Hoptimum (2018-) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.11/5
Exceptional
Hoptimum (2018-)Hoptimum (2018-)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Our brewers selected the finest, most flavorful hops, pushed them beyond their limits and forged them into this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hoptimum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

IBU: 65
YEAST: Ale yeast
BITTERING HOPS: Crystal, Ekuanot
FINISHING HOPS: Strata, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Loral
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,598
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
82
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by golf4collet:
Photo of golf4collet
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this on sale at Downtown Crown given its reputation and Downtown Crown's usual high quality but equally high prices. Pours clear and transparent amber with a medium head and balanced nose.

Big and boozy up front but not as overwhelming as I expected. Oily and relatively complex, with pepper, grapefruit rind, and caramel extant. Texture does yeoman's work keeping it all in the park but still a little boozy for my taste, even for the style.

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Photo of dertyd
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a dark golden color with a medium haze, and 1 finger of white head--------------- the aromas are of pine, dank weed, citrus and booze------------ the flavors are of pine, booze, malt, light peach syrup, dank weed, lesser tangerine and lesser guava, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bitter pine finish--------------- overall another solid hoptimum, this year's and last year's have been way better than years past---------------- 89/100---

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Photo of pianoguy
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle bottled 5/30/2018 (37 days old)

Pours a golden body with a white head. Decent retention and lacing

Mosaic hops jump out at first whiff, getting a couple other hop varieties as well but not as prominent. Some malt detected. Floral and tropical

Taste differs from the smell. Less floral and tropical.More of a Citra hop going on I'm getting bitter red grapefruit. The alcohol is prominent . Nice bitterness ! Very boozy dry finish.

Medium feel. The malt is more prominent . Smooths out the feel nicely.

Value (does not effect score) A couple bucks more then a normal decent 6 pack... But a good value for a seasonal release beer

Overall a nice boozy double IPA.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DMc8ride
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This TIPA poured a deep orange in color with a modest head that went down quickly.

Smell – The complex hop profile needs to open up here at the nose. The deep, rindy simcoe is clear along with some strong grapefruit.

Taste – This is a big, grapefruit taste with little malt balance for the style.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some unexpectedly strong drying throughout.

Drinkability – This is a real sipper, something you will want to drink slowly to appreciate.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a diminising, thinning, white head.

Smell: A scent of dissolved sugar, piquant alcohol wafts perserving snippets of various citrus peels, some resinous pine and scented soap with a distant vegetal tone like steamed peapods.

Taste: Flash of straight-up castor sugar and toasted grains, then it's off to ascerbic citrus and altogether firm resins. An orange and tangerine pairing, a tropical flourish and some apricot-flavored hooch, as this harbours some warming, peppery alcohol. Turns a bit soapy, piney and rides hard and tangy through the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, comes across at times oily, at others creamy.

Overall: I find that, as I am beginning to become unfortunately accustomed to the many IPA's in today's world ever reducing and minimizing its once treasured attributes, that a punchier offering like Hoptimum, even at 60-whatever IBUs this year, really gives it to you hard on the kitchen table.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark gold colored pour with sticky lacing and moderate, even carbonation.

S - Sticky citrus and malt aroma. For a beer this big, the overall aroma is pretty light.

T - Alcohol smacks the palate up front, then followed with some citrus, malt, and sticky pine resin. Leaves a lingering piney and citrus resin.

M - Thick and full bodied for an IPA with a little bit of oily slick texture.

O - SN screwed too much with last year's recipe and it was a disaster. They nailed it this year. 'Hope they don't mess with it again next (as I'm sure they will). The 2018 is a winner for Sierra.

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Photo of beeragent
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've probably rated some previous incarnation of this brew higher, but I don't remember one being better. Many brewers with annual versions that are largely the same don't get listed as separate, and I don't feel that this one should get a pass. But it is really good.

It pours deep golden and dangerous looking. Nearly clear with just a tad of fizz. The aroma is hoppy and malty, again, giving warning. The taste is pretty malty and unapologetic about the booziness. Hops are there to bitter things up, but the taste is malty and the effect is boozy.

Recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 4/11/18 poured into a tulip
A: Orange with a one-finger head
S: Fresh hops: citrus/tropical fruit/pine
T: Matches the nose, a bit of caramel as well
M: Full-bodied, a touch sweet
O: I'd love to know the exact hop blend; regardless a tasty triple IPA

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Photo of elNopalero
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought fresh, drank fresh, delicious fresh!
Pours a warmly caramel color with a head of foam that lasts for days. Does it ever go down? Eventually, yes, but I didn’t have the patience and helped it out.
Pleasing hoppy aroma, lighly floral and fruity with some sweet orange-mandarina notes. It’s big and bitter, but approachable, with a squeeze of tart citrusy sweetness on the back end. Just shy of 10%, but smooth. Yum.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/2/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, green pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, green pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, green pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink for the ABV; with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. A lot of hop varieties, but everything came together perfectly. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; nice wheat/oat/malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. This is very well attenuated for the ABV, and a lot less malty than the original. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brief impression from a bottle nabbed as part of a sixer:

9.6% ABV.

Citrusy, a bit yogurty (I suspect Simcoe), and scrapingly resinous. Aggresive and assertively hopped but not as boozy as one might expect given the ABV. I'll never buy into the "triple IPA" gimmick (just call it imperial) but this is one of the better expressions of an imperial IPA targeting a massive ABV and huge hop flavours that I've tried, though it is rather rough around the edges balance-wise.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of gefinley
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hoptimum (2018-) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 82 ratings