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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

4,827 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,827
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 214
Gots: 389 | FT: 5
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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shacawgo24

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

09-19-2013 06:39:35 | More by shacawgo24
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doowhat

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-18-2013 21:06:24 | More by doowhat
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bubbling amber goodness, dense off-white head,
fantastic lacing

S: grapefruit, lemon peel, fresh pine

T: same as nose, but marmalade boozy
biscuit malt, bitter sticky finish

M: med/heavy mouth, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Don't know how I missed this Hop treat.
Must for hopheads or anyone looking to
advance their craft beer education from SN Pale Ale.
ABV well hidden, very easy to drink hop beast.

OUTSTANDING; ENJOY A BOTTLE!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 17:39:11 | More by BeerLover99
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-18-2013 16:41:45 | More by athomasPSU
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-17-2013 23:03:49 | More by ramblinwreck101
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Kal

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +19.9%

09-17-2013 21:45:14 | More by Kal
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JacobDike

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-17-2013 12:45:17 | More by JacobDike
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bigwhat62

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-17-2013 02:27:13 | More by bigwhat62
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-17-2013 02:21:40 | More by Tyrawlings
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-16-2013 18:00:52 | More by 80x2HopHead
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Sark

Montana

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- how does the carbonation swirl like that?! Nice 2 fingers of cream colored head so smooth you can hardly define the bubbles. The beer itself is an orange-copper.

Smell- awesome fragrance of citrus, tangerine and lemon peel, some earthiness as well. The light maltiness also plays well to smooth everything out

Taste- nice note from the hops' citrus side up front but not at all overpowering, the malts keep it in check on the middle with some grassy and grain characters with a little alcohol kick on the finish. It's really quite surprising as much as Sierra Nevada touts the hop-Hop-HOP-iness of this IIPA, it's got a great balance to it.

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied, hop oils going down, alcohol dry but doesn't linger too long

Overall- really, really a nice IIPA. Not for the faint of heart, but not crazy. This is a something to drink slowly. I'll be picking up a few on my next run.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 04:15:45 | More by Sark
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Bobby_Gray_84

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

09-15-2013 21:23:11 | More by Bobby_Gray_84
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2GOOFY

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-15-2013 20:31:36 | More by 2GOOFY
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rrock44

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-14-2013 23:38:03 | More by rrock44
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croixian1

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No, this is not a balanced beer, because it's not supposed to be. This is a grab you by the balls and drag you down to hopp fields forever. The bitter sweetness lingers on the palate for a long, long time. Goes great with a meal that includes beef but also great with BBQ. Or, heck, just drink one all by itself. Really top quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:14:48 | More by croixian1
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Ian_Hammons

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-14-2013 14:22:46 | More by Ian_Hammons
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BWH999

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-14-2013 06:24:33 | More by BWH999
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

09-13-2013 03:25:23 | More by Beerandboards
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-13-2013 03:24:06 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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diehl07

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-13-2013 02:21:20 | More by diehl07
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g_manic

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-12-2013 22:24:41 | More by g_manic
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neorunner

Virginia

3/5  rDev -28.1%

09-12-2013 15:43:24 | More by neorunner
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mspeese

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-12-2013 00:39:03 | More by mspeese
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memphischas

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-11-2013 22:40:07 | More by memphischas
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greggy1972

Ohio

1/5  rDev -76%

09-11-2013 21:46:45 | More by greggy1972
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,827 ratings.