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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

4,929 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,929
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 228
Gots: 423 | 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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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -28.2%

06-01-2013 19:52:13 | More by alysmith4
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ksimons

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear orange with two fingers worth of white head

S-pale bready malts with a large citrus hop presence

T-still have a good amount of malt backbone, but with a huge amount of hops. Citrus and lemon and piney bitterness. Nice alcohol warming.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, piney bitter aftertaste

Overall a really hopped up beer, but still very drinkable and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 21:45:57 | More by ksimons
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-11-2011 04:54:46 | More by marct
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured chilled in standard ale glass with @davewhite4

A: copper color; 1-finger head; clear; decent lacing
S: begins with a pilsner aroma, then pales to nothing; give it four minutes and voila it opens up into a pleasant bubblegum-hop aroma
T: unbelievably good; complex, sweet, very piney and fresh; boozy but complemented so nicely by the hop array
M: thick, mealy

I have not had such a good IPA in...forever. Wow. Get it. It's very repeatable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:15:59 | More by Arithmeticus
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour on tap at Jack Brown's in Harrisonburg. $4 for the glass.

Looks good. It's a nice golden color. Not too light, not too dark for an Imperial IPA. There's a solid, fluffy cap of head that leaves some lacing with each gulp. The smell is fantastic, with grapefruit and pine dominating the nose. The taste is very similar, a wonderful combination of grapefruity citrus and pine. The alcohol is slightly more noticeable than I would like, but it still goes down smooth and has great balance for 10%. Mouthfeel is right on point for the style. Medium body with a slick, oily, resiny character that I really enjoyed. Not my absolute favorite 2XIPA, but a very, very good one nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 01:05:04 | More by JMUbrewz
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Glass.
Man, the color on this one is beautiful. Nice darker gold, with a thin lacing of head that sticks well and creates a bit of froth in the middle.

Smell: The hops smell hearty and sticky. Picking up some pine resin and a little grapefruit too. Has a bit of musk, as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and buttery!!! Big surprise with that mouthfeel! Very smooth to begin with. Picking up the pine notes and citrus midway. Doesn't have a bit of bitterness associated with most IPA's. Tongue numbing...I guess the 10.4% abv does have that affect, but you cannot tell by the taste of this beer...very well hidden. Has some of that flowery bouquet flavor near the end (tends toward the sweeter side) of this baby. This is the ticket!!!!

Drinkability: So, I bought a case of this knowing I was going to love it, and by all the hype I've been reading through reviews. The "Hype" is real and I'm really glad I decided on buying extras. This will be in continual rotation, until it lasts. When it comes to hops, trust your instincts and go with the brewery that specializes in it! Another Homerun!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:37:22 | More by July2Nov
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-13-2013 15:53:26 | More by wonothesane42
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a honey-amber with a 1" sticky off-white head that slowly breaks down leaving nce lacing as you drink it down.

Has a fruity, leathery smell, with notes of creme, apricots, grapefruit, and some minor pine. Has a definite DIPA aroma to it.

Starts smooth and mildly bitter. Apricots, grapes, rose water, and resin start this out, with a decent hint of bitter across the middle and back of the tongue before finishing rather quiet. There's an underlying creamy/buttery taste that balances out the bitter.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth, creamy beer with a nice bitter finish.

The creaminess of this DIPA makes it somewhat unique, and worth hunting down if you can find it. I nabbed the last bottle I found at our local store, and other stores I've been to have been out a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:30:34 | More by TheHoppiest
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-06-2013 21:43:35 | More by BUNZILLA
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Cooker_stp

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-10-2014 00:23:02 | More by Cooker_stp
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-24-2012 22:55:40 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-02-2013 16:17:22 | More by FrankHammer
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Split one of these bad boys with R Moe Nay on his birthday at the Cask Republic and picked up another one from the local packy Willowbrook.

Appearance: Pours a honey glazed copper with a healthy white head. Nice lacing throughout

Smell: Floral hops, grapefruit, some pine.

Taste: Similar to the nose but a lot sweeter. Alcohol is warming but pleasant. Nothing special but fairly solid.

Mouthfeel: A Dipa is expected to be on the sweeter side but this is a bit too sweet for me.

Drinkability: Bold, very drikable. I couldn't put the glass down. It didn't have the best mouthfeel or taste... but there was something about it. 10.4% has never gone down so easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 17:58:26 | More by DNICE555
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

Looks good, really clear with an amber golden color. A great frothy head.

Smells pretty solid. Piney, grassy, sweet, booze, and biscuity.

BamMMM!!! Hop bitterness blast that palate right away. A tad boozy, sweet, citrusy, piney, sticky, and a decent malt backing.

Mouthfell is medium heavy, with good carbs. Bitterness could get tiring if you're a pussy.

Great beer!! Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints!!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 19:49:51 | More by JDizzle
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fox227

California

3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent white head, and a nice amber coloring of medium darkness.

S: Lots of nice hop smells at play: pine, citrus, cotton candy, and maybe some mango.

T: The high alcohol content is forefront, dominating over what is the typical Sierra Nevada Pale flavor of pine and citrus like hops. I'm not getting a lot of the subtle flavors that I would expect from the aroma, unfortunately.

M: Fairly hoppy and dry - has a numbing effect on the palate, as I wouldn't expect to be able to taste my next beer much.

O: I feel that the more I explore, the less of a fan I become of Double and Imperial IPAs. There is a conflict of interest here: more alcohol and fresh beer makes it difficult to mask for many brews, and Hoptimum is no exception. I much prefer 'single' IPA offerings from this company, which allow the hops to play the lead role.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:37:49 | More by fox227
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-13-2013 11:01:22 | More by MrVonzipper
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WritersBlock

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-07-2012 02:05:59 | More by WritersBlock
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip; bottled dated with code and if I'm interpreting it correctly, bottled on March 15, 2012, so fairly fresh.

Pours a deep cooper color with bit of orange tint. Big three-finger creamy tan head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

This smells great. Nice piney hop aroma blended with citrus notes. A bit of sweetness that reminds me of honey as much as sweet malt.

The flavor is equally as good as the aroma. Although at first it seems a bit sweet, the flavors that follow make the bitter piney and citrus hop notes shine. Just an overall good blend of the bitter hoppiness and the sweet maltiness.

Medium texture with only the slightest note of the alcohol. I don't normally compare, but this is very close to my favorite, Hopslam. An excellent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:32:22 | More by FanofHefe
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-09-2012 09:22:43 | More by CarolinaKev
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HopsintheSack

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

07-20-2013 01:52:57 | More by HopsintheSack
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seanchai

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-01-2014 11:58:09 | More by seanchai
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2012 01:00:34 | More by csmartin6
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-15-2012 20:33:48 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, lightly burnt orange color. The lightly tinted head is fairly tall, with a moderately dense, frothy texture. Retention is above average, and a few wisps of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Big time citric hops in the nose. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine all over the place. Multi-dimensional fruity, pithy, and oily notes. Some sugary sweetness and light caramel maltiness is present in the background, along with some alcoholic presence. Some lighter herbal/candied/piney hop notes are also apparent, adding some dank funkiness to the initial citric bomb. A bit of tropical fruit is also detectable.

T: Rather firm sweetness up front, with light caramel and honey tones. It is a reasonably malty beer; I guess the 10.4% abv has to come from somewhere, after all. A huge, bracing hit of hop bitterness quickly sweeps away any sweetness. Huge citric and tropical flavors of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit are at the fore. Lesser fruity and floral hop flavors contribute depth. A second light touch of sweetness appears in the aftertaste, along with some plainly apparent alcohol.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Some sticky heft up front is quickly overtaken by a huge, bracing wallop of hop bitterness. The finish is long and dry, thanks to the massive hop bill and big dose of alcohol.

O: This is a good double IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's a bit sweeter and maltier than I've come to expect from SN; at 10.4% abv, this is a huge beer that isn't nearly as effortless as its smaller cousins (Pale Ale, Torpedo, and Anniversary Ale). That said, it's still a very nice effort that manages to be big and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:35:19 | More by Clydesdale
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-20-2012 22:43:22 | More by BeerBeast
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,929 ratings.