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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with about a finger of white head.  The head dissipates quickly to a lace. 

S: big citrus, piney, and a malt sweetness of apricot bread pudding. When it warms it smells like a stinky bar where the beer has been soaking into floor boards for decades. 

T: through the roof hops!  More tart orange than grapefruit and rather boozy. 

M: medium to full body, prickly, moderate carbonation, rather heavy duty. 

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3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep colored orange and is topped with a ½” of white head that leaves rather quickly.
Smell: The aroma is nothing but hops as one would expect out of an Imperial IPA. The nose gets blasted with blend of grass and floral scented hops right off the get go.
Taste: This is a surprisingly well balanced beer on the taste buds the hops are not dominating like I expected from what the aroma gave me. The hops play nicely with the malt but they know that they are the main character in this beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium-heavy bodied beer that make is to be very easy drinking for an Imperial but I wish the hops dominated the malt more than they do. I would call this almost a G rated IIPA I prefer the R rated IIPA’s, I was expecting quite a bit more out of Sierra Nevada.

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3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. stubby into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date 3.21.12.

Look- Clear medium amber with three fingers of very sticky, crackly white head that falls to an inch-thick dense cap. Good lacing.

Smell- Musky, resinous, floral, herbal, brown sugar, light citrus. Very nice, unfortunately swirling brings out a bit of fusel and the whole thing takes on a floral antiseptic aroma similar to wet naps/hand wipes.

Taste- Musky, earthy bitterness and resin dominate. Vague hint of sweetness near the start, a bit herbal by the end. Nutty malt. Savory body, perhaps even salty, buttery - reminiscent of salted caramel. Aftertaste is of dry toast, nougat, and pine.

Mouthfeel- Substantial. Syrupy, chewy, mild carbonation. Heavy feel. Mild warming at the finish. Surprisingly dry. Not particularly boozy, considering the ABV.

Overall- Very different from what I remember a few months back. Not quite the hop bomb it once was, but the malt is bold enough for it to still be interesting. Nonetheless, drink it fresh. This is what I expect from a $.25/oz DIPA, and SN delivers again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From one hophead to another, this is the beer for you. It'll fill that daily need for that buttery goodness that our kind has come to know and love.

A-bright orange, pretty clear with splashes of yellow. A beer that glistened in the sun

S-a hop-bomb that fills the nose from the minute the bottle is open

T- a mouthful of hops at first, followed by a pleasant shift to citrusy goodness (particularly grapefruit). Left behind a delicious taste for hours

M- a little soft on the tongue, not as carbonated as I would have liked for this style, but say fairly easily

O- a beer whose company I hope to grace again soon, and one I see becoming my new go to DIPA (replacing DFH 90 minute, and Captains Reserve)

If you see it, do it!

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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical DIPA ruddy orange that is hazy enough to almost block vision to the other side. Great cascading action produced a inch and a half head. Left lacing on the glass and head lasts for a while.

Smells rather subdued. A bit floral, quite sweet smelling. Rich with West Coast hops. Grapefruit with a touch of pine.

When I first took a sip I thought I was going to be overwhelmed with sweet sticky hops, but instead, I'm welcomed with a heavily bitter aromatic brew. I wish there was a little more mango or pineapple to balance the bitterness, but it never came. Piney and resinous, sticky and almost astringent.

The high bitterness is a little much for me, but I know people love it. That cuts down on the drinkability of it for me. I would much rather have a Torpedo than this one again.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz 4 pack from the Teeter

A- Pours a clear golden orange with red highlights. Half finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace

S - Grapefruit, grass, lemons, hops

T- Let's see...hops up front, grapefruit, bread, tinge of alcohol. Back of the tongue bitterness. As it warms some sweetness and and malt presence appears., but hops still dominate.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, slightly on the low end carbonation wise in comparison to other IPAs.

O - An excellent offering from Sierra Nevada. Hop heads should dive in. At 10%, packs a warmness punch.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,325 ratings