Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

10.4% Alcohol by Volume

100 International Bittering Units

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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. ALCOHOL CONTENT 10.4% BY VOLUME BITTERING HOPS GERMAN MAGNUM BEGINNING GRAVITY 22.8 PLATO AROMA HOPS SIMCOE & NEW PROPRIETARY VARIETY ENDING GRAVITY 4.5 PLATO DRY HOPS SIMCOE & NEW PROPRIETARY VARIETY TORPEDO HOPS CITRA & CHINOOK BITTERNESS UNITS 100 YEAST ALE MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, GOLDEN PROMISE, MUNICH & WHEAT

ID: 40756 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 10 years ago

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Overall Rank139
Overall Percentile99.7
Style Rank11 of 1802
Style Percentile99.4
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.6
Average Score4.121
Weighted Score3.996
Standard Deviation0.371

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  • RICHSBEER 1730 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    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. The aroma is tropical fruit salad, with tangerine, pineapple and a hint of mango; the crystal malt also leaves a sugar subtext underneath. The 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. The mouthfeel: Medium to full body; just a bit sticky; moderate carbonation.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.1 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    100 BITTERNESS UNITS and you can taste every one of them. PINE and citrus hop bomb. Love it. A bit of sweetness is thrown in there for some reason. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and smooth. Very drinkable for 10+ abv. Only minor negative is the lack of head retention and lacing.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a clear copper color with a rocky, light tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Resiny hops, some citrus, mainly grapefruit, and some sweet malts on the nose. The journey begins sweet with malts and then the hops explode in my mouth. This certainly is an example of an intense dry-hopped beer. It's all good. The journey ends with a drying, bitter finish, more hops at work. Full mouthfeel. I'm sure that some would find this beer a bit over the top, but it is a style of beer that I consume frequently and would gladly drink this one again.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    12 oz bottle poured into a pint - hazed orange with a thin sticky head that laces nicely. Aroma is mainly pine, very inviting and refined. The taste is an epic blend of grapefruit, lemons, and pine backed with a pleasant caramal malt biscuit that doesn't take away the hops but allows for a little reprise for the palate. It's insanely drinakable for 10 percent, with a creamy mouthfeel and a good bit of carbonation. Par for the course for Sierra - it's fantastic.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Holy Hops! Near orange golden pour with a very tight and near-perfect white head, sustained, leaving copious amounts of lacing throughout. HUGE hops aroma - like hop nectar - grapefruit and citrus and pine and goodness and then honey and sweet malts. Bitter! But hell yes, grapefruit, pine, citrus, even some peaches in that hops bitter. Great linger. Awesome beer - not for the timid or newbies.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Wow! a punch to the mouth, Deep golden/ orangish body, with some sediment, thin head that leaves some decent lace. Aromas a bit thin some citrus, with lots of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and chewy. Flvor is a big hop wallop(stole that line from Victory) piney punch, like drinking pinesol (i guess), after the bitterness fades a bit the very sweet caramel and bready malts come through. Overall a very nice beer, would like to try this one again by itself, as opposed to the third hop bomb of the night.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    So glad to get my hands on Hoptimum this year. Huge pine and citrus notes in both aroma and flavor although noticeably fading over the last 6 weeks. A truly excellent beer at such a great price--this is why Sierra Nevada continues to impress year after year.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A copper colored beer with a big frothy textured white head rising robustly above. It has great hang time, settling eventually into a thick low lying film and thick ringlet. Wet washcloth hops in the nose. Bold citric-pine hops in the taste with some fruitness. It is full bodied and creamy.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Big time IPA here. A nice copper colored pour with a medium sized white head. Piney citrus aroma; full flavor of hop bitterness with the citrus hop flavor. Very intense but also very good. A great beer to sip on but very dangerous with a 10% ABV.

  • KEAL 114 reviews
    rated 4.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Tasty! There's an element in the aroma that's a little like ripe fruit (such as mango) that gives the sour taste of the hops a pleasant, fuller body. A seriously fine-crafted beer! Packaging this strong drink (over 10 percent alchohol) in a 4-pack is a great idea. It makes purchasing pricier, premium beers like this a lot easier, and it gives the option to buy 2 different 4-packs of beer, where one might just get a single 6-pack. This is a winner, probably the best thing I've tasted from Sierra Nevada, ever. Could be my new 'let's just get drunk' beer! The strong hops taste goes with any and all junk foods, and anything fried! Being a seasonal beer, this one is sold out in my area already. I have 3 cases cellared. I think people are starting to exploit the beer rankings on sites like this, as a case of this on ebay is going for $200.00 US. Just wrong. I think super-hopped beers are the greatest thing in the beer world after tasting this, and hope SN makes Hoptimum a regular. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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