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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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5,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,578
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 306
Gots: 689 | 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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Photo of hannaho
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SageO
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of blackcompg
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of litel yellow amber head, color of the beer is a brilliant translucent lite copper orange. I'm getting incredible lacing here. At the end of the glass, half of my glass is completely coated with lacing - O M G!

Smell - Wow huge citrus smells here, pineapple, orange, ruby red grapefruit, and some nice vanilla carmels. Really smells nice.

Taste - No joke, the first sip literally explodes citrus across the tongue in a wonderful way, making the mouth water. The citrus is very complex and balanced, with ruby grapefruit, yellow grapefruit, grapefruit and orange zests, some pineapple, which quickly transitions to sticky moist green hops, green and floral, finishing with touches of pine, grapefruit skins and peels, and a whiff of white pepper. there is a delicious citrus and carmel sweetness that rides alongside all of this, just fantastic

Mouthfeel - A little more than medium, the bright citrusy and hoppy oils and resins are absolutely mouthcoating. The carb is on the low side, which lets the flavors build and intensify throughout the sip. The finish is profound, leaving the more bittering aspects of the hops way long into the finish, but your mouth corners will be filled with traces of semi sweet citrus, carmel, and sticky hop resins - just awesome!

Overall - I really love a good DIPA, and this at or very near the top. The last time I remember feeling this "moved" after a few sips was with a fresh bottle of The Oracle...this is just SO complex, SO perfectly balanced, No punches at all, just a breathtaking and contemplative transition and complexity and balance - there are absolutely no flaws here, TRY THIS, this may arguably be the perfect DIPA. I'm giving this one 5's across the board.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden golden color with sticky white head. Lots of sweet tropical fruits on the nose like pineapple, clementines, and mango.

Assertive sweet caramel malt body with touches of toffee up front. Compliments the sweetness of the following fruity hop flavors. Amazingly tropical with the balance in the form of a harsh bitter finish and a touch of detectable alcohol. A really good brew at 10.3% abv. Layers work well together. On the sweeter side for dipas with a noticeable malt body but the finish is nice and harsh as well. Unique.

Photo of Etan
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a brassy, clear golden orange with a thick white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Perfumy, alcohol-soaked hops. Apple-pie, dried pear, clementines. Nice dose of sweet pale malt behind.

T: One of those DIPAs that utilizes hop flavoring for much more than just bittering. Sweet grapefruit, orange, sugary pale and caramel malt, dank pot, apple juice, a bit of apricot. A sinister mix of pungent alcohol and peppery hop bitterness lies beneath.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: What a great DIPA. Bursting with juicy hop flavor. Reminds me very much of Fegley's Hop'solutely, except a little more balanced.

Photo of dcook11
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great clarity. Gold/very light amber with a fluffy, slightly off white head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Lots of bitter resin, hints of marijuana, grapefruit, pine and grassy hops. Greens. There is some malty, honey like sweetness too.

T: Pretty brash and hoppy as to be expected. A hint of carmel malt sweetness right at the start, then all the bitter, bitter hops come and take everything over. Mainly grapefruit, pine resin and earthy green hops. Hop oils linger for a long time in the finish.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: As expected, no surprises. Damn hoppy, not that balanced, but still a bit of carmel malt. A bit boozy. Glad I got to try it, but probably wouldn't buy it ever.

Photo of jimelee108
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Goulash
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of outlaw1323
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mudbug
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass results in a very clear amber body topped with a thin tight head that recedes into a sticky thin cap that leaves heavy lacing down the sides.
Bring your nose anywhere near this brew and it will smack you in that proboscis with a heaping fog of hop flower, pine, citrus, dank weed, fresh cut grass, tip it in and,
Wham! Imagine chewing on a fresh hop cone, layers of bitter,scrape your teeth clean and pucker the lips, then a delicate malt sweetness makes it's way up, but only for a hint because the next sip is going to be soon and the hop wrecking ball is going to swing.
Hop lovers meet another nirvana.
Overall just stellar, with a nice warming from the booze to remind you to use caution.

Photo of Mdog
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Moderate citrus, maybe a little less than expected but I think these bottles are 2+ months old.

Taste: Very nice. Starts with a good citrus sweetness balanced with a solid malt body before transitioning to a long bitter finish.

Overall: I've had this on tap before but finally got a chance to review with a 4 pack. Maybe a slight step down from Hopslam as it is not quite as sweet or tropical flavored, but hits most of the guideposts for a DIPA that I enjoy. Tasty stuff.

Photo of BCross
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours an orangish, light amber color with a fluffy off white head that clings to the side of the glass
S-big citrus and pine hop aroma , faint malt backbone
T-More citrus and pine up front followed by nice malt sweetness and a hint of honey, finishes a bit dry with citrus hops on the palate
M-medium-full bodied
O-Very well balanced beer, at points it acts as if it will be a bit too sweet but manages to hang in there. Great aroma and flavor, very well crafted

Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very little white head and leaves a little bit of lacing. The beer is a light amber bordering on gold.

A small and barely noticeable hint of alcohol is dominated by the bitter hops and tiny bit of sweet malt in there.

The hops are bitter and balance out the tiny hint of roasted malt and caramel malt that I taste.

A fairly heavy-bodied beer with light carbonation.

An absolutely excellent beer from Sierra Nevada. Great price, great taste, great deal.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BigCheese
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled on march 15, under one month, cash. Cool label

A: Pours a beatiful clear, amber/golden color, rather large white head. Subdues to a thin film that retains well, leaves a cascade of lacing.

S: Whoa deep tropical citrus, caramel too. Grapefruit, even cherries, very sweet smelling. Some grape malty

T: Very citrus/tropical up front, upon first sip its a lemon and powedered sugar combo, quickly you get assaulted with deep tropical mango/pineapple/grapefruit. Sweet honey, caramel malt backbone hides but is there. Insane hop oil flavors. Lingers forever. As it warms notes pine-y, and minty notes emerge in background. Leaves palate wet.

M: Super creamy, rich heavy body, abv med/low, super oily. ABV incredibly well developed. Its almost tiring to drink it as there so much flavor to comprehend, yet it doesnt overwhelm the palate with bitterness/dryness. A bomber is do-able 1 man.

O: Hop nirvana really, this beer aint for the bud light drinkers. Absolute homerun. Mandatory purchase for hop heads. Hop elixer, not sure what else to say. Hop bill might not be as complicated as others, but the dominate flavor/note in this brew is unrivaled in my experience up till now. I might have to buy this again, like now.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a sticky orange color with a finger of off white foam. Quite viscous. Aroma is fantastic, tons of grapefruit hops, with a sweet tropical fruit / papaya note as well.

First sip is... huge hop flavor with a big sticky sweetness to back it up. Lingering strong bitterness. This is one big, complex, beer. There is a beet sugar sweetness that powers through the substantial hop flavor. Bitterness is potent but not palate crushing.

Probably one of the sweetest IIPAs I've had in recent memory. But the sweetness is expertly balanced by a huge hop flavor, and strong bitter finish. This is a fantastic beer.

Photo of Celtics76
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Dogfish Head goblet.

Very little head. Impressive golden appearance. Powerful aroma - floral/piney/hoppy - what I would expect from an imperial IPA.

I was looking for an in your face hop explosion tonight, and this one delivered. I can taste the 10.4% ABV, and it's definitely somewhere in between Dogfish Head 90 and 120 in terms of bitterness. It lingers for quite a while. As someone who enjoys strong IPAs, this is not a negative.

This is not for amateurs. Miller Lite and Bud drinkers would probably pass out from a single sip. Well done Sierra Nevada.

Photo of stouts4me
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is normal for the style, clear orange-yellow.

Smell has a nice burst of the bitter resin we all desire.

Wow ! the taste is similar to the brashness of Hopslam, dogfish 120. Maybe not the exact same taste, but you know you are drinking a monster .

the mouthfeel is nothing out of the ordinary, but the taste has been crafted very well. no real burn here, though, so some extreme hopheads may be disappointed. But I don't think S N was going for the extreme here, and this was a very good job on their part. $2.50 a beer for this much flavor is a great deal, and would be awesome after a mow and right before a cookout( and throughout the cookout, too).

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,578 ratings.