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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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5,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,593
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 317
Gots: 712 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.31/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance : looks like pale ale

Smell:'nice pine , citrus smell to it.

Taste : taste start out with a strong pine , Curtis Tate with minimum malt sweetness. This beer for my taste is overall piney and citrus . I enjoy a more balance beer then this beer like Sierra Nevada pale ale or extra torpedo . I guess I am not a hop head but I see hop heads loving this beer . This beer is just not for me .

Photo of swaltn
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rborre321
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce bottle into a teku glass.

A vigorous pour produces a huge, frothy head with some giant bubbles visible. It's got a light cream color. The beer's body is copper in color and crystal clear with some slight carbonation. Beautiful.

An initial whiff gives me a pleasant floral, sweet and citrusy aroma. Grrapefruit peel is probably the most prominent aroma, but some pineyness hits me too.

Well, this beer is certainly different from the fresh bottles I drank a few days after its arrival in New Mexico, but if anything it's become more drinkable. I immediately taste a grapefruit creamsicle, if such a thing ever existed. Then a bit of floralness that suggests the aroma of a lily.

There's a great body here, medium thickness with very little carbonation feel, creaminess, sweetness, and then a blast of bitterness at the finish. These older bottles have considerably less bitterness and only a hint of booze burn, but I'm happy with that.

Sierra Nevada with another gem. It's pretty sweet to be able to pick up a DIPA for $9 a 4-pack with such ease.

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of glass_house
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep, glowing orange-gold with one finger of dense off-white head. Maintains a thin cap with plenty of sticky, oily lacing. Gorgeous. The nose makes no attempt to disguise the impending assault on your palate. Not a strong aroma per se, but certainly a very serious one. Intense, sharp grassy pine surrounded by a mixture of citrus peel, toasted malts, and a strong grain alcohol-like presence.

The taste delivers on the promised intensity. Bitterness of concentrated pine resin, dank grassiness, slightly juicy citrus, and some floral notes. Malts come through as vaguely caramel-like at first, then bring a burnt grain character. Finishes very dry with a lingering piney bitterness and noticeable alcohol heat. Medium-bodied with fairly lively carbonation and a full, sticky texture that's quite impressive, given the dry finish.

This is a unique DIPA that took me a while to wrap my head around. I drank a bottle on 3 consecutive days before I could really decide how much I liked it. It's a big, strong brew designed with true hopheads in mind. Admittedly, I prefer my DIPA's with a bit more tropical fruit and citrus, but I can see how some would go nuts for this one.

Photo of Beerinmind
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brett_arneson
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MikeDre
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of marley2112
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of EdwardK77
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful pillowy white head in a tulip glass, the head leaves behind pleasant lacing. Amber in color, good clarity, with some effervescence.

S- It's everything that an imperial IPA should smell like and then awesomely dialed up enough to enjoy it just a little more than the others out there. Caramel and citrus are up towards the front for me.

T- Right on par with the smell, this drinks very easily for an IIPA. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness make for a really pleasant beer.

M- Definitely getting refreshed while also getting that sticky feeling that you look for in an IIPA.

O- I would definitely look for this each time it's available, it's a real winner.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MTB_Gnome
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this beer the first time I tasted it. It will however ruin anything you drink afterwards, so make sure you have plenty. This beer will also sneek up on you.

Great hoppy taste with every mouthful

This beer is up there on my top ten.

DO IT!!!!

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; a beautiful bronze; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a spotty film; moderate lacing;

S: pine, floral. and toasted malt; complex and nicely balanced;

T: citrus mixed with dank hops; low to moderate bitterness; boozy finish with a little spiciness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; extra dry finish;

O; a hop head's dream; a little too boozy for my taste;

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Sensaray
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden, clear, thin lacing white head
Tropical fruity citrus hops in the nose, very pleasant sweetness cotton candy like
Taste follows the nose then adds bitterness. Juicy citrus, resinous piney bitterness but the sweetness is persistent too until a bit at the close where the bitter closes out dry
Mouthfeel can carry it, good level of carbonation, dry finish, lingering bitterness
Overall great tasting beer

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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