Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
6,314 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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Ratings: 6,314 |  Reviews: 1,486
Photo of BFCarr
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at City Tap. Pours hazy amber with a 1 inch white head. Smell is floral hoppy but not very intense. Taste is hoppy but not crazy bitter. Feel is very smooth and pleasing. Overall a hoppy experience you can enjoy.

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Photo of gruves33
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luckydog91
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nwhittin
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsmith313
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPadilla
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GoochVa
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkblr
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 4/18/17 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9.6% ABV. The beer is a bright golden copper color with off white head. Lacing is strong. The aroma is citrus, grapefruit and peach. The taste is caramel malt first quickly transitioning to citrus, pine and fruit salad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes dry. There is a hint of alcohol burn on the finish but nothing compared to previous years. Overall, very good. In the past, I would intentionally let these sit in the fridge for a couple months to take the edge off. This is good right off the shelf and $12/6pk makes it a great value.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a nice deep amber color and a rich smell. It brings the fullness expected of an imperial IPA, which is a bitterness balanced with a strong flavor that lingers nicely.

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Photo of Kdizzle22
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmartin
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this from tap at the brewery and bought a few bottles immediately. They changed the recipe this year. I wasn't a big fan of last year's as it seemed too hoppy. Review is based on bottle I just drank, which was identical to the version I had on tap last week, as far as I can remember.

Pours a beautiful clear amber color. It is the sort of beer you see pictures of and lust after. And it delivers upon drinking it, tasting as good as it looks. You can lust after this all day, and go home and successful satisfy that lust. Ahhhh!

Aroma is of strong hops, like walking onto a hop farm, but one-dimensional. Taste is much more complex, with various hop flavors present. The recipe change has taken this from an interesting hop-bomb that I didn't really have much interest in, to a complex hop bomb that I hope they produce every year.

For lovers of hoppy beer, this is one of the best.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GHow
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't been a reoccurring visitor of SN Hoppers. I decided to give 2017 a try and was pleasantly surprised. Nice amber appearance, fine aroma. Taste was on par with a hopped mixed DIPA and no harsh back wash. Overall I'll still take my other favorites but I can't complain with this purchase. If you are at a place without a great selection, SN is always an avenue.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheWolf
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dangerously smooth for an imperial IPA

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Photo of Marklaker
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.
2017 Vintage.

Gold. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Mango, peach, pineapple, pine, orange citrus, and candy sugar.

Dank, pine sap, wintergreen, and zesty florals. Papaya, mango, and grapefruit. Lighter notes of pineapple, peach, and orange citrus. Candy sugar maltiness with drizzles of caramel.

Full bodied, silky, oily, smooth, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

A welcome change from the old recipe.

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Photo of maz
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You smell this one coming as soon as you open it. Nice pine and fresh grass, and just a little fruitiness

Pours blood orange with just slight haze keeping it from crystal clarity.

Dense toasted malts accompany a bit of pepper, a bit of sugar, a bit of banana bread. Hearty with noticeable alcohol. Quick choppy bitter finish with an abundance of fizz. While simple, this is one to sip appreciate. Doesn't get cute or over the top with uneccessary flavor adjuncts, Maintains the qualities of a classic IPA while adding in some robustness. Nice clean DIPA.

Definately an uptick from prior years, Hope this is a formula they stick with.

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Photo of rarigney
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, $15 for a 6 pack.
A: almost one finger brilliant white fine foam head, clear golden copper body, carbonation
S: citrus, tropical fruits, sweet syrupy pine resin, biscuit, malt
M: medium body, thick resin on the tongue during the finish, dry finish
T: orange up front, hints of citrus and tropical fruit, medium malt, biscuit, hop oil resin, pine
O: strong brew, I was anticipating a harder hop hitting the tongue pallat.

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Photo of thebeers
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear gold with three to four fingers of tan-tinted head. Quickly settles into a thin cap and leaves modest, foamy lacing.

Dank, piney aroma with caramel and orange sweetness behind.

Lighter tasting up front than expected. Similar profile as the nose, with a kiss of alcohol in the mix and a measured hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy feel and relatively low carbonation.

Solid, but not as transcendent as many of the DIPAs available these days.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,314 ratings
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