Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
6,314 Ratings
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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Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer! Clear golden yellow pour with just a hint of amber. Slightly off-white two finger head withgreat retention and lacing. The nose is huge and amazing. Tons of fresh resiny goodness with hints of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, white pepper, and caramel. The taste is just as big and just as bold. Over-the-top resiny fresh hops, sticky pine, pink grapefruit, orange peel, mango, caramel, lemon, and a touch of apricot. The mouthfeel is oily and slightly thick and chewy with an amazing tangy, bitter biting finish. There's no doubt that this is a hop bomb with huge and aggressive bitterness. But it's incredibly drinkable, especially considering the ABV. Of course the balance is skewed, but there's enough malty sweetness to keep it honest. Absolutely in the same class as Pliny and Heady Topper!

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,314 ratings
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