Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

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.

Bittering hops: Simcoe
Finishing hops: Citra, Chinook, Simcoe.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,274
Reviews:
1,470
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
441
Gots:
1,196
For Trade:
6
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Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of justintcoons
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.
2017 Vintage.

Appearance
Gold. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Nose
Mango, peach, pineapple, pine, orange citrus, and candy sugar.

Taste
Dank, pine sap, wintergreen, and zesty florals. Papaya, mango, and grapefruit. Lighter notes of pineapple, peach, and orange citrus. Candy sugar maltiness with drizzles of caramel.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, oily, smooth, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
A welcome change from the old recipe.

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Photo of maz
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You smell this one coming as soon as you open it. Nice pine and fresh grass, and just a little fruitiness

Pours blood orange with just slight haze keeping it from crystal clarity.

Dense toasted malts accompany a bit of pepper, a bit of sugar, a bit of banana bread. Hearty with noticeable alcohol. Quick choppy bitter finish with an abundance of fizz. While simple, this is one to sip appreciate. Doesn't get cute or over the top with uneccessary flavor adjuncts, Maintains the qualities of a classic IPA while adding in some robustness. Nice clean DIPA.

Definately an uptick from prior years, Hope this is a formula they stick with.

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Photo of rarigney
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, $15 for a 6 pack.
A: almost one finger brilliant white fine foam head, clear golden copper body, carbonation
S: citrus, tropical fruits, sweet syrupy pine resin, biscuit, malt
M: medium body, thick resin on the tongue during the finish, dry finish
T: orange up front, hints of citrus and tropical fruit, medium malt, biscuit, hop oil resin, pine
O: strong brew, I was anticipating a harder hop hitting the tongue pallat.

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Photo of thebeers
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear gold with three to four fingers of tan-tinted head. Quickly settles into a thin cap and leaves modest, foamy lacing.

Dank, piney aroma with caramel and orange sweetness behind.

Lighter tasting up front than expected. Similar profile as the nose, with a kiss of alcohol in the mix and a measured hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy feel and relatively low carbonation.

Solid, but not as transcendent as many of the DIPAs available these days.

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

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

Photo of Riff
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-amber color with a thick topping of white head, the head is slow to fade away. Smells softly of tropical fruits and malt, not overpowering. Taste is sweet malt, fruit leaning towards citrus and a little tropical. Minimal to no bitterness. Soft feel with a medium body. No hint of that 10%. Easy drinking deliciousness.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of smutty33
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where is that 10% hiding? This is an awesome beer, much better than Hopslam which I've seen it compared to.
Pours a clear orange gold with a finger of white head that settles into a thin ring.
Aromas of resinous yet fruity hops.
Taste follows, truly a phenomenal beer!

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This new version, referred to as a triple IPA, is fantastic! Light amberish color coupled with a soft-moderate hop aroma minus any potential bitterness. Flavor is extremely decadent, again without any bitterness present. The accompanied mouthfeel is none rivaled to exceptional. In summary, this new revitalized style from Sierra Nevada is better in anyway from it's predecessor last year.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Snifter. Bottled on April 18th 2017.

L: Bright orange gold, hop haze, thin half finger head recedes slowly into a ring. Great lacing.

S: Herbal spiciness, grassy and leafy, hint of citrus peel.

T: Ohhhhh yeah that's what I've been needed. Chewy hoppiness, follows the aromatic notes mostly, with some added caramel actually. Bread crust.

F: Medium body, dry in a good way. Crisp.

O: Oh yeah. Hophead's delight here. A must.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of dank hops, melon, and grapefruit. Taste is very good! Since the ABV is 9.6% (2017) I was expecting a super bitter beer that would be a sipping beer. Definitely not that bitter tasting however it does have a strong warming alcohol taste that lingers in the back of your throat. Very drinkable despite the alcohol. An excellent triple IPA.

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

Photo of Dsimenson
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jm_cook_52
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jlabs
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glf60
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolster
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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