Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
6,298 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,298
Reviews:
1,481
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
440
Gots:
1,207
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,298 |  Reviews: 1,481
Photo of Norm406
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Weegee40
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of MarkGutz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MattXT
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beerme5
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ziggyzoggy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of pokey44
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LiquorsInc
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Onelove
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Chingringo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of 111213forlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured two and half fingers of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is rich and vibrant. Lots of lemon, grapefruit and orange in here. The taste is bold pine bitterness up front that tones down towards the finish by measured malt.
The texture is smooth with a crispness feature and moderate carbonation.
Well done.

 332 characters

Photo of dbrelsfo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Jason_Tyler
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of 45nDown
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of twkirkby
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz nonic pint from home draft line #1

Pours with a rich, slightly off-white head over a lightly chill-hazed amber body. Very slight carbonation flowing up. Some chunky lacing

Aromas are pretty light, given the style, ABV, and flavor. The malty sweetness and cedar wood aromas may actually come thru stronger than the hops. Touch of booze is masked well by the pine straw quality of the hops.

Rich, smooth, and thick mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Flavor- wow, I sure don't give a lot of 5's, but this is one. Rich, and insanely well balanced. Northwestern hop qualities, with plenty of pine sap, plus blood oranges, caramel and butterscotch sweetness, and a bit of pineapple and apricot juice. So well balanced.

Clearly this was brewed by beer geniuses.

 761 characters

Photo of APH
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Hophead21
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,298 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More