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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
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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.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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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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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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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.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,316 ratings
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