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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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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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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Ratings: 5,611 | Reviews: 1,349
Photo of divineaudio
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on the 31st day of 2012 (if i'm reading the code correctly).

a - pours amber in color and forms a two finger, creamy, off white head. retention is good, calming slowly to a thin film and leaving large swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - biscuity malt, grass, faint honey.

t - more of the nose really. bready and sweet with grassy hop character, occasional citrus notes and a lingering, piney bitterness for balance. alcohol content is well hidden.

m - full bodied, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile.

o - solid overall, but not especially memorable. seems like the west coast version of hopslam, which i enjoyed more. worth trying if you're into super hoppy beers.

Photo of serottaboy
2/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of geoffsm12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear amber-gold with two fingers of rich off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Juicy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and fresh grass.

The taste was quite balanced with grapefruit and pineapple and a hit of honey and caramel malts. Bitter bite to the finish. The 10% abv was very well-hidden.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a moderate carbonation.

Delicious. This IIPA from SN rates amongst my favorites without a doubt.

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear copper color with a one finger cream head that dissipates into large bubbles across the surface.

Strong hop aromas of grapefruit pith, onion, and fresh cut grass dominate. Pineapple, caramel malt, and pine are evident in the second sniff.

Flavor is initially balanced, with bready sweet malt supporting grapefruit, apricot, and pine. Then, the bittering takes over and unleashes a dominant assault on the tongue. The finish is peppery and almost minty, likely accentuated by the massive bitterness.

Body is moderately heavy, with slightly low carbonation. An alcoholic warmth is felt.

Overall, a bit of a roller coaster ride of hop flavor. Very much citrus and herbal hop upfront, finishing bitter to the extreme. One of few beers I prefer on the colder side.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve never heard of this beer before, but anything hoppy from Sierra Nevada sounds good to me.

Brewed a month before the date of this tasting (Bottled on February 17, 2012).

A: Pours a thick amber, with a clear, yet dark hue. A big, tan head appears as a two-inch pillow of bubbles, leaving bold lacing all the way down. Retention is silky and thick; impressive.

S: It begins with a fresh fruit and pine juiciness, such incredible hop aromas of kiwi, lemon, resin, and tart berry. They fill the nostrils with a prickly citrus fruitiness, which push some syrupy malts to the front of the nose; grape jam, toffee, and toasted caramel malt roll out in full West Coast fashion. What a superb nose; balance and flavorful.

T: I feel like a carpet of malted grains covers the inside of the mouth as soon as I take a sip: caramel syrupiness and an oily, earthy honey flavor coat the mouth. Hops rise up: not stinging, not thick, but flavorful. A resiny pine sensation rips through the malt screen, tailing some sweet floral, some bitter grapefruit, and a lemony brightness. Coriander and some orange zest, potpourri-like spice add a loveable complexity to the bitterness, sweeping the aftertaste to a warm, alcoholic dryness. A bit biscuity on the finish, rounding this out nicely.

M: Incredibly drinkable – this really may be the best alcohol content to drinkability ratio of any beer I’ve ever had. This 10.4% brew is drinking like Prima Pils, and it’s scaring me; just a smoothly-full feel and a hint of astringency.

O: What a beer! Probably my favorite Sierra Nevada IPA behind Celebration (and maybe even surpassing it, considering the less abrasive hop bitterness). I’ll definitely buy this again, though it is pricey.

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

Appearance is light brown with the biggest head imaginable and great lacing.

Nose is fresh, hardy hops with juniper berry and golden raisin.

Taste is an explosion of tart hops with some honeyed malt carrying along. There is plenty of caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with sizzle from the hops. It has plenty of oil-slickness. Carbonation is medium-high. It goes down easily considering all the flavor.

Overall, this is a fun flavor-bomb.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tastybeer
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%

Photo of eatabagofbooger
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%

Photo of derkfromwi
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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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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