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:
6,308
Reviews:
1,485
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
442
Gots:
1,211
For Trade:
6
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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with creamy, beige head. Aroma is quite malty with earthy notes, grapefruit peel and hop resin. Taste starts malty and sweet but gets quickly bombarded by intense resinous hops. Finish is really bitter and abrasive. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad but too harsh for my taste.

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Photo of billab914
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a beautiful, clear, amber color with a thick and frothy white head to it. The head settled a bit but left some nice lacing as it did.

The aroma has a bright and fresh hoppy citrus to it. Lots of grapefruit with a little lemon and pine. The hops definitely feel very fresh and bright to it. I'm not clear if this was a fresh hop beer or not but the aroma feels like it is.

The taste starts off pretty nice with some bright citrus and grapefruit flavors. unfortunately though the alcohol really starts to come through and gives it a solvent like bite mixed with the resiny hop bitterness. I get some of the bitter pine and grapefruit flavors along with some sweet almost cookie like malt to it as well. The alcohol is unfortunately the biggest contributor in the finish though, even overshadowing the hops for me. It's definitely one of the booziest DIPA's I've had.

The mouthfeel is is medium bodied with a little below average carbonation for the style. The mouthfeel is also a bit slick and boozy. Drinkability is average, it has some nice hoppiness but too much alcohol bite and heat for me. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it were 8% or below. Not a bad beer to start the evening with (split 2 ways), but probably one I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a clear, bright, bronze-plated body topped by an inch of white foam.

Smell: Initially, the nose isn't very aromatic at all, though, given some time to warm, it eventually comes around. After some minutes, you're given a sweet-scented aroma with a rather forward whiff of lemons. Lighter hop hints of meadow flowers and white pine.

Taste: Sweet-tasting pale maltiness with hints of almond sugar and wildflower honey. As it warms, a very faint basic breadiness develops in the taste and aroma. Pithy, citrusy lemon peel hop character with additional accents of flowers and resinous pine. Boldly bitter, though the sweetness does make a modest comeback late in the taste. Still, it does manage to finish both dry and bitterness. Lemony taste lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: I dug it, though those who don't appreciate a notable malt presence and sweetness in their DIPA's might not care for this one.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, grapefruit, not much else

T: Follows the nose, intense pineyness, grapefruit rind & some dry caramel up front. Pineyness gains intensity along with orange rind, a bit of biscuitty malt & caramel sweetness tries to fight through the bitterness, dome woody hops & ruby red grapefruit. Finishes with massive citric & pine bitterness with a touch of caramel hiding in the background.

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, skews hoppy, but in balance for the most part

I really liked this, not the best, but one I'll buy again if given the chance

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

A - A beautiful clear orange amber. Light head with nice lace.

S - Orange, grapefruit. Nice floral quality. Touch of fresh cut grass.

T - Smack of bitter pine. Soft malt into tangerine. Nice bread and woody (oak?) character on the back end.

M - Strong rolling bitterness with a medium-light body.

D - The bitterness is delicious but can really slow you down.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good three-finger head. Slightly off-white. Leaves abundant spider web lace. Neutral amber color with a mild chill haze. Minute bubbles continuously float to the surface. The head never seems to die.

Fulfills the advertisement--lots of raw, floral hop. More citrusy than anything else.

Initial sip show some malt, but it's gone in no time. Strong grapefruit hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste...completely dominant to any other flavors. In fact, long after the swallow, my mouth still feels as if it is sucking a hop pellet. The alcohol content, although quite high, does not show up. The body is as expected.

For a DIPA, this is an amazingly easy drink.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.42/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for picking this one up.

A: Pours a clear orange with very little head formation or retention. Spotty bits of lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: Not impressive at all. Was expecting an overwhelming hop aroma, but I get dirty feet and locker room. Very off putting.

T: Now, the flavor is bit more I expected. It pretty much tastes like liquid hops, in fact all three of us tasting it all used the term hop juice to describe it. The flavor was overwhelming and no malt backbone could be detected.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Extremely confusing and a let down. I had very high hopes, especially considering what SN puts out. The aroma made me not even want to give it a shot, and then the flavor like liquid hops...just confusing and hard to score.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code on the bottle

LOOK: Bright golden hue, amazing lace

SMELL: Spicy, celery, vegtal, peppery, clementines, clean esters, marmalade, light caramel

TASTE: Chewy, creamy, smooth, very firm bitterness, blood oranges, lime leaf, tangerine, grapefruit rind, green peppercorn, rose water, faint broth, biscuity, bread crust, boozy, semi-dry bitter finish

Massive, a sipper ... this is Bigfoot's older half bother. Very nice to meet you. A real beer geek will need to have this notch on their belt and will most likely want to go back for more and more and more.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat hazy, mostly clear deep orange amber. Big two inch plus white head formed immediatly on top and slowly faded down to reveal on a slight ring of lace along the top. Decent side glass lace was evident from the start. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

Aroma was delicous. Full on citrus hop blast from the start. Deep orange and tangerine tones dominated here. Mixed in was a tiny bit of sugar, but alot of grapefruit and some lemon. Very fresh, bitter citrus smell. A slight aroma of alcohol could also be detected.. Such a strong hop presence. Tons of very bitter citrus hops, sweet and a good amount of alcohol. There was no balance here, and none was to be expected. Just a down the hatch, hardcore double IPA. But in that really good way, damn this was fine. Super sticky and smooth. This was a thick, almost syrup like brew. You could really feel it as you sipped. Good, the only thing I would knock it for is that it is high in alcohol so it would be very difficult to drink more then of these. Other then that, fantastic.

Overall this was everything I thought it would be. I super duper hopped double IPA from a great west coast brewery.

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

24oz from Quick Six Mt Rose poured chilled into my willbecker

The color of deep amber w/ tangerine shade and great clarity with two fingers of pale ecru cap w/ slightly rocky topography. The bead is medium fine and lace clings in a film. Carbonation is visible in the liquid as it moves in a moderately fast pace. The smell is floral and tropical with mango scents and a hint of caramel/sugar w/ light grarpefruit/pine hop odors. There is a mainly pineapple like alcohol ester bringing some sweetness to the fruity smell. The feel is strong and bitter with semi-sweet malt w/ semi-strong alcoholic presence and moderately high carbonation w/ pretty dry and slightly juicy finish.

The taste is piney up front with subtle fruit which is a mix of mango and grapefruit w/ a splash of tropical juiciness maybe pineapple flavors w/ subtle pine that carries over into a slightly sugary and mildly alcoholic flavcr. The semidry taste and sticky residue on the palate comes off like a slightly stronger(3%) torpedo, but more citrus than tropical and noticeably sweeter w/ a moderate amount of alcohol in the taste. A good high gravity hoppy Imperial IPA, not too shabby but the sweetness and alcohol detract from the hop flavor w/ too much focus on bitterness + aroma -needs more flavor hops IMO but very good overall for the style

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/11 notes.

a - Pours an orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, and light pine.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. A bit bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice DIPA. Lots of citrus in the nose, would try again.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours an orange-amber sort of color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Smells pretty dank and funky. I get some feet and armpit at the beginning, but it seems to subside. A decent amount of citrus comes through in the form of grapefruit and there's a good pine note. A fair amount of booze and some mild malt (bread).

T: The grapefruit and pine flavors are "large and in charge" here with a lot of big hop bitterness. Unfortunately, there is a strong alcohol flavor that brings a bit of a burn. Some toffee and toasted malt flavors provide the malt character.

M: The body is on the full side for a DIPA, and it's pretty heavy on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.

D: A rare miss from Sierra Nevada. I would have liked a lot less booze and a lot more hop flavor here.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber purchased at Shady McGrady's and poured into a snifter. Thanks to my buddy bones for purchasing this one for us to try.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a thin film of white head, dissipating down to tiny spots of head, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Still pretty smokey in this place so this could have been a little bit better I am sure. Plenty of grassy hops, rich caramel malts, and some dulled tropical fruits. A touch too sweet for my liking, almost smells like hoppy syrup.

T - A good amount of grassy citric hops up front mix well with the caramel malt sweetness and some light grapefruit acidity. Finish is sticky sweet with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. A touch hot once it warmed up a bit. Pretty good but not the best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Pretty heavy in the feel, almost syrup like. Tons of hop bite in the finish with a good bit of it lingering for some time.

D - Decent stuff. I liked it but I could really only have one glass. The combination of the higher ABV. and the sticky sweet feel really got to me. Still a good beer tho.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle poured into two snifters.

Appearance - Very hazy dark orange with a good size white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Citrusy hops come through the most. Strong booze presence second. Some sweet malts come through in the end.

Taste - The taste is rather simple, unfortunately. Grapefruit hops initially, with a fair amount of booze. Sweet malts come through afterward with a lot of lingering bitterness. Tasty, but one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and syrupy. A lot of unfermented sugars in it. Medium carbonation. Strong booze finish and a lot of bitterness hanging around after the swallow.

Overall - Tasty beer, but one-dimensional and way too boozy. I can't drink a full one of these without regretting wasting the liver damage on it. I do enjoy splitting it with someone, though.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,308 ratings.
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