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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

2013 release

Crisp amber pour with a moderate head. After the pour, you can smell this beer from far away. Almost an overwhelming hoppy smell, mixed with some rye notes. The taste is not quite as strong, with the hops hitting you upfront but with there being a distinct rye aftertaste that i wasn't expecting. Beer goes down smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall a good beer bordering on excellent. The price is right with this one too, definitely one you should pick up a 4 pack of when you see it.

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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2013 vintage
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The slightly hazed, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, light beige crown. Nice lasting strength on the head. It slowly faded to a thick ring. Odd shaped patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The nose was rather muted and odd. Slightly hoppy with subtle chive notes. Pithy, powdery and dry. Some citrus. As the beer warmed, a touch of grapefruit was noticeable. Hints of orange peel as well.

The flavor profile was quite different from the aroma. It was comprised of lots of pithy, dry hops and sweet caramel malts. A bit uncharacteristic for a Sierra Nevada brew. Strong citrus flavors. Candied orange peel was apparent. Some ruby red grapefruit. The finish was super dry and bitter. Notes of pine sap and grapefruit rind came through strong. At 10.4% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess amazingly well.

The beer felt super frothy, smooth and supple on the palate. Pillowy soft. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, plush, medium effervescence.

Although this beer lacked some complexity and used excessive amounts of sticky sweet malts to balance out the bitter hops, it was still enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

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

poured from a 2013 bottle, nice strawy amber with off-white head.

smell- pine, floral/rose/lavender, wood, malts, citrus rind

taste- this is a SN beer- juicy and resinous hops- orange, tangerine, touch of dried mango/tropical fruit, followed by soft floral notes, some wood, and savory bready malt, finishes with a delicious layer of pine/ sticky hop resin and some malt sweetness

feel- resinous, medium bodied, juicy, sticky

Fantastic brew. incredibly balanced, awesome complexity and intricate notes. So much flavor that covers up the booze pretty good. Pick it up!

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

2013 version

A- Pours a clear light amber/dark copper into my Spiegelau IPA glass. 1-1.5 finger creamy, off white head with average retention. Spotty lacing that makes an effort to grab hold of the glass. A whole mess of carb bubbles flowing to the top

S- Assortment of NW hops bring out pine, grapefruit, touch of spice, citrus, herbs. Sweet malt breaks through in the end.

T- All the smells, but so much more intense. Wow! 100 IBUs smack you around a little. Huge hops up front, followed by a sweet pale malt base that puts up just enough of a fight to keep the resinous hops honest. Biscuits. Warm finish that goes bitter a good way.

M- Mid body that borders on full. Creamy. Bitter but smooth. Dry. A little boozey, but at 10.4, does a respectable job of not letting it control the palate.

O- Big flavors from a big beer. Hop combination and dry hop process lets the cones go wild, but finds a way to stay balanced. If you prefer your DIPAs a little on the sweet side with outstanding balance, then you will love this one.

No bottled on date
$10.99/4 pk

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