Hoptimum (2018-) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.11/5
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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:
#5,594
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
82
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 82
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 kjkinsey
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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 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 jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I guess this is back in a 6 pack, ok. And the abv and ibus are dialed down a bit. Pours the familiar golden color with all time legend status for clarity. White head, 1/3". Aroma has the familiar and great Mosaic and Citra combo. But they also seem to have some filler hops possibly, Strata, Simcoe and Loral. Loral has been used a lot lately, Simcoe is practically ubiquitous but not as an aroma hop, and Strata I've only had one other time but was unremarkable. This isn't as dank as your usual Citra/Mosaic combo, the other stuff seems to dumb it down a little bit.

The taste is plenty hoppy as expected, the Simcoe & Ekuanot really push the flavor here with a little bit of all the most common hop descriptors at play, citrus, tropical, pine, grapefruit etc. . .

Mouthfeel is a little tougher. The viscosity is up and the bitterness seems higher than the commercial tugjob would have you believe. Was my least favorite part of the beer. While still a good beer, I gotta fall into the cliche of saying previous batches were better. I'm sure reasonable minds will disagree.

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Photo of hozersr
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 BdM
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 hophugger
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 chrismattlin
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 BKotch
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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 ilikebeer03
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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