Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,303
Reviews:
1,484
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
440
Gots:
1,207
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 6,303 |  Reviews: 1,484
Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/18/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with and awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with tame bitterness. Great juicy hop vibrancy and nice malt backbone, without being too sweet. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep gold with a full head. The aroma is bursting with grapefruit peel, with mandarin orange, pine, and sticky mango. The flavor is sweet with a touch of caramel and a big dose of grapefruit peel and ruby red grapefruit juice, guava, pine. mango, and pineapple. The mouthfeel is very full and rich with a lot of sharp, fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty beer, with a full body and a host of classic IPA flavors - very easy to drink as well for the ABV.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful clear, gold color, thin, lacing head
S: candied citrus fruit, some resin
T: follows the nose, citrus, trop fruit
F: lots of mouthfeel, sticky
O: better than I remember, I heard they redid the recipe

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Photo of BFCarr
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at City Tap. Pours hazy amber with a 1 inch white head. Smell is floral hoppy but not very intense. Taste is hoppy but not crazy bitter. Feel is very smooth and pleasing. Overall a hoppy experience you can enjoy.

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Photo of gruves33
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luckydog91
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsmith313
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPadilla
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GoochVa
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkblr
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 4/18/17 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9.6% ABV. The beer is a bright golden copper color with off white head. Lacing is strong. The aroma is citrus, grapefruit and peach. The taste is caramel malt first quickly transitioning to citrus, pine and fruit salad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes dry. There is a hint of alcohol burn on the finish but nothing compared to previous years. Overall, very good. In the past, I would intentionally let these sit in the fridge for a couple months to take the edge off. This is good right off the shelf and $12/6pk makes it a great value.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a nice deep amber color and a rich smell. It brings the fullness expected of an imperial IPA, which is a bitterness balanced with a strong flavor that lingers nicely.

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Photo of Kdizzle22
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmartin
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this from tap at the brewery and bought a few bottles immediately. They changed the recipe this year. I wasn't a big fan of last year's as it seemed too hoppy. Review is based on bottle I just drank, which was identical to the version I had on tap last week, as far as I can remember.

Pours a beautiful clear amber color. It is the sort of beer you see pictures of and lust after. And it delivers upon drinking it, tasting as good as it looks. You can lust after this all day, and go home and successful satisfy that lust. Ahhhh!

Aroma is of strong hops, like walking onto a hop farm, but one-dimensional. Taste is much more complex, with various hop flavors present. The recipe change has taken this from an interesting hop-bomb that I didn't really have much interest in, to a complex hop bomb that I hope they produce every year.

For lovers of hoppy beer, this is one of the best.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GHow
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't been a reoccurring visitor of SN Hoppers. I decided to give 2017 a try and was pleasantly surprised. Nice amber appearance, fine aroma. Taste was on par with a hopped mixed DIPA and no harsh back wash. Overall I'll still take my other favorites but I can't complain with this purchase. If you are at a place without a great selection, SN is always an avenue.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheWolf
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dangerously smooth for an imperial IPA

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Photo of Marklaker
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.
2017 Vintage.

Appearance
Gold. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Nose
Mango, peach, pineapple, pine, orange citrus, and candy sugar.

Taste
Dank, pine sap, wintergreen, and zesty florals. Papaya, mango, and grapefruit. Lighter notes of pineapple, peach, and orange citrus. Candy sugar maltiness with drizzles of caramel.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, oily, smooth, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
A welcome change from the old recipe.

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Photo of maz
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,303 ratings.
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