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.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

3 183 2 10:53 printed on bottle (born on July 2, 2013)

L: bright orange, about 90% clear; it's not murky, just a slight haze keeps it from being crystal clear; classic Sierra Nevada lacing -- what does this brewery do? it's amazing ... stick from the 1 1/4-inch head and massive lacing on the way down.

S: so many whole-cone hops ... hops! green, green and green -- piney with loads of sweet tropical fruit/candied caramel under the piney hops; mango; as it warms, it goes from the piney/grassy/green note to the sweeter mango/tropical fruit note

T: bitter. it's classic DIPA stuff with a huge bitter bite back-ended by a load of caramel/tropical fruit sweetness. it's almost salty at first, there's so many hops ... hard to explain exactly, but "salty" fits. there's supposedly four different types of malted barley in this brew, but they've got no chance to shine -- it's all about the little green guys.

F: perfect. carbonated out the ying-yang, full midweight that's exactly right without ripping your tongue off b/c of all the carbonation.

O: cannot taste 1 molecule of alcohol despite the 10.4% ABV, so it gets big-time bonus points from me. with that said, it's impossible for me to distinguish the TASTE of this American imperial IPA from all the other American imperial IPAs I've had -- the look is better, Sierra Nevada style, but honestly, almost every beer I've had in this category tastes the same, i.e., like hops.

if you want a good American DIPA, you'll always win with this brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

okay, well this beer put me through a few ups and downs. poured from bottle to glass. the smell was lackluster and didn't offer much. the first sip was also less than impressive, no real strong flavors of any kind, sort of bland. the second sip was better offering a little floral and grapefruit. as the beer went on the malt (or maybe the special exclusive hop) was really present and actually offered a fairly well balanced DIPA. lacing was about just north of average. when i let the beer sit on the front of my tongue i got more hops, but overall the flavor just didn't measure up to the "hop bomb" i was hoping for. for a 10.4 the alcohol is pretty well hidden and has a solid drinkability. for me the star of this beer is the mouthfeel. not too creamy, not too thin, but just right in the goldilocks sense, enough to be enjoyable but not too much. would probably buy again, but not until i need a reminder of how it tastes.

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

March 2013 specimen poured into tulip. Nice, frothy, fragrant pour. Nearly two fingers of head with nice lace retention. I was surprised that the body didn't clear up a bit after pouring - it remained a hazy honey amber.

Smell is pretty good - clearly hop forward. Pine and citrus mostly, with a whiff of cool tropical fruit.

First taste packs a punch - cool, fruity hop bitterness, a forest of pine, and that booze backbone. As hoppy as this thing is, it seems both the hops and malts are a bit too thin to cut the boozy heat. This bottle is several months old, so the hops may have faded a bit, and I'm missing more fresh fruitiness to round things out. It does balance out some as it warms, intriguing grape and honey flavors come into the mix.

Mouthfeel is unique to this beer - In one sip it's cool and hot; creamy and then thin; soft yet crisp.

Overall this selection is about what I expected from SN. It's a very good beer, but I recently had it on draft through a Randall with fresh hops, which was a simply magical experience that's hard to top. I'll try and get it fresh next year and quench that never-ending thirst for juicy hop goodness.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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