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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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5,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,481
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 276
Gots: 640 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ibeerbarron, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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chillin, May 29, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10.4% and the IBUs at 100 in the description. It also has the date or year it was brewed in. (2013).

Appearance: The body has a hazy medium amber color with a thick and creamy off white head. The head has very good retention and makes lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: It's aroma is loaded with tons citrusy and tropical fruity notes. They jump right out of the bottle and fill the nose when poured into the glass.

Taste / Palate: Up front it starts with a quick bit of malt sweetness mixing in with tropical fruity notes and then this blends into big citrusy flavor notes. Lemony, zesty, and orange peel/pith like hop notes and bitterness take over and run long into the finish. This is a full bodied beer is a big full feel. The 10.4 % ABV is smooth and just adds a slight reminder that this is a nice slow sipper.

generallee, May 29, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 3 week old bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Clear orange/amber color with a finger off white head. Great lacing

Smell: Dank hops (pine resin, citrus (grapefruit, lemon); Undertone of cracker malts

Taste: Honey sweetness upfront that fades into a great combination and balance between resinous pine hops, citrus hops (grapefruit being dominant), and toasted cracker malts, with a mostly earthy, piney aftertaste that lingers which reminds me of Torpedo

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Very smooth and velvety, coats my mouth with oily hop goodness. I don't find it extremely boozy as others mention, but it is there. A dry, bitter finish

Overall: This was one of, if not my very first IIPA. It blew my mind and I loved it. I probably love it a little less now, but I still very much enjoy it. The warmer it gets, the more aromas and flavors I pull out. Most of the lower rated reviews I read point out how over the top this is with it being unbalanced and boozy. I get plenty of malt to back up the huge hop bill. I feel the abv as expected, but not enough to destract me from the other aspects. This one separates the men from the boys. I dont know if it stacks up against my favorites in the style (Head Hunter, Dirt Wolf, Chillwave, HopSlam, Hop Stoopid), but I look forward to having it each and every Spring/Summer, so it must be a winner!

Bone53, May 29, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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