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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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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%

Photo of hopoilcrazy
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

The first sign of a well-crafted beer is a strong appearance after it is poured out of the bottle. Hoptimum has a full, thick frothy white cap resting on top of a golden caramel color beer. A nice bit of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass to replenish the cap.

Simcoe hops come through in all of their glory first. As with most other whole cone hop beers, the aroma feels full and complete. This aroma is full on the pine, spices, and dank hop aromas and a bit light on the citrus notes. There are some grapefruit, mango,and tangerine notes coming through. A bit of light, sweet malt exists as an afterthought.

Up front there is a straw and honey sweetness that quickly fades and makes room for a huge hop presence. Simcoe is again the most dominant with its spicy pine flavors. It becomes quite bitter, without any real fruit to add balance to it. I enjoy the completeness of the flavors that come from using whole cone hops, and this is no exception. The spicy pine, herbal, and light citrus flavors are all developed in a very full way. The finish is quite bitter.

The rich, creamy carbonation really helps to reduce the impact of the 10.4% ABV on the palate, but the alcohol is still noticeable in the throat and stomach. Although it is creamy and smooth, there is a fair amount of hop oil and residue that are left on my lips after each sip. The hops create mostly a spicy bite sensation, and it is fairly dry.

I enjoy Sierra Nevada's whole cone hop beers, but I think the combination of hops in this one just did not push it over the edge for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheCondor
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep orange/gold color with a nice one and a half finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing. Love the packaging. Carbonation is present inside the glass, good presentation overall for the brew.

Smell - It is certainly an Imperial IPA, with strong citrus and floral notes emanating from the glass. There is a certain sweet, almost candy like smell as well, kind of hard to put my finger on. A little pine rounds out the smell, where hops are prevalent but malts can certainly be detected.

Taste - The sweet malts come first, washing the palate in preparation for a hop bomb. This comes mid-taste, and delivers big time. Floral, citrusy, grapefruit, pine hops wallop the taste buds. However, even though it is rated as over 100 IBUs I didn't find it as obnoxiously hopped as Ruination. More balanced than that.

Mouthfeel - Finishes dry and bitter. There is an alcohol presence, though not like you would expect from a 10.4%. There is absolutely an alcohol/hops bitterness and coating to the finish.

Overall - This is a good beer, for sure. I am not a hophead by any stretch, so this really pushes the boundaries for me, but I did like it and would recommend it. Its' a strong example of the style no doubt.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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