Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Nachojon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- That golden brown Sierra Nevada IPA color. Looks very similar to SN Pale Ale. One finger foamy light head that dissipates into a thin layer.

S- Nice hit of that piney SN hop profile. There is also that mango malt background. Not overly fragrant.

T- The flavor here is legit. Real serious pine resin hops forward. It's harsh and not to some people's liking but I am one of those who loves it. Not a lot of balance in the flavor but it hides 10.4% amazingly.

M- It's clean, it's crisp, classic SN mouthfeel. Not a lot of tongue burn but that's not really the way of SN hops.

O- Another awesome beer from SN. Straight up triple SN Pale Ale which is always a good thing.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from March 17th, 2012 poured into tulip.

A: Clear copper/orange with a nice two finger white head. Great retention for such a strong beer. Because of color and head, I'd expect a decent amount of malt.

S: Heavy doses of Simcoe. The dank "cat piss" smell that Simcoe hops are revered (?) for comes through nicely. There's a nice touch of orange and grapefruit from the Citra.

T: The Simcoe hops prevail again in the taste category. The main hops are piney and dank. There are some overtones of orange and grapefruit rind. This is backed up by a semi-prevalent candied caramel malt base. Hints of wood and wildflowers are also present. Alcohol intrusion is fairly more than something like Maharaja, which is another DIPA with around this ABV.

M: Smoother than I'd expect. You also can't expect great drinkability with a DIPA of this ABV. It's pretty average.

O: Overall a nice DIPA. In comparison to Maharaja, this is a bit better. I think both beers set out trying to do the same thing...create an insanely hoppy DIPA. I think the Hoptimum is a bit more balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of brentusaurus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

355ml bottle poured into tulip 14/4/12

A golden orange body with lots of tiny suspended particles being moved around by just a few slow bubbles, thumbs width of off white head leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S pine and grapefruit with a little toffee and booze, smells pretty straightforward but solid

T more caramel infused hop candy, a little boozy and slightly sweet and some lime rind I didn't smell, a little intense

M this one killed my pallet for sure, it's an enamel stripper with some heat, fairly full for the color and the flavors linger for ages

O straight up good DIPA, a little heat to complain about but its a small complaint, not overly complex but a solid brew

I feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record with all the hops bombs I've been into lately. I liked this beer but the hop bombs are starting to sound the same, moving on to the sours and stouts for a while all thanks to Rutager

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Brown120
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange-amber color with a minimal head consisting of just a trace of fine bubbles on the surface.

The aroma is a bit shy, showing some tangerine and grapefruit. The flavor combines these fruity notes with spicy pine, overlying a prominent sweet honey base. A mellow bitterness builds and finishes with a mild peppery character.

Full-bodied with low carbonation, leading to a heavy mouthfeel. The hop flavors are quite nice but fight to keep ahead of a booziness and an overall sweetness.

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Photo of friartuck72
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. 2012 vintage. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thick band around the shoulders and a dollop of cream in the center. Nose reveals sweet grapefruit notes, a trace of tropical fruit and a piney quality. Taste consistent with nose; however an earthy bitterness runs down the center of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with an assertive carbonation that is slightly prickly. Consistency is somewhat oily with a light viscosity. There's also some residual heat that lingers at the back of the throat. Overall, another solid brew from SN - these guys rarely fail to satisfy. I'd really like the opportunity to try this on draft, or better yet, on cask.

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Photo of BlakeL
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NoProblem
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of splendidsplinter
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of datphoo
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of keepitsimple1990
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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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%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to form, Sierra Nevada puts out a nice dipa. Thick body on feel and flavor. Consistency all the way through. It's a good beer. The only downside is that it gets salty as it warns. I'm sure I could say that it's over hopped, but who cares. Tastes nice.

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Photo of HippyJonny
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada has produced some of my favorite beers. That said, this one left me rather disappointed. Picked up two 12oz. bottles this afternoon, read quite a few positive reviews, waited for the perfect time to savor in a big snifter glass...

Alas, the taste of the high alcohol blocks out any nuances or subtleties this hop-forward beer may contain. I was going to write a review with tasting/smelling notes, but boozy malt is all I'm getting out of this.

I've been on a DIPA kick lately and, considering the price and the scarcity of this one, I won't be seeking this one out again. There are just way too many other options available right now. The second bottle is gonna be in the fridge for a long time.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +8.6%
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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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,324 ratings