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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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Huge hop and citris flavoras soon as it hits your toung. Almost a bit sweet at the start but that fades into a fantastic hoppy bitterness. Just enough malts for balance. Quite a bit of spice to the hops as well.

I cant say that I've had a beer with such a high abv that was so easy drinking. This beer is very smooth. I can't wait for the next sip.

This is exactly the type of beer i would expect from SN. Fantastic!

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Pours golden amber with a foamy, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tangerine with a bright "Sierra Nevada" house character.

The taste is of upfront citrus and tangerine that mixes with a honey-like caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades in the end to leave a fruity, leafy, bitter finish.

Despite the bite from the aggressive hops and the alcohol (which is relatively well-hidden) the malt backbone and on-spot carbonation give it a smooth character.

This is a hop-head's delight! Hops are tasty. A wonderful, enjoyable DIPA!

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Bottle to tulip

Nose: Sweet caramel malts. Big orange. Citrus, floral hoppy aroma.

Flavor follows the nose. Sweet malts and big hoppiness smacks the palate from the get go. Sweet orange peel. Grapefruit citrus and spicy, floral hops reminds me of the ever popular Cascade hop. There is a sweet candy like nuance that I'm getting from the hop profile as well. The early kettle hops are quite bitter, but are balanced out by the residual sugars left from the crystal malts. The malts are pale with notes of honey and caramel. Slight breadiness near the finish. The hoppy finish is a little sticky and resinous. All of these flavors work in harmony. It's a commendable offering from SN. If you can get on tap, it's tremendous.

Medium thin mouth feel. Carbonation is appropriate.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,319 ratings
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