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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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and slight malt on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a better taste than smell.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber body with an off-white head.

S- All hops. Piney hops come through with some citrus.

T- Hops are definitely the focus, but the finish includes some malt to balance it out. A little booze in the finish as well.

M- Has that crisp clean taste apparent in all Sierra Nevada beers. Some stickiness is left behind from the hops.

O- Very good iipa. The booze is there but at 10.4%, it should be expected.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WesM63
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a RR Pint.

A: Amazing golden orange with a decent 1 finger off white head.

S: Olily pine, hops, resin-y.

T: Pine and hops with a resin finish. Maybe a hint of sweetness from citrus or honey.

M: Sticky full body.

O: This ranks up there with a lot of IIPA/DIPA's. Personally I love the abundance of hops mixed in with the resin pine flavor. Well worth the money and a must buy seasonal. On a side note, I drank this back to back with a Pliny the Elder, they are both amazing in there own right, but two very different takes on the IIPA/DIPA, IMO.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 4-pack today at The Liquor Shop in Tyngsboro MA ($10.19 w/dep) and indulged out in the 'Zebo....

Poured some into a nonic... Was a clear, medium golden/copper color. Carbo was steady, and the head, was light egg-shell colored, about 1/4", and somewhat creamy. It ebbed slowly, leaving some decent lacing behind. Nose was of rindy citrus, with minimal malt evident. It was quite smooth going down, with a better than emdium body. Solid!!

Light sweetness was found, with a little biscuity malt and light honey. Some fruity sweetness with apricot notes came around, but soon everything was very resiny and pithy. There was some serious hoppage to be found here, along with some booziness! It can be felt, oh yes... Over the course of about 5 hours, I had all 4 bottles. And, yes, I feel fine! This is top-shelf; will be purchased again, to be sure!! Prosit!!

4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, deep-orange with one finger of just off-white foam on top. Retention was just average but the lace left behind was impressive.

S: Pretty tropical. Mango and papaya. Loads of pine poke through as does a pretty healthy alcohol presence.

T: Taste follows the smell very closely. Carmel malt flavors help to roll off some of the rought edges of the alcohol.

M: Big and oily. Coats the entire tongue with loads of bitter hops. Spicy alcohol heat comes more to the forefront as it warms.

O: Suprisingly good considering the abv. This could've easily been a hot mess but the balancing act it put forth was impressive. I would've preferred more hops and less alcohol, though.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber hue with a thin whitehead that has some nice retention and nice lacing. The smell is of citrus, pine and grassy hops. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma which is a yummy mix of pine, citrus and hints of grass. A very yummy imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth, but dry like most IPA's and once again Sierra Nevada shows that they are one of the best pale ale style breweries in the USA.

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4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Tan colored...fluffy white head

S-Really enjoy the aroma...very floral with an oily pine hop presence. Smells really fresh...almost fresh hop aroma...

T-I like it a lot because they achieved a real strong hop flavor without a ton of biting bitterness. Usually the ones that do this lean heavy on the tropical fruits but this is different. More herbal, ganja like...the malt is a nice match and complements nicely with a touch of sweetness.

M-Make no question about it...this is a dryer style DIPA...finishes tight and dry and while I mentioned the bitterness is not overwhelming this is by no means light in the shorts as it gives a nice strong dry bitterness on the finish.

O-I'm very impressed with this. Kind of a changeup from all the tropical fruity DIPA's but a good changeup. While I prefer those fruity notes this is appreciated as well. Definitely a top notch DIPA.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

2012 version.

A: Very attractive beer. two finger head with decent lacing on a clear crimson with golden hues body. very good retention.

S: I was let down by the aroma. Its good but a little too weak for the major players in this genre. Nice sweet citrus aroma, mostly grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Ridiculously hoppy. The pine dominates this one and certainly lingers on the palate with a slight citrus note sneaking in and out. The malts are pretty much excluded from the flavor by this strong hop flavor and bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: The hop profile is good and improves as you drink it but the drinkability is affected by this. The malts may be there but good luck finding them. Certainly a memorable beer.

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

Latest Hoptimum release (bottled day 90) poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a clear bronze-copper with 1 finger of bubbly white head. Decent head retention with spotty lacing.

S - The aroma came through much more as the beer warmed. Aromas of pine, citrusy grapefruit, and sweet bready malt.

T - A big beer for the hopheads, but not over the top with the bitterness. Lots of piney hops, but a nice caramel malt comes through. Lots of fruity notes. Warm alcohol presence. Good, but seems a bit unbalanced. Oily resin from the whole-cone hops coats your mouth, but the finish is dry.

M - Full mouthfeel for a DIPA. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

O - A big beer from Sierra Nevada. Flavorful, but I think the alcohol burn masks the full potential of the hop/malt balance.

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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,336 ratings