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.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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

Finally hit the shelves, first bottle of 2013. 12oz to snifter, bottled March 18th

This has to be one of my favorite labels and caps in all of beer. Pours a neutral golden orange/amber with a finger of foam. Decent retention, medium carbonation, good lacing, and a bit of sediment. High transparency, good look

Smells of hops hops hops. Very nice floral and citrus scent- lots of earthy pine with a good mix of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and some lime contrast nicely with sweet bready malts that all meld quite nicely.

Taste is close to the nose- strong fruity hops backed up with that earth and pine for the hop profile. Malts dominate the after taste, not as sweet as in the nose but nice caramel presence. Alcohol is very present on the finish, helps give this beer the magnitude it has

Feel is a strong medium body with all sorts of bitterness. Alcohol isn't concealed well, but in doing so adds to the taste. I could probably drink as many of these as you could give

Overall this years batch seems to differ a bit from last years- more citrus and less pine with the hops, and a bit of a stronger malt. I liked last years better, but overall this beer is top shelf. One of the things I look forward to each spring

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2013 Bottle to DFH ipa glass

A:It is an orange to amber color with a fluffy white to tan head. It is completely translucent and about as clean as it gets in terms of imperial IPAs. Honestly with the whole cone thing i was expecting a lot more hazy but this is not a bad route.

S: There is a floral hop aroma for sure mixed in with a hint of citrus but it is not as powerful as I expected it to be. THere are notes of some malt or a more earthy smell but I cannot really place it for sure.

T: Upfront this is similar to the nose in that I was expecting a lot more hops and they are there, but they do not have much strength to them. In terms of their specific taste, the hops are actually pretty resinous with a hint of pine as apposed to floral there is some mango citrus in the back with a little but of pink grapefruit as well. It does have a pretty solid malt backbone that is almost sweet that goes well with the almost tart hops.

M: There is quite a resinous feel that sticks on your tongue for quite a while after the the initial sip. Though on the other hand it does go down very easily for the abv and is crisp and clean. It is light without being watery so there is still some depth impressive for an imp IPA.

O: In all honesty I was kinda let down by the the lack of powerful hop smell or that unfiltered young hazy look but in the taste the hops are good but not great. On the other hand this is probably the cleanest easiest drinking imperial IPA have had so this beer definitely has up and downsides but it is worth a try and I will be back as it matches well with a hot afternoon.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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