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
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5,547 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,547
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 288
Gots: 669 | 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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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.

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.

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.

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 !

Recommended

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard about this coming out and I kept my eyes peeled for it at my local shop. They got a small shipment in so I grabbed 2 bottles right away.

I put one in the freezer to chill it faster right when I got home. The suspense was killing me! I poured As much as I could into a rather large glass to took a big nose full of it aroma. It smells fantastic! An incredible hoppy aroma just bursting out of the bottle and glass. So many hops on the tongue with every sip you take. It actually has a stinging sensation in the aftertaste. The color was very nice like a light copper shade. Such a great DIPA!

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

11 bucks a 24oz bottle at my local liquor store.

Dated 2011

Poured ice cold into a frosty pint glass this beer produces 1 pinky finger of icy white and amber colored head.

The aroma is that of a thick bready malt floating in a pond of freshly trimmed pine cones, hops, and spice.

The taste is strong & hoppy but not overpowering... Very thick, oily and bitter...with a clean but lingering after taste.

The hops bitterness clearly masks the taste (but not the effects) of the alcohol.

Pinecones and premium cannabis flavor throughout.

Make no mistake this is a strong beer... an exceptionally balanced beer but a high octane hop bomb none the less.

Think Torpedo on Steroids.

Sierra Nevada knocks it out of the park with this one. With 10.4% ABV Hoptimum should be optimum for cellar storage.
Imagine serving honored guests a 2011 Hoptimum/2007 Smoked Alaskan Porter "Black N Tan."

Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright copper body with an inch of fine, creamy tan foam. Great retention, light lace. Gorgeous.

S: Intensely bitter aroma of pine, resins, and pithy grapefruit. Very hoppy indeed, but nothing all that special.

T: Fruity hops peek through momentarily, but are quickly outweighed by super piney hops and an overwhelming wave of bitterness + alcohol. Some caramel malts show up toward the tail end as well, but are subsumed in the bitter/boozy finish. A little over the top.

M: Sticky, lively medium body. Nice.

O: As much as I love big, hoppy DIPAs, this one really didn't do the job for me. Too unbalanced, too alcoholic, too bitter, too rough. Anyone can dump a boatload of hops in a kettle; while I still enjoy the results, I expected more from Sierra. They should have mass-produced Ghidorah.

Cheers!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Original review on 03-28-2011 of the 2011 Vintage. Bottle from original review was fairly old (about 3 months); replacing review with review of fresh 2012 bottle.

2012 Vintage dated 204821059 (Feb 17/12)

A - Medium orange with some darker amber around the edges. Half a finger of bubbly off-white head formed with good retention. Very light lacing.

S - Grapefruit and pine up front with a fairly assertive bitterness present. Some sweet caramel malts in the background but overall fairly hop-forward.

T - A huge op punch up front with grapefruit, pine and orange zest flavours. Just enough of a malt backbone to be noticeable while providing a touch of of caramel flavour. The bitterness returns in the finish, which is dry and lingers considerably. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but is well masked overall considering the ABV.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Loads of hop oils coat the tongue. Fresh and juicy.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Piney, resiny, some grapefruit, some dank, some citrus.

L: Clear orangish yellow with white head. Great lacing.

T: Resiny piney hoppiness with a solid sweetness. Medium-high bitterness, somewhat biting. Solid dryness with some hop resin in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Decent DIPA, nothing eye popping. My bottle was a little older, so that probably didnt help.

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

Pours a brilliant amber with a dense, off-white head leaving lace through most of the drink and smells a wonderful mix of tropical fruits and pine forest notes, with very pleasant hints of sugared orange wedge and green tea. The palate is very rich with caramel and pineapple notes ushering in the gigantic hop explosion. The bitterness shines beautifully and carries the finish long past the 3 minute mark to a very pleasant, bitter orange peel-fueled end.

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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, a lot of fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong burst of floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a very fruity citrus sweetness. There's a significant alcohol sting that comes through at times. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this a very solid 2IPA to drink for a long time but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a honey-amber with a 1" sticky off-white head that slowly breaks down leaving nce lacing as you drink it down.

Has a fruity, leathery smell, with notes of creme, apricots, grapefruit, and some minor pine. Has a definite DIPA aroma to it.

Starts smooth and mildly bitter. Apricots, grapes, rose water, and resin start this out, with a decent hint of bitter across the middle and back of the tongue before finishing rather quiet. There's an underlying creamy/buttery taste that balances out the bitter.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth, creamy beer with a nice bitter finish.

The creaminess of this DIPA makes it somewhat unique, and worth hunting down if you can find it. I nabbed the last bottle I found at our local store, and other stores I've been to have been out a while.

Photo of beveritt
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Thanks go out to Doctor Dog for getting this one to me in my current beer drought. Poured from a 24 oz wide bomber into a standard pint glass. Label is predominantly green and shows a historic style portrait of a man in a high neck suit, but his head is a hop cone. Freshness date of 101721619; not sure what that translates to.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of light tan head. This settles very slowly, leaving behind amazing lace coverage now and at every sip. Beer itself is the color of bright, burnished copper. No sediment in bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of spicy hops with hints of honey and floral against a backdrop of semi sweet caramel.

Taste: High tannins and enamel stripping hop precede a well bittered bready, caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level with very good body.

Drinkability: While not the hophead that my wife is, I can appreciate a quality hop bomb and this my friends, is just that. Captures the possible flavor profiles of the hop cone well; from blindingly bitter to sweet and flower like. Good stuff.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,547 ratings.