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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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A-a light amber color that almost looks like sunset orange. Gorgeous head and lacing. It is frothy and hangs around.

S- pine hops dominate the nose with resin in the background. great smell! Simple and sitcky.

T- Strong pine hops and backend floral hops as well. This is something i didnt get in the nose was the floral but it comes out nicely in the mouth.

M- resiny and piney. Love it. Nice hop and nice smooth finish

O- One of my favs by sierra nevada and a damn good beer! i want a case now!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So here i am drinking this hop bomb. The last of four bottles. Wow open the bottle and you can smell the aroma of hops from an arms length. And this makes me excited.

Pours with little head.

Little more of bubbles than what i have seen in IPAs. Bubbles stayed for longer than i thought.

Pale amber color. just the usual stuff here. Somewhat of an haze, may be it was due to glass.

You take the glass closer to your mouth to drink and you get an idea of what is coming.

Love the killer smell that smells of hops and hops only, may be i am nose blind. Good use of beta component here.

And it hits the tongue like a bullet. Extremely brutal combination of alpha acids at play along with more than usual bit of carbonation.

Mouth feel is medium to full bodied. A bit of oily feel which is ok.

You feel it in your mouth, neck and even stomach while savoring this beer.

Love it for its bitterness, its smell and its alcohol. Exceptional and World class.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of JimsArcade
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an expected amber with little head. Smell of hops is off the charts. Hops punch you in the mouth in a way that the malts can't help soften the blow. It would be tough to have a second helping of Hoptimum, but that's kind of the point.

This should satisfy hop-heads nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Intense, piney and citrusy hop aroma. Lots of earthiness. Some sweetness.

Big malt backbone that supports a ton of bitterness. Lots of pine.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A great IIPA. Lots of hop flavour and pure intensity.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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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