Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
6,324 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,324 |  Reviews: 1,486
Photo of bonez05404
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jdubified
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jhillwastaken
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of fatbatcat
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Martstar
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jeddis1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MJGTi
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of reyna311
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kjyost
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Happy Harry's, Grand Forks South. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass, fridge cold.

Pours a clear copper body with a one finger tall white head that drops and doesn't leave much lacing, much to my amazement. A decently enjoyable nose of hoppy fruity aromas, including grapefruit and a bit of dank earthy / piney hops. The body is solid, though nothing special. Not hot and with a decent bitterness that balances the somewhat sweet caramel malt in the body. Hop flavours continue in the same fashion as the nose, though i wish they were more prevalent. Fairly dry. A good beer, just not great. More hops!

 629 characters

Photo of esharri2
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DavidHamilton
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of LCannon4
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of yeastinfection
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ArgntBstrd
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

Bright amber in color with a touch of chill haze. Poured with a thick frosty foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. A blend of pine and ripe citrus hop aromas with sweet caramel malt beneath. Pungency and boozy characters intensify as this warms. On the thinner side of medium bodied, but smooth, with lazy, slightly subdued carbonation. Pine hop flavors over ripe citrus hop flavors riding a sweet caramel wave from start to finish. Finishes with a lingering pine hop bitterness.

 483 characters

Photo of LordKnarf
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of stogirelli
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of josht
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle to a brandy snifter. Thick creamy head.

Appearance: A nice orange copper color typical of the style.

Smell: Bam boom pap! hops in the face. Love the resiny, piney Simcoe and the citrus notes of the, assuming, proprietary hop variety. There are some grapefruit rind notes and some woody notes.

Taste: The aroma helps influence the taste and backs up the amount of grain and alcohol in this brew. A marrying of hop and grain in your glass. It finishes with a sweet maltiness. Love the citrus in this brew.

Overall: I love this interpretation of whole cone double ipa. Only wish they made this year round.

 627 characters

Photo of bifrost17
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,324 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.