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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

A – This beer has a sunset-wheat body with an extremely pale gold head that has incredible retention and lacing. Moreover, you can tell from the bubbles that this is just one sticky hop bomb of an Imperial IPA. Some light carbonation flowing up from the bottom as well. Looks completely awesome.

S – Oh yeah, she’s a hoppy girl. Huge fruity, juicy, citrusy, grapefruit, rose, floral hops up in this nose. Just a symphony of hops with a touch of caramel that is indicative of a strong malt backbone. Smells like an absolute trip and I cannot wait to get involved.

T – Yup, just as I suspected, a hop BOMB. The flavor profile is really just more of the nose with big tropical fruity hops, grapefruit, a floral element, cedar, caramel. The floral hops come on first and they are supplemented by the citrus hops which are more in the background but nonetheless valued. It tastes very good, do not get me wrong, however it’s actually a little bit less bold in the flavor department than I expected, but I think that it strikes a really solid balance overall. The alcohol is barely detectable.

M – I think there is something a little bit off with the mouthfeel. Note that I am nitpicking right now because, in reality, the mouthfeel is very good, I just think that it could be improved upon. The carbonation could have been turned up a bit because despite the head of this beer, it is a little bit flat and somewhat syrupy—elements that could be easily managed with a little bit more aggressive carbonation. Not unpleasant though, just not creamy or silky, and a little flat.

O – Overall this is a very good imperial IPA. Thoroughly enjoyable, if not my favorite version of it out there. I will certainly return to this beer again but I might not seek it out as proactively as some of my usual suspects. It’s damn good though and I tip my hat to Sierra Nevada for again providing an eye opener. Go beer!

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

Golden yellow pour into tulip glass from bottle. Nice foam monster that settles quickly with lacing around the glass.

Aroma is awesome. grapefruit, pineapple with slight spice and floral overtones. All blends together very well. Simcoe, probably some Citra hops in here. Powerful but not earthy. Slight sweetness with the malt profile.

Malt profile showcases the hops. I like that the malt isn't too sweet here so that the hops can shine. Not a very complex profile IPA but it;s extremely well balanced beer without being boozy and overly sweet with crystal.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Creamy, smooth, soft and finishes clean.

This is an excellent DIPA as it's built to showcase hops and not malt. Very balanced drinking with long hop bitterness and great aroma. Lacks some complexity versus some others but wouldn't hesitate to buy more. It's very easy drinking for it's ABV and can sense the Sierra sense of style with this one.

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

Smells of citrus and grapefruit. Attractive light copper color with an okay head, nothing special. Great lacing though. Very hoppy. Bitterness is strong but doesn’t linger and isn’t the overwhelming sensation. That distinction goes to the powerful flavor of the hops. For 10.4%,the alcohol is well-hidden, but it’s not completely absent.

Overall: This beer definitely satisfies the hop craving I have found myself having more and more often lately. It is a strong burst of hops from the first sip. As the glass progresses, it becomes a little more boozy. The bitterness level is appropriate for the level of hop flavor and the ABV. I would buy this again, for sure.

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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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