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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A: Golden, amber with slightly off-white lacing.
S: Crispy clean alcohol, pine, and citrus, esp. grapefruit.
M: Chewy, thick, and with a lingering sensation of weight as if my tongue is coated with hops oil (which it likely is). Very dry; induces a "cottonmouth" effect that lingers along with the finish.
T: Initially, brightly hoppy transitioning to biscuity malts and a hint of alcohol. There's a pronounced lemon-grapefruit citrus flavor which, as it diminishes, is replaced by a piney bitterness that lingers on and on. By turns sweet, bitter, fruity, bready, and all-over delicious.

I'll drink this again, and again, and again. I usually find DIPAs disappointing; despite huge IBU numbers they don't deliver the sheer bitterness I crave. Hoptimum has everything I'm missing in other DIPAs: complexity, balance, and a mouth-numbing steamroller of hops.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,304 ratings.
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