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:
6,308
Reviews:
1,485
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
440
Gots:
1,212
For Trade:
6
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dbell23
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle with no freshness date.

If poured aggressively there is a two finger head with little retention. Lacing is very good due to the hop oils, I would imagine. Color is golden dark orange and very clear. Nice looking beer.

Smell is all imperial ipa with great pine, grapefruit, hop aroma. Oily hops dominate.

Taste is astounding. Oily hops from start to finish. The tongue is coated with hoppy goodness. Just enough malt to add an attempt of balance. The alcohol is very well hidden. A smack in the face that makes you want more.

Mouthfeel is marvelous. Super smooth and oily. Really nice.

Overall, this is a world class double ipa. Seirra Nevada has hit it out of the park. One of my favorites because of taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dieck
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Shruggy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hopscat
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ErikSkidmore
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of StPaulShredder
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a flared pils glass, a slightly hazy golden-amber color with a small foamy cap of white head that receded to a ringlet; bubbly carbonation visible. Herbal hop aroma, not too strong. Taste is a bit subdued for an imperial IPA, crisp herbal and piney hop bitterness, lightly toasted grains, biscuity hops. The weakness in flavor is made up for in the mouthfeel department; this is one drinkable beer, smooth and light on the tongue for the style, clean aftertaste, with the higher ABV almost unnoticeable. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of KegsAndEggs
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of mobius024
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy, hoppy, hopalong. What, they used malt? OK, but you can't prove it by me. Nice, deep fogy gold, not much lacing. Creeps front-to-back on tongue, hangs around the edges for a couple of belches. if you like biter, not much better. Big beer, verrry tasty. Nuf said ...

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Photo of FrancisT
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of crowsoup
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Hop.

The name doesn't lie. Hops on top of hops with some hops on top of those hops all up in this brew. Bitter, slick and slippery, it attacks the tongue up front, leaving a slight hint of malt behind. Not enough to offend the purist, but enough to make you dive in again in an attempt to quench another sudden burst of thirst. There's not a lot of balance here, but honestly, who would expect that out of something named "Hoptimum?" It is clean, it is crisp and the bitterness does cover the alcohol well, but there is an oily afterburn that will remind you that you are about to get drunk if you keep it up. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'll drink it again. And again. In fact, I have. And I will continue to do so when the mood strikes.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of JohnBender
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AlwaysBreaking
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of minterro
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Dusty's Celler in Okemos for a cheaper price then what I had been seeing.

Love the bottle design and name, paired with almonds.

A&S: Piney, grapefruit citrus, and very alcoholic in the smell, maybe a bit of sweet malts apart from that its a pretty basic double smell. Big fizzy head that pours about 3 fingers (poured kinda aggressively), fades kinda quickly. Specks of off-white lacing. Very transparent light orange colored beer. Not super lively looking.

T&M: semi-smooth, alcohol is pretty well hidden. Has a similar bitterness as a lot of whole hopped beer have, although I would say it is the most unique whole hopped taste I've tried (pretty cause of the huge amount of alcohol). Similar to the smell, not a whole lot you would expect. Medium to high carbonation, body is on the lighter side of medium.

Overall: nothing that stands out as far as taste goes, the alcohol contain is pretty high, but outside of that this beer doesn't especially stand out from the rest.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,308 ratings.
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