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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

4,983 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,983
Reviews: 1,299
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 231
Gots: 446 | 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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Brez07

Maine

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

24oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A: Golden orange hue with a 1 finger head. Decent retention until the end of the glass. Got some thick lacing with the second pour

S: Lots of fruity hops at first. Pineapple, orange and grapefruit are prominent. There is some pine that comes out behind all this. Good amount of bready malt is present once the beer warms

T: Nice fruit sweetness upfront. Blends nicely with pine and hop bitterness. Some earthy flavors. The bitterness starts fairly strong and remains long after. Just a slight hint of alcohol in the finish

M: Full bodied with sharp carbonation. Fairly creamy once carbonation fades a little. Light bitter finish

D: A great offering from SN. Big hop flavor with good balance from the malt. Very easy drinking but you definitely feel the alcohol after half the bottle. Would like to see this again

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:00:55 | More by Brez07
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BigBlacke

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum pours a light orange/amber color with a stick .75 inch head.

Massive grapefruit and pine hop scent with a slight sweetness.

Taste is a rush of citrus hops with a hint of sweetness that really comes together to make this beer perfectly balanced for the style IMO.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and hops leave a very strong aftertaste.

I find drinkability to be very high due to the quality of this one. This is a great DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 23:06:03 | More by BigBlacke
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011-label with date code 0351 [2010, Dec 17]

Appearance: Nice bottle artwork. Two-three fingers of off-white foam over a light amber/orange-colored beer, head forms when poured agressively. Looks inviting.

Smell: An fleeting sense of pineapple/tropical scent is noticeable at first whiff, but disappears as a muted layers of resinous, citric and grassy notes emerge, entangled with ethanol fumes. Not as big as expected. Just a bit of malt lurks here, too.

Taste: Spicy resinous and citric, grapefruit-like hop oils permeate and penetrate the taste buds, driven home by a mild ethanol burn. There is a bit of discordant malty sweetness that surfaces briefly, but is buried under the tidal wave of spicy hot hop oils that become lodged in the palate, for a long, lingering grapefruit pith bitterness that remains long after swallowing the beer.

Mouthfeel is slick with a medium body.

Drinkability: The hops are present and accounted for, a fact that the bitter aftertaste, lingering ten minutes later, reminds me of. The overall presentation could be better. Yes, Hoptimum is a hop bomb, fully expected, no complaints. At the same time I'm looking for something with a little more polish.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 17:38:48 | More by JackieTH
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grittybrews

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, consumed 01/2011.

Poured a dark but vivid orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of eggshell head. Definite alcohol presence on the nose with some toffee, biscuit, and an abundance of pine with a hint of citrus.

Moderate to slightly high carbonation and a full, prickly mouthfeel that becomes quite sticky towards the finish. Sweet up front with lots of caramel, honey, and malt followed by intense pine and grapefruit and a long, bitter finish with some boozy warmth.

Although the higher alcohol was definitely present on the nose, it didn't limit the drinkability as much as I had expected. Pretty well-balanced with lots of big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 05:37:17 | More by grittybrews
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bbb099

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a bright copper color and a frothy light brown colored head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S - Inviting piny and grassy hop aroma.

T - Pretty strong piny and herbal hop flavor throughout. A little citrusy on the back end and goes down with some alcohol warmth. Quite tasty hoppy aftertaste, but I have had better.

M - Medium high carbonation. Medium bodied, quite malty for a DIPA.

D - Good drinkability, but nothing terribly exciting about this one in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 05:06:12 | More by bbb099
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

224th review on BA
bottle to tulip
bottle code: 035121549
1 pt. 8 oz bottle

App- A dark amber orange with some yellow highlights. Slight light tan one finger head. Had some lacing down the glass.

Smell- Hops of course, a little bit of the 10.4% booziness. Some not but not too much grapefruit. No other real scents.

Taste- A big hoppy bitter taste with the booze prevalant. It's a tasty beer with the hop spice as well.

Mouth- Medium Bodied with a medium carb level. A bit of a leaner towards the wetter oily side of the IPA levels.

Drink- In my opinion it was a good beer. Really did not need to be behind the counter and hidden away as it the case. Probably wont try to have this one again as it was a bit pricy for the taste I got.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:12:27 | More by FosterJM
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottler served in a snifter. 2011 vintage.

pours a bright copper with orange highlights. translucent. creamy beige head demonstrates solid retention, slowly lapsing into a thin cap/collar around the glass; beautiful sticky lacing.

nose is big and aromatic, dominated by pungent pine, maybe a touch of citrus in the background.

hops storm the palate from the first drop... pine, grapefruit, a bit grassy, quite bitter. very good. not much in the way of balancing malts, just an absolute hop monster. some discernible booze.

oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. not a hophead, so this will definitely quench my hop thirst for the night. would defintely be up a revisit at some future point.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:28:22 | More by perrymarcus
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Overlord

California

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

Pours a pale, slightlly reddish copper-orange. The head is emblematic of full hop cones.

Smells like pine, some grapefruit pith (surprisingly not much citrus), some grass, a bit of earthy dankiness, and ... alcohol? Huh. That's the first booze note I can ever remember from a Sierra Nevada beer. Also, of course, you can tell it's made from whole hop cones.

Taste is mostly pine and dank bitterness, a bit of earth, some booze, and a splash of lighter citrus. Also some general sweetness. Not sure what it's from. The whole hop cones are what really bring it to like.

Interesting. I like it, but won't repeat the purchase at that price point.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:47:05 | More by Overlord
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

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

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum has huge flavor and feel.

It poured bubbly pale copper with almost no head, but left perfect rings more than half way down the glass. The aroma was muted, primarily with hints of alcohol. The flavor was huge and earthy with a touch of sweetness, hints of grass and pine, but a massive salty roasted nut finish. The feel also was huge, filling the mouth with bready dryness, like eating salty soft pretzels. One glass had the feel of a meal.

I got to the beer store immediately after the shipment of Hoptimum and could have had as many as I wanted. I played it safe and bought two. After trying it, I wish I bought a case. I found myself involuntarily saying "wow" while I drank it, because the flavor and feel was so bold.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:29:22 | More by MetalHopHead6
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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

Pours a dark golden body with a white head and nice lacing.

Citrus dominated aroma with floral accents. Fresh, juicy hop resins and virtually no malt.

Grapefruit pith, hop oils, and pine resine flow uninterupted from one end of the palate to the other. An impressive amount of flavor packed into that first small sip. Don't think you could call it balanced, there is a vague malty sweetness, but citrusy hops own this beer. Bitterness is very high, with just a little astgringency on the finish.

Mothfeel is sticky with a full body and moderate carbonation.

Doesn't add much to the DIPA conversation, not much seperates this from a dozen other beers, but that is more of a statement on market saturation and the talent with which American brewers use hops than a knock on this specific beer. Hoptimum is the sort of well crafted beer you expect from a brewery like Sierra Nevada. It is an outstanding IPA that showcases the full power of American hops in all their brash glory. I just want to know if/when SN will brew it again. Hopefully they send more cases to Colorado next time, we didn't get nearly enough!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:16:58 | More by BradLikesBrew
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alli4051

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a bright, almost glowing, burnt orange with an off white head. Head is big and frothy, never really recedes completely, and leaves a thick wall of lacing down the sides of the glass. Scent is a pungent hop aroma, mostly citrus with some pine notes. Taste, as expected, is a big hop punch up front, same profile as the nose lots of citrus with some pine notes. A seemingly faint malt backbone is present to level things out a bit. Theres a strong alcohol bite to the finish that actually merges well with everything else and really kind of compliments things instead of taking away. Thoroughly medium bodied with a sticky bitterness to the finish. Split this bomber with a buddy and wish I could have finished it by myself. Solid brew with a definite kick to it; however, not the complete hop bomb some might expect.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:10:11 | More by alli4051
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite strong and very hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit and a hint of honey sweetness. It pours an attractive clear amber with a fairly thick, if not persistent, head. Flavor is seriously hoppy and just a little bitter, with grassy, woody, grapefruit and malt hints and just a touch of honey. It is very lip-smacking, and the hoppy component is quite complex and enjoyable. Texture is fairly smooth with a strong and lingering tingle. Finish is hoppy, minimally bitter and fizzy. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had, and I strongly recommend it to all "hop heads."

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 19:40:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 24oz bottle purchased at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, NC.

A - Golden with good clarity and a small white head.

S - Mostly piney and somewhat earthy hops. Not much of the citrus and floral I expected.

T - Rich, piney hop oils with some citrus. There's a heat from the alcohol but it blends in pretty well. It's not especially bitter and has a good malt backbone with a touch of caramel. It's very bold at first but my taste buds adjusted pretty quickly.

M - Oily but very light. It almost seems to evaporate before you swallow.

D - A bit too much focus on the hop oils and alcohol for me to have too much of but interesting and very well made.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 16:29:41 | More by GJ40
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/17/2010. Reviewed on 01/23/2011. 24oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark, clear orange with a huge, foamy, off white head. Thick, foamy lacing left covering the entire glass from top to bottom.

Huge hop aromas dominate the nose. Grapefruit and citrus lead the way with hints of pine in the mix as well. There is the slightest hint of a sweet malt scent but not much at all.

The taste is intense hop flavor all the way through. A quick hit of grapefruit and citrus give way to a hugely bitter, piny, resinous finish. The bitterness seems to linger forever. It sticks on the tongue well after each sip. A good alcohol burn at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is very oily and slick. Medium body with a low/medium carbonation. Piny, resiny hops stick on the tongue for a good amount of time. A bit harsh at first but smooths out nicely as it warms.

Drinkability turned out to be good. As mentioned before, it was a bit harsh on the finish at first, but smoothed out as it warmed. At over 10% ABV 24oz was more than enough but was also very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 07:13:47 | More by ms11781
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Halcyondays

California

2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light amber with a soft white head, good retention and lace, looks the part.

S: Piney hop notes, light tropicality, some booze, not wowing me.

T: Fairly mild malt profile with standard white grapefruit and pine hop characteristics that aren't really in DIPA territory. Noticable ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, boozy, resiny, OK here.

D: Has its bright points, but a boozy mess at other points. After the first few sips I got pretty disinterested. Not one of SN's better efforts IMO. I'm glad I didn't pop the $10 for the bomber.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 04:48:08 | More by Halcyondays
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, golden copper color, mildly carbonated, and a small off-white head. There was some lacing as the beer was consumed

S - Beautiful pungent hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and citrus smells.

T - Taste starts of a little sweet and citrusy, then turns a little more bitter as a grapefruit flavor takes over. Overall, it had a very nice hop presence. The alcohol remains well disguised. This is one tasty brew.

M - Love the mouthfeel of this beer. It is very smooth and creamy.

D - The only thing that takes away from the drinkability of this beer is the ABV. At 10.4, this is a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:30:50 | More by pjs234
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Dec 17, 2010 bottleing date per SN code on label. Purchased at Wine Wahrehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Clear golden-amber with copious 2-finger off-white head with good retention and prodigious layers of lacing all down the glass.

S: Herbal, earthy aromas are most grabbing with a touch of sweet caramel malt. The alcohol is pretty substantial and mutes the overall hops aroma.

T: The flavor is not muted at all by the alcohol. This is definitely a DIPA for those that like balance as the hops presence, which boasts grassy, haylike, herbal flavors most but also floral, pine resin, orange citrus, and some tropical fruitiness, is cut substantially by pale and caramel sweetness. There is big bitterness in the finish, which is lively and not flat or puckering.

M: A very easy-going mouthfeel with low carbonation, slick and coating with a medium-full body which is less that expected with the big ABV.

D: The ABV is a bit of a drawback overall, but the balance of this brew is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:11:38 | More by argock
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with brassy hues and a creamy-foamy off-white head.

The aromas come in successive waves of grapefruit, b.o., pine, leafy green flora, grapefruit and b.o. again, then wood sap and grapefruit/ tangerine peels. The b.o. angle is an impression I sometimes get when local tap water gets an extra dose of chlorine.

The flavor is first citrus, then pine, some raw leafy green-ness, aspirin and alcohol, with a citrus peel bitterness on the finish that mostly covers what would otherwise be an almost cloying sticky malt sweetness. Medium-full body.

I am very glad that Sierra Nevada decided to do this, even though I did not find the beer to be anything amazing at all. There are still better examples out there that are not seasonal or limited varieties, but year 'round offerings at admirable prices. This was 7.99 and I thought fairly priced, even though I have had more satisfaction for less.

I would have liked to see less alcohol and more hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:50:38 | More by dedrinker
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hdog09

Colorado

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

When I first sampled this beer it was back at the GABF. When I heard it was coming to stores for a limited time I was dying to get my hands on some. Out of the bottle this beer a whole rang of smells, most noticeable are the grapefruit and pine aromas. It's got a nice solid burnt orange color to it and pours a nice white head. As far as taste goes this beer throws a lot at you. A can taste the variety of hops and malt. The only downside to the taste I can think of id you can taste the alcohol other than that this beer is superb and I highly recommend. Having said that this beer is certainly not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:16:00 | More by hdog09
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WesWes

New York

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful fresh hop scent; bitter and citrusy. The malt bill provides a solid base aroma; pale and Munich malts. The taste is f%cking awesome! Wow, this is perfection! Sweet, malty, yet bitter as hell with tons of citrus hops. It goes down easy with a resinating bitterness; almost 120 minute IPA-like. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine DIPA. It's well balanced with awesome hop character. Great Job
!!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:11:13 | More by WesWes
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mafiasentinel21

Maryland

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

This one's golden looking, nice. Very good lacing.

I smell a lot of grapefruit, then there's an oily hop smell with a slight bready background.

This is one of the most distinctive Sierra Nevada beers that I've had. It is very rich in taste and mouthfeel, and the tropical fruit undertone you get from their pale ale seems to have come full fledged and in your face here. Definite grapefruit and the rind flavor hangs around for quite a bit!

I am enjoying this a lot. The drinkability of any imperial IPA is never extremely high, but I would certainly drink it again.

Very well done Sierra Nevada. These guys always seem to do justice to the hop. This beer is certainly no exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:51:13 | More by mafiasentinel21
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8, into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Deep amber/orange in color with a white head, not quite half an inch thick that recedes down to an island of bubbles in the middle and a wall of lacing around the glass. Excellent clarity. Nice looking beer.

S: Decent amount of pine and grapefruit, and a ton of tropical fruit. Doesn't smell incredibly resinous, but still smells nice. Decent amount of caramel malt shines through as well. Fairly boozey too, it definitely isn't hiding.

T: Very flavorful, tons of caramel and pale malts, pretty sweet but has a great hoppy bitterness on the finish. Tons of pine and grapefruit, but also a significant amount of mango and pineapple in here as well. Definitely more of a balanced DIPA than I had expected, but pretty nice. Great notes of green tea linger in the mouth for quite some time after the swallow. Unrefined ethanol really hits hard at the finish, but it isn't too bad.

M: Very thick and creamy, light velvety carbonation, hot alcohol heat on the finish. Warms the whole way down. Bitterness aids in drying this out, but it definitely is a sweet beer.

D: Very well made and well done DIPA, just a little too harsh on the alcohol, which knocks it a bit in ease of drinking category, but still. Very enjoyable, but I don't think I could do a second bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:35:32 | More by pokesbeerdude
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, bottled on January 17th, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with an average amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some sweet malt. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, it's pine and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops, sweet malt and a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a good overall beer, hopefully Sierra Nevada will decide to make this again sometime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 23:36:01 | More by bluejacket74
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

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

Poured bright, clean coppery color with 2 finger head that didn't hang around too long.

Aroma = the first thing that hit me was a huge smell of grapefruit. Then a sweetness from the malts, and a bit of pineapple smell as well.

Taste is citrus, sweet malt, and finishes dry but with a touch of sweetness. Has plenty of hops to go around but not extremely bitter, tons of aroma and flavor hops.

Drinkability is pretty good for a nearly 10.5% IPA, although it is just a little hot, its still pretty impressive. I drank this 24 oz bottle by myself - over about an 8 hour period of time.

Overall this is a really good DIPA - one of the best I have had, reminds me of Maharaja, which is a good thing, except I felt it might not have had quite the hop complexity. I would get this again...that is if it was possible, I paid around $7.50, so i wouldn't get it often though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 23:22:44 | More by webbcreative
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misinformed

California

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. bottled 12/17/10 reviewed 1/27/11. Tulip glass.

A- Completely clear, vibrant orange color. Poured with 2" of off-white rocky head that settled down to a consistent 1/8". Good lacing.

S- Faint tropical fruit overshadowed by pine and a touch of lemony citrus. All around light, but still a nice nose.

T- Pine, bitter grapefruit pith. The malt backbone does show up occasionally. Smooth bitterness all the way. Nice lasting finish. Very mild. Overall this feels very one dimensional to me.

M- Nice carbonation here. The body is almost light though. Not oily or particularly mouth-coating yet the bitterness does linger.

D- So so. Good mild and long lasting bitter taste and finish, but it really just seemed one dimensional to me. On the "whole hop cone experience" level I get it, but that doesn't mean I'd want to drink it all the time. If it weren't so expensive I'd probably try it once more though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:59:49 | More by misinformed
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,983 ratings.