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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange in color with a scant trace of a head that quickly disappears. Smells like pine-solvent. I'm suprised because I have high expectations for Sierra Nevada hoppy beers as I love them all. But the aroma while full of pine is just not very good. The beer recovers with the first sip. Now this is what I expect...a grapefruit/pine hop tongue-lashing. Sharp acidic aftertaste with a mild alcohol burn. Full modied. This is a big hop bomb from Sierra Nevada, rough out the edges such as the aroma and you'll have a gem.

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Photo of IPAchris
2/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows pine, grapefruit, resinous hops and celery along with caramel.
Very full-on flavours: pine, solvent notes, caramel. The pine character is almost like a pine-scented cleaning agent. Well-hidden alcohol, but perhaps partly responsible for the soft solvent note.
Carbonation seems a little excessive.
Not overly complex or interesting, pretty much just pine throughout.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden, headed towards amber. A huge off-white head slowly dissipates to leave tons of sticky fine lacing.

Smells pungent, bitter earthiness, a hint of sweet malts, especially with agitation.

Taste is big bitter, even and unwavering from start to finish. The malt tries to raise it's head in the middle, but is crushed by the hop. A super lemon pith finish lingers to make this hop head pretty happy.

Medium bodied with punch and kick, sticky resin feel.

Not as much citrus as I was expecting, but I haven't been disappointed by SN hops yet.


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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jhartley
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed July 7, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande flute glass. Digitized code: 21461 06:58.
Poured a dark amber-gold with a foamy 1 finger head, aggressively poured. Tons of bubbles streaming up from the bottom center. Left pretty decent lacing.
Smells of pineapples, grapefruit, pine. Alcohol started to show as it warmed up.
Tastes of the aggressive bitter hops; just coats the tongue in citrus like flavors. An almost vinegar like acidic bite, which smoothed out as you drank it. Malts not really prevalent after the hop bombardment, but help as a mild "sweetness" on the end.
Full on hops all over the place with a nice dry finish and a warming in the back of the throat.
Overall a great DIPA. Any hop head should love this beer, which I am and I do.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Beautiful, deep golden, somewhat copperish color. Very little head, and I really tilted the bottle to try to get some going. What little developed quickly dissipated.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Hops abound, of course, but there is also a variety of citrus smells. Grapefruit, orange...very refreshing just to smell.

-Taste 3.5: Front is sweet and thick. Middle is an amalgam of hops...really difficult for me to pick one flavor out, but it is not overwhelming. Finish is pleasant with a medium alkaline hop bite. Aftertaste is somewhat rough: a pleasant hop taste faded into a strange, slightly burning sensation.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Average, but I felt that this style of beer would have been better served with a higher level of carbonation. It would have helped hide the over-the-top sweetness and balanced the hops.

-Overall 4.0: A very good beer, but not perfect and no way is this a session beer. There is no discernible alcohol taste, but the sweetness lets the taster know that the high ABV is lurking there in the background. Definitely worth trying for hop-heads.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of KMcG
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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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,344 ratings