Hoptimum | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber with a decent and fluffy white head. Some decent lace gets left behind.
Smell: There is a heavy mineral element right out front with some thick resiny hops following. Sweet toffee backs that up.
Taste: I am judging this as a DIPA and not as a raw hop beer. Very freaking sweet (as in candy sweet) which draws me off a bit. The hops are heavy and very bitter but it isn't a very balanced mix of flavors (this includes the bitch slap of alcohol heat that distracts the tastebuds and keeps them from truly enjoying the hops.
Mouth: Burny, sticky. Mediocre.
Drink: I'm glad I got a chance to check it but the booze makes it a difficult sipper.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DIPA with a raw and assertive hop side.

Presentation: 24 oz brown capped bottle. A typical Sierra shape but with an entirely different label setting it aside, at least visually from all of their production. Green illustration, slightly cartoonish and tongue-in-cheek. It offers the take on a romantic portrait where Hoptimun, the gentleman naming the brew, is depicted with a whole cone hop head. Notes vintage as 2011, and 10.4 Alc. by Vol. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale to medium amber pour, with a rich 1" frothy head, good retention, lacing, and surface memory.

S - Not too fragrant early on, in fact it takes it a bit to offer a hint of what the flavor is holding. Hoppy touch, resinous, pine, very herbal dash, which...

T - Comes very strongly in the flavor. The herbal side at first, urine-ganga like, is quite intense, it flows never leaving the hefty hoppy sense to pine, resinous touches, with a dash of citrus, sweet malty note barely holding it in the back.

M - Medium-full body with good and carbonation, a bit oily, with a boozy touch, that is well balanced for a brew of this kind.

D - Nice flow to a hefty and rather herbal sense in the hop side. It all comes together with dexterity if one is eager for dive into the hop experience.

Notes: Nice to see Sierra doing this range, a bit unusual in the marketing and change in the image projected but welcome nevertheless. Plenty of different hops, some framed as "propietary" but reminds me quite a bit to what Oskar Blues achieved just using Summit hops, right ? on their Gubna, which had a similar cat/herbal/ganga/piss side to it. This is nice and very recommendable if one is into hops.

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Photo of climax
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Sierra Nevada Gift shop in Chico 1/17/11. The cashier claimed this batch was brewed in January.

It pours a brilliant deep gold with admirable clarity. The head is even and dissipates lazily. The lace notches as it should. Good start.

The aroma was nothing shorter than expected, a compendium of hop goodness. The intensity is not extreme, but it has more hop complexity than a typical IPA. Herbal, soapy, tropical and more bitter citrus all hit the spot. Bubblegum and just the slightest dash of feeble malt sweetness find they're way to the nostrils to round it out.

The flavor is a hop-heads delight, as anticipated. The warmth from the alcohol isn't fooling anybody about the strength of this beer. Sweetness and bitterness butt heads in an epic rage. Pink grapefruit, spinach, and a heavy toffee and wood aged brandy sweetness even emerges. The complexity continues through the finish where sweetness and dry bitterness still haven't come to terms.

Paired with sharp cheddar, the beer acquires a sweet tropical fruit and bubblegum character, which even my fiancee enjoyed.

The body is very full and viscous. The syrupy mouth feel ends slick through the finish and dry at the very end. The carbonation adds just the perfect amount of fluffiness to such a heavyweight body.

This is a heavy beer packed with flavor. One to be sipped, yet I find myself sipping at very fast rate.

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Photo of HopHeadJimmy34
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great color very clean, and great lacing.

S- Good smell very grapefruit like. A little too much alcohol smell though.

T- Unlike most IPA's or IIPA'S I think they are so much better really cold this one gets a little better the more it warms up getting to the bottom of the glass.

M- Full with very good carbonation. Full bodied!

D- Kinda reminds me of Torpedo with a punch in the balls!! Not a beer you want to pound. A pallet wrecker for sure.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces a mostly clear orange/amber elixir with a one finger bubbly white head that recedes quickly but leaves lots of lace. Smells of pine and citrus with a bit of an earthy grassy tone mixed in there as well. Hints of sweet malt buried deep beneath barely find a voice in this one. Taste is pine and resin mixed with more bitter grapefruit and lemons than the produce isle at Hannaford. There's some malt in there I'm sure, but every time I think I can find it, its gone. Sticky resinous pine pitch mouthfeel, low to medium level of carbonation, medium body. Well you asked for hops, you got it! I was expecting that Sierra Nevada sameness that runs through their IPA line and was pleasantly surprised at this over the top DIPA. Its over the top hops, bracingly bitter, and that's just fine with me. Now put it in a six pack and charge me a fair price for it and I'll buy it often.

On a side note why is this vintage dated? Not a cellar candidate by any means.

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Photo of olmatty
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Pours a huge white Sissy head with a clean orange beer.

Smell-Grapefruit pity, pine

Taste-Dramatically hoppy with a huge malt body. Hops are piney, floral herbal and citrus.

Mouthfeel-Sticky and thick bodied.

Drinkability-Heavy but still nicely quaffable

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers @$9.95.

Pours clear copper with a half inch head of off-white. Sheeted lacing and a partial skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics are pungent, resinous, and dank. Loads of cannibus, candied grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. The signature Centennial/Cascade bite is there along with perhaps Summit, Columbus, and Citra. Sweet malt in the back, but serious hop-waftage coming from the glass.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a sticky, gummy mouthfeel. Quite tacky with a slight chew.

The palate opens with a carpet bombing of numbing hop and a firm bitterness. The bitterness persists and lingers and is just over the edge of smooth. Pine resin, grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, and peppery citrus. An earthy dankness runs underneath. Very light malt to balance and the beer is slightly sweet but very crisp.

Finishes with an enduring bitterness, sustaining hop attack, and warming alcohol.

Great IIPA. Very characteristic of a Sierra Nevada hop bomb with the grapefruit and pine forefront. The bitterness is a bit rough compared to the benchmark IIPA's, and I prefer more tropical citrus than pine.

At almost $10 per bottle, I think we're one and done though. Bring on the twelve packs and we'll be best buddies!

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Photo of gfthree7
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a discovery for fans of the Imperial IPAs! Here in Southern California the IPAs from Sierra Nevada, Green Flash and Stone have us all spoiled.

This Hoptimum from SN is on par with Green Flash Imperial as my favorite double/imperial IPA. IPA lovers that are willing to take the plunge into Imperial IPAs will be thrilled!

This beer went down like smooth beigian golden with a California IPA twist. This is easily the smoothest double IPA i've had, and i hope SN makes this a staple of the collection!

If you love IPAs you have to try this.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

24oz brown glass pry-top proprietary bottle. 2011. Just arrived in Vermont this past week. This is my third bottle, so time to rate it.

Pours a beautifully clear medium amber with thick, rich tan 2 finger-head. Nose is a little muted, but it might be my nose right now. Some sticky kine hop/bud aromas for sure.

Palate is super bitter right off the bat, but stays clean on the texture in true SN style. Flavors are like a puree/reduction of hop oil/resin, orange pulp, pine sap, herbs and weed. The malt is there a little bit, a little pale caramel malt, but gets bashed around by the hops for sure. Great long, bitter finish.

Notes: A lot of people claimed this would be a substitute for PtE, but the texture is super clean which I think makes it not quite a dead-ringer. In true SN style, the beer is unbelievably drinkable despite being over 10% and the palate is dry and super clean in texture. These guys sure do know how to make hoppy beer. I hope they do this again because my personal stash is going fast! (And I think this beer is going to fade very fast, so drink up!!!)

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Photo of ramseye4
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always been a big SN fan, and let's see if Hoptimum reaches the high standard a lot of SN junkies are holding it to. Pours a moderately dark amber color, about 50 percent transparent, with a huge head, gobs of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Aroma is the typical Sierra Nevada fare, citrus hops, pine, with the citrus notes being a bit sharper than the other beers I have had from Sierra Nevada. Lots of hops. Taste is surprisingly sweet, with an also surprising amount of malt, with the hop bitterness really coming through in the finish. The usual citrus and grapefruit are present. Lots and lots of hops in the taste as well. It tastes fine, but its a bit....jumbled. Lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with a bitter aftertaste, drinkability is so-so, stick to SNPA or Torpedo if you want a Sierra Nevada beer you can drink several of in a sitting.

I have mixed feelings about this. It's undeniably good, but I prefer the Estate ale to Hoptimum. I had hoped that this would be a beer that could be a good substitute for PtE on the east coast, but unfortunately Hoptimum just isn't in the same league. That being said, it's a good beer and one worth checking out.

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

24oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of grassy citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops with a very nice sweet caramel malt backbone that balances things out wonderfully. The beer is medium bodied with only a slight amount of sticky alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Imperial IPA, I'd expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight gold pour with 2-finger white head. Nice retention and thin lace. Light carbonation and very clear with no haze present at all.

Lots and lots of hops in the nose. Big citrus smell, sticky sweet, with more pineapple than grapefruit. Touch of mango and apricot. Light herbal tones behind the citrus. Very nice. No malt presence whatsoever.

Big hop bite right up front. Burn sets in very quickly. Sharp finish with lots of alcohol on the breath. Hints at orange and tart dried fruit, but really just bitters everywhere. Very dry on the back end with just a touch of cream.

Feel is a tad thin for as much flavor and alcohol as are present.

Very nice sipper to share. Wish this came in a smaller bottle, though.

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Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these at Bootleggers in Thopsham, ME was surprised/psyched to see them.

A - Really nice orange/golden color with a nice lacing plenty of bubbles.

S - Resiny pine also some astringent (sp?) smell but in a good way.

T - Pure grapefruit, a real hopps treat similar to me like a torpedo but even more tart +1.

M - really nice almost dry sticks with you. That astringent taste again sticking with it.

D - What can I say I really like IPAs/DIPAs. This is stong but would have again I really like the fact that it is different then others out there.

Anyone with a chance whoud definately try this!

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

24 oz bottle. $8.99 from Total Wine Crossroads in Raleigh.

Appearance: Poured to a snifter. Brilliant clear orange. Excellent head, excellent retention, excellent chunky, clumpy lacing. This is how you do it.

Smell: Just a huge load of hoppy aromatics. Resiny weed, bitter grapefruit. A slight oaky woodiness. Sweet and spicy malt. A little ethanol-- well enough to burn with a deep sniff.

Taste: This is a bitter beast. Big time citrus rind. More sticky greenery. Good malt backbone with sweetness and Munich-like spiciness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy, sticky feel. Resiny coating. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. Slightly less than perfect scores only because I favor fruitier, slightly sweet DIPAs to all out dry bitter assault. Hell of a beer though.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a massive head (just what one would expect from a Sierra Nevada hoppy beer); clumps of foam stick to the side of the glass

Smell: Tropical fruit salad, with tangerine, pineapple and a hint of mango; the crystal malt also leaves a sugar subtext underneath

Taste: As the beer warms, the malt makes a stronger impression, with the caramel sweetness laying down a backbone from which the hop flavors are suspended; and what a load of hops there are, with the citrusy, pineapple flavors detected in the aroma marching all over the taste buds, and creating a menthol-vanilla that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; just a bit sticky; moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Another signature Sierra Nevada IPA, but elevated a notch or two for the hopheads; this one is very aggressive on the tongue and a bit raw in character; a fine beer, but I find myself taking smaller and smaller sips to mitigate the tongue-lashing

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Photo of Docer
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at By the Bottle here in Vancouver, WA..

- Clear copper brew, big fluffy fingers of head.. took some time for it to settle down to a thin blanket with lace all about.

- Huge citrus grapefruit hops... grassy, herbal.. caramel, sugars..

- Love the hops.. massive hops... massive fruit salad citrus and grapefruit... sweet candy, caramel syrup... biscuit, light grain.. and more grassy citrus hops.

- Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly syrupy..

- Overall impressed, and was beyond my expectations for it. Now I will have to see what it will be like from the bottle.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz stubby bottle (late December '10 says the code).

Pours into the Delirium tremens tulip with a gorgeously crisp tangerine-copper hue. Beady bubbles rise up from the laser etching at an aesthetically pleasing rate, engulfed by a brimming cap of frothy latte foam up top. The nose is fresh hop glory. A rich, piny herbalness suggests mint and sticky douja with a backing of grapefruit peel. Some traces of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor takes a unique approach to the Double IPA, as the mix of booze, raw-cone hop bitterness, and citrus flavors combine well on the palate. Hints of what tastes like vanilla and menthol on the finish...an odd combination for the style, but surprisingly not off-putting. Breathy alcohol out-lingers the hoppiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium in body for such a big beer, but that helps in terms of drinkability. Carbonation is spot-on. I was a little worried about Sierra Nevada putting out another hoppy beer that tastes the same as their Harvest/Hemisphere/Estate lineup. Consider my fears subsided...Hoptimum is a beast!

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

24 oz bottle purchased at Brawley's poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Split with the old man.

A- Pours a golden orange with a half finger white head.

S- Smells of citrus hops and slight hint of alcohol

T- Tastes of citrus, grapefruit hops, a small amount of caramel malts and a good hops bitterness. Awesome flavor.

2nd time having it and I am getting some pineapple also. This beer is exceptional

M- Smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

D- Awesome. barely any detection of alcohol at all and this beer is not light on the alcohol. At 10.4% abv this beer is incredibly drinkable.

This is my favorite DIPA I have had (granted, I haven't had fresh PtE, HopSlam or Double Trouble). I will be going back to buy a couple more tomorrow. This beer is incredible.

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Photo of hopshopshops
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll try this again. I learned from a fellow aficionado that my previous review disappeared. Black helicopters????.

Anyway, I'm not happy about this try from Sierra Nevada, one of my favorite breweries. I have great respect for their Pale Ale, their Celebrations, and, especially their Torpedo (along with Green Flash West Coast) my regular beer of choice

Hoptimum is just way too sweet and way too boozy. I'm not a brewer but it was so sugary that I wonder if there are fermentation issues. I understand 120 Minute is pretty darn sweet, and they had to discard an entire batch for excessive sweetness, so these Imperials are tricky I suppose.

To put in perspective, a couple days before, I had a Rebicon Hopsauce (on tap), that although also sweet, was just about perfect. A couple days after, I had a Pliny E (also on tap) and I can't imagine a more perfect balance in a DIPA.

Bottom line, it took me three days to finish a bottle and that's just not right.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright, slightly hazed, 24K gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam with some good to damn good lacing. Gorgeous looking brew.

A fairly weak nose of pine with some noticeable sweet malt notes.

Very resiny hop bitterness that stick to my tongue in a very good way. It's like pine sap and and is tasty but I find that the malt does a decent job of interjecting and providing some relief from what could be an immense bitterness that I would not totally enjoy. A very long finish and aftertaste keeps the spirit of the beer on your palate long after the swallow. And, pretty much, no sign or intrusion of the ample alcohol.

Ooops...there it is. Some warming building now.

Medium bodied bordering on full with medium carbonation, this has a great mouth feel.

This is a big old 24ozer, bottled on Dec 17, 2010, and is very delicious and surprisingly easy to drink. Thanks go out to my local retailer for picking this one up so I can enjoy it.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Belgian thin-walled goblet. Perhaps a shade darker than clover honey. A bright foaming mousse of a head, laces down the glass quite nicely. Later, little pods of bubbles populate the surface.

S - A punch of hops, grapefruit and green grass. A little less strong than Victory's "Hop Devil". No surprise that this is a hoppy monster.

T - Hops again with just a touch of light malt. For a "lighter" ale this has good balance for the 10.5% ABV listed. Not much alcohol heat detected.

M - Smooth. The hops coat the tongue and kick in on the long aftertaste.

D - If you're a hop head, this is one you should enjoy. I tasted this on a cold winter evening and I'd prefer to have this on a July afternoon. Not a session beer. The alcohol and the hops will wear out your palate.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, no Hopslam or Double Trouble yet, but lo and behold I have found Hoptimum to hold me over... or at least i'm assuming it will hold me over, as its awesome label reminds me of colonel quick-e-mart's kentucky bourbon from an early episode of the simpsons for some reason... but anyway, let's see....

Poured into a tulip, a light frothy white head develops and dissolves in short order. Nice golden color, completely clear.

Smell is like a pine punch in the face. Resiny, piney, with some slight notes of citrus. The taste is.... shockingly, almost exactly like the smell. No real malt presence to be found, just pure resiny hops over and over, some citrus notes rise up here and there.... but really bitterness through and through, and an incredibly bitter finish to boot.

Mouthfeel is probably the hight point, creamy and smooth but still crisp on the finish. A sticky resin remains with each finished sip, which I don't altogether mind.... its just so friggin bitter.

As you might surmise from my constant notes on the bitterness, this is not an especially drinkable ipa (though to be fair, the high abv is well hidden). Not like drainpour undrinkable, but just too much to drink more than a pint of. I've had younger, elder, expo hoppiness, hopslam and plenty of other super hoppy beers, but this one just does not give you the fruit/citrus notes or any kind of sweetness to counter the pure hop bitterness. Will take a good deal of convincing for me to get it again.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta say, this may be my new favorite, but in moderation. It's like a perfect storm minus marky mark if you are a DIPA fan and a Sierra fan. For some reason, and probally obvious, most micro's tend to have a dominate trait or taste to them, and for Sierra, this is that dominate hop but amplified. Big crisp hops start you out on the taste, but a pleasant citrusy finish puts this over the top. I love this beer, but....the 10% crushes the drinkability on this, it was so easy to drink, that I got loopy watching wonder pets with the kids, awesome beer, only drawback....

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/3 and today is 1/12...pretty damn fresh.

I'll start by saying I feel people will go one way or another with this beer, very contradicting as I'm in the middle. Before I start I will say this beer is straight hop oils and resin in a glass. Sticky icky icky.

Appearance - come one people, for 10.4% this beer is a nice golden orange and looks clean like most 7- 8% DIPAs. Beautiful looking beer although the head does not form nearly as heavy with a semi-agressive pour like all SN's other offerings do. Very good.

Smell - You get that typical SN hop profile but mangos, tropical fuit, some peach and a little caramel come through. Smells better and more potent than any other SN offering.

Taste - As it warms there are sweet mangos, tropical fruits, orange rind and freaking DANK. Sticky sticky dank. This is the most resiny and hop oily beer I've ever had...hop oils linger and linger and linger long after every sip. I didn't find the bit of caramel sweetness in the finish offensive although usually I don't care for it. It added to the hop oils and resin I thought. This is not for a mild hop head...this beer was brewed for the extreme hop head. Thanks SN for finally saying "you want a freaking DIPA...I'll phucking give you a DIPA!" Might not have been the most balanced but it's a all out Hop attack.

Mouthfeel - see taste as I think I explained it. Good but drinks like 10% and a bit boozy which I didn't mind too much. Booze is detectable but not over-whelming. To someone who is not a complete hophead, they would say this is one HOT IPA though. Good but not great.

Drinkability - same, good but not great. I can put down DIPAs but I wouldn't open another 24oz bottle after the first one.

Final Thoughts - I'm impressed. They went balls out with this one. I'd buy again. I don't think this is meant to be compared with Sculpin (I know it's a single), PtE, Hop Stoopid and the other 8% to 9% DIPAs etc...
I feel this brew was brewed for the extreme hop head. If you're only into single IPAs and entering into hops, this will be most certainly over the top for you. I for one liked it and didn't care much for it on tap 4-5 months ago. I knew a fresh bottle would be the only way to truly see where I stood with this one

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Photo of SurlyMe
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - translucent orange amber in color, one finger off white head that thins to a light cap, nice lacing

S - orange rind, funky hops, light caramel and spice notes, reminds me a lot of other sierra beers just more intense

T - citrusy (grapefruit and orange) hops, slight creaminess, caramel and light spice finish

M - medium body, nice carbonation, light bitterness on the finish

D - This is a fairly "big" rich beer, maybe a pint or two at most in one sitting. The 10.4% alc. is covered well, no boozy taste but it certianly catches up with you.

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Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,351 ratings