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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

From notes, pours a clear golden color with a substantial white frothy head which recedes to leave some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with tropical fruits, citrus and orange. Light crackery maltiness which smells sweeter as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with some bitter citrus, lemon rind hoppiness up front and some lesser orange and pineapple in the background. The bitter citrus overwhems the more pleasant tropical fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. FInish is quite hefty in the bitterness column with some spicy alcohol adding to the dryness.

Overall this a slight improvement to the Harvest, North and Southern Hempisphere Imperial IPAs but really doesn't shine about the everygrowing aroma forward DIPAs or even the more balanced ones. Increased bitterness and ABV just don't make a great DIPA in my opinion, they can make a good one, but the real stars have equal amounts aroma and bitterness or even more aroma than resiny astringent bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Pour into pint glass, from bottle.

A= beautiful honey color with amber tint. Nice, frothy head with decent lacing.

S= Honey, pine, wildflowers, berries. Powerful hop punch to the nose. Sweet, toasted malt smell.

T= Wonderful hop kick. Bitterness throughout the tongue, but doesn't overwhelm. Well-balanced hops, with a very nice honey taste.

M= Lightly carbonated, light and easy to drink.

0= A wonderful double IPA. Truly great bitterness, as one would expect from an IPA. Very, very good beer.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The IPA that turned me from belgians. IPA's used to give me headaches, and I felt they were too intense. Then a close friend caught me at just the right time, and I savored all its glory. I was quite medicated at the time, but I remember an amazing golden pint with a handsome amount of head. A smell of grapefruit and other citrus seemed to visibly emerge from the glass. Then, POW it proceeded to coat my tongue with a heavy mouthfeel I have never experienced before ( this was before I got into crafts ) and I thought, "This is it. This is changing the way I look at beers. No longer will I avoid IPA's, but I will embrace them." Availability is good, price is good.. for an amazing brew.

That said, my top IPA's have moved on to 120min, Alchemy Hour, Hopslam and of course Hoptimum. I haven't had much else since I'm new to the game, please feel free to send me recommendations!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Bottled on March 19, 2013 per Julian date code printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 1-2 finger fluffy eggshell white head which dissipates slowly, leaving a ring around the edges and a pool of bubbles in the middle. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Excellent blend of hoppy goodness that features aromas of sweet citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, bready malt, a hint of pine and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Pine, floral hops and bitter citrus up front followed by bready malt and grassy hops in the middle before ending with a huge blast of bitter, resinous hops at the finish. Aftertaste is extremely bitter and long-lasting. The IBUs really come through while the alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and the hop oils really coat the mouth.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. This doesn't seem like a beer with 10.5% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is a hophead's dream. At 100 IBU, this one is very bitter - and I like it that way. If you like hoppy beers, this is a must try.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,319 ratings
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