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: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into regular pint glass.

Appearance: Bronze color with little head. Light carbonation that moderately sticks to the glass.

Smell: Very bitter smell with hints of citrus. Could have used more variety and sweetness here.

Taste: What you expect from a double IPA, extremely hoppy with some sweetness and citrus. It's very good and one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel: Most likely this beer's strongest feature. It gets much better with every sip and the bitterness is fairly quickly replaced by sweetness.

Overall: An excellent example of what a double IPA is supposed to taste like and is one of my favorites.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap and bottled on date of 06/20/2014 poured into an Odell Snifter

Appearance: Deep amber color with a slight haze and 1cm of head; beautiful lacing down the glass

Smell: Delicious, juicy hops little to no malt

Taste: fantastic amount of piney hop flavor; bitter up front and a slight malt and booziness in the middle with a juicy citrus hop finish

Mouthfeel: The slight booziness gives a bit of syrup feel and the carbonation is just right

Overall: This tastes just how I remember last years batch was; The best way to describe the hop flavor for me is juicy. It is full of flavor and very complex. Everything is just right for a double IPA to me other than the slight booze I detect. That isn't too much of an issue. It may not beat my favorite year-round double IPAs but I will always look forward to its future releases. This is world class.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,310 ratings.
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