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: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle states on the back label that it is a whole cone IIPA, that is aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, and then torpedoed. Code 3078205:01 on the back of the neck and 3078204:58 on the front of the neck.

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Pours an amber-orange with yellow highlighting and formed a bright white finger-width soapy head that shrank down to a centimeter or so within the first 5 minutes. Left a thick, sticky lacing that coated the sides of the glass entirely.
The nose is quite delicate. No one scent stands out. The aroma is pine, grass, and has multiple hop strains coming through. There is a bready sweetness in the background, as well as citrus and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel of the beer is medium and seems to coat the entire tongue. Moderate-high carbonation. The initial flavor is a bread that has a bit of sweetness, that instantly gives way to a pine-hop flavor, that then transitions into a bitter finish with a grapefruit undertone, as well as an acidic kick. The finish is extremely dry and extensive. Aftertaste is bread, bitterness, grapefruit and hops.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2013 release.

A - Bright orange with a quickly dissipating head.

S - Sweet floral hops, malty, biscuity. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - First sensation is of grapefruit, bitterness and sweetness. You can definitely taste that this is a high ABV beer. Very piney/resiny. Seems to get syrupy as it warms. The right flavors are here but this is just too intense.

M - Very smooth, medium body.

O - This is one of the more "extreme" IIPA's in bitterness and how forward the alcohol is. I like my IIPA's to be more well-rounded. An ok beer but there are many better IIPA's. This is a major let down compared to the other great beers Sierra Nevada makes (Pale Ale, Torpedo, Stout, Porter). I like big, intense beers but this one is not for me.

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A - poured a brilliantly clear deep copper. A nice off-white head sprang up and retained well, but there was little follow through and almost no lacing. Probably due to the alcohol.

S - wow, this has some serious hops going on. Both pine and citrus. I love the strong smell here and almost wish there were more.

T - yowzers! I was expecting a lot, but this is probably too much for me. It's full frontal hops from start to finish, so much so that I couldn't pick out particular flavors, although I did pick out some pineiness, and a strong alcohol kick to the finish.

M - soft and lush, just how a such a beer should feel. Even though I wasn't crazy about the flavor I found myself swishing the beer around in my mouth a lot.

O - this is a dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde beer. It attempts to push all limits and does so successfully in some cases, while going too far in others. I'm glad I tried it, but ultimately there is too much alcohol, and sadly too say, too much hops for me.

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