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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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Photo of agreenman19
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - clear burnt ruby orange color. Soft, sticky lacing that screams "I AM A HIGH ABV BEER"

S - fresh hops and and deeply fruity aroma. Nothing too dark, I'm thinking mildly green underripe bananas and mango.

T - more juiciness. This really isn't how I remember this beer, but I'm not complaining! Tangerine, orange, papaya. Strong bitterness toward the end, lingering well into the finish.

F - mellow and low carb. Sticky and syrupy. 10% aw yis.

O - I remember this being more of a balance between malt and hops, but I haven't had this in a while so maybe after all the Tree House, I'm able to pick out the fruity juicy flavors more. Good beer!

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Photo of perclee
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of kmoore149
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a big foamy white head leaving huge patches of lace behind.

S - Juicy citrus, grapefruit and pine.

T - Resiny pine that is bitter and slightly harsh. Some grapefruit mixed in with some malt hiding in the background. It's not bitter in a mouth assaulting way but has a sweet alcohol finish followed by a harsh hop astringency that is a bit unpleasant.

M - Creamy with a lingering hop astringency.

D - Very surprised this is 10+ ABV. You get a bit of alcohol but had no idea it is that big. Would prefer more flavor/aroma hops than the harsh bitterness on this one but still a very solid DIPA.

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Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Yoda22
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange with 2 fingers white/tan head that lingers and laces like a champ. Very nice looking.

S- Yummy pine and citrus hops with a little bit of alcohol, not surprising for a > 10% ABV beer.

T- An exceptional amount of flavor bursting from the seams, if beer had seams. So much malt and so much hops. Finishes bitter with a warming sensation from the strong alcohol.

M- Medium body and carbonation, coats the whole mouth and lingers longer after the liquid is gone.

O- It's a hop bomb for sure, not for the faint of heart. But it's not just bitter for the sake of bitter. There is pllllenty of malt to even it out (I mean come on, 10.4%). On a side note, the price is really good at $10/4 pack. Compared to what you'll pay for hopslam or burton baton and some other top DIPA's this is a steal. This is the beer I live for and it's definitely in my top handful of beers.

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Photo of KevieJames
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of oldvines
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum Double IPA last week for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this brew last year so I made sure to pick up a bottle of this years release so I could see what all the hype is about, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's nicely done, looks good, and I found it to be pretty eye catching. It poured a nice golden yellow color and it took on more of an orange color when held to the light. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is one great looking DIPA, no doubt about it.

S- The aroma starts off with tons of hops, some citrus, grapefruit, and spicy hops aromas show up but it's the floral hops that seem to stick out the most and they dominate the aroma of this beer. I also pick up a little bit of sweet malts that impart a slight caramel and grainy aroma. The aroma is dominated by hops and is pretty nice and unique, the spicy hops seems to set this apart from other DIPA's, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off with a big mixture of a bunch of different hops, I get some piney and grassy flavors, some citrusy grapefruit flavors, but it seems like it's the spicy and floral hops that seem to stick out the most and when all those different hops aspects are combined it makes for a pretty unique hoppy flavor combination. I pick up a light amount of some slightly sweet malts that impart a really light caramel flavor and a light amount of slightly warming alcohol. There is a high amount of bitterness on the finish with a bitter floral aftertaste. This was a good tasting DIPA, that had a pretty unique hop flavor, it was really intense and I would call it a palate wrecker.

M- A little oily and resiny, on the medium side of being full bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and pretty on par for an DIPA, but I wish it went down a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was one bitter, intense, and palate wrecking beer which is what I want from the style but it was just a little rough around the edges and didn't seem as clean as some of the best in the style. This beer doesn't have that great of drinkability, it didn't go down smooth and the high amount of bitterness made this beer last me a while and I couldn't see wanting another one after this, one is just enough for me, but I did think that the alcohol was hidden well. What I liked most about this beer was that it didn't follow the usual citrus heavy profile most DIPA's tend to have, this one was all about combining different hop flavors together, I also really like the appearance. What I liked least about this beer was the drinkability, this is one of the least drinkable DIPA's I have ever had, it's so intense and bitter that drinking another back to back just isn't and option for me. I would buy this beer again when looking for a really intense DIPA, but I don't think I would buy a four pack, a single is just enough for me. I recommend that any hop head give this beer a try. I thought this was a solid DIPA, but the flavors come of a little harsh and tend to be a little rough around the edges, still a good DIPA, but those imperfections knock this beer out of top tier range. If I had a choice I would chose a Hopslam or Double Trouble over this beer any day. Good job Sierra Nevada. this was another quality brew, which is what I have to come to expect from you guys, you got some skills with the hops that pretty much no one can deny, keep up the good work.

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Photo of dpmacd
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Very nice golden body, great carbonation, and a good white head (one-finger, relatively thick consistency).

Beautiful hop floral bouquet. Sweet and spicy. In fact, hops dominate the aroma entirely...

Smooth malt character in the taste. Light bodied bread, perhaps faintly biscuit-like in tone. Hop bitterness is intense yet well-suited for this style of beer. Really noticeable starting midway through the taste and really manifests itself with an intensity at the finish that fades away in a slow, delicious manner.

Medium body and effervescent in the mouth. Soft and clean.

This is undoubtedly a hop-bomb feast! Hop smell and bitterness are at the fore with the lower-keyed malt flavors keeping this beast from going overboard. Well a bold IPA is called for, this one will do quite well...

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Photo of Louski
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JRBecks
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of yergermeister
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cletusdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MaineMike
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of max9371
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods San Francisco CA for 2.49$ - thanks to j for this

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, lots of hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with LOTS of hops. It also has a apricot and pineapple flavour mixed with a grapefruit. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - One of the hoppier beers I've had so far. This beer definitely packs a punch in both the flavour and the alcohol department. Well worth picking up if you love hops, wish I had more of it.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields a finger of creamy looking off-white head. The body is a nice rich amber color and the lacing tries to cling to the glass.

So many hop notes...Piney and grassy are the first notes detected. Grapefruit is certainly in there, as well as a crackery malt smell to balance her out.

This beer is very grassy. Nice grassy hops are complimented by a strong pine hop flavor and grapefruit notes. Nice and bitter. Strong alcohol flavor on the back end.

This beer ends up bone dry. Between the stylistic desire to make it so and the way the alcohol on the end pushes it to be, it makes you quickly look for that next sip. Carbonation is about average and the beer is otherwise medium bodied.

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Photo of Nightrain87
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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