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.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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%

Photo of jtmartino
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Grape and Grain, San Mateo, CA. Poured into a snifter.

Beautiful vibrant orange color. Two fingers of head that cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge. Big floral, citrus, and boozy malt.

Taste follows the smell. A very mild sweet malty base...you can really taste the alcohol. A boozy, bitter, fruity, and citrusy hop profile round out this beer. Surprisingly balanced for the sheer size of this beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy for a DIPA. Heat from the high alcohol level, but excellent carbonation leaves a creamy feel. Really really nice.

All in all this is an excellent beer. One of the boldest West Coast DIPAs out there...reminds me a bit of Pliny the Younger in its color, flavor profile and mouthfeel. An excellent beer overall.


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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

Beautifully clear amber orange beer with a steady stream of bubbles feeding an ivory head that sticks around forever. Sticky lacing as it slowly disapates. Fresh and florally hoppy notes with lots of citrus and bit of pine on the nose. Nice breadiness backing it. Not incredibly aromatic, but definitely a very pleasant aroma.

Well this one packs a punch on the taste buds. Between the incredible amount of hops and the prickle of the alcohol, its almost overwhelming. I say almost because it has an element of malt that manages to provide just the right amount of balance with a slight breadiness and a hint of caramel, letting the hops flourish. The hops are piney with a ton of grapefruit, maybe even a bit catty. Lots of pleasant bitterness but so much flavor that the bitterness can't run away with it. Again, the malts provide just enough to counteract the bitterness without compromising the flavor of these hops at all. Surprisingly not a whole lot of resin, definitely a smidge but in the end it remains pretty clean and crisp. There is a pretty sizeable alcohol feel to it, but its not cloying at all, matched by the sharpness of the bitterness. The mouthfeel is prickly in the middle but smooths out into the finish, providing a long, dry and warm finish. Just a touch of a juicy burst in the end that evens it all out. The aftertaste lingers for a bit but is almost all grapefruity hop flavor and a lot less bitterness than expected.

Don't get me wrong; this beer is bitter as hell. But the flavors that stem from this bitterness more than match it, leading to a complex and enjoyably refreshing sipper of a DIPA. Definitely recommended if you are a hop head.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice 1.5 inch head that stays for awhile, over orange-yellow beer with low level of carbonation.

Smells nice and hoppy, with both citrus and pine hops. A 7 out of 10 on the strength scale, but less overwhelming than some other double IPAs.

Taste is hop forward but not hop dominated. There are some sweet malts that balance it out, so the hops don't kick you in the teeth.

High ABV. On the 2nd one, you can feel it hit you. Pretty well disguised though, so quite drinkable.

There are better double IPAs. This one is just fine, but not a stand out.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge huge ibu count on this baby, must be. pours a gloriously rich caramel color with one hell of a lively head, off white and lasting. smells like weed, straight up. this is an indica heavy hybrid with unreal potency. citrusy hops and some english smelling malts. flavor is bitter up front, and bitter in the back, with some nice malty sweetness in between. some pine elements and a very drinkable medium body on her. fair carbonation, maybe a touch low for this beer, but it seems to go down pretty easy for the alcohol content and bitterness. sierra nevada is the king of the hop as far as i am concerned, and this is just another wonderful illustration of what hops can be. superbly made beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a Philadelphia Eagles Pint Glass. I finally get to try this beer after two years of searching and waiting and searching and waiting. I was starting to think Hoptimum was a myth.

The beer slides into the glass very nice like with a penny gold bronzish color. A nice whisp of off white semi tan foam graced the top for a few, than bounced. The beer became still looking after time, no lace.

Smell is very bright with floral hops and some citrus coming into play. Some grapefruit and mango and slight piney note. A nice malty build as well, and yes, the 10% is not entirely hidden. All in all nice, a blend of west and east, BOLD.

Taste is pretty much what I expected, A nice citrus bite with some juicy floral notes as well up front followed by a big malt hit. SN manages to keep the hops at the forefront though, with this huge beer. Alcohol comes out to play in the end leaving a taste in my mouth.

Feel reminds me of Sixpoint resin on some level with the harsh aftertaste. There is some heat while the body is a definite medium, and the carbonation loses steam over time. The hops shine and so does the heat, I could only do one of these at a time. A good beer, but the hype is a bit much.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Crystal clear, gold-apricot color, with some bubbles piercing through it underneath. The head was about a finger or so and stuck to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: SN hop profile in spades, that was sort of like an uber intense version of their yummy Pale Ale. Floral and sweet, yet I could tell it was West Coast in style.

T: The bitter finish even had a decadent floral bouquet that stained the palate. The sweet elements weren't too intense due to the whole cone hop compound.

M: This beer is almost a sensory experience in that the hops are so intense that it actually stings a bit. Definitely a sipper, but not because of booze, but hop sizzle.

O: Not for the faint of heart for sure, but you hop lovers have met your match!

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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 2/17/2012.

Pours a crystalline straw with a hint of orange. A finger or so of beautiful white head that clings to the glass strongly. Streams of carbonation. Very attractive beer.

Smells like sticking your head into a but bucket of hops and inhaling deeply. A hint of malt at the end, but very hop-forward.

The taste follows the smell closely. There is a definite bite, either from the sheer strength of hops or the alcohol. This is west coast - what little sweetness there is gets overwhelmed pretty quickly.

The alcohol is definitely present in the aftertaste, but not overbearing at 10.4% ABV. Still, I feel like they could have made it 8% or so and be the better for it. Not super-thick and sticky like some DIPAs. The bitterness sticks around, but doesn't feel like it coats the mouth.

Certainly one of the hoppiest beers I've ever tasted, that's for sure. I'm a fan of balance in my IPAs, and this is definitely tilted. Like the label implies, best served to true hopheads.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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