Sierra Nevada Releases Fan Favorite Hoptimum Triple IPA

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,244) Aug 23, 1996 Finland
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    Sierra Nevada’s hoppiest beer with its highest-ever ABV

    CHICO, California (April 8, 2021) – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced the release of Hoptimum Triple IPA, which will be available at select retail locations starting in mid-April. Hoptimum is a special, limited release and a member of the brewery’s High Altitude Series. This limited-time offering, which is touted as Sierra Nevada’s hoppiest beer, is available in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and draft while supplies last or through August when the next beer in the High Altitude series is rolled out. New this year, the beer features the highest ABV ever for a Hoptimum Triple IPA release.

    Each year the brewers refine the Hoptimum Triple IPA recipe, tinkering with the hop line-up to ensure the beer offers a similar flavor profile, while also featuring the finest, most flavorful hops of the recent hop harvest season.

    “Traditionally, we try to maintain that piney, citrusy flavor because it’s what we’re known for,” explains James Conery, Innovation Manager and brewer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “This beer contains the best lots of the hop pick, and has that piney, citrusy flavor with a little bit of dank and stonefruit in there for a twist.”

    For 2021 the beer features Magnum, Idaho 7, El Dorado, and Mosaic hops on the hot side, and finishes by dry hopping with Citra, Mosaic lupulin powder, Loral, and Magnum hops. It comes in at 11% ABV and 75 IBU, up from last year’s version that was 10.6% ABV. The process of creating the beer involves the use of Sierra Nevada’s innovative dry-hopping device dubbed the Hop Torpedo, which is used to impart optimal hop aromas and flavors without adding bitterness.

    The High Altitude series from Sierra Nevada consists of three limited-time offerings each year, including Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (December-April), Hoptimum Triple IPA (April-August), and Narwhal Imperial Stout (August-December). This collection of monstrous beers each tout high gravity ABVs of 9.5% or more and are released in limited quantity so they are available only while supplies last.

    About the Hop Torpedo
    Dry hopping is a way to give beer more flavor and aroma, not more bitterness. A traditional method is filling nylon sacks with hops and suspending them in fermentation tanks. But sometimes brewers would remove those sacks—even weeks later—and they’d be dry in the middle! With the Hop Torpedo, the brewers can maximize every hop. Beer circulates out of a fermenter, flows through the column of hops, and back into the tank. By adjusting the time, temperature and speed of circulation, brewers can control the aromas and flavors in a finished beer. The Hop Torpedo invention led to the development of the successful year-round beer from Sierra Nevada called Torpedo® Extra IPA.

    About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
    Inspired by frequent trips to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980. Highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients, Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse and in its sustainability efforts. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Hazy Little Thing®, Torpedo® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at

  2. premierpro

    premierpro Savant (1,048) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    Sounds good! I'll buy a sixer as soon as I see one. There is not much they put out that I don't like!
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  3. Kraz

    Kraz Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana

    I love this beer.

    More IBU's and ABVs than anyone knows what to do with.

    Looking forward to grabbing it
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    GOBLIN Pooh-Bah (2,500) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    Already on the shelves here in Ohio. Passes on it today actually. Never did care for it so much as it was too sweet I recall. Thought about grabbing a sixer but opted for some Weizenbocks instead.
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  5. DCH

    DCH Pundit (955) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Nice to see a beer like this still available in six packs!
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  6. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Savant (1,081) Jan 8, 2015 California

    I have seen it in multiple locations. Not sure of the price as I didn't look closely. I don't really drink IIIPAs anymore. I will pick it up every few years and I did last year and quite enjoyed it. I see the ABV is bumped up a bit for some reason. I think I remember it being down in the 9.x range at one point.
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  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,772) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Me see, me buy.
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  8. BruChef

    BruChef Pundit (903) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Magnum in the dry hop...interesting.
  9. bret27

    bret27 Pooh-Bah (2,818) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    I have to admit one thing Sierra Nevada does really well is high abv ipa’s for super cheap.
  10. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Pooh-Bah (1,877) Mar 19, 2012 California
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    Always good for a sixer or two.
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  11. magilldm

    magilldm Initiate (0) May 2, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Still waiting in SE PA
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  12. Grounder

    Grounder Zealot (523) Jun 20, 2019 Illinois

    It's triple so you only heed a two-pack.
  13. DavetotheB

    DavetotheB Grand Pooh-Bah (3,617) Sep 30, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    SN's beer finder is showing several places in the Philly burbs. Never had Hoptimum before and don't think it showed up here last year. Can hopefully score a sixer. Cheers and good luck!
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  14. fuzzbalz

    fuzzbalz Pundit (887) Apr 13, 2002 Georgia

    Still looking for it, in Ga!
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  15. MonkeyBread

    MonkeyBread Maven (1,308) Apr 26, 2014 Nevada

    Crazy how cheap this is for a triple ipa. Quite well made too.
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  16. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Grand Pooh-Bah (3,417) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire
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