Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

6,272 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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Photo of klie5111
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted from a 12oz bottle

A: nice dark amber color, pretty much what you would expect from a solid dipa

S: has some nice citrus smells but also a very malty smell to it. Punctuated by a very strong whiff of alcohol, which is not surprising for a 10%er

T: I enjoyed the very grapefruit citrus balanced with a pretty yummy sweet malt. I'm a fan generally of over-hopped beers and a lot of beers in the dipa category get a little 'meaty' for me, but this kept a very hoppy presence from start to finish

M: full and yummy

O: I gave this a solid 4 and will def. try it again (3 more in the fridge) but would also purchase it a second time. Solid double that is very well balanced and manages to be very big at 10% but still maintain some great hop flavor

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Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dcellis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Cramerican
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Belekinbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bsimms
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of PhatAtUT
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MaddGeneral
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams pint glass. Served nicely chilled straight from the refrigerator.

Appearance: Nice golden orange in color. Very clear and plenty of carbonation. Nice two finger white and creamy head. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Lots of pine and whole cone hop notes. Some citrus from the hops too. Very nice. A pretty strong malt background contributes a bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Nice full pine and grapefruit upfront. Not overly bitter from the hops at all. There is a pretty substantial amount of sweetness from the alcohol and malt backing. A slight bitter ending. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and pretty creamy. The carbonation does well to keep this light.

Overall, a really nice double IPA. I would definitely get this again. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of burnstar
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark gold with a big persistent rocky head. Stays the whole way down the glass. Smell is big citrusy hops. Lemons, grapefruit, some pine. Great hop flavors in this beer. Again lots of bitter grapefruit. Also some apricot. Sweet lemons. Nice sweet malt backbone. At first this has a great peppery hop bite followed by a mellow sweetness and then a pleasant and intense lingering bitterness. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Overall a really great double IPA. I expected this to be very good and it exceeded expectations.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear amber color with a big white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma brings a crisp citrus with a mild woodsy wheat grain balance. Very nice. The flavor is an intense citrus with lots of syrupy grain and alcohol edges. This is a near full bodied, somewhat cloying. I get a fair amount of alcohol too. Quite sweet and not a real session beer. I like it but it seems a bit one dimesional and a bit less drinkable than I would like, even for a DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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