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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

4,997 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,997
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 232
Gots: 448 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First review, here goes…

HOPTIMUM

I like to start strong. And uh, so does this beer, judging from the 3 finger head (poor pour?) The lighting here is not sufficient to bring out the radiant glow of any truly great beer, so it must be sufficient to suggest that this frosty brew exhibits an almost regal display of autumnal hues. Most appropriate.

As a man who suffers from poor sinuses, the only remarks I can make regarding this beers pleasant aroma is that they were just sharp enough to cut through the fog of my genetic misfortune and grant me that which most beers cannot: a sensory tease of the sensuous pleasures to come.

Where taste is concerned, I believe that I'm beginning to understand where these terms Earthy and Resinous fit in to the picture. Other IPAs can have piney qualities, but not perhaps in the same manner as Hoptimum; this is almost more like sucking on a pine cone than sniffing needles. Not a bad thing, though I tend to gravitate more toward the citrusy (West Coast?) IPAs. On the retreat, there is certainly a spiciness. I want to say there's a dankiness but it's almost as though this is the malts window of opportunity to vie for our attention, to battle the hop blast, and the melee that ensues leaves the bitter taste of merciless hops dominance upon the tongue - could really use some pretzel sticks, Holy Crow.

Mouthfeel, well, it's thick? Is that even an appropriate term? Maybe this is where the malts get their come-up. I usually prefer something a tad more swillable, but it seems Sierra Nevada knew there was an army of BAs out there ready to sacrifice a touch of drinkability for an extra potent hop fix. My kind of mentality, but I'm still partial to Lucid Foto or a Bell's Two Hearted.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. If you just worked a long shift and need something cold to refresh your aching bones, maybe find something with fewer IBUs and more of a gimmicky package - I understand the Miller Lite gyro-motional cyclonic necked LNNRs are really sumpthin.

Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,997 ratings.