Hoptimum (2018-) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hoptimum (2018-)Hoptimum (2018-)
Hoptimum (2018-)Hoptimum (2018-)

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

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

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Kingray1977
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long time fan of Sierra Nevada so this amazing brew is no surprise. I give it 5 out of 5. One of the best, smoothest triples out there. At 9.6 abv it's a win win.

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Photo of huthuty
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Perfect medium amber with a big mean head.
Smell is viciously citrusy and bitter perfectly complementing the nearly hidden alcohol content.
Taste runs parallel to the taste, deep and intense hop flavors mix on the tongue. A refreshing taste of pine and alcohol on the finish.

Less citrusy than last year, this actually lives up to the name "triple IPA"
It is utterly awesome

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Photo of wexmary
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Citrus hits you at first sniff, slightly sweet and a touch bitter which is an awesome combination. No unpleasant aftertaste, Perhaps one of the best Sierra Nevada products I have ever had. Make it again!!!!!

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Photo of monkist
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Hoptimum is back again in 2018! I've been wanting to taste it for so long, glad that I could find it in the stores. Is this legendary or is it only me who thinks like that? It is definitely beautiful to look at, very clean and crisp, almost no haziness to it. Really nice dank, piney, resinous hops raise their heads in the aroma as I'm sniffing and snipping while waiting for the right temperature. As I read, this has been made with multiple hopping methods, including dry hopping and Torpedoing and the result is something like "hop honey" or rather liquid resin in there. It is very thick and almost sweet - I would like to imagine that this is all because of the hops and not the malt base, but whichever it is, the end balance achieved is a beer that makes you feel that you're drinking hop manna from the heavens. Liquid gold!
As it warms, different and different hops come to the forefront of the aroma and the taste changes into something really triple intensive. I am really satisfied with this masterpiece from Sierra. Would love to try the original Hoptimum, if ever possible. Could live up to my legendary expectations easily...

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Photo of dcotom
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "session" triple IPA? What could possibly go wrong? Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Mikasa crystal goblet. Deep copper color, with a thick, soapy, long-lasting white head that left plenty of lacing. Big burst of piney aroma upon popping the bottle cap. Big aromas and flavors of pine, citrus, and light caramel. Some alcohol warmth as the beer comes to cellar temperature, but it is not at all off-putting. Well balanced, very drinkable, and just enough bitterness to provide a counterpoint to the malt sweetness. There's a lot to like about this one. Well done, chaps!

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Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bronze brown with a mild head and lacing. Hoppy and malty smelling. Taste is boozy and malty on the forefront, some hoppiness. Mild, smooth feel for a high abv. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 craftbeersweden
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2018 Edition of Hoptimum is a clear, amber-golden beer with a three finger high, beige-white head that leaves lacing o the glass.

I remember the earlier years of this beer to leave a boozy, alcohol-taste in my mind but this one is more subtile.
The nose is caramel malt, resin, pine, floral notes and orange marmalade. Of course a lot of hops here :)
Taste of orange, mandarin, caramel malt, grape, citrus, pine and resin.
Mouth: Full body. Medium carbonation. Very balanced and not to boozy body! Malty backbone. Bitter ending Almost oily and smooth.

Absolutely fantastic! Definitely an improvement over erlier editions (or have I change my preferences...?)

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Photo of TomEfiller
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great deep hazy orange with a decent head and lacing. Smells like flat malts and citrus and tastes like a high ABV should. Drink very cautiously. Smooth finish with a nice hoppiness flavor. My first “Triple IPA” , but its just a strong Imperial that’s worth a try if you’re into a quick mellow evening.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep gold/amber with rich foamy head and very abundant lacing.
N: Loads of hops, citrus, malt, and pine.
T: Follows the nose, massive hop hit, loads of citrus, sweet malt, and a mild bite/bitterness.
M: Medium feel with a minor bite.
O: A fantastic Triple IPA, flavors are balanced and for 9.6% it drank smooth and clean.

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Photo of HomeBrewWhoKnew
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent amber color, head retention, and lacing. Strong upfront citrus aroma and flavor with a malty subtle backbone that balances the entire beer out. This is a delicious, creamy, and balanced IIIPA

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick, amber pour. Light, quickly fading head. Nose is lightly piney, but otherwise not very prevalent. A bit of boozy alcohol notes. Sipped carefully, the ale is intensely flavored on multiple levels. Dense mouthfeel, super smooth, long long aftertaste. A very well done edition.

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 5/30/18 (42 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9.6% ABV. The beer pours bright copper amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The aroma is tropical fruit, citrus and a little caramel. The taste begins slightly sweet with tropical fruit then transforms to pine and earthy hops and a dank bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in the finish. Overall, very good. According to our tour guide at the brewery, they used every technique available there to put hops in this beer. Every taste is a little different and new.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 pianoguy
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper and syrupy looking, with a very slow rising moderate amount of carbonation. Top with two fingers of off-white head.

Smells of Carmel, pineapple, citrus, and paint.

Taste is like my taste buds just went into shock. Extremely vibrant almost metallic in the shiny kind of away hops. Pine, citrus, pine resin, caramel, and toffee.

Medium, syrupy Bonnie, with moderate to high carbonation.

I got this in Chico California At the Sierra Sierra Nevada brewery, and I’m drinking it in Reading August 27, 2018.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 Mindcrime1000
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours halfway between gold and copper, and remarkably clear. Also remarkable is the staying power of a two-finger foamy head the gives way to excellent lacing.

The nose presents with both strong tropical and citrus flavors. A nice balance between malt and bitterness.

The palate is assaulted by strong elements of malt and hops at once. Booze and resin notes in equal measure.

The mouthfeel is excellent, with plenty of carbonation and crispness at the finish.

Overall, a very hoppy, but pretty tasty brew.


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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Squire
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of pine, citrus zest and ripe tropical fruit.

Taste is hop forward with a zingy fresh, edgy hop sharpness that while being aggressive is quite flavorful as well. I don't get as much tropical fruit in the taste as I do in the scent but it's there in an underlying capacity. Relatively simple flavors but the whole comes across as complex and finishes dry. A beer that makes you sit back and think then quickly take another swallow.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Brewer's web site says this is their hoppiest beer yet and I won't argue. It's not just bitterness, this one is complex and balanced and presents it's aggressive hop forwardness with almost an air of sophistication.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.


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Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. bottle, packaged on 18th May 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber colour with a just over two finger off white head with great retention that left behind some nice lacing.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit rind, orange, lime zest and light caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, candied orange and a light booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Looks great with good aromas. Taste was also nice but it would’ve been even better if the light booziness could be hidden behind the pine or fruit. Having said that, it is a Triple IPA, so you do kind of expect it to be strong.

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Photo of dertyd
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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 daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 AleManDan
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been amply described by others, so suffice to say it is a BIG beer. Boozy, malty, and majorly hoppy, everything you’d look for in a triple IPA. Ultimately for me it’s just too sweet and malty and “caramely” for my particular taste.

It’s a Christmas Eve, cold weather IPA and in my southern CA world and with my tastebuds it just doesn’t work that well for me, but for the style it’s outstanding.

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Hoptimum (2018-) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 83 ratings