Hoptimum | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a clear, amber look with a nice head and nice lacing.

Smell: It smells a bit fruity with citrus notes.

Taste: It has a bitter hop taste with notes of citrus. It comes off spicy to the tongue and goes down smooth.

Mouth Feel: I found it to be dry, not too carbonated and a bit spicy to the tongue. It is has a great balance - not too watery, not too thick, but with a syrupy feel to it.

Overall: I have really enjoyed this beer. I like IPA's and smooth, hoppy beers so this was right up my alley. The hops are definitely sweet and strong but it goes down smooth.

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This bottle I think has been aged. I have no idea how to read SN dating system. Served the glass in a tulip glass. Nice deep reddish orange color. Nice big head. Smell is amazing. The aging on this bottle has subdued the super strong hop tastes that I have had before with this beer. Still amazing. The taste has a huge malt profile, which as a IPA you would not think it might not have. Overall I wish I could buy this beer all of the time. It is my favorite imperial/double IPA.

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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,336 ratings