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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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5,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,545
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 286
Gots: 668 | 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 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.

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.

Photo of PaulMc
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Attacks out of the bottle with a big hiss and some foam spit at me. Pours a reddish-gold hue with a huge head. Frothy white madness sticks around a good while and laces tremendously.

S- Huge hops notes of every scent imaginable. Citrus, pine, floral, even some sweeter hop notes are in there. If you really search, there is a hint of the malt base for this beer, which is a slight bready scent.

T- Frankly, I was expecting a hop bomb, and I didn't quite get it, which is a good thing. Huge hop presence right up front, giving the taste buds a swift kick. Hops bitterness is present throughout, but the underlying malt base intermingles and provides a hint of much needed sweetness. Ends with the hops continuing their dominance.

M- Surprisingly thick and creamy for the carbonation attack when opened. Low carbonation and a slight burn from the ABV make this beer a sipper that develops with warmth.

Overall, I think I might be turning into a hop head. This style has frustrated me in the past, and I have not always enjoyed it. That being said, SN does a great job here making me a believer that DIPA's aren't all about just knocking you out with hops.

Photo of gratefuld
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange, with a half inch head. Tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: Nothing extraordinary, but nice nonetheless. Some citrus notes...maybe a little orange and some grapefruit.

T: The taste is what seals the deal for me. Excellent hop flavor. Strong grapefruit with a bitter aftertaste. This beer starts pretty sweet and then ends with a solid hop smack upside the head.

M: Mouthfeel is a little slick and oily.

O: Overall a pretty decent iipa. There are better iipas out there, but not a bad beer on a Monday night watching the NCAA national championship game.

Photo of KnightRider
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of stewart124
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden yellow that is almost amber in some lights. Not much to speak of in head retention.

Nose is pine, straight up. Maybe some citrus.

Very sharp taste. There's plenty go bitterness there. Loads of pine and hop resin with some citrus characters. More than enough malt to back this bitterness up. There must be a huge malt bill yet it is so easy to drink. Finish is so dry and more hops come through in the finish. Still pine, citrus and hop resin.

Very biscuity overall with a great dose of piney simcoe hops. Dimply delicious and I am pleased to see SN take a stab at DIPA in the bottle for those who cannot make it to the brewhouse

Photo of tobelerone
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fiancee said this "tastes like California." Yes indeed, another fantastic DIPA from the Golden State. What a punch in the face of hoppy goodness. Hoptimum pours a nearly clear gold color, with a small, fast-falling white head and patchy, sticky lace.

Enormous hop burst in the nose and taste. Almost no sweetness or noticeable malt presence. Just tons of pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, resins. Powerful bitterness and deliciously detailed hop flavor. Long and lingering finish. Alcohol is there but held in check pretty well for my money.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy drinking. BAM. Another aggressive, knockout hopbomb.

Photo of espijosh
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great offering from sierra nevada, deep fruity and piny, hoppy flavor, not a huge alcohol taste despite it being 10.4%. I really enjoy the way sierra nevada packs the hop punch without being extremly bitter, and this beer lives up to that billing. Love this beer and would recommend it to anyone.

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -4.3%

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AlphaKing414
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of angelmonster
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color. Head is off white and over an inch. Lacing and head retention are both very good.

Smell is full of pine, sweet citrus, and resinous herbs. Sweet honey mixed with malt is on the back end. As beer warms, light alcohol is detected.

Taste is of bitter lime, piney resinous hops, mixed with acidic fruits like pineapple and mango. Syrupy malts come in also with an alcoholic kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a syrup like consistency, carbonation levels are a bit on the high side but not overpowering.

Overall this beer is a good representation of its style. Packs a nice punch of bitterness and refreshing citrus. For over 10%, the alcohol is definitely apparent, which would prolly be the beers biggest detractor. Would order the beer again but it wouldnt be my first choice for a Double Ipa.

Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of cantfindme
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of capolo2k
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a bright and vibrant orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of hops for sure. Bitter orange rind, pine resin, and some honey like sweetness.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, pine hops. Resinous. Some honey like sweetness, and finishes with some lingering bitterness that last forever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit thin, and I would like this to be more crisp. A nice sipper, but the alcohol is noticeable along with the strong bitterness. One is enjoyable, but enough for one sitting.

I think this is a nice DIPA, but a bit simplistic. Something I did enjoy, but there are other examples that I like better. Locally made at that.

Photo of schm1471
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of d_rek
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Pint glass

A - Pours an orange-amber with about 1/2 finger of foamy head. Head dissipates quickly leavings a nicely laced surface.

S - Tropical fruit with a strong hop backbone. Great aroma.

T - Grapefruit-like bittersweetness upfront, followed by holy-moly piney hops and finishes with a subtle malt flavor and slight heat. Delicious.

M - Sticky-icky, syrupy mouthfeel here with medium carbonation, leaving taste on the palette long after you've swallowed.

O - An incredible Imperial IPA. Easily one of my favorites. A must for hop-heads.

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

Poured a clear amber-orange color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. There is a freshness code on the neck of the bottle.
Thin film for a head that dissipates very quickly. Lots and lots of carbonation.
Aroma is extremely hoppy; lots of pine, citrus (grapefruit), sweet alcohol notes.
Taste is similar to the aroma, lots of hops upfront. Bitter floral hops, tobacco like notes and hints of malt notes wanting to rise above the hops. Alcohol warmth is noticeable.
A very well balanced hop-bomb.
Lots of lacing along the insides of the glass.
A big beer for sure and is a definite sipper.
Overall, a very good DIPA from Sierra Nevada that does not disappoint. A must try if you are a hop-head.
Highly recommended.

Photo of meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden copper with an eggshell, foamy head that retains well. Dried fruit, fresh grapefruit, and pine bouquet. Monstrous hop flavor that is balanced nicely by the grain. The unfortunate consequence is the alcohol that invades the finish. Sweet grapefruit and pine flavors up front, but the bitterness lingers a little too long on the palate. However, the olfactory and initial palate experiences combine to be nearly heavenly. Really good effort by Sierra Nevada.

Photo of SgunnarW
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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