Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

6,271 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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear orange copper with a tall, white head. The head dissipates very slowly, leaving plenty of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. There are some tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma of citrus, sweet malts, and resinous piney hops come through. The alcohol is not detectable in the aroma. The flavors are very bright and juicy. The citrus and pine flavors are intense and the sweet malt provides a strong, yet subtle backbone for this beer. The alcohol is not detectable in the taste, but it can certainly be felt. There is hop bitterness in the very back end, but it's mostly confined to the aftertaste. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry, yet sticky finish that provides a pleasant aftertaste. This is highly drinkable for such a big beer. Overall, this is an excellent beer and a great example of a DIPA.

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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P:  Huge off white orange tinted rocky head that has great retention.  Body color is a brilliantly clear shiny copper with streams of carbonation. 

S:  Vibrant tropical fruits, toasted grains, semi sweet malt, spicy slcohol and wood. 

T/M:  Subtle sweet malt with a big tropical fruit explosion. Alcohol is well hidden but has a slight sting on the end. Toasted grains, apricots and slight wood hops. Medium- full body almost chewy with great to prickly carbonation. Finish is dry with citrus and old bitter coffee.

O:  This almost spoils me when it comes to DIPA's.  Exceptional easy drinking DIPA. Fantastic subtly sweet malt and succulent tropical fruit hop bitterness. I couldn't ask for more. I appreciate the delicate malt base and the profound bite of the hops. For a 10.4% brew it is quite refreshing. I will be sure to pick more up. 

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful copper with more of a film than a head, but some nice lacing.

The aroma is quite minimal when compared to the flavor. Some bitter pine comes through, and some slightly floral notes. After popping the cap I didn't detect anything, and after pouring it into a glass and shoving my nose into it, it had a faint presence.

The flavor is definitely more formidable than the appearance and aroma. The first thing I notice is how easy it drinks, especially considering that it's a 10.4% DIPA. The second thing that comes to mind is that it has a nice follow-through and while bitter, it does seem to have subtle malt balance. The aftertaste is considerably more bitter than the initial sip. While the hops are potent, and the beer is bold which I enjoy, it does seem a bit muddled and lacks a cleanliness and finesse that some other DIPAs offer. It's still quite enjoyable though.

The mouthfeel is medium heavy and medium full. The finish is considerably dry and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is appropriate to fill the body out without becoming too sharp.

Overall, this was a cool beer to try, and it definitely delivers in terms of bitterness and punch that I expect from a DIPA, but I didn't feel that it was refined enough to be repurchased.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled bottle into a tulip glass

appearance - dark translucent orange with gold highlights, moderate carbonation and a finger's worth of off white head - would like to see a larger head especially in a tulip glass and a tad more carbonation off the bat

nose - exceptionally pungent and aromatic, full of hop notes featuring grapefruit pith and peel, bergamot, sweet orange, pine, hints of wood and a touch of spice...I detect a slight sweet maltiness, kind of like a lightly baked english biscuit or cookie

flavor - this is where the beer shines with an awesome and strong hop presence and flavor; loads of grapefruit pith, sweet orange, pine and spice. Assertive bitterness lingers for minutes after the first sip. Hell yeah! Malt is practically the invisible man here, it was in the nose but is it almost nonexistant in the flavor. I get a strong, spicy alcoholic burn and rough bitterness on the finish; if they could tame the alcohol a bit and beef up the malt then this beer would be a near perfect west coast dipa.

mouthfeel - you can practically feel the hop oils coat the tongue with this one, unfortunately the malt body and complexity is lacking and the alcoholic burn at the end is distracting and unwelcome. Mouthfeel always seems to suffer in beers fermented with sierra nevada's house strain, especially big beers unless you mash a bit higher or use lots of wheat and carapils in the grain bill. Carbonation could be better, a tad more could offset the body, give the impression of a bigger mouthfeel and help this beer a whole lot.

overall - gripes aside, a very well made beer, probably not one I would go back to since there are so many other better double ipas (heady topper) out there though this is an exceptional whole flower hop bomb!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too much to say about this one. Looks nice. Smells amazing of sweet American hops. Piney and citrusy. My issue is that it is so thin and with limited flavor with a 10.5% ABV. So many better DIPAs at lower abv. At such a high ABV I expected much much more. Tasty but should be so much more

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the head billows very well. the body was a bright amber color. about as fine a looking DIPA as i've seen.
s - big sticky, resiny, grapefruit hop aromas with some toffee underneath.
t - maximum hop flavor, hoptimum if you will. very spicy and piney hops.
m - thick and coating, bubbly carbonation.
o - stupendous is the only way to describe it.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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