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

A: I drank it out of a bottle, so I couldn't speak to the appearance. I gave it a 4 put of the assumption that has as good appearance.

S: smell is great, like a classic Sierra Nevada IPA but with more of a piny smell

T: starts out with a light and malty crispness, then instantly hits you hard with a piny hop bomb, then finishes with a dry grapefruit bitterness

M: great balance of tastes that compliment the full body of malts and crispness of the hoppy finish, good carbonation. You would never know its a high ABV brew until drinking a few...

O: this is a great DIPA with pretty solid balance and unique enough to stand out. A must try for hopheads

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Golden, dark yellowish orange. Thin lace of head.
Smell: Grapefruit, pine, pepper, hops.
Taste: Alcohol, salt, pepper, and celery.
Mouthfeel: Intense and full. Dry.

This is such a big brew. It's almost too intense. The smell doesn't prepare you for the wallop of the sip. The smell somewhat warns of a big double with the alcoholic hop grapefruit and pine. However, the taste is just so full from sip to swallow. It tastes salty and peppery, and has a celery thing about it...all of which have been dunked in nice alcohol. The taste is actually pretty difficult to nail down regarding the particulars. Perhaps the best thing to say is that the taste is big. This is about as hoppy as you can get. I will get this again.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,310 ratings.
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