Hoptimum | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoptimum opens with a wonderfully nuanced and balanced hop aroma, pine resin, dandelion stem, and pink grapefruit announcing their bitter presence, with lemon zest, pink grapefruit, mint, eucalyptus, and anise coming in just behind to add an incredible range of aromas. There’s also an intense, sticky amount of sugars in here, the aromas almost tangibly clinging to the nose like taffy on fingertips, as orange liqueur, sweet cherry, and peach burst forth in Jolly Rancher-like potency. Only the faintest touch of toast crust and biscuit rises up and attempts to ground the brew, but considering the massiveness of the hops and sugars, this is perfectly acceptable. As a whole, the aromas promise an intense drinking experience, and are sublimely delicious.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a smashing oily pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind combo so bitter and potent that it seems to claw at the soft palate. These are joined quickly by mint, lemon, and to a much lesser extent, pink grapefruit. Strong touches of pepper and anise abound. The sugars are more difficult to locate here than they were on the nose, the 100 IBUs almost overwhelming the palate, but there’s still a truckload of sticky orange, berry, and peach notes. Toast crust and biscuit somewhat ground the brew, mainly by keeping it from getting too carried away. The aftertaste is more hops, edging mainly toward the more bitter of the hop flavors, as well as faint sugars, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a full medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensations.

Overall, this is fantastic fare, being the kind of Imperial IPA that hopheads dream of, and it’s difficult to imagine more hop flavor shoved into a tiny bottle. This does, of course, mean that anyone who finds even a tame IPA too much to handle should stay away, as the bitterness in here is strong enough to make an empty stomach quiver and burn. But for true lovers of hops, this is a must try.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank goodness for beer importers! And on to the beer itself.

Lightly hazed golden. Low carbonation. Looks quite dense as the bubbles struggle to the top. Head forms just off white (I'm sure there is a tinge of green there) and quite thick. It eventually settles to an uneven sticky lace.

Aroma has a definite fresh hop flower hint. Not at all overpowering but accompanies the alcohol well. Hops seem to fade quickly as the alcohol sweetness picks up while it warms. A bit disappointed really. The aroma just jumped out of the bottle when I popped the cap and poured into a glass but half way through all that is left is some floral notes.

Taste retains much more hop character as the bitterness makes itself known right up front. Again, not overpowering or unpleasant as it plays off the big malt character very well. A touch of hoppy pine fills out the middle.

Certainly a big bold beer. Not sure how old this bottle is but a stronger aroma would have done wonders for what is still a pretty damn good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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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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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,343 ratings