Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
6,314 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.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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Ratings: 6,314 |  Reviews: 1,486
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass

A-clear, copper 1/2 inch thick foamy head slowly dissipates healthy lacing

S-citrus, not a strong aroma

T-juicy citrus, alcohol well hidden, some mild sweetness, some piny notes, greatfruit finish, tasty brew

M- creamy and slick, fully covers the inside of the mouth,

O-solid DIPA that is very drinkable despite the high abv
worth drinking again and again

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a honey color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing and very little cascading.

S-Citrussy and slightly tropical hops

T-Much like the nose as the hops are citrussy yet have some tropical flavors as well. Caramel malt backbone plays a supporting role, but the hops dominate.

M-Relatively thick and chewy.

D-Very drinkable due to its good flavor, but the high abv. make this a sipper.

Overall, I had been wanting to try this beer for some time but was a little disappointed. This is good but nowhere near as good as Hopslam or Double Trouble.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Rukasu
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes close, but falls a little short of Hopslam.

Growler fill from Whole Foods Fair Lakes, VA.

A - Nice orange color with one-finger creamy white head, disipates quickly

S -Sweet up front with faint citrus and pine, but a big whiff will pick up a savory/umami bouillon hints from the high alcohol. Might seem off-putting, but works fairly well.

T - Certainly packs a punch. Big alcohol and grapefruit rind, some pine, still getting some of that savory taste.

M - Certainly full bodied, you almost need a glass of water to chase.

O - One pint was probably enough, but I went for two and that was probably a mistake. I think this beer is meant to just kick you in the face and walk away, because there was nothing really memorable about it other than the high ABV. There is little subtlety to this beer, at $10 for a growler, it was worth giving it a shot, but I'll stick with Hopslam.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a pretty clear golden/copper/slightly ruby color. 1.5 finger head, good retention, nice sticky lacing. Looks great.

Also smells great- big, sweet, floral hops. Really juicy. Some pale malt mixed in, maybe a little caramel, and slight touch of booze towards the end.

Taste is very big- a little overwhelming at first. Definitely good bitterness going on, lots of juicy floral hops, pale malt sweetness, a little alcohol warming going down. By no means subtle.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and resin-y; slightly detracts from the flavor. Medium bodied with little to no soft carbonation. Nice to have a big bombastic DIPA after several that were kinda wimpy. Give it a shot.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottler served in a snifter. 2011 vintage.

pours a clear, bright copper with orange highlights. creamy beige head demonstrates solid retention, slowly lapsing into a thin cap/collar around the glass; beautiful sticky lacing.

nose is big and aromatic, dominated by pungent pine, maybe a touch of citrus in the background. continuing the assault, hops storm the palate from the first drop... pine, grapefruit, a bit grassy, quite bitter. very good. not much in the way of balancing malts, just an absolute hop monster. some discernible booze.

oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. not a true hophead, so this will definitely quench my hop thirst for the night. would defintely be up a revisit at some future point.

originally reviewed: 01-31-2011

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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Deep amber hue with a two-finger off white head with great retention. Sticky lacing.

S – Dank, resinous hops. Somehow grassy and earthy at the same time. Strong overall aroma. Smells complex and intriguing.

T – OMG. Hops upon hops. Dank weed-like hops. Earthy hops. Piney hops. Floral hops. Grassy hops. Fruity hops. How many different hop tastes can be crammed into one beer? All brought into wonderful balance by a big butterscotch-like malt base with a hint of toffee. As many hops as there is going around here, the malt steps up and carries it’s own weight. Super lush, rich, and swirlingly complex. Finishes with expected bitterness. ABV mostly hidden but peeks out just a little in the aftertaste.

M – Suitably big and chewy. You can definitely feel the “weight” of this beer on the tongue. Nicely carbonated.

O – Outstanding. Unique. Brash to the point of “extreme”. It’s a lot to handle but worth the challenge. Not a beer I’d want more than one or maybe two at a sitting; just to big and too much flavor on the taste buds. But truly an amazing product from SN. A MUST for hop heads!

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3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip Glass

Deep golden copper hue with a deep lasting pillowy white head. There is a deep hop oilly smell. This is a bit of sweetness & alcohol and no malt. The taste is very reminiscent of the nose. There isn't too much of the citrus or malt in the taste. This is a really powerful beer that struggles to really balance the alcohol and the oily hops. Its not my favorite but would do well for the hop heads that don't want a big citrus brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a thick white head that tends to linger.

Smell is slightly sweet with an oily piney hop smell.

Taste is very heavy piney hop forward with a hard hop bite on the finish. Alcohol also heavy in the finish.

A quite hop powerful beer with a big alcohol taste. Not my favorite DIPA as I tend towards the citrus end of the hop spectrum.

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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - golden, mild carbonation

s - floral, then pine

t - hop explosion, very tasty, grassy, grapefruit, not so much hop/malt balance, but the malt does it's job of keepign enough balance to taste delish

m - oily then papery, full bodied

o - This is a great beer, the hops have more of an aggressive role than some of the other "world-class" rated IIPAs, but it's a welcome change.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,314 ratings
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