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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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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a Hop beer for people that like HOPS. Malt only fans need not apply.

A- A radiant and inviting orange amber. A one finger head that lasts. Medium carbonation. Clear, clear, & clear.

S- Several hops (citrus, fruits) with a little caramel malt then alcohol. Fragrant

T- AWWWW YEAAAAHH! Sorry about that. I can be a hop head. Beautiful hop blend. Citra, cascade, others. With a little malt note sneaking in there to sew things up. A slight alcohol but you never guess it at 10%. A noticeable spice in the profile. Did i mention hops? Just clean & fresh.

M- Medium body with a light texture and low carbonation.

O- This beer makes me Happy! I could drink this all day long. Good, clean, & refreshing.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Would Make

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/ golden color with a thin filmy off white head. The aroma is mostly fresh and hoppy with floral notes, sweet citrus fruit and pine, slight caramel base. The taste is a lot more sweet and has more caramel malt, in the background you can find The grapefruit and tangerine hoppiness, there is also a lot of pine in the aftertaste. It's very thick with low carbonation and a sticky finish. This is a good IIPA but I thought it could have more 'layers' of hoppiness.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark mellow ambered gold with an eggshell thick cream head that dissolves away. There is little to no haze in this beer, and it sits in the glass regally though I see no carbonation bubbles either. There is a slippery lacing that appears on the sides of the glass when you give it a swirl, but that slides away immediately. The smell is wet with hops, but surprisingly weak for a DIPA. I was looking for more smell here, and perhaps my bottle is old but it’s just much mellower than I was hoping. There are good undercurrents of bready malt and caramel and there are good fumes of citrus mango and pine floating here, but overall just underwhelming. The beer tastes fat with piney hops that kiss the tongue sweetly and travel nicely down the throat. There is some nice light bread in the undertaste and aftertaste, and some really great resiny pine just coats the mouth in a wonderfully filthy ichor. The pine is definitely front and center in the taste, but there is some light fruitiness floating nicely below it. There are also different types of pine flavors in the beer, which is neat, some more bitter and some succulently sweet. The mouthfeel is that of a thick cloying bitter thing that sits on the tongue and is quite lovely for the style. The beer is clean, smooth, and faintly bubbly and harsh on the tongue but overall fairly mellow and slightly chewy. Overall this is a nice double IPA. I've had it several times on tap and always liked it but never been blown away by it. It is by no means the best, and is definitely hop heavy, which I like but some might not. This is a tasty drink that hides its 10% well and goes down nicely. It’s not for the young tongue, however, as the hops definitely have a kick, but I like it.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, a little lace but not much. Smell is all hops, pine and citrus, grapefruit, tangerine/orange, pineapple and a bit of sweet malt underneath all the bright juicy hops. Taste is like the nose all hops upfront, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange and a bit of lemon, lightly sweet malt mid palate, bitter throughout with a long hoppy finish. Slick and oily, great light carbonation, medium-full body. Really good DIPA, defintley a palate bruiser and should be consumed as the last beer of the night.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-pack from Piggly Wiggly...

A: Pours light copper into a Duvel tulip glass; nice clarity; one-finger, eggshell head and no lace.

S: Piney and super grapefruit hoppiness; a touch boozy; not much malt sweetness.

T: A touch of malt provides just enough sweetness to cut the super hoppy, would-be dry, bitterness; pine hops; alcohol is present, but not indicative of the 10.4% abv.

M: Full body; low carbonation; slick.

O: A nice double IPA that is widely available.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a four-pack of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum from my local grocery store for about $10.50. Couldn't pass that up! As a die-hard IPA (and IIPA) fan, I've seen a lot of chatter about this beer online. Very excited to get my hands on it. Here goes...

A: Poured into an ice-cold weizen glass, Hoptimum is a rich, dark amber/orange with a good two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Very strong lacing around the glass with excellent retention. Carbonation bubbles faintly visible. This is a beautiful-looking beer.

S: It smells like you're walking by a florist shop; very strong rose and tulip notes, coupled with an intense orange/citrus hop impact. Amazing smell...

T: All the wonderful things I smelled X 1,000!! The hops just SLAM your tongue with a bitter explosion of citrus-y, pine goodness. A pleasant aftertaste of woody malt remains after each sip. The best part is, there is little to no 'booze flavor' to tell you you're drinking a 10.4 ABV beer. Honestly, this is probably the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. Phenomenal!

M: Just enough carbonation to bring out all the nuances of the beer, yet lighten up the intensity of the flavors at the same time. Goes down smooth and very dry, in true IIPA fashion.

O: Thank heavens that the beer geniuses at Sierra Nevada cooked this one up. This is probably the closest thing to a true work of art that a beer has ever come, in my humble opinion. The fact that I paid essentially $2.60 per bottle for a four pack of this goodness is mind-blowing. This is the start of a beautiful friendship...

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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great big beer. The hop flavors are enormous, in your face, and lingering. The maltiness of this beer comes through in a moderate caramel and candy sugar kind of way, but the hops run the show with this brew. Grapefruit rind, resinous pine and an almost sage like herbal quality are quite obvious on both the nose and the palate.

All in all a fantastic imperial.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = A very clear, beautiful amber color with a nice head and good retention. 10 minutes into the beer and there still is a slight head floating around. Decent lacing.

S = Very hoppy aroma. Smells just like the fresh hops I picked this morning. Do notice some malt balance in the background too.

T = Nice hoppy taste. Maltier than I expected. Good balance between the two. Had no idea this is 10% ABV from the taste.

M = Slightly creamy...actually very creamy. Mouth is left with a fairly hefty bitter taste (to be expected from all the hops).

O = Good double IPA. Nice looking beer and great aroma. A bit TOO bitter at the end, otherwise I'd run out and buy a case. Might need a summer ale to quench my palette.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,316 ratings
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