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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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5,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,482
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 276
Gots: 641 | 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 jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into my De Struise glass... The body is super clear clear dark copper, looks great. A huge tope head with great retention and superb lacing... The aroma is super strong with tons of sweet yet citrusy grapefruit on the front. The hops are present as well and on the, pine resin and alcohol. Not your typical stinging dipa notes, really balanced... The taste is more hops than anything, tons of alcohol and pine resin, but for some reason I like it, not annoying. A little one-dimensional but good...Mouthfeel is good...Totally crushable, I drink the whole bottle in about 20 minutes, no clue its 10%.

Recommend, best Sierra Nevada IPA.

jrallen34, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very nice strong copper color with some slight orange hints. A awesome looking 1.5 inch head develops with nice tight dense bubbles and some slight medium sized ones on top. The color is ecru.

S - Sweet hop juice comes up front quickly and deliciously. Slight tropical fruit notes. Some tangerine, grapefruit and some nice citrus mixed in with the resiny sweet hop notes. There is some slight bread notes but mainly hops. The aroma is nice but not too intense.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some delicious and intense resiny pine hop notes. I love how the aroma seems more tropical hop notes and the flavor is a bit more piney and resiny. There is some slight citrus notes in the flavor but its predominantly pine. There is some delicious bread notes that follow up the piney hops and add some balance. There are some flowery notes as well as some slightly peppery and spicy notes as well but the resin and pine flavor is pretty strong. Good but strong. Body is nice and medium with good carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel at the beginning with a then dry bitter finish. It is quite a boozy beer.

D - Pretty good IPA but not a groundbreaker. Still solid SN offering as always.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle poured into a Stone IPA speciality glass.

A: Light amber in color with an orange hue into the light. Great fluffy off-white head and just the most stellar lacing found on the glass.

S: Tame on the the nose front, you get a bit of the skunk out of the whole cone hops and a bit of a grain sense in the back.

T: POW! Blow to the face. The hops it you right away, then comes the emergence of the heat from the high alcohol content. The latter is nothing to worry about though, it comes with the territory. Pine tar comes out with a bunch of bitters somes it up nicely.

M: Medium in body, very sticky, great carbonation, abv detectable, telling you to slow it down.

D: For what its worth, its a MUST try beer. After that it depends how much you want to invest. No regrets for me, stoked that I had the opportunity to wale it down.

BuffaloTapHugger, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really clear weak ice tea color with two and 1/2 fingers of very foamy suds that lace the glass.
Smell is strong hops. Is this Sierra N's attempt at Hopslam? Very good aroma with the alcohol being very faint. The hops and the strong malts are at work here.
Taste is bitter at first then sweet then boozy. Hops and malt sugar are king and the queen is the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is sticky but the alcohol burn is the star here. I am talking a good burn.
10.4% huh, well they hid the alcohol well. But one bottle of this hopmonster is more than enough.

peabody, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hoptimum is copper, clear, and holds a pillowy head that marks your progress on the rim of your glass. The delightful torrents of lacing are also admirable, and worth noting.

S: Bouquet is pungent, with heavy doses of juniper and rosemary, with a touch of tropical grapefruit and star fruit at the end for balance.

T: Hoptimum's biting bitterness is marked by gin, vermouth, and brine. I am pleased that this brew delivers all of the flavors that I adore in the classical concoction: the martini. The immense hop presence is able to keep the malt offstage almost entirely, except for the slight cameo it makes towards the end of the third act, in which it demands a soliloquy regarding the deliciousness of honey-coated toast with a candied pecans on the side.

M: I was, at first glance, worried that this beer would be overly sticky and viscous due to its high ABV. I am, however, pleased to announce that it is light and dry, as a DIPA should be. There is also a noticeable astringency due to the bountiful hops that have surely been added during the boil.

D: A delicious attempt, by SN, to contend with the ever-popular Hop Slam for the title of greatest DIPA on the market. Does it accomplish this task? Delightfully so.

Avagadro, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of ToddT
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper/amber topper with a thick off white head. Head last forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple, floral, and grass hops dominate the nose. Interesting blend of hop notes with nothing being dominate.

T- Taste follows the nose with no one flavor being dominate, citrus, floral, and grass notes trade back and forth for control of the palate with nothing being overpowering on dominate. What a fantastic balance of hops in this beer.

M- More than medium and well carbonated, the finish is amazingly clean for all of the hops that must have gone into this. The final note is hard to pin down and trades back and forth between the hop flavors just like the rest of the flavors in this beer.

D- Oh so drinkable, the 10.4% ABV is nowhere to be found, but don't try and session it.

What did I say about sessioning this one, I woke up the next day with my head feeling like the picture on the bottle.

ToddT, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of shand
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This is an great looking IPA. It pours a clear copper colour with three fingers of head that retains and laces for miles. The aroma is fantastically hoppy and vibrant, with bright grapefruit and tropical fruits, and great piney and floral, slightly dank hops. There's just a touch of caramel malts and alcohol in here too. The sweet tropical fruits come through first, followed up by an alcohol and hop double team. Yeah, this is another boozy DIPA, but it works well with the super strong grapefruit and earthy hops to help make it less astringent. It's a big beer in all aspects.

The mouthfeel is very full-bodied and mouth coating. The hop aftertaste is absolutely ridiculous on this one, I took my last sip a minute ago and I can still taste hops on the back of my throat. It's a fairly drinkable beer for the ABV though, I wouldn't drink more than a bomber though at a time. A DIPA that really approaches greatness here, the booziness stops it from being absolute hoppy perfection though.

shand, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours deep, clear copper, with a two-finger off-white head that settles down into a thin, soapy cap. Nice lacing, though.

Nose is beautiful - bright and vivid, loaded with grapefruit and pineapple, lots of pine, with undercurrents of clear, bright caramel and a nice dose of alcohol heat. The pineapple note underneath somehow linked up with the caramel to give off the most amazing pineapple upside-down cake whiff at one point. May be a bit sweet for some of the hardcore west-coasters, but this is beautiful, and unbelievably fresh to me.

Taste is near perfect for what I would consider to be a somewhere between a west-coast and a midwest-syle DIPA. Loads of grapefruit coming through here, decent amount of pine, moderately bitter, some tropical pineapple notes as well that really link up with the caramel sweetness to swell a bit as you drink. Malt body underneath provides a big, heady dose of sweet caramel, lightly bready, just a bit of a toasty side, with alcohol heat noticeable but not overwhelming for the size of the beer. Finish is moderately bitter, a bit of alcohol burn, exhale is big on the tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow. So soft, just a bit of fluffiness, with the only bite coming from the alcohol and the sharpness of the hops. Smooth, with a soft but perfectly balanced carbonation over a full body, just barely sticky.

Drinkability is good, but the alcohol is very clear in this one. Very fresh, fantastic balance, exceptional flavor. I didn't really mind the heat, but I never forgot it was there either.

It's funny, I never bought much Sierra Nevada when I lived in Brooklyn. Now, having moved to Tennessee where the selection is a shadow of what it was in the city, I buy tons of Sierra products - and am almost invariably unbelievably impressed. One of the best overall breweries around. This one doesn't disappoint either; would love to see this become a year round presence. Excellent beer.

JohnQVegas, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Honey colored; slightly hazy but mostly clear. Great head retention and carbonation throughout.

N: Pine--not as strong as I anticipated based on the reviews, but there is a hint of tropical fruit in the background.

T/M: No doubt a Double IPA. Lots of pine then a sweet pineapple/peach note comes through. Very alcoholic, but the bitter "earthiness" of the hops melds well with it. The malt backbone is weak but does well to keep the flavor propped up. Very good; just the way I like it. Dangerously drinkable (if you are a hop-head), despite its oily mouthfeel and the high alcohol.

This is exactly what I would have expected from Sierra Nevada had I not spoken with others about it or read any reviews, which can be somewhat misleading because of the hype. A great IIPA for the price. Thank you SN for finally making a Double IPA!

peacebone116, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours an orange-amber sort of color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Smells pretty dank and funky. I get some feet and armpit at the beginning, but it seems to subside. A decent amount of citrus comes through in the form of grapefruit and there's a good pine note. A fair amount of booze and some mild malt (bread).

T: The grapefruit and pine flavors are "large and in charge" here with a lot of big hop bitterness. Unfortunately, there is a strong alcohol flavor that brings a bit of a burn. Some toffee and toasted malt flavors provide the malt character.

M: The body is on the full side for a DIPA, and it's pretty heavy on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.

D: A rare miss from Sierra Nevada. I would have liked a lot less booze and a lot more hop flavor here.

womencantsail, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger pillowy off-white head with excellent retention. Decanted lazily. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big floral and pine hop aromas. Caramel malt and unfermented survey offset the alcohol.

T: Bitter resiny pine bite up front. Thick caramel sweetness follows. Grapefruit rind builds in the bitter finish. Resiny and dry with lots of alcohol.

M: Full body. Moderate carbonation. A little harsh though thick. Flavorful, resiny and very dry and warming.

D: Drinkable. Very big beer though; hops, malt and alcohol. ABV make it hard to be too drinkable.

Haybeerman, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A light, bubbly white head crowns a clear copper (more on the red side) body. Beautiful lacing.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a big bite of bitter pine in the nose. Hints of sugars and caramel malts soften the booze and hoppiness.

T: Whoah! Upfront flavor is a strong bitter pine hop flavor, followed with a syrup-like sweetness from caramel malts, and ends with sticky, intense, grapefruit hop flavor. Very warming from the high ABV.

M: This beer is definitely a full body with medium carbonation. A very thick, chewy texture that finishes a bit sticky.

D: This DIPA is not for the faint of heart. The bitter hop flavor is very sharp & aggressive. Although I enjoyed it a lot, it's definitely a sipper for me and one bomber at a time due to the high ABV.

BrewCrew2010, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Note I am updating my review. see below for 2012 update/rating will denote new update... 2011 batch was 3.5**

Pours a rusty copper with a beautiful translucence. Big frothy white head that is hanging around more than 5 minutes after the pour. Lots of lacing all over the tulip. Looks a lot like DFH 90 in the glass.

A little light at first on the nose. After it warms, the hop forward smells are evident. Pine, light lemon and a meadow of Spring flowers. The sweet malts begin to show after a while.

Wow, l know why it looks like 90 min... Because it tastes like it too! out of the gate it is a straight malt bomb. Sweet Candied sugars and molasses. As it warms, the hops show up. Bitter hops, pine and very boozy.

Medium to full body with ample carbonation.

Don't think I can call this drinkable. All over the map. It's pretty imbalanced on the nose and the palate. Starts malty and ends hoppy and boozy. The fact that you can only get this in a bomber, makes it hard to drink for a pint and 1/2.
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2012 batch is now avail in 12 oz 4-pack. so glad I picked this up because this year's offering tastes like a totally different beer they worked out the malt bomb problems and came back with a much better hop profile. lots of pine from the hops. can still taste the alcohol as it warms but much more balanced. well done, SN. should absolutely drink this fresh because it gets sugary sweet once the hops fade.

haddon, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of rand
2.8/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From bottle to tulip

Pours a deep copper-red, clear and inviting, with a 2-inch sea-foam head. A thick layer of lacing cascades under it's own weight leaving little trace. The nose is all pine. Big wafts of freshly cut pine flow out of the tulip glass carried by ample alcohol volatiles. Maybe a touch of honey-grapefruit add a little contrast, but faintly so.

And the taste follows, at least up front. Aggressive pine tones swarm the palate, as hop oils penetrate every crevice of your mouth. Sticky, chewy and bitter. Really bitter, which seems even more pronounced by the weight of the ale. Sharp notes of alcohol compound the astringent character. Some honey-citrus notes add some balance, but not enough. Flavors are sharp and biting, and there's a layer of sticky resin left on your tongue after each swallow.

If your in the mood for a hop fix, this will deliver, but if you like your bitter beers balanced, look elsewhere. Flavors are fresh and earthy, but overly astringent and disjointed.

rand, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks spectacular. It pours a beautiful and clear copper in color with a very spongy two finger, off white head. The aromas are piny hops, a splash of honey, and overly sweet malts without any alcohol. I'm a little surprised there isn't more to the nose. The flavors very wet, very piny, feature some light honey, malty sweetness, and ALOT of alcohol. I'm really surprised by how much alcohol is present. The 10.4% is everywhere and abundant throughout. It drinks very fresh and crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. This beer is just ok. I'm disappointed by it, especially for the price. I'd take a Torpedo any day over the Hoptimum.

aasher, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of phreshbeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Bought a 24oz bottle from Swiftway Beer & Soda.

A: Beautiful amber color, almost a bright sienna. Head is white and lingers for a while - leaves a lacy residue.

S: Not super hoppy in the nose especially for a wholecone hopped imperial IPA. Alot of alcohol present.

T: Somewhat hot upfront, but to be expected for a 10.4% abv beer. Fairly balanced with a nice hoppy finish.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light.

D: Hoptimum is very drinkable, especially for a big IPA. I enjoyed the entire 24oz and wanted another.

phreshbeer, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good three-finger head. Slightly off-white. Leaves abundant spider web lace. Neutral amber color with a mild chill haze. Minute bubbles continuously float to the surface. The head never seems to die.

Fulfills the advertisement--lots of raw, floral hop. More citrusy than anything else.

Initial sip show some malt, but it's gone in no time. Strong grapefruit hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste...completely dominant to any other flavors. In fact, long after the swallow, my mouth still feels as if it is sucking a hop pellet. The alcohol content, although quite high, does not show up. The body is as expected.

For a DIPA, this is an amazingly easy drink.

smcolw, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from local Heinen's for $7.99/per.
Two-finger, thick off-white head atop dark orange elixir.
Head stays and I have to abut my nose into the foam for a large sniff.
First waft reveals piny hops and biscuit with a hint of sweet cane sugar.
Second nasal draw adds orange, citrus to the mix.
No longer waiting for the head to subside, I take a mouthful, swirling the elixir, mouth open, buds ready.
Bitter Simcoe hops hit first and drag throughout the tasting. This is definitely one that leaves a resinous aftertaste.
The alcohol at 10+ABV is present and really separates this from the top tier of DIPAs.
Overall somewhat disappointed. I have enjoyed SN brewing and can remember my first taste of their flagship Pale Ale with fond memories. But this brew does not reach the heights. I would much rather drink a Founder's Double Trouble, Bells Hopslam or Great Lakes Monster.
Don't get me wrong here, I would gladly drink this brew, but would not seek it out or pay an outrageous sum. The state of craft brewing, especially in Ohio, leaves me with many options.

Now drinking their new batch in 4-pack 12oz bottles. Improved. Alcohol pushed back. Hops are in your face but smoothed. Nice job SN!

CaptCleveland, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a chalice, tight little off-white head dropping down to a thin ring, the beer itself a medium copper-amber in color

s: big citrusy hops strike first - grapefruit and orange rind, spicy-sweet passionfruit, pale malt structure with an appropriate caramel presence, good stuff,

m: carbonation between light and moderate, body a heavy medium, sugary slick at times

t: lots of citrusy hop flavor on a simple pale malt body with a big sweetness, oily grapefruit rind, passionfruit, big pine sap push in the finish, love the combination of massive hops and simple malts, tropical hop candy, juicy with an assertive bitterness

d: it's clearly a big beer, with a warming alcohol presence, but tasty enough to keep things moving, fits the SN mo and reminds of a sweetened, heavy Celebration in terms of hop profile

24 oz from WF Arlington

blackie, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange pour with only a bit of haziness, but a nice sized white head. The head has decent retention and lacing.

S: Nice piney hoppiness with a malt backbone. Not as hoppy as I expected.

T: Hops up front. Nice bitterness to begin with, which gives way to a malty finish. Not as good as Hopslam, but very well balanced.

MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, really well balanced.

russwbeck, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= Really looks good in a glass golden orange in color, about a 2inch head nice lacing.

S= For the beer being called Hoptimum and using whole-cones there isn't much in the nose get some floral hops.

T= I get more breaddy taste than hops carmel malt backbone. Grapefruit bites on the tongue.

M= Nice carbonation for this beer.

D= To me was hoping for something better glad I tryed it but won't be seeking it out again.

LiquidBread219, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of roodie
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a chilled bottle into a great divide goblet

A: light copper hue, ~2 finger pillowy head, moderately carbonated, typical for my experience with the style. low head retention, minimal lacing.

S: piney hops, resinous, hints of something sweet, maple syrup vs. molasses? hints of citrus. definitely improved as it warmed

T: hoppy and bitter, with a sweet malty backbone hint on the back end. definitely hop forward and hop dominant.

M: this beer is quite smooth, not heavily carbonated, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, I really like this beer, more hopforward than my favorites, but a great beer.

roodie, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper/orange with a thick creamy head. A lot clinging to the sides.

Nice has a solid malt base. A lot of fresh hop resin. Citrus and juicy fruit. Some spice.

A bunch of things are happening here. Earth tones up front but with a quick flash of caramel sweetness. A light sweetness carries through the middle. There is a balance of earth and fruity hops here I haven't experienced before. More on the earthy side with a quick hard hit of bitterness. Solid bitter finish but well balanced.

The 10.4%ABV is apparent so this is definitely a slow sipper. Medium malt body with a large amount of hops.

DrinkingDrake, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big creamy 1.5 finger head, sticky lacing, clear copper orange color.

Nose has some interesting pine hops, fresh hop oils, light citrus hops and hints of tropical fruit, light sweet malty backbone, very light must hop resin.

Taste is unique, fresh bettering hops, fairly bitter, hop oils and a bit of resin, light pine and citrus fruit hops, some spicy hops, light sweet malty base, light tingly booze and little sticky. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness and fresh hops, bit of hop oil and resin linger.

Mouth is med with decent carb.

Drink is decent, touch of warming booze, somewhat bitter but balanced by bit of malts and dry finish.

jlindros, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptimum pours a clear, brilliant amber color into the glass with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. On top a small stiff white head forms. As the foam dissolves several spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I expected, but has nice notes of pine and grapefruit citrus. A little bit of pale malt is also detected.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer feels thick on the palate and slightly chewy and slick at the end. Moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with hops with pine and grapefruit citrus dominating. A little bit peppery in the middle and towards the end sweet caramel malt with a touch of light fruit (peach?) help balance out the hops. It finishes bitter with the citrus hops lingering on the palate when gone.

A very tasty, fairly easy to drink Imperial IPA. Should be sipped to enjoy each moment. The aroma comes through stronger as the beer warms. It could use a little more sweetness to help balance out all the hops.

WanderingFool, Feb 06, 2011
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,482 ratings.