced caramel heat, orange, mango and pineapple. 4/5

Taste: Super hopped hop bomb! Huge doses of earthy hops, mulch, a little pine, pineapple, orange rind and juicy orange. Lot of heavy, bitter, spiced caramel on the midpalate and in the finish. Maybe a little sweet honey? The alcohol is pretty well hidden. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Bitter hoppiness sits heavy on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Not the most balanced or flavorful DIPA, but this is a solid hop bomb. I enjoyed this one more than Southern Tier's Unearthly. I would absolutely buy/drink this again at some point in the future.

Recommendation: Hop haters and casual beer drinkers probably will not enjoy this one.

Pairings: Swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: $2.89 for a 12 oz bottle.

jegross2, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Bottled 2/17/2012. 12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a deep golden orange with a full 2 inches of fluffy white head. Whoa. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrusy hops along with some booze. Very unpretentious here. There is almost a faint, fruity sweetness to the nose.

T: Huge grapefruit notes and tons of citrusy hops. Maybe some piney hops in there as well. There is definitely some heat and some sweetness on the back end. The sweet malts hold the hops up nicely. Make no mistake: this DIPA is huge.

M: Nicely carbonated. The stickiness and the resins from the hops linger nicely, providing nice balance to the heat that also lingers. The mouthfeel is syrupy, but it isn't heavy or overpowering.

O: This is a fantastic DIPA. This is finishing a little hot, but I am ok with that at 10.4%. Very glad Sierra Nevada decided to brew this again and make it available in 4 packs. Highly recommended.

travMI13, Mar 27, 2012
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,385 ratings.