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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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.39/5  rDev +5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Copper color. Head is off white and over an inch. Lacing and head retention are both very good. Smell is full of pine, sweet citrus, and resinous hops. Sweet honey mixed with malt is on the back end. As beer warms, light alcohol is detected. Taste is of bitter, piney resinous hops, mixed with sweet tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Syrupy malts come in also with an alcoholic kick at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a syrup like consistency, carbonation levels are a bit on the high side but not overpowering. Overall this beer is a good representation of its style. Packs a nice punch of bitterness and refreshing citrus. I remember liking this beer, but I think it was better this time. BUT...I probably could only drink 1 at a time.

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

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice off white head. Head has solid retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

S- Smell is very hoppy. Quite a bit of almost like wet hops smell. Pretty herbal and huge amounts of tropical hops.

T- Follows the nose really well. A great tasting brew. Quite a bit of hops with a fairly small bready malt back bone.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Very solid brew, and easy to drink.

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

A - Pours out a copperish color, with a sticky head. Not tons of lacing, but maybe the dishwasher didn't clean it well enough.

S- Smell is big resinous hops. Smell some pine, and some wild tropical scents in there as well, faint alcohol.

T- Taste is densely layered with hops. Some pine, some lemony citrus, tons of grapefruits, and some wild ass flavors, probably from Citra hops. A hoplover's wet dream for sure.

M- Mouthfeel is rich, slightly syrupy but nothing getting in the way of drinkability. Just a big hoppy beer.''

O- Overall another impressive brew from hopmasters Sierra Nevada. I've had more IPA's or DIPA's than I can count but they still do it best, using the best ingredients and some of the best brewing methods. Pound for pound one of the best brands, and in this case, beers you can buy at the store.

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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at Westover Market, Arlington, VA.

A: Extremely light for a double IPA. Looks like a slightly orange pilsner. Low Carbonation slight bubble foam mat chilling port side of the glass.

S: Sweet lemons, sugar coated grapefruit and fragrant warrior hops.

T: Damn smacking good! Lots of sour boat bitter simoce and bang through and lingering pine resin lays waste to the back of the tongue. Stingy and swishing lemon bitters. Subtle poker face while drinking it.

M: Nice popping medium carbonation that swishes forward on the palate and take foam inducing shape. Sticky wet and smooth. Not overly dense but very appealing in taste length and character.

O: The best offering from Sierra Nevada! A four pack worth buying. Impressive bitter length and pine resin aftertaste.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,316 ratings
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