Hoptimum | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#1,339
Reviews:
1,495
Ratings:
6,357
pDev:
11.24%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
454
Gots:
1,238
Trade:
6
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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

Photo of Spaten454
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TomEfiller
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a burnt orange with a flat head. Smells dank, piney with a hint of citra hop. Taste is smooth and very boozy. Fells like velvet but with a heavy alcohol presence at the end. Overall this is a put you on your ass DIPA. 2 will do the the trick but 3 will keep you from doing any tricks.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomash-houston
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kraut6363
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BenMaalouf
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ocalafox
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laketang
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Impressive look in the glass, fluffy thick white head, and has a glowing amber look. Coming out of that is a fruity bouquet. Nice smooth taste with a good level of bitterness, nice sweetness level. The alcohol doesn't show itself much while drinking. Nice creamy mouthfeel , medium. A very good beer to drink.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eammon1920
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass. This beer pours out an extremely clear darker golden color. Has a off white crown that forms to be on the thinner side, but it has great retention and heavy lacing throughout. I do love the clarity of the brew though. The smell brings pine, a really fresh like pine. But other than that it is a little underwhelming, especially for the style. The taste has a sweetness that comes into play very early on. The hops aren't exploding in this and I have to say this is probably the most "balanced" triple IPA that I've ever had. I would guess this at a regular, not even a double, if this was blind. Not saying it's bad, because I can respect balance. Wet mouthfeel but not really sticky or in for the stay. Overall, this isn't a bad brew I just expect more than what I got from this when I grab a triple IPA.

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Photo of viking77
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome!

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

Photo of Bolio
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,357 ratings