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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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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 335
Gots: 726 | 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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Big bottle into mini-snifter. From cell phone notes:

I really really really liked this beer. Pour was a fantastic copper with a big snow white head. Nose was amazing- very hoppy, tropical fruit, floral aromas, and some new-growth pine. These hops explode on the tongue, very fruity and some heat in the finish. Honey and oranges come to mind, as does white pepper. Big and bold, with a hefty ABV, not for the faint of heart. You can taste the alcohol but it compliments the zesty hops. Whatever new hop varieties are in this beer, I want more of. The big bottle is a bit much even for me.. my head was buzzing when I was through.

This beer is a winner, one I will continue to buy as long as it's on the shelf. Sierra Nevada, please make more, and put 'em in 12oz bottles. This beer is too good to be a one-off.

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24oz brown glass pry-top proprietary bottle. 2011. Just arrived in Vermont this past week. This is my third bottle, so time to rate it.

Pours a beautifully clear medium amber with thick, rich tan 2 finger-head. Nose is a little muted, but it might be my nose right now. Some sticky kine hop/bud aromas for sure.

Palate is super bitter right off the bat, but stays clean on the texture in true SN style. Flavors are like a puree/reduction of hop oil/resin, orange pulp, pine sap, herbs and weed. The malt is there a little bit, a little pale caramel malt, but gets bashed around by the hops for sure. Great long, bitter finish.

Notes: A lot of people claimed this would be a substitute for PtE, but the texture is super clean which I think makes it not quite a dead-ringer. In true SN style, the beer is unbelievably drinkable despite being over 10% and the palate is dry and super clean in texture. These guys sure do know how to make hoppy beer. I hope they do this again because my personal stash is going fast! (And I think this beer is going to fade very fast, so drink up!!!)

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Pours a clear, medium amber with a 2-finger white head that leaves bits of splotchy, wet lace.

The smell is a very nice floral aroma of citrus and less so of pine. At the end of a deep inhale some sweet malt tries to balance things, but doesn't quite.

The taste starts with the citrus and quickly forms a dose of bitterness. Some sweet malt follows and the taste ends on the sweet and balanced side.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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