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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled 03/19/2013 but purchased this bottle today.

Poured into snifter glass. It has a very light copper color and a little less than a quarter inch of an off-white foamy head which dissipated pretty quickly. Lacings all around the glass but that didn't take long to fade away.

Scent gave off floral notes, some hay, and lots of citrus, definitely a sweet smell. There was a little pine, but not as much as other beers I have had (such as Anti-Hero).

It like it pops in my mouth. It started out sweet but then became insanely bitter. It has a very heavy citrus bite to it with the bitterness from grapefruits. While the smell was primarily sweet, the taste was dominantly bitter. The bitterness still lingers in my mouth - sort of like as if I ate a grapefruit 15 minutes ago. Just a very very subtle heat to it considering the high alcohol content. The beer seemed to have a syrupy like consistency, makes my lips stick together. Just moderate carbonation present.

I contrast this with other Double IPAs for its serious bitterness. The bitterness just attacks. At 100 IBU's this beer should not surprise you. Pretty decent beer!

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking the 2013 version of this beer while listening to Drudkh, one of my favorite bands.

Glass: Port City "craft pub" pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful dark orange amber color, very clear, streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass. An aggressive pour produced a finger of head which dissipated in about a minute or two. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass in beautiful organic blobs.

Smell: Oh, man, this smells delicious. Hops! Perhaps one of the best smelling beers I've ever been fortunate enough to enjoy. Smells of weed, peaches, other tropical fruits, and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Taste: Not a complete fruity hop bomb, although there are strong characteristics of tropical fruit especially at first sip and in the mid-palette. However, a malt characteristic certainly comes in within a couple seconds, followed by a strong bitterness that lasts for AGES. It tastes almost like weed smells, perhaps an effect of the whole-cone hopping? Alcohol is noticeable, a bit too much for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish on the tongue, perhaps mostly the result of the bitterness. Despite the dryness, you definitely get that strong IPA resin remaining long after the beer is gone. You can feel the alcohol warming your throat and stomach.

Overall: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer, but find the flavor to be slightly dissapointing compared to the smell. The appearance of the beer is beautiful, as is the bottle cap and bottle itself! The smell is incredible, the mouthfeel is just what I want in an IPA. Overall, great beer, but I personally prefer less bitterness in a DIPA, and for the alcohol to be hidden a little better.

Would drink again (luckily, since I purchased a 4 pack!).

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber hue with a nicely sized head. Good head retention and some lace rings around the glass. Floral, honeyed aroma with some overripe citrus fruit. The detectable sweetness and a slight wiff of alcohol gives away the malt-forward nature of this IPA. Not at all unexpected given this brewery's other IPAs.

Sweetness is excessive for an IPA, even for a double. This could even be sweeter and more malt forward than Bigfoot. Still some nice, hoppy flavor notes here -- grapefruit, some resin, citrus fruit. Alcohol heat comes in on the finish, not very hot, but not exactly well-masked. Overall, honey and rich toffee sweetness prevails. Some syrupy ness texture-wise, more barleywine-like than IPA. Pretty well carbonated with fine bubbles.

I enjoy strong, sweet ales, but it doesn't come together all that well with Hoptimum. Too hot and sweet for the style. There are many better DIPAs available.

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

2013 vintage...

A: Pours a translucent orange gold with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam fades fairly quickly leaving only a thin frothy ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malt, pine hops out the ass, a touch of onion, and a bit of alcohol. Usually I hate the onion scent in my beer, but this isn't too bad. Just a little bit on the back end.

T: It starts out with a bit of sweet malt, but the hops jump up strong. It gets super piney and drying, with a bit of onion in there as well. I gets mixes of caramel and bitters, even some floral notes in the middle. The back end is alcohol and drying hops. It's solid, a bit intense, and I dig it.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to super bitter right after. It coats the palate, but softens up with more malt and floral components. The finish is back to bitters and alcohol. Lingering hops and booze.

O: Good beer. I loved this when it was in the 750ml bottles (2011?). This year and last years are bit below that standard but still very good. I have yet to ever have a bad beer from Sierra Nevada.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and amber. Small lacy cap

S - Boozy. Piney hops, spice cake / carrot cake, marijuana. Crisp malt, maybe pale

T - Flat bitterness. Sweet tang from the 10.4%. Cream, grassy hops, the malt is barely there to give balance a shot.

M - Good tingle. Nice carbonation. Medium to heavy body with a little syrupy quality going on

Wanted to try this for years and although it is good, I'm not going to get it again but I'm not gonna drain pour it

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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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