Hoptimum | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.18/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,267
Reviews:
1,489
Ratings:
6,332
pDev:
11.24%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
451
Gots:
1,219
Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +19.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer starts with a slight foam head, light amber color and strong sweet pine smell. A super hoppy beer, possibly more than any other beer that I've tried. Very present pine after taste, yet not over whelming. Once again, Sierra Nevada delivers with high quality beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes you open a beer and you know you're going to enjoy every bit of it. When you open it you have this amazing feeling of comfortably being satisfied. Well, this is one of those beers.
The look of this beer is like seeing a double rainbow when you hold it up to the light.
The smell is like that first time in freshman year you smelled weed just floating through the air and it caught your interest.
The taste is... well, West Coast all the way! Classic pine and citrus.
This beer is a good one but not that well balanced. There is enough balance between hops and malts but the abv is apparent.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,332 ratings