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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice light red with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is wonderful with lots and lots and lots of hops with floral and piney hops and a slight malty hint. Tastes of lots of hops with slight fruity taste with lots of light malt, with a slight taste of alcohol. Beer is carbonated very well for a beer of its strength and its medium body is very nice. Overall, a very good beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A little bit of bubbly white head. Cloudy honey, amber color with lots of bubbles.

S: Fresh, hoppy citrusy and grainy sweetness.

T: Whoa. Way hoppier than the smell let on. Citrusy and bitter. Kind of overwhelming. Hints of burnt toast and maybe some grains behind all the hops.

M: Full and just a hint of carbonation. Nice, but not astounding.

O: A good beer, bitterness is definitely something to get used to. I do wish the mouthfeel had been a bit more exciting.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip shaped pint glass, 2012 edition. This pours a hazy golden color with a smaller off white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of hops and more hops, plenty of grassy and pine hops along with a little caramel backbone. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is full of bitter hops, completely over the top, very excellent.

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich golden orange with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing.

S: Lots and lots of hops: grapefruit, pine, citrus, balanced by a malty sweetness.

T/M: Like the aroma, but much stronger. Pine, grapefruit, and sweet, bready malt mingle deliciously with each sip. Very hoppy and strong, of course, but also really well balanced with that sweet undercurrent so it's never just a hop bomb.

O: A very tasty, hoppy beer with loads of flavor.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,322 ratings
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