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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum is here

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by ParchedNeedBeer, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. An awesome beer from an amazing company. Looking forward to grabbing a four pack when it comes to RI.
     
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  2. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (655) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    I had it on tap 2 weeks ago, and got a growler fill of it in Athens.

    Was pretty good.. Tasted a bit smoother, and a bit thinner than last years, which I was happy to see.

    The beer was pretttttyyyyyy good. Glad it's back.
     
  3. I had this last year and it's spectacular, I can't wait to get some more.
     
  4. Had a 'not so fresh' one last year....pumped to hit up a fresh batch!
     
  5. MilkManX

    MilkManX Savant (320) Arizona Jul 10, 2012

    Shhh I just got some BIGFOOT. Hopefully it wont show up here for another month..
     
  6. Per SN twitter Hoptimum now available in the taproom!
     
  7. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (330) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Someone on this thread made the comment "F the haters"...or something like that. I was thinking why would anyone hate SN? If nimrods like that do exist, they either don't know much about beer, have an issue with them over something stupid that's not really about beer (like how SN "sold out" somehow because they got huge...and given your avatar, I think you know where I'm coming from), or they have deficient taste buds.
     
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  8. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (770) Florida Oct 24, 2010

    There was a thread a while back that I'm pretty sure was deleted about how Ovila Quad w/ Plums was a decent SN release, "finally" . . . it would've been okay if the dude was willing to acknowledge that he might have been in the minority, but when people jumped all over the thread (big surprise), he continued to argue that almost everything Sierra Nevada puts out is mediocre, okay, or bad. Except for Ovila Quad w/ Plums, I guess.

    Sure, everyone's entitled to their own opinion, and I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who don't particularly care for most SN products. But dude was being a real douche about it and really failed at diplomacy / discourse. Oh, well. Takes all kinds, I suppose.
     
  9. Sick picture man wintersun! but yea i still have not got the chance to try it as well.
     
  10. I drank a growler of this last year. Felt like death the next day. Can't wait to get more.
     
  11. tfs8271

    tfs8271 Aficionado (225) California Mar 14, 2007

    This had to be last year's keg.
     
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  12. GameFreac

    GameFreac Savant (410) Georgia Apr 8, 2011


    Thanks. Best metal band ever. (IMO)
     
  13. The most dank tasing DIPA's Hoptimum and Palate Wrecker, love them both. Never got Wrecker this year, but I know Hoptimum will flow like a river in the next month. Love it.
     
  14. I cant wait to try this.
     
  15. BrownNut

    BrownNut Savant (305) Florida Jul 11, 2011

    HA! Same for my Total Wine. Saw some in about November and just figured I'd wait till next time.
     
  16. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    I loved it last year...but the 4-pack I picked up today will be the freshest I've tasted...just hit select Maine shelves today.
     
  17. Genuine

    Genuine Savant (465) Connecticut May 7, 2009

    looks like I'll go make a quick trip to the store and see if they have it
     
  18. rboinski

    rboinski Savant (305) California Mar 19, 2012

    Haven't seen it in North SF Bay Area yet
     
  19. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (805) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I'm not trying to be a debbie downer, but am I the only one who isn't crazy about Hoptimum? I'm a fan of SN too. I thought last year's was way more refined than the original batch that came in 24oz bottles, which was a good thing, but I guess it's still just not for me. I understand why everyone likes it though, it's a hardcore DIPA!
     
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  20. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (380) California Jul 31, 2010

    Yeah, it's weird... I've had two different people I know start saying things like "I think of SN like I think of Budweiser, their stuff's always around, it's nothing special." I got pissed off with both of 'em. "Really? So you think BA Bigfoot is on a level with Budweiser? Have you even tried it? How about Hoptimum, or Narwal? Or the Harvest fresh hop ales? Ovila quad? No? So then you admit you have no idea what the fuck you're talking about."

    In retrospect, it was not cool to get on them so hard about it. But I just don't understand people who make just make assumptions based on... what? The fact that the beer is widely available and reasonably priced, and therefore can't possibly be as good as hard to find beer? Come on. for whatever reason, you don't care for SN's stuff, fine, I'd be interested in hearing about beers you prefer and why. But to just put down all of SN's output, without having tried anything more than SNPA? WTF?
     
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  21. I still have some of last years, wonder if its any good? Only one way to find out... ;)
     
  22. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (330) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    ...and call me crazy, but I still think that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is damn good stuff...and I just love Torpedo. I haven't had anything but their year-round line-up...oh, and Celebration. I've thoroughly enjoyed them all.
     
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  23. SNPA is an icon. Its everywhere... It (and Boston Beer Co) paved the road for every tom, dick & harry to start brewing beer. On a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean? Most likely they have SNPA. A random gas station in the middle of no where? SNPA & its at a great price point. When a TV show or a movie wants to put a beer in someones hand during a scene, quite a few times its the iconic green label of a SNPA you see.
    Back on topic... I fricken love the art on the Hoptimum bottle!
     
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  24. Schultz

    Schultz Aficionado (145) Maryland Jan 19, 2008

    Yes sir I agree. They are the best!
     
  25. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Savant (285) New York May 15, 2011

    IMO Hoptimum is better than a lot of this site's favorite DIPAs.
     
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  26. craigo19

    craigo19 Savant (270) Michigan Oct 12, 2009

    There is a choice other than Summerfest from SN and that is Pale Ale or Torpedo.
     
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  27. jminch

    jminch Savant (400) Ohio Jul 17, 2011

    Funny you say that. I drank a four pack quickly one evening and woke up the next day near death too. I didn't have any more Hoptimum the rest of the year. Ready to give it another go around, but with more caution.
     
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  28. oooooh I want one now! I've come to really appreciate SN more. After searching and trying so many, I recall how much I've enjoyed PA and cellared BF. I've taken it for granted, just think all the BF I could have aged since 09 when I first tried it. 2 years on it was amazing. Grabbed a 4pk right away this year to hide. I have to give Torpedo another try. Kicking myself for not grabbing Hoptimum last year.
     
  29. Prh27

    Prh27 Savant (310) Virginia Apr 24, 2012

    Something that I don't already buy plenty of year round.
     
  30. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Initiate (0) Washington Dec 24, 2012

    Very nice discussion

    If I had to compare SN to anything, it would probably be Deschutes. Both have solid year rounds and amazing limited releases. You can't go wrong with any of these breweries offerings. (Torpedo is still my favorite session!)

    Lol my experience with this brew as well. I drank a 4 pack of Hoptimum, a Serpents Stout, and another big beer I can't recall, WAY too quickly one night and ended up throwing up and feeling like death the next morning. Completely stayed clear of Hoptimum the rest of the year.

    Can't wait for it to hit shelves in WA!
     
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  31. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    The hops are so intense that they resemble alcohol heat. The beer confuses me.
     
  32. MilkManX

    MilkManX Savant (320) Arizona Jul 10, 2012

    I remember the first time I got some. I drank one slowly and my friend gunned 2 right away. He could not even walk right after that and he had another one! Needless to say he got really sick later. Me I was fine. I sipped one and then switched to some SNPA for 2 pints.
     
  33. lic217

    lic217 Savant (470) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010

    Any luck?
     
  34. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (770) Florida Oct 24, 2010

    That's actually a characteristic I look for in better DIPAs, especially on the high end of the ABV spectrum. Rye spiciness and some hops character can really fold in some of that alcohol heat, in my opinion, so that blurring of the lines is something that the better examples of those huge, hoppy bastards often do.
     
  35. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (805) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    That's what I personally don't like about it. It's too hot and boozy, imo. Some people like that, some don't. I haven't had this year's yet, I'll probably grab a single to see how it's drinking this year..
     
  36. Genuine

    Genuine Savant (465) Connecticut May 7, 2009

    Nothing spotted as of yet, i've tried the places around town. I'll need to check in the next town over. They usually get beers in a bit quicker than most.
     
  37. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (655) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member


    I asked, because I was weary of it. I too thought, no way... but the beer was extremely fresh. I had it a ton last year and this was pretty damn fresh.. Felt like eating hops when I drank it.

    This wasn't a hole in the wall place though, It's a 100 point world class BA rating, that has stuff like Stone Enjoy By and whatnot on tap. I asked, and was told it was this years. I didn't see the date, but have no reason to think this place would have a year old keg of Hoptimum and be selling it.
     
  38. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (655) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member


    I drank a 4 pack one night, along with a bunch of other crap during a rehearsal dinner last year, and I thought I was going to die in the morning as well.

    I think I slept in the shower... I took a few weeks off from Hoptimum, but it's a damn good beer worth keeping in the fridge.
     
  39. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    I agree and have the same plan
     
  40. sefus12

    sefus12 Savant (285) Kentucky Sep 7, 2006

    One of my favorite IIPAs made and possibly the most underrated IIPA out there. Can stand up to most anything in the style. Amazing brew and about to pour one myself :).
     
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