2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA
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IPA - Imperial
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA
Notes: Distinguished, Yet Devilishly Hoppy

Our brewers selected the finest, most flavorful hops, pushed them beyond their limits and forged them into this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hopitmum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.
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jkblr from Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 4/18/17 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9.6% ABV. The beer is a bright golden copper color with off white head. Lacing is strong. The aroma is citrus, grapefruit and peach. The taste is caramel malt first quickly transitioning to citrus, pine and fruit salad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes dry. There is a hint of alcohol burn on the finish but nothing compared to previous years. Overall, very good. In the past, I would intentionally let these sit in the fridge for a couple months to take the edge off. This is good right off the shelf and $12/6pk makes it a great value.

Jul 12, 2018
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jamesroses from Argentina

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 month old bottle.

Tropical fruits taste, herbal and flowery aromas, body's heavier than usual but ok for a 9,6% beer.

Really good and lands a punch.

Jan 17, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. This is a review of the 2017 edition.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a white head, lots of lacing, beer is clear.

A: Lots of aroma, pine, resin, needles, grapefruit peel along with a hint of guava and mango, not getting any malt on this one but lots of hops, very nice.

T: Like the nose, big hits of freshly cut pine needles, resin, there's also some grapefruit peel, hit of moderate bitterness that lingers in the middle, finish has more pine and grapefruit with a touch of guava adding a slight tropical note, finish is dry, alcohol is well hidden, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, leaves a citrus dryness in the mouth.

O: This is a major improvement over previous editions, Sierra Nevada really brought the hops on this, it's also amazingly smooth for such a big beer, good amount of bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the beer's other notes, definitely going to be drinking this while it's available.

Nov 08, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick head, solid lacing, and a deep golden amber body.

I smell quite the pungent array of hoppy goodness, but this also doesn't take away from the bread dough malt.

First, the tropical hops invite you with a topless aloha, which then traverses into a wooded pine forest; all leading to the citrus fruit grove.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'l rate 2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with an overall 4.5

Oct 11, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Label clearly designates this beer as the '2017 Edition'.
Copper colored body, clear, a persistent white cap, and moderate lacing.
Aroma is present as soon as the bottle cap is removed. Fragrant tropical and citrus hops blend in with sweet malt undertones.
Taste is well balanced with hops leading the way. Strong flavor but alcohol burn is minimal for the higher ABV.
Thicker mouth feel, somewhat sticky.
A very well done Triple IPA, and easy drinking. Take it slow because of the 9.6 ABV.

Oct 09, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on October 1, 2017. Look is copper gold with a thick head and sticky lacing. Smell is tropical and citrus hops. Taste is hoppy with a refined character. Feel is medium in body. Recommended.

Oct 04, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer 7-1-17 from TW Arrowhead for $11.99. Bottled on 6-7-17. Stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a very nice white head.

Nose is citrusy with some hint of the tropics.

Taste is nicely balanced between the huge pale and caramel malt base and the citrus and pine. Can detect some hints of mango ever so faintly in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall an improvement over the previous version. Like that it is lighter, more flavorful, and less boozy!

Sep 28, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with three fingers of ten minute bone color head. Nice lace rings.
Smell is floral citrus with some light pine.
Taste is floral citrus hop oil resin. There is a light sweetness from the malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with somewhat lazy carbonation. The finish is balanced and ultimately bitter and dry.
Overall a tasty and well crafted beer. The date code says 062217.

Sep 18, 2017
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stratusjeans from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Immediately you can tell this is a good beer. It's nice and juicy, tropical, and floral. As it warmed I detected a licorice or fennel flavor which was not my favorite. Also a bit too malty sweet for my tastes. When cold it comes off pretty well balanced but when it warms the malt takes over.

I don't like it as much as the original, this is very different. I would rather they have just introduced this as a whole new beer. Maybe the recipe isn't that different but the result seems pretty different to me. But it's a good beer I'm happy to have purchased it.

Sep 18, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head. Smells of hops, citrus,pine, hops, some sweet malt, and a little alcohol. Tastes of very strong and bitter hops, some booze, malt, pine, and grapefruit. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall a very stellar triple IPA

Sep 11, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-A very nice light golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice resin, piney hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant resin, piney hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A very well made and nice balanced beer

Sep 05, 2017
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claminat420 from Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*taken from notes
12oz bottled marked pkgd 04/28/17 14:26. heavily poured into my hotel's clear plastic cup.

Appearance- slightly transparent golden/ straw color with a super frothy off white head. leaves some heavy lacing.

Aroma- super piney with some slight grapefruit. perfect.

Flavor- orange and grapefruit are the upfront hop flavor. abv is well hidden and bitterness isn't too crazy. as it warms caramel malt notes come through also with some pine. not as good as the smell but still really good.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- I will gladly purchase more of this to enjoy.

Overall- really solid imperial ipa. much better than the old recipe. drink it really cold if you want a citrus hop domination or let it warm up for the malt and pine notes.

Sep 02, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why is there a new listing for this? OK, I guess there was a slight difference in batches, 10.1% to 9.6% I believe.

Anyways, pours that nice orange color you see in those massively hopped dipa/tipa beers, 4/5" white head on top. Sierra Nevada makes about the nicest looking beers around, good clarity. Aroma pops, love the massive amounts of Chinook going on. Most underrated hop ever possibly. Dry finish, minimal caramel, massive amounts of green older school hops. Hides alcohol very well, great end up mouth feel on this one, really where the beer excels.

This is a really good beer at a real good price at a real easy convenience acquisition wise.

Aug 30, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy head leaves a nice rim of lacing.

S: Malty... rich. Tropical fruits... resinous and dank.

T/F: Caramel malts and sweetness. Big hop bitterness is super well balanced by the malts. Tropical and fruity... citrus, resin, and light florals. Rich in body... almost chewy. Finish is bittersweet with overripe fruit and pine needles.

O: A huge IIIPA... great flavor... super well balanced... warming and dangerously drinkable. One of these = a full session.

Aug 30, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep golden amber pour, just a finger of head that stuck around.
S - Lots of hopiness of course, mild sweetness, some dankness.
T - Bitter, but inviting. The bitterness is balanced by the sweetness, and it's all very smooth.
M - Full bodied TIPA with a good amount of dankness, medium amount of carbonation.
O - This is one of my favorite 'readily available' beers. I haven't had previous vintages, but if the future ones are anything like this, I'll be getting more for sure.

Aug 28, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., with an ABV of 9.60% This American Double/ Imperial IPA pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. The head of this brew sticks around. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, however there is a smooth side to this brew. You also pick up on some rich earthly grains and malts in the smell. There is also a mild sweetness in the smell as well. Now for the taste it is bold with flavors. You pick up a real nice amount of hops, then the earthy tones. The hops are what makes this brew stand out. There is a real nice hoppy smoothness about this brew. This is a well put together brew, for being an IPA , I'm really digging this one. The body of 2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA is a medium to heavy , but not to heavy. I really like how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 9.60% ABV in this IPA. This IPA has a nice super clean finish to it. The mouth feel is Hoppy, Bold, Rich, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving 2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the chance to. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Did a super nice job with this brew. If you a not a fan of hops this is not for you, however if you are I highly recommend this IPA.

Aug 23, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

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

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
The flavor seems more refined and less aggressive than in the past, with more emphasis on tropical fruit notes. Not sure which, if either, I'd prefer (without having them both at the same time). Moderate bitterness is low for style. Well hidden alcohol (but not in the nose) is less obvious than last year's edition.

Aug 17, 2017
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange, normal carbonation. Lots of grapefruit and dank going on in the aroma. More of the same in the taste, very bitter, in a good way of course. Booze and malt are appropriate and support the pile of hops in this beer. Great double/triple IPA execution!

Aug 13, 2017
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MaineBrewing from Maine

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden light amber color with a one finger white head. Tons of legs and little lacing, as expected, however the head did linger throughout appearing lively.

S - Burst of floral hops, pine, resin, and citrus fruits followed quickly be a sticky sweet malt that is fruity with a raisiny almost candy like character. Slight pungent alcohol emerges once swirled.

T - Taste is similar to the nose but the hops are more forward than I had expected, with tons of floral, citrus, and pine notes, malt is there but not as sticky as I was fearing, so this is balanced well. Ends in an earthy quenching finish with a strong alcohol bite, and an intense lingering hoppy aftertaste.

M - For a triple IPA, on the medium to light side, not as thick as I was expecting, which is great. Slightly warming, ample carbonation.

O - This is a delicious brew. Similar examples of the style have an overly cloying malt flavor that I am not too fond of. This has a hop forward flavor with an ample malt backbone, so on the better end of the spectrum for triple IPAs IMO.

Aug 01, 2017
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DovGibor from New York

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

PkgD 5/25/17 poured into tulip. Medium amber color with good clarity. Fluffy white head that settles to 1/2 an inch and stays there. No visible bubbling, but a swirl brings more to the edges and there is good head retention. Aroma is rich and classic. Sweet malts and piney hops. Light lemon-citrus notes mingle, but the sweet-pine and candied sugar dominates.

Taste is intense; this is not a subtle beer. Sweet caramel notes and medium malt backbone match perfectly with the mild hop bitterness and citrus notes. As it warms, the bitterness begins to dominate, but it's still delicious and never over-powering. There is a rich mouthfeel and it drinks like a big beer (though I detect no alcohol heat).

Overall I think this is a delicious beer. I know the 2017 is a new formulation, though it honestly doesn't taste too different from my memory of 2016. I will say I recall the 2016 being very consistent between bottle and keg; while I tried this on tap other day and didn't enjoy it as much (possibly tap line fault). I'll enjoy the rest of this 6er, and look forward to next year's batch as well!

Jul 30, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 edition, bottle from New Seasons, picked up based on Woody's glowing review.

A clear orange with a dense, off-white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright, pungent, bitter and resiny, a blend of pine, grapefruit, some stone fruit as well. Mildly sweet. The palate opens moderately sweet, mildly boozy and plenty bitter. Resin, pine, grapefruit, peach, nectarine, grapes, floral honey are all present. The malt sweetness is moderate, pairing quite nicely with the hop flavor. Mildly sweet and quite bitter on the finish, this beer is a resiny beast. Carbonation is soft, amplifying the hop flavor and resin character. Quite excellent


Jul 30, 2017
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For me, this is an improvement over the original version, which seemed to be enormously hopped partially for the sake of being enormously hopped. This beer is more refined, and tastier, with cleaner and better articulated hop character. It is proof, too, that sometimes less is more.

Jul 21, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and tropical fruit hops, guava, orange and mango; definitely more tropical than the old Hoptimum. Flavor follows, with good caramel malt, citrus hops, mixed tropical fruit, orange and grapefruit juice and rind; finishes with lightly resinous citrus hops with light piney notes and lingering light caramel. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I bought this with trepidation because Hoptimum was my favorite IPA for a long time, even though I trust Sierra Nevada to do the right thing. I'm a little let down, which is the best scenario. I really do like the old Hoptimum better with the in-your-face piney and citrus hops supported by robust caramel malt. However, this is pleasant and delivers what it promises: an updated flavor profile (read: tropical fruit, all the rage now). I dispute that this is "the hoppiest beer yet", the original Hoptimum had a noticeably more robust hopping. But whinging aside, this is very enjoyable and still a stellar IPA. Drinking a bottle of this will ultimately let me forget my lost love…..

Jul 20, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Semi-clear amber, with a huge head and little lace.

Aroma: Crisp hops. Optimum hops. Citrus and fruit. Yes.

Taste: Big! Tons of chewy fruit hops and caramel malts. Very little bitterness here. Finishes strong and dry. The ABV is evident here, but this is simply a delicious brew.

Jul 16, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear honey-amber with an off-white head of very fine bubbles. Initial impression is chewy citrus and tropical flowers, with a nice caramel malt sweetness offsetting the hops bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden - if I hadn't read 9.6% on the label, I wouldn't have believed it. Mouthfeel and carbonation are just about perfect. Finish is surprisingly innocuous for such a high-octane IPA. Got one bottle as a trade; I'm wishing for another!

Jul 14, 2017
2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 89 ratings