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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,143 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,143
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 250
Gots: 512 | 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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

4.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

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

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Montana

3.28/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

02-21-2012 21:07:58 | More by Evil_Pidde
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

02-11-2012 04:47:17 | More by zrab11
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2012 01:30:57 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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CoreyCramer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-29-2012 16:44:35 | More by CoreyCramer
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-29-2012 04:23:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Bomber (24oz) poured to pint glass. 2011 edition. Hit the shelves and into glass in 24 hours.

A - Rich orange-amber color with a thick frothy head. Good lacing throughout.

S - Hops! Great citrus hop aroma. Slight alcohol and malt detection but my nose was overwhelmed with hops!

T/M - Strong grapefruit citrus hop taste immediately. The flavor transitions to a warm alcohol and less intense grapefruit hop. In the middle I started to get hints of onion due to the bitterness and ton of hops. Beer is rather dry and finishes with a sweet malt flavor with a kick of citrus hops. Carbonation is an after thought, which is nice.

D - I am glad I tried it but one is enough.

Overall it's a fair representation of the style. I've had more balanced, less intense, and more enjoyable DIPA's. I would recommend to try but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-20-2011 02:32:03

01-27-2012 22:33:27 | More by hopfacebrew
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ggodzik

Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-20-2012 16:15:02 | More by ggodzik
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xenjoiii

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2012 15:30:53 | More by xenjoiii
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2012 03:32:38 | More by ralphw56
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,143 ratings.