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RATINGS: 1712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp (#19) 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.

Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. 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.

Beer specs:
ABV: 10.4%
Original Gravity: 22.8 Plato
Final Gravity: 4.5 Plato
Bitterness Units: 100 IBU
Color: Orange Amber
Bittering Hops: German Magnum
Aroma Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Dry Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Torpedo Hops: Citra & Chinook
Malts: Two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat
Yeast: Ale


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (883) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2012
Pour clear amber, with a small, quickly vanishing white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass, weed, tropical fruits. Simply all that is hops. And a little bit of caramel. Taste is bitter as death, with a little bit of sweetness. just enough to make enjoyable. Bitter up front, then some sweetness, and a shit long bitter, and dry aftertaste. Medium body, with a slight fizzy carb. This has just left my mouth to rot in the bitterness that is hops. - And I like it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eastbayjay (9) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2012 does not count
Only Sierra could have tamed this hoppy beast of a beer. Well balanced with citrus and the hops are not overwhelming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of pine, some resin, some melon. Tastes of sticky hops, spicy, peppery, some underlying sweet hints, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Clear yellow gold. Nice nose of resin, cedar and pine. Full bodied (huge) palate with pine, caramel and roasted hop flavors. Big , bold and very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeliriumT (459) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2012
Pours a rosy red shade of copper. The first sniff is hoppy bliss. The flavour has a distinct caramel, Maris otter type taste which is almost lost completely in all the hops. A very refreshing IIPA, and like any good imperial beer, you can’t taste any obvious alcohol flavour or burning in the throat

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (718) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 4, 2012
From the bottle: the color is rich, clear amber, with ample fluffy, cream colored foam, lingering a couple minutes. Pine dominates the aroma, some florals, lemon, biscuits. A solid caramel, honey sweetness stands up well to delicious, citrus twang and bitterness. The carbonation is soft but adequate (that’s what she said). Another Sierra Nevada brew showcasing hops, as they do so well. I would say not as dry as Torpedo. Mouthfeel, however, does tend to thin a bit with warming so don’t nurse it ;)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Sierra Nevada has really outdone themselves here. By far their "biggest" beer, Hoptimum reminds me of Stone’s Ruination IPA, but this is actually much stronger in flavor. Very resinious and oily. It is best to take small sips because the flavor will stay with you for quite some time. It achieves a dense but complex multitude of fruit-inspired flavors, almost like a Belgian Quadruple for hopheads. Malts are almost undetectable, but who cares. The hops balance themselves out, with the citrus flavors shining through the intense bitterness. A work of art.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robgibbens (429) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Nice clear amber color with a short white head. Looks nice. Fresh citrus aroma. Like smelling fresh cut oranges or grapefruit. The taste is sharp and bitter. Astringent enough to be mouthwatering, clean enough to be crisp and refreshing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikehanneman (62) - Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2012
This is a double IPA...make no mistake about it. It is a seasonal beer too. About $12.00 for a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles. ABV is 10.4%..so it has some kick to it. Looks and smells fantastic. Very hoppy but not too much so. Seems Sierra Nevada has found a nice sweet spot for a double IPA with a high alcohol content. A sweet and bitter balance. I was quite impressed since I am a big fam of IPA’s and double IPA’s. Try it and you will be impressed too. Thumbs up!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a finger and a half of cream colored head. The nose is fruity sweet and fresh with hops. Some malt in the background as well. The taste has the malt up front, with some tip of the tongue sweetness following. The deep hop kick cleans it all up. Finishes a bit chewy with some thick body. A little pricey, I prefer DFH 90 for a DIPA, but it's good to switch things up, and this is a good beer.


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