Hoptimum | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 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
Ranking:
#2,425
Reviews:
1,498
Ratings:
6,374
pDev:
11.24%
 
 
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Photo of Shenk87
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keeling
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClintGoodman
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VictorSage
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewnme
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle from Bodega liquor, SD
Look: dark yellow, with some head but not too much, and dissipated quickly.
Taste: piney at first, and then the taste of orange peel, fruitiness, malt sweetness.
Feel: full body, first the bitterness on your tongue, but when that faded away, sweetness is all that's left, and orange peel taste.

An excellent brew. Will recommend it to anyone!

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

Photo of petrusek23
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kdouble
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OMFG! How izzit that I have NOT drank, reviewed & rated this beer until now?!? Granted, it only comes in Bottled format, but still, I have had at least one every year since its inception. I must have been drinking them out in town, away from my keyboard, but it is high time to correct that oversight!

From the Bottle: "Distinguished, yet devilishly hoppy"; "Every year, we try to top ourselves by making the hoppiest, most intense and most flavorful IPA we can muster. This year, we chose the most flavorful hops and pushed them beyond their limits in 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."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I felt really lucky to score a single bottle of the 2018 Edition & I was anxious to get started, so I "Use[d a] Bottle Opener" on the "Fresh Seal Cap" & began a C-Line pour. It jumped up to greet me like an eager puppy upon its master's return from a day at work! I got just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left elegant lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled very tropical with loads of mango, papaya, guava & passionfruit. Mmm. I don't get as excited for Southern Hemisphere hops as I once did, but this set my mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was medium, a little light for this big style. The taste was indicative of what I hope is the coming DIPA trend - a blend of PNW and SoHem hops to offset the (usually) cloying sweetness of the tropical fruitiness with the bitterness from citrusy hops. Here, the tropical fruit salad party was disrupted by the sudden jangly arrival of grapefruit, but the two factions got along well. It was still sweet ... ish, but the bitter citrusiness was not only welcome, but it helped to hold the sweetness in check. Not to be overlooked, the alcohol content cast a fusel heat on the party, reminding the participants to take it easy & NOT to slug it down as though it were nothing. Finish was pleasantly dry & you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be partaking again next year!

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Photo of cnealc
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Docgabe38
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice smooth, fruity finish. Not too hoppy.

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, rich gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of resin, citrus and a deeper scent I'll call ripe fruit.

Hops are upfront and strong, as expected, yet held together by an invisible cord that keeps the whole hop bundle continuous rather than strands fraying off. I can identify certain hop flavors but indistinctly because each blends with the other so well there is no clear line when one leaves off and another starts. Very complex and dry.

Brewer says hoppy and I believe it, not from bitterness, rather from sheer hop presence. Very complex and balanced with an emphasis on hop levels geared toward the true hop fan.

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Photo of TossKing7
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeLev
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. Nice herbal and citrusy notes above a deliciously sweet malty body, with the high abv well hidden and an adequate bitterness compensating

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Photo of Amb3do
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a classic cpper color and off white head with crystal clarity. Nothing hazy here. Nose is citrus and pinecones. Not overly aggressive so far.

Big hop flavors initially, with medicinal and herbal hops joining the thrust and parry of citrus and pine. Alcohol comes on in the second half of the sip but quickly subsides. There is even the faintest hint of malty bread notes in the finish, not that this necessarily makes this balanced, but still. A bit heavy in the texture. Not my favorite DIPA, but certainly a solid effort on the style.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,374 ratings