Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
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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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A: almost one finger brilliant white fine foam head, clear golden copper body, carbonation
S: citrus, tropical fruits, sweet syrupy pine resin, biscuit, malt
M: medium body, thick resin on the tongue during the finish, dry finish
T: orange up front, hints of citrus and tropical fruit, medium malt, biscuit, hop oil resin, pine
O: strong brew, I was anticipating a harder hop hitting the tongue pallat.

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Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is a dark orange. Pretty typical looking of a good DIPA.

S. Smell is big on the hops. Citrusy, and piney hops. Nice hop presence. Get a little bit of a sweeter caramel malt underneath the hops. A faint alcohol trace.

T. Taste is a little more restrained on the hops. Definitely a bitter beer, but also has a pretty strong malt presence as well. Tastes similar to a lot of the SN IPAs. Not a lot of hop flavor, but a mouth coating bitterness. Pretty drinkable DIPA. A little different take than a lot of others.

M. Medium/full bodied. Lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O. Pretty solid beer from SN. Not my favorite DIPA, but a beer I would like to see added to Sierra Nevada's regular lineup. Easy driking.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--Hoptimum--Whole Cone Imperial IPA--The Ultimate Whole Cone Hop Experience--2011 24 oz. Bottle. 10.40% ABV. 100 IBU's. (5.0 / 5.0) Semi thick pour. Lacy thin rocky white head. Clear bright gold color. Clean pretty enticing appearance. Herbal mixed floral hop malt ester rich aromatic front. Creamy smooth mellow sweet mellow resinous hop pine caramel minimal grapefruit mildly earthy rich smooth body. Tasty well balanced bitter mild citrus crisp hop spice mild hot EtOH end. Dangerously smooth. Perfect balance of aroma body and finish. Sampled 2/8/2011. Purchased for $8.25 at PCC--Fremont on 1/18/2011.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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