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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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5,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,575
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 303
Gots: 685 | 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  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 2/17/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, honey, and light pine. Great aromas here with huge fruitiness and absolutely no alcohol noticeable at over 10%. Taste of big mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, pine, honey, biscuit, and light herbal spiciness. Surprisingly light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance without being too cloying. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, but is still definitely a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. Huge hoppy flavor; but still very balanced and as smooth as a 10% brew could be.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased locally as a single ($2.69). Dated February 17th, 29 days old. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, deep amber/light copper; 1-1/2" full, off-white head that settles and leaves sparse lacing; an occasional rising bubble.

S: Dank pine, biscuits, with some citrus & other fruit; alcohol.

T: Pine resin, some fruity sweetness, then very fast-building bitterness that lingers; grapefruit aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; thick and resiny feel; some alcohol heat; dry finish.

O: This is a real hop showcase -- not balanced, but a very interesting experience. Responds to the question, "Just how many hops can be infused into a recipe?" A gift to hop lovers.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

The beer poured really nice, but smelled even better. Like a fresh pine tree, or if someone held a handful of fresh hops right to your nose, it was amazing.

And the taste didn't let down either. It was similar to the smell. Very bitter, but not overpowering, and smooth on the finish, The alcohol was actually well hidden.

The only bummer was the "dank" hop feel on the back end of the brew. But still very good.

I'll definitely be buying this beer again.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Poured into my Short's Pint Glass from the bottle.

A: Typical golden brown IPA with about a half finger of white head. A little bit of lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Citrus, Hops, Tropical Fruits, a tinge of alcohol.

T: Very good DIPA - the flavors come through pretty well, the lemon, grapefruit and citrus. The hops come out on the backbone but it finishes pretty clean.

M: Light bodied, pretty creamy.

O: Fantastic DIPA. Certainly glad I picked up a bottle to try, might have to go back to the store for a few more. Very drinkable but like Hopslam, have to be wary of the high ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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

2012, poured into a snifter glass

appearance: nice looking amber, sudsy, big white fluffy head

aroma: smellls like a great ipa, piens, grapefruit, malts. medium power nose

palate: big body and bitter, you can taste the alcohol but its not too over-powering, medium carbonation

taste: just like the nose, bit pines and grapefruits, some nuttiness to it, a bit of sugar/sweetness too.

overall: if you are a big bitter hop-head, this ones for you. yes, it falls into the cavernous pit of ipa categories, but that doesn't keep it from tasting great. get it while its hot!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/12

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber colour. Two fingers of dense ivory head. Tight bubbles with good retention. Decent lacing.

S: A nice blend of pine, grapefruit and caramel malt.

T: Lots of big flavor here. Starts with a nice wave of juicy citrus, pine and malty sweetness but quickly turns into piney hop bitterness. The bitterness is a little over the top but that's about the only negative here. Was hoping for a little more balance between the bitterness and flavor.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of body and carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips.

Overall this a nice DIPA. Bold flavors combined with a very nice mouthfeel make for a very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Amber color with a two finger foamy white head with good retention and lots of lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Smells like it should be hoppy and sweet. Can't wait to try it.

Tastes like grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and sugar. There is plenty of malt to provide sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. To be honest, this beer is sweeter than I expected it to be.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet and sticky feeling in the mouth, and finishes somewhat dry. A very nice DIPA from Sierra Nevada.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.93/5  rDev +17.9%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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