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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,288 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,288
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 262
Gots: 565 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

MocoHoppy, Dec 13, 2013
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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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Troville1990, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

klawburke, Jun 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dfecteau, Aug 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mixed_master7, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JasonWhitesel, Aug 02, 2014
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whiskey, Jul 18, 2012
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deadliest, Jun 11, 2013
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baklo, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JoeLacy, Jul 26, 2014
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Steimie, Mar 16, 2012
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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."

Bigmuff, Mar 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
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Reed, Jul 03, 2012
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moodyxc9, Jul 21, 2013
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Wrex68, Sep 03, 2013
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Maseitz, Apr 12, 2012
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jman005, May 08, 2014
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TasteTester, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

nosavingsaccount, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Danimal1101, Jul 27, 2013
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,288 ratings.