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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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5,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,578
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 303
Gots: 692 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I get a very deep rich potent smell of fresh whole cone hops its so deep and rich the smell with some tangerines grapefruit and a bunch other tropical fruits.

The taste is that same deep potent and rich whole cone hop flavor which is so rich you'd have to try it to understand. You get the sweet sweet candy malt and then back to the rich potent hops with the tropical fruits and piney grapefruit bitterness. Its just a total hop beer with a very nice sweet bready candy malt.

Definitely Sierra Nevada's best beer in my opinion. The taste and full flavor is off the charts. Its a big beer and its absolutely delicious. One of my favorite IPA's I've had.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantasic hop aroma...like a freshly crush whole cone.

On the lighter end of IIPAs.

Intensely bitter. Lots of depth in hop flavor.

Nice balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Overall Impression:
An excellent example of an IIPA. A showcase for hops.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been assimilated into perfection, ... Bravo, Sierra Nevada!

First off reading some of the other reviews ... you really are not a hop lover is you are saying things like "wow I actually cringed at how bitter it was". These type of beers are pallet wreckers as a warning on a bottle of Stone Ruination will tell you.

Color copper golden... fantastic just to look at. The smell can only be described as what it must smell like in hop field. Well balanced piney floral hop bite ...it's an eye opener, hits you hard and changes to a mellow after bite.

I got my beer fresh in 2012, I do not like aged beers like this, they will lose character over time.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,578 ratings.