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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dumped quickly into a New Belgium snifter. Bottle indicates it was capped on the 101st day of 2013 from line 2 at 8:15am.

A- aggressive pour leads to two fingers of fluffy off-white froth that quickly retreats and leaves a nice web of lacing. The brew is a golden honey with only the occasional bubble rising from the bottom of the glass. A few bits of yeast or other sediment adrift in there.

S- the aroma here is very light pine resin and that's it. No citrus, no malt, no bread... The guy on the bottle is an empty suit if the aroma is any indication. It does not, however have any off-putting smell that sometimes comes along with these huge double IPAs, so I rate it 3/5 because it doesn't stink... But not because of a heavenly odiferous experience.

T- the taste brings me back to my love of Sierra Nevada brews. Very bitter, almost exceedingly so, and very well-hidden alcohol. There is a slight hint of earthy yeast, but then the bitter hops just totally crash the palate. This one is not for beginners. It is not for casual IPA drinkers. This one is for the hop heads among us who don't want to taste anything else for the rest of the day.

M- the mouthfeel on this one is as it should be for the style. Very oily, high viscosity and low carbonation-burn at the swallow. It hits the tongue with a tingle, but is creamy on the finish and has a nice linger after several minutes. It almost seems I will have to peel the residue off the back of my throat.

O- buy it fresh, buy it fresh, buy it fresh. If you do not know how to read the bottle code for SN, get educated and buy this one within 60-90 days of bottling. (My code was 3101208:15- you should be able to figure out the code from my opening remarks) one with this many IBU will certainly go skunk pretty fast, despite the high ABV. I could be wrong and this could be the best cellar dweller since Vertical Epic, but I'm betting against it and drinking my two four-packs before the sweat dries on the brown sack they came in. Overall a special and delicious offering from Sierra Nevada.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear orange/light amber color, rocky head from the bottle.

S - Large spice and malt combination from the big grain bill and hop bill. Hops come across as a piny resin, and a hint of floral. Malt is not faint in this one. Slight alcohol smell.

T/M - Very bitter. A rush of hops to the palate followed by a strong astringent alcohol taste. Would like to try it fresh to see where the hops stand up against a bottled version, but overall very hoppy with a balanced malty finish. Medium to full body with the grains complimenting the hops.

O - For being as big of an ABV as this is, I found it very balanced with malt/hops. A bit astringent on the overall taste because of how boozy it is, but don't let that bring this one down. Solid palate wrecker.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear, quite active, golden/orange with a hint of amber and a frothy white head that lingers a bit and recedes gradually and leaves some lacing.

Boozy, citrusy and floral, mainly, with a wee nip of caramel. I like it even though it is perhaps a bit too boozy.

The taste is undeniably boozy, maybe more than some prefer, but it doesn't overwhelm the other elements, which of course are primarily hop flavors. The caramel is modest and subtle early but comes on stronger late and is noticeable in the finish. A rich bouquet of hoppy goodness emerges over the top of the booze and characterizes the middle of the swig. Citrus and floral are accurate, if cliched, descriptors. There is more going on with the hops than that general statement can capture, but I'm finding it hard to point a finger at other specific flavors. The bitterness is mostly buried early, then becomes very apparent during, and especially after, the finish. Very nice.

Plenty carbonated, rich full body, moderately viscous, and finishes with assertive bitterness that lingers. And the finish isn't overly drying.

This is a big boy, called a DIPA but has more girth than Bigfoot. Curious how it would change with time. Surely the hops would fade, but the booze would mellow, and the result could be interesting and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

12 oz. Brown Bottle. 2013 on Label.

A: Pours bright amber. Large off white creamy head. Nice thick rings of lacing. Not so
much retention.

S: Spices, pepper, light hops, caramel, orange and other fruits.

T/M: Bitter, Bitter, Boozy, Boozy. Creamy, Pepper, grapefruit and other citrus. The hops
dominate and really hold back what else the beer as to offer. Slick going down with a bitter aftertaste that lingers. Also hints of citrus and alcohol remain.

O: A real hop bomb. A must try. A sipper. Something I can see myself getting once every year when it's released. True to the style with its hopsidedness and at over 10% ABV it really is an Imperial IPA.


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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,304 ratings.
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