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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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5,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,277
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 260
Gots: 561 | 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:
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 quindog
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The liquor store in my town had been hyping the arrival of this beer weeks before the expected arrival date (which they claimed to be January 1). Needless to say, being the Imperial IPA fiend that I am, when it finally showed up on the shelves on January 20 I was foaming at the mouth.

I must admit I don't drink much Sierra Nevada these days, thought I think their Celebration and Torpedo are both solid. But I do give them credit for being part of, if not starting the west coast hoppy tradition that has since made its way across the country. Their pale ale is still classic IMO. That being said, I had high expectations for this DIPA and it did not disappoint.

Poured into a tulip glass and was immediately greeted with the smells of pine and grapefruit. A little bit of head and decent lacing, that faded relatively quickly. Color is a medium amber, on the darker side for the style compared to some but very good clarity. Taste was much like the smell but came with a combo of a sweet malty beginning and a powerful bitter hop backbone. Alcohol is definitely present, though not overpowering. It goes well with the onslaught of hops and IMO allows them to take the bitterness to a deeper level. As the beer warmed I could really taste the levels of flavors - the hops came more to the front. The most unique aspect of this beer was that the hop bitterness lingered longer than any other DIPA I can remember. Two hours after I finished the bottle my tongue was still tingling with the bitterness of the hops - even after I brushed my teeth. It was quite enjoyable.

Overall I thought this beer was amazing and one of the better Imperial IPAs I've tried in a while. A definite for any hophead though be prepared for a little alcohol. This one is definitely a sipper.

Edit: this beer has lost some of its appeal to me over the years, though it's still solid. Rating changed to reflect this.

quindog, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

24oz bomber, bottled on 12.16.10, Served into Duvel Tulip

A: huge off white-ish head, amber golden body, minimal haze, quite clear, nice messy lacing

N: lots of C-hops, grassiness, grapefruit, some pine

T: some pine, sweet and then strong bitterness on the finish, good but not great, almost like a doubled version of SNPA, not a ton of fruit flavors and very balanced....I had this 5 week beer an hour after my 5 week old Pliny and Pliny was far and away superior, though I guess this would be expected

M: chewy & bubbly, not light, a little heavy for the style, which I will put up with if the hoppiness was a bit more aggressive

D: wouldn't buy again at this price, but may try it on draft to get a fresher sample, overall prefer Celebration to this in the normal course of things

Have to say I think this is a slightly better beer than my ratings will indicate, but was a disappointment from the usually hop heavy SN.

Note: Sampled again when second batch (12 oz bottles) came out and found the beer much improved. New ratings are from second batch (apx. 2 week old bottles).

modernartblues, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Nice copper color with a decent head. Lace was present during pour only.

S - Reminds me of the estate grown IPA. Very floral and a bit sweet

T - Awesome. Big citrus sweet bitterness up front and malty bitterness at the end. Balanced if nothing else

M - Heavy up front medium finish. Exploding with bitterness and sweetness

D - May be undrinkable for the average IPA drinker. For anyone who is an IPA whore like me, very drinkable on at least an every week basis

Final thought - Sierra Nevada is a great brewery and while all their beers may not be top tier, they are always good for a bottle or 12

(2011 vintage)

whatthehull, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was looking forward to this one. Spotted it in my local bottle shop yesterday and had to grab a couple. (And c'mon, I know the label doesn't count in the score, but it rules)

Smells very piney with a mix of grapefruit citrus.

Taste is sweeter than I was expecting from the smell. Hop oils quickly take over and coat your tongue. This is my favorite part of the beer.

Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, but about right to make this very drinkable. The alcohol isn't completely hidden either, but is buried enough to give this a good drinkability score.

Overall I'm really happy that SN brought this aggressive beer to the masses.

brotherloco, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the liquor store next to the Whole Foods today. Poured a very dark golden color, with an inch and a half of beige foam on top. Huge citrusy hop aroma jumps out of the glass. On the palate, grapefruit and alcohol lead to a long bitter finish.

emmasdad, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 24 bottle into a 13 oz tulip glass. Bottled on 351 day of 2010, pretty fresh. A very attractive dark orange. Sticky two inch head, plenty of lacing. Very strong smell of grapefruit, pine, and orange. Taste is so pungent in the best way possible. Same as smell, but more balanced then expected. Good carbonation & the best mouthfeel of this style I have had. I love this beer and want to know if it will be around often or a limited once a year? My favorite DIPA now. So drinkable for 10% plus. A hop heads & maybe even a pot heads dream.

SawDog505, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of dciBA
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber from the oversized bomber into my SN hop leaf glass. Thin white head forms and lingers for the life of the beer.

Big hoppy smells in the nose. Spicy, piny, fruity, citrus, this runs the gambit of hop smells. Just the kind of smell I want in a DIPA

Taste is predictably hoppy. This one is kind of weird in that the sweet caramel malt is what you taste initially but quickly your palate is assaulted with hops. The fruity hops dominate the flavor, but plenty of citrus and pine as well.

Mouthfeel is amazing with this beer. Tons of hop resin coats your palate after each sip. A solid amount of bitterness leaves your tongue tingling as well. The ABV is very well hidden in the taste. Goes down really well for a 10 percenter but it becomes a sipper quite fast.

Overall a great beer from Sierra Nevada. I hate making comparisons to other beers in my reviews but this tastes a lot like Celebration and Torpedo combined and then turbocharged.

dciBA, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of HopNuggets
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 24oz bottle into Spiegelau stemmed pilsner glass.

A - Poured a nice clear light sunrise orange with a finger head that stuck around for a bit that could easily be agitated back up. Leaves a nice heavy lacing down the glass that is very impressive.

S - Major grapefruit upfront with some caramel / toffee backing it.

T - Citrus, citrus, citrus with caramel sweetness to follow. Bitterness is huge, probably one of the most bitter beers I have drank. The sweet smooth caramel comes out a bit in the late taste but aftertaste goes back to citrus and cheek puckering bitterness.

M - Moderate to higher carbonation on the tongue it's a bit thicker than the appearance makes it seem and leaves a coating around the mouth.

D - For 10.4% and well over 100 IBUs it is quite drinkable. I will have no issue finishing this entire super fresh 24oz.

HopNuggets, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 24oz bottle into perfect pint.

A: Pours with a good off white head and light copper colored body. Tons of carbonation off the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells like fruit juice. Tons of tangerine and grapefruit. Get tons of great hop aroma right up front in this one, really fresh smelling as well.

T/M: Right away get the drying hop flavors and the citrus. Very easy on the palate but also semi-dry. Good character throughout for the hops that are extremely fresh and very pungent. Great mouth feel that makes it an easy beer to drink. Love the overall palate and flavor as it is so well done.

D: This beer is well worth picking up. I think this is one of the better DIPA I have had to date. I will be returning to the store to get more of this as it is so dang good.

mbusster88, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't want to shell out the $ for a bottle of this bad boy, so I was really excited to see this one on tap at City Bev in town. A full pint, poured out a clear dark orange with a finger-width white head on top. Minor lace. The nose is splendid, with bursts of fresh pine, grapefruit juice, orange zest, and light alcohol. Very nice for the style.

The mouth was crisp and clean. Alcohol was very apparent. Big boozy DIPA here. That's almost all I could notice at first, but the hops came through in the end. Crisp, sharp, and highly bitter. There we go. Still, this is one of the more boozy beers I've had in awhile. Much more so than Hopslam. Sweet sugary flavors meld in there, but the booze just takes over. This was decent, but I like my DIPAs a little less aggressive. Glad I tried it though.

Onenote81, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of breyton490
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In Mass at Julios liquors I had to ask for this beer and was limited to purchasing 2 bottles per visit. They said they are only giving the beer out by request due to lack of inventory.
$10 / 24 oz bottle

Appearance: light, golden, tad lighter than SN PA. Comes in a 24 oz bomber.

Smell: Wonderful. Best aroma off of any SN beer I have had. Very floral, piney, perfume like.

Taste: Bitterness is there to support a 10.4% beer, nice balance. Definitely get a big taste/hit of alcohol but its not hot.

Mouthfeel. Similar to SN PA, but bigger

Drinkability: Very good for a beer this size, but at 10.4% Abv, I don't think i could down more than 2 bottles without taking a nap.

breyton490, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange. Beer is amber and clear with a small head of small and tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Earthy meets piny with a backdrop of some citrus hop character, smells like a Sierra Nevada IPA.

Beer is medium in body with only a mild malt backbone to begin with. The center palate has a nice hop forest on it with a complex mixture of flavors, pine and grapefruit with some earthy sulfur / resin. Beer is quite drinkable, about what I expected, it did not disappoint.

I will also say that this is a really cool label. It kind of makes me laugh.

drabmuh, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-copper color with a few inch high frothy off white head. Head quickly shrunk down to half an inch and then slowly dissipated leaving a huge fading sheet of lace.

Aroma is SUPER fresh and floral with a nice hit of weeed. Hop scent is DELICIOUS. Nice hints of grapefruit and pine.

Up front, it stabs you in the face with hoppage, allowing for the delicate caramel malt background to sit in the back. Bitter, but not too bitter. The hop bitterness is deliciously pungent and flavorful.

Reminds me of the waxed homegrown estate beer i had a few months earlier. So fresh and delicious! I am glad because i was concerned this would taste more like an amped up torpedo which in my opinion is a HARSHLY hopped up almost mess.

This kinda reminds me of nugget nectar. The hops are so burst in your mouth juicy and tropical. Alcohol is warming and noticeable, but not an issue.

Feel is oily, sticky and moderately carbonated.

I enjoy Sierra Nevada's brews but I can't help but wish they had a year round 6 pack brew that provided such a fresh but deliberate hop punch to the face. I don't even care if its strong.

Time and care went into this one. Just right.

kbnooshay, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of abar22
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a DFH Signature Glass...

Looks great. Nice copper orange. Fluffy white head, solid cap, spotty lacing.

Fantastic nose on this one. Hops are definitely dominant with full range smells; grass, pine, lemon, tropical fruit. All that mixed with a slight hint of alcohol. Just enough to know this is a DIPA.

Taste mirrors the smell. Hops assault the tongue in the best way possible. SN style pine bitterness. Loads of tropical fruit. Delicious!

Dry and grassy in the aftertaste. A bit thin in the mouthfeel but nothing off-putting.

Here's hoping the put these in 6 packs every year so I can knock em back with pleasure.

abar22, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - fairly clear copper color with a bubbly head that thinned out but still left ringed trails of lacing.

S - good hoppy aroma. I could smell this beer all day long, as it may actually clear my sinus congestion!

T - somewhat bitter bite upfront being balanced briefly with malts before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a biting feel.

D - I enjoyed this beer and I hope you did/do too.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a slight chill hazed burnt orange tinged copper with a sticky one finger head that held for quite awhile.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and big pine resin in the nose,a whiff of sweet alcohol is there as well.Just like the aromas the big tropical fruit and pine resin really hits at the start,the alcohol plays much more of a role as the beer warms a little,the sweetness really comes on keeping the drinkiblity just a tad low.A beast of big hops and big sweet alcohol,tread lightly.

oberon, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of babaracas
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with two finger foamy white head that leaves a nice ring of chunky lace as it settles to a quarter inch or so. Smell: floral, resiny, grapefruit peel. Orange extract in the sense of a whiff of orange zest and alcohol. A sugary tropical tinged backdrop. Taste: spicy and resinous, limoncello made 50/50 lemon and orange, lingering menthol after the sip. There's a nice light caramel presence going on beneath all of this. Nice citrus flavors in here and an interesting finish. Bottled 12/16/10.

babaracas, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a transparent amber with 3/4 inch of bubbly light khaki head. Leaves attractive rings of soapy lacing.

S-Amazing. Pineapple, Dole fruit cocktail juice, strawberries, tangerine. Mouth watering.

T/M-Better than I could have imagined. The perfect blend of fruity, juicy flavors, chewy citric hops and bracing bitterness. Medium bodied with invigorating carbonation. The most striking thing about it is how fresh it tastes. If you could squeeze beer directly out of a fresh picked hop, this is what I imagine it would taste like.

D-This is the first IPA in a long time that has blown me away. Really solid. They should make it year round.

DaveHS, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The maniacal brew freaks at Sierra Nevada's latest foray into the land of extreme hoppy goodness is a whole-cone-fired monster named Hoptimum. Sounding like a b-list X-Man who, after a mysterious nuclear accident in a hop field, awoke the next day with a giant hop cone for a head, this hop bomb delivers the bitter goods.

Hoptimum pours the color of a new Lincoln penny and its mutant hop power drives a multi-finger head that never truly dissipates but sticks around throwing lace all over the place like a cross between your granny and Spider-Man.

As for the hop report: German Magnum, Simcoe, Citra, Chinook, and the mysterious "New Proprietary Variety," all gang up on your helpless lil' pink tongue and give it a beat down it won't soon forget; kind of like getting whooped with a towel full of grapefruit and clementines (so they don't leave bruises) and then slowly fucked by a pine tree while smoking some killer green bud (don't pretend like it hasn't happened to you). The astringent factor is off the chart, so if you don't like drinking cleaning products--and let's be honest, some of us don't--steer clear of this one.

The malt character, made up of Two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich, and Wheat, fights a good round or two--probably just so those who foolishly put money down on Light Caramel don't start throwing chairs--but ultimately (or Hoptimately) bites canvas before too long.

At 10.4% there is an expected alcohol note in the finish, but nothing like what those numbers would presage, which leads me to rethink that perhaps this creature is better balanced than I gave it credit for.

All-in-all, an enjoyable atomic hop bomb for those of us who appreciate such things, but God help us all if this thing gets into the wrong hands.

monkeylovebeer, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

24oz bomb bottle into imperial pint glass, tasted cold and warmed as it tasted
A - Pours a "typical" SN; that is, amber/orange, clear and with a foamy head that dissipates to lacing but holds down the glass
S - Grapefruit hops and a definitive whiff of alcohol, with a hint of caramel malts
T - First off, the alcohol is there, right off the bat and throughout; unavoidable. A strong hoppy sweetness right off the bat, and the hoppiness is grapefruity and persistent and really nice. However the alcohol is prominent throughout and becomes a bit of a drag. The persisting flavor, minutes after a sip is the drying hoppy bitterness and this part really helps redeem the "difficult" middle palate.
M - Not a heavy beer, nice mouthfeel and really drying. Carbonation is barely perceptible.
D - Probably as low as I can think of for a SN beer; this one really wears on you b/c of the alcohol.
To be honest, I thought I was pretty biased when it came to Sierra Nevada; they are easily my favorite brewer. However, this one is pretty tough; the alcohol really wears on you, and it's a tall task to put down a 24oz bottle in one sitting. Good beer, but I'd rather a Bigfoot any day; much more balanced w/less prominent alcohol.

bosox941827, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of chcfan
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip

Pours a light amber with a large white head.

It was initially hugely aromatic, but that toned down a bit as I drank it. A couple of swirls, and it comes back for the most part. American hops all throughout the smell. Citrus is what I'm detecting the most of.

Pretty big bitterness from the hops up front. More piney than the smell. It sweetens a little bit towards the back.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Very good stuff. Probably the most I've ever enjoyed a hop forward beer from SN outside of Bigfoot.

chcfan, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of chefkevlar
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper brown with a moderate layer of off-white head.

S: Very upfront hop aromas of citrus and pine dominate, with background notes of

T: Overall flavor is very hoppy, with the taste being mostly citrusy with a small amount of pine. There is a pleasing bitterness at the finish, but it is not overpowering. Up front there is a bit of sweetness but the finish is mostly dry

M: The body is moderately thick with a pleasing level of carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable brew and is one I'll have to keep an eye out for every year

chefkevlar, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you asked for it, and here it is... orangey amber with an off-white head that holds forever and leaves tons of lace. very attractive, and pretty much exactly how it should look. nose has a HUGE, dank tropical fruit character with notes of pine and a healthy malt backbone that is pale and pretty tame on the sweetness. very nice. taste is hops, hops, hops with a good amount of bitterness and a malt character that isn't too sweet. the use of only whole cone hops adds a really real flavor and seems like some of the sweetness is actually coming from the hop. medium full body that is fairly dry, but not nearly as creamy as a beer this big would have you expect. a really amazing effort from sierra nevada, and a must-try for all hopheads.

timtim, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear-ish amber orange color with a medium sized head that slowly diminishes. Aroma is EXTREMELY hoppy! I get a lot of pine and citrus. Not really any alcohol scent, which is surprising. Taste is just as it smells...A real hop bomb! Although it is extremely hoppy, the bittering hops don't pull through until the end, which is nice. But when they hit, man are they bitter! And the malt profile blends well with this huge DIPA. There are delicious malt, caramel, and citrus notes in this beer. A lot of grapefruit and orange. Tasty DIPA! Mouthfeel is very nice, as it is not too sticky or thick at all. Still very crisp and full bodied. Drinkability is fairly above average, as I couldn't see anyone drinking too much of this...the ABV would kick your ass! Delicious beer overall.

DovaliHops, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours light amber, hazy, massive 2+ finger white frothy head that seems to last for a life time, leaves a ton of lacing. Only thing that keeps this from a 5 is the color, I like my IPAs a little lighter color.

S: Hop heaven. A ton of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, maybe blood orange), pine and a floral in the background. Malt seems pretty sweet and strong

T: You get a little bit of everything from the hops; citrus flavors up front with the pine and floral hops behind it. The bittering hops are there in the background, but aren't quite as strong as I was expecting. Malt character is very earthy, fairly sweet upfront then fades to a nice pale golden character. I've read people claim they tasted cannabis in this and thought they were crazy... nope, it's there! Finish and aftertaste is definitely weed-like, not sure if I'm all that happy about that. There is definitely a bit of wood flavor going on, SN lists cedar as a layer of flavor so I'm assuming that's it. Could also be part of that weed flavor. Alcohol is fairly noticeable and gives a pretty warm finish. It's fairly well balanced, but I'd like a little more tropical fruit and less cannabis.

M: Carbonation is just a little on the strong side, body is just a little viscous. Chewy, very resiny and sticky. Not exactly smooth, but not too bad.

D: A sure sipper, I think the highest ABV IPA i've had to date. It's can get a little hot and heavy.

Overall I thought it was a good DIPA, but didn't live up to my expectations. The flavor profile seemed a little to similar to a hopped up barleywine and I didn't particularly like that cannabis like flavor. A solid IPA with a great nose, but at $8.99 for a bomber, it's not something I'm likely to buy again.

Satchboogie, Jan 19, 2011
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,277 ratings.