Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #830
Ranked #3,382
4.18 | pDev: 11.24%
Apr 05, 2022
Feb 07, 2010
Notes: 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
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3.2 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
3.88 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jan 15, 2022
4.15 by rpw from New York on Nov 06, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pours a hazy pale amber body with a cream colored foam head that billows with moderately high retention that leaves a high amount of patchy sticky sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a patchy cap with defined halo

aroma is sweet floral and earthy grapefruit and misc citrus with a malty dark caramel malt backbone

taste follows that up with a honeyed sweetness and a trace amount of pine that flashes towards the end; it's sweet but very hoppy, eventually balancing out. a certain fruitiness can be picked out eventually, but it is nondescript outside of being citrus adjacent.

mouthfeel is high carbonation and thick bodied - a constant battle between thickness and carbonation pillowing. it ultimately runs mid-way between smooth, thick, crisp before abruptly finishing dry and syrup-sweet with a grapefruit hop aftertaste with tinges of lowkey pine

pretty killer, but balance is missing. it's sweet, honey sweet with a thickness that is at battle with the carbonation to create a disheveled feel that is hard to settle into. it is certainly hoppy, but perhaps a little crowded - the features blend together and meld into more of a flashcard representation rather than a display of different players coming together to make something bigger by highlighting their complementary features.

Oct 26, 2021
4.12 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas on Oct 17, 2021
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Oct 15, 2021
4.75 by altrio on Oct 04, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BigGold from Mississippi

Checking a long empty box, had Hoptimum--now even more illegal in Mississippi--poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "PKGD 03/24/21C," trade from friend, into Sierra Nevada tulip pint.

Pours light amber with clarity and 1/2- to 1-finger creamy, cream-colored head, with good retention, leaving nice lace down the glass. Sweet malt aroma off pour, then aromas of grass and pine, and some stone fruit showing as warms. Begins with carbonation and big hop bite, over smooth malt body, soon nearly overwhelmed by alcohol beginning to build, then some sharp and sweet stone fruits are also evident, before a big but not unbalanced bitter piney and alcohol heat finish.

Unsurprisingly, has none of the common defects in huge IPAs, and is an appropriate biggest brother to SNPA and Torpedo.

Sep 22, 2021
2.17 by stephenlee93 from England on Sep 10, 2021
4.26 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Sep 06, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in September 5, 2021. There is a "Package" date of 05/14/2021 on the bottle.

Appearance: Medium gold color with 2 finger white head. It is slightly hazy, but less hazy than New England IPAs. Head lasts a minute, and there is a little lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma from the hops as expected in an IPA: mostly pine and grapefruit, Also some sweetness like pineapple. Overall the pine and citrus aroma dominates the other aromas.

Taste: There is a strong hops flavor that is both refreshing and bitter. Very fruity and contains flavors of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and a little sweetness as well. Hoptimum has as a very nice after taste. Overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Strong bodied. High alcohol, which matches the 11.0% listed. I nice thick feel when drinking.

This is a great IPA. It has a nice mix of citrus, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. It has stronger flavors and body than most other IPAs. This has a good hop bite, but not over-powering. It is a very good IPA, and I would buy this again. One of my favorite IPAs.

Sep 05, 2021
4.18 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Sep 01, 2021
4.19 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Aug 29, 2021
4.43 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Aug 29, 2021
4 by akk14 from Illinois on Aug 25, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Golden with a ton of clarity with a white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind some lacing
S - Tons of fresh, bright, bitter, piney hops along with some citrus and malt notes
T - Follows the nose with a punch of bright, piney, bitter hops up front and throughout tied together with a malt backbone and citrus notes - some honey notes, caramel, earth notes. Some floral notes as well.
F - Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, soft, yet crisp
O - A truly fantastic, well balanced TIPA

Aug 21, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Nass from Florida

The pour is honey colored. The taste is bitter grapefruit upfront with some bready malts in the back. The 11% abv is well hidden but I am getting some heat from the alcohol in my throat in the aftertaste. It's a good beer but not sure if I would recommend an entire 4 pack of it, maybe it's more of a 1 & done. Cheers! A-

Aug 16, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

The first time I had this beer was in 2012.
12oz bottle pkg date 4/16/21 into a 12oz snifter glass.
L: Pours a clear caramel amber with a light beige 1/2" creamy head with good retention. Good carbonation. Plenty of spotty and skeletal lacing.
S: Pine, flowers, grass, light malt.
T: Very sweet caramel malt, sweet rich hop flower, honey, grapefruit, sharp apricot, raisins, pine and spruce. Light alcohol midway through and pine/spruce tip enters at the finish making it long but not overpowering.
F: Mouthfeel is sticky, heavy-bodied and intense. It is also lush, soft, and has a creeping long conifer finish that is in excellent balance and contrast with the overall sweet characteristics of the beer. It is somewhat dry at the finish.
O: A very assertive, bold and hop forward triple IPA that is everything an IPA should be. An excellent smooth feeling sweet tasting beer from Sierra Nevada.

Jul 30, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

Bottling date 4-7-21.
Bright, orange-amber color with a white head that slumped to what looked like a ring of lace fire lapping at the curved glass walls. Clear with a faint murk, no rising bubbles visible but they cascade when swirled.
The smells are classic old school left coast IPA. Big bouquet of flowers and spruce tips, sweet honey, blood orange and apricot jam along side toffee dipped in vodka notes.
First taste is sweet up front but flavoring/ mid boil hops move in quickly to balance the rich, caramel malt backbone. Great complexity and balance - lush and heavy on the tongue but the hop character stands up and keeps this from being cloying.
Not a beer for big gulps, this is a snifter sipper that will have you looking for another soon after draining the glass.
Full bodied and a bit harsh on the back end bitterness and sharp with alcohol but dangerously drinkable and seriously well balanced.

Jul 23, 2021
4.25 by Hopweiser from Korea (South) on Jul 23, 2021
4.07 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 19, 2021
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4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by evanwoertz from California

dry finish, surprisingly smooth and refined, malty taste for an imperial but still a strong IPA. not as bitter or biting as most Sierra Nevada offerings. impressed.

Jul 15, 2021
4.27 by joran from Kansas on Jul 03, 2021
4.5 by Samnem from Georgia on Jun 25, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

I lowkey expected this to taste like alcohol but I ended up being some gas. Great hop flavor still and very drinkable indeed, I do highly recommend if you see it.

Jun 14, 2021
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Jun 12, 2021
4.08 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Jun 08, 2021
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4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Khocolate from Tennessee

One of the most powerful IPA I have had! Never had an Triple IPA very different. Excellent.

Jun 06, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Guitarmansam89

Love this triple IPA. doesn't have the powerful sweet taste that other high ABV beers have. I never would have guessed this is a triple; more like a double. Great carbonation and texture and not too heavy. has a good head and foamed up quite a bit.
Only thing I miss is a strong hoppy smell and taste.
Will definitely be buying again.

Jun 03, 2021
4.2 by magic_swaggin from Georgia on Jun 02, 2021
4 by HighwayChile from Kansas on May 27, 2021
4.27 by Curt3 from New Jersey on May 21, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Matt_M

L: Deep golden color, Active carbonation. Lingering foam with nice lacing
S: Dank & prominent hop aroma
T: Starts with some bitterness, then the strong malt backbone appear -- but the hop bitterness is up to the challenge
F: Slightly thick and viscous mouthfeel. No hiding the high ABV.
O: Nice balance of malt & hope. Enjoyable, but not an everyday beer.

May 18, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Marking on label is 'PKGD 04/16/21' (about four weeks from bottling).
Clear, pale amber colored body. Vigorous pour yielded no more than a skinny finger of pillowy white head. Leaves some partial walls and spots of lacing.
Aroma of a toasted malt base and a rich and dank hop smell.
Taste is sweet and intense, which reflects the higher ABV%. Honey caramel malts. Dank and dense hops. A mix of citrus, pine, and weedy hops. Aftertaste is tending toward the dry side, and carries the main flavors to a fade out. Has a touch of bitterness but not a concern.
Medium plus mouth feel, with a suggestion of syrup and honey. Very good carbonation.
I have had this beer several times over the years but never entered a review. Classic, solid high ABV% West Coast IPA.

May 16, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

This Hoptimum bottled 3/242021 is now 11 % ABV.

Pours a clear amber color with a small head and lots of lacing.

A just opened can smells of slightly dank piney hops. In the glass it smells of hops and citrus.

Tastes of hops and malt followed by sweet citrus with a mildly bitter slightly warm alcohol finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Lightly lush syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a very pleasant, mild mannered and powerful West Coast sipper.

May 12, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

man, i totally love this beer. absolutely world class. bottled 4/7/21 consumed 5/9/21, so nice and fresh!
L: drinking from the bottle - nice bottle
S: pine, citrus. bit of sweetness. very inviting.
T: delivers on the nose and then some! huge hop flavor. bitterness and sweetness together with gusto.
F: rich, smooth. light carbonation.
O: awesome. just awesome.

May 10, 2021
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Vintage 2020: 355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.6%. Copper colour, large to moderate white head. Distinct hoppy aroma, notes of pine, honey and orange marmalade. Rich mouthfeel. The flavour is medium sweet, distinct notes of pine needles, orange peel and grapefruit, also caramel and honey. Reasonably bitter finish.

355 ml bottle, vintage 2013, BB date 31.05.2014, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 10.4%. Orange colour, slightly hazy. Large head, slightly off-white. Strong hoppy aroma, notes of orange marmalade and pine needles. Very sweet and very bitter flavour, fruity and piney hops galore, but the sweetness and bitterness are nearly too much for me.

May 09, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz bottle dated 4/7/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent brownish orange with about two and a half fingers of light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of some citrus over-dominated by pine and resin.

Taste is definitely on the pine side but also with a large amount of malty sweetness. Not surprising from a beer this big.

Drinks quite smoothly though. Sticky. Alcohol and bitterness in aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice beer but probably not a yearly revisit. Glad there's still breweries making beers this big in six packs at a reasonable price.

May 02, 2021
4.38 by Sellen from Connecticut on Apr 30, 2021
Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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