Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,298
Reviews:
1,481
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
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440
Gots:
1,207
For Trade:
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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack of the first batch of this summer. I burned through all four bottles really quickly, then I realized that I forgot to review any of them. At that point you couldn't find this beer anywhere.

This is a really amazing whole cone IPA. The smell coming off of this beer is really, really good. You get a bunch of citrus, but it fills your nostrils without punching you in the face. Of course there is some malt to balance this out.

The flavor is also a great experience. This is a hop-head's dream. I just love the strong citrus coming through immediately. There are some slight balance issues that will go away with a couple weeks more of aging.

This is a very good experience. If you find a four pack, then get it immediately.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 oz from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.12 Clear orange IPA,typical, with a robust tight,creamy white head. Great wafts of hoppiness in the aromas resiny,floral,herbal..seemingly fresh Very bitter..mostly herbal,some fruitiness way in the back..surprisingly the malts are strong enough..caramel,hay,nuts..wow For all the terrific hop action this is quite well balanced on the tongue and the large alcohol content not really noticed..very well made! Great beer fabulous

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Looks inviting. Smells inviting. So I must go in

A: poured a 1 finger head that didn't stay long. Color was a foggy clouded amber Orange

S: pine grapefuit and citrus! Wow! Smell like a hop bomb!!!!

T: and the taste follows the nose! No bs here...a pallet smasher...more pine coming though than anything else...Not a bad thing though...alcohol is very well hidden.

M: pretty mouthfilling to me...the hop oil kinda just sticks around like the beautiful lacing in thr sides of my glass. But smooth as well. I can't stop reaching for another drink!

O: a great beer for the hop heads. One of my favorites. Well worth the wait...great job sierra nevada you haven't let me down thus far!!!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,298 ratings.
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