Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #268
Ranked #1,650
4.21 | pDev: 11.16%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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
Reviews: 1,546 | Ratings: 6,491 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Sigmund from Norway

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

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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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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robwired from Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This refers to Hoptimum (2021).
Packaged 03/24/21, as is printed on the back label of the 12 oz. bottle. 11% ABV.
It poured clear with a one-finger white head into my Rastal Teku glass with good webby lacing and a constant film where the head was.
Resins come first in flavor followed by a pineyness. For its hoppy aggressiveness, it is smooth in medium-light mouthfeel.
There is an orange scent to my olfactory senses.

Apr 18, 2021
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lmaduells from Spain

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Subtle, evolving. A very elaborate beer, executive but not unbalanced. I am not a lover of beers and I really liked this product. S appreciates the good craft of the brewery

Nov 30, 2020
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bc4stx from Florida

4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is truly heaven in a bottle. If you are a crazed Imperial IPA madman like myself and can’t get to the brewpub for your favorite, this is the one to have stashed at the back of the fridge!
A triple IPA, this nectar will not disappoint. Dark amber in color, plenty of nose, citric (but not overpowering), this triple has a balance and smoothness that is a perfect balance of bitter with character.
Hard to find (as it is limited in distribution), it is a fine compliment to the many non- overcommercialized hop forward brews of Sierra Nevada.
The ABV is high (10.6), so this pricey juice goes a long way to satisfy a “sit back and relax” imperial IPA moment where the beer takes center stage.

Nov 27, 2020
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Ahypercube from California

3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A relatively common encounter from NorCal. Great label art and a delicious old favorite.

Poured into a goblet, it produces loads of beige foam over a viscous but transparent reddish amber base. Great lacing patterns on the glass.

Notes of overripe cantaloupe, mango, orange, pineapple, durian and papaya, as well as herbal dankness of hemp with hints of tarragon and star anise on the back end.

A little rough on the nose and palate. Very boozy, with a rich melony sweetness and a sticky caramel malty base. It's not the smoothest double IPA on the market, but it packs some delicious tropical hoppy goodness with notes of candied orange, durian, piña and mango.

And it has a slightly cloying feel, albeit somewhat mitigated by the warming spicy tarragon and anise on the finish.

An oldie but a goodie. It's been done better, but still a classic and really affordable considering a six pack of these is $12 and two of them will get you pretty tipsy. Cheers!

Sep 13, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack bottles Tamuras $12.29
50 days old
Smell of pine and citrus
Clear amber color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of sweet citrus that reminds me of Fruity Pebbles. Flavors of pine, smooth tasting , alcohol taste is initially hidden but becomes more noticeable as it warms.
Overall a great beer to sip on. Would buy again.

Aug 22, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Honey peach pour. Decent tan head. Smells sweet, fruity,, sweet, . Tastes sweet malty hoppiness. Not so much up hop bite which I like. Floral hop flavor. Full bodied. Overall this is very pleasant. Nice full bodied and not a crazy hop flavor, moreso a smooth honey malt hop flavor

Aug 08, 2020
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nizzle8287 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit disappointed with this one... Doesn't seem to be as hoppy as their Bigfoot Barelywine. Really boozy, simple sweet malt character, and much less bitter than I thought it would be.

Aug 08, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Look- Deep amber, clear, no visible particles, light tan head, above average lacing, average head retention.

Smell- Sweet, bready, piney, slightly citrus.

Taste- Boozy, sweet, piney, bready, slightly citrus.

Feel- Medium body, high bitterness, prickly, sticky, average carbonation.

Jul 25, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really good imperial ipa I picked up for the 4th of July weekend. This is definitely a beer to be home enjoying (higher abv) with friends.
Look- golden with nice head
Smell - floral notes
Taste- I taste a sweetness from higher abv and definitely the hops. Welcoming
Feel - crisp, fresh tasting
Overall- great great tasting IIPA well done and look forward to grabbing a 6 pack for a special occasion or when having friends over who appreciate craft beer

Jul 03, 2020
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EesBeer from California

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - sorry folks, drank out of the bottle

Smell - see above

Taste - WOW. This thing is 10.6%. You could pass it as 7.5%.
I just had the Cryo Stash Imperial IPA @ 8.7% and it was hard to drink (ick)--felt like I got what I paid for (cheap at Safeway). This was affordable (maybe $13, don't quote me, at a San Francisco Safeway) yet was incredibly drinkable. It's strong but they balanced it so well, it goes down super smoothly.
The Hoptimum Triple IPA is a great-tasting beer. (You can quote me on that.)

Feel... of my body - Great. Hits hard. Sip 'er!

I essentially created an account to tell Sierra Nevada to KEEP IT UP! Such a good beer!

Jun 29, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly hazy (quite clear) amber color, one finger white head, superb lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, hops, hops, malts. Amazing aroma.

T: Hoppy, malty, lots of alcohol (too much), very bitter. Super smooth.

F: Full bodied, full of hop flavor.

O: A BIG triple IPA. Not for everyday but very good.

Nov 01, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 10/21/12: Pours a rich orange amber with 2 inches of creamy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, white head that leaves stick, clumpy and pasty lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, slight vanilla hints,with hops being resinous pine and grapefruit among other citrus hints. Taste is cloyingly sweet caramel malt and butter; loosely balanced with mostly resinous pine and to a lesser degree grapefruit/citrus hops with a dry and very bitter finish. Aftertaste is a hop/malt bitter-sweetness that rapidly gravitates to an imperial bitter. A nice example of an American double IPA.

Oct 14, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 050819.Richer, maltier looking beer with very fine suspension and fair carbonation. A thin head. The aroma isn't as strong as I expected but otherwise a pleasant hoppy smell that reflects the malt. The taste is good. Hops strong and a good blend of malt that's not too sweet. I don't get a lot of citrus but at 9.6% ABV the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth. Really enlightens the tongue with resin. Overall an excellent IPA to add to the repertoire when you want a different IPA. Share with your beer nerd friends.

Sep 03, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden rose with three fingers of cream color head. Rings and swathes of lace appear as the head slowly drops.
Smell is hop oil resinous with citrus fruit hops.
Taste is green slightly dank resinous hops with some caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is medium to high with good carbonation. The finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a superb beer for the price. Packaged on date: 6-05-19.

Aug 26, 2019
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a lovely beer. The bouquet of citrus scents that greet the nose are followed by a drier, pine-resin taste with underlying malt sweetness. It's a big alcohol beer, but very refined in taste.

Aug 11, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


bottle to snifter.

LOOK: light amber color, clear, creamy eggshell head ,very good retention of head; legs.
AROMA: citrus jumps in front here, with woody/sappy notes filling in the gaps.
TASTE: pine resin first and foremost, hints of citrus (orange, grapefruit), tartar, cracker. High ABV is not hiding.
FEEL: Medium body, alcohol is felt as well as tasted. Good carbonation.

Tasty enough and thick and strong. I did not get any "tropical" flavors as some have said.


Jul 15, 2019
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a soapy head. Aroma of pine, citrus, floral. Moderate bitterness, but only clocks in at 65, so the boozy flavor does dominate. I have to admit i'm not into the balance on this.

Jul 13, 2019
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