Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

6,299 Ratings
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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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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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer. It's super hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Scary something with this high an ABV can go down so smoothly. Well done.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,299 ratings.
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