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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at the Hay Merchant in Houston.

This beer is as golden as I could ever imagine a beer being. Perfectly clear with a thick crown of foam and heavy lacing.

The smell is HOPS. Herbaceous, dank hops. As it should be.

The flavor is surprisingly complex for a DIPA, and surprisingly free of booze for 10.4% ABV. Lots of dry malt and complex sweetness fight before finally giving way to hops.

The beer has great mouthfeel; if Lucky 13.alt didn't exist, it'd be one of the best.

Overall, this beer is trouble. Stay away from it, and if you get some...you better just send it to me.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Korkers and enjoyed for sunset #072012. Super fresh!

Appearance - pours a 1-2 finger head with a heavy cream lacing around the tulip glass. A crisp clear copper / auburn color. Looks solid and well balanced.

Smell - A crisp citrus with bitter pine finish. The booziness emanates faintly from the tulip.

Taste - This beer comes packaged in balanced amounts of typical Sierra Nevada bitter hoppiness accompanied by floral hops and malt booziness. The hops definitely pack a wallop with 100 IBU but not so much that it wrecks your palette. Pine forest & grapefruit bitterness, vanilla sweetness, burnt coffee at the end. Hops are omnipresent throughout the taste and linger like funky morning breath.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall - A delicious beer with a complexity of flavors that dance well together. The alcohol definitely catches up to you quickly.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a dark orange copper color with about a half-finger head. Lacing stays on the glass throught.

The smell is of strong hops with a little orange and pine smell.

In the taste I could pick up orange and pine. Pine resins stayed on the tongue after swallowing. The hops overpower from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel was dry and oily at the same time.

Overall this brew was simple and unbalanced. Overpowering hops without the balance of the many subtle flavors usually found in beers of this type.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed June 24th, 2012.

Beer pours a slightly hazy copper-orange. Good clarity despite the haze. One finger, super-creamy off-white head. Nice sheeting on glass.

Aroma - grassy and piney with a hint of caramel. Not as assertive as would be imagined for a beer with this name.

Flavor is a little malty and even a touch buttery up front. Then BAM!! Hop overload. Mint, herbal notes, pine, grapefruit rinds. Wet hops? Very bitter. Flavor is heavily weighted towards hops, as would be imagined for a beer with this name.

Dry and astringent on the finish, but not excessively so.

They hit the target on what they set out to achieve (as woudl be imagined for a beer with this... oh, never mind), but I'm in no hurry to have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the tenth or so Hoptimum i've had before it occurred to me to review it. It's good stuff.

Bright golden orange body, sheets of coating lace cover the inside of the glass. Head is billowing with a creamy texture. Concentric rings form over time.

Dank resiny tropical fruit in the aroma, mango and earthy papaya.

Smooth creamy feel with a resiny hop bite, plenty of fruit flavors and sticky bitterness. Earthy mango sweetness flashes by first, with a brief instance of pale malt, then long lasting resiny bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Some traces of the abv bleed through but overall it's drinkable enough to have 1-2 in a sitting.

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