Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA

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

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

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Gorgeous. The beer is a dark oragne/light brown color. A billowy, fluffy, barely off-white head came for and stuck around for awhile. Plenty of lacing all the way down the the last swig.

S- Lots of spicy hops. Maybe a tiny bit of alcohol. There is also just a tiny bit of flat bitter smell with a little grass and a little bit of biscuit. Some pine in there in the middle of the sip.

T- similar to the nose. Upfront there is a somewhat spicy bitter on the tongue. After the first taste, a little bit of candi sugar and caramel with a biscuit backbone. Bitter-biscuit stays in the mouth for a while after sipping.

MF- Carbonation was a little low, but not in a bad way.

Overall, this is a little higher grav and more bitter than I normally go with, but I enjoyed this. I would not want to drink more than one in a sitting, but I wouldn't mind having another one of these bad boys in the future.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,308 ratings.
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