Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

6,308 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum pours a medium amber with a fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are both as good as it gets.

The nose is exactly what you'd expect from a hop-forward beer made by such a great brewery: hints of spicy and earthy hops up front, followed by a slightly sweet caramel with a touch of orange peel.

It hits the tongue the same way it hits the nose. Some sweet orange paired with spicy hops up front, a sweet caramel body mixed with some juicy hops in the middle, and a nice bitterness in the end. There's a slight alcohol presence, but not what you'd expect from such a high ABV beer.

The mouthfeel is a medium-bodied beer with some chewiness and a good bitterness in the aftertaste.

When it comes to Double IPAs, it's up there with the best.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada 'Hoptimum Imperial IPA' @ 10.4% , 2013 edition , from a 4pack of
12 fl oz bottles purchased for $15

A-pour is a clear gold with a small off white head leaving a fine lace along the stein

S-pine , citrus

T-hop bomb plus , such a bitter finish

MF-low/medium carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , I still prefer Lagunitas 'Sucks' as a DIPA , way better ,
butt try this beer if you are a hop head looking for a good night/rough morning !!

prost LampertLand

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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber color with golden hues with an off-white head. The aroma is faint malts with a lot of pine and citrus from the hops. The taste like the aroma starts with just a faint appearance from the malt up front with the hops quickly coming in and lingering well into the finish. Also, the heat from the alcohol intensifies as the beer warms in the glss. Overall, a really solid beer from Sierra Nevada that is highly recommended for the hopheads out there.

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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of March 2013 (if I've read it correctly). Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a 100 IBU monster IPA. The artwork is great...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear sunset-amber hue with light carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a frothy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of exquisitely concentrated hops with notes of pine resin and cannabis. This is underpinned by a layer of sweet caramel malt and hints of earthy yeast, stewed hops and warming booze. This brew packs a punch.

Tastes of intense, resinous hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, caramel malt, mild barley sugar, subtle ale yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of alcohol in the background. Quite sweet but highly astringent - a maelstrom of hop oils tearing up your palate followed by a rampaging bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and spicy, with good body but lacklustre carbonation. Dries the mouth thoroughly. Aftertaste of aromatic pine/weed, bitterness and sweet malt.

Hops! Oh yes, by the truckload. This brew looks alright, but the aroma and flavour are where it really comes into its own. Being buried under a hop avalanche is an apt description of the experience. Intensely bitter yet balanced by a large malt bill. Decent body, though I wish the carbonation was more abundant to add texture. I'm also unsure whether this is bottle-conditioned, as there was no sediment in mine. However, minor criticisms aside this is a hop-head's delight. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall I enjoyed the full body of this DIPA. Super tasty with a rich hop after taste that I certainly tasted. I never considered this brewer a micro producer so they must have tried hard to make sure this competed with the smaller guys. I recommend people that enjoy a full bodied IPA try this and another good IPA from Sierra Nevada is Torpedo.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent ultra-hoppy strong beer. It is a hazy golden colr. Thin white head and of light carbonation. The smell is rich....huge hop aroma. Earth, resin, pine, and grapefruit peel. Booze and apricot...some melon and peach underneath...subtly fruity. Powerful taste. Bitter throughout. Fleetingly sweet. Full, warming. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Hop flavor continues, blanketing, long through the finish, accompanied by a pleasant malt flavor. It is simply a great beer.

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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter pour, bottle. Comes out a vibrant amber color with very thin, quickly dissipating head. Hoppy aroma, but not the strongest I've had. Tastes similar to flower power. Goes down smooth with a nice biting finish. Not sure it's worthy of the $10.50 for a 4-pack price tag, but very good nevertheless

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,308 ratings.
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