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: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A golden, transparent color and a thick, two-finger off white head.

S: Big citrus notes. Hoppy, fruity and incredibly enticing. I can't stop smelling this beer. This is the big boy smell any Imperial IPA should carry. Just perfect.

T: Woah this flavor is incredible. Just so full of hops and awesomeness. But with how complicated the smell is, the flavor comes through tasting like a regular DIPA.

M: Very smooth. Medium carbonation. A bit bubbly and a bit creamy. Very balanced.

Overall: One of the best beers SN has ever created. A true hop bomb and one of the best beers out there. A must for hopheads.

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This awesome sight poured a golden brown, if that's possible. Nice fizzy head with tons of lacing. The nose is hops....duh! But hops prevail in a beautiful scent of pine and citrus so well balanced that I dare say its better than any I've come across. The taste is a hop lovers dream. This bombards you with hops so complex yet so well weaved that if it has more than one type of hops I'd be surprised. Smooth and flavorful, it's easy to drink yet 10 percent ABV. The concept of torpedo-hopping must be the real deal because this is utterly impressive.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,308 ratings.
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