Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

6,311 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to try this one... Read some mixed reviews on this one...

Pours out a rather dark golden with a thick creamy head and lots of active bubbles within... Persistent head here...

Pure dank hoppiness rolling off this thing.... Pungent and clean, like a boreal forest... Piney and dank aromas are overwhelming and have me really interested now...

Wow... Ya know some of the reviews mentioned a balanced brew but I'm not getting that at all here... Its almost like drinking hop syrup and booze... Almost overwhelmingly dank and green flavors of the whole hop cones used punish and coat the palate... Very intense for sure.. Like Torpedo except about 3 times more intense and dank... I was shocked as hell at this...

Now.... Its a bit boozy for sure... Its delicious but I can definitely detect that ABV with every sip... Makes it a chore towards the 2nd half of the bottle.. Still... This is damn good and I'm excioted to have a few left of this... Wonder where the hops will go here...

Mightve scored this higher had the booze not been so prevalent...

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm huge fan of Sierra. Howeva... I find most 10% DIPAs over shoot compared to their little brotha's. This is true in this case with too much cedar saw dust and medicinal flavors marring all the under-currents that exist in this pushy brew.

I prefer Ruination and Green Flash.

A: 4.5 Looks like scotch, manages a steady cream colored floating head all the way down with tons of sticky lacing.
S: 3.75 Imagine a manufacturer of cedar medicine & liquor cabinets where the whole shop was covered with cedar dust, shellac pots were left open, paint brushes drying and several sample medicine cabinets smashed along with a few liquor cabinets. This is the personality.
T: 4 Follows the chaotic aroma, but with far more nuance and goodness. Clearly a 4 for any hop head like me, and higher for machismo's or scotch/whiskey drinkers.
MF: 3.75 Rather than body, I get alcohol as in strong 19th century chest /cough medicine or snake oil.

Overall - As other reviewers wrote the big brutha to BigFoot and a bullet to notch on your belt. Bragging rights. A must try, but other than apres ski, I dont see the setting for this beer in my world as it's too alcoholic, cedary, medicinal, scathing, tongue busting.

All the same - it's better than a glass of scotch....

(I came back to this in Dec 2015 and loved it)

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous coppery amber w/ a thick 3-finger off-white head, good lacing, minimal carbonation.

Aroma is a nice blend of tropical citrus & pine. Smells clean & fresh, grassy & oily. Alcohol profile increases as it warms.

Taste is sharply hoppy and bright. Reminds me a bit of Heady-Topper in that "scour your tongue w/ hops" way. And wow! 10.4% ABV? I would never have guessed that, booze is so well hidden.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick; hop bitterness dominates from start to finish.

Overall another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Having recently enjoyed Pliny the Younger, I'd say this is somewhere in the same league as far as high-ABV DIPAs go. Yes, I just said that.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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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%

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

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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 6,311 ratings.
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