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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,270 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4270
Reviews: 1239
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%


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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Bills453

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beautiful red orange color. Very nice off white two finger head that leaves great lacing.

Smell - very floral. Smells strong of hops. Amazing smelling beer.

Taste - a nice hop bitterness. I also taste something a bit sweet on the forefront of my tongue.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. Very refreshing.

Overall - a fantastic imperial IPA!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 21:25:16 | More by Bills453
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kpoole25

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have a feeling this was an older bottle because the hops have definitely dropped out. I'll try to figure out the freshness code [added August 4: according to Sierra Nevada website, it was born on the 141st day of 2013 which is May 21] but the label says 2013, I picked it up from the cooler at a local Krogers. Looks like a typical IPA but very subdued aroma, I was really trying to pick up much else than some breadyness and slight pine. The taste and mouthfeel was like syrup, overly sweet malt and viscous, with a bit of booze. Again, I'm barely noticing the hops, even the bitterness came across as something in 30-40 range, was not balanced at all. Hard to detect any hop flavor, it might be hidden as a tropical fruit note in the malt sweetness? I kept thinking this can't be right, their standard pale ale has more hop character than this. I'm left thinking that imperial IPA type beers are much less stable in this respect, if you can't tell freshness or you know it's past a couple months, I wouldn't bother, the heaviness of the alcohol or malt or something just smothers it.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 09:12:48 | More by kpoole25
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip after a long day of work.

Appearance: Straight amber colored body with heavy bubbles all over the place that creates a slightly off-white head; maybe third of an inch.

Smell: Strong grapefruit skin, with a dose of hops...lingers inside the nostrils like fresh baked cookies in kitchen.

Taste: This beer is a true malt bomb, hoppy like mofo' and almost the complete taste of what a true IPA is. It's a little bitter and a slight sour, has a hardcore citrus feel makes you reminisce of the day you drank beer for the first time in your life.

Mouth: Medium heavy carbonation that is a touch dry.

Overall: The taste alone is worth every penny what this beer goes for. In fact I think the twelve bucks is cheap considering how much we pay at a bar for much worse here in New York. Will I buy it again, you bet I will. Glass plus beer, you're in heaven. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 05:21:29 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Admittedly, I am not a real fan of Sierra Nevada. However, I did think this was a very well done imperial IPA. Poured into a glass, the beer was a copper color with a slight white head. Though the beer is well hopped, the aroma does not necessarily demonstrate this quality. I was surprised by an enjoyable flowerly aroma. In the initial taste, one gets sweet and flowery hops. Over the tongue, the ale was warming and resiny. In the aftertaste, Hoptimum evolves into peppery and grassy hop notes that warm as they go down. For a beer that is well stocked on shelves, this a nice and well-rounded imperial.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:23:44 | More by JohnnyHopps
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alaimoa

Connecticut

2.84/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow what a disappointment... Was expecting awesomeness on par with elder, HT, Gandhi and was immediately unimpressed. The pour is amber with a limited head that doesn't have much legs. Taste and smell kind of resinous and I am wondering if I got a bad batch or skunked. Tastes horrible with hop bitterness and booziness shining through with a poor malt backbone that overall is unpleasant

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:29:02 | More by alaimoa
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is clear amber, with a medium to large sized off white head.

Big juicy nose. Grapefruit, orange and a big dose of caramel malt.

Taste is just like the nose. Bitter grapefruit hits first, with some orange and a nice amount of pine. Caramel malt beneath, giving a nice base to the hops. Quite bitter, very tasty.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated. Quite oily.

Overall, very good. For my tastes, the best Sierra Nevada brew I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 23:39:55 | More by jrenihan
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stella77artois

New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a dark orange-brown with a fair amount of haze. A suprisingly small, approximately 1 finger head developed. Not much lacing afterwards.

S - Oohh, dank ass hops. Lot's and lot's of strong hops. A very dank smell, with just a tad of cirtus fruit at the end. Wonderful smelling beer.

T - The dank ass hops are very, VERY noticeable. Very delicious. Other than the hops, there's not a whole lot going on. A small amount of malt up front, and a hint of citrus fruit at the end. At 10.4% ABV, there is a touch of alcohol heat, especially when warmed a bit.

F - Definitely a sipping beer. Felt very good when cold, actually was slightly refreshing, and easy on the throat and stomach for a DIPA. While the taste didn't change much when warmed, it seemed to thicken, which was just slightly unpleasant.

O - A pretty darn good DIPA. Not hoppy for bitterness' sake, but instead it features an immense amount of dank and tasty hops. It isn't the best DIPA I've ever had, but it's probably in the top 5. Highly recommended for any DIPA and/or extreme beer fans.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 19:07:26 | More by stella77artois
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BlackDog

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum pours a medium amber with a fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are both as good as it gets.

The nose is exactly what you'd expect from a hop-forward beer made by such a great brewery: hints of spicy and earthy hops up front, followed by a slightly sweet caramel with a touch of orange peel.

It hits the tongue the same way it hits the nose. Some sweet orange paired with spicy hops up front, a sweet caramel body mixed with some juicy hops in the middle, and a nice bitterness in the end. There's a slight alcohol presence, but not what you'd expect from such a high ABV beer.

The mouthfeel is a medium-bodied beer with some chewiness and a good bitterness in the aftertaste.

When it comes to Double IPAs, it's up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:56:08 | More by BlackDog
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada 'Hoptimum Imperial IPA' @ 10.4% , 2013 edition , from a 4pack of
12 fl oz bottles purchased for $15

A-pour is a clear gold with a small off white head leaving a fine lace along the stein

S-pine , citrus

T-hop bomb plus , such a bitter finish

MF-low/medium carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , I still prefer Lagunitas 'Sucks' as a DIPA , way better ,
butt try this beer if you are a hop head looking for a good night/rough morning !!

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 05:06:24 | More by LampertLand
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cjgator3

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber color with golden hues with an off-white head. The aroma is faint malts with a lot of pine and citrus from the hops. The taste like the aroma starts with just a faint appearance from the malt up front with the hops quickly coming in and lingering well into the finish. Also, the heat from the alcohol intensifies as the beer warms in the glss. Overall, a really solid beer from Sierra Nevada that is highly recommended for the hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:19:08 | More by cjgator3
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of March 2013 (if I've read it correctly). Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a 100 IBU monster IPA. The artwork is great...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear sunset-amber hue with light carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a frothy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of exquisitely concentrated hops with notes of pine resin and cannabis. This is underpinned by a layer of sweet caramel malt and hints of earthy yeast, stewed hops and warming booze. This brew packs a punch.

Tastes of intense, resinous hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, caramel malt, mild barley sugar, subtle ale yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of alcohol in the background. Quite sweet but highly astringent - a maelstrom of hop oils tearing up your palate followed by a rampaging bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and spicy, with good body but lacklustre carbonation. Dries the mouth thoroughly. Aftertaste of aromatic pine/weed, bitterness and sweet malt.

Hops! Oh yes, by the truckload. This brew looks alright, but the aroma and flavour are where it really comes into its own. Being buried under a hop avalanche is an apt description of the experience. Intensely bitter yet balanced by a large malt bill. Decent body, though I wish the carbonation was more abundant to add texture. I'm also unsure whether this is bottle-conditioned, as there was no sediment in mine. However, minor criticisms aside this is a hop-head's delight. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:26:32 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Mailhouse

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall I enjoyed the full body of this DIPA. Super tasty with a rich hop after taste that I certainly tasted. I never considered this brewer a micro producer so they must have tried hard to make sure this competed with the smaller guys. I recommend people that enjoy a full bodied IPA try this and another good IPA from Sierra Nevada is Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:26:55 | More by Mailhouse
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent ultra-hoppy strong beer. It is a hazy golden colr. Thin white head and of light carbonation. The smell is rich....huge hop aroma. Earth, resin, pine, and grapefruit peel. Booze and apricot...some melon and peach underneath...subtly fruity. Powerful taste. Bitter throughout. Fleetingly sweet. Full, warming. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Hop flavor continues, blanketing, long through the finish, accompanied by a pleasant malt flavor. It is simply a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 21:47:15 | More by Suds
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter pour, bottle. Comes out a vibrant amber color with very thin, quickly dissipating head. Hoppy aroma, but not the strongest I've had. Tastes similar to flower power. Goes down smooth with a nice biting finish. Not sure it's worthy of the $10.50 for a 4-pack price tag, but very good nevertheless

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:48:41 | More by jbdpsu82
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smt1

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear brown. Finger sized head that disappears to haze after one minute
S: strong pine smell
T: similar to smell but also has citrus hints
M: not much discernable carbonation.
O: obviously for the hopheads! Enjoyable for fans of hoppy Imperial DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:05:37 | More by smt1
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Once again, enjoyed while tailgating before the Dave Matthews Concert in Hershey

Deep copper color with a large semi-tight head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smells of piney resinous hops and a strong malt backbone.

Solid brew here, with the hops punishing your mouth and getting your gleeker going.

Mouthfeel was spot on, nice and thick for the style, but not syrupy.

Overall I was glad i revisited this. Had had it when it was done in 22's and just didn't care for it. Tasted muddy and dirty, but this one nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:39:42 | More by taylor714914
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zhanson88

California

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper color with 1/2" of white head. Decent retention and limited lacing.

Smell: Big caramel malt backbone, with big bitter citrus notes as well as a bit of booze. Pretty standard.

Taste: Aligns pretty well with the smell. Big caramel malt backbone up front, followed by a touch of citrus and a lot of bitterness. Decent amount of clean alcohol on the finish .

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a pretty standard DIPA. For my taste it was too malty, with an appropriate level of bitterness but not enough complexity of other hop flavors (citrus, mango, etc.).

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:06:32 | More by zhanson88
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lizardspring

California

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’ve been very much intrigued with the concept of an imperial IPA, so I decided to grab a bottle of this.

A: Poured an amber color with medium carbonation present. Head grew to a fluffy two fingers and reduced to about half a finger with some lacing.

S: It smells of sweet citrus and flowery hops, almost like a light lemonade.

T: There’s a harsh bitter bite on the front end with strong citrus and light herbal flavors. I feel this beer in my nose quite a bit. The finish feels very dry which isn’t surprising at 10.4% ABV

M: This beer doesn’t feel heavy, it feels fairly smooth in the mouth. I’m really feeling it on my tongue when I take a mouthful, and a strong dryness when I exhale. There’s a very tasty herbal lemony sweetness right before the burn hits.

O: I have to say, this beer was an interesting experience. I didn’t feel the dryness was a necessarily bad trait, but I’m fine with limiting myself to one of these. The short lived tones of sweetness were delicious. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not dying to try this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 06:18:57 | More by lizardspring
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Samp01

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an cloudy orange amber with a small white head, some mild lacing. Aroma of citrus pine hops, some orange peel, caramel malt, fruity and yeast notes. Taste has sweet caramel malt, bitter orange peel, yeast and fruit citrus pine hops. A full body, smooth and slight sticky mouth feel with sweet bitter notes on the tongue. Finishes with sweet caramel malt and sweet bitter orange peel pine hops on the end is quite bitter. This brew seems to be dominated by hops. Overall an imperial IPA to the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 20:01:22 | More by Samp01
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hella deep brown, golden color with a vibrant golden hue 'round the rim of the glass. So deep brown it almost looks like a brown ale. Nice, creamy white, almost yellow colored 1 finger width head with medium retention. Leaves no lacing but coats the whole glass as I sip.

S-Hops, hops, and more hops make up the front of the nose. Grapefruit, saltiness, pine and other tart fruits follow the pungent hops, and both precede a semi-sweet orange smell that rounds up the nose quite nicely. There is also some zest in there at the end, perhaps from coriander or cinnamon?

T-Salty, grapefruit, more acidic and citrusy hops precede a nice, but very subtle malty sweet and fruity backbone with a warming alcoholic bite. Very balanced. There is a lingering lemon-grass and sage finish in there as well.

MF-Creamy and smooth. Body is nice and full for a DIPA. I love this.

O-I had high expectations, and they were met. I'm not surprised, as SN brews exceptional brew after exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:46:45 | More by Jacurdy60
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khmel

Ukraine

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. in a mug

A: Dark golden to light amber color. A little hazy. Creamy, off-white head, 1 finger at pour with medium high retention.

S: HOPS! The smell of this beer is incredible and screams that it is, indeed, a DIPA. Strong grapefruit and pineapple notes.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth.

T: All about the hops! Citrus moving to pine flavors as it warms. The malt and alcohol flavors play a far second to this hophead's dream.

O: Highly recommended! If you are a hop lover, get your hands on this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 19:51:21 | More by khmel
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a hazy brass color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Aroma was well-divided between hops and malt. Pine and citrus, lots of sweet malt.

Taste followed form. Resinous piney hops, a bit of grapefruit. Strong caramel malt .

Not as hoppy as I anticipated. Very well-balanced. The alcohol was not at all noticeable.

Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 11:06:45 | More by lordofthewiens
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rawfish

California

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper orange pour with a billowing two finger head. Very clear bodied with above average retention yielding some nice soapy lacing ringed around the glass.

Sweet caramel malt, pine resin, then pineapple, peaches and apricot, whoa, very interesting and pleasant. You really got to get your nose in there though, the aroma is quite muted.

Biscuit like malt, lays it on thick and heavy before the first resiny bite from the hops. Hops arrive late to the party with pine resin, yellow citrus and earthy grass. Flavors lift as the beer dries welcoming in a breath of strong alcohol. Mellow DIPA that has balance but could stand to be more assertive.

Thick set body with loads of sticky malt. Modest carbonation that goes over smooth with the alcohol's tracks well covered. Somehow the beer does manage to dry and lift off the palate.

Not the most assertive DIPA on the block but well balanced and crafted. The high ABV barely makes a peep and the nose while muted is one I could really get into. A heavy hitter for sure and keeps up with the rest of the Sierra Nevada lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:16:48 | More by rawfish
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"Hoptimum is the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced-a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed. Hoptiumum delivers ultra-intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. First released in 2012 in 4 packs, this is the first wide-released Imperial IPA by the brewery (not counting Torpedo). Released annually around April-August. Expect to pay from $9-10 for a 4 pack of this beer.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip. Served at 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden white head of a medium thick sudsy cream consistency. Body color is a golden-orange with relative clarity despite mild pulpy sediment. Small, mellow carbonation bubbles and medium-thick streaked lacing is left behind from a slightly above average retention, not quite as great as it could be. Overall it's a very appealing appearance, with some slight issues that hold it back a half point. 4.5

(Smell) Bold, sweet clean caramel, pale malt syrup and a hint of biscuity malt balances out well with a complex, yet bright and energetic hop bouquet, bringing forth aromas of grapefruit, lemon-citrus, floral notes and a mellow spicy and resinous tone. Bitterness is potent but relatively reserved in balance with the malt aroma, which is showcased a bit better than in more hop-forward DIPAs. Potency is high despite having no clear victor between malt and hops. Alcohol is relatively tame in the aroma, and very few off-characters break the focus that the nose has with this beer. It may not have the hop-forward profile or the abrasive bitterness in the nose that some are looking for. Regardless, it's a truly pleasing aroma for the nose to behold. 4.75

(Taste) The aroma is quite unlike the nose predicted, despite holding a fair balance of malt and hop character. The flavor has the increased complexity of a rougher biscuity malt backbone and a sudsy, resinous hop bite up front. Paired with a subtle caramel malt sweetness and some pale malt sweetness, this is a much more malt-oriented DIPA, even with a modest bitterness that reveals itself at this stage. Grapefruit and floral notes are much more mellow, prevailing in the finish with a slightly dry grain note. Alcohol is tame for the ABV and contents. Even though the malt profile is spot on, I'm a bit underwhelmed by the hop diversity and potency. The balance is spot-on in bitterness, with a moderate-high bitterness, nothing drying nor overly potent given the flavor. Granted my few complaints, it's otherwise highly drinkable and incredibly enjoyable, especially to those who may favor a more mellow-hopped DIPA. 4

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, slick and mildly syrupy texture with a very mellow carbonation presence, just perfect for the style and flavors. Medium body for a DIPA and medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is medium at best and doesn't hamper drinkability in the least. Drinkability is incredibly high, with few off-characters. Balance is spot on. 4.75

(Overall) I find this a very enjoyable beer and a well constructed DIPA, and would recommend this to just about anybody looking for a hop fix. The drinkability is crazy high and the malt body does it's fair share of building into the flavor, providing a flavor and bitterness balance. If you're looking for a beer that is hop-heavy, and especially bright with bold citrusy flavors and grapefruit-laden, this may not be your best option. Hoptimum goes for drinkability through balance. I could savor multiple bottles in a single sitting without having my palate wrenched or dried out. Most DIPA fans are sure to enjoy this beer enormously, and based on the price I'm not likely turning my nose up to it either. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA
4.35/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:42:40 | More by Jadjunk
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McStagger

California

3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a translucent off orange brass. One and a half finger beige khaki foam. Moderate to minimal retention. Carbonation is subdued. Moderate to minmal lacing.

S: Fairly dank notes escape from the glass. Lot of pine, some grapefruit. Good level of herbal characteristic. Serious malt level underneath.

T: Lot of toffeed and caramel malt in the beginning. Spicy, prickly hops take over mid swallow and transition into a long, resinous bitterness on a finish that is also fairly spicy. Perceptible alcohol heat in the finish that strangely contributes to this oily, pine sap bitterness. Aftertaste is incredibly resinous, with the bitterness really hanging with you.

M: Huge bodied. Malt monster. Bit slick from the booze and very sticky from all that maltiness.

O: It's a biggun, alright. And oh man, does it clock in some abv's. Still, the malt and the alcohol tend to overshadow the insane hoppiness. (See my review on RuinTen). Calling this one a bit of a miss.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 07:06:28 | More by McStagger
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,270 ratings.