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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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5,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 261
Gots: 562 | 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:
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 Zimbo
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Psst! Passt!! (Whispering) Let me tell you a secret. The reason why this beer gets such high scores is because we all (justifiably) love Sierra Nevada. And they very rarely get it wrong.

When poured between a Duvel tulip and a tall high tumbler this looked like two very different beers.
The tulip showed the beer to have a relatively loose head but with a beautiful deep orangy copper colour while the tall high tumbler was noticably paler in colour but yeilded a bigger tighter rocky head.
Both gave off a deep nose curling rubber bitterness and some grapefruit and pine .
Taste was, well- huge but the structure played a rather strange almost desperate wobbly jig in trying to balance this roidfest. This made for a rather certain messy taste profile which seems to (again) promote the rubbery quality which pile drives your tongue into submission. And don't forget all that supersaturating booze.

It big. Its musculey. Its brutal. Its confused.
Its Bertil Fox. Its not for me.

Zimbo, May 28, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice hazy copper color with a fizzy thin white head that faded fast but had sticky lace. The smell was a hop bomb of floral, citrus, pineapple, apricot and pine. Very fruity with a malt background of pale malt, and caramel. The taste was citrus, orange, pineapple, apricot, peach, and lemon with peppery, herbal, and floral notes on a caramel and honey backbone. This was like a Sierra Nevada pale ale on steroids. Sticky, resiny, crips and creamy. Very well balanced and drinkable DIPA.

JayS2629, May 27, 2011
Photo of LifeTree
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear amber with great head well carbonated. +++

S: Slighty malt with citrus aroma. ++

T: Caramel flavors with a hop bomb! Woah! I think this might be one of the hoppier beers I have ever tasted! +

M: Medium body crisp considering abv ++

O: This is one intense hoppy beer! The abv is masked by the hops but still a slow drinker. Reminds me of Ruination but not as bitter but way more hop flavor.

LifeTree, May 22, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost clear copper, wispy lace around an off white small head that leaves fast.

S - Mostly malt. Sweet malt. Light hoppiness at finish. Gets hoppier as it warms up.

T - Yum. Big malt wrapped in sufficient hops. CA hopheads probably won't like the malt and hop levels; it's more East Coast. I dig it.

M - Good carb, medium body, could be a little more bitter at the end.

D - Deceptively easy to drink. Alcohol hidden well and flavors not overpowering. I like it.

srandycarter, May 18, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a richly colored brew of deep golden-orange. It holds a one finger head of variously sized bubbles. This recedes at a medium pace to leave thick lacing and massive bubble islands around the top of the drink. The carbonation looks standard, but the streams rise slowly, suggesting a thick and syrupy brew. The last dregs from the bottle produce tiny bits of sediment. The aroma explodes with huge grapefruit hoppiness. There is an additional fruitiness, of apricot and tart nectarines. Flowery sweetness and notes of honey also float about the nostrils. Malts are there for the balance, but are otherwise only lightly contributory. As it warms the booze beings to seep out. As we sip, as in the nose, the first thing to pop is the hops. They are both bittering and souring and, here, overpower most other flavors. The grapefruit from the nose is muted a bit in the taste, as the hops flourish with deeper earthy notes, with floral tones. There are syrupy notes of raw honey up front as well. Moving to the middle brings more bittering hops and clean malts. This peaks and we move towards the finish, and into the cleanest component of the taste. The hops, again, are floral, but not as muddled and earthy as in the start. The final wash is a tidal wave of fusel alcohols, leaving a sting to each sip. The aftertaste breathes evenly, split between huge bittering hops and booze. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is light. There is a thick syrupy creaminess to each sip, and a nice froth builds up. The mouth is left a little dried, but mostly puckered by the bittering hops. The abv is up there and heavily warming, but appropriate.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the strong highlighting of fruit in the nose. The hops lent a gorgeous citrus grapefruit character, and the inclusions of other, lighter fruits put another angle on the beer entirely. There was a unique tartness lent by these additions. Where we lost points was in the bittering hops, which by the end became quite intense, especially as the beer warmed.

TheBrewo, May 15, 2011
Photo of lazjuarez
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: Taken from notes at a previous tasting.

A: Pours an amber clear color with an off white 1 finger thick head. Dissipates to a fine ring, leaving some very sticky lacing behind.

S: Nose is floral, very piney, with some phenol/medicinal notes. As it warms the bouquet becomes more tropical.

T: Taste is hoppy as expected, but I was expecting more. Grapefruit notes, as well as some small malts.

M: Mouth feel is a bit viscous/syrupy. Some carbonation. Overall a good bear, but not great. I was expecting a bigger nose, as well as a bigger hop bite.

lazjuarez, May 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat hazy, mostly clear deep orange amber. Big two inch plus white head formed immediatly on top and slowly faded down to reveal on a slight ring of lace along the top. Decent side glass lace was evident from the start. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

Aroma was delicous. Full on citrus hop blast from the start. Deep orange and tangerine tones dominated here. Mixed in was a tiny bit of sugar, but alot of grapefruit and some lemon. Very fresh, bitter citrus smell. A slight aroma of alcohol could also be detected.. Such a strong hop presence. Tons of very bitter citrus hops, sweet and a good amount of alcohol. There was no balance here, and none was to be expected. Just a down the hatch, hardcore double IPA. But in that really good way, damn this was fine. Super sticky and smooth. This was a thick, almost syrup like brew. You could really feel it as you sipped. Good, the only thing I would knock it for is that it is high in alcohol so it would be very difficult to drink more then of these. Other then that, fantastic.

Overall this was everything I thought it would be. I super duper hopped double IPA from a great west coast brewery.

mikesgroove, May 14, 2011
Photo of swierczt
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second bottle of Hoptimum that I've had. Poured into snifter.

A - Amber orange in color. Crystal clear with a bunch of bubbles swirling around the glass. Bright white head about 3 fingers thick that leaves behind a web of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet pineapple, pine, some yeasty notes in addition to alcohol.

T - Piney hops. Touch of fruit sweetness and malty bread yeast. A slight bitterness lingers in the finish. Not as much hops as I would expect from the name, however. A bit too much sweetness for my liking.

M - Sticky, sweet, oily all at the same time. Carbonation seems medium and on target.

O - A decent offering from SN, but fell short of all of the hype in my area. My local beer store got 2 cases of this beer and they sold out in 6 hours. If available give it a try, but don't expect to be blown away. A bit short on the hops and a bit too sweet IMHO.

swierczt, May 13, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Poured from bomber into a snifter.

This one pours a nice amber orange and leaves an inch of white colored head with sticky lacing.

The nose is made of pineapple, lemon rind, and a resinous pine aroma. A bit of booze underneath.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose. A very strong bitterness sets the stage for the floral hop offerings that slightly resemble fruits. A caramel flavored malt makes an attempt to balance but the bitterness is too much!

Hoptimum coats the palate with an oily pine residue and packs a bitter, carbonated punch.

Overall, this one is a flavorful sipper but stays a bit too traditional and doesnt woo me. I would have liked to see more fruity boldness. But dont get me wrong, this is yum status. B+

ChugginOil, May 10, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with good-looking white foam. The head obstructs the nose, but patience is rewarded with a classic Sierra Nevada aroma. The yeast note is peppery, hops are present but not overbearing and the malts tend toward caramel. This one is lemony fresh and lightly piney.

Probably the firmest malt backbone of an SN ale, fairly sweet pale dextrin notes. The citrus is nice and lemony, hints of flower gardens and pine forests. Fairly bitter, but not overly done.

Finishes fairly dry and modestly bitter. I have a clear line between hoppy DIPAs and IPAs that are just a little too boozy to meet style. This is the latter - balance is the order of the day, pumped up a little. Nicely done.

BretSikkink, May 06, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle poured into two snifters.

Appearance - Very hazy dark orange with a good size white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Citrusy hops come through the most. Strong booze presence second. Some sweet malts come through in the end.

Taste - The taste is rather simple, unfortunately. Grapefruit hops initially, with a fair amount of booze. Sweet malts come through afterward with a lot of lingering bitterness. Tasty, but one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and syrupy. A lot of unfermented sugars in it. Medium carbonation. Strong booze finish and a lot of bitterness hanging around after the swallow.

Overall - Tasty beer, but one-dimensional and way too boozy. I can't drink a full one of these without regretting wasting the liver damage on it. I do enjoy splitting it with someone, though.

Alieniloquium, May 04, 2011
Photo of BeanBone
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy orange-gold body capped by a little over two fingers of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves excellent sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy, floral, and piney hops over a big sweet caramel body. Smells almost like a fresh hop beer.

Flavor: Up front, lots of grapefruity, piney, resinous, and nicely bitter hops. Underneath, a rich, sweet, and toasty caramel malt backbone that’s more than a match for the hops. As this is a Sierra Nevada beer, there’s no surprise that it’s balanced perfectly. Lots of bitter, piney hops and toasty malt in the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with medium carbonation and just a hint of alcohol from time to time and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes back remarkably quickly given the double-digit alcohol content. I’d never guess this was over eight percent.

Verdict: Hoptimum is not for those afraid of a big malt presence in their Double IPAs. Luckily for me, I’m a fan of drippingly sweet and thoroughly alcoholic IPAs. While it may not be the burliest of its style on the market, it’s still a damn fine beer. Wish it was available more often.

BeanBone, May 02, 2011
Photo of dhvnu
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of all this beer is exceptional, secondly, I am a little confused of the low rating it have obtained. Thirdly, I really want to see what the bros have to say about it. I am sure it will be nothing less than a A minus.

Look- nothing more or less like an average DIPAm golden copperish. Have to mention the coolest label for 2010 DIPAs

smell- One of the main plus points of this DIPA; strong citrus + floral smell that retains till the last drop

taste- This is it, it has the strong bitter bitterness of Double Daddy ( Speakeasy) but WITH a sweet mask that makes it taste like a better Racer 5 ( Bear Republic) or the famous Two Hearted Ale ( bells).

Palate - Full,

Overall- Simply exceptional, one of the BEST DIPA I have tried !


dhvnu, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Clear
H: Amber-ish in color
N: Strong floral and earthy hop qualities. A hint of sweetness is also present (I assume the malt build).

So far the coolest label this year has to go to the boys in Chico California. Typically Sierra Nevada is boring with their marketing and labels. Hey what works for them works. They are one of the largest craft breweries to date, and they put out some damn fine beers. Hoptimum is a bit of a different story though. Just look at the label art….How Cool!
OK, well the label can help sell the beer but the taste will be what brings people back. It is the season of Imperial IPAs first it was HopSlam & Nugget Nector, then it was Hoptimum and Pliny the Younger. All are amazing (haven’t had PtY yet, but I can imagine) but they are all different. So without trying to compare Hoptimum directly to the other three that I have had….yeah that won’t happen.
Hoptimum unlike Nugget Nector and Hop Slam seems to be more earthy hop bitterness in the aroma and taste. Very piney and viscous, not nearly as sweet as HopSlam (which I like) and not as malty as Nugget Nector (which I like as well). At 10.4% this beer will kick you on your ass, as it only comes in bombers, and the 12oz. bottles would be a perfect severing of this beer.
Overall a very well brewed beer with a kick ass label.

DosBeerigos, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body with a red hue and a thick bubbly boiling head of yellowish beige. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles that pop to the surface.

S- The faint green hop aroma and some mint and cat nip hints and a musty pineapple finish. As the beer opens up the aroma changes to more of a green pungent quality.

T- The green hop flavor has apricot notes and fades to a dry alcohol bite in the finish. There is a pungent bitterness that lingers after the hop character fades. As the beer opens some green pine flavors come through but the alcohol covers that up. There is also a flinty and buttery flavor that follows the hops after the beer opens a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big alcohol heat that covers up a lot of the flavor.

O-This is a hop mess with to much alcohol to taste the hops and no malt sweetness to balance the alcohol heat. There are some nice unique hop characters underneath but they are lost. I bought this beer the day it hit shelves and chilled it 24 hours before consuming it so I hoped to drink it as fresh as possible but I don't know if the hops had already faded or were just not there.

rhoadsrage, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-25-11
2011 Vintage

Pours a clear, bright golden orange color, with a foamy white head that forms a few large bubbles. Lacing is immense, the head lasts the entire time.

Smell is thick citrus hops, lots of sweetness from the malt, and a great kick of spicy alcohol. Very deep, very fresh, and a daunting start to such a big beer. Very enjoyable.

Taste is huge. Heavy hop flavors dominate, with a matching amount of bitterness and booze. Citrus and pine flavors are there if you look, but it's hard to get past the intensity.

Mouthfeel is good, slick to accent the big hoppy flavors, with a nice hit of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but the alcohol will immediately kick in.

Overall, a very good beer that's just a bit over the top. Definitely worth trying though.

BMoney575, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of jifigz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass at Zeno's Pub in State College, PA.

A: A shimmering deep golden orange, but it was also pretty dark in there so maybe I am off.

S: Big hop aroma. The nose is just filled to the brim with Grapefruit, grassy notes, and an earthy stench.

T: Big hop flavor and very bitter. The flavor mimics the nose pretty much exactly. One of these big bottles was enough for me and I am a huge hop lover.

M: A good, thich feeling beer. It felt nice and viscous in my mouth kind of like a rich porter or stout (a la motor oil). I loved that big mouthfeel

O: A fantasticly delicious and hoppy beer. After one bottle though I had to switch to the Belgians and bring some sweetness to the palate.

jifigz, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Lunch
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased back when it first came out and consumed that day. Love the label, but that is where my love for this beer ends.

Poured into a Great Divide snifter and this looks indeed like a DIPA. Golden orange with nice carbonation. Calling your beer Hoptimum certainly requires some hefty backing with a shitload of hops to live up to the name. Not to be found. There is some hop presence, but like every other Sierra Nevada beer, I am mainly getting that classic smell that I assume is their house yeast. Some citrus notes, but this average at best. Taste is just as disappointing as hops are there and this seems fresh, but they are so subdued. A little bit of bitterness from this rather thick DIPA.

I've yet to be blown away by a SN beer and this is no different, "quaffable, but far from transcendent".

Lunch, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle, split with a friend and poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A beautiful orange/copper color with hints of amber with moderate carbonation bubbles and who-knows-what kind of residue (hop resin) in suspension, slightly hazy look. Topped by a 2-finger head of clingy ivory foam and leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Wowza. Big stuff going on, kinda like sticking your head in a hop warehouse. The nose gets blasted with pine and floral hops out front, the main feature, with tons of citrus and tropical fruit hanging in the balance. There's a backbone of heavy caramel malt to balance out the bitterness. Big stuff going on here, but still perfectly balanced.

Taste: Starts off with aggressive, brutal presence of pine and floral hops on the front of the palate, but neither of them are total bruisers or overwhelming. This is followed by piney/herbal notes which melt into a heavy, almost sickly sweet caramel malt presence on the palate to provide some balance. More pine notes shine in the finish with some warming from the alcohol in the finish. This is a big beer, no doubt - but it's still very balanced, something I expect from Sierra Nevada. Excellent beer overall.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick, and resinous with hop flavors. Almost oily, but not quite. Even for how big the body is on this, it's still fairly soft and well-carbonated in the mouth. Hugely drying finish from both the alcohol and the hops.

Overall: This is a beer for the big boys, but it doesn't rip your head off. If you like some malt with your hops in a double IPA, you'll enjoy this. If you're looking for a tongue-ripper though, go elsewhere. A fantastic beer, true to SN quality.

Groomsy, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. A nice burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of burnt toast with pine and citrusy hops. It was a bit unbalanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry. It had a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a nice DIPA, but a little unbalanced. It didn't live up to my expectations.

zeff80, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum pours up with a lively effervescence that creates a frothy tannish-white head that craggily tops the slightly hazy, orangish-tawny golden body. Very good-excellent head retention, but the clarity suffers from some permanent hop/chill haze. OK per style. The aroma reveals a resinous spicy character (pine cone/tar) from both the Chinook & Simcoe hops, as well as some unique earthy (cedar) & grassy/floral + citrusy notes reminiscant of dried apricots, mangoes, and tangerines that eventually gives way to a dominate toasted maltiness with a bit of alcoholic strength. The flavor starts off rather cloying from the caramel maltiness which is complimented by a jammy fruitiness (apricot and/or orange preserves) and supplimented by a sweet toasty (ginger snaps, shortbread cookies, vanilla wafer) almost bready character with some nuttiness (cocoa powdered almonds) which layers into the overall complexity. There's a marked amount of underlying bitterness that creates a bittersweet, fruitcake-like finish that's a bit unbalanced. Hoptimum may benefit from being cellared a bit longer? Here's to being a "cone head" called Hoptimum!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Deuane and Carolyn for sharing this one.

A - The body was a clear, copper color with a white, one finger head...the head settled into a thin, wispy cap...it showed some retention and left some lacing

S - Citrus and pine hops are very aggressive...I picked up a lot of pineapple and tropical fruits...the piney hops provide a bitter smell...the malts were kept to a minimal

T - Again, all about the hops...they are aggressive in the flavor as well...the citrus hops are sweet up front with the pineapple and other citrus fruits leading the way...minimal malt to back anything up...piney hops finish in a big way leaving an oily, bitter feel on the palate

M - Medium bodied...oily resin...the bitterness is there and it's big, but it's gone quickly

O - This is a IIPA that is all about the hops...the malts were kept to a minimum and the balance of citrus and pine was very nice...I was happy with my serving size as I think a whole one of these would have been enough for me

thain709, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear, light golden-orange with a huge white head. Retention is good, and rings of thick lacing firmly fix themselves to the glass.

S: Pine and floral hops with some underlying tropical fruit scents of melon and orange. Grainy malt base comes through more than just a bit. Lacks the intensity I expected; a disappointment.

T: Wow. Very aggressive oily, leafy, and resinous hop bitterness slams the palate with brute force. Soap. Pine tar. Dankness. All of the extreme hop flavors are here. A bit of a tropical melon and orange taste comes out, but barely. Malt is nowhere to be found. Spicy alcohol comes out toward the finish. Aggressive bitterness is relentless and remains constant even into the finish.

M: Moderately thick, slick, and creamy. Hop oils add a light astringency seem to rake at the teeth and tongue.

O: Insanely hoppy, but not much else to it.

Notes: Not quite the effort I expected from Sierra Nevada. With their gratuitous hop usage they succeed in creating a massive hop bomb, which I suppose is the name of the game when it comes to the West Coast DIPA pissing contest. But it could do with a little more subtlety. I believe the style is at its best when it retains a high level of bitterness, yet lets those nice tropical fruit flavors come through. There is also a huge disparity between the taste and smell of this beer. I think they need to tweak the aroma hops.

ryan1788a5, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single 24oz bottle and looking back I wish I picked up more when I had the chance. Being on a huge IPA kick lately I am surprised I waited nearly two months to drink this.

Poured the bottle into a pint glass to find a nice copper colored body. The white head was only about an inch think and left a nice lacing.

The aroma hit you strong with hops & grapefruit. The flavor hits your pallet hard & fast and completely dominates your pallet. The hops, grapefruit & bitterness just hit your senses and before you know it, it mellows out and leaves you wanting more. As you drink the beer your mouth adjusts to whats going on and this beer becomes easier to drink. Even with the high ABV the beer became more and more enjoyable to drink.

Overall this is an excellent beer and next year I am going to get a few to enjoy and one to sit on to see how it ages.

Dan3279, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a big bomber with a couple buddies. Our average scores and combined comments are listed below.

Poured a bright copper color with a thin off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Hops first and foremost in the aroma with pineapple, "like punch, fruit punch, with orange", and a slight graininess. Hops again take charge in the flavor and linger on, with more of the citrus/fruit punch character. A touch of oak. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated but as noted by a taster "lasting astringency".

Overall, an IIPA I could drink all night. Though all night at this intensity would likely just be a couple pints. Astringency a big detractor for one of our tasters.

BrewerB, Apr 05, 2011
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,281 ratings.