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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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5,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,601
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 324
Gots: 714 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber beer with a big bubbly bone white head. Lacing is scattered around the glass once the head fades to a soapy 1/4". Aroma is pretty fantastic. Citrus and pine, lemon candy, bread dough, apple, pineapple....all sorts of yummy stuff. Everything comes together well. Taste is full of both bright, sweet hop flavors, and darker, danker, more earthy ones. Really well done for such a strong beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch syrupy, with tingly carbonation which is pleasantly supplemented by steady bitterness through the finish. Great imperial IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light copper with a beautiful creamy off-white head and excellent lacing.

S: Spicy, piny, and resinous. Very sharp and very appealing. light bready, slightly caramely background.

T: More grapefruity than the nose. A lot more. Still very nice, but doesn't quite live up to the smell.

M: Nice tension between the almost syrupy thickness and prickliness of the carbonation and sharp flavors. Could still use just a touch more carbonation, but still very good.

O: What else can I say? I like this one. A lot.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

A: Two-finger just slightly off-white head that lingers long time, golden orange color, decent carbonation, lots of lacing

S: Nice blend of hops, grapefruit, earthy and woody, tropical fruits

T: Sweetness up front, then goes along with aroma, some pine, grapefruit and bitterness in the end

M: Good for style, smooth, okay carbonation, medium-bodied, dry finish

O: Quality Imperial IPA, I like the variety of hops blended together for this, very close to rating this higher for taste and mouthfeel, highly drinkable beer

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Sierra Nevada's confusing but sort of cool bottle date code shows a date of 2012, Feb. 17, 5:58am off of bottling line 2 (how cool that it gives you so much info, I never noticed before)

A- Pours a golden orange color, topped with two fingers of creamy off-white head, has pretty good retention and great lacing.

S- Wow, an incredibly hoppy aroma, citrus and resin are there, but the hop aroma just really fresh, leafy and piney, it smells just like a glass full of freshly picked hop cones, amazing.

T- Just like the nose, a huge blast of leafy, piney, resinous hops, again it tastes like these hops were picked this morning. Beneath the initial wall of leafy bitterness there's some nice citrus flavors including grapefruit and mango, also some honey and boozy sweetness, also some caramel malt, however any sweet flavors get totally annihilated by hop bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel, the alcohol is almost undetectable, no heat at all.

O- This is a seriously badass DIPA, this is a hopheads dream, this beer is definitely up there with the best DIPAs, I'm going back to the store tomorrow to get more.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. No other freshness dating. Code on bottle says 2848210: 43

A= Pours a deep amber color with a nice finger of thick milky head on it that stands about a finger high with some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The aroma can be smelled from several feet away. The aroma is great big tropical fruit aromas. Pineapple is a major player in the nose as well as some of that fresh yellow stuff in the hop cone.

T= The flavor is just as powerful as the aroma. The tropical fruit flavor is sort of subdued by some straight up bitterness. There is a malty sweet backbone in it that holds strong through the bitterness. The hop character is similar to the torpedo hop character I think with maybe a bit more of a tropical tone to it.

M= A nice light carbonation that is just spritzy enough to clean the tongue.

O= A high quality beer from SN. Definitally worth having. I would say this isn't quite on the same plain as hopslam but it's still a great DIPA. Try it out if you can get it.

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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep golden/ orange color, with lots of thick foamy white head that has some staying power. It's leaving really thick lacing on the glass, and a nice cap on top as I drink. Looks great.

Smells like fresh cut pine wood. Very refreshing smell. Citrus fruits, and some mild booziness in the back ground.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of pine taste, some grapefruit, and some faint honey sweetness. Plenty of resiny hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body, with good carbonation. The resiny hoppy taste sticks.

Overall glad I picked up a 4 pack. The more I try DIPA's, the more I like them. Sierra Nevada has done a good job with this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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