Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

6,301 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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Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a schooner at kellehers. poured a nice clear copper body with a fingers worth of off white head, leaving nice amount of lacing. nose is greeted by a bouquet of floral citrus hops. taste is very similiar to the nose with the added caramel malt presence and a touch of pine on the finish. mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily. nice carbonation with a dry hoppy finish. if you like citrus hops in your ipa then this is a must try!

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Photo of kimbo33
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, not too much head, just perfect. Smell is overwhelming nice citrus hops. Taste is more of the same. Really like the hop flavor, nice crisp pine flavor. Best aroma for an IPA I have ahd in awhile. Would highly reccomend to anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a beautiful clear gold and produced a one finger high white head. It dissipates fast leaving some lacing.
The smell is full of fruity hops in all variation.
Tasting the beer those fruit flavors like citrus, lemon, orange, pineapple will be the beginning. Piney and earthy hop flavors balance with a nice bitterness. Some malt at the end rounds up this hop parade.
The alcohol is well hidden and for me this was exactly what I think a imperial IPA should taste like.
Great job!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a deep, very clear, orange body. an almost amber-like orange color. head is white and thick. retention dies to a rim and lacing is there, but a bit scarce.

S: the pine resins are so deep and entice the palate to take a sip. no sniff can go sip-less. caramel and vanilla back up the hugely pine-happy hoppy aroma.

T: boatloads of bitterness. wow. caramel, toffee, and bitter pine trees. the hops and the malt combine to make such a delicious bittersweet combo it is hard not to quaff at a very high pace. the bitterness lingers long into the finish. delicious.

M: low/moderate carbonation on a very full body. just what the style needs.

D: man this is some good shit. so stoked to see this in 12oz bottles at such a moderate price. definitely worth picking up if you ever come across it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spicoli00
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one. Taste it. Yum

And now for the 250 char limit

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And now for the 250 char limit


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Photo of mellowmark
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of isualum12
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smell-sweet with powerful flowery hops
Look golden redish orange in color clear enought to see through but not crystal clear.
Taste hit with hops ans sweetness followed up with hops. Once you get past the hops you get more hops. Bitter
Feel. Co2 strong. Burns on the way down from co2
not for me

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Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's official, it's a boy! So to celebrate I decided to crack open the strongest bottle I have that isn't wine/liquor.

It's the color of a brand new penny, shiny and clear with lots of bubbles. 2 1/2 fingers of foam almost overflowed my perfect pour glass. Even with my allergies going crazy, I can still smell the citrus and floral notes from the copious amount of hops used for this hefty brew. The taste I can fully absorb. Lots of citrus, some cantaloupe, and maybe some pine. For 10.4% it hides the alcohol and is rather smooth for a double, almost to the point seeming a tad weak for a double. If you want something that will eat the enamel off you teeth, look elsewhere. If you want strength with grace, try this.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of gregy55902
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time getting my hands on a bottle. 2012 edition bottle into XL snifter.

A - Pours a nice shade of dark orange with a touch mahogany. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of off-white head with great retention. The head recedes after about 5 minutes leaving an array of bubbles. Looks solid!

S - Hops and lots of them. Piney hops and citrus hops are found in equal amounts. There are also hints of honey and a nice malt backbone.

T - Follows the nose - you are assaulted with hoppy bitterness, honey, a bit of alcohol heat and a nice touch of caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly below average carbonation level . This is a 'bigger' DIPA and so the alcohol is present but not overpowering. Nice lasting power.

O - While it's a far cry from Surly Abrasive (far and away my favorite of the style), it is a nice hoppy beer that is a good representation of the style. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,301 ratings.
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